Calendar week of February 12


Sunday 12:

          9:15 and 11:00 am – Worship Service – Sanctuary

          9:15 am – Sunday School for all ages

          10:30 am – Women’s Sunday School- Parlor

          10:30 am – Men’s Sunday School – Memorial Room

          11:00 am – Children’s Church


Monday 13:

          9:30-11:30 am – Mom’s Group – Memorial Room

          7:00-8:30 pm – Troop 738 Meeting- FH & Parlor

          7:00 pm – Adult Bible Study – Joyce and Tommy Rhinehart Home

          7:00 pm – TLT Meeting – Mem rm.


Tuesday 14:

          MMCC Chapel Times

          9:30 am- Tuesday Morning Prayer Group – Memorial Room

          6:30 pm – Manorwood – Sanctuary, Connecting Place, Covenant Room, Rooms A&B, choir room, Parlor, Library


Wednesday 15:

          MMCC Chapel Times

          6:15-7:15 pm – Hand bell Practice – Class A& B

          7:00 pm – Band Rehearsal – Sanctuary

          7:00 pm – Mom’s Group – Library

          7:00 pm – Boy scout meeting – Parlor.

          7:30-8:30 pm – Choir Practice – Choir rm


Thursday 16:

          6:45 – Cub Scouts – Fellowship Hall

          7:00 pm – Discipleship – Mem rm.

          8:30-9:30 pm—”Iron Dome” Men’s Bible study—Mem. Room


Friday 17:

          6:30 pm- Fellowship Hall Reserved

          7:00pm – SIF Band Rehearsal – Sanc.


Saturday 18:      

          8:00 am – Basketball League – Fellowship Hall

          12:00 pm – Fellowship Hall Reserved

          7:30 pm – AA – Memorial Room


Sunday 19:

          8:00 am – Men’s Breakfast – FH

          9:15 and 11:00 am – Worship Service – Sanctuary

          9:15 am – Sunday School for all ages

          10:30 am – Women’s Sunday School- Parlor

          10:30 am – Men’s Sunday School – Memorial Room

          11:00 am – Children’s Church

          6:00 pm – Youth Group – Outback



**Katelyn’s Office Hours** 9:00 am- 2:00 pm – M  W  and Th 



Attention all MUMC Men

We will be hosting our monthly men’s breakfast next Sunday,  January 15th at 8 am in the Fellowship Hall.   If you have never attended this is the time to join us before worship.   Invite a friend-   Hope to see you there 

In case of bad weather call Gib at 301-461-499 after 7 am if unsure if we are meeting.




The Moms Group is starting up their new year.  The special bible study program for mothers will begin meeting at the church again in September. This year there will be two different times of the week the group will meet. The regular meeting on Monday mornings from 9:30-11:00 will resume on September 12th in the memorial room. Childcare is provided at the church during this meeting. A second class has been added on Wednesday evenings to accommodate working parents. The Wednesday night mom’s group will begin meeting Wednesday September 14th at 7pm in the Library (on the Sunday school wing). No childcare is provided at this time for the Wednesday meeting. All are welcome at either meeting. Any questions may be directed to Lorraine Evans via phone or email at 240-344-5228 and




The Manorwood Café meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at Montgomery United Methodist Church.We have room for you! Our group is a safe place where women are encouraged to be who they really are. There are no masks allowed! Come just as you are. Within the circles of Manorwood women, you will find acceptance, authenticity, affirmation and accountability. We are a group of Christ-followers who are committed to applying God’s Word to our lives in order to experience growth and change. We would love for you to join in! Email us at




March 18, 2017  9am to 3pm    $40 (includes lunch)
Dannah’s story of the freedom she ultimately found after years of going through the motions of a dry Christian faith, etched with the loneliness of wearing a mask of perfection as she hid old, long-forgiven sins, delivers power to broken believers. Based on one of the Bible’s most difficult to understand verses (Psalm 25:14), this message encourages women to move beyond the masks of simulated perfection to discover true intimacy with God and other believers. The Secret of the Lord takes women to a place where the lonely find intimacy, the distressed find joy, and God’s love revives entire communities.

Sisters In Faith offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to maximize your time in a one-day format. Along with Dannah’s message, the day will feature praise and worship, an inspiring dance team and fellowship time over a delicious boxed lunch from Renaissance Chef.

Continental breakfast will be served between 8:00 and 8:45am. Doors will open for Sanctuary seating at 9:00am. For more info on Dannah, please visit her website:

Please go to our website: and click on EVENTS to watch a short video with a message from Dannah just for us!




DATE              TIME                             EVENT                                                                       LOCATION

Jan 22             2:00-5:00 pm              Ice Skating ($10 plus snack $)                             Skate Frederick

Jan 29             6:00-8:00 pm              Movie Night (Inside Out)                                       Outback


Feb 05                                                  No Meeting (Superbowl)

Feb 11 (Sat)   4:00-9:00 pm              Tubing – White Tail ($30/carpool)                      Outback

Feb 19             6:00-8:00 pm              Meeting – Compassion International-Lora         Outback

Feb 26             TBD                               Outreach – Nursing Home                                   Lorien Mt. Airy


Mar 05             6:00-8:00 pm              Meeting                                                                 Outback

Mar 12             3:00-6:30 pm              Germantown Swim Center ($5/carpool)          Outback

Mar 19             6:00-8:00 pm              Meeting – Letters to Soldiers                             Outback

Mar 24-26       4:00/4:00 pm              Impact – Senior High (carpool)                        Ocean City, MD


Apr 02             2:00-6:00 pm              Zabba Zone ($40/carpool)                                Outback

Apr 09             6:00-8:00 pm              Meeting – Plan Youth Sunday                           Outback

Apr 16                                                   No Meeting (Easter)

Apr 23             TBD                              Service Opportunity                                           TBD

Apr 29             6:00-8:00 pm              Youth Sunday Rehearsal/Dinner                      Sanctuary

Apr 30             9:15 am                       Youth Sunday                                                      Sanctuary


May 07            TBD                              End of Year Blowout                                           Outback



Attention College Bound Students!
The Baltimore-Washington Conference will once again be offering college scholarships for the Fall 2017 semester.
Students can apply January 3 – March 1, 2017, through an online application system.  Please visit for more information




Dear Friends,
I am reaching out to let you know that I will be organizing a trip to Ocean City, MD to attend the Annual Youth for Christ IMPACT event to be held on March 24-26. I have copied the link below for you to gather some details about this life changing conference. For now I would just like to know if you are your teen are interested in attending.  This event is open for all 9-12 graders, so if your teen would like to have a friend attend please have a parent contact me using the cell number below. The cost will be approximately $180 for the weekend with scholarship money available if needed.  
Again if you are interested please let me know via email or cell and I will get more details and forms out next week.



Youth Group Participant Agreement

2017 Winter Basketball League Sign-up is open now. For more information or to sign up, please Click here.


New News



Charge Conference Announcement – February 28, 2017

On February 28 at 7 pm., the Montgomery Church will convene a special Charge Conference meeting.  As decided during the transition period, this meeting will be convened as a “Church Conference” meeting, which signifies that every member of Montgomery Church will be able to participate in the decision-making process.

We will be holding the meeting after the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in order to make it easier for our members to attend.  There will be only one item of business that will be discussed.

The resolution to be considered is the proposed new Administrative Structure for the church, a copy of which is attached to this email.  This plan has been developed by the Communication and Leadership Team, and approved by the Transitional Leadership Team for consideration by the Church Conference.  In addition to approving the new structure, the Church Conference will set a date at which the new structure can be put in place.

The outer ring of the diagram, which is blue in color, includes the persons who will serve on the Church Council, which is the decision-making group for the church. 

There are four additional areas, in columns on the inside of the ring.  At the top of each column are the persons who will relate to those areas listed beneath them in the column.  The design of those columns is to indicate channels of communication and connection.  The Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is listed in the green arc above those columns, to indicate that the SPRC will be in connection and communication with all of those areas.

It is proposed that the diagram is to be posted on the church web-site, with pictures and contact information for each of the four persons who head the groups at the top of the columns.  (We will be providing safeguards for the privacy and safety of those leaders when their names and pictures are posted on our web-site.)  This would permit any person who accesses the web-site to see who to contact about a particular issue.  If the group leader does not have a specific answer, it will be easy for them to provide contact information for the other groups represented in their column.  In this way, questions can be answered, and concerns addressed in a swift and streamlined manner.

It is our hope that many of our church family can be present at the Church Conference, so that we can have a lively discussion of the issue.  If you would like further clarifications before the meeting, please contact the church office. Click on the link below to view the chart:


Link to Proposed New Leadership Structure




Inquirer’s Class is coming to Montgomery!

 Inquirer’s Class is for persons who would like to learn about the United Methodist Church, Montgomery Church, and have an opportunity to ask questions about Christianity in general.  Any person who is interested will be welcome.  Persons who are interested in membership at Montgomery Church will need to complete Inquirer’s Class prior to joining.  Class will be held on alternate Thursday evenings from 7 pm. until 8:30, beginning on March 9.

Discussion topics will include:

          What is unique about the United Methodist Church?

          What do we mean by the United Methodist “Connection?”

          How is the United Methodist Church organized?

          What is the vision for ministry that we share here at Montgomery?

All this and more.  This is also a great chance for you to get to know our church leaders and others new to our church.  Sign-up sheets are available at the Welcome Center in the Connecting Place, beginning Sunday February 12.



Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

The United Methodist Men will  prepare our annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, which this year is on Feb 28 (the day before Ash Wednesday) from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Snow date will the following day, Ash Wednesday.

We will need lots of help cooking, setting up, serving, and clean up. Let Gib Warnick know if you are able to help out (GIBW340@AOL.COM or 301-461-4999).



Heritage Circle

You are invited to attend the Heritage Circle on February 27 at 1:00 pm for a special program by Sandy Smith.  She will tell us all about her and Neil’s trip out west, an American travelogue this time!  Refreshments are served afterward.  Meetings are usually in the Memorial Room, but may change due to attendance.



Vintage Music Available

There are various pieces and books of vintage music in the choir room that are available for re-homing. The church is no longer in need of these items and anyone who may be interested is asked to see the Music Director Dana Carpenter or Joyce Rhodes. Thank You.



Attention all Sunday Servants

We will begin to create a schedule up through May for all the Scripture Readers and Worship Leaders. If you are currently serving and no longer wish to serve, or if you are not and would like to be added to the schedule or would like more information please contact the church office via email at: or Via phone at: 301-253-4460. All currently serving scripture readers and worship leaders will be put onto the new schedule unless we are otherwise notified.


Helping Families Heal

A seven-week series of programs offering information and support for families and friends with loved ones who struggle with addiction. As we read in the local papers, addiction is no longer an inner city problem. It has come in a big way into our community, neighborhoods and schools. These programs are being offered free of charge at Calvary UMC, Mt. Airy, 403 S. Main Street. Childcare is available. The kick off event is on January 7 at 4:00 PM at Calvary Church. For more information or to register, go to or call 301-829-0358.



Youth Sports

The Sports Ministry Team needs to grow.  We need new members in order to continue providing our toddler basketball program and to develop new and exciting sports oriented activities to our kids and church family.  Sports experience is not required, and you don’t have to join the team to help out – volunteers are always welcome.  If you simply enjoy working with kids and groups, or are just looking for new ways to meet other members, please contact Karen Skidmore.  240-446-2118 or



Volunteers needed:

The audio-visual team is looking for help operating the sound system during Sunday morning services.  You can choose the service to work and training will be provided.  Please contact Dennis Babb at 301-524-0314.


Volunteers are needed to help with the nursery during the 11:00 service. If you can help, please contact Amy Burkey (240-674-2419 or ASAP. Thank You.












The history of the Montgomery congregation dates back to 1846 when an acre of ground was purchased from Nicholas Watkins for the construction of Brown’s Chapel, a log cabin near the border of Montgomery and Howard counties. Laymen conducted on-denominational Christian services, with occasional visits by circuit riders. In 1860 Brown’s Chapel was deeded to Brown’s Chapel Methodist Protestant Church.


At the site of the chapel on Brown Church Road a stone bearing the words “Brown’s Chapel – Founded 1846” was dedicated at the site in 1903. The stone represents the historical location of a log cabin church that served a rural community of dedicated Christians as the center of their religious, cultural and social lives during Civil War times.


A building to replace Brown’s Church was dedicated in 1871 at the intersection of Buffalo and Quaker Roads, now known as Route 27 or Ridge Road, and Route 80 or Kemptown Road, respectively. The church was renamed Montgomery Chapel Methodist Protestant Church.


In the early 1940’s Sunday school rooms were added to the renamed Montgomery Church, along with brick facing. In 1960 the steeple was replaced with a bell tower and in 1962 the church became a station church. With the merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church, the church took on its current name of Montgomery United Methodist Church.


During the 1960’s the church’s plans to build a new facility on the opposite side of Route 27 were stymied by a proposed Damascus bypass due to be built in the next 10 years.  The road was never built but because of this setback the church changed its course and purchased land on Route 80, where ground was broken in 1972 for the first section of the current structure.


In 1973 special services were held to consecrate the new Educational Building and Fellowship Hall, where services and other church functions were held. In 1979 the church at the intersection was sold to the First Church of God.


A new sanctuary was added and dedicated in 1992. As the congregation of Montgomery United Methodist Church moves and grows, the traditions of Christian love and service continue as they began so long ago in a simple log cabin.



40 Days of Love

On January 9, Montgomery will begin 40 Days of Love.  It is a program similar to the 40 Days of Purpose, mostly because it was also developed by the Saddleback Church and Pastor Rick Warren.  It is a series designed to infuse new love into all of our relationships.  What a great way to start the New Year.

You can jump in at many different levels:

On Sunday mornings, we will discuss the weekly topic during our worship time. Upcoming sermons are:

          January 15-
                    Love is a Decision
                    1 Corinthians 13: 1-14

          January 22-
                     Loving Like Jesus Loves Me
                     Luke 11: 5-13

          January 29-
                     Loving with Words
                     James 3: 1-12

You also might want to purchase the text for the series, titled The Relationship Principles of Jesus, which will add another level of depth.

You may want to be part of a small group, which will see a short video by Rick Warren, and then have time for discussion.  If you do, it might be helpful to have a small group participant guide.

Classes are being led Sunday mornings at 8:00 and 9:15.  The Iron Dome Men’s Group is also participating in the study on Thursday evenings at 8:30.



Sunday School for Children and Youth


9:30 – 10:45 am

Click on the link below to download our Sunday School Registration Form:


2016-17 Sunday School Registration


Classes available for toddlers, preschoolers, each elementary grade, middle school and senior high



Adult Education


  • Ongoing classes and a variety of short-term electives are offered each week.
  • Topics include such things as: studies on individual books of the Bible, faith issues (spiritual gifts, discipleship, contentment, etc.), and life issues (marriage, stress, parenting, etc.).
  • Current class listings are posted in the lobby of both the sanctuary and education wings.


Confirmation Classes

  • Youth in grades 7 and up are invited to join in the Confirmation Journey in preparation for full membership within Montgomery United Methodist Church.
  • Confirmation classes begin in February and continue through May.
  • Confirmation activities are coordinated by the Pastor, the Youth Coordinator and the Christian Education Director.


Youth and Adult Small Groups

  • Various small study and discipleship groups are available, meeting at different times throughout the week.
  • Some meet in the church building, some in homes
  • Some are for women only, some men only, youth or couples.
  • Study groups meet for a few months up to a few years – depending on the needs and interests of the group.


Vacation Bible School

  • VBS is offered during one week each summer, usually in July
  • This half day program features worship, age level classroom activities, drama, music, crafts and recreation
  • VBS is open to the entire community, with registration beginning in April.
  • 2016 VBS Registration

Montgomery Methodist Children’s Center

An accredited Christian preschool for children ages 2-5.

  • Sessions of 3 or 4 hours are offered in combinations of 2, 3, 4 and 5 days a week. Tuition is charged.
  • For information or to register, contact the school directly at (301) 253-4884 or click below to access the school’s website.



“Stop Hunger Now” Pie Social

Everyone had a great time preparing 10,000 food packets for “Stop Hunger Now” last year.  The Mission team would like to do it again this Spring.  In order for that to happen, we need to raise $3,000.  To help us raise the money, we are holding a Pie Social after the Unity Service on Sunday, January 29th.  Service will be at 9:15 with the social starting around 11am.  It should be great fun but we need everyone’s help.  We are looking for people to make homemade pies to donate for sale at the social.  We will also be auctioning off the ability to pie someone in the Congregation.  Names of those individuals to be announced at a future date.  If you would like to donate a homemade pie, please sign up at the Welcome Center. Please contact Sue Lake or any other member of the Missions Team.  Please include a list of ingredients with your pie when you drop it off before service for consumers’ information.   Hope to see everyone there.



Caregiver Support Group

Started in 2008, the group is open to members and non-members of Montgomery UMC.

The group discusses difficulties as well as positive experiences while caring for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, cancer or any other illness that renders their loved one incapable of caring for themselves. Each member receives valuable feedback that is helpful to all in attendance. The group also invites outside speakers to come and speak about topics related to caregiving for a loved one.

If you have a family member or friend for whom you are a part-time or full-time caregiver, please plan on joining us. We would love to have you join us whether you want to participate or just listen to the helpful discussions that take place during each meeting!

For more information, please contact the group’s facilitator, Bill Bugg at 301-831-9779 or call the church office at 301-253-4460.



Outreach Ministries that we support:


Damascus HELP provides assistance to needy persons and families in the upper portion of Montgomery County and adjacent areas in the form of emergency food, holiday food baskets and gifts.  Transportation, furniture and emergency financial assistance are also available.



Faith Connections with the help of a part-time community social worker and partnering with Damascus HELP, area churches, organizations and individuals, is providing assistance to area families facing homelessness by helping to prevent evictions and foreclosures. Faith Connections also provides mentoring and life skills training to single mothers and after school programs for at-risk youth in the community.



Youth for Christ as a part of the body of Christ, vision is to see every young person in every people group in every nation have the opportunity to make an informed decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ and become a part of the local church. In the Frederick area, YFC engages with Middle and High School youth in addressing the problems and concerns facing today’s teens.



Good News Jail and Prison Ministry attempts to meet the spiritual needs of both inmates and staff through ministry that includes evangelism, discipleship, and pastoral attention, while facilitating other religious faiths within the guidelines established by law and the individual correctional facility.



Chinese Outreach Ministries is giving Christ to China’s future leaders through committed staff and volunteers sharing Christ’s love and truth with Chinese scholars and researchers at universities in North America.



Grace Covenant International Ministries with Ken and Cathie Metz, are partnering with local churches in Peru and are helping towns and villages gripped by drug and violent cultures transform into healthy and productive societies.



Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. This program is supported by the offerings received in the children’s Sunday school program.

Since our founding in 1846, the people of Montgomery United Methodist Church in Damascus, Maryland have sought to be faithful followers of Christ in the community and around the world. We believe that the heart of the community has been, is, and will be – the Church.

We welcome all people in search of God’s teaching and love to visit and become part of our church family. We hope to build upon our great heritage of the love of God and service to our community and the world. Please join us for one of our celebration services.