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IN THIS ISSUE

Risen


The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is an astonishing claim. The scriptures present a number of responses to the claim: disbelief, confusion, bewilderment, and mockery. It’s fair to say that these reactions to the story have not disappeared—even within the church.

How did it happen? How can someone come back from the dead? Is it the same body? Changed? In what ways? These are among the many questions that we are fond of asking and debating and sometimes judging other people’s answers to. 

We can get hung up on the details that we imagine they are the things we’re supposed to have faith in. The arguments that Christians get in with non-Christians and with each other over the nature of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and how to understand it ignores the powerful world-changing reality at the heart of the proclamation.

For this reality requires not our doctrinal assent but our discipleship. It calls us to follow in the path of faithful discipleship in the way of the One raised to new life.


Rev. Mark Schaefer, Pastor

 Ecclesiastica


SUNDAY’S WORSHIP SERVICES
Thanks to everyone who participated in worship services Sunday. Thanks to Crystal Reed and Cara Schaefer for running the Zoom and Facebook livestreams during worship, and to Chiara Griffith for taking the time to record and provide our music.
         Sermon: “Is the Resurrection Real?” Rev. Mark Schaefer
         Sunday’s attendance: c. 40
         Collection: $ TBD
NEXT SUNDAY SERVICES, MAY 3, 2020, 10:00 a.m.—ONLINE
Fourth Sunday in Easter

Sermon: “Faith Questions: Why Does God Allow Evil?” Rev. Mark Schaefer
Scripture Lessons: Acts 2:42–47; 1 Peter 2:19–25; John 10:1–10

To Join Online:
Want to help out in worship? Use our online sign-up to be a greeter, usher, liturgist, lector, or communion server.
HOW TO MAKE A DONATION ONLINE
If you’re looking to make your contribution of tithes and offerings online, you can do so easily at the following links:
bit.ly/CUMCVanco
www.cheltenham.com/give

Community Events & Information


STAYING AT HOME? JOIN MONDAY METHODISTS!
Are you one of the many who’ve never been able to join the Monday Methodists prayer group because you’ve always had to go to work? Are you now stuck at home and looking for ways to connect with other people? Then we have the solution for you. Join Monday Methodists every Monday at 9 a.m. for a time of fellowship and prayer via Zoom. You can use a device to log in or call in by telephone. To join us, use the login information below:
  • Via Zoom: https://bit.ly/CUMCMM
  • Via Phone:
    • Dial  +1 (301) 715 8592
    • Enter meeting ID: 306 194 066#
    • Enter password: 001873
Contact: Lu Lawrence, lulaw711@verizon.net

REVELATION BIBLE STUDY—NEW TIME!
Mondays, 7:00 p.m., Online

Join us for a special post-Easter Bible Study on the Book of Revelation. This oft-misunderstood text is viewed with fear and apprehension by many, but in reality has a powerful message of hope. Join us via Zoom video or conference call, beginning this Monday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. using the login information below. If you missed last Monday’s bible study, watch the video here (Password: 8h&f!C%7)
Contact: Rev. Mark Schaefer, cumcpastormark@gmail.com

SPRING FLING POSTPONED
Our annual Spring Fling, usually the first Saturday in May, has been postponed due to our inability to gather into May. Church leadership is looking at when to schedule the event (either summer, or perhaps fall). Watch this space for updates!
 
Contact: Crystal Reed, crystaldreed@verizon.net
 
POST-EASTER SERMON SERIES: QUESTIONS OF FAITH
April 19–May 24, 2020

Join us for an exploration of some of the more frequently encountered questions of faith that people have. Throughout the Easter season we'll explore questions like: Am I lost if I have doubt? Is the resurrection real? Why does God allow evil? Do non-Christians go to heaven? How is Jesus both human and divine? and Does forgiveness require me to be a victim?
 

PASTOR’S OFFICE HOURS
As with all our other programming, Rev. Schaefer’s regular office hours are online. If you cannot make office hours but would like to talk with Rev. Schaefer, you can book a time to do so through a handy online tool called You Can Book Me. You can use this to book time to talk online via chat or by phone. You can also reach him by phone at (202) 486-6061. One final option is to use Google Chat: From your online gmail, initiate a hangout chat and invite him (cumcpastormark@gmail.com) to chat. Once you're connected, you can talk online through chat. 
 

Regular Weekly Calendar

  • Monday
    • Monday Methodists, 9 a.m. (ONLINE)
      • Using Zoom on a smartphone, computer, or other device
      • Calling in on your telephone
        • Dial  +1 (301) 715 8592
        • Enter meeting ID: 306 194 066#
        • Enter password: 001873
    • Knitting Circle, 10 a.m. (ONLINE)
      • Using Zoom on a smartphone, computer, or other device
      • Calling in on your telephone
        • Dial  +1 (301) 715 8592
        • Enter meeting ID: 306 194 066#
        • Enter password: 001873
    • Revelation Bible Study, 5:30 p.m. (ONLINE
  • Tuesday
    • Cheltenham Academy, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Pastor’s Bible Study, 9:30 a.m. (ONLINE)
      • Using Zoom on a smartphone, computer, or other device
      • Calling in on your telephone
        • Dial  +1 (301) 715 8592
        • Enter meeting ID: 456 431 396#
        • Enter password: 001873
    • Pastor’s Office Hours, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. (ONLINE)
      • Using Zoom on a smartphone, computer, or other device
      • Calling in on your telephone
        • Dial  +1 (301) 715 8592
        • Enter meeting ID: 173 570 837#
        • Enter password: 001873
    • AA and Al-Anon, 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    • SLOGGS Meeting, 11:30 a.m. (2nd Wed of month)
    • Pastor’s “Office” Hours, 2–4 p.m. (ONLINE)
      • Using Zoom on a smartphone, computer, or other device Calling in on your telephone
        • Dial  +1 (301) 715 8592
        • Enter meeting ID: 493 671 679#
        • Enter password: 001873
    • Book Club, 6 p.m.
    • Band, 6 p.m.
    • Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m.
  • Friday
    • Pastor’s Sabbath
  • Sunday
    • Sunday School, 9 a.m.
    • Sunday Worship, 10 a.m. (ONLINE)
    • Fellowship, 11 a.m.
The COVID-19 outbreak has been a challenge to so many of us, and yet, in our responses offers us some real reasons for hope. Read Rev. Schaefer’s reflection entitled: Solidarity, the Coronavirus, and Salvation.

Prayer List


Family, friends, and all those mourning the deaths of
     Elsie Tyler
     Phyllis Cooke Decker

     Barbara Langley
     Terry Putnam

     Dave Dargo
     Irene, mother of Lydia Gladstone
     The brother of Janice
     Tony
     Judy Stone
     Mary
     Judy’s son
     Amy Mackey

     Bradley Brown
     Ginny Lang
     Steve,
the brother of Connie
     Chris' friend and co-worker
     Lisa’s father
The Bradford family, mourning the death of their mother
Mary Lou Temple, in the hospital
Pilar, with COVID-19
George, with gallbladder issues
Patrick, traveling mercies
Harry, in pain and recovering from a heart stent operation
Family in Upper Marlboro on Van Brady Road
Brenda’s family member
Deb
, in the hospital
Lisa’s mother, with an illness
Jimmy, with medical issues
IT Professionals, helping to keep us all connected
Barbara Chase, battling cancer
Billy, recovering from COVID-19
Governor Hogan and all those in leadership during this crisis
Steven Banks, diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia
Phoebe, in a custody struggle, hoping to return to the US with her children
Sy, tested positive for Coronavirus
Annie, ill with autoimmune encephalitis
Robin, working to provide comfort to patients and families 
Cristina, returning to work as an RN to treat COVID-19 patients
For artists left unemployed without income
For students whose education has been interrupted
For parents, providing safe, happy, educational and nurturing environments for their kids
Meredith, for healing for her foot
Meredith's daughter, weeks from delivering a baby
Pets left worried and confused while owners suffer from COVID-19 in hospitals
Dan, called back into service with the army
Maria del Mar, comfort after losing her job of 10 years this week
Porters, doormen, and staff working in apartment buildings to keep conditions safe and clean for residents
Kendra’s friend’s father, elderly and hospitalized with presumed COVID-19 complications
Kris, with a serious illness
Susie, whose son-in-law Steven is a first responder in DC and daughter Brooke, a nurse
Jonas Brachfield, 95, loving in locked down independent living home, struggling with loss of sight
Connie House’s mother and family, mourning death of her brother Steve as her mother’s dementia continues to progress
Sarah, distressed and looking for a job
Ellie, recovering from hip surgery, suffering from COVID-19
Sarah, furloughed from her job
Betty McDermott, dying from COVID-19 and her daughter Martha, quarantined with her
First responders, providing urgent medical care during this pandemic
Doug House, the homeless ministry, and those he serves
Connie, and all those working in nursing homes during the pandemic
Indigo, traveling mercies and all those concerned with job insecurity and finding employment
Joanne and Bill, with health issues
Leonard B., for quick recovery and good test results following recent surgery
The son of Pastor Denise Millett, at high risk for infection, seeking excused absence from work
Clayton, with ongoing health problems
Miriam, with back problems
Eddie, with lung problems
Lucien, with foot sprain
Becky, with a back injury
Jaime, with difficulties in pregnancy
Landon, with a broken arm
Derek, deployed to Bahrain
Jenn, going through a difficult time
Leora, with increasing memory problems
Becky Flade, recovering from a stroke and going through a difficult time
Crystal’s friend, diagnosed with Parkinson's
Chuck Tyler, in the hospital

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