Welcome to Shaft!
Come to Shaft United Methodist Church for a friendly, small church experience and for fellowship with other members and God. Shaft has a unique, interesting history that dates back to the mid 1800's. Click here for a history of Shaft Church and see where and how we started and where we are today.
Our church is very blessed to have as our Minister, Rev. Harry Burchell. He is a master at the piano and gives us many uplifting moments.
Click here to see the list of the administrative council and various committees and the membership of these groups. Joining a committee is a great way to support the church and work with fellow church members. All sorts of skills are invited.
Click here to go to the Shaft Church Guest Book. Read or leave comments, encouragements, suggestions, best wishes, thinking of you thoughts, etc. for anyone at Shaft United Methodist Church! The comments will be available for all to read.
Wounded Warrior Project
2012 WWP Benefit Drive
Shaft UMC will be conducting another fundraising drive to benefit the WWP.
The 2012 WWP Benefit Drive raised $4,300 which was sent to WWP in January 2013.
More information on this very worthy cause can be found at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org
From the website:"
Founded in 2003, WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. The vision of WWP is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in our nation's history. "
A hoagie sale and Krispy Kreme sale are being planned! Patriotic coin containers will be available for families to take home and fill with loose change. We will be asking local businesses if we can place a container in their establishments.
The 2011 Wounded Warrior Project was a great success! Shaft UMC collected a total of $2,500 which was sent to the WWP in November 2011.
"Emergency" Numbers! When...
You are sad, phone John 14
You have sinned, phone Psalm 51
You are facing danger, phone Psalm 91
People have failed you, phone Psalm 27
It feels as though God is far from you, phone Psalm 139
Your faith needs stimulation, phone Hebrews 11
You are alone and scared, phone Psalm 23
You are worried, phone Matthew 8:19-34
You are hurt and critical, phone 1 Corinthians 13
You wonder about Christianity, phone 2 Corinthians 5:15-18
You feel like an outcast, phone Romans 8:31-39
You are seeking peace, phone Matthew 11:25-30
It feels as if the world is bigger than God, phone Psalm 90
You need Christ like insurance, phone Romans 8:1-30
You are leaving home for a trip, phone Psalm 121
You are praying for yourself, phone Psalm 87
You require courage for a task, phone Joshua 1
Inflation's and investments are hogging your thoughts, phone Mark 10:17-31
You are depressive, phone Psalm 27
Your bank account is empty, phone Psalm 37
You lose faith in mankind, phone 1 Corinthians 13
It looks like people are unfriendly, phone John 15
You are losing hope, phone Psalm 126
You feel the world is small compared to you, phone Psalm 19
You want to carry fruit, phone John 15
Paul's secret for happiness, phone Colossians 3:12-17
With big opportunity/ discovery, phone Isaiah 55
To get along with other people, phone Romans 12
For dealing with fear, call Psalm 47
For security, call Psalm 121:3
For assurance, call Mark 8:35
For reassurance, call Psalm 145:18
Also, check out the "Bible" button at the top of the page!
Beautiful singing comes from the choir loft led by Wendy Keady. Assisting on the organ, also beautifully, is Arlene Fatkin. When Arlene cannot be present, we are grateful for Sharon Ashby who steps in to fill her place. The choir is always looking for more singers, be sure to join in!
Pauly Coakley composes and mails a monthly newsletter with announcements, articles, etc. If you would like to receive the newsletter please visit the Guest Page (see the link at the bottom of this page) and send us your name and address. The newsletter can also be accessed by clicking on the "Newsletter" link above.
The prayer chain of Shaft United Methodist Church is very active. In addition to the needs called in daily by our own members, prayers are called in by many individuals outside of our congregation who have heard of our prayer line. God answers prayer!!! The following people compose our prayer chain:
Faye Wolford ( First person to call) 301.689.8542
Elaine Clise 301.689.2434
Arlene Fatkin 301.689.5539
Harold and Carol Skidmore 301.689.6702
Harvey and Adelia McKenzie 301.689. 5286
Pauly Coakley 301.689.8562
Leonard and Estella Howsare 301.689.9551
Alice Monahan 301.689.5167
Mary Ziler 301.463.5675
John and Jill Dean
The missions program at Shaft United Methodist Church,as we know it today, was started in the early 1980's under Reverend John Potts. The giving for missions is based on faith promises. At the end of each year, individuals promise to give an amount for the following year based on what they feel the Lord will provide for them. There may also be some miscellaneous gifts throughout the year. With the pledged money, we send regular monthly support to the following:
Brother Immanuel Paul - India
James Jacob Ministries - India
Word Alive Missions' Association - Charles Nyane - Africa
He's Alive Radio - Grantsville, Maryland
"Go Tell John" prison ministry - J. William Hunt
Rodger and Karen Rinker - Indian Ministry - Canada
Operation Mobilization Ship Ministry - worldwide
Tri-State Teen Challenge - Cumberland, Maryland
Trinity Church, Bacau Romania (Pastor Marian Paduret)
There may be times that God leads us to give to an individual or an organization in need of help. Shaft UMC also sends used Sunday School and other used Christian literature to Eagles Nest Ministries in Butler, Illinois. From there, they are shipped around the world. We support the program "Shoes for Orphan Souls" and also Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoebox project each year.
Blankets+ - our church is once again supporting this project - Feb. 27, 2011 has been designated as "Blanket Sunday" - a $5.00 donation buys one blanket to be distributed to those in need
Our church has been blessed because of our Mission outreach.
Friday Night Bible Class
The original name of the Bible class was "The Walker Bible Study". To everyone's knowledge, it was started by Wally Walker sometime in the late 1930's. Joe Layman continued the class after the passing of Wally Walker. Harvey McKenzie continued on with the class after the passing of Joe Layman. Harvey still leads the class to the present time. Pearl Chapman played the piano for the singing in the early years followed by Hazel Layman.
In the years that Harvey has led the class, it is opened with hymn singing requested by the members. Prayer requests are written down and are prayed for by a volunteer from the class. Scripture is read by the class followed by a discussion of the readings.
United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women meet monthly. The Shaft United Methodist Women play a vital role in the ministry of the church. Prayer, fellowship, and the study of God's word is important to each one in the group. During the Christmas season, the women, along with the help of other church members, hold a worship service and pizza party for a local juvenile forestry camp. New Testaments and trays of homemade cookies are given to the young men and boys attending. Cookies are also given to local shut-ins as a Christmas gift. A donation is presented yearly to the American Bible Society. The UMW also supports the Beall High School after-prom. Help and support is also given to many of the other activities which take place in church.
The officers for 2011-2012 are Marsha Staggs, President; Helen Keady, Vice President; Wendy Keady, Secretary; and Elaine Clise, Treasurer.
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