Posted by: deercreekcharge | February 19, 2011

That’s Cheeky! (Sunday, 20 February 2011)

Welcome back to the Deer Creek Charge! We’re so glad that you stopped by, and we hope to see you in person! This week we are kicking off an emphasis in Social Justice (see below) with a message on Matthew 5:38-48. This is the passage that begins with “You have heard it was said, ‘an eye for an eye and a cheek for a cheek,’ but I tell you…” If you’re not sure what this has to do with social justice, I encourage you to come out and investigate it with us! Today we also are having our 3rd Sunday Potluck at Mt. Tabor–all are welcome!

May God bless you as you journey through this grand adventure called life and faith. We hope to be part of that journey!

Social Justice Opportunities In Harford County

“The Gospel of Christ knows no religion but social, no holiness but social holiness.”

~John Wesley 

-For more than 100 years, the Methodists have stated principles for social justice.

(Our current stand on a variety of issues can be found in the Book of Discipline and covers these broad topics: the Natural World, the Nurturing Community, the Social Community, the Economic Community, the Political Community and the World Community).

 -These are a “call to all members of the UMC to a prayerful, studied dialogue of faith and practice.”

-We “do” not because it will “save” us, but rather, as a response to God’s grace in our lives. It makes us “holy” (set-apart) from the world. It results from focusing fully on the love of God and the love of neighbor.

-For Methodists, being “holy” is about more than a 1-on-1 relationship with God—it starts with God, but it is also social—it involves others.

-Jesus taught all about serving those who are marginalized by the world, and sought to transform society from a fallen state to one that welcomed in God’s Kingdom on earth. We too are called to work for transformation in this world. Transformation involves more than “serving”—it includes changing the social structures that create the need in the first place (ex: don’t just donate food to hungry people, but instead, change the system(s) that led to them being hungry in the first place). 

Will you donate one day/partial day per month to start changing the systems of injustice in Harford County? Individually, we can’t do much. But together, and partnering with other local churches and agencies, we can transform Harford County and help bring in God’s Kingdom!

-Let’s “adopt” a program in Harford County to support with our prayers, volunteers, etc.

Issues: Education, Hunger, Homelessness, Etc.

Community Organization: Mason-Dixon Community Services

(Street, MD and Delta, PA) 

-Soup Kitchen on the 3rd Friday of each month

-GED Tutoring, School supplies for low-income students

-Assistance Funds

-Volunteer Opportunities Available in many areas—will help us design projects 

Issue: Homelessness

Community Organization: Faith Communities and Civil Agencies United (FCCAU) “Welcome One” Shelter

(Belcamp, MD) 

-Emergency Shelter for 22 men and 6 women

-Transitional Housing Program


-Need volunteers to help with several programs, including transporting clients to work so they can have a job and move into their own home

Issue: Job-Resourcing, Daytime Safe Place, Hunger

Community Organization: New Hope Outreach Center (Formerly the FCCAU “Welcome One” Day Shelter)

(New Hope Fellowship UMC, Edgewood, MD) 

-Provides services to clients on a walk-in basis

-Hot lunch provided each day

-Need volunteers to cook/serve meals for 30-40 people, interact with clients, additional opportunities available 

Issue: Hunger

Community Organization: “God Provides” Food Pantry

(Centre UMC, Forest Hill, MD) 

-Operates Mondays and Fridays: 10am-1pm and Wednesdays 5-8pm

-Opportunities to serve our immediate community

-Food Collection, Volunteer 

Issue: Domestic Violence

Community Organization: SARC (Bel Air, MD) 

-Advocacy, Education, Community Outreach, Emergency Help Line, Emergency Shelter, Legal Services, and more for victims of domestic violence

-Volunteers needed to: answer 24-hr. help line, accompany victims to hospital, Professional Services (doctor, dentist, lawyer, etc.), General maintenance, Office help (mailings, fundraisers, etc.), Other areas you think of


TODAY is 3rd Sunday Potluck! Join us after worship for a time of fellowship, food and fun! Location: Mt. Tabor. 

Social Justice Sign-Ups! What are you willing to commit to? What are you interested in? Check out the insert, and after the service today, let’s see how we can get engaged in our community! Also, there is a now a food donation box at Deer Creek. Food will be donated to Centre UMC’s food pantry. Talk to Kim with questions. 

Do you know someone who plays the piano and/or organ? We are looking for someone who can help us out either in the interim or become our permanent accompanist for the charge. There is a small stipend. If you know someone who would be interested, or would like more info, please see either Bonnie or Cheryl.

We’ve had a great response to the Bible Study! The books have arrived! Please see Bonnie to pick up your packet. Classes begin NEXT WEEK, and will run approximately one hour. Didn’t get to sign up? Talk to Bonnie about getting involved.


Deer Creek will have their study on Monday mornings at either 10am or 11am (depending on choir rehearsal).

Mt. Tabor will have their study on Sundays at 12:15 (right after worship).

Worship Fun Fact!

Why are many church doors (including ours!) red? Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, is also a reminder of the Passover and a sign of the Holy Spirit. Church doors began to be painted red as a way of remembering the ultimate sacrifice that others had made for their faith. The red doors of churches traditionally indicated a place of sanctuary, refuge, and safety. Those in need would not be captured or harmed inside the holy walls of the church, which offered physical and spiritual protection. Red doors on Protestant churches indicate their roots in the Reformation. (


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