Eastport United Methodist Church
Friday, May 24, 2013
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
Events at EUMC
It has been Eastport's tradition to present a "Cantata" or longer choral/instrumental work during the Advent and Lenten seasons, a work appropriate to the theme and mood of the season it prepares us for. On March 17, 2013, we presented Rejoice in the Lamb, at First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, featuring the combined choirs of both churches and guest soloists from Peabody in Baltimore. Bob Muckenfuss of First Presbyterian played the organ. This was a pleasant and uniquely ecumenical experience for us. The Cantata is one of the musical highlights of our Church calendar. Please check back during those times for further details. We hope you will join us! – JoAnn Kulesza, Music Director (You may contact JoAnn at email@example.com.)
Each spring Eastport United Methodist Church participates in Greenscape, an event sponsored by the City of Annapolis. This is an opportunity to beautify the church grounds by spreading new mulch, planting bulbs and trees, and cleaning up all the debris left from winter. Church members and friends show up, rain or shine, with shovels, rakes and clippers, and leave the grounds well groomed and inviting. Check our church calendar for this year's date and time.
Always a well-attended event, the tea takes place in our Fellowship Hall every year in May on a Sunday afternoon. Each table is individually hosted and set with lovely china. Guests are treated to a lavish assortment of the finest treats and a good deal of pampering and fun.
This group of young performers always starts their summer tour with a home-church performance at EUMC. The program includes acting, singing, choreography, lighting, and sound. It's always a refreshing and inspiring performance. The Soul Searchers have a long history at Eastport United Methodist Church, dating back to 1972. The efforts of this choral group over the years have created a positive influence on both the audiences and the performers.
This whole-church event always takes place the first Saturday in August. A complete sit-down or carry-out dinner is offered featuring oven-fried or barbequed chicken, home-style vegetables, fresh corn on the cob, biscuits, peach cakes and fresh peaches. Baked goods are available for sale, and a silent auction takes place throughout the afternoon. Pickled beets, peach jelly, peach cakes, and peach pies are sold prior to and during the event.
In 2009, EUMC planned and hosted its first New Year’s Eve Interfaith Worship Celebration which will be an annual event. In 2010 attendance doubled, indicating a sincere interest in the community. Participation has included representatives from many faiths – Methodist, Episcopal, Catholic, Quaker, Seventh Day Adventist, Unitarian, Baha’i, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist. Civic and local groups are also represented, including the Hispanic community, the City of Annapolis Police and Fire Departments, Office of the Mayor, Human Relations Commission, Eastport Civic Association, Annapolis Middle School, Light House Shelter, and Hospice of the Chesapeake. This is an opportunity to “bridge the gaps between our religions and transcend what divides us” (Rev. John Crestwell, Unitarian Universalist). The service is preceded by music from a variety of faith traditions. We invite you to attend this celebration before your traditional New Year’s Eve festivities, to share a Spiritual Presence as one unified people.
ANNUAL PUMPKIN CARVING
This event takes place close to Halloween each year. Bring a pumpkin, your family and friends. Kid friendly food and activities are provided, and lots of assistance carving your pumpkin work of art – leave the mess to us! This event is growing and growing in popularity. The "Grand Illumination" is not to be missed!