Bugle 'N Brief is a bi-monthly newsletter used to keep everyone 'up to date' on what is happening at Wesley Chapel UMC.


  • March - April 2024 25th Edition


  • Members and Friends of Wesley Chapel, grace to you and peace! Here we are, barely at the end of

  • February, and it already feels like we are well into spring. It puts me in mind of the poem “Spring” by

  • Christina Rossetti, one section of which reads …

    There is no time like Spring,

  • When life’s alive in everything,

  • Before new nestlings sing,

  • Before cleft swallows speed their journey back

  • Along the trackless track,

  • God guides their wing,

  • He spreads their table that they nothing lack,

  • Before the daisy grows a common flower,

  • Before the sun has power

  • To scorch the world up in his noontide hour.

  • The days lengthen throughout the season of Lent (lengthen and lent are related words).

  • Soon the calendar will catch up, with the first official day of Spring coming just 10 days before Easter.

  • During Lent, our Thursday study group is continuing to work with the Ten Commandments, guided in

  • part by Adam Hamilton’s book and video. Though we are halfway through, you are very welcome to join us.

  • Each session can stand alone, and the participants are engaged and enthusiastic about it.

    During Holy Week, we will have a Good Friday service at 7:00 pm, and will regather for worship on Easter

  • Morning at our usual time of 9:30 am. Once again, I am soliciting your thoughts. What are your hopes for

  • our church? What would you like to seeus try to do that we have not yet tried, or have not tried in some time?

  • How can we better connect with those around us, so that we may become more effective in delivering grace

  • in our community? I would really like to hear your thoughts.

  • “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,

  • so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom 15)

    Pastor Dave

    Pastor’s Contact:

  • Rev. Dave W, Hodsdon 240-676-7825

  • www.facebook.com/david.w.hodsdon

  • www.youtube.com/david.w.hodsdon3533

  • email: revdwhodsdon@gmail.com

  • Mail: 4227 Headwaters Lane, Olney, MD 20832


    Sunday Worship services 9:30 am


  • 3 Holy Communion

  • 3 Movie Night with a Light Meal 5 pm

  • 10 One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday

  • 21 Church Council Meeting 7 pm

  • 24 Palm Sunday

  • 28 Maundy Thursday

  • 29 Good Friday 7 pm

  • 31 Easter Sunday


  • 7 Holy Communion

  • 13 Ladies Lunch 11:30 am

  • 14 Native American Sunday

  • 22 Bazaar Workshop Noon

  • 28 Heritage Sunday

  • 28 Meal after Worship



  • 3 - Laura Wood

  • 10 - Kendra Gibson

  • 17 - David Mills

  • 24 - Palm Sunday, Dinah Benson

  • 31 - Easter, Tom Maher


  • 7 - Sam German

  • 14 - Leslie Short

  • 21 - Becky Ireland

  • 28 - Carolyn Maher



  • During March and April, we are still examining "The Desire of Ages" and will continue this study through

  • the season of Lent on Mondays from 10:00-12:00 at Dinah Bensons home.

  • Join the Adult Bible Study for something new and challenging as we examine Adam Hamilton’s

  • book, “Word of Life,” a perspective on the Ten Commandments. This group meets Thursday

  • mornings from 10:00-12:00, at Dinah Benson's home. Come for good discussion and sweet

  • fellowship!


  • "DANIEL" is coming to Sight and Sound, Lancaster, PA this year. Wesley Chapel is planning to go

  • Tuesday, July 9 to the 3 pm show. We will carpool, stopping for food on the way home. If you would

  • like to go, please let Judy Pontius know by the March 15 deadline. Tickets will be purchased at that time.


  • March 3, Sunday evening at 5:00 pm, we will gather at Dinah Benson's home for a light dinner with dessert

  • prior to viewing the movie, "One Night with the King" around 6:30pm. This drama recounts the tale of a

  • Jewish orphan who feels the touch of destiny when she becomes the biblical Esther, Queen of Persia.

  • April 13, at 11:30. A ladies' luncheon is planned at B.J.'s Restaurant in Frederick. B.J.'s is in the parking lot

  • adjacent to JC Penney's in Francis Scott Key Mall.


  • April 22, at 12:15 following the Monday Bible study in Dinah Benson's home, our first CRAFT

  • WORKSHOP will begin preparing crafts for the Christmas Bazaar to be held November 9, 2024. This is an

  • opportunity for both novice and advanced crafters to learn or practice their skills while fellowshipping with

  • others. Lunch will be included.


  • Envelopes will be available in the Narthex for contributions for these special Sundays:

  • March 10 - One Great Hour of Sharing

  • April 14 - Native American Sunday

  • April 28 - Heritage Sunday

  • Currently, there are no requests for items, supplies, or gift cards from Urbana Elementary School. If

  • needed in the spring, a message will go out for assistance with this project. If you are keeping up with

  • the Frederick Rescue Mission's needs, they are asking for cereal and canned meats: chicken, tuna,

  • SPAM. These items are in great demand, especially during March and April.


  • Wesley Chapel will once again adorn its sanctuary with lilies for Easter. Cost will be $14 (fourteen dollars)

  • each, the same as last year. Paid orders are due by March 17. Detailed information and an order form can

  • be found on the last page of this issue or in the Narthex.


  • February’s altar flowers were in celebration of Dad, Riley & Emma's birthdays, given by Chris Smith.

  • The altar flowers for the month of March are in memory of Jim and their granddaughter, Liz, given by

  • Barbara Coffey. The altar flowers for the month of April are in memory of Mary & John Covell, given by

  • Jean and Ed Rhinehart.

  • Altar flowers, given for the entire month are available for the months of June, July, August, and November.

  • The cost is $60 (sixty dollars) for both vases and will be displayed on the altar for the entire month. Please

  • sign up on the flower chart in the Narthex or contact Carolyn Maher, 301-662-5769.


  • It has long been a tradition at Wesley Chapel to have a meal after worship the last Sunday of each

  • month, except for September, November, and December. We are asking for more people, a family or a

  • group of friends, to provide a light lunch after worship. Nothing elaborate, just something simple. If

  • you would like to provide a meal, please contact Carolyn Maher.

  • There will be no Meal After Worship in March, as that is Easter Sunday.

  • Our April meal will be provided by Barbara Coffey.


Wesley Chapel will adorn its sanctuary on Easter morning with beautiful lilies. This is a wonderful
way to honor or memorialize your loved ones.
These lilies will be of the same high quality as in the past. Most plants have four to six blooms. After
their display on Easter morning, you may take them home to enjoy and plant in your garden. The cost
this year will be $14.00 per plant.
All paid orders must be received no later than Sunday, March 17.
Place the form below in the offering plate or send to Carolyn Maher, 323 Adam Road, Frederick, MD


Easter Lily Order Form

In Honor of


In Memory of




Phone Number:__________________________

No. of plants________X $14.00 = __________ is enclosed.

Our activities

We organize various activities throughout the calendar year. See our Church Calendar below

Weekly Prayer Concerns

Each week our church bulletin lists members and friends that need our prayers.

Annual gatherings

Our Church organizes various events, from Christmas celebrations, Especially our Live Nativity held behind the Urbana Fire Hall to Easter festivities and Thanksgiving prayers.

Bible Study groups

Our Bible study groups meet on Monday and Thursday mornings, so you can choose which one suits your life the best. Call: 301-663-4956 to ask for info.

"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."