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

January-February 2024 24th Edition


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
As I write, we are rapidly approaching the last of our Advent worship services. And I believe the newsletter
will arrive for you during the Christmas season. I hope that you will celebrate Christmas well, right on
through January 6. In some areas, the day after Christmas is called “boxing day,” because of a tradition of
boxing gifts to hand deliver to those who may be less fortunate. In other parts of the world the Day after
Christmas is called the “Feast Day of St. Stephen.” You may remember that, in the early church, Stephen was
assigned the task of making sure that no persons were neglected when gifts were distributed to the poor. (You
can read about him in Acts, chapters 6 and 7). St. Stephen’s feast day and boxing day are wedded for us in a
traditional song of the Christmas season: “Good King Wenceslaus looked out, on the feast of Stephen”. The
song goes on to narrate the earthly king’s boxing day gifts to needy persons in his kingdom, and his training
his squire to “follow in his steps”. You might like to review the story as told in the song. I hope you spend
some time with boxing day, St. Stephen, and good King Wenceslaus, and not just for that single day.
Then... in the coming year... related to another tradition... New Year's resolutions: What are your hopes for
our church? What would you like to see us try to do that we have not yet tried (or not tried in some time)?
How can we better connect with those around us, so that we become more effective in delivering grace in our
community? I would really like to hear your thoughts. Please remember, this season may be difficult for
some. Try to be vigilant, and then supportive when you see someone who is struggling.
In all things, and whatever the new year may bring, may grace and peace be yours, in abundance.
Pastor Dave Pastor’s Contact:
Rev. Dave W, Hodsdon
: revdwhodsdon@gmail.com
Mail: 4227 Headwaters Lane, Olney, MD 20832


Sunday Worship services 9:30 am

7 Holy Communion
20 Planning Retreat 9 am
28 Meal After Worship

5 Holy Communion
13 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall
14 Ash Wednesday Service 7 pm
15 Trustees Meeting 7 pm

25 Meal after Worship

7 - David Mills
14 - Tom Maher
21 - Sam German
28 - Leslie Short
4 - Becky Ireland
11 - Carolyn Maher
18 - Pat Huff
25 - Christine Smith



At Monday Sunday School, we are still reading, studying, questioning, and enjoying the same study as
previous B 'n B's have stated: "The Desire of Ages" by Ellen White. We meet Monday mornings from
10:00-12:00, at Dinah Benson's home.
And, if you want something new and exciting to read, come on Thursday mornings to the Adult Bible
Study from 10:00-12:00, at Dinah Benson's home. We meet weekly and will begin a new Lenten study on
February 15. Come to join us as we prepare for the Easter season!
Please mark your day calendar with January 20 at 9:00 am for the planning committee meeting. Anyone
can join us and make suggestions for any activities we might do as a group during the year. A light lunch
will be provided. Everyone’s suggestion is welcome and the invitation is sent to all.
We are just finishing eating Christmas cookies and are thinking about Pancakes! That's right. The season
of Lent begins February 14 this year which means Shrove Tuesday is February 13. Wesley Chapel will
have a pancake supper with a variety of side dishes at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. There is no charge, but
donations are greatly appreciated to help with the expenses. Come, enjoy the food and fellowship. If you
can volunteer to help, contact Carolyn Maher.
"Moses" is coming to Sight and Sound, Lancaster, PA this year. Wesley Chapel is planning to go. The
dates we are looking at are Tuesday, July 9 or Wednesday, July 10 for the 3 pm show. We will carpool and
plan to stop for food on the way home. If you are interested, please let Judy Pontius know by March 15 at
poncho3506@gmail.com so advance tickets can be ordered.
We have only just begun a new year, but it is time to think about Easter Lilies. Easter is very early this
year, March 31! The last date to order these beautiful white blooms is March 17 and the cost will be
$14.00 each. The order form is located on the last page of this Bugle. If you have any questions, contact
Carolyn Maher, 240-409-6428.


The alter flowers for the month of January are given in honor of Carolyn and Thomas Maher’s birthdays.
Happy Birthday to both of you!
Flower Fashions will continue to be Wesley Chapel’s supplier of altar flowers for 2024. The cost will be
the same as last year. The price of $60 (sixty dollars) includes both the flowers and the vases. They will be
present on the altar for the entire month. An altar flower chart is available for sign-up in the Narthex. If
there are empty months, there will be no flowers on the altar. If you have any questions, please contact
Carolyn Maher, 240-409-6428.
It has been a tradition at Wesley Chapel for some time to have a meal after worship the last Sunday of
each month, except for September, November, and December. We are asking for more people to step up to
provide a light lunch after worship. It can be a family or a group of friends. Nothing elaborate, just
something simple. If you would like to provide a meal, please contact Carolyn Maher.
Our January meal will be provided by the Maher family. The Mission Team will provide February’s meal.



The Bazaar in November did well. Here are the final numbers:

Kitchen - $1,537
Crafts - $ 401
Bake - $ 558
Total - $2,496


Thank you to everyone who helped in any way for the Urbana Indoor Art & Craft Show!! Many of you
have asked how much money was made. Here’s the report:

Kitchen: $2,654.50
Bake table $ 448.75
Rental spaces $3,840.00 (96@$40 each)
Gross income: $6,943.25
Food: $42.78 (all other food donated, table rent donated)
Advertising $290. 00
Total expenses: $332.78
Total Profit $6,610.47 Our Best ever!!


-To Carolyn and Tom Maher for ALL the many hours of work needed to produce our Live Nativity
year after year.
-To all who helped make the Holiday Bazaar and Craft Show successes.
-To those who attended the Christmas Holiday dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. An enjoyable time.
-To everyone who purchased Christmas poinsettias for the Garden of the Nativity.


A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped in any way with the Live Nativity this year. The camels,
sheep, goats & Helen, the mini donkey are always a big hit. The actors played the parts well and taught
the “newcomers” how easy and fun being part of the cast really is.
The cookie bakers went well beyond what was expected. The leftover cookies, which were few, were
donated to the Rescue Mission , a part of the Religious Coalition. They were very pleased with the gift.
The hot chocolate maker, Scott Lawrence, stirred the pot to keep the chocolate from sticking and the hosts
and hostesses smiled while serving the guests cookies and hot chocolate. Let us not forget those behind
the scenes, the director of angels, the director of wisemen and the props manager.
Thank you, too, to everyone who gave so graciously to the Feed the Camel” campaign by purchasing
“hay.” Nan Cronk Walker waived her fee, 12 gallons milk and hot chocolate mix were donated, 11
families provided homemade cookies, and the cleaning cost for costumes was donated by the UMW.
Below is the financial report for the Live Nativity.
Total Income $1,218.60
Advertising $ 280.40
Camel rental $1,000.00
Total Expenses $1,280.40
Total Profit $438.20


Again, we want to express our gratitude to everyone who helped with the Urbana Elementary
School’s Thanksgiving Day dinner contribution. The response was wonderful!! Thank you!


Wesley Chapel still needs someone to pick up the mail from the mailbox at the road and place in
the Pastor’s “mailbox” in the Parish Hall. If you are willing and able to do this, please contact
Carolyn Maher, 301-662-5769.
If you or someone you know who is listed in Wesley Chapel’s directory have changed your address, email
or telephone, please send changes or additions to Judy Pontius at 301-831-8153, poncho3506@gmail.com
or to Thomas Maher at 301-662-5769, maher323@verizon.net. Thanks.


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."