"The Church in the heart of the community with the community in its heart"
In Case You Missed It
Listen to the October 24, 2020 Concert on the CUMC Facebook Page
We Will Worship Through Virtual Worship and in the Parking Lot This
November 1, 2020
All Saints Day
*In Case of Rain, worship will be virtual only.
New Worship Series:
Join us on All Saints Day, November 1, 2020, as we remember those who transitioned to life everlasting this year.
You can worship with CUMC In Person on the Parking Lot and On-Line Sunday Worship Experience
October 25, 2020 @ 10AM on
To view the worship service visit:
Cheverly UMC YouTube Channel
or on Facebook at
Photo courtesy of Peter Leong - Unsplash
Life After the Flood - Let's Help Our Neighbors
Gift Cards and Flood Buckets
A view from Parkway
Neighbor Helping Neighbor Flood Relief
Hurricane Sally caused major damage in the homes of numerous Cheverly residents. Cheverly UMC and numerous neighbors are coming together to help families recover. Here are two families that received funds on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
Each family received:
$500 in Lowe's Gift Cards
$100 in Grocery Gift Cards
$50 Target Card
This effort continues. To help out, please donate gift cards to the church. To date, Lowe's gift cards have been purchased through Amazon and the Lowe's site. For more information call the office at 301-773-1314
Thursday, September 10, 2020, surprised the region with torrential downpours and serious flooding in Cheverly. Numerous cars were totaled due to water damage. Many homes experienced significant loss of property due to the flooding.
Our neighbors need help. People interested in helping neighbors rebuild are invited to donate gift cards for neighbors.
For Neighbors Who Want to Help:
ü Gift Cards: Cheverly United Methodist Church has agreed to receive and distribute gift card donations for the flood victims. Please drop off gift cards from: grocery stores (Aldi, Wegmans, etc) or Home Improvement Stores (Lowes, Home Depot) only. Gift cards can be dropped off to Pastor Lillian at the Church office or ***even easier***you can purchase electronic gift cards and have them emailed to the church at Cheverly@chevelryumc.org. Please note two things when purchasing—that the purchase it is for flood victims and who is donating. Once received, Pastor Lillian will print the E-Card and distribute them to affected families. If you need to make specific arrangements for gift card drop off, you can text Pastor Lillian at 615-512-6983, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also drop off gift cards on Sundays in the CUMC parking lot from 9am-11:30am. As worship is from 10-11am, Pastor Lillian would prefer to receive gift cards donations before or after the service. There will be a basket on the table under the UMC tent.
ü Donate to the General Cheverly Flood Victims Go Fund Me. This fund will be managed by the St. Vincent de Paul Society and they will fulfill specific requests from all the families as they come forward with their needs. Click here to donate: gf.me/u/yzr2yw
ü Go Fund Me –
Donate directly to the Mehabe Family on Parkway. They are an intergenerational family of six who lost an entire floor of living space and a car. Click here to donate: https://gf.me/u/yy4jsp
To date, 14 flood buckets have been distributed to community members who experienced flood damage to their homes. Assembled by United Methodists of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, the buckets are filled with items needed to clean. The items include:
5-gallon bucket with resealable lid - Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned. Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner. Advertisements on the outside are acceptable.
• 5 scouring pads
• 7 sponges
• 1 scrub brush
• 18 cleaning towels (reusable wipes)
• Liquid laundry detergent (two 25 oz. or one 50 oz. bottle)
• 1 household cleaner, 12-16 oz. bottle
• Disinfectant dish soap, 16-28 oz. bottle
• 50 clothes pins
• Clothes line (two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.)
• 5 dust masks
• 2 pair latex gloves
• 1 pair work gloves
• 24-bag roll of heavy-duty trash bags, 33-45 gallon
(remove roll from box before placing in bucket)
• 1 insect repellent spray, 6-14 oz. can
• 1 air freshener, 8 or 9 oz. can
Seventeen flood buckets are still available for other neighbors. If you know someone who would benefit from a bucket, please send an email to: email@example.com. Please put the words, "flood bucket," in the subject line. you can also leave a message on the church voicemail - 301-773-1314.
Neighbor Helping Neighbor - Stairlift Mobile Chair (Stairlifting Chair) Purchased for a Cheverly Neighbor
Thank you to the many people who contributed to this cause. A neighbor's husband lives on a steep hill with numerous steps from the house to the sidewalk. In order to help him and his wife navigate the steps, to get to numerous medical appointments, the Cheverly UMC family collected funds for this chair. The chair will actually walk up and down the stairs. It was delivered on September 12, 2020. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
New This Fall-Virtual Children's Church for Elementary Aged School Children, Sundays at 3PM
Cheverly UMC & Cheverly Emergency Response Team Food Give-Away
September 16, 2020
CERT & Friends celebrate the $2,000 check from Eastern's Automative Group to aid the CUMC/CERT food on-going outreach
"The Church in the Heart
of the Community with the Community in Its Heart"
Cheverly UMC in Mission in Mexico
You can learn more about the ministry of 'Give Ye Them to Eat' by watching this video created by the Chapelwood UMC
Cheverly UMC in Mission Outside the Church Walls through Financial Support of Missionaries Miguel Mairena and Nan McCurdy who serve in Mexico.
To view the recorded 8/30/2020 worship service go to:
To Learn More About 'Give Ye Them To Eat in Mexico,' visit:
Adult Sunday School
Sunday, October 18, 2020
In preparation for our class, participans are encouraged to read the book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church's Complicity in Racism, by Jemar Tisby and "Letter From A Birmingham Jail, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html
We will engage 'Battling Racism: Lessons from Martin Luther King, "a bible study. https://www.westmont.edu/_offices/intercultural_programs/documents/battlingracismstudyguide.pdf
To see the additional videos that were discussed in the Zoom Adult Sunday School study on Racism, learn more specifics about Drive-In Worship or other activities, go to: www.cheverlyumc.org. Go to the Conversations on Race page.
In Service to the Community-
Ministry Highlights from Early Summer
CERT Chairperson, Marvely Nettles, being surprised by the Channel 7 recognition for her efforts and leadership.
County Rep. & Pastor Lillian taking a break from passing out information. The Representative from the Office of Community Outreach distributed Census and Voter Registration information.
To view videos from the event, go to:
Adult Sunday School Zoom Link
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Let Justice Roll Down Like Water, And Righteousness Like an Ever Flowing Stream - Amos 5:24
A Reflection by Pastor Lillian
As this reflection is being written, the world continues to reel in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis, Minnesota police officers. This area is experiencing the 8th day of protesting. Like you, I have been jarred by the images of that fateful 8 minute 46 second video, the mass protests, riots and burning cities. Like you, the images of similar videos haunt me. Like all of you, my emotions have run the full gamut, from tears and sadness to the disbelief that something like this has happened again. Like many mothers of sun kissed sons, I’ve prayed, ‘God, please protect my sons. Keep them safe.’ Like you, I’ve asked, ‘What’s going on- Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor? The list is just too long.
The issue we currently face is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It is a sin problem framed in the hatred or mistreatment of individuals based on their color. The sin of hatred in the form and nomenclature of racism has threatened the fabric of this nation for a long time, really from its inception. There is only one race-human. The construct of race was created to justify the dehumanization of others based on color. Acts of the Apostles 17: 26-28, records,
“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ [b]
What would happen if we each were able and willing to honor every person as we would want to be honored? What would happen if we loved others as we love ourselves? What is God expecting God’s sons and daughters to do in interactions with others? What would Jesus do? As a person of faith, ‘what does the Lord require of you and me? To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God. ‘ Micah 6:8
The issue is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It is truly a sin problem. The sin of racism has threatened the fabric of this nation for a long time, really from its inception. Beloved, there is only one race-human.
As a multi-cultural church family, we have not shied away from open and hard conversations about racism, prejudice, implicit and explicit bias, white privilege, and internalized oppression. Cheverly United Methodist Church has hosted talks by the Rev. E. Michelle Ledder, General Commission on Religion and Race, Freedom Rider, Ernest “Rip” Patton, and studies including “Multi-Cultural Conversations.” The Police Chief’s Advisory Board, on which I serve, participated in a department implicit bias training. More work remains to be done. If true peace is to happen, the extra work has to be done. We will have to continue to work and pray to be the change we want to see. We have made great progress. We still have miles to go before we are done.
Cheverly UMC in mission and outreach. The UM Women were able to provide 11 families enough food to feed them for a week. 7/22/20
In Need of Food
Help-By-Phone Food Pantry Number
Hours: M, T, W, F from Noon-2PM
Songbird and Author, Doreen Vail leading worship in the parking lot on July 19, 2020
CERT & Cheverly UMC Community
More than 838 Bags of Groceries Given to Families In Need
Sandwiches/Meals Prepared for Distribution to Homeless Neighbors and DC Ministry Partners as Part of Coronavirus Outreach -
Thanks to the United Methodist Men for their generous donation of meat, cheese and snacks to last a few weeks. Thanks to the CUMC youth and their families for preparing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for meals. Thanks also to Ruth, Janet, Marvely, and SachaJane
To give to this effort, hit the donate button at the top of the page and designate Coronavirus Outreach:
Pastor's Summer Reading List
Defeating Strongholds: A Believer's Guide to Breaking Strongholds of the Mind by Rebecca Greenwood
Forgiveness by Rodney Hogue
Liberated: Set Free and Staying Free From Demonic Strongholds by Rodney Hogue
How to be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More & Lose More Weight by Haylie Pomroy
Prince George's County and the Civil War: Life on the Border by Nathania A. Branch Miles, Monday M. Miles and Ryan J. Quick
The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American's Church's Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby
Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23 by Dallas Willard
Sunday, October 11, 2020
CUMC On-Line Worship Experience@ 10AM
Fear is on the prowl with this Coronavirus. We are reminded that Jesus is with us. Jesus is our shepherd. We are never alone. Who is stronger than Jesus? No one or anything.
At 10AM, please plan to join us on Churchonline at cheverlyumc.online.church. Through Churchonline we will be able to chat for 15 minutes before and after the worship service has concluded. We can connect for our virtual coffee hour after worship.
If you are joining worship later in the day, please connect to worship through YouTube or on Facebook. Here are the links to access the worship experience:
Chris, Nigel and Pastor Lillian taking a photo after picking up 53 boxes of produce and multiple crates of milk from Community UMC in NE, DC. The three packed cars of food were distributed to the Cheverly Community on July 18, 2020 in the Church parking lot and at Cheverly Station.
In Case You Missed Last Sunday's Worship Celebration. Videos from previous Sundays can be found on the Video Page
or on our YouTube Page.
Summer Worship Series with Doreen Vail
July 19, 2020
Virtual Vacation Bible School
UMC in Mission
For more info visit the "Opportunities to Serve Page."
Cheverly UMC United Methodist Women, worked with Mirna Castillo to help feed Glady Noon Spellman Elementary families on July 22, 2020
Mr. Donald Whitehead, Program Manager of Outreach, PG County Department of Social Services, picking up lunches and hygiene bags for 50 homeless persons on Friday, April 17, 2020. Lunches were also packed and provided on April 24, 2020 and May 1, 2020. CUMC continues to make more than 100 lunches each week for this effort.
Volunteers from the Cheverly Emergency Response Team Collecting Items Donated from Community Members on March 28, 2020. Donated items will go to people in need.
Faith is a Lifetime Journey
Children are invited to grow as Christ followers each Sunday. Young and old alike, praise the name of the Lord.
Worship with us
Pastor Lillian Smith
2801 Cheverly Avenue
Cheverly, MD 20785