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Dime Store Dream Come True

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A Winter Relief Story

As Pam wandered around the Dollar Tree looking for Bingo prizes, she never imagined how God would use one of the items to bring a smile to Nan’s face.

No Bingo this year.

That was the word passed down from who-knows-where. The Winter Relief guests and volunteers alike were crestfallen. Playing Bingo for a chance to win prizes is the highlight of the week for many of the Winter Relief participants.

Pam and a few other volunteers decided that everyone NEEDED some Bingo in their lives. Pam climbed into her car and headed to the Dollar Tree to pick up some prizes. Right away a decorative sign with a saying about friendship caught her eye. She passed it by thinking that a decorative sign was probably the last thing a person without a home would want.

She continued to pick up more practical items. Fun socks, pretty headbands, scented lotion…   But her heart kept going back to the sign. She finally added it to the pile in her basket thinking that surely no one would want it.

Later, as Pam set up the prize table for Bingo Nan, a Winter Relief guest, was immediately interested in the sign. Pam recalls, “How I just wanted to say ‘go ahead, and take it’ but it wasn't my place to give away the bingo prizes and so I just prayed that she would win it. “

Pam didn’t stick around for Bingo as she had to run some errands, but upon her arrival back at church she noticed that the sign was absent from among the prizes. “I asked around as to who had won” Pam said, “and when I heard that Nan was one of the winners and that she picked the decoration, the one thing that I was for sure nobody would want, my heart was filled with joy.”

Such a simple thing.

Pam adds, “Now I know that it was God who was leading me to select that item for Nan and I'm so glad I listened.  She was so very happy.  When you consider the hardships that our guests go through on a day to day basis, and that something so simple as an item from the dollar store could bring such joy - well, that is what serving at winter relief is all about - seeing that joy.”


 

You never know how God is going to use you to bless others, or how this serving opportunity can bless you. 

Learn More About Winter Relief

 

How Severn Runners Get Connected

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We asked some Severn Runners how they got connected in our church community through Connect Groups. We thought their answers would encourage you to get connected if you aren't already.

Why did you join a Connect Group at Severn Run? 

I joined to be connected with parents who also have young kids and when the pastor said we should all be connected, I wanted to follow his leadership advice so I found a group. I'm so thankful I did.

What are some of the benefits of being in a Connect Group?

Being around families who also are at a similar life stage of having young kiddos has been very valuable to me. We can share our trials, celebrate our successes and do the journey of life together supporting each other.  I also learn more and do studies I would probably not take the initiative to do on my own, so it has been great exposure to studies out there and learning new things about God's word and learning how to apply it to my life in new and different ways. My son looks forward to going every Thursday night and playing with his friends, so it is a benefit to our whole family. 

How did you decide which Connect Group to join?

I went to one of the find a Connect Group events and met some of the folks in each group. I found a group I enjoyed talking to and decided to try visiting. I also was specifically looking for a group with childcare and really like that not only was childcare provided, but also it was on the church campus where my son was used to playing.

Do you lead a Connect Group? Why did you decide to lead?

I lead Families with Special Needs. Many times even day to day struggles are made even larger when dealing with a family member that has special needs. Our group is a safe place to share parenting questions and dilemmas as we support and encourage each other with scripture and prayer.


 

If you are feeling God's leading to get connected with Severn Run, now is the perfect time!

Simply go to http://severnrun.com/connectgroups/ and search our Connect Groups based on life phase, interests or locations.

You'll quickly find a great group of people with whom you can grow in faith.

#MyStory - How I Realized I Need a Connect Group

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Two years, three months, and 28 days ago I became a Marylander--or at least I moved to Maryland. I had gotten a job, rented a townhouse, put all my belongings on a moving truck, got in my car, and drove 1,121 miles to my new residence.

After living in the same state my entire life, I wanted to make a change. I needed to make a change. It was a good thing. In doing so however, I not only left Minnesota behind, I left behind something very important...connections. Connections with church, co-workers, family members, places, and friends.

I was thinking all those could be replaced and new connections could be made. But as an introvert it was more of a challenge than I ever imagined. Of all those left behind connections, friends have been the scarcest commodity here in Maryland. It’s not because I haven’t meet people. I have shaken hands and discussed the weather with numerous people. Acquaintances seem easy, a real and meaningful friendship--not easy at all.

I left a large, contemporary church where I’d attended 20 years. I had joined numerous small groups over the years that lead to several amazing friendships. Through the studies, I learned so much from Beth Moore, Ray Vander Laan, R. C. Sproul and other wonderful Bible teachers. 

So the solution to my emptiness seemed so obvious - I needed to find a church and get connected. I found the church and yet I resisted a connect group.

Thoughts ran through my head again and again...

  • What if they don’t like me?
  • What if I don't like them?
  • I’m divorced...will I be judged?
  • Share my deep dark secrets? No way. 
  • Will I know enough about the Bible?
  • I just don't have the time. 

Over time, through the noise, I begin to hear another small voice...

  • What if I am missing out on new great friendships?
  • Maybe I have something to share that could help someone else!
  • So I divorced, I am still a valued child of God.
  • There's so much more I can learn from studies and other people.
  • We all make time for what's important. 

This fall I am going to do it!

I am going to step out, take a deep breath, and find a connect group.

Am I excited? Yes.

Am I nervous? Absolutely!

But, I am going to do it.  

How about you?

Will you consider joining me in finding a connect group this fall?

We will both be happy we did. 

Experiencing Joy at a Joy Luncheon

Aptly named, our seniors’ Joy Luncheon at Severn Run is truly a joy to be part of.

Primarily geared toward seniors, Severn Run’s monthly Joy Luncheon provides an excellent way for members of the congregation to get together, share experiences, and have a good time while enjoying a potluck meal. (Trust me, there’s always plenty of food.)

My own experiences (in June and August) were memorable. For those of you who may be more skittish or shy, let me put your hearts at ease. Everyone was friendly and welcoming to newcomers. Some approached me and my wife, Eileen, eagerly engaging us in conversation.

Two different people recognized Eileen’s Scottish accent and immediately introduced us to Marie, who has a lovely Irish brogue. War did not break out between the two. Far from it.

Hank and Jessie have been attending Severn Run since 1971. Like many who come, Hank had stories to tell of the origins and growth of this fellowship.

Hank gave an interesting presentation on Flag Day. His wife, Jessie, creates lovely table settings each month and her June setting perfectly fit his theme.

Shirley and Ed have lived in this area for decades. Ed remembers when the Baltimore and Washington beltways were being built. 

Gwen Hubbard organizes each event and acts as emcee. She offers opening and closing prayers, greets newcomers, and gives announcements. Other church staff assist and attend, often with members of their family. It is a delight to see multiple generations share themselves and their experiences with one another.

Young Joe’s ever-smiling face was the very first one I saw when I arrived in June. He assisted in setting up each luncheon and was attentive to everyone’s needs. As it turns out, Joe participated in missions overseas and is now heading off to Hawaii to train other missionaries for overseas missions.

The staff strives to improve upon this successful activity. Suggestions for future luncheons include having a variety of themes, guest speakers, devotions, games, or topics of interest to seniors and adults. (Please provide your suggestions to Gwen.) 

If you’ve never experienced this wonderful way of connecting with other Severn Run members, you have something to look forward to. Never dull, always friendly, ever positive – the Joy Luncheon lives up to its name. 


You are invited to lunch at the Joy Luncheon (usually the second Monday of each month) Feel free to call the church office at (410) 551-6654 for more information.

How Do I Get Connected?

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You may have heard us say (once or twice) that we believe Life is Better Connected.
 
But the first question people have about getting connected is usually, "Why should I be connected?”
 
Joining a Connect Group is more than joining a Bible study; it is your opportunity to move from hearing to doing. Our Connect Groups are committed to doing life together focused around God’s word. You get a chance to live out God’s word by being in authentic relationship with others and with God through Christ while going out into our community to love and serve people well. 
 
The next question is people ask about being connected is, “How do I get connected?”
 
 
There are several ways you can get connected at Severn Run.
 
  1. On a typical Sunday morning you may have noticed people wearing blue t-shirts that say “Life is Better Connected” or pins that say “Ask Me About Connect Groups". Those are our Connect Group Leaders; they are passionate about doing life together and will be able to help you get connected into our community.
  2. You can also check out the Connect Corner in the atrium. There you will find all of the information you need about our Connect Groups and how to join as well as meet some of our leaders who will be able to determine which groups would be best for you.
  3. Last, but not least, you can go to Severnrun.com/connectgroups where you will also find all of our Connect Group information and Upcoming events. 
We are committed to walking with you in your walk with Christ so you are prepared to walk other people into a loving relationship with Christ.
 
We are excited for you to get connected!

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