This edition of The Beacon discusses February as the month for eating, education, Black History and best of all, LOVE!!
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Pastor: Rev. Michael W. Armstrong                                  Church Office: 301-384-1941

February is for eating....
                    Eat with us at our famous and delicious PANCAKE SUPPER!!! 
Get your tickets this Sunday - or buy at the door on this coming Tuesday!!
February is for LOVE...
With Valentine's Day in the month, February carries many happy, wonderful and sometimes embarrassing memories of first love, Happy Valentine's Day cards (and little heart candies), engagements and weddings. Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, Valentine's Day is now recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance in many regions around the world. The day first became associated with romantic love in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").

However, in our area today, the Methodist Church uses the day for missions.  Calvary UMC in Annapolis bakes nearly 10,000 cookies in th echurch kitchen and distrubutes them to the Midshipman at the Naval Academy - a little taste of home for many that are far from their homes.  A Capital Hill group of churches do an Annual Police Valentine Tribute to recognize local policemen.

 So, how will you celebrate Valentine's Day? Whatever you do, remember to SPREAD LOVE!!  
Februray is for EDUCATION....
Rev. Armstrong has set Ledaership Education as one of his 2018 objectives for Colesville UMC.  He urges all mission and work area leaders to attend some of the classes offered at this year's Baltimore - Washington Conference Leadership Day.  Courses all available in many subjects directly related to the churches activites. Many others are for general information. 
Catch FIRE and Learn!!

February is for History....

February is Black History Month. The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week". This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.

At the time of Negro History Week's launch, Woodson contended that the teaching of black history was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race within broader society:
            "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought                  of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated."

Black HIstory Month celebrates the achievements by Black Americans and the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

Many people hope for the day when Black History is fully integrated into the teaching of American History.
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