Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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This Week @ Hughes

  • Sunday, February 25th, 2024 (11:00 am) - Our service will be held in the sanctuary and virtually. Our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Paul Johnson's sermon entitled, "What's On Your Mind?," will be spoken from Philippians 3:17-20.

Video Link (includes password)
Meeting ID: 580 158 070 |  Passcode: 922460
or copy and paste the link in your browser: 
Teleconferencing? Call 646-876-9923 

A Meeting ID is required, but no password is needed for teleconferencing.

  • Sunday, February 25th, 2024 Worship Leader Training immediately following worship service.

  • During February, join us as we celebrate Black History Month! 
We give praise to God for our victories, and we recognize our forefathers who were given strength and vision for freedom and change.

  • Tuesdays (Noon - 1 pm) - Community Meals.
For Tuesday, February 27, 2024  - Community Meals will be cancelled, but will resume Tuesday, March 5th
  • Wednesdays, February 14th - March 27th, 2024 (7:00pm-8:00 pm) - Cluster 20019+ Lenten Bible Study Our theme will be Embracing The Uncertain.

Here is the Zoom information for our Lenten Study:

Click Link: ID: 851 8477 0176 | Passcode:  20019
Our Text is Embracing The Uncertain: A Lenten Study for Uncertain Times can now be purchased through Amazon; orders placed through the Administrative Assistant have been ordered and will be available February 6th.


Meeting ID: 851 8477 0176 | Passcode:  20019


February 14th - Pastor Cary
February 21st - Pastor Selena
February 28th - Pastor LaTaska
March 6th -   Rev. Roberta
March 13th - Pastor Cary
March 20th - Pastor Selena

March 27th - Pastor Paul

  • Thursday, February 29th, 2024 (Date Exception) and 4th Thursdays, through June 2024 (7:30 pm - 9:00 pm)The From Time to Eternity:  Death  Cafe' will be held. The Cafe' is a space created for people to discuss death and dying with no agenda, objectives, or themes.
Discussions will be led by Rev. Roberta Sonsaray White, M.Div, and a trained Death Doula
Remaining Sessions: Feb. 2/22; Mar. 3/28; Apr. 4/25; May 5/23; June 6/27


Please note that the ZOOM information for these sessions IS NOT the SAME AS THE ZOOM information used for our church services.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 832 3038 9682 | Passcode: Eternity | Or dial In 1.301.715.8592


Hughes UMC is updating it's Contacts

Please provide email addresses and/or mailing information for potential contacts for our 75th Anniversary and upcoming Hughes events. Please use the link below or email the administrative assistant at as soon as possible.


A Bit of History.... for Black History Month -

Black History Month started with Carter G. Woodson's devotion to showcasing the contributions of Black Americans. His vision bore fruit in 1926 when he launched Negro History Week in the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Woodson's concept was later expanded into Black History Month. Black History Month focuses on the contributions of African Americans from all periods in the United States.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

Upcoming Hughes Events - Save the Dates
Celebrating Our 75th Anniversary on March 17th, 2024

The 75th Anniversary Committee, under the leadership of co-chairs Cyrus "Eddie" Gwyn and Valerie Shade, is planning an exciting Anniversary Celebration! Our theme is "Celebrating 75 Years - Faith, Hope and Love." 

Orders for 75th-Anniversary t-shirts (sizes small - 3X) are $20.00; for our Nylon drawstring bags  - $5.00. Orders are being accepted through March 3rd.
Please contact Janice Gaskins or Shirley Day to place your order.  Proceeds will help defray the cost of our anniversary.
For our 75th Anniversary Souvenir Booklet, we are extending our deadline to March 5th (if needed but we would like to go to press March 1st). Please follow up with Wanda Addison, Maggie Williams, or Valerie Shade.


Sunday, April 28th, 2024 - April Worship Leader Training

Back by popular request - 20019+ Cluster Summer Worship Schedule is as follows:

July 7th - Hughes Memorial UMC
July 14th - Randall Memorial UMC
July 21st - Hughes Memorial UMC
July 28th - Jones Memorial UMC
August 4th - Hughes Memorial UMC
August 11th - Randall Memorial UMC
August 18th - Community UMC (Four Church Collaborative)
August 25th - Jones Memorial UMC

Additional details are forthcoming.
Community Events 
  • Jones Church - Virtual Event- Healing Racial Trauma In the Church - February 8th, 15th, 22nd via Zoom; Facilitator: Rev. Cornell Jenkins; Senior Pastor: Rev. Cary James, Jr.
Webinar Information:  Meeting ID 993 2921 3084 | Password: 220971

  • Trip to Sight and Sound, Play "Daniel," April 12, 2024

Sponsored by Randall Memorial UMC. This is a fundraising event for their church as well as a wonderful opportunity for fellowship. They would love for the Cluster 20019+ Family to join!

The coordinator for this event is Cynthia Smith of Randall Memorial UMC; phone 240.946.1616; email; church phone 202.396.0375. 

Please note the "Text" Option form of Payment is not available. Copies are available in the Church Lobby.

Daniel Flyer
 - ⮘Click here to see the flyer.


Please submit "Calls to Action" to the Administrative Assistant at


We are looking for volunteers to both spearhead and support upcoming Hughes events.  What is your passion? Looking to make a difference?  
    • 75th Anniversary 2024 (March 2024)
    • Women's Day 2024
    • Men's Day 2024
    • Early Stages Program Initiative
If interested, please contact our administrative assistant, Cynthia Middleton at or 202.398.3411, ext.1 or Lay Leader, Valerie Shade.

Worship leaders, we need "YOU"!.....Do you feel led to lead worship?  Does something stir inside of you when you hear, see, or feel the presence of "other" Worship Leaders?

If this sounds like you, we would love for you to join our Worship Leader Ministry under the direction of Rev. Roberta Sonsaray White at

Community Resources

The Law Office of Venola M. Rolle. The Law Office of Venola M. Rolle is a boutique law practice headquartered in Washington, DC. The primary focus is estate planning. Legal services including estate planning.  

New Elderly Property Tax Credit- Effective 07/01/2023

Effective July 1, 2023, Prince George's County will provide up to a 20% credit of the County portion of the property tax bill, inclusive of any Homeowners and Homestead Credit (total max of 20%) for up to 5 years. Copies of the flyer are available in the Church Lobby.

"HELP" is on the way!
Family and friends, please use the attached link to access resources in our community. If you are aware of other resources, please let us know. 

Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 988

Shelter Hotline: (202) 399-7093 or 311

(Nov 1 - March 31, will transport anyone to an emergency shelter while providing warm clothing)

Emergency Shelter Link:

Community Response Team: (202) 673-6495

(Mental health support, especially for the unhoused.)

Lead Poisoning Prevention (CDC) (⮘click)

Please note CDC updates for lead poisoning, an ongoing concern for our community. Lead poisoning often affects younger children and can harm your child's brain, causing lifelong learning and behavioral problems. Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust resulting from chipping, peeling, flaking, or deteriorating lead-based paint are the most common sources of lead poisoning. 

The Affordable Connectivity Program (⮘click)

Please contact the ACP (Affordable Connectivity Program), FCC (Federal Communication Commission), or call 877.384.2575 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) for information regarding reduced internet costs, computer purchase assistance, or reduced phone service.

Senior Meals (⮘click)

For those 65, disabled, or who need help preparing their meals, call the National Council on Aging (NCOA) for program assistance at 571.527.3900 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). For those who qualify, government assistance or health plan assistance may be available for Mom's Meals (⮘click).

Baltimore Washington Conference 

Hughes UMC is a part of the Baltimore Washington Conference, Greater Washington District.  

For BWC Changes  ⮘click here

Community Information

Inclement Weather Policy: We will follow the local school system's inclement weather policy during weekdays. So, if D.C. Public Schools are closed, the church is closed. During the weekend, the voicemail greeting will indicate that "we are closed" if the church is closed. We will also post the closing on our Facebook page and the church website, and an email will also be sent. So, be safe and always exercise caution while traveling.

Food Pantry: Donations of non-perishable food items will be appreciated for our Food Pantry. You may place non-perishable food donations in the designated church lobby bin on Sunday mornings or Tuesdays through Fridays between 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Our Hi-Lites Newsletter is published quarterly and distributed first Sundays of January, April, July, and October. Please send your Hughes news, inspirational items, and family pieces to Maggie at

Click on this link to view our current newsletter.==> Hi-Lites - Jan 2024

For prior newsletters, click on these links ==>

Sixth District Safety Bulletins (2024) 

Sixth District Safety Bulletin - January 2024 

Worship at Hughes every Sunday at 11am 

Zoom Access Information


Video Link (includes password)

Hughes Worship Experience


Meeting ID: 580 158 070

Passcode: 922460


Call 646-876-9923 

A Meeting ID is required, but no password is needed for teleconferencing.

February Anniversaries
  • Bobby and Mary Thompson - February 11th    63 years
  • John and Louise Whittington - February 5th   58 years

February Birthdays

  • Mary Thompson - February 3rd
  • Shirley Day - February 8th  
  • Glenda Hall - February 10th
  • Kiyah Gunter -  February 12th          
  • Dorothy S. Jackson - February 16th
  • Jacqueline Burnette - February 17th
  • Gwendolyn Hoover - February 17th
  • Mary Gill - February 20th                   
  • Sarah Neville - February 24th            
  • Bertha Datcher - February 26th   

Prayers of Prosperity
  • Pray that we will be a thriving, vital congregation in our community.

Prayers of Protection

  • We pray that God will protect our children, teachers, and administrators throughout the school year.

Prayers of Comfort

  • Family of Clara "Bea" Martin
  • Family of William Thompson
  • Family of Toni Ellis White

Prayers of Healing
  • Dorothy Anderson

  • Joseph Bailey, Jr.

  • Jacqueline Burnette

  • Willie Davis

  • Sandra Faggins

  • Hilda Giles (Thad Williams' Sister)

  • Glenda Hall

  • Raven Hall

  • Gwendolyn Hoover

  • Ann Jones (Jackie Brown's Sister)

  • Delores Jones

  • Vincent Key

  • Willie Mae Mickens

  • Kenneth Morris

  • Carmen Mosby

  • Carleen Murray

  • Eloise Peerman

  • Frances Purcell

  • Yvette Sessoms

  • Rubye Smith

  • Yvonne Stitt

  • Melvin Tuten

  • Reginald Watkins

  • James Woolfolk

Prayers of Strength (Caregivers)

  • Kathy Best

  • Ericka Janifer

  • Charles Mosby, Sr.

  • Michael Peerman

  • Valerie Shade


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