Thursday, June 1, 2023

Hughes Memorial UMC Blog

Church Calendar

This Week @ Hughes 

  • Sunday, June 4th (11 am-Noon) - Communion Sunday! Our Preacher will be Rev. Dr. Paul W. Johnson. His message entitled "Why does Trinity Sunday Matter?" will be spoken from Matthew 28:16-20. Our services will be held in person and virtually.
  • Saturday, June 3rd (1:30 pm-3:00 pm) - In connection with the Sacred Grounds Program of the National Wildlife Federation, a workshop entitled "Using Native Plants in the Garden" will be presented here at Hughes in the Fellowship Hall.

We would also like our Family and Friends to pledge to plant native plants. (Forms are available at the Church office and can be given to the facilitator or forwarded to the Church office). Free plants will be available at the event.

  • Tuesday, June 6th (Noon - 1 pm) - Community Meals
  • Wednesday, June 7th (10:30 am) - Community Walk

Special Announcements:

  • Please note that the smaller "Upper Room" booklets have finally arrived. They are in the vestibule area. Please excuse the delay. 

  • For PG County Residents -

This Elderly Property Tax Credit, effective July 1, 2023, will provide up to a 20% credit of the County property taxes, inclusive of any Homeowners and Homestead Tax Credit, for up to 5 years. Applications are available. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria: 

1. Age 65 and over, AND
2. Own and reside at the property for which credit is sought for at least the previous 10 years, AND
3. The assessed value does not exceed $500,000 at the time of application, AND
4. The application is made by October 1 of the fiscal year the credit is sought 

Please click the link for the application - Elderly Tax Credit Application. Paper applications can be mailed to1301 McCormick Drive, Suite 1100, Largo, MD 20774; email address: Prop_Tax_Credits@CO.PG.MD.US

Looking for Volunteers -

We are looking for volunteers to both spearhead and support upcoming Hughes events.  What is your passion? Looking to make a difference? Want to do something differently? 
  • Women's Day 2023
  • Men's Day 2023
  • Pop-Up Events 2023 (under the leadership of DaiJuan Wade-Jones and Janice Gaskins)
  • 75th Anniversary 2024 (March 2024)
If interested, please contact our administrative assistant, Cynthia Middleton at or 202.398.3411, ext.1.

We have previously posted for Worship Leaders. 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 Ministry under the direction of Rev. Roberta Sonsaray White at 202-538-6238. We would like to welcome you into the fold of service. 

Mark Your Calendars

  • Friday, June 9th (2:00 pm) - DCPS Early Stages Program Meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss how we can support the development of our children. 
  • Thursday, June 15th (Noon) - Hughes Seniors' Summer Fellowship. I hope you can join us!
  • Thursday, June 29th (7:30 pm-8:30 pm) The Fruitfulness Project presents the "Death ☕ Café - From Time to Eternity!" The Program, featuring, Rev. Roberta Sonsaray White, is designed to revolutionize the way we experience transition.

  • Please access via Zoom:
  • Meeting ID: 580 158 070
  • Passcode: 922460

  • Phone:  646-876-9923

  • Saturday, July 8th (Noon - 3:00 pm) - SERVE Day - Outdoor activities for the event will be posted soon. See Janice Gaskins if you would like to order a SERVE Day t-shirt. The cost of the T-shirts will be $15. Donations of toiletries are still being accepted.   A donation box has been placed in the Church Lobby. Donations can be dropped off on Sunday mornings or during office hours (Tuesday-Friday, 1 pm to 5 pm).
  • Pop-Up Series 2023 -Hughes Memorial UMC has planned a “Pop-Up Events” series for 2023.  The following dates have been scheduled for Pop-Up events under the leadership of DaiJuan Wade-Jones and Janice Gaskins:
    Saturday, July 15, 2023 (11:00 am - 3:00 pm) 
    Saturday, September 16, 2023 (11:00 am - 3:00 pm)
    Saturday, November 18, 2023 (11:00 am- 3:00 pm)
    Saturday, December 16, 2023. (11:00 am - 3:00 pm)

    We aim to get our community's attention and participation; and to work toward achieving Hughes' Mission - "Reaching New Disciples for Jesus Christ. Our "Pop-Ups" will allow Hughes to reach out to the Community. Participants will be able to share their wares, goods, services, and talents.  Please contact our administrative assistant or team leaders, Ms. DaiJuan Wade-Jones (daijuanwade@gmail) or Ms. Janice Gaskins (, directly if you would like to join the "Pop-Up" team. The cost of the Pop-Up is $40 per table, per event.

    You may register as a vendor by clicking the "QR code" or going to the following:

     Vendor application: 

    • Cluster 20019+ has an exciting Worship Schedule planned for July 2023:
      • July 2nd Hughes Memorial UMC; Worship/Communion at individual churches
      • July 9th Hughes Memorial UMC; all Cluster churches will worship at Hughes
      • July 16th Randall Memorial UMC,10:00 am- all churches will worship at Randall Memorial
      • July 23rd Jones Memorial UMC, 11:00 am all churches will worship at Jones Memorial UMC
      • July 30th FCC/Community UMC, 10:00 am; all churches will worship at FCC. 
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    Local Event

    Sunday, June 25th (5:00 pm; doors will open at 4:30 pm) - The Leading Commandment Church of God, Inc. will be celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the Church and the 15th Anniversary of the Pastor, Bishop Jeremiah N. Murphy.  The Church is located at 5023 Central Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20019; 202.582.0814; Church email LCChurch7thDay@aol. Their event will be held at:

    Martin's Crosswinds
    7400 Greenway Center Drive
    Greenbelt, MD  20770

    Donations for the event are $60 and can be made by Cash App or Cash. You must also specify your meal preference vegan or regular. Our contact is Sister Kitty Clark Stevenson, LCC Secretary/Administrator, 703-309-5273 (call, text, or message);

    News Update

    • Effective July 1st, the Baltimore Washington Conference Greater Washington District will experience some changes.  Please read the article via the link below. 

    For BWC Changes  ⮘click here

    Community Resources

    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)


    Community Response Team: (202) 673-6495

    (Mental health support, especially for the unhoused.)

    DPR Free, Local, Fresh Organic Produce - Weekly Giveaways at 3 DC Locations (May 9th-November 30, 2023 - weather permitting)

    • Edgewood Rooftop (Ward 5) - Tuesdays, 11:00 am-Noon, 301 Franklin Street, NE
    • Lederer Garden (Ward 7) - Wednesdays, 11:00 am-Noon, 4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE
    • Powell Communal Farm (Ward 1) -Thursdays, 11:00 am-Noon, 3149 16th Street, NW

    Lead Poisoning Prevention (CDC) (⮘click)

    Although the CDC designates the last week of October as "lead poison prevention week," lead poisoning is an ongoing concern for our community. 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. Lead poisoning often affects younger children and can harm your child's brain, causing lifelong learning and behavior problems. 

    The Affordable Connectivity Program (⮘click)

    ACP allows millions of American families to reduce internet service costs by up to $30/month (or $75/month on tribal lands). ACP also provides a discount of up to $100 toward a one-time computer, laptop, or tablet purchase if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase- through a participating broadband provider. For eligibility, contact the ACP (Affordable Connectivity Program), FCC (Federal Communication Commission), or call 877.384.2575 (9am-9pm).

    Senior Meals (⮘click)

    Are you 65? Disabled? Do you need help preparing your own meals? Are you on Medicaid/Medicare or a member of a Health Plan that offers a paid meal benefit? If you can say "yes" to any of these questions, you might qualify for government assistance or health plan assistance for Mom's Meals (⮘click). These meals are at no cost to those that qualify. Call the National Council on Aging (NCOA) for program assistance; their number is 571.527.3900 (9am-4pm).

    Please contact the church if we can assist.


    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 pm - 5:00 pm.


    The Summer Issue of HiLites is fast approaching. Please send your Hughes news, inspirational items, family pieces, and other articles to Maggie Williams (email at your earliest convenience or by Friday, June 23rd.

    Our HiLites Newsletter is published quarterly and distributed first Sundays of January, April, July, and October.
    Click on this link to view our current newsletter ==> Hi-Lites- April 2023

    Click on this link to view our prior newsletter ==> Hi-Lites-Jan 2023

    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.

    June Anniversaries

    • Cyrus "Eddie" & Rena Gwyn  21 years
    • William & Alvera Hall   54 years
    • Nathan & Jean Lee       58 years
    • Lamont & Deanne Walston    15 years
    • Wade & Annetta Woolfolk       7 years

    June Birthdays

    • Maggie Williams - June 1st
    • Kayla Richardson - June 4th
    • John Whittington - June 5th
    • Emma Yarborough-Smith - June 7th
    • Carmen Mosby - June 9th
    • Gregory Moore - June 11th
    • Venola Rolle - June 18th
    • Van Z. Smith - June 23rd
    • Marcus Williams - June 23rd
    • Julius Yancey - June 23rd
    • Sheila Williams - June 26th
    • Rachel Williams - June 27th
    • Constance Powell - June 29th
    • Miles Williams - June29th

    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 Robert Cousins (Shirley Day's Brother)

    • Family of Winifred Stanford

    • Family of Constance Tynes

    Prayers of Healing

    • Dorothy Anderson

    • Joseph Bailey, Jr.

    • Jacqueline Burnette

    • Willie Davis

    • Sandra Faggins

    • Hilda Giles (Thad Williams' Sister)

    • Glenda Hall

    • Gwendolyn Hoover

    • Ann Jones (Jackie Brown's Sister)

    • Delores Jones

    • Clara "Bea" Martin

    • Willie Mae Mickens

    • Anthony Morgan Sr. 

    • Carmen Mosby

    • Carleen Murray

    • Eloise Peerman

    • Rubye Smith

    • Yvonne Stitt

    • Melvin Tuten

    • Reginald Watkins

    • Toni White (James Ellis' Sister)

    Prayers of Strength (Caregivers)

    • Kathy Best

    • Ericka Janifer

    • Kimberly Martin

    • Charles Mosby, Sr.

    • Michael Peerman

    • Valerie Shade


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