5501 Old New Market Road, P.O. Box 111, New Market, Maryland 21774 tel: 301-865-3530
Sunday School 9:30 - 10:45 am Last Day before Summer Recess is June2nd
Worship Service 11:00 am (Nursery Available)
Pastors: Jennifer Smith, Scott Clawson
I am Rev. Jennifer Smith and I am honored to be appointed, as of July 2011, to serve as the lead pastor of Mt. Carmel UMC, New Market UMC, and Christ UMC (Ballenger Creek). I have been blessed to serve the wonderful people of Mt. Carmel for 8 years and to witness a tremendous work of God in the building of our community center, and more so the building of a growing and Spirit filled community of faith. Prior to coming to Mt. Carmel I was the associate pastor of Walkersville UMC for three years. I have a masters in divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary and have an undergraduate degree in World Religion and Sports Coaching. Most days I feel the coaching degree is more helpful J God has blessed me with an incredibly caring and supportive husband and four awesome sons who love the Lord and everything the church has to offer. When I’m not working you can find me in a swimming pool, cheering on Bears athletics, or chasing waterfalls.
Most of you I have had the honor to serve in some fashion along the journey of faith, but still I wanted to take this opportunity to say how blessed I feel to be serving as one of your pastors. In this season, as our churches come together to share the Love of Jesus with the neighborhood I am reminded that no church and no person is an island. Christ calls us his body. Some are arms to hold the babies, others are feet to walk along side teenagers, some are eyes that see the truth, and some are ears to listen when we are lonely. Each of us as followers of Jesus, and each of our churches, has a special and particular role in the body of Christ. I give thanks that Christ has called us to share the journey together and I believe that together we will be able to inspire a great revival in the Frederick area. I believe that we will see over 100 people come into relationship with Jesus and his church this year. Imagine that, 100 souls saved by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, through us Christ’s body.
I feel my role as “lead pastor” in the body is to be the digestive system. Glamorous right! I am called to savor the word of God and digest it into bits of truth which will nourish the body. I am also called to process carefully the gifts of each in our community and help the body find a healthy way to utilize the energy and giftedness you bring for the glory of God. My vision is that I may be able to support the pastor team and encourage everyone in the congregations in such a way that every person and every gift is celebrated, cared for, and invited to serve the Lord.
I look forward to getting to know each of you and serving the Lord with you! In all that we do together may God be glorified and the neighborhood welcomed home!
Scott acquired his Licensed Local Pastor credentials in the spring of 2012 and entered into full time ministry in July of the same year. Prior to becoming a full time pastor Scott was employed as a licensed electrician for 25 years. He has been blessed with 27 years of marriage to his wife Donna, who he proclaims: is my rock, my comforter, my encourager and my sounding board. They are the parents of three lovely children, Meghan, her husband Jake and their son Atticus, (their first grandchild and soon expecting number two) resides in Jacksonville, NC. Their youngest Daughter, Hannah is attending her junior year at Robert Morris University in PA, and their oldest, youngest and only son Caleb is currently enrolled in classes at FCC. Scott will tell you he is blessed to have a family that loves the Lord and supports him wholeheartedly..
Who I am
I have a passion for God’s people and to encourage them into a deeper relationship with the creator of the universe. My passion is for all generations, I enjoy the uniqueness of our children and teens discovering who they are and the important plan that God has in their lives, I empathize with young adults and parents who encounter real world problems with each passing moment of their days, and I have a fond heart for the wisdom and challenges of our seniors as they enter into the golden or not so golden years of their lives.
In my free time you can find me most often in a tree stand enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. I love to coerce my family into performing plays in our back yard and I am continually tearing things out of our house because I have a new idea. One of my greatest pleasures is knowing, at the dawn of each new day, God has someone special for me to “bump” into and that thrills me. My hope is that this special someone will one day be you.
We invite you to come and experience our warm and caring congregation. We would love to be your home town church, come and grow in faith through our Lord Jesus Christ.
At New Market UMC our desire is to not only "make disciples" (Matthew 28:19) but to become the disciples that we have been called to be. We serve Christ in the world and the community as we share His love with all of God's people.
All are welcome to attend worship services. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email the church.
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