The mission of the whole Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for  the transformation of the world. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs. Worship with us, where the river bends and where God is calling us into His mission. We invite you to help us celebrate God’s goodness, mercy and love.

Christ Has Risen! He Has Risen Indeed!

Good Friday Service.  The 7 last words in the in the Historic Sanctuary.

Easter Morning, The Tomb is Empty!









Updated 4/20/2018

To Download Sunday’s 4/15/2018 Bulletin, click here.

Click Here for Quick Link to Last Weeks Sermon, ” Children of God”, 4/15/2018 of Rev. Allen.  Previous sermons are found on Video Messages from The Pulpit, located on Menu Bar above.

To Download Sunday’s 4/22/2018 Bulletin, click here.  Sunday’s sermon of the 22nd will be up Monday Morning.

Singing “Hosanna” on Palm Sunday.



This Sunday is a Celebration of Confirmation. Be sure to attend this special day.




Old Testament Scripture for Sunday, 4/22, is  Psalm 19

God’s Glory in Creation and the Law

To the leader. A Psalm of David.

1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hid from its heat.                                                                           7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent;  do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Pastor’s Reflection: 4/22/2018

This Sunday we, as a church, have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the confirmation of three of our students. In The United Methodist Church the process of confirmation is a time in which students explore what we believe and what a life of faith looks like. At the end of this time, they are able to come forward and make their own commitment to be a full member of the church. For the past several weeks, these students and I have spent time trying to understand who God is, what we believe about the church, and what it means to be a Christian. This has been a time of asking questions, discussing opinions, and learning together.

These three students have truly committed themselves to participating fully in this process and it is a joy and privilege to confirm them this morning. For me, there is no greater time to be your pastor than when I am able to come alongside you and explore the mysteries of the faith together. In these classes, the students have taught me as much as I have taught them and they will be wonderful members of Marlow United Methodist Church. Please join me in celebrating, praying for and welcoming our 2018 confirmands!

Gavin Deroche

Michaela Frolik

Gracie Warriner

Rev. Mary Kathryn Allen.

 Thank you for the encouraging words Rev. Allen. For previous reflections, click the tab above.



Next Sunday, April 22, (Not The 29th) Will be our Fellowship Meal in celebration of our Confirmands. Please bring a covered dish to share, meat will be furnished. This meal will follow worship.

April 29th is the 5th Sunday. The congregation will choose our hymns for the service. Please write your request on the sheet in the Narthex.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL IS JUNE 11-15. Please consider joining in on the fun—there is a sign-up sheet for volunteers at the back of the sanctuary. Volunteers please attend the planning meeting tomorrow April 16 at 6:30 pm.

OUR RIVER CROSSING FOOD PANTRY: Thank you to everyone who helps with this valuable ministry. Please continue to supply food, paper products, toiletries and $$$’s. The pantry is open 9:00-11:00 am the 2nd and 4th Thursdays. We served 9 families this week.

COMMUNION OFFERINGS: Offerings placed in the basket during communion are used for critical local community needs (utilities, gas, etc.)

Wednesday, FELLOWSHIP & BIBLE STUDY. Will not be held during Holy Week. April 4th they will start back.  Come at 5:30 for fellowship meal. Bible study will start at 6:00 pm. Pastor Allen will be leading us.  There will be a short study and activities for children during the study.

On the last Sunday of each month, at 8:45, we meet before Sunday School classes for an assembly. Announcements and recognition’s are made at this time. Please plan to attend.

NURSERY WORKERS NEEDED: Please sign up in the Nursery. You may sign up for one Sunday or more. You will enjoy serving in this way.

MARLOW UMC T-SHIRTS: Wear one for events like Fish Fries and many other places. Let people know your church affiliation.
$10-adult, $8-children. See Edwina Hanson.

SMALL GROUPS are a great way to fellowship, study scripture and other writings by Christian authors. You are invited to any of these, come and see if this is a good opportunity for you in this new year of 2018!

Sundays at 8:45 am – Sunday school for all ages.
Tuesdays at 7:30 am – men gather for coffee and fellowship.
Tuesdays at 10:00 am – “Sisters in Christ” meet for fellowship, study and prayer. We are studying the book “Why” by Adam Hamilton.
Wednesdays – 5:30 pm for a Fellowship meal, 6:00 pm Bible Study.

The pantry will resume regular schedule in January, the 2nd & 4th Thursdays.

Many hands in the kitchen makes for a great outreach. Can you spot our two youngest workers, Michaela and Rev. Allen? Thanks to all those who set up, take down, prepare the food, serve, clean and cook out side. It is a great show of love for our community and Christ.     Thank you all.

HELP, VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED DURING WORSHIP FOR THE NURSERY.  Sign-up sheet can be found in the nursery.

Publicity: News to be printed in the Baldwin Register Church Calendar must be to the paper on Tuesday.  Please turn in any information by noon on Tuesday to Babbie Heilmeier. E-mail is the preferred way,  Or you may call:  988-8388

NEW! ONLINE GIVING! Marlow United Methodist Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic one time or recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Simply follow these easy steps: 1) Click on Stewardship 2) Click on the Create Profile button 3) Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your contributions.

Updating Our Records: If your contact information has changed, please call the office at 251-988-8563 Thank you for helping us stay in touch with you!

The Deadline for contributions to the Sunday bulletin is Thursday at 2:00 pm.  E-mail is the preferred communication: or you may call 988-1916. Please let Ginny know about prayer concerns and if you want to honor or remember someone when placing flowers.

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Alex and Jack teaching the Assembly about the Sacraments.

Youth House and Camp Fire Fun Night. Thanks to all those who brought the children and also those who helped.This Weeks Scripture. 3/25/2018

An Appreciation of The Church Council Dinner was hosted by Rev. Mary Allen. The setup and cooking were all done by Mary. We all appreciate you also. We are anticipating God doing great things at Marlow in this next year. Thank You.




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