Ministries

look  AT ODMCC, all e-mails (except Rev. Miller's) are delivered to the same e-mail address, "to the attention of" the ministry that is indicated by clicking on the overseer's name.

look  Open Door is an active and vibrant congregation committed to the physical and spiritual well-being of our congregants and our communities. There are a hundred ways to become more involved. Greeting, ushering, working with the youth in Sunday School, and bringing groceries for the food pantry are a few.  You may want to join the Board of Trustees to maintain the building and property or celebrate communion, serve as a reader or acolyte, sing with the choir, or plan a visit to Shady Grove Nursing Home. Take one of these ideas or bring one of your own. Your gifts are needed!  Please check also on the Community page.


Al-Anon: A confidential twelve-step fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience,  strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. Contact Paula W.

Ball & Chain: A recreational group that meets for tennis and bicycling. Not meeting currently. Contact Dick H.

BINGO!: A monthly fun fellowship to eat together and play BINGO for prize money. Bring nonperishable food items for the Food Pantry and be entered for each one into a prize drawing. We are looking for folks interested in helping with our BINGO games. Contact Christine M. or Rev. Miller

Christian Education:
   Adult Bible Study: Contact Rev. Miller.
   Youth Sunday School: Contact Richard S.

Christmas in July: An annual fundraiser to remember the work of Christmas ("To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among brothers, To make music in the heart." Howard Thurman). Contact Curt J.

Congregational Care: Assists the pastor and helps meet the needs of church members and friends who are ill, incapacitated, or in the hospital. Through phone calls and visitation, provides comfort, offers prayer, and offers communion. Contact Curt J.

Food Pantry: A yearlong ministry to provide nonperishable food items to individuals and families in need. The collection each first week of the month is donated to Western Upper Montgomery County HELP, based in Poolesville. Holiday baskets and grocery cards are distributed at Thanksgiving and Christmas each year.  Contact Rev. Miller.

Green Team: Open Door is committed to creating a sustainable culture with our land and within our building. Reduce, reuse, recycle! Contact Colette B.


Grounds Team: Mows our eight acres and tends to our gardens, including our Memorial Garden where individual ashes are laid to rest. Contact Norma K.

Homeless Outreach: We collect personal items and toiletries year-round to assist individuals and families in need. Take packets with you to distribute during your week. Contact Corrine B.

Hospitality: Provides coffee, food, or snacks for fellowship following services. Contact Corrine B.

Music Ministry: The Joyful Noises choir offers an anthem during Sunday services between Labor Day and Memorial Day and performs a holiday concert in December. Individuals may also offer solos, duets, or other small group vocal or instrumental pieces during services.  Contact Harriet P.

People of African Descent: A developing ministry to raise awareness of the issues, social and spiritual justice, and culture of African Americans in our congregation and communities. Opportunities to represent Open Door in local community efforts. Contact Rev. Miller.

Pet Ministry: Annual "Blessing of the Animals" on or near the Feast of St. Francis. Food assistance for those in need. Contact Rev. Miller.

Pride/Outreach Events: Open Door is a proud participant or co-organizer of community events raising LGBTQ visibility or working for social and spiritual justice, including District Pride, Frederick Pride, Germantown Oktoberfest, WUMCO Fall Festival, and Frederick in the Streets. Contact Christine M.

Prayer Chain: Lend your prayers/energies toward healing for our local and global communities. Contact DeLaine M.


Social Justice: Regular and occasional opportunities to actively participate in global and local social justice issues, discussions, and event planning. Contact Rev. Miller.

Sound Ministry: Provides sound and technical support for Sunday services, Tasha's Follies, the Valentine's Day Heartburn Dinner and Dance, and other events as needed. Contact Kathy N.

Sparkle Team: Cleans and neatens the building and sanctuary for use. Most often, 'behind the scenes'.
Contact Eric P.

Stewardship: Open Door is a very generous and big-hearted community, evidenced by our quick response to church, individual, and family needs and crises. The stewardship team is building a year-round awareness and ongoing conversation that can develop and deepen this culture of generosity. Contact Richard S.

Tai Chi: A dynamic meditative art to develop centeredness and calm, tai chi offers physical and spiritual benefits to the practitioner. Free classes every Thursday morning at 10:00 am. Once a month we attend a meditation practice and
talk by Tara Brach of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Contact Rev. Miller.

Tasha's Follies: An annual variety show fundraiser to celebrate and showcase the talent of Open Door. Contact Colette B. or Rev. Miller.

Tender Loving Care (TLC): Plans ways to show kindness to community members on their birthday, when they're sick or in the hospital, or when they've lost a loved one; plans social events like game nights; plans visits to local nursing homes. Contact Richard S.

Trans and Gender-nonconforming: A developing ministry to raise awareness of trans issues, trans social and spiritual justice, and trans culture in our congregation and communities. Opportunities to represent Open Door in local community efforts. Contact Rev. Miller


Trustees: Care for and maintain the physical building and its environ. Contact Eric P.

Usher/Greeter Team: Welcomes congregants with a smile and a bulletin before Sunday service. Collects the offering and guides participants during communion. Contact Christine M. or Kate V.

Victims of Abuse: Contact Dick H.

Website: Makes information about our community and ministries available online and on Facebook. Calendar events, sermon text and audio, and spiritual food updated regularly. Contact John H.

Worship:
   Worship Teams: Participates in Sunday service by reading scripture, serving or holding the elements during communion, anointing during communion, and lighting the altar candles. Contact Linda G.and/or Jim S.

Altar Guild: Helps to prepare and clean up the altar before and after Sunday service. Contact Adam D.

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15817 Barnesville Road

P.O. Box 127

Boyds, MD 20841

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