Events and Activities

Whether in-person or virtual, our goal is to engage with each other and God. We typically have events throughout the year including Easter egg hunts, Trick or Treating, Rummage Sales, and the Christmas play, in partnership with our drama club. The Christmas Bazaar also has a dedicated room full of crafts and cookies for the kids to make and decorate. We are looking forward to continuing these events and connecting with each other and God. You can also keep up with the church events and meetings using our calendar view.

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Upcoming and Current

You can view our weekly announcements, events, and ongoing ways to be of service (food drives, volunteer opportunities in the church, etc.) in our Spirit Newsletter.

Westminster Rescue Mission – Food Giveaway on 2/16, 3/16, and 4/20.  See flyer for compete details and dates.

Trinity Lutheran Community Education – Heart Health Lunch N’ Learn 2/22.  See flyer for compete details and dates.


Seekers Class – Adult Bible Studies – Classes meet between services (9:45 – 10:45am) in the Conference Room. Please join us, bring your coffee, and attend as often as you can! Check our Spirit newsletter or our Learning Page for summer and winter break periods.

Children’s Christian Education Classes – Children from 2 years to high school age enjoy the warm and inviting atmosphere. Children actively participate in learning about Christianity interactively with messages, Bible games, and songs. From 9:45AM to 10:45AM.

Children’s Plays/Skits – Regularly scheduled children’s events especially at Easter and Christmas where children of all ages perform, recite, and sing the glory of God’s Word.

Country Christmas Bazaar – Fall and Christmas crafts sold along with food. Craft vendors display their handiwork also. Lots of fun for the entire family — including pictures with Santa and children’s Christmas gift buying room. Free admission and church crafts are tax-free.

Fall Fest/Trunk-or Treat – Family fun day full of activities for kids and adults alike along with a truck-or-treat. 

Flea Market/Yard Sale – Held on the lawns of the church in the spring. Tables are available for anyone who wishes to participate. Breakfast, lunch, and bake table are available.

Rummage Sale – Held every year in October. The congregation gets a chance to clean out their closets and donate treasures to the church to sell. There is glassware, holiday decorations, dishes, clothes, etc., etc., — anything goes. Delicious homemade soups and sweets are sold for lunch.

Pastor’s Weekly Study – Weekly Bible Study, Wednesdays at 1:00pm

Praise & Play Drama Group – Meets as needed for planning and rehearsals. We praise the Lord with skits, both humorous and serious. No experience necessary! For more information or to join contact Joy Grimm: Check out our past events for some of the fun we have!

Vacation Bible School – Children from pre-school to 12 years learn about special topics each year. Children go from one creative center to the next – Bible lesson, storytelling, music, arts and crafts, snacks, outside activities — each activity follows the theme of that year.



2022 Events (Click to expand)

Wreaths Across America – December 17th, Noon

Wreath sponsors needed for this year’s ceremony. Sponsor a wreath today for a chance at great prizes. Use the website,, select MENU, look for Deer Park United Methodist Cemetery in participating locations. Order forms are also on the table in the narthex. wreaths are $15 each for this event.



Cindy Saylor at or Mel Blizzard

Praise and Play Drama Group, Adult and Children’s Choir

“What is Christmas?” by Faith Schott – December 18th, 2022.  See full production.


Christmas Bazaar – December 3rd, 8am-1pm, See a Quick Video



Salem Bottom Boys – November 13th, 10AM Church Service 


Fall Fest and Truck-or-Treat – October 30th, Noon-2

Family fun day full of activities for kids and adults alike along with a truck-or-treat. Open to the community.

Blessing of the Animals – October 9th, 8:30 Service

All creatures great and small — furry, finned, scaled, or shelled! The service will be in the pavilion.  Bring your pet for a hands-on, personal blessing or a picture of the pet if he/she does not travel well.


Blessing of the Back Packs – September 11th, Both Church Services

Wishing the children well as they head back to school.  Bring your backpack for a special blessing.

Speaker Barbara Zeigler Markland “Tell Me About the Cross”

The DPUMC sisterhood is happy to present noted Christian author and teacher on Saturday, September 24, 8:30AM until 2:30PM. The cost is $10 which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Reservations need to be made by September 18. Please make your check payable to the Deer Park Sisterhood, Any questions, see Helen Redding or email the church.

Vacation Bible School – June 20-24th, 6-8:15pm

VBS is back in-person this year.  For details on the theme, mission each day, free dinner beforehand, and more see the VBS page and welcome letter.  The theme will be knights of the North Castle.

Pictures on the VBS page and our closing performance.

knights of north castle

Easter 2022 (Click to expand)


Palm Sunday 4/10 8:30am and 11:00am in the sanctuaryEaster flowers with eggs
Holy Thursday
 4/14 7pm
Good Friday
 4/15 7pm
Easter Celebrations 4/17
6am Sunrise service in the outside pavilion
8:30am and 11:00am services in the sanctuary

Easter Egg Hunt 2022 (open to all)
Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt, open to the community, at 9:45 am on Easter Sunday, April 17th.  We will be starting in the sanctuary with a quick Easter Quiz while the bunnies hide the eggs outside (or inside if needed due to weather).  You can donate individually wrapped Easter Candy to stuff the eggs with in the box in the Narthex.

DPUMC “Souper” Bowl XII (1/23-2/13) (Click to expand)
Final: “Organ” side: 726 / “Screen” side: 707

Our 12th annual “Souper” Bowl starts Sunday, January 23 and runs through Super Bowl Sunday, February 13. This friendly competition is between the “Screen” side and the “Organ” side to see which side can bring in the most soup for the needy by Super Bowl Sunday. So please bring soup (canned or dry) each week and place it at the altar rail on “your” side to help your team win! All contributions go to Carroll County Food Sunday.

help us help others, food drive

Game Update brought to you by Deer Park Soup Central 2/13/22:

What a quarter, the “Organ” side held on to the lead in the 4th quarter that produced a total of 455 containers of soup. The Soup just kept “pouring in” all morning. It was an exciting game with outstanding efforts from players on both sides. Although we did not break the all-time high of “Souper” Bowl IX, 1580 containers of soup, the combined total of 1433 containers of soup makes “Souper” Bowl XII the second highest scoring game, especially considering the circumstances.

There is a 3-way tie for the MVP for the game: Keith Bryan, Gary Saylor and Pastor John share the honor for loading and delivering all the soup to Carroll County Food Sunday.

All players are reminded that they cannot rest on their “SOUPER” Bowl achievements and should begin practicing right away for next year’s SOUPER Bowl XIII by bringing non-perishable food items to the narthex each Sunday for the Carroll County Food Sunday program. Here is a special exercise to help keep you in shape – Carroll County Food Sunday would like to have Pancake mixes (complete) and Syrup in time to give out for Shrove Tuesday (March 1). Pancake mixes and Syrup are some of the items they do not get very often.

Before signing off we have a message from the folks at Carroll County Food Sunday who say “THANK YOU” and they can’t wait for next year’s game.

Soup will be taken to CCFS on Tuesday 2/15.

 2021 Christmas Bazaar (Click to expand)
Saturday, December 4  8AM – 1PM
Christmas Bazaar 2021 Flier, Dec 4, 8-1pm
2021 Wreaths Across America (Click to expand)
Saturday, December 18, 2021
2021 Trunk or Treat (Click to expand)
Children’s Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 31  9:45AM – 10:45AM

different carton jack-o-lantern pumpkins with various religious messages, such as shine God's lightSunday, October 31 instead of Sunday school kids are invited to dress up and come to the parking lot (social hall in case of rain) to enjoy decorations, treats, crafts, and fun! 


Other Children’s Events (Click to expand)


Grand re-welcoming service, September 12th, 2021:

Blessing of the Backpacks, Children’s Message, and Children’s Worship Song

Last voyage of the S.S. Gigantic – 2018 (Click to expand)

Trunk or Treat 2018 – 2018 (Click to expand)

Advent Drama “A Gift for the Lord – 2018 (Click to expand)

presented by The Praise and Play Drama Group on December 16, 2018


DON’T MISS THE BOAT – 2017(Click to expand)

The story of Noah, short version, presented at 10:00AM, Sunday, April 30, 2017

For video click this link:  “Don’t Miss the Boat”

Christmas in the Toy Shop – 2016(Click to expand)

Presented at DPUMC Sunday, December 12, 2016