We trust that you will find something of value here that will be helpful to you as you continue on your spiritual journey through life.
Our church's motto is: " …growing in faith, hope, and love." No matter who you are, no matter where you've been, no matter what you've done; you are always welcome here.
Just as the Bible states in the twelfth chapter of Romans, members of Providence-Fort Washington United Methodist Church are blessed with a variety of talents and special gifts.
Individuals from our congregation serve in many different capacities that build upon their strengths, and in the process, make our church and the surrounding community a place we can all call home. As servants within and for the body of Christ, we remain hopeful about the world today, hopeful about the human condition, and hopeful about our impact on the world.
Kermit Clifton Charles Moore
On July 1, 2016, Kermit Clifton Charles Moore took the helm as Pastor of P-FWUMC in Fort Washington, Maryland. Pastor Moore was named incoming pastor in April, by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.
“I am excited to begin this new chapter at Providence-Fort Washington United Methodist Church,” said Pastor Moore, the immediate former pastor of Alexandria Chapel United Methodist Church in Indian Head, Maryland. “New beginnings are always a special time of celebration, and with this appointment, I look forward to opening a new era of Christian fellowship with the Providence-Fort Washington congregation, and the surrounding community.”
P-FWUMC draws its history from one of the oldest Methodist churches in the local area, the former Providence United Methodist Church, founded in 1870. In 2002, the historic Providence church merged with another local congregation — Fort Washington United Methodist Church — creating the Providence-Fort Washington church as it is known today.
Pastor Moore prepared for this new journey for more than 40 years, fueled by his service as a Certified Lay Speaker, a church musician and choir director. He responded to God’s call in 2008 and entered the candidacy process to become a Licensed Local Pastor at the Wesley Theological Seminary in 2010. He completed the course of study requirements in 2016.
“We welcome Pastor Moore and look forward to his spiritual leadership and guidance; and, we also look to our shared future in growing our church,” said Rick Walsh, Sr., Administrative Council Chairman for P-FWUMC. “Praise be to God in faith, hope and love.”
Additionally, Church Historian Pat Day stated, “Our congregation is getting anxious and our pride is beginning to swell as we are getting ready to welcome our new preacher and his family to a shrine of its glorious past. We are grateful for Pastor Moore. We look for growth in the congregation and many activities. The future is in our hands. May God continue to bless us.”
Pastor Moore has been actively involved in his surrounding community. For four years, he has served on the Board of LifeStyles, Inc., a health and human services non-profit in LaPlata, Maryland, and the Boards of Kia’s Place and Echelon Community Services, Inc. He has also served as Chaplin for the Henry E. Lacey High School Football Team in Indian Head, MD. Pastor Moore was the Assistant Superintendent of the Cheltenham Youth Facility and retired from the Department of Juvenile Service on September 1, 2007, after 31 years of service.
Pastor Moore is married to Paulette Moore and they have three adult children and three grandchildren.
KERMIT C. C. MOORE
Director of Music & Arts
Office Manager & Bookkeeper
Finance Committee Chair
Certified Lay Servant
Education Committee Chair/Christ Is Awesome Church School Superintendent
Care Committee Chair
Outreach Missions Chair
President ~ P-FWUMC United Methodist Women
Certified Lay Servant
SAL Board Chair
Certified Lay Servant
P-FWUMC Serves the Community Through Vacation Bible School
Certified Lay Servant
To be a vital Acts 2 Christian congregation growing in faith, hope, and love, ministering to the diverse needs of our neighbors.
Acts Chapter 2: New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
PETER ADDRESSES THE CROWD
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
“You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him,
‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, ‘He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.’
This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”’
Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
THE FIRST CONVERTS
LIFE AMONG THE BELIEVERS
To strengthen our existing ministries of Prayer, Fellowship, and Worship; engage with other faith communities in our area; and serve our neighbors especially seniors and multicultural groups that comprise an increasing percentage of our congregation.
Providence-Fort Washington United Methodist Church's mission statement is reflective of the Social Creed of the United Methodist Church. The Social Creed states that:
We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation. We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God’s gifts, and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends.
We affirm the natural world as God’s handiwork and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement, and faithful use by humankind.
We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of community, sexuality, marriage, and the family.
We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children, youth, young adults, the aging, and people with disabilities; to improvement of the quality of life; and to the rights and dignity of all persons.
We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory of God and the good of themselves and others and in the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God, collective bargaining, and responsible consumption; and in the elimination of economic and social distress.
We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations, and to individual freedom for all people of the world.
We believe in the present and final triumph of God’s Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world. Amen.
The Meaning of Our Logo
We here at Providence-Fort Washington United Methodist Church are delighted with our logo which was designed by our very own member, Diane C. Day. The Share Committee of the church worked together to come up with a motto for our church and settled on “…growing in faith, hope and love.” Diane then took that motto and designed the tree logo that you see on this website. Both the motto and the logo were accepted by our Administrative Council on 15 March, 2007. This logo is copyright © 2007 - 2012 Diane C. Day.
The image of the tree calls to mind both the enduring quality of faith and the vitality of new growth. We see our church as a place where all persons are welcome to increase growth.We see our church as a place where all persons are welcome to increase in faith, hope and love through opportunities for worship, education, fellowship, and service.
The multi-colors of the leaves on the tree indicate the welcome we extend to all persons, just as Jesus welcomed all who came to him. We decided on the red, green, purple, and gold colors for the leaves because they correspond to the symbolic colors of the church seasons. The seasons of Advent and Lent are represented by deep purple which indicates both sorrow and royalty. Bright red is the color for Pentecost which reminds us of the gift of the Holy Spirit which “appeared as tongues of fire” (Acts 2). Ordinary Time is represented by green as the color of growth and new life. Gold (or white) is the color of Easter standing for extravagant celebration as the church rejoices in the resurrection of Christ.