Our upcoming Church Retreat   " Intentional Discipleship"  is on Saturday, February 29 at West River Retreat Center. This retreat is open to everyone.


We will have a sign-up sheet this weekend during service to sign up for the retreat. If you can't be here for the service to sign up, email Christi (christi@mzumc.com) to let her know you're wanting to attend.


We will need a final count by February 21 for lunch preparations by the camp. This is a one day retreat for anyone who wants to explore the questions about Intentional Discipleship and what that means for us individually and as a church body.



West River Retreat Center

5100 Chalk Point Road

West River

8:30am - Breakfast

9:00am - Meeting Begins

Lunch will also be served

(please make sure you provide food allergies

or gluten free/vegan preferences)

Guest Speaker:

David Burke

On a national level, David travels and speaks to all ages with relevance and passion. Ministry highlights include various Christian music festivals such as Creation East in PA, Creation West in WA, the Ichthus Festival in KY, Alive in Ohio, Kingdom Bound in NY and Lifefest in Wisconsin. Additional national speaking engagements include the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention, numerous cities, the Group Magazine Tour, numerous cities, plus numerous events in over 40 states and several countries.

David’s academic background includes a doctoral degree in Education, a Master’s Degree in Business Management and an undergrad degree in History and English.


Burke’s theological education has been at the Duke Divinity School at Duke University in Durham, NC. Presently, David serves as a professor, teaching Leadership Classes in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.

David has over 35 years of ministry experience serving churches in Maryland, Indiana, Florida, Pennsylvania and completed serving for 11 summers as the Youth Minister for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association at the Jersey Shore. In this position, David led a team of 50 plus paid summer staffers in a creative beach ministry for children, youth and young adults in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. 


In the summer of 2014, David began serving as the part-time pastor at Mt. Pleasant UMC in Colora, MD. On the first Sunday of July 2014, only 24 worshippers attended and last Sunday, 124 people were in attendance to worship. David and his wife, Kathryn have been married for 30 years and have 3 children, who are now young adults.  The good news is that Burke’s speaking and relational ministry is always relevant, never boring, and seasoned with a humorous yet challenging biblical message. David’s calling is to serve as a leader of leaders.  


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