In response to the many weather-related disasters in recent weeks, UMCOR, the UMC’s relief agency, has been assessing needs and has issued initial grants to a number of areas. It is only through the generosity of you and others that UMCOR is able to respond to the many needs. To aid in the long-term recovery efforts necessitated by the recent and future disasters, please consider making a donation to UMCOR, either with your regular offering or via EasyTithe (mark or select UMCOR).
In May, SUMC Outreach Committee highlighted some of the ministries served by the capital campaign. If you have yet to make a contribution or pledge to this campaign, the forms can be found at the back of the sanctuary. You may learn more at https://www.wpaumc.org/DRURCampaign.
It is not too late to bring your new and gently used CLEAN shoes (pairs only) to help EUMA (Erie United Methodist Alliance) with its Annual Shoe Drive. Sewickley UMC will collect from now until June 2nd.
Look for the cart in the sanctuary on May 26th and help local families with food insecurities overcome that challenge. Sewickley Community Food Bank opens its doors on Wednesdays from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm to distribute food to those in need in and around the 15143 zip code. With the school year coming to an end, consider foods that might provide breakfast and lunch to children who normally receive those meals at school. Thanks to SUMC, 10 Easter Bags were distributed to the food bank’s clients.
Our children and youth will re-visit tradition by planting flowers around the church campus on May 19, the final morning of our 2018-19 Sunday school year. The Fellowship of the Cross and the Education Committee will again host the event.
The Fellowship of the Cross youth want the shirts from the 10-Ks you ran, the VBS’s and day camps you served, the beaches you visited, the concerts you attended, and from the rarely visited depths of your drawers and closets.
EUMA (Erie United Methodist Alliance) and All God’s Children Ministries/Ramps of Hope is holding its Annual Shoe Drive to raise funds for its missions. Sewickley UMC will collect new and gently used CLEAN shoes (pairs only) from now until June 2nd.
UMCOR and its partners are responding to disasters in the United States and around the world. Please join us in prayer for the affected areas and consider giving to UMCOR Disaster Response to support these efforts.
Sewickley UMC is collecting Easter Bags for the food pantry. You are asked to take a bag with the grocery list attached, purchase the non-perishable items, and return the filled bag with the list attached. In addition, SUMC is accepting cash donations in order to provide each family with a Giant Eagle gift card, with which the family may purchase perishable items such as ham and eggs.
Donations of nonperishable food are welcome and help the Sewickley Community Center Food Bank provide help to those in need. Look for the cart in the front of the sanctuary on Sunday. Thank you for helping local families in need.
Our community luncheon is this Thursday, March 7, 11 am to 1 pm. Please consider donating your homemade salads, which should be brought to the church by 10 am the day of the luncheon.
FOTC is collecting new underwear to send to girls in other countries that are unable to attend school for a week every month, and sometimes even drop out of school altogether, because they do not have access to underwear and feminine products.
Brrrr! The weather remains cold, so consider cold weather foods for February 24th. Soup, stews, chili, etc. would all be welcome on a cold day. Muffin, bread, or biscuit mixes would make a nice addition to those items. The grocery cart will be in the sanctuary on February 24th, but your contributions are welcome anytime.
Rachel Boward needs Plastic Jug Rings and Toilet Paper Tubes for a cat toy project with her Pitt service organization. Please put in the collection box (Narthex or Simpson Room) by February 24th.
This February, cover some babies with love by donating diapers and wipes! During February, SUMC will again accept diapers and baby wipes to help refugee families through the Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS).
SUMC is teaming up with the American Cancer Society and Sewickley Relay for Life to raise funds through daffodil sales. Until February 17th, you may place your order via the sign-up sheets in the back of the sanctuary and in the Simpson Room or by emailing Martha Boward (firstname.lastname@example.org). Payment must be made prior to February 17th, as well.
Brrrr! The weather has turned cold, so consider cold weather foods for January 27th. Soup, stews, chili, etc. would all be welcome on a cold day. Muffin, bread, or biscuit mixes would make a nice addition to those items. The grocery cart will be in the sanctuary on January 27th, but your contributions are welcome anytime.
Human Relations Day calls United Methodists to recognize the right of all God’s children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with one another. The special offering benefits neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services, and work with at-risk teens through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.
Sunday, December 30, is a 5th Sunday. When there is a 5th Sunday in a month, it is our chance to give extra to help pay down the principal on the sanctuary loan, which is currently at $182,336.44.
Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to Bethany House Academy (BHA) before the end of the year, and see your gift triple.