Ruth Painter, mother of Nancy Wiggins, and grandmother of Noah and Nina, has passed away. Her funeral service will be held at Sewickley UMC today, Thursday, December 14, at 6:30 pm. Visitation will take place in the sanctuary the hour prior to the service, and a funeral meal will be held in the Simpson Room following the service.
If you wanted to make any donations to the gift bags the FOTC kids will deliver to the shut-ins this coming Sunday, December 17, please be sure to bring them to the church no later than Sunday morning.
Birthday Breakfast for Jesus will take place between services on Sunday, December 17, in the Simpson Room. Serving will begin at 9:50 am. Please bring a breakfast goodie for the buffet. Sign up in the sanctuary.
The Adult Christmas Party is next Saturday, December 16th, at 5:00 pm, at Belinda and Doug Resler’s home (1300 Beaver Road). Bring a goodie for the buffet. Also, bring a white elephant gift for the crazy exchange. Sign up in sanctuary.
Everyone, middle-school aged and older, is invited to join the “wrapping party” on Sunday, December 10, during the Sunday School hour (10 am), as we wrap the gifts for the Bethany House in the Simpson Room. Please consider bringing your own scissors.
As I walked Lee Ann and Victoria out to their car, I noticed a woman in a wheelchair. She was dressed in her pajamas and was accompanied by a hospital employee. The woman had no bag of belongings, just the pajamas on her back. They were both perusing the cars as they pulled up to the hospital. I heard the employee ask the woman as a vehicle approached, “Is that your ride?” The woman stretched her neck looking to see if that was the person to deliver her from the hospital. It was not. I silently prayed for her.
I was invited to join their conversation when Chris, the rehab therapist, mentioned she was from Sewickley. As we engaged in conversation, she seemed to know about me and the Sewickley United Methodist Church. As I sat at the kitchen table, she looked at me and said, “I want to thank you and your church for praying for me and my family. I am Katie Parish’s mother.”
In today’s fast-paced life, many of us miss the chance to connect with people through the written word. For the month of May, the Witness Committee challenges every member of our church family to slow down and send a handwritten note to someone meaningful in your life. Blank notecards are available in the back of the sanctuary, or you can send your own. Maybe it’s an old friend you haven’t talked to in a while; maybe you need to thank someone in a special way; maybe there is a birthday coming up. Regardless of the reason, we all know someone who is NoteWorthy, so take a minute to let them know.
Each month, the SUMC Witness Committee is challenging our congregation to live their faith more fully every day. We begin by challenging you to share things you love about SUMC with others, particularly through social media.