SUMC is participating in the 2019 Pittsburgh Pride Festival and Parade on June 8th and 9th. We are joining other Methodist churches in the area to host a booth at the festival both days from 12:00-5:00. We are also marching in the parade on Sunday, June 9th. Line up is at 11:30, and we are meeting between Wood St and Market Street on the Blvd of the Allies (unit #84). Contact Susie Moffett if you are interested in participating!
Our church is invited to participate in the Fern Hollow Nature Center Summer Celebration on June 8th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Come enjoy a concert by Leap of Faith, yard games for the family, a picnic on the lawn and some quality outdoor time. Franctuary and Sewickley Confectionary will provide food for those who don’t want to bring their own. Check out http://fhnc.org/family_programs.aspx for more information, or ask Susie Moffett.
Our annual picnic is THIS SUNDAY, June 2, with our friends from the St. Matthews AME Zion church at Walker Park, shelter #3. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken wings, drinks and paper products will be provided. Setup begins at 12:30. We will break bread at 1:30 pm.
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 Arizona border towns, communities facing social challenges are dramatically divided. In Liberian villages, citizens’ human rights are being violated. In local U.S. communities, women and girls are being bought and sold against their will. Moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, honoring the dignity of every individual made in God’s image, The United Methodist Church is unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice.
If this topic interests you, save the date of Saturday, June 22 for this workshop at Butler First UMC. Details have not yet been finalized, but you can check the WPAUMC website www.wpaumc.org for updates or contact Alyce Weaver-Dunn, Director of Connectional Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
To help replenish hygiene kits at Eastbrook Mission Barn, our AC UMCOR satellite, the Outreach Committee set a goal to assemble 50 hygiene kits. Your Outreach Committee has purchased any items which were not donated in May, and your financial contribution is needed to cover those costs.
In the marriage ceremonies I conduct, I never ask, “Who gives this woman to be married to this man?” No one is property to be GIVEN to another. I always ask both sets of parents to give their blessing to the marriage of their children. Yet there is something endearing about being spoken for.
On Easter, I said one of the Easter challenges God puts before us is to see those around us… really see them. But often, we see only what we want to see. Sometimes, like Thomas insisting on seeing the wounds of Jesus, we insist on seeing the wounds of others before we believe that the people we serve are persons worthy and deserving of grace and kindness during their most vulnerable hour.