This special offering will be received for the purpose of strengthening nurture, witness, and outreach in town and rural areas. If you wish to support Rural Life initiatives, mark your gift “Rural Life,” and include it with your regular offering. You may also use EasyTithe, selecting Rural Life from the drop down box.
Please come join us on Saturday, August 25th, starting at 6:30pm in the Simpson Room for the screening of the documentary, “For the Bible Tells Me So,” which explores the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S.
The Fellowship of the Cross is hosting a free car wash from 10 am until 2 pm this Saturday, August 4, in the SUMC parking lot. Financial donations will be accepted, and everything contributed will be applied to our 2018 Operation Christmas Child project.
We are still in need of about 10 more Christmas trees to use as “forest” decorations for VBS next week. If you would be willing to lend us one (or more) for next week, you can drop it off at church this week and leave it in the youth room downstairs, marked with your name. You could also drop it off on Saturday, between 10 am and 2 pm, when FOTC hosts their car wash, or bring it to church on Sunday. We will need them by Sunday, at the latest, because we will begin decorating right after church. They can be picked up the following Sunday, 8/12.
In partnership with Leetsdale Borough and Union Aid Society, the Sewickley Valley YMCA is offering FREE lunches to all youth 18 and under on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30 am – 1 pm at Henle Park through August 17th. The YMCA wants to ensure that all kids in our community have enough to eat this summer! No advanced sign-up or paperwork is required to enjoy a meal. Contact Barb Herman, Membership Manager, at 412-741-9622 ext. 131 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This is an UMCOR certified training for Disaster Response ministries of Volunteers in Mission. Non-United Methodist participants are welcome, but will not be badged or deployed through the UMCOR-UMVIM ministry network. Verification forms or clearances are required from UMs on the day of the training—badges will not be issued for participants until they are received. Early Response Team trainings will be offered on August 11th from 9am - 5pm at the Nanty Glo UMC,998 Lloyd Street, Nanty Glo, PA 15943. Doors open at 8:30am.
Church Trustees would like some extra helping hands. We will be working each night this coming week, Monday through Thursday, July 23 - 26, from 6 - 9 pm. Come any time or day and stay for as long or as little as you can spare. We appreciate any time you can give. All supplies and directions will be provided.
After discussing possible actions to respond to concerns over current USA immigration and refugee practices, Pastor Russel and the Outreach Committee decided on a first step. You are urged to prayerfully consider sending an email to your federal legislators.
The needs are great in Sharpsburg, Millvale, Bridgeville and Bethel Park. So many cleaning buckets have been sent out to these areas from the WPA United Methodist Church's Eastbrook Mission Barn that its supply is depleted. Sewickley UMC will accept financial donations to help replenish the supply.
For twelve years, we passed it almost weekly. Often, I would say we need to stop and try this place out. We admired the outside and often commented on the beautiful hanging baskets filled with pretty pink petunias. But for a variety of reasons, we just drove by and wondered and admired from afar.
These past few weeks, I have not had a smile on my face or heart. In fact, my heart is broken over the desperate cries of precious little ones as they were ripped out of the arms of their migrant parents. The anguish and desperation in their voices has reduced me to tears. This IS NOT the American way, or at least I pray it IS NOT the American way.
Grief is perhaps the greatest teacher known to humankind. It comes at a very steep price. Grief teaches us perspective, patience, love like never before, kindness, tolerance, acceptance, appreciation for the present moment, and so much more. Grief never ends, but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is neither a sign of weakness nor a lack of faith. It is the price of love.
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.