The UNITED METHODIST WOMEN will meet for lunch and a business meeting this Sunday, April 15th, after the traditional service in the Simpson Room. All women are welcome to join us. Please bring a side dish to share.
We can’t have a year of movies associated with Pittsburgh without celebrating Gene Kelly! Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, April 14 at 6 pm, when we gather to watch An American in Paris. This 1951 movie won 6 Oscars and also stars Pittsburgh native Oscar Levant. We meet in the parlor and enjoy fellowship and discussion. Everyone is welcome!
Thank you for taking part in the 2018 Lenten Fines Challenge. This year’s fines are benefiting The Nyadire Connection vision program, which provides vision screenings and needed eyeglasses to several villages. Even if you didn’t follow the Lenten Fines Calendar, your donations to Nyadire are welcome. Please mark your fines & donations “Lenten Fines.” All fines and donations are due this Sunday.
The Fellowship of the Cross needs children and youth to help film a video that will be included in the Mother’s Day services on May 13. We will meet in the Simpson Room at 11 am, this Sunday, April 8. Outdoor scenes, and possibly some indoor scenes, will be filmed at 11, and additional scenes will be filmed in the sanctuary at the conclusion of the 11 am service. The young actors will likely be involved from 11 am until 1 pm. They should come dressed for the outdoors. See Bill Utterback or any member of the FOTC team for more information.
Our monthly Salad Luncheon is today, April 5, from 11 am to 1 pm. Proceeds support the General Fund. Please consider donating your homemade salads for the salad luncheons as we have run low the past several months.
One tribe in North America has told this story for centuries: when people “pale as birch” crossed the great water in large canoes, they brought with them “The Black Book.” However, the bringers of the physical Book could not have known what it would mean and look like to be Native and a follower of Jesus.
The most beautiful sight to see is when the shepherd approaches his flock in the morning and calls out to them, “Sheep, sheep, sheep!” The first to run to him are the bummer lambs, because they know his voice. It’s not that they are more loved; it’s just that they believe it. I am so grateful that Christ calls Himself the Good Shepherd. I am a bummer lamb. Chances are you are too.
As I sit here at my computer keyboard, it is the day before my 64th birthday. Wow! How is that even possible? Depending upon which shoes you are in, 64 is a youngster and for others, well, you are seen as “old as dirt.”
My running route has turned into somewhat of an obstacle course with discarded Christmas trees strewn on the sidewalks. As I was running, I thought, only a month ago, these trees held special meaning and had a prominent place in the warmth and love of homes. And only a few weeks later, they are thrown to the curbside. The once beautiful, green branches decorated with lights and ornaments are now a tarnished brown, waiting to be burned or shredded into mulch.
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.