School’s out, and Summer Lunch Programs are ready to feed children age 18 and younger. There is no registration required to participate. Kids can visit any site during its specified serving time to receive a free meal.
Look for the cart on June 23rd. Children are out of school for the summer—consider purchasing peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese, juice, and other nutritious, kid-friendly foods for June’s collection.
FOTC’s 2019 shoebox campaign is underway. Health and personal items are their target items for June. Please consider donating bar soap, washcloths, toothbrushes, hair accessories, adhesive bandages, combs, hairbrushes, socks, and sunglasses. Please read more about Operation Christmas Child in the June Newsletter. The FOTC collection box is in the Narthex.
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.
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.