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.
We want the LGBTQ+ community to know that they are beloved children of God and a cherished part of our church family. Please join us as we celebrate Pride Month with a special Diversity Service Sunday evening, June 24th, at 6:00.
Look for the cart on June 24th. 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.
Leap of Faith has again been asked to play for the Fern Hollow Summer Celebration on June 22nd from 5:00-8:00pm. As a thank you to the church, the SUMC family is invited to join in the celebration for free! Just say you are from Sewickley, and you’ll get free admission to the concert, kids’ activities, nature play date, and more. See Susie Moffett for more information.
The Creation Crew is in need of 1 or 2 family sized tents to take with us for our 4 days at Creation Festival starting June 27th. Please see Susie Moffett or Johnathan Burnette if you have a tent in good condition that you can lend. Also, we have 2 tickets still available if there is anyone interested in joining us last minute!
The final meeting of the "What Does the Bible Say?" small group study meeting at the Moffett’s home was to be held this Sunday, but will be pushed back a week to June 17th. We’ll be discussing The Way Forward Commission, the Book of Discipline, and the Reconciling Ministries Network.
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.
Do you have a nickname? When I was growing up, I had two nicknames. The first was Rara. I am not sure where it came from. Maybe my older brother couldn’t say Russel, and as he tried to pronounce my name, it came out “Rara.” I utilized that nickname with all the little children Nancy babysat over the years. Many of those children are now adults and still call me “Rara.”
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.