Jackie DeCarlo, CEO for Manna Foods, was the guest speaker at the October Racial Justice meeting. Jackie discussed how Manna is seeking to address racial and social justice in eliminating food insecurity in our region. The deep inequalities in food and other systems became even more apparent during these many months of the COVID pandemic. To view the recording, click on this link Jackie DeCarlo speaks at SSUMC Racial Justice Meeting
Trunk or Treat is back and we are sooooo excited! Mark your calendars now for Saturday, October 30 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. Bring your kids, grandkids, friends and neighbors. We will have lots of trunks, treats and games. Be on the lookout for more information.
Then, on Sunday, October 31, we will celebrate the Children’s Sabbath during both worship services with our children leading us in worship. As a part of this special service, we will present Bibles to our 3rd grade students. All children are invited to wear their costumes (virtually or in person). Please, no weapons or scary masks. During the 11:00 service, the children will trick-or-treat the congregation for UNICEF. If you have a child that would like a part in the service, or that is in 3rd grade and will receive a Bible, please contact Ms. Marie by October 20 as we want to make sure that we include all our children on this special day.
Questions about either of these upcoming events? Contact Ms. Marie.
What does it look like to be a more faithful disciple? Not just someone who has a deep faith. Not just a trustworthy church volunteer. A disciple who is deeply connected to the community of faith, growing in their love of God, and transforming the world around them. I’m excited to share a new three-step discipleship-formation course that we’ll be offering on a regular basis. It’s called Journey With Jesus. As we look at the gospels, the church didn’t just happen. It started when Jesus called disciples to follow him, led and taught them by word and example, and then sent them out into the world in the power of the Holy Spirit to do the work of continuing and expanding his ministry. So Journey With Jesus is designed around three steps.
Step 1 is about connection to Jesus Christ through the congregation. It’s along the lines of what we used to call “new member classes.” If you’ve heard the call of Jesus to follow him, but you’re not sure what that might mean, this is where to start.
Step 2 is about growing in your faith through participating in small groups, classes, and ministries through the congregation. Think of this as the time the disciples spent traveling alongside Jesus, watching his ministry and learning from him.
Step 3 is about being sent out to make new disciples and transform the world. How can you be in ministry in your daily life in your home or work? Are you being called to start a new ministry that extends the life of this congregation in new ways? How do you take that step?
Journey with Jesus isn’t a class, and it’s not a ministry program. It’s a discipleship-formation process that can change your life and change the world.
Interested? Click here to find out more and take your next step!
– Rev. Alex