Come and Fellowship with Us!

Come for Worship, Stay for Fellowship!

November 21, join us at 11:00 for the worship service, and then move to the back parking lot for food trucks – no charge! – (including food options for kids), games, music, and fellowship! The entire community is invited, along with our tenants. Along the way, you can find out more about the work of our Racial Justice Ministries group and make a donation for our Thanksgiving Food Drive (gift cards for Target, Giant, and Safeway). In order to maintain COVID safety, this can only be an outdoor event; so it is definitely “weather permitting.” But we’re praying for a chance to have a great time together! Again, that’s worship at 11:00 and the fellowship time will follow at 12:15!

View Manna Foods CEO, Jackie De Carlo’s Discussion with SSUMC’s Racial Justice Group

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 & Children’s Sabbath

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.

Summer newsletter is here!

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In this edition:

  • Saying Goodbye and Hello to Our Pastors
    By Rev. Rachel Cornwell, Lead Pastor, and John Taylor, SPRC Member of the Administrative Board
  • BSSUMC’s Pastoral Change – Your Questions Answered
  • Summer Worship Opportunities
  • Recognizing Promotions & Graduations
  • Community Easter Event Photos
  • Four Corners Mission & Outreach Update
    Reflections on Screenagers
  • “Reaching Up, Reaching Out” — Our Capital Budget priorities
  • And much more!

Fall Messenger Newsletter is Here!

messenger-cover-fall-2016The Fall edition of the Messenger newsletter is here. Download it now!

Included in this edition is:

  • Perspectives on Racial Justice and Racial Reconciliation: Finding Common Ground, by Norman Brown
  • Exciting changes coming to Arleeta’s Pantry this October, by Lisa Middleton
  • Reconciling Ministries updates, by Rev. Michele Johns
  • Strengthening Relationships to God through VBS, by Julia Park, VBS Youth Volunteer
  • SSUMC Ministry Opportunities
  • And more!

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Summer Messenger is Here!

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The Summer edition of our Messenger newsletter is here! Included in this issue:

  • Buildings Make a Difference: How investments in facilities are furthering our mission to feed all people–body, mind, and soul–so no one goes hungry.
  • Saying Goodbye, by Rev. Joey Heath, Associate Pastor
  • Take Nothing for Granted: My Service in Haiti, by Nora Meeks
  • Imagine No More Malaria, by Marilyn Parr and Suzanne Browning
  • Reflections on Confirmation, by Sabina Perry, Susanne Noble, Shannon Parkin, Becky Hill, and Lori Crowe
  • And much more!

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Winter Messenger is Here!

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When God Comes Near: New Beginning
By Rev. Joey Heath

Advent is the season of preparation for the reality of God in our midst, God who came near to us, Christ born divine and yet one of us. In this season, we begin anew the journey to Bethlehem and to the manger.

From that lowly manger, we again journey to Jerusalem and the disciples, to teaching on the hillside, to feeding massive crowds, to listening to the unheard, to picking up the unwanted. Then, we begin the journey toward the cross where sorrow and death intermingled, when all seemed lost until Christ rose from the grave with the promise that we have all been set free and the God who created us is waiting with arms open wide.

Advent is the beginning of our telling of this story once again, of starting it over, just as we get to start over again.

Read more in the 2015 Winter Messenger

Other highlights in this issue:

  • PASSIONATE WORSHIP: Advent Giving and Fellowship Opportunities, PAGE 3
  • SERVANT LEADERSHIP: Pastor’s Report to Charge Conference PAGES 4-5
  • RISK-TAKING MISSION & SERVICE: Volunteer Dinner Celebrates Service PAGE 8
  • INTENTIONAL FAITH DEVELOPMENT: Christian Education Programs PAGES 9-12
  • RISK-TAKING MISSION & SERVICE: Community Garden Enhancements PAGE 13
  • SERVANT LEADERSHIP: Administrative Board Passes 2016 Budget PAGE 14

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Spring Messenger Newsletter is Here!

The Spring edition of our newsletter is here, including articles on the following topics:

  • Church Moves Forward with Plan for Two Campuses, by Rachel Cornwell
  • New SSUMC Ministry of Marriage Policy, by Joey Heath
  • Why Should We Participate in Bible Study? by Chai Sellers
  • Recap of our Christian Education work, including the successful Christmas Play
  • Our Annual Impact and Financial Report

And much more!

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Winter Newsletter is Here!

The Winter edition of our quarterly newsletter is now out! Messenger_2014Winter-FINAL_Cover_350x450Download it here.

Highlights include:

  • Lead Pastor Rev. Rachel: Why “worship is the heart of our life together”
  • How to participate in our Celebrations of the Advent Season
  • Report from Volunteers in Mission trip to Staten Island, NY
  • Reflections from Church Retreat: Building Holy Community
  • Ways to get more involved
  • Results of the 2014 Charge Conference
  • Plus reports from the Administrative Board and Council on Ministries
  • And much more!

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Fall Messenger is Here!

Fall 2014 Messenger newsletter
Fall 2014 Messenger newsletter

The Fall Messenger is Here! Download it here or look for it in your mailbox soon. Top highlights include:

  • Fall Programs Begin September 7
  • Education: Leaders Urgently Needed
  • Stewardship: Understanding our Church Expenses
  • Music: Make a Joyful Noise
  • Leadership Updates: Admin Board, Council on Ministries and Lay Leadership