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
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
From the Pastor’s Desk
As COVID cases continue to climb once again in our community, I’d like to remind us of the role that we can each play keeping one another safe. We are a congregation that cares deeply about the vulnerable, and how we approach COVID is an expression of that core value. So with that in mind, please remember…
- Masks are required during worship and other indoor activities at the church. Our worship leaders will wear masks unless they are in the pulpit or lectern where we have plexiglass screens. Our ushers will have masks if you don’t happen to have one.
- Please observe physical distancing of 6′ or more between family units in the sanctuary.
- Please respect the wishes of others regarding their physical space. Some people are wary of hugs and handshakes during this time, or even elbow-bumps. (Some folks weren’t necessarily huggers to begin with!)
- Make sure you wash hands and/or use sanitizer often.
- If you feel sick or test positive, please worship with us in our virtual service. Observe the CDC guidelines for COVID quarantine and isolation.
I truly appreciate the care that this congregation has shown over the last 2+ years of dealing with COVID. Let us continue to live out our value of care for each other during this season and beyond!
Grace and Peace,
Learn about staff changes ahead for SSUMC!
Support our Children and Family Ministries programs by making a donation of $5 (OR more) in honor of, or in memory of, a loved one for Mother’s Day. All names will be printed in the Mother’s Day bulletin on Sunday, May 8, 2022. You can fill out the form below and pay online, bring your payment to church, Sunday May 1, 2022 at the 11 a.m. service or mail a check.
Monday, June 20 – Thursday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
Friday, June 24 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Family Celebration
Ages 5 through 6 th Grades
Ready to cook up some fun? Join us this Summer for a different kind of VBS. We are going to have a Food Truck Party where the children will have some fun, fun, fun! Food Truck Party invites children to pray as Jesus teaches us in Matthew 6:11; “Give us this day our daily bread.” These words serve as a reminder that everything we have comes from God and meets our needs. Through stories in both the Old and New Testaments, Food Truck Party opens the children’s eyes to the countless ways God provides, loves, and cares for us.
Food Truck Party will be held Monday, June 20 – Thursday, June 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 5 through 6th grades. We will not meet during the day on Friday, June 24. On that day, we are inviting all the families to join us from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for a Food Truck Party Family Celebration with actual food trucks!!!!
Registration begins April 1, 2022. Register your child early as space is limited this year.
Note: At this time, masks are required. We will re-evaluate once we get closer to the date.
Please join us Thursday, April 14, in the fellowship hall at 5:30pm before our Holy Thursday Communion Service, for soup potluck meal. If you would like to prepare a soup for the potluck please click here to sign up below. We hope you will continue your fellowship time with us at our 7pm Communion Service.
It’s back!! Mark your calendars for our Outdoor Easter Eggstravaganza !
Saturday, April 9 @ 10 a.m. in the back parking lot
Crafts, Face Painting, Photo Op and an Easter Egg Hunt
Volunteers are needed to help set up, work the craft tables, and hide eggs. Please contact Ms. Marie if you are available at firstname.lastname@example.org. Youth get SSL hours.