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All-Church Email of 4-10-14

All-Church Email of April 10, 2014

Special Reminders: Several birthdays for the month of April were omitted from the birthday list in the April Messenger so I will list all that I am aware of below. My apologies-Carol. I’m happy to list birthdays in The Messenger. Call the office and see if you’re on my list-629-9555 if you want to be included.
Joe Wiederhold April 3
Barbara Logen April 4
Judy Trammell April 5
Lois Anderson April 6
Basil Badley April 9
Anna Lee Lund April 9
Jessie Daly April 14
Nate Harpel April 14
Emma Lou Meicho April 18
Peggy Black April 20
Ernie Bergstrom April 21
Madi Davis April 22
Whittaker Harpel April 23
Tracy LeRoy April 23
Sandy Cartwright April 24
Rod Grabill April 24
Nancy Adams April 25
Chuck Durland April 25
Mary Beth Fisher April 25
Hans Wiederhold April 28
Kenneth Taylor April 29

Pastor Dan has 3 bottles of Flonase—unopened, in original boxes. Each bottle contains a 30-day supply. Free for the taking; something he is unable to use.
Sermon Title: The Cheering Crowds

Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11

Worship Focus: The crowds cheered in triumph and in tragedy. They cheered Jesus on Sunday and on Friday they hung him on a tree. But God had the last word. God took that tree and made it a symbol of our salvation from the forces of sin and death. Triumph and tragedy, then triumph once again. Thank God for that final triumph, the triumph over sin and death.

April 13, 2014 (Palm Sunday)
Liturgist: Cliff Peightal
9AM Traditional Coffee Time Hosts: Linda James, Gerald and Blanche Radder
10:45AM Continental Brunch Hosts: No one

April 20, 2014 (Easter)
Liturgist: Fay Richardson
9AM Traditional Coffee Time Hosts: John and Barbara Shaffer
10:45AM Continental Brunch Hosts: John and Barbara Shaffer

Sunday, April 13, 2014
9:00AM Traditional Worship Service
10:30AM ConneXion Groups in Blue & Anderson Rooms
10:45AM Youth Sunday School at Youth Office
10:45AM Contemporary Worship Service
12:00PM ConneXion Group in Yellow Room

Monday, April 14, 2014– Office Open; Pastor’s Time of Rest
6:30PM ConneXion Group
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
1:00PM Bible Study
2:30PM Ad Council Meets
6:00PM Youth Group Meets

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
11:30AM UM Women Meet
5:00PM Praise Band Rehearsal
6:00PM Handbell Choir Rehearsal
7:15PM Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, April 17, 2014
8:30AM UM Women meet to make cards
9:00AM That Third Thursday Thing (gardening @ parsonage)
10:45AM Silver Sages Dine Out
2:00PM Welcome Committee Meets
7:00PM Maundy Thursday Worship Service

Friday, April 18, 2014 —Office Closed/Pastor In
10:00AM Weekly Worship Theme Bible Study Meets
12:00PM Community Good Friday Service

Sunday, April 13, after both services, highlights of the planned renovation of Wesley Hall will be shown in Wesley Hall.

Maundy Thursday Service
This year our Maundy Thursday service will be a tenebrae service on Thursday, April 17 at 7pm. A tenebrae service includes a series of readings from the gospels which describe the time between the Last Supper and the Passion of Christ. After the readings a candle is extinguished representing the flight of the disciples and the approach of the darkness of the Passion of Christ. Toward the beginning of the service, we will share in Holy Communion as we remember Jesus gathering with his disciples in the Upper Room.

Easter Offering
Each year we receive a special Easter Offering that goes directly to the General Fund. This year we have decided to highlight our Youth Ministry through this offering. We will update you with what’s been happening with the youth. From a budget standpoint, the youth program has several components, from the salary for your youth director, Kristen Johnson, as well as costs for programs and activities. Thanks in advance for your support.

E Donations: $$$$$
Just a reminder that you can donate to the SUMC General Fund or other special activities on the Church Website (sumc@stanwoodumc.org). You’ll find a “Donate” item that will take you to our vendor, Vanco Services. It’s secure, validated by the General Conference of UMC and easy to use. This is just an additional convenience to our members who prefer to use automatic giving or simple one-time donations. Check it out. Your Finance Committee

That Third Thursday Thing
Gardening season starts in earnest this week with our first gathering of the year at the parsonage on Thursday, April 17 from 9-11AM. We’ll assess what has transpired in the yard since the fall and make some plans about what we want to accomplish this year. Please bring your favorite tools and plan to have some fun along with our work, as well as coffee and donuts at our break. Everyone welcome!

Silver Sages
Silver Sages will be traveling to Wonderful Buffet (Chinese food) in Smokey Point for this month’s outing. Please be at the church at 10:45 on Thursday, April 17 to board the mini-bus for transport. Besides a delicious lunch you’ll enjoy outstanding fellowship! There will be a modest charge for gas.

Adult Sunday School
The Adult Sunday School will not meet on Palm Sunday, April 13, nor on Easter, April 20. On April 27 we will begin a 4-week study of the Book of Daniel. Class starts at 10:15AM in the conference room, across from the church office. Please join us if you can. Lead by Vickie Mongar.

Mission Committee Report
The Interfaith Family Shelter in Everett reported that housing is really tight now and their clients are having a hard time finding affordable housing. Because of the shortage of housing, they are having to stay longer in the shelter than is normal. The Shelter Coordinator, Constance Stanford, said that they need the following items:

1. Double and twin fitted sheets. They have plenty of flat sheets.
2. Blankets
3. Sturdy hard plastic cups for children
4. Sturdy hard plastic bowls
5. Silverware

If you have any of the above items, please leave them in the Yellow Room. Chuck Durland

Cards for Every Occasion
Just one week until Easter Sunday. We offer a great selection of cards—Easter ones of course, as well as cards for all the special occasions in our lives. We are now crafting money-enclosure cards as well. Please come peruse our large assortment and select several for your loved ones and friends. Sending a lovely, thoughtful card is really sending a hug, isn’t it? Look for our table in the fellowship hall during coffee time.

All cards are still only $1 each and proceeds support mission projects.

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