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Highlights for the week of September 28, 2014


Special Reminders:   Crop Walk, Saturday, Sept. 27, at 9:30AM.  Meet in the big parking lot across from the church.  5K walk or a shorter 1K course.  Sponsored by StanwoodC/amano Ministerial Association. 

 For Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014:

Sermon Title: Turn Around Times

Scripture:  Matthew 21:23-32

Worship Focus:  Good intentions. Isn’t it interesting how easy it is to put off doing the things we ought to do? Some of us even put off things we want to do.  If you and I are going to be all that God has called us to be, we need to begin now. If we are going to do the things God has called us to do, we will need to do them now.  Good intentions are not enough. Most of us somewhere along the way need to come to a turn-around time; we need a change of direction. Anywhere along the way, we can turn around. Anytime, and from wherever we are, we can go forth in any direction we may choose. Any time may be a turning-time.

Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study

Beginning Tuesday, October 28, there will be a new curriculum titled “Covenant.”  The purpose of the study is to engage participants in conversations about the Biblical concept of the unique and special covenant between God and God’s fruitful people by studying the Bible together and applying the Bible to their personal story. 

Three eight-week modules, each dealing with a different aspect of what covenant means:  Creating, Living and Trusting.  Daily study and a weekly class session.  Covers nearly all the books of the Bible.  A good study for both those with limited experience with in-depth Bible study and those with extensive experience. Classes are Tuesdays at 1:00 in the Blue Room with Barbara Dadd Shaffer leading.  

Adult Sunday School

The Adult Sunday School, led by Vickie Mongar, is being held in the Yellow Room from 10:15 to 11:15 each Sunday.  This session will explore the Gospel of Mark.  Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Chancel and Handbell Choirs Resume

If you are interested in singing in the chancel choir, please meet in the sanctuary on Wednesdays at 7:15PM.  Nancy High is the director. 

Handbell Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6PM.  Anyone interested in playing the bells is asked to meet in the sanctuary.  Lynne Grabill is the director. 

Fall Work Party Scheduled

Saturday, October 11, Trustees invite everyone to come to the church at 9AM for a fall work party.  There will be a group finishing some projects on the playground.  We also need someone to trim the Cone House hedge, wash church windows, garden in the courtyard.  We would welcome your skills!  There is a sign-up sheet on the counter in Wesley Hall.  We would appreciate your signing up for the task you would like to help with.  We hope to finish by noon and then we will serve hot soup and rolls to everyone.  Thanks in advance for your help! 

Stanwood-Camano Chorale

The Stanwood-Camano chorale will rehearse each Sunday from 3 to 5PM beginning this Sunday, September 28, at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church.  All singers are welcome and no audition is required.  The director is Steve Jensen.  For more information, call Mary Lu at 360-445-2721. 

ConneXion Groups Have Begun

Last year we launched a small group ministry called “ConneXion Groups.”  Our goal is to help connect every parishioner in a small group where we can be known and know others, as well as grow in our spiritual lives together by study, service and fellowship.  They started the week of September 7th.  As we did last year, they will end in November near Thanksgiving (for a total of 12 weeks), and start again in February 2015.

If you are new to SUMC you might be wondering what exactly is the purpose of a ConneXion group.  They are planned to offer food, fellowship, fun, and faith.  There are basically three major goals:  helping people know one another better, learning and growing spiritually, and working together on a short service project chosen by each   group. 

Each session will include sharing food appropriate to the time of day, and will last 1-1/2 to 2 hours.  The groups will meet in various locations including the church and homes.  You will be given choices based on the best day, time, and location for you. Each group will decide on a study, most of which will include a short video curriculum, and lots of discussion.

Some possible topics could include life issues (such as handling stress, family crisis), social justice, biblical topics, spiritual formation, peace-making, etc.  There will be no cost to participants and no homework.  What we will ask of participants is a commitment to attend all of the sessions or as many as possible.











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