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All-Church Email of July 24, 2014

All-Church Email of July 24, 2014

Special Reminders:   Friday is our big day! The annual neighborhood BBQ starts at 5:30PM. Steve Poole says the weather will be mid-70’s and sunny. The grill masters are at the ready, recipes are being checked for needed last-minute ingredients, the bouncy house is on the way—it’s going to be a great day! See you Friday! 

Sermon Title: Christian Growth: Surprised by Joy (3rd in series of 3)

Scripture: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Worship Focus: How often we seek escape from our unhappiness and boredom by moving from one situation to another, or from one person to another, or from one new purchase to another. It just seems characteristic of the human race to always be in search of something better. Some people go through their entire lives, always seeking, never being satisfied. Jesus Christ enables us to have that relationship with God that can bring us genuine happiness. It is what it means to be “surprised by joy.” This is how God intended us to live in the new age inaugurated by Jesus.

Elaine Hilde

The memorial service for Elaine Hilde has just been scheduled for Monday, August 18 at 11AM at SUMC.

Prayer Cards (pertains to first service only)

If you would like to include a prayer request for the public prayer time in worship, for the pastor, or for the prayer chain, a prayer card is available for you.  This week they are placed in the bulletin, next week they will be in the pew pockets.

Please fill out your request and hand the card to an usher when they are collected during the sharing of the Joys and Thanksgivings at the start of the service.  If you are sharing a request for someone else, please have their permission to share any information publicly.

Missions Committee

The Missions Committee is requesting volunteers to serve on the Committee to assist us in our outreach programs for the church.  We have had several people retire from the Committee in the past year and we need people to help us carry out our outreach programs.

These programs currently include: The Stanwood Camano Food Bank, the Interfaith Family Shelter in Everett, the Jamaa Letu Orphanage in the South Congo and Personal Energy Transportation (PET), which is a program in which basic vehicles are constructed and distributed at no cost in order to provide the gift of mobility to disabled children and adults worldwide.

If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact Chuck Durland, Co-Chair.

5th Thursday Outing

How about an Aqua Sox baseball game on Sunday, August 17? We will leave from the church at 2:30PM. Tickets are $10 each, if we have 20 people going. All the details are in your church mailbox. Reservations must be in by Sunday, July 27!

Save the Date. . . August 8-9, 2014  The early-bird cost break has been extended to August 1st, so if you haven’t signed up yet you can still take advantage of the early-bird savings.   The Garden Street UMC annual Women’s Retreat, to be held at Cedar Springs Resort in Sumas has been set for the dates of August 8 and 9.

The theme this year will be “The Power of Sisterhood.” The retreat leader will be Bishop Mary Ann Swenson with Lois Prang music director.

The cost is $82.00 Double or $94.00 Single by August 1; $87.00 Double or $99.00 Single after August 1. If you are interested in attending this great retreat, please let Irene Bergstrom know at 387-7798 and we can coordinate transportation; forms in church office as well.

Nursery Attendant Needed

We will need a nursery attendant during Sunday worship services later this summer when our current attendant, Jessica James, leaves for college. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Inquire at office.

Lazy Daze (Adult Retreat)

September 9-11 $130/$155 John Shaffer will be the Dean this year. To register, go to www.lazyfcamp.org to access the on-line registration process or pick up a registration form in the church office.

Lazy F (near Ellensburg) is the perfect setting for this end of the summer program specifically designed for older adults to stretch their minds and bodies, relax, meet new folks or reconnect with friends and grow in faith. Our program leaders are Jim and Nancy Davis. They will lead sessions on exploring, honoring, and deepening our personal wells of faith. There will be plenty of time for attendees to relax, read, hike, nap, crafts, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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