The church office will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. 

Knowing Christ and making Him known, serving Christ by serving others


Easter season has drawn to a close, the time of Lent and its spiritual preparation is beginning to fade. What was it all about, one might ask? Well, being made ready to go to work on behalf of Jesus. Standing arm in arm with the Disciples of Christ, opening up paths of grace and hope for all to discover! Now, it is time to carry the light and love of Jesus to the world.

The coming days will find us in the usual spaces of service, but there will be so many other opportunities to grow, to learn, to pray, to give and to stand on behalf of Christ with the saints of SHUMC! Challenges await. Shifts in grace and need lie before us. But I am ready to celebrate these challenges because I believe in the many people who say yes to the call of Christ upon their lives. It is in these people I trust to help witness to our city, our nation and the world, the love of Christ at work!

The witness of those who made our Holy week so inspiring is a great place to start, like the Choir and its leader, Lily Alo. They were a busy collective, and everywhere they served the praises of Christ, even in his darkness, were lifted up. The Wesley Ringers sure got it done! Practicing often two times a week, with several members driving great distances to be a part of this group makes it a group of dedication and sacrifice. The guys who built the Bell cart for the Ringers which will make transporting the many bells and tables a much easier task. The Worship team and the Last Supper guys and gal didn’t just show up on Thursday; they had several practices and the hours the Worship Team put in on this endeavor are to be celebrated. The Missions Team stepped into the duties of grace by helping our youth raise money for their SSP journeys. Over a $1000 actually. And that means thank you to all the wonderful folk who came to that breakfast, freely sharing and giving so that our youth can go and serve as our lights of hope!


Week in and week out, so many offer so much to make our ministry vital and active. Yes, there is a core who tend to be very present (rule of thumb, 20% usually do 80% of the work of the ministry), but when we are at our best the Church shines because all of us are sharing and grateful for the work being done at SHUMC! Thanks to all who have, who are, and who will be making our ministry not just a better place, but also a glorious witness to Christ and his work of love!

See you in worship,
Rev. Michael




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