Some Strengths of SHUMC

Some Strengths of SHUMC

At a recent Congregational Revitalization meeting, the team was asked “What are the strengths of SHUMC?” The following is a recap of the team members’ answers:

  • Pastors and congregation are great at meeting and greeting new faces in worship.
  • Our outreach programs-soup kitchen, Utah food Bank, Switchpoint, etc.
  • Connect Groups (although we need to publicize what they are all about)
  • Men and Women’s bible studies
  • Youth activities
  • Veteran’s Home worship service
  • Pastoral home and hospital visits
  • Social Media – Newly revamped website with calendar events being posted further in advance, Facebook page
  • Recording and making worship services available online
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Mailing newsletters to shut-ins and having colored newsletter available
  • Holiday Bazaar (formerly known as Candy Cane Bazaar)

Some of these programs have been in existence for a while, however, the group feels that they have improved and risen to a new level. Others are new and have added to the effectiveness of the purpose of SHUMC. I have to add that these are the items that were brainstormed in the short time we had for our meeting and if you feel we have omitted anything, please let us know.

What do you think SHUMC does well?

Worship attendance is up for the year-even through the summer months. Fall is upon us and our teams are meeting again after a summer break. Snowbirds are returning and the voltage from the electricity in the air is cranking up. Exciting times are ahead…..please join us as we move through this journey with God.

SHUMC Congregational Revitilazation

SHUMC Congregational Revitilazation

You may have noticed some changes in your worship experiences over the last year and a half at SHUMC. Some subtle and perhaps some not so subtle. It is our hope that if you have noticed any changes, they have been ones that have enhanced your worship experience to provide more hope, more joy, and to expand your faith in Jesus Christ. And, to reach out in order to bring more disciples to Him.

In February of 2018, SHUMC partnered with a mentor church, Desert Springs UMC in Las Vegas, to rethink our culture as a church as well as our worship services. To get back to our basic core, if you will. The initial group of folks from SHUMC signed a covenant that they would participate in a two year program to listen, study, and learn what it takes to bring their church to a point in which it is even more viable in our community.

Passionate Worship and Radical Hospitality are two of the five areas we have studied so far. As a result, I hope you will agree that a church that has always been known for its friendliness has come to a new level. And a church with one of the most passionate Pastors, Michael Chamness, around has added an associate Pastor, Tim Pieper, and together they are taking it above and beyond.

The team meets on the first and third Thursdays every month at 7 p.m. to discuss our assignments and our progress. Please pray for your revitalization team as they move forward. Our work is only beginning…

What is Shrove Tuesday?

Shrove Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It’s a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. But there’s more to Shrove Tuesday than pigging out on pancakes or taking part in a public pancake race. The pancakes themselves are part of an ancient custom with deeply religious roots.

Penitence

Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians used to undergo in the past. In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them. When a person receives absolution for their sins, they are forgiven for them and released from the guilt and pain that they have caused them. In the Catholic or Orthodox context, the absolution is pronounced by a priest. This tradition is very old. Over 1000 years ago a monk wrote in the Anglo-Saxon …

Ecclesiastical Institutes:
In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him.

Shrove Tuesday Celebrations

Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it’s the last day before Lent. Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Giving up foods: but not wasting them. In the old days there were many foods that observant Christians would not eat during Lent: foods such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods. So that no food was wasted, families would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that wouldn’t last the forty days of Lent without going off.

The need to eat up the fats gave rise to the French name Mardi Gras; meaning fat Tuesday. Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.