February 5, 2019
Kairos Vol. 4, Issue #6

SLUMC Building Front
Rev. Marvin Arnpriester
 
Friends,

I am still buoyed up by the Anthem shared by the joint choir presentation this past week. Our choir will join the Chandler First Choir this coming Sunday to present the same anthem in their worship services. My thanks to Cris, Caroline and the choir for hosting the choir from Chandler First for this special event.

It is hard to believe Lent is just around the corner. This means The Red Mountain Brass will be with us for Mardi Gras Day on March 3 sharing brass music with us before Lent. On March 6 which is Ash Wednesday, we will have a special service for the imposition of Ashes in the Sanctuary at 4:00 pm.
 
My appreciation to the folk who are hosting and facilitating our Lenten Small Groups this year. Simon Peter, Flawed but Faithful Disciple is the emphasis for these small groups. Groups will meet at various times either at the church or in a facilitator's home. Signup sheets may be found in Lindsey Hall entryway beginning February 17. Each small group will view a DVD presentation by Rev. Adam Hamilton regarding Simon Peter. This will lead into a time of discussion and fellowship. We anticipate sessions of about 90 minutes. You are encouraged to purchase a ($15) book for your use. We do have room for more facilitators, if you are interested let me know.
 
We are also offering Final Words from the Cross for folk unable to participate in last year's small group experience. 
 
Thank you for continue support and involvement in the life of our church.
 
Marvin
UNISON PRAYER - FEBRUARY 2/3
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Lord God, you have always been our source of refuge and hope. Save us from the arrogance of thinking you act only here or that you speak only to people like us. Keep us aware of how dependent we are on you and each other. We are captive to our doubts and fears. We are blind to our prejudice and narrow vision. Forgive us. Grasp us in your strong arms of love so we might respond to your grace with surprised joy. We claim your salvation with grateful thanksgiving and praise. Renew your spirit of acceptance and graciousness in our relationships with each other. Help us live as your forgiven and forgiving children. Amen.
CALENDAR REMINDERS
  • UMW Leadership Mtg - Wednesday, February 6, 1:00 pm, Room 1
  RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS!
New Member
Join us this Sunday, February 10 as we welcome new members to our congregation!
 
If you are interested in joining Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, please stop and visit with Pastor Marvin or call the church office (480) 895-8766.
  DINNER GROUPS
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Our dinner group which meets at home needs two or four more people. 

If you are interested, please contact the church office or Jeanette Fletcher (641) 777-0284. Dinner groups are a great way to meet new people and get to know some of our church family.
  WHERE'S THE FIRE?
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Join the Men's Gathering, Wednesday, February 13, 9:00 am, Room 4 when Forrest Kohler, president of the board of directors for the East Valley Fire Corporation, will discuss the major changes our Sun Lakes Fire Department has gone through in the last year.

Forrest is a long time member of SLUMC and a former chair of the SLUMC Church Council.
  DISCIPLE MAKING
Finger in Water
"Go, make disciples!" These are words we find in the gospel of Matthew, but how do we make disciples in this day and age? You are invited to an exciting journey as we engage in learning about what it might look like to make disciples today, beginning with our own journey of transformation.

Enjoy a "Day of Learning" Saturday, February 16, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm, First UMC, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa, Arizona. To learn more about this exciting opportunity click here.
  CHURCH POTLUCK
Thanksgiving Food
You are invited to attend a church potluck Sunday, February 17, at 4:30 pm in Lindsay Hall.

The meat, rolls, and drink will be provided by the church; please bring a dish to share!

Sign up in Lindsay Hall or call the church office to make a reservation.
  WOMEN'S RETREAT
Joy Filled Heart
Get your tickets now for the annual women's retreat on Saturday, February 23, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in Lindsay Hall. All women are invited. Come and bring a friend or neighbor.
 
Pastor Jean and Bev Tarpley have teamed-up again to facilitate another memorable day with a program called Having a Joy-Filled Heart.
 
Tickets are still only $10, which includes the program, handouts, morning refreshments and lunch, purchased in the church office and in Lindsay Hall this Sunday.
  L.O.L. (LADIES ONLY LUNCH)
New York City Food Truck
Don't miss the February L.O.L. (Ladies Only Lunch) on Wednesday, February 27, 11:30 am in Lindsay Hall.

Think  "New York, New York!" because  the menu will be home-cooked, iconic foods found in New York City!

L.O.L. is a social gathering for the women of our church. You are encouraged to invite a female friend, neighbor, or relative you think might enjoy getting out and meeting new ladies.

Tickets go on sale ($5) Sunday, February 17 between services in the portico or can be purchased in the office after the 17th. Ticket sales will close after Sunday, February 24 due to the popularity of this event.
  LENTEN BIBLE STUDY
John The Gospel
Adam Hamilton's John : The Gospel of Light and Life , will be offered in March on Thursdays, 9:00 am - 10:30 am and Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm. The facilitator and leader for the sessions will be Rev. Jim Wood.  An orientation session for the morning class will be held Thursday, February 2 1 9:00 am,  Room 1; and  for the evening class Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 pm, Room 1.  The six-week,  90 -minute, class sessions begin two weeks later.

Hamilton  writes, "There are two themes tying the six sessions of this study together: light and life. John wrote in the prologue of his Gospel that Jesus Christ is 'the light for all people' - John 1:4. And toward the end of his Gospel John tells us that 'these things are written so that you will believe that Jesus is the Christ, God's Son, and that believing, you will have life in his name' (John 20:31)." 

Cost for the participant book is ($ 15), couples may share the same book. Those taking the study will also need to bring their Bibles and a notebook to journal. A video component featuring Hamilton will be viewed in each session for enhancing the discussion.

For more information call Rev. Wood at (480) 802-1092. Sign up early in Lindsay Hall as each session wi ll be limited to 15-20 participants!
  SAVE THE DATE!
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It's baseball time again! Save the date!

On Tuesday, April 9 we will head to Chase Field to watch the Diamondbacks play the Texas Rangers. Our transportation has been arranged and we will meet at the church to ride together to the game.

More information to follow!
  LOVE AND SYMPATHY
...to Jenna Oliver, the Sherman family and friends on the death of Roger Sherman, December 29. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 16, 10:30 am in the Sanctuary with lunch to follow in Lindsay Hall.

...to Jim La Barge, family, and friends on the death of his wife Ann La Barge, Saturday, January 19. Memorial service is Tuesday, March 12, 4:00 pm. Details to follow.
IMPORTANT LINKS
 

The vision of Sun Lakes United Methodist Church is to be
a Beacon of HOPE 
with Unconditional Love and Acceptance. 

Sun Lakes United Methodist Church
(480) 895-8766 | publications@sunlakesumc.org
Church Office Winter Hours: M - Th 9 am - 3 pm, Fri 9 am - 12 pm
Church Office Summer Hours: M - Th 9 am - 3 pm, Closed Fri 
Visit our website at sunlakesumc.org

Sunday Worship 8:15 & 10:00 am in Sanctuary
Saturday Worship 4:00 pm in Chapel
  
Rev. Marvin Arnpriester, Senior Pastor
Rev. Jean Newell, Associate Pastor