January 8, 2019
Kairos Vol. 4, Issue #2

SLUMC Building Front
Friends,

There is to be a special called session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church February 23-26 in Saint Louis. The purpose of this conference is to address 3 proposals from a special commission regarding a way forward on the issue of homosexuality. Since 1972 the Church has had specific statements in The Book of Discipline regarding homosexuality as it relates to the ordination of pastors. Each 4 years there have been proposals to remove and/or change the language of The Book of Discipline. At the 2016 General Conference a commission of 32 persons from around the world was tasked with recommending a way forward to the Council of Bishops which are passing them on to the General Conference for a decision as to which of the 3 ways we will follow.
 
I invite you to join me in learning more about these 3 proposals as they are stirring up conversation, questions, and concerns by Lay persons and Pastors.  I will host 3 conversations as follows:
  • Tuesday, January 15 at 1:30 in pm Lindsay Hall
  • Tuesday, January 22 at 1:30 pm in Lindsay Hall
  • Thursday, January 24 at 10:00 am in Lindsay Hall
Marvin
UNISON PRAYER - JANUARY 5/6
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Loving and Compassionate God, as the old year slips away, forgive us for times and situations this past year when we failed to live as You call us to live. As the new year dawns, help us to live into being the "new creations" about which the Apostle Paul wrote. Give us the boldness we need to reach beyond ourselves and share the wonder of Your grace with everyone we encounter. Help us to let go of any thoughts of "us and them" and see others through Your eyes as Your precious children. For the challenges to come, we pray for Your courage. In times to come of weakness, we pray for Your strength. For decisions to be made, we pray for Your wisdom and guidance. In times of sorrow and pain, may we feel Your comfort. In times of blessing, may we remember to give You thanks. Through all this new year brings, may we hold tight to Your hope, joy, peace, and love that is ours through faith in Christ Jesus, Your Son. For it is in His name, we pray. Amen!
CALENDAR REMINDERS
  • Men's Gathering, Wednesday, January 9, 9:00 am - Room 4
  • GriefShare begins, Wednesday, January 9, 1:00 pm - Room 4
  • Faith Lessons, Thursday, January 10, 10:00 am - Renaissance
  • Sweet Life Cafe begins, Thursday, January 10, 12:00 pm - Room 2
  • Hearing Loss Association, Thursday, January 10, 12:45 pm - Room 1
  • GriefShare begins, Thursday, January 10, 2:30 pm - Renaissance
  • Dinner Groups Pizza Party, Friday, January 11, 5:30 pm, Lindsay Hall
  MEN'S GATHERING
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Join Wayne Wright and the discussion regarding New Adventures In Learning tomorrow, Wednesday, January 9, 9:00 am, Room 4.

Cookies and coffee will be served!
  GRIEFSHARE
Jokes are made about New Year Resolutions mainly because the resolutions last about as long as it takes to make them. So many of us have the best of intentions, but we don't make good on them.
            
However, if your heart is aching because of the death of a loved one and you don't want to live in pain, be intentional about making a resolution to take care of yourself. One way is by participating in GriefShare, beginning tomorrow, January 9 , 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, Room 4.

For more information or to register ($15), call the church office, contact Pastor Jean, or check the church website at sunlakesumc.org .
  HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (HLAA)
Hearing Loss
Join Dr. Mark Syms, MD, Arizona Hearing Center, as he explores the manifestations of hearing loss on Thursday,  January 10, 12:45 pm, Room 1.

Dr. Syms, one of the first physicians to be board-certified in neurotology, will describe the process to determine if patients are reaching their hearing potential and address the reasons for people not having an ideal hearing experience and will share alternative technologies.

If you, a family member, or a friend is challenged by hearing loss, please come and join us for education, sharing, and refreshments. All are welcome. You owe it to yourself! CART (real-time captioning) is provided and the meeting room is looped. 

For additional information contact  Liz Booth at  halib72@gmail.com.
  UMW MONTHLY MEETING
Please join us in Lindsay Hall at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 16, for our monthly group meeting!

Our guest speaker will be Betty Mathis, who recently retired from the Wesley Center, Rev. Marvin will install the 2019 Sun Lakes UMW officers, we will have the opportunity to make our annual pledges, and  we will take a few moments to honor our members who died in 2018. 
  SINGLES EVENT
City of Chandler
Don't miss the Singles  tour of Chandler City Hall - Thursday, January 17, 10:00 am.

The tour will be facilitated by Jennifer Honea, an employee of the city for 18 years. She will guide the group through City Hall, explaining how it works, covering planned growth within the city, and answering questions. Everyone will then have lunch in downtown Chandler.

A sign up sheet is available in Lindsay Hall.
  LURA TURNER ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER
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On Saturday, January 26, Lura Turner Homes hosts its' 9th annual spaghetti dinner at Madison Baptist Church, 6202 North 12th Street, Phoenix.

Seating times are 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm, with Arizona Diamondbacks' organist Bobby Freeman and wife Charlene entertaining at both seatings.

Tickets are ($20) for adults; ($10) for children 12 years and under. All proceeds benefit the special needs men and women who live at Lura Turner Homes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. To R.S.V.P. contact Max McQueen at (602) 943-4789 or maxm@luraturnerhomes.org.
  WOMAN'S RETREAT
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Note the date!

The annual retreat has been changed to Saturday, February 23, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in Lindsay Hall.

Pastor Jean and Bev Tarpley have teamed-up again to facilitate another memorable day with a program called Having a Joy-Filled HeartIf you attended last year, you will remember it was a time of inspiration, fellowship, fun and food.

Ticket prices remain at only ($10) and can be purchased in the office beginning Monday, January 28.
  DINNER GROUPS BEGIN IN FEBRUARY
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New dinner groups will begin in February and run through April!

Don't miss the opportunity to meet new people and enjoy some fellowship. Sign up in Lindsay Hall.
  OFFERING ENVELOPES
Offering Envelope Redesign
To reduce waste and increase efficiency, the offering envelopes for 2019 have changed.
  • There will not be a date or numbers on the envelopes.
  • There will be bundles of 13 envelopes available from the greeters, ushers, or the church office.
  • Examples of the bundles you can pick up are:
    • You give weekly, pick up 4 bundles - this provides for 52 weeks.
    • You give monthly, pick up 1 bundle - this provides for 12 months.
    • Here 3 months of the year? 1 bundle provides for 13 weeks.
    • Here 6 months of the year? 2 bundles provides for 26 weeks. 
Make sure you put your name on each giving envelope by using some of those free address labels that show up in the mail constantly.
  THE LIBRARY
Library Jan 2019
The library has many "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books.  Several of them are on display; all of them can be found under the name of Jack Canfield, the editor of the series.
 
There have been several small books added to the display in the library; many of these books are not much larger than a pocket. 
A few of the titles are:  
  • In The Days of the Angels by Walter Wangerin Jr.
  • A Life God Rewards by Bruce Wilkinson and David Kopp
  • The Prayer of Jesus by Hank Hanegraaff
  • Miracles by C.S. Lewis
  • 50 Things that Really Matter by Hallmark
  • Happiness is... by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar
  • God Bless America: Prayers and Reflections for our Country by Gwen Ellis and Pat Matuszak
We also have a large group of magazines including National Geographic, Arizona Highways, Good Housekeeping and Family Circle that need new homes; if you would enjoy them or know someone who would, stop by the library and help yourself to as many as you want. 
  LOVE AND SYMPATHY
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...to the family and friends of Anita Isbell who died Saturday, December 15. A memorial service will be held January 19, 10:30 am with lunch to follow in Lindsay Hall.

...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 Clyde McLeod, family, and friends on the death of his brother Cecil who died Thursday, January 3 in Florida.

...to the family and friends of Betty Jorgensen who passed away Sunday, January 6. Memorial service information pending.
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