April 16, 2019
Kairos Vol. 4, Issue #16

SLUMC Building Front
Pastor Marvin Arnpriester
Friends,

I encourage you to attend our special Maundy Thursday service at Sun Lakes UMC and Good Friday service at Chandler First UMC. Both services will begin at 6:00 pm. A joint choir presentation, It is Finished, will be presented by the combined choirs from Sun Lakes and Chandler First Churches. As part of the service, Jonathan Arnpriester will preach at Sun Lakes and Marvin Arnpriester will preach at Chandler First. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be observed at both services.
 
We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead at our regular worship services this weekend. Special music will be shared as we join in affirming our faith in the risen Lord. I look forward to joining you in these special Holy Week and Easter Services. I encourage you to invite a friend to join you in worship.
 
On April 27 we go to one Sunday morning worship service at 9:00 a.m. Reverend David Holling, who recently joined our staff, will preach that day. 

Marvin
UNISON PRAYER - APRIL 13/14
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Almighty God, we celebrate this day as Palm Sunday, when your son Jesus entered Jerusalem to the accompaniment of joyous shouts by the crowds. He was hailed "king" by those who thought they knew what it meant. We know that before the week was over they turned on him and left him in the cruel hands of those who tortured him and put him to death. We are reminded of our own deceit, cruelty and betrayal of each other. We have also betrayed you with the cowardice of weak discipleship as we have taken the easy way out. Forgive us, heal and restore us. Make us more like Jesus. Amen.
CALENDAR REMINDERS
  • UMW Group Meeting - Wednesday, April 17, Friday, 1:00 pm, Lindsay Hall
  • Church Office Closed - Easter Monday, April 22
  EASTER WEEK SCHEDULE 
Pink Lily full flower 2019
  • *Thursday, April 18 - Maundy Thursday, 6:00 pm with communion - Pastor Jonathan Arnpriester from Chandler UMC
  • *Friday, April 19 - Good Friday, 6:00 pm with communion at Chandler UMC - Pastor Marvin
  • Saturday, April 20 - Easter Eve, 4:00 pm, Chapel, Pastor Marvin
  • Sunday, April 21 - Easter, 8:15 & 10:00 am worship services - Pastor Marvin

*Joint choir presentation of "It Is Finished" by SLUMC and Chandler UMC.

  UMW APRIL MEETING
Birthday Cake
Don't miss the final UMW meeting of the season this Wednesday, 1:00 pm, in Lindsay Hall. All women are invited to the annual party when we celebrate everyone's birthday!

Nan Keller will present Prayer and Self Denial accompanied by a free-will offering opportunity.

Guest speaker will be Carla Whitmire presenting Mission u's history and future.
  GAME DAY BINGO!
Bingo
Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!

Don't miss Game Day Bingo, Friday, April 26, 2:00 pm in Lindsay Hall.

Bring a snack to share!

Mark your calendar for the next Game Day, Friday, May 31, 2:00 pm in Lindsay Hall for "Name That Tune!"   
  GRIEFSHARE BEGINS MAY 1
When you hear the name of a loved one who died, is there a catch in your throat or do tears trickle down your cheeks? Is the pain of your loved one's passing making it harder and harder each day for you to function?

If you are trying to "get a handle" on your grief and find you need help, consider joining GriefShare, an 11-week grief support group. Lead by people who themselves have experienced a loss, participants find understanding, encouragement and support.

The next GriefShare class begins Wednesday, May 1, 1:00 pm, Room 4. The cost is ($15) which covers the cost of the workbook. For more information or to register, contact the office or log onto the church website at sunlakesumc.org.
  SANCTUARY AIR CONDITIONER REPLACEMENT FUND
church airconditioning
It is time to replace the air-conditioning system in the Sanctuary. It is some 22 years old and there have been some minor problems from time to time. There is concern about it failing in the heat of the summer. Because it was a unique system built especially for our Sanctuary, we can't just go out and purchase a new, ready built one. It will take six to eight weeks to build a new system for our Sanctuary. Knowing it is not a matter of IF but WHEN, our Trustees are seeking to be proactive rather than reactive. We don't want to be out of the Sanctuary for six to eight weeks while the new system is constructed. So, the Trustees are getting four bids from which they will recommend one to the Administrative Council for approval. Thus, the need arises to begin a Sanctuary Air Conditioner Replacement Fund. The Finance Committee will be involved in the process of funding this project. We will keep you informed as we move forward in this important endeavor. Thank you in advance for your continuing support to keep our Sanctuary cool.
  FRIDAY COFFEE FUN!
Friday Coffee April 2019

The April Friday Coffee was enjoyed with coffee/tea, treats, and an informative discussion on "Reflections on the Church Today" with Pastor Marvin.
  UMW MISSION MOMENT
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Kudos to UMW's Faith Circle which has taken on, as their circle's mission project, The Hope Women's Center in Coolidge!

On April 11, members of the circle traveled to Coolidge where they prepared lunch for the women at the center and delivered donations to a very appreciative group.
  SUN BELLS CONCERT
Sun Bells 2019
Sun Bells 2019

Chime Choir Pastors 2019
Chime Choir - Pastors and Spouses

The Sun Bells had a great concert last Sunday!

The 14 ringers played music reflecting the Spring Season - blooming flowers, renewed spiritualism, and Easter. The group  We Three and the Men's Quartet sang some beautiful music.

Our special Chime Choir, consisting of our five pastors and four spouses, played Crown Him With Many Crowns with gusto!

A big thank you to those who attended, and for the donations given.
  SLUMC SHIRTS
SLUMC Shirt

If you haven't purchased your SLUMC polo, don't miss out! The shirts are selling fast and there are just a few left in each size.
 
Purchase a shirt in the church office for ($15) by cash or check payable to SLUMC and memo note: Missions.

  DINNER GROUPS FOR SINGLES
Dinner Groups for Singles April 2019

Dinner Groups for Singles enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Stone and Vine in Chandler during the month of April.

The group meets once a month on a Friday for lunch. If you are interested in joining them, contact the church office to be added to the list.
  LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL?
Krafter Display April 2019

Have you had a chance to view the items in the display case in Lindsay Hall?

The Krafters are using it to show off jewelry and homemade crafts for each season! 

All the items in the case are for sale. Simply ask a Krafter to help you or call the church office.

  SINGLES ENJOY A TOUR!
Chandler Safety Complex 2019
A group of 14 singles enjoyed an interesting tour of the new (Aug 2018) Chandler Public Safety Training Center for Chandler Fire and Police. 

Fire Battalion Chief Jason White explained how this "state of the art" facility works, providing training for not only Chandler Fire and Police, but several other districts as well.
 
We toured various training offices and examined the six-story tower; luckily none of us had to climb with a 60 pound pack! Then into the multi-use burn building which can simulate a single or multi-story home, an apartment complex, shopping mall or cafeteria. We were glad they did not fill it with smoke and fire while we were inside!
 
Chief White also covered the close relationship between the Chandler Fire and Police departments. He told how the firemen have to now have bullet proof vests available in case a fire also involves a shooter. One more heavy item to carry on a potentially hot day!
 
Afterwards, we enjoyed a nice lunch at Keegan's!
  CHURCH OFFICE
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The church office will be closed on Monday, April 22 for the Easter holiday. It will reopen on Tuesday, April 23 at 9:00 am.

  LOVE AND SYMPATHY
Shifman Felton Lesley
Lesley Shifman-Felton
...to Jim Clarke, family and friends on the death of his wife Diana Clarke, Thursday, January 17. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 27, 2:00 pm in Lindsay Hall.

...to the family and friends of Lesley Shifman-Felton who died Tuesday, March 12. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 29, 11:00 am.

...to the family and friends of Robert Bonnes who died Thursday, March 14 in Ohio. A memorial service will be held in Arizona in the future.

...to the family and friends of Betty D. Smith who died Friday, April 12. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 16, 11:00 am in the Gardens.
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