December 10, 2019
Kairos Vol. 4, Issue #49

SLUMC Building Front
Rev. Marvin Arnpriester
I have always wanted to be pastor of a "7-day a week" church. This means something is going on everyday. 
When I look at the calendar, Sun Lakes is a church where something is going on most every day. There are the scheduled events for our church family each week, 
there are outside groups that meet in one or more of our rooms on a regular basis, and we also have requests from time to time to use our building for a special event. There are only two requirements: that  a room is available, and  it cannot be used to make money as we are a 501-C3 organization. We do not seek to make money but to simply cover costs associated with utilities, staff, etc.
This means we sometimes have several groups meeting at the same time or groups who wish to be here on the same day at different times. So, can you say our staff and volunteers are busy? Behind all of this busyness is the desire to make a difference in the lives of folk who meet, worship, and learn here. 
It is my fervent prayer that every person who enters our buildings is touched with a sense of God's presence revealed in the openness and acceptance of our church family.
On that first Christmas, life was busy with all sorts of activities going on. Into the busyness of that day a baby was born in the silence of a stable, which changed the world. In the busyness of our lives at this time of the year may we find a place, a stable, a place of silence where we might hear the angels sing of peace on Earth, good will to humanity. And like the shepherds, may we return to our busy lives glorifying and praising God for all we have seen and heard.
May the gift of peace be yours in a most special and meaningful way this year.
  • L.O.L. (Ladies Only Lunch) - Wed, December 11, 11:30 am, Lindsay Hall
  • HLAA Meeting - Thurs, December 12, 12:45 pm, Room 1
  • Sun Lakes Chorale Christmas Concert - Thurs, December 12, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
  • UMW Christmas Luncheon - Fri, December 13, 12:00 pm, Lindsay Hall
  • Cantilena Chorale Christmas Concert - Sat, December 14, 4:00 pm, Sanctuary
  • Hands of Joy - Sat, December 14, 4:00 pm, Chapel
  • Christmas Bells and More - Sun, December 15, 3:00 pm, Sanctuary
  • Poinsettia Orders Due - Mon, December 16

AAON Unit with wall
We have received word that the new air conditioning/heating unit is scheduled to be shipped from the factory on December 20 with installation to begin Monday December 30. Installation will hopefully be completed by January 3. 

Thank you for your financial support of this project. As of today we have received $108,990. 

Hearing Loss
The holiday meeting of Hearing Loss Association of America, Sun Lakes Chapter will be Thursday, December 12, 2019, 12:45 pm, in Room 1.  
Enjoy a presentation by Barbara Kelley, the national HLAA Executive Director. She will address us via ZOOM technology and encourage us to "Say Yes to the Future!" and learn more about the national organization. There will be time for questions and interaction with Barbara.  
Included will be a celebration of HLAA's 40th anniversary with special treats. Beginning as a grass-roots small group, HLAA has grown into a prominent and influential organization with a mission of advocacy, support, and education for the hearing loss community. We are proud to be a part of it!  
For more information, contact Liz Booth at 

Musical Notes color
Remember to get your tickets for the Sun Lakes Chorale Christmas concert which is on Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary!

Tickets can be purchased by calling (602) 430-4787 or on concert night at the door.

UMW Christmas Luncheon 2018
Don't miss the annual UMW Christmas Luncheon, Friday, December 13, 12:00 pm.

UMW invites all SLUMC members and regular guests to this annual popular and well-attended catered luncheon. The Ambassadors (from the Chordaires of Sun Lakes) will once again provide the entertainment. Come early to hear our own Barb Carruthers playing old familiar Christmas music on the piano.

Tickets ($12) are on sale in the office.

Hands of Joy
The Hands of Joy Sign Language Choir will be sharing Christmas music at the 4:00 pm worship service, Saturday, December 14, in the Chapel.

You are invited to join us to hear and see the story of Christmas as you've never experienced it before. Bring a friend and share the Spirit of Christmas. 

A full Christmas concert can be enjoyed at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Mesa on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 pm in the worship center. 

If you are interested in having Hands of Joy perform at any time throughout the year, please contact Gail Hahn at (480) 732-0209 or by email at
Cantilena Chorale Logo
The  Arizona Cantilena Chorale presents " Home for the Holidays" featuring the  Arizona Cantilena Children's Choir on  Saturday, December 14, at 4 pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at for ($15), children 12 and under are free.
Nothing feels more like home than familiar and favorite songs. Come celebrate your holidays with traditional songs of the season and hear some new harmonies.
Bells Christmas
Mark your calendar for the holiday concert featuring the hand bell choir, We Three vocal group, the men's quartet, and a fabulous flautist. "Christmas Bells and More" takes place on Sunday, December 15, at 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

Take a break from your shopping, baking, and decorating and treat yourself to an hour of Christmas joy! 
Bingo for the holidays!

Join us for Bingo on Game Day, Friday, December 20, 1:30 pm in Lindsay Hall.

No need to sign up! Bring a snack, a friend, win some prizes, and enjoy some holiday gaming!
Ice cream with sprinkles
Don't miss a Christmas Ice Cream Social!

Join us between services on Sunday, December 22 in Lindsay Hall for a holiday ice cream social. Enjoy delicious Christmas cookies and peppermint ice cream with all the trimmings.
UMOM Christmas Card 2019
This season you can help provide shelter to a homeless youth, woman/man, or family while solving your holiday shopping woes. Purchase UMOM New Day Center's Christmas gift cards!
To honor your gift recipient and help UMOM's mission you may purchase:
  • A day of shelter for a woman - $25
  • A week of shelter for a youth - $50
  • A day of shelter for a family - $100
  • Sponsor employment workshop for one person - $250
  • A week of shelter for a family - $500
The cards will be sold in the Church Office until Christmas.
Support Arizona's largest homeless shelter for families!
Offering Envelope
Running low on your giving envelopes? Bundles of 13 envelopes are available all through the year for your convenience.  

They are available from the Welcome Desk, ushers, or the Church Office.

Since the envelopes are no longer numbered, please make sure to put your name on your giving envelope. A clever idea is to use some of those free address labels that constantly show up in the mail. You can place one on your giving envelope and you'll be all set!
Thank you for your continued and generous support.
Jan Cobb, Financial Secretary
Thank you Candy Cane Stripes
What a generous congregation!!! Thank you to all OF the Santa's in our congregation!

A 117 filled Christmas bags were donated to 
Fans Across American who will distribute them to delighted children in our area .

Singles Movie It's a beautiful day

The Singles group enjoyed another great movie "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood", followed by a dinner at BJ's.

Everyone agreed, Tom Hanks did an outstanding job pla ying Mr. Rogers, the movie was excellent!

Friday Coffee Christmas 2019

Christmas cookies and hot coffee/tea were enjoyed by all at the Friday Coffee!
Library 12.09.19
Take a break from the busy holiday rush and enjoy a good book from the SLUMC Library!

~A Treasury of Christmas Miracles: True Stories of God's Presence Today by Karen Kingsbury

~The Purpose Of Christmas by Rick Warren
~Why the Nativity: 25 Compelling Reasons We Celebrate the Birth of Jesus by David Jeremiah

white-flower.jpg Christy Johnson, family, and friends on the death of her mother, Dottie Johnson, who died Tuesday, December 3. Memorial service information is pending. Margot Pierce, family, and friends on the death of her sister, Miriam Hendrickson, who died on Tuesday, December 3 in Colorado. the family and friends of Nancy Pannebecker who died on Saturday, November 30. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 28, 10:00 am in the Chapel. Shirley Still, family and friends on the death of her husband Marvin Still, Saturday, October 19. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 10:30 am in the Sanctuary.

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 |
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 
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Saturday Worship 4:00 pm in Chapel
Sunday Worship 8:30 am and 10:00 am in Sanctuary
Rev. Marvin Arnpriester, Senior Pastor
Rev. David Holling, Pastoral Care