April 13, 2021
Kairos Vol. 6, Issue #8
We Are A Thriving United Methodist Church
Friends,
 
I am still reflecting on our Easter celebration. Given the reality we are living though today, it was a time of reaffirming our faith in God and our hope in the resurrection. I keep humming "because he lives, I too shall live." That is a reality for every day until we transition into God's nearer presence we call heaven.
 
It was so neat to be able to announce that the $148,000 mortgage balance on the Education building has been paid in full as of the end of March. Thank you so much to the anonymous couple who made this possible. Their generosity is a gift to this church, and we are grateful. Thanks to all of you who have given to the building fund through the years.
 
We were paying the mortgage off with monthly payments of $5,500 plus simple interest and additional special donations. This means we will no longer be making a payment of $70,000 a year. Let's not just absorb this amount into our budget, but together find ways to use this money for mission and ministry in our community and out into the world. 
 
Over the next month or so I invite you to join me in praying for God to guide us as we create a wish list of projects, places, etc. Let's find a way to guide this money where we can make a difference. Call the office, send a text or email and together let's discover where God might lead us in this opportunity.
 
Marvin
Worship Services
UMW UNIT MEETING
UMW Women of purpose
The United Methodist Women’s Unit Meeting will be held Wednesday, April 21, 1:00 pm, via ZOOM. 

The guest speaker for April will be Max McQueen, Executive Director of Lura Turner Homes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Mr. McQueen will share with us what is going on with Arizona’s entire development disabilities community, not just Lura Turner Homes (Methodist deaconess Lura Turner was moved to start the ministry that now bears her name.) He will also talk about the “day-in-the-life” of Lura Tuner Home residents at their four facilities as well as the past, current, and future challenges posed by the CoVid-19 crisis. This meeting will also include our annual “Prayer and Self Denial” program.

If you are not currently a member of UMWomen and would like to join the meeting, please contact Ginger Dolberg: gingerdolberg@hotmail.com.
We look forward to you joining this meeting!

RESPONSE TEAM UPDATE
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as we continue to safely gather for worship each week. For the foreseeable future we are asking you to:

  • Reserve a seat by calling the church office by 3:00 pm Thursday each week. This is to help in case there is a need for tracking. 
  • Wear your mask, even though we don't really like to.
  • Social distance, which includes setting in the marked areas in each pew. We have tried our best to create safe distancing so please avoid sitting on the tape. We have sections for couples and for singles seating. 
  • Remember we are doing our best to insure safety for everyone.
  • Feel free to visit with others outside following the service as you social distance.

Thank you!
 
The Response team
ALTAR FLOWERS
Flowers in vase
Now that we are back to having “in-person” worship services, altar flowers are available for purchase ($50) once again. What a great way to honor or remember someone or to celebrate a special occasion!

The donor and recipient and/or occasion will be published on the screens before the service and also in the Kairos Newsletter.

To order, call the Church Office at (480) 895-8766 no later than Tuesday before the Sunday you would like to reserve. You are welcome to donate the flowers to the Church or take them home after the Sunday service. We do like to recycle the vases to help keep costs down, so if you have no need for the vase, please drop it off anytime during Church Office hours.

Thank you!
 
Altar Flowers were provided by:

March 28, 2021
  • Reverend Marvin Arnpriester with appreciation & honor of the SLUMC staff.
  • Mary Barnard in memory of Robert Barnard & James Barnard.

April 4, 2021 (Easter)
  • Claire Akin in memory of her son, William Bailey.
  • Felisa Kulba in memory of her mother, Gregoria Garbo.
  • Rosalie Fought in loving memory of her husband, Ben Fought.
CONGRATULATIONS!
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Congratulations to Sally Richey and Melvin Butler united in marriage, April 10, in the Chapel by Reverend Arnpriester!


YOUR LIBRARY
Crossword Sudoku Puzzle Coloring
As the weather heats up there are a lot of interesting books to choose from!

In your library you'll find...

  • A Song Flung Up To Heaven by Maya Angelou
  • The Healing Power of Christ by Emily Gardner Neal
  • A Common Life by Jan Karon
  • What God Wants by Neale Donald Walsch
  • Letters From Maybe by Michael Pearson
  • I Could Sing of Your Love Forever: The Stories Behind 100 of the World's Most Popular Worship Songs by Lindsay Terry
  • Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans

Also available are Suduko, Crosswords, and Word Search books in the Conference Room.
THANK YOU!
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United Methodist Women once again thank you for your recent contributions to our “Bakeless Cookie Walk.” Because of your generosity, we were able to make donations to Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, StreetLight USA, Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, Neighbors Who Care, My Sister’s Place, and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

We are hopeful we will be able to have our Cookie Walk this year on December 4, 2021. Please look for more information as the date approaches. We hope we can once again count on your support!

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE ICE CREAM BARS
Strawberry Bar

A delicious no bake dessert for a hot summer day. They taste just like the classic Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream popsicles!

Cookie Crust:
  • 20 Vanilla Crème Sandwich Cookies crushed with the cream filling (approx 2 cups)
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2-1/2 cups Strawberry Sorbet
Crumbled Topping:
  • 8-10 Vanilla Crème Sandwich Cookies crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon butter softened
  • 4 Tablespoons strawberry sugar-free Jell-O powder
 
Instructions
  1. Line an 8 x 8 square baking dish with parchment or wax paper leaving an overhang for easier removal of the bars. Set aside.
  2. Make the cookie crust - In a food processor, add the entire cookies (no need to remove the cream filling) and pulse into fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and stir until combined. Press mixture into the bottom of the lined baking dish. Place in freezer for about 20 minutes to set.
  3. Make the crumbled topping - In a small bowl, zip-top bag or food processor, add Oreo cookies and crush into large crumbs. Mix with softened butter and press together into pea-sized pieces. Combine strawberry Jell-O powder). Set aside.
  4. Assemble - Remove vanilla ice cream and strawberry sorbet from freezer to soften (takes about 15-20 minutes). When ready, scoop around 2 cups of vanilla ice cream over the cookie crust and spread evenly using an offset spatula.
  5. Place pan in freezer to harden slightly (about 10-20 minutes).
  6. Next, spread the sorbet over the vanilla ice cream layer evenly. Again, place pan in freezer for 10 minutes if needed. Add the final layer of vanilla ice cream spreading evenly.
  7. Sprinkle the strawberry cookie crumbs evenly over the bars. Place in the freezer for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  8. Lift out of pan using the parchment paper overhang. Allow to sit out for about 5-10 minutes so the crust softens up slightly. Using a very sharp knife, cut into square rectangles. Store bars in freezer until ready to serve.
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
The Church Office hours will change beginning Tuesday, April 6, opening at 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and closed on Fridays.
9248 East Riggs Road, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248
Phone: 480-895-8766