November 10, 2020
Kairos Vol. 5, Issue #36
We Are A Thriving United Methodist Church

People continue to ask me when are we going to reopen the church? Other churches in Sun Lakes are open. We need to open so we can be together again.

I know some folk are worshiping with other congregations until we reopen. I understand and am disappointed we are not yet able to open.

A task force finalized our re-opening plan this morning for submittal to the District Superintendent and the Conference Response Team for their approval. When we receive word our re-opening plan has been approved, we will move to the next steps. We have begun formulating what we will need in supplies and volunteers for re-opening. Watch for more information and a list of ways in which you can volunteer to help make this happen.  

Our number one goal is the safety of our congregation and making sure we have in place procedures to keep everyone safe.

When we re-open we will have to wear masks, be limited in seating to maintain safe distance between people, and not socialize. Everything will need to be sanitized after being used, pews, restrooms, doors, etc. 

Like you, I am waiting in frustration, disappointed to see the daily numbers increasing and wanting to getting back in worship with members and friends of this Church. 

We will continue to provide a worship service on YouTube each week and invite you to participate. Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support.

Worship Services
Fall leaves
The Missions team has been hard at work sorting all of the donations you have dropped off in the last couple of weeks, preparing them to be filled into a nice Thanksgiving food box. THANK YOU!

Below you will notice items in red with a star next to it. These are items still needed by the team to complete the Thanksgiving food box.

The shopping list is traditional Thanksgiving items:

  • Stuffing
  • Instant Potatoes*
  • Gravy (packaged)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Vegetables
  • Cranberry Sauce*

Extra needed items:
  • Peanut Butter
  • Mac 'n Cheese
  • Cereal*
  • Beans (any kind)
  • Canned Fruit (16 oz)*
  • Soup (hearty style)*
"We owe them a debt we can never repay. All
we can do is remember them and what they did
and why they had to be brave for us. All we can
do is try to see that other young men never have 
to join them. Today as never before, we must
remember the things that will continue the peace." - President Ronald Reagan, 11/11/85
Christmas shopping can be easy and safe. Order a handsomely engraved paving block for that special veteran in your life. For those who order early, these lasting blocks will be completed and installed in the Veterans Circle of Honor Monument before Christmas. 
Order forms are available in the Church Office. 
Hearing Loss
Don't miss the next HLAA Sun Lakes chapter meeting this Thursday, November 12, 1:00 pm on Zoom.

Helen Tinsman, M.S.CCC-SLP, a Speech Pathologist and Outreach Specialist with Advanced Bionics will offer a presentation on Aural Rehabilitation. She is experienced in the field of hearing loss and has a wealth of information to share. She will discuss both computer and non-computer based options for rehab exercises to use at home to maximize success with hearing aids and cochlear implants. 

Please email Ron Tallman at who will send the Zoom invitation to you.
There is still time to join “Surviving The Holidays." 

The class is designed to assist those who may be struggling to make it through the holiday season following the death of a loved one. This might be the first holiday after your loved one’s death, or maybe the second, third, or beyond.

In the coming days you are going to face some tough emotions. Due to the nature of Thanksgiving and Christmas, with its focus on family, traditions, expectations, and “cheer” your emotions can blindside you. To lessen the emotional impact, know what to expect, and to be prepared don't miss this class. The tools you learn will enable you to not only survive the coming holidays, but also to face them with a measure of peace and assurance. 

Surviving the Holidays will be offered this Saturday, November 14, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, online, via ZOOM. To register, stop by the Church Office and pick up your book ($5) that accompanies the class. 
Christmas Cookies
Many is the time we’ve heard people say
I would rather give a “Dollar” than bake today.
and so we are asking you to help more or less
to make our Bakeless Cookie Walk a big success.
We’ve thought of a plan that’s really grand,
and feel quite sure you’ll understand.
In an envelope, if you like, please include the price
of cookies or candy or anything nice.

Unfortunately, we are unable to hold our annual United Methodist Woman of Sun Lakes Christmas Cookie Walk due to the Covid-19 virus. As this is our main fund-raiser for the mission work done throughout the year, we would be honored if you would help support this worthy cause. The mission projects are based locally, nationally, and internationally with help given to Hope Center for Women and Children, Justa Center, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) United Methodist Outreach Ministries (UMOM), and Wesley Center. You may drop off a donation or send it via US Mail to: Sun Lakes UMW, % Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes, Arizona 85248.
Thank you and may God bless you!
Last year one of our members visited the Children Concern Orphanage in Tanzania. She was so moved by their care for one another and surroundings she decided to get involved by helping to raise funds for various projects.

Once our Missions Team heard about this orphanage and what was going on they decided to help! The poultry project is to provide funds for materials to build a chicken coop and money to buy the chickens; allowing nutritious, healthy food for the children!
CCF Plumb line
Setting the plumb lines
CCF Digging foundation
Digging the foundation
CCF Foundation laid
Foundation laid!
CCF Building begins
Building begins!
CCF Over halfway
Over halfway built!
CCF Finished
Unsecured Loan Balance - October

Amount Received for Additional Payment $ 180.00
Balance on Promissory Note Unsecured $157,711.36
Amount Owed to Gardens Committee $ 20,000.00
Total Owed on Building Loans $177,711.36
Thank you 2
Thank you to everyone for their cards, notes, and phone calls to me in the past few months. I cannot begin to tell you how much it meant to me, the love and sympathy from all of you. Thank you.

Helene Rusk
Books by and about Veterans can be found in your library!

  • A Legacy of Service: A collection of original essays, personal stories, and hopes for our country published by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.
  • Sacred Honor: A Biography of Colin Powell by David Roth
  • It Doesn't Take a Hero: an Autobiography of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf by Norman Schwarzkopf
  • Grace Under Fire: Letters of Faith in Time of War edited by Andrew Carroll
  • Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul: Stories to Stir the Pride and Honor the Courage of our Veterans edited by Jack Canfield
  • Faith Under Fire: Stories of Hope and Courage From World War II by Steve Rabey
  • Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley and Ron Powers
  • Since You Asked: Arizona Veterans Share Their Memories by Veterans Heritage Project

Also, available in the library is a collection of Stories by Veterans on DVD's.
Thank you Sunflower
A huge thank you to everyone for the phone calls, get well cards, and notes you sent during my recovery. Love to all of you! - Joan Loose
9248 East Riggs Road, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248
Phone: 480-895-8766