In-person worship every Sunday with Rev. Laura Stratton, Pastor
9am at Mt. Zion UMC & 11am at Scottsville UMC
SUMC will follow the CDC's COVID-19 Community Levels
to determine on a weekly basis if masking will be required. (See links below)
Please watch for emails to be sent every Friday morning indicating the mask requirements for Sunday Worship.
If you have any questions or concerns about this decision, please contact:
Staci 286-4736, Janet 286-3853, or Sharon 286-4078 Sandy 286-4204
Our next BLAST Event is an Easter Egg Hunt at
Mt. Zion on April 16th at 10:00am.

We need volunteers and eggs!
Upcoming Events:
Sun, March 27th: Blessing of the Animals 2pm on the front lawn of SUMC (see below)
Sun, March 27th: SUMC Administrative Council Meeting following worship in the fellowship hall
Weds, March 30th: Bible study 10:00-11:30am in the SUMC fellowship hall
Thurs, March 31st: Bible study 7:00-8:30pm in the SUMC fellowship hall
Sat, April 16th: BLAST Easter Egg Hunt 10am at Mt. Zion (See the link above to
register to donate or volunteer)
Sun, April 17th: Easter Sunrise Service - Mt. Zion UMC at 6:30am with a light breakfast to follow
Sun, April 17th: Easter Traditional Service - Scottsville UMC at 11:00am
Thank you for participating in Prayer Vigil for Ukraine
We are thankful for all who joined the Prayer Vigil for Peace, both in-person and online on March 22.

It was a time to remember how we are all connected in prayer with our sisters and brothers in Ukraine. As Bishop Lewis asks us, let's continue to remember the cry of the people suffering from this war.

The Ukraine webpage has been updated with worship resources for local churches. You will find a video of Prayer for Ukraine by District Superintendent Oleg
(Ukraine United Methodist Church), invocation, and liturgy for God's people in Ukraine.

If you missed the prayer vigil, the recording of the vigil is available at

Through the preparation of the vigil, we were reminded how we are stronger together in the connection. Special thanks to the Conference Vigil Prayer planning team.
  • Adam Sowder, Hannah Bryn, and Justin Ott from Discovery UMC provided all the visual arts.
  • Lisa McGehee from Good Shepherd provided many items that were used.
  • Laura Stratton from Mt. Zion & Scottsville wrote a beautiful invocation.
  • Keon Huh from Woodstock led us to remember why we give and helped to get the sunflowers.
  • Crystal Sygeel wrote and organized the liturgy.
  • And thanks to Bryan Compton, Chris Malak, Hunter Bryn, and Connectional Ministry staff for making this possible.
In Christ, 
The Rev. Seungsoo ‘RJ’ Jun
Associate Director of Serving Ministries
Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church

Podcast, blog share historical, missional connection between Ukraine, Russian and the UMC
Do you fully understand the historical and missional connection between Russia and Ukraine? Members of the VAUMC with experience and knowledge in that region joined the Rev. Seungsoo "RJ" Jun, associate director of Serving Ministries, on the podcast VAUMC Conversations to help the conference better understand the reason for the war and how we can help in a time of crisis. Listen to the full episode on the conference websiteSpotify, or Apple.
A brief blog overview of the episode is also available. Read more...

Financial Aid to Ukraine
The best way to provide financial support the people of Ukraine is to contribute through the Global Ministries Advance for Eurasia and designate your gift for Ukrainian Assistance. - - Please note that while the headline of this Advance Special Giving is Russia and Belarus, the funds designated for Ukraine will go 100% to support Ukraine and the work of the Ukrainian UMCs. The United Methodist Church has mission-founded congregations in both Ukraine and Russia, some from the pre-Soviet period and others dating from post-Soviet years. Both countries are geographically within the Eurasia Episcopal Area and relate to the United Methodist central conferences of Europe. Bishop Eduard Khegay, the resident episcopal leader in Eurasia, is based in Moscow.
Prayers & Praise of the People
The Week of March 20th
  • joy that Randy H.'s oldest son got a good interest rate!
  • joy that Agnes hopes to come home on the 30th
  • Sharon W.'s mom, who is entering hospice care
  • Randy's youngest son, who is having a tough time with finding employment
  • the family and friends of Cecil Lamb, who died last Monday
  • Chuck and his coworker who are having difficult time professionally
  • Tillie's nephew, Thomas Tooley, who is at UVA with heart issues
  • Frankie Ward, who fell and broke her arm and has a bump on her head
The Week of March 13th
  • joy for Jake Herndon's family to be in worship with us at SUMC!
  • Thelma Profitt's sister, Audrey Chandler, who died this week. Keep Thelma and Audrey's husband, Paul in your prayers
  • Jack and Ann's friend, Cindy Coletti, who is in the ICU at UVA
  • the family and friends of Ron Reardon, a former student of Mary Curtis, who died
The Week of March 6th
  • praise that Ellen got a good report
  • praise that Jack's procedure went well
  • Connie, who was injured in an accident at work
  • Naomi Adcock, Tillie's daughter-in-law, who had a toe amputated
  • Marian Lawhorne
  • the family and friends of Frances Johnson, who died last week. Frances is the mother of Ellen and Bonnie's sister-in-law.
  • Agnes, who fell and is now in rehab at the Laurels
  • Ukraine
The Week of February 27th
  • praise that Amanda Armstrong's friend is pregnant after being told she couldn't get pregnant and prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby
  • praise that Austin healed enough to go home last week and prayers for his upcoming surgery
  • the Wynnyk family, especially for Michael's family in Ukraine and for peace and the safety of all Ukrainians 
  • Ellen, who had an MRI on Monday
  • Jack, who has a procedure on Friday
  • Ginny's friend, Barry, who has throat cancer. He has an appointment on Monday to learn the status of his cancer and is preparing for surgery in March
Long Term Requests
  • Raymond Bunch, the husband of Katherine D.'s niece, who is deployed to Africa
  • Ky, the son of Chuck and Kris, who is deployed to Thailand
  • John Smith & his mother Katie
  • Bev Butler, Ellen Pitts' brother
  • Joyce Jarratt
Our Shut-Ins
Margaret Hughes, Mary O'Connell, Ruby Willis, and Agnes Johnson
Additional Requests
  • The healing of our nation, physically, socially & spiritually.
  • All afflicted by COVID-19
  • Hope Beyond the Bars prison ministry - volunteers & participants


Michael Wynnyk 10th
Beverly Baber 15th
Interested in Learning More About a New District?
The Charlottesville and Richmond Districts have been working on a plan to join the two districts pending the vote at Annual Conference. The bi-district will feature two foci: 1) a simplified leadership structure, and 2) a cluster leader program. We are hosting four town halls in order to share information about the plan and provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions.

Please make plans to attend one (or more) of the town halls:
Thurs. Mar. 31, 7pm - via Zoom
Thurs. Apr. 28, 7pm - via Zoom
Sun. May 1, 3pm - in-person at Zion UMC, 1674 Zion Road, Troy, VA 22974
Thurs. May 5, 7pm - in-person at Ginter Park UMC, 1010 West Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227

For more information and to register, please visit the Richmond District website.
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