Sugar River
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Virtual Worship on Facebook
Our service will air again this Sunday, March 22nd at 9:30 am. It will be available for viewing on our Facebook page after that for at least 24 hours. We will also offer virtual Sunday School (see below for details!).
It was so meaningful to gather in worship last week from our remote locations knowing our community of believers was still together!
When you join again this week please feel free to share the post, like or love the post, comment how you and your family responded to the service, or even personal message on Facebook any prayer requests or responses. Thank you for leading and loving with a faith that can move mountains.
We are working to ensure that our community connections stay strong during times of isolation and fewer contacts! Please consider taking time to make sure your information in REALM, our online database, is up to date in our directory (and 'opt in' if you'd like your contact info to be available to other members of the congregation) so we can stay connected.

Please email Jamie if you are not a part of Realm and need a reset of your password!
Internet Access Resources

As the COVID-19 situation has unfolded, the broadband community has recognized the importance of home Internet access. We wanted to share the following resources with you to help keep you connected! Check the links below to see if you are eligible.

2.       AT&T: Removing data caps associated with their wireless and wired connections (see “Customer Offers”)
4.     T-mobile: Hotspot loan programs made available to K-12 districts ($20 / month for unlimited data; $0 device). No link yet but confirmed by T-mobile Gov’t account manager. 
 
Grow
We believe in the power of prayer. Each week we review the Connection Cards that are turned in on Sunday morning and we take those prayers and pray. We pray as a team of Directors; we send them to our prayer warriors on the E Prayer team (if you mark that as an option for distribution) and we add them to our printed Prayer Wall in the Source the next week (if you chose that as an option). As we navigate how we do worship and all of the other important aspects of Sugar River we want to be mindful of your prayer requests! Here is how we can pray for you specifically and how you can pray for others:

  • If you have prayer requests that you would like kept confidential with the Directors to pray for you please email Jamie Day
  • If you have personal prayer request, you would like sent to the E Prayer team please email them directly to our coordinator – Maggie Boyd and she will send it to the prayer team. Also, if you would like to be a prayer worrier and receive the eprayer please email Maggie and she will add you to the list!
  • As always, if you have a matter you would just like Pastor Gary to pray for you please contact him directly by clicking here
Lent Together- 6:30 Tonight
While its obvious we aren't able to actually be together as planned for our Wednesday night gatherings for Lent, we would like to continue to "meet" at the same time on Facebook. We can keep our minds and hearts open & focused on our Lenten theme while navigating these uncertain times--again, being together in spirit. Join Grow Director Kendra Hinzmann and Pastor Gary at 6:30 pm for a brief devotional and worship song!
Virtual Sunday School
In addition to offering our worship service online, Sugar River will offer Virtual Sunday School for reschool-Middle school on our Facebook page as well! Families, watch for your email newsletter coming soon with more details from Kimmie Holmes, our Children & Family Ministry Coordinator. She will include printable versions of the lesson, craft directions, and more to have ahead of time. Feel free to forward them to friends with children who may be looking for faith-related activities as well!

*Tammi Hagensick, our High School Youth Coordinator is also working on a way for the youth group to stay connected via video chat, etc... High school families, be on the lookout for more info from her soon via the weekly HS Newsletter.

If you are not on either of these mailing lists and would like to be, please email HERE.
Prayer Texts
As we look for ways to connect while being apart for a time, this would be a great time to sign up for Prayer Texts from Sugar River each day through Lent. It will be comforting to know that we will all be receiving the message at the same time and can take that moment to reflect and pray together using the prompts and verses. Just text: @srprayer to 81010 
Serve
How can we care for each other during this time of uncertainty?

Please know that we are working hard behind the scenes at Sugar River to determine the most effective ways to care for our friends, neighbors, community, during this very fluid time.

Here are several new items and follow-ups you need to know about:

Red Cross Blood Drive (Tomorrow, 3/19) : We are faced with a severe blood shortage at this time. The Red Cross reached out to SR today and asked if they could use Sugar River as a site for an emergency blood drive tomorrow, 3/19 from Noon-5pm. They will be following strict protocol during this unprecedented time including temperature screening prior to entering the building. Access to the building will be through one door only. The area of the building will be thoroughly cleaned and will remained unused for at least 2 weeks following the drive. You can click here to learn more about donating, and it is strongly recommended you sign up for an appointment so numbers can be controlled. Sign up here if you are interested in donating.

COVID-19 Lunch Program: We have established a lunch program at SR that will be used to provide Miller's gift cards to people in need during this challenging time. We will also be working with Jason's Deli to send lunches to community service providers who are tirelessly working to care for our communities. Interested in donating? Click here and select COVID -19 Lunch Program. Stay tuned for more details!

VASD Food-related support : We have been in contact with the VASD social work team. They have confirmed that breakfast and lunch will be provided for VASD school children in various neighborhood and the details are being finalized. We will update you on any ways to directly support this mission as additional needs arise.

Weekend Food Program: The VASD social workers are hard at work distributing the food we have for this program to families in need. The VASD social workers all deserve Superhero capes, so if you know a social worker, tell them how incredible they are! You can continue to support this cause by clicking here and donating to the Weekend Food Program.

BPNN Food Pantry: The Food Pantry has had to drastically revise its process for distributing food but they are still hard at work helping to feed the Verona Community. If you would like to donate you can do so here by selecting the Food Pantry line item. Click here to learn more about what the BPNN is doing for the community during this time.

UMCOR: The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is on the ground assisting with the Coronavirus outbreak. You can support UMCOR directly online here and all donations will be sent directly to the organization. Click here to learn more about the work UMCOR is doing around the world.

SR Care Team: The SR Care Team is hard at work reaching out to people in our congregation to check in. Please click here to contact the care team if you have any questions or want to check in.

Stephen Ministry at Sugar River: Sugar River wants to be intentional about reaching out to people during this difficult time in our country. The Stephen Ministers at Sugar River would like to pray with and for people. One way we can care for those who are hurting and dealing with anxiety over the coronavirus is to make personal phone calls to people. 
If you know of someone who might enjoy a cheery phone call just to check in during the coming weeks, we would love to reach out to them! Please send Jamie Day an email here with the persons name and a good number to reach them at and we will add them to our call list!

And remember, this is an excellent time for all of us to reach out to friends, neighbors, or anyone on your heart with a call or a text to check in and connect virtually!

"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."
-John Wesley
This Sunday's Message
via Facebook:

With All Your Heart: Coming Together
Scripture Lessons:   Joshua 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:17-2

This week we focus on "coming together." We have embarked on a journey of the heart, walking these Lenten days toward resurrection. We embrace transformation, new possibilities, and new life. Before we reach the celebration of Easter, there is still work to be done, and we would do best to walk slowly and with great care. There is repair work for us to do within our own hearts and in our world.

All Sugar River gatherings, including Sunday Worship Services, are cancelled until further notice from health officials.

Following up the email last week in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we will keep you updated about Sugar River's plans as we navigate through this situation together.

After much research, discussion, and prayer, we have decided to postpone all Sugar River gatherings, including Sunday Worship Services, until further notice from health officials.

This is not a fear response, but rather a proactive decision that was made with thoughtful consideration and based on the most recent data available through the CDC, WHO, and leaders in public health.

So we can be still together in spirit and continue to worship together, a special worship service will be offered online via Facebook
on Sundays at 9:30am.

"My prayer is that we would sense peace in the midst of these circumstances. May we work together to serve our church and community in a way that demonstrates trust in our God who is in control."
-Pastor Gary

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the Sugar River staff with questions or concerns. 
Learn more about the reasoning behind our decision for virtual worship:
Perhaps you know someone who may be interested in the information Sugar River has shared in this e-Source. Now is a great time to forward to a friend or family member.
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