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SONGS of the HEART
Songs of the Heart is the title of our Lenten Sermon series. We are taking a look at some of the Psalms in the Old Testament, which were the prayer book of the ancient Israelites. They were most often sung from their hearts, and those songs still sound like our hearts today. 

We have heard songs of contemplation, confession, redemption, and relationship. This week we will learn about celebrating Jesus in our lives. 

Palm Sunday is coming up, possibly my all-time favorite Sunday of the church year. Why? Maybe because we all love a good celebration. Everyone loves a parade! 

But crowds and celebrations can be quite fickle. The moment things don’t break according to our plans, we have a tendency to jump ship. The Palm Sunday crowd did just that. But we don’t have to repeat that mistake. We can celebrate Jesus instead of our plans for what Jesus should be doing in our lives. 

See you Sunday!


AGC Seeking Board Members
We are seeking board members to represent the church in our preschool and childcare program. All God's Children has been a ministry of Shueyville United Methodist Church
for many years and brings families into our building every day. Our mission is to fulfill a
need in our community by providing quality education and childcare in a loving Christian environment. If that sounds like something you can get behind, we need your thoughtful presence on our board. We invite applications for anyone willing to share their gifts and talents with our program. A term is 3 years and ask that you attend a meeting once a month. To apply online click here.

Easter Carnival
This Saturday, March 27 we plan to have a celebration to get people looking forward to Easter! It will include an Easter egg hunt for children and then stations where they can have fun and learn more about Jesus. Spread the word! We ask that masks be worn at this event for all adults and the kids who will keep them on.
 
HOLY WEEK
It’s almost here! I hope you are as excited as I am about Holy Week 2021. You know, last spring we missed out on a lot of things; NCAA tournaments, in-person Easter, track meets, soccer games, ect… At the top of that list should be Holy Week. Don’t miss it this year, whether online or in-person. 

We will begin with Palm Sunday on March 28th, have a moving service of lament on Good Friday (April 2nd, 6:30 p.m.), and culminate with a celebration of Resurrection on Easter Morning (April 4th). We will have Easter worship online, beginning around 8:45 a.m. We
will also have our three regular in-person services (8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.), and we will add an Easter Sunrise Service beginning at 6:35 a.m. If the weather is dry we will have the sunrise service outside.

I hope to see you all in person or on-line. Begin preparing your hearts now to encounter
the power of the Holy Spirit as we go through the ups and downs of the last week of Jesus’ life. 

Are you engaging in all three areas of your faith; deeper roots, stronger branches, and bountiful fruit? We believe that these areas are important in strengthening our faith in Christ and being a part of building the Kingdom of God in our midst. 

Deeper Roots
Worship can look a variety of ways and all are wonderful when our hearts are engaged in praising the Lord. 
  • 8:00 a.m. Traditional Worship In-Person
  • 8:45 a.m. Worship on Facebook Live
  • 9:30 a.m. Blended Worship In-Person (Sunday School included)
  • 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship In-Person

We require masks to be worn in the church at this time. If in-person worship isn’t right for you at this time, please continue to worship online. We value your presence in the body of Christ. 
  • 380 Kids and Exit X will be meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Stronger Branches
Part of growing in our faith is prayer. Please take a moment to pray for these people and situations, plus what is on your heart.
  • Wanda Lou, whose cancer has returned. She is a friend of Marilyn Johnson
  • All who are dealing with COVID 
  • Medical professionals of all kinds
  • Caretakers
  • Jacob Vance
  • Rowena Torrevillas, Lauren Seaman's mother.
  • Kay Feldman, Brenda Swanson’s mother, is on Hospice Care
  • Michael Broghammer, at Basic Training
  • Deena Moyle as she recovers from eye surgery
  • Bobbie Travis as she recovers from a fall
  • Jennifer Blair, as she is undergoing cancer treatment.
  • Those with eating disorder

Scripture Text Groups! You can receive a text each morning with scripture and a reflection. Over 130 people connected to our church are doing this. Join us!

Bountiful Fruit
  • We are a couple weeks away from posting really detailed and organized plans for our Mission Staycation. You should have it marked on your calendars for June 11-13. A few people have already said they are coming along, but be ready to officially sign up on Easter Sunday or the Sunday after. 
  • Thank you for your continued support of the ministries of Shueyville UMC. Your gifts of your time, talents, and money are all instrumental in sharing God’s love in our community. Thank you. 
  • How are you engaged in serving others and bearing the fruit of love in the world? We’d love to hear so please let us know!
  • Wednesday, about 20 youth and 5 adults combed the area around Prairie HS picking up trash. We then spent a little time praying and reflecting on the strength, courage, and attentiveness of Joshua in the Bible. Joshua 1:9 says,
“I’ve commanded you to be brave and strong, haven’t I?
Don’t be alarmed or terrified, because the Lord your God
is with you wherever you go.”