Sugar River Mission Statement:
Connect, Grow, and Serve in our relationship with God
and others!
Sugar River's Impact Team has been meeting throughout the pandemic to assist with the life, ministry and mission needs of Sugar River UMC. The team brings diverse perspectives, informed knowledge, and varied resources around the realities of the pandemic. The teams purpose is to provide safe and continually updated operational policies based on the information from primary resources. To see our updated plan for re-opening for in-person worship and group gatherings click below.
For questions or concerns feel free to reach out to Pastor Gary.
Connect
Restoration Celebration!
Thank you for your generosity through the Restoration Campaign. We have had over 20 pledges come in to support the work needed to be done in our building as we continue to prepare and engage others into discipleship and mission! If you were not able to join us for the celebration on Sunday we would invite you to consider a donation of $10, $20 or more a week for the next three years. God's Spirit is among us and in us, let us glorify God with our generosity, and thanksgiving. We can make a world of difference, by the grace of God!
It's not too late! If you are able to make a pledge please contact Dan Day or log into your profile in Realm, go to Giving, click +Pledge and choose Restoration Campaign. Thank you for your generosity!
This Sunday's Worship Service - NEW Series!
Begin Again: Hope and Renewal Start Today
"Believe Your Trustworthy God"
Psalm 23:1-4
The image of the 23rd Psalm is profoundly inspiring. It becomes a focus for this week. Our ability to begin again...that is begin life with a fresh start and hopefully the future begins with the God who can be trusted to restore our souls. Ok, that is a nice thought, but what about the practice? This week is for you and me to allow the healing, forgiving and guiding presence of God to empower us to begin again.
This is also Communion Sunday.
Together again!!! The time has finally come and we will be having in-person outdoor services beginning THIS Sunday at 9:30!
We invite you to bring lawn chairs and masks and you can sit with your families in front of our building to worship with one another. (Services will be weather dependent.)
We can't wait to see you again!

HERE is a link to the Order of Service (page 1) and song lyrics (page 2) if you'd like to have it on your phone during service. We will also have printouts available.

We are still offering online service at 9:30am on YouTube or Facebook.
Be sure to say hello, tap like, or send us a message whenever you watch!
Hey there, Sugar River musicians! This is Catie Brooks, the new Worship Arts Coordinator at Sugar River UMC. I've been getting to know each of you rather slowly, so I thought some sort of interest form might speed things up! Whether you're a returning musician at SRUMC, or a newbie, I'd love if you could take a minute to fill out this form!
Spring is a time for gift-giving!
Consider giving Scrip/Gift cards for Mother's Day this year! They also make great graduation, Father's Day, birthday, shower gifts, and gifts for those upcoming weddings! We have many to choose from: Amazon, Gap/Old Navy, Panera, Starbucks, Target, TJMaxx, HomeGoods, Walmart, Kwik Trip, Best Buy, Budget Car Rental, and Miller's. Simply email HERE to place your order and we can mail them to you or you can pick up in time for your next celebration (or just to use on your weekly errands). As always, its a win-win since a portion goes toward our Youth Mission Trips!
Grow
LOL Group NEW Study Begins Tuesday. All are Welcome!
Next week on May 4 at 1pm, the LOL Core Group will be moving back to Tuesdays and beginning a timely new study entitled: "We are the Church... let's ACT Like It" All are invited to be part of this great grow opportunity! Please email for more information and to sign up and reserve a book. This group meets in person with Zoom available for those who would prefer that option.
Yoga at Home
Here is the Session 4 yoga portion from this week's Rise & Shine Yoga Core Group. Find the scripture focus on LOVE and correlating artwork for this class HERE and a recipe for a yummy yet healthy Snickers Cheesecake HERE!
Generosity
Would you like to give to Sugar River? Its as easy as 1,2,or 3!
  1. Easily text 73256 from your Mobile Device; type and send this text: sugarriver
  2. Give online via our Give Page on our website
  3. Within your Realm Connect app
Checks can also be mailed right to Sugar River. Questions? Contact Dan Day.
Your generous hearts make our ministry and missions possible! THANK YOU!

Serve
April Monthly Mission: YOUTH on a Mission
Thank you SR Youth, for leading the April Monthly Mission and for choosing to support the BPNN Food Pantry!

And thank YOU to EVERYONE for supporting the Pantry with your donated food items! Our food drop off times have passed for the month, but you can always give online, just select the Food Pantry line item.

THANK YOU YOUTH, WE ARE PROUD OF YOUR SERVANT HEARTS!
SR Supports BPNN Flag for Food Program - and your household can TOO!
For just $50, the BPNN will install a beautiful American flag in your front yard on: Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. No matter when you subscribe, you'll get a flag on the next 3 holidays!  (Subscribe by 5/24/21 for Memorial Day delivery.) 

And most importantly, each subscription helps feed a family of three for 6 months! 
Sign up to get your BPNN Flag for Food now! Click here to learn more and to sign up!
Red Cross Blood Drive - May 18th
We are so delighted to host another blood drive at SR on May 18th! You can click here to sign up, just scroll down to May 18th at Sugar River!
Thank you for considering this life-saving opportunity!
SERVE Celebration: February Monthly Mission: The Miracle League of Dane County
The final tallies are in and because of YOUR generosity, we are able to send a check to the Miracle League of Dane County for $549! This money will be used to help build The Miracle League field in Bakken Park (in Cottage Grove) which will provide all children the opportunity to experience and enjoy the game of baseball! To learn more about The Miracle League or to donate, click here!
Thank you for caring for our community!
Sneak Peek: May Monthly Mission: Project Mission Outpost at Sugar River
This next month we will be providing opportunities for you and your friends and family to help care for our Mission Outpost so we can do even more to serve the community in 2021! In the meantime, mark your calendars to help on Sat. May 8 & May 22! Find your work gloves, rally your crew, and stay tuned for more details and the sign-up form next week!
Sugar River is making waves! We are diligently preparing for when we will be back in person and want to have our full team ready to continue connecting, growing and serving through all ministries and missions!

We currently have two positions that are open within Sugar River and we are accepting applications. If you or someone you know (even outside of Sugar River) might be interested in hearing more about the Connect Director or Administrative Director positions available, please contact us by clicking below! Sugar River staff embody the FAITH that works value system! (Fun-loving, Action oriented, In the moment for Christ, Thankful spirit, and Hospitable to All)
Do you need assistance? SR is here for you!

We care about you! The SR Care Team continues to reach out to people in our congregation to check in. Please let us know if you have any needs, questions, or want to check in.
Simply email here to contact the care team.
Curious about what's going on in the UMC?
Find all the latest happening in the Wisconsin Conference right HERE. Additionally, for such a time as this, we want to be clear and transparent about the transitions in our denomination. Please read this letter from the Bishop responding to recent and upcoming changes.
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