Sugar River
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Happy New Year! We send you love and sincere wishes for a wonderful year ahead full of hope and promise.
In case you missed it, enjoy seeing some of your Sugar River Family
in this virtual holiday card!
NEW Series! "The Wonderful World of Faith"
Sunday's Online Message
Transforming Love: Beauty and the Beast
Acts 9:1-6, 17-20
Everyone loves a good before-and-after story. Beast’s monstrous exterior was a reflection of the cruelty in his heart, but he was made human again by experiencing Belle’s love. Saul of Tarsus was a “beastly” figure transformed into a saint by the love of Christ, and the Holy Spirit still works in us today to soften our hearts and help us embody the love of Christ in a hurting world.

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Grow
Save the Dates!
Here are some great virtual opportunities to grow and continue dreaming into the New Year!
Sat. Jan. 23: "Dream Again" Women's Morning Retreat w/ Lori Nebel
Thu. Feb. 11: "Dreaming Together" Couple's Valentine "Date Night In"
Sat. Feb. 20: "Big Dreams, Big Miracles" Men's Retreat w/ Bill Schultz
Registration required. Stay tuned for the Discipleship Moment this Sunday & more details and sign up links in a separate email coming soon! Email us with questions.
Online Tools for Learning & Growing in Your Faith Journey
This Week's Feature: Financial Peace University Online
The new year is a perfect time to get our finances in order! Due to in-person meeting restrictions, we will not be having the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace class here at SR this year, but you can still take it!
Info on a great online version HERE.
"Almost 6 million people have discovered the right way to manage money. You’ll learn the timeless principles of paying off debt, saving for emergencies, and investing in your future."
60 Second Devotionals
For the season, SR staff & friends read poems from Those Who Dream.
This week: "All in All" read by Pastor Gary, perfectly wraps up our Advent series
Links to playlist:
Choose whatever social media you like best! You can also find on the Grow page on our website.
Generosity
Would you like to give to Sugar River? You can easily give online via our Give Page or within your Realm app! Questions? Contact Dan Day. Your generous hearts make our ministry and missions possible-- THANK YOU!

Serve
January Monthly Mission: Community Birthday Bags!

We are delighted to, once again, support the Badger Prairie Needs Network by supplying birthday bags for the food pantry for children and families during their time of need!
The requested gender neutral items are:
Cake mixes
Prepared frosting
Disposable 9x13 cake pans
Birthday candles
Disposable party plates and napkins

You have the option of donating any of these items individually or making an entire birthday kit which includes ONE of every item. If you choose to make a kit simply put all of the items in a brown paper bag or birthday gift bag! All donations and kits will be collected in the entryway of Sugar River on the following dates and times and we will deliver them to the BPNN:
Tuesday 1/12 9am-noon
Thursday 1/14: 9am-noon and 5-6pm
Tuesday 1/19: 9am-noon
Thursday 1/21: 9am-noon
Tuesday 1/26: 9am-noon
Thursday 1/28: 9am-noon

Thank you for supporting the Verona community!
Red Cross Blood Drive TODAY at SR: January 7, 2021

Thank you to the Red Cross, to everyone who donated, and to those who helped welcome the team and close up Sugar River after the event! We are so grateful for the SR community coming "together" to support this important life-saving opportunity! Stay tuned for updates on the number of donations next week!
SERVE Celebration: December Monthly Mission:
SR Gives Campaign

Thank you all for your generous donations! On Christmas Eve we safely delivered bags and boxes of new warm socks to both Four Winds and Willow Pointe Senior Living Facilities in Verona for both residents and the staff.



We are excited to deliver the diapers to the BPNN...stay tuned for pictures!

Thank you for helping to spread Christmas love, hope, peace, and joy this Advent season! 
Happy New Year!
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