Sugar River Mission Statement:
Connect, Grow, and Serve in our relationship with God
and others!
At The Table
In Person and In The Building Worship This Sunday!

This Sunday, June 6th, Sugar River will be offering in person worship
inside the Worship Auditorium. 
We have worked to provide better air filtering and will provide safe distancing to offer safety for unvaccinated folks and children. We will also ask folks to wear masks on June 6th as a precaution and will evaluate the most effective practices to allow for some freedom while caring for those who are still vulnerable.
 In an effort to allow for comfort as we return to worship and ensure comfort and safety, we are well prepared to welcome you back! We will be taking reservations for the first few weeks. On Wednesdays you will receive an email with the link to sign up for the next worship service. The link will also be here in the E Source and on our website! We are so excited to see you back in the building and to worship together in community! This reservation process will allow us to accommodate you and your family!
We ask that if anyone is not feeling well, to be considerate of others and rest at home. 
Virtual worship options will be available!
Please make your reservation by Saturday at noon!

Connect
Connect Celebration Lunch
Mark your calendars for June 13th! Right after service, we will be grilling up some delicious brats for everyone! Join us for an early lunch outside and simply celebrate being in fellowship together again. Our new Sermon Series beginning in June is called "At the Table" (see more below.) What a great way to connect with this series and each other! Hope to see you all there!
This Sunday's Worship Service
NEW Series!
At the Table
"The Table of Connection"
 Matthew 26:26-30
It is amazing how often important connections with others happen at a table. It should not surprise us to find throughout the Bible how the table and meals play a central part of God’s connection with humanity. Today’s focus is upon the table of the Passover and the table of Communion. Might the discipline of table fellowship be one of the more important spiritual disciplines of our lives?

Online service will premiere at 1pm; participate on YouTube or Facebook
Be sure to say hello, tap like, or send us a message whenever you watch!

Sugar River Summer Choir
Hello Singers! This is Catie Brooks, the new Worship Arts Coordinator at Sugar River UMC. I've talked to a few of you about this now, but I'm excited to finally be putting together a summer choir here at Sugar River! Singing is a huge passion of mine, and I've been itching to get back into a choir type setting. Since Sugar River loves contemporary music, I figured we should use a contemporary choir setting!
 
Whether you're a seasoned singer or a or a true beginner, you're welcome here. This group is meant for us singers to come together and share in our love for music and praise.
 
Please fill out this form if you're interested, and I will reach out with more details! We'll meet weekly for rehearsals (time depending on what works best for all interested). Please don't stress if you can't make rehearsal every week! I would like this to be a fun and relaxed way to get back in the swing of gathering to make music. 
 
I look forward to diving into this more with all of you! Our first rehearsal will be the week of June 14th, exact date and time TBD. 
 
I look forward to singing with you all!
 
Blessings,
Catie 

Grow
Summer Sunday School Update
Future plans for Sunday School include parents and kids meeting together outdoors shortly after worship service Sunday mornings twice a month. This will kick-off on June 13th followed by the Connect Celebration Lunch! (See above.) Be sure to watch for your Children & Family Ministry newsletter for further details on this first meeting and future dates!
Want to Stay Close to God This Summer?
With all the fun or busyness that summer holds, it may be easy to break off from our regular routine and leave our spiritual life on auto-pilot. HERE are some easy ways to stay connected to God this season and beyond!
Giving at Sugar River
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
June Monthly Mission: Peace with Justice: Hope's Home

We are delighted to continue our Peace with Justice emphasis. This month we will be featuring Hope's Home.

Hope's Home serves the community from the heart of downtown Madison. Every week Hope's Home delivers sandwiches, emergency food bags, hygiene and personal care items to our most vulnerable brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness in Madison. Many of the people they serve are isolated from congregant shelters due to COVID-19 and have been surviving outside. Outreach specialists deliver food as well as greatest needed items including: fuel cards for individuals experiencing homelessness to travel for jobs and services, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, mosquito repellant, and hand wipes.

HERE'S HOW WE, AT SUGAR RIVER, CAN HELP:
 
Below is a list of Hope's Home Top 10 needed items. Please place these items on the SERVE table and we will deliver them to Hope's Home at the end of the month! Please also consider donating monetarily. Just click here and select the Peace with Justice line item and all donations will be sent directly to Hope's Home at the end of the month!

Personal Care Items
1.    Fuel Cards ($10 and up)
2.    Toothpaste
3.    Deodorant
4.    Hand Wipes
5.    Mosquito Repellant
Single Serve Items
1.    Breakfast Bars
2.    Pop-Top Meals
3.    Chips
4.    Fruit Chews
5.    Tuna/Chicken Pouches

Thank you for considering this important Peace with Justice initiative!
SERVE Celebration: May Monthly Mission: Project Mission Outpost at Sugar River
Thank you for your hard work this past month in helping to care for our Mission Outpost. Join us at in person worship on Sunday to check out the changes inside and outside the building!
THANK YOU - We appreciate YOU!!!
SERVE Celebration: Red Cross Blood Drive
We hosted another Blood Drive yesterday, 6/2! Final totals will be received soon and we will be sure to update you on the life-saving work happening at Sugar River because of your generosity! THANK YOU!
We are hosting another on July 15th! You can click here to sign up, just scroll down to July 15th at Sugar River!
Thank you for considering this life-saving opportunity!
SERVE CELEBRATION: Miracle League of Dane County
As you may recall, we featured The Miracle League of Dane County in February. We sent along YOUR donations and received the following thank you:
"Thank you VERY MUCH for the kind donation from your church. I received the check from your church. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the monetary gift. It will be used for some baseball equipment (bats) for each player.
 Please extend my thanks and appreciation to your church leadership and congregation.
Kindest regards,
Bill Schultz, Executive Director
Miracle League of Dane County"
WELL DONE SRUMC! THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
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