Sugar River Mission Statement:
Connect, Grow, and Serve in our relationship with God
and others!
Connect
Questions or Ideas? Contact Emma Keller, Connect Director
This Sunday's Message at 9:30am
In The Game To Win!
"The Agony of Defeat"
Acts 16:22-26
A universal understanding is shared by the Wide World of Sports phrase: “The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat.” We learn about the agony of defeat with our sports teams, and we experience it with our lives. Experiencing defeat is something we know in life. What do we do when we get knocked down? How do we move past the agony of defeat?

Everyone is invited to wear their favorite team apparel to the service!

Virtual Worship
If you are participating online, we offer a livestream service at 9:30 am on YouTube.
Please let us know you are in service virtually (and in person too!) with "mobile check in" via the Realm App! (Tap "more" first in the lower right corner.)
Email the church office if you have any questions about Realm.

We also have our Sunday morning worship service playing live on the TV right outside our entryway for those who feel more comfortable being outdoors (weather permitting). Feel free to grab a cup of coffee, bring your lawn chairs, and still gather together at The River!
Trunk or Treat Event!!!
Halloween is only two weeks from Sunday! We'll celebrate with a Trunk or Treat event in our parking lot after church at 10:45 am. All are welcome to this community-wide event whether or not you decorate a vehicle. Kids are encouraged to dress up in costumes (appropriate please) and collect candy & treats! Don't forget to invite friends! 
If you are interested in decorating a vehicle, please contact Emma Keller for more details.

Sugar River is going out on the town! Visit Sugar River's table at the Main Street Trick or Treat event in Verona on Friday, Oct. 29 from 3:30-5:00! Interested in representing SR by helping give out candy at this event? Also contact Emma!
Lift your Voice!
COME JOIN OUR SUGAR RIVER FAMILY IN SONG THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS YEAR’S CHRISTMAS CHOIR! WE’LL SING ALL OF OUR FAVORITE CLASSICS, CONCLUDING WITH A CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR ON DECEMBER 17TH!
PRACTICES WILL BE THURSDAYS 7-8PM IN THE SANCTUARY (Starating next week on 10/21)
Please fill out this interest form and email Catie Brooks for more info.
Check your Children's Ministry communications or email Catie for info on kid's opportunities to participate!
Church Conference - Monday, December 6th at 7 PM
Mark your calendars for the 2021 Church Conference at Sugar River UMC - Monday, December 6th at 7 PM. The Church Conference is the year-end conference to hear reports on the ministry and mission of the church as well as approval of ministry and budget related items for 2022. All folks are invited to attend, while all members are given the responsibility to vote.
Grow
Questions or Ideas? Contact Gary Holmes
9th Grade Confirmation Service on Saturday
Please consider supporting the 9th grade confirmation class by praying for them this week and attending the 9th grade confirmation service THIS Saturday, Oct. 16th at 9 AM. This service is in place to support the confirmation class that was hindered by the pandemic. This class attended confirmation in 2019 and until this week has not had a chance to publicly confirm their faith.

So, the service will provide a celebration for the class and their families to confirm their faith. The 9th grade class will also be given the opportunity to help with worship and be recognized this Sunday, Oct. 17th at the 9:30 AM worship service.

Please be praying for the faith and wellness of our 9th grade confirmation class: Allison Bostley, Mia under Mause, Braden Sass, and Preston Yaucher.

7th and 8th Grade Encounter (Confirmation) Class
Meets on Sunday nights at 6:30 PM
We are excited to have Encounter Class for our 7th and 8th grade students. This class will continue to meet until both grades will be confirmed on Saturday, April 9th followed by being recognized in worship on Sunday, April 10th. Please keep this class and their mentors in your prayers as they journey through the year with a focus on faith and wellness.
7th Graders:  
Ava Anderson
Luke Bell 
Kyle Guzman
Eden Hinzmann
Madeline Hook 
Madeline Koss 
Macy Mahnke
Amelia Martina
Ben Martina
Ashley Sass  
Eleanor Steger
Maeve True
8th Graders: 
Ben Fulton
Nick Ibinger
Emma Johnson  
Lilly Marks
Brandon Royalty
Maddie Ryan
Jack Wilson

Mentors:
Heather Royer
Judy Keel
Mike Polk
Rebecca Polk
Angela Guthrie
Nathan Holmes
Jay Meagher

Encounter Class Director: Pastor Gary Holmes
Help our Little Ones Grow!
Sunday School teachers help plant seeds of faith and we would love your help! Here's an opportunity to lead or be an assistant for preschool, elementary or middle school. The lesson is sent out ahead of time and any materials are set up for you to make teaching simple. You can sign up for the dates that work for you! Please email Kimmie to learn more.
Giving at Sugar River
Would you like to give to Sugar River? Its easy!
  1. Easily text 73256 from your Mobile Device; type and send this text: sugarriver
  2. Give online via the Give Page on our website
  3. Within your Realm Connect app
  4. Checks can also be placed in the Offering box on Sunday or mailed right to Sugar River.

Thank you to all who have given your commitments for 2022!
If you haven't had a chance yet:
  • Please consider filling out an Estimate of Giving card and mailing or returning to church. We also have extras on the table in the Offering box as you enter the sanctuary.
  • Make your commitment via the Realm Giving Tab by selecting the gray "Pledge" box, then follow the prompts.
Questions? Contact Dan Day

Thank you for your generous hearts and prayerful support for Sugar River's ministries and missions!
Serve
Questions or Ideas? Contact Serve Director, Erin Wilson
October Monthly Mission: Thanksgiving and Christmas Meal Bags

The BPNN Food Pantry provides a Thanksgiving and/or Christmas Meal bag for any local family during their time of need this holiday season. We are delighted to once again feature the BPNN's Thanksgiving and Christmas meal bags as a monthly mission this October! Similar to last year, things might look a bit different this year....

This year, the pantry is asking that we help fund the purchase of pies for the Thanksgiving baskets and fruit for the Christmas baskets. The anticipated cost is $6.50 for each pie and $20 for the fruit for each basket.

They are also asking for the following items:

  • Large aluminum roasting pans (to distribute with the turkeys),
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Cooking oil

The BPNN anticipates distributing 400 Thanksgiving and 400 Christmas baskets this year! How many families can we help enjoy a meal during this blessed time of year?

We will be collecting the Thanksgiving items on the SERVE table throughout October! Interested in donating financially? Click here to give online (click the Give tab and select the Missions-food pantry line item) or send a check to SRUMC with food pantry in the memo!

Thank you for sharing love and joy this holiday season!
SERVE Celebration: Verona Warm Winters

Thank you so much for you generous donations, the SERVE table is full, WONDERFUL! While Verona Warm Winters Project was our September Monthly Mission, we are going to continue to collect items throughout the month given the continued community need.

We are asking for the following gently used and clean donations:

Winter Jackets - (child - adult sizes)
Snow pants - (child - adult sizes)
Winter boots - (child - adult sizes)
Waterproof winter mittens/gloves - (child - adult sizes)

Please bring all items washed and ready for distribution. You can set them on the SERVE table! We thank you for your generous hearts as we work to ensure all children in the VASD stay warm this winter!
SERVE Celebration: Red Cross Blood Drive, 9/28!

Here is a letter from the Red Cross regarding our most recent Blood Drive:

"Thank you so much for partnering with the American Red Cross. We are truly grateful for your commitment of time and support. The work you do makes a difference to so many in need.
 
The blood drive you held resulted in 45 pints of blood from 43 people, 29 whole blood and 16 power reds. Your efforts have helped boost the community blood supply and ensure hospital patients have the lifesaving blood they depend on.
 
The Red Cross depends on the important work that volunteers like you do. Your support does not go unnoticed and we hope to build on this partnership with you."

Thank you to everyone who played a role in making this life-saving ministry happen, once again, at Sugar River!
SERVE Celebration: Afghan Refugee Support
Thank you to our incredible Share N Care group for making and delivering 40 blankets and 17 hats to the drop off at Salvation Army on Darbo Street for delivery to Ft McCoy. Thank you Share and Care team!

Also, please note, this is the last week we will be collecting funds for Refugee support initiative. If you would like to support this effort please drop off or send a check to SRUMC with "refugee" in the memo. Thank you for your compassion and generosity.
SERVE Celebration: Release of Funds!
WOW! SR family, you are SO generous! Because of your compassion and care for others we were just able to release the following funds to important ministries close to our hearts:
Mission Guatemala: $5970.59
Golden Cross: $50.00
BPNN Food Pantry: $6505.00
Hope's Home: $343.79
Thank you for your generous hearts!
Do you need assistance? SR is here for you!
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