Sugar River
Still Connecting, Growing and Serving
When Will the Doors Reopen?
A note from Pastor Gary...

Dear Sugar River Family,
I want to thank you all for the incredible sense of care and support you have given to each other, and to the community. Yes, the church left the building, but the ministry and mission of the church continues…just in a new way. 

The Servant Leadership Board is forming an “Impact Team” to asses the potential of opening our building for groups of people, such as worship. Our Bishop Jung, in consultation with a variety of sources and the Conference COVID-19 Task Force, is asking that June 21 would be the earliest possible Sunday for relaunching public worship in church buildings. That date may be premature by weeks or even months as we seek to follow the wisdom of COVID-19 experts and maintain the value of keeping people safe as a mark of Christian Discipleship.

For me, I want to meet with you, my siblings in Christ as soon as possible. I grieve the weeks we must be apart. Yet, I know that this is an important time to keep social distancing for the sake of the vulnerable and to not overload our hospitals and health care workers. Please be prayerful about the future of our church and community. As the Body of Christ, I encourage you to consider calling some folks today and offering them a greeting and words of support.

Guidelines for the doors being opened will be offered in the next two weeks by the Sugar River Impact Team.

In the Name of Christ Jesus,
Pastor Gary
Connect
Sunday's Online Message
The Soul-full Project: Partners for the Journey
  Ephesians 3:14-21
This Soul-full Project is centered in the need to become a new kind of people, one we walk together. When we awaken to God’s presence in and among us, we join together in practicing the love of God, neighbor, and self. We make ourselves available to God’s “power within us to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine."

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. If you would like to honor the memory of a loved one, consider having a candle available during worship this week. There will be a special moment to light them during the prayer time.

Watch on Facebook or YouTube at 9:30am & invite friends & family to join you!
You can also share the service on your own page right after the premier; its a quick, easy way to pass along a hopeful message. You never know who may be inspired to begin or grow in their Christian journey!

Please continue to check in by liking/loving, sharing, and commenting when you tune in or as you are watching. We truly love hearing from you and "seeing" you! It helps us feel like we are all together!
Learn More about Sugar River!
Are you interested in learning more about Sugar River? Have you been here awhile, but still have questions or would like to become a member? Join Pastor Gary and other staff on Thursday, June 4th at 7pm via Zoom! RSVP's strongly encouraged so we can mail you some materials ahead of time to look at & talk about together. We have a good group started, so we look forward to having you too!

Please email us HERE by Wed. the 27th to let us know if you will be there. We will email you back with the log-in details. See you then!
Byte-size Fellowship!
Missing the conversation and fellowship time between services? We are too. Spending time connecting with your church family in conversation is back- thanks to Zoom! Following online service, bring your snacks & coffee and join us for light and easy chat time lead by our fellowship team. All are welcome and encouraged to pop in and say "hello!"
Begins Sunday, June 7th at 10:30 am
Meeting ID: 858 8846 3913 Password:   028240
Easy Gift Idea for Spring Occasions!
If you would like to purchase Scrip/gift cards, we are able to send them to you in the mail! Our current inventory includes Target, Best Buy, Miller's, Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Starbucks, Panera, and Wal Mart! Please email Jamie Day if you would like to order any! They make great gifts or just to have on hand for places you regularly shop! Just a reminder too, that a percentage comes back to SR for the High School mission trip!
What is Realm? Why is it Important?
These are good questions! As our online life becomes a more natural and an important way of living we want to make sure we can share with you the information you are looking for 24/7.
Here are some things Realm can do for you! Once you download Connect-Our Church Community (a free app in your app store) you can use your login information that was sent to you from Realm or that you have created previously. If you don't have a login please email Jamie for a reset!
  1. A news feed will pop up so you can see what is happening at Sugar River - even during virtual times!
  2. Click the three lines in the top left hand corner and scroll down to see all sorts of options! You can check your giving (up to date within a week), you can change and update your profile!
  3. Want to see a church directory? Want to connect with someone at Sugar River? Go to Groups and click Sugar River United Methodist Church and click participants at the top!(People must be 'opted in' to be included in the directory.)
  4. Looking for the breakthrough prayer to pray at 4:15? Go to the Sugar River United Methodist Church group and click files at the top!
  5. Did you receive a request to pray for someone and you would like to put a face to a name? You can see their picture here! Not all pictures have been updated yet so if yours is one of them, take a moment to snap a selfie and upload it! You can even send us your picture and we will do it for you!

Not using the app? You can also do these things by signing in at the REALM website!
Thank you to so many of you who have logged in, updated their info, & opted into the directory- we get more people added each week!
Grow

New Little Blessing?!
We love to welcome and bless new babies born into the Sugar River family! Please let us know if you've added a new little miracle to your immediate family in the last year, or since about May 2019. Email us here !
10 Ways to Grow
During such a time as this, are there still ways to grow spiritually? Absolutely. Creating a daily devotion time or joining one of Sugar River's Zoom Core Groups are great for starters! Deepening our relationship with God, especially in times of change or difficulty, can help us find comfort. We learn more about Him and His love for us- and then share it! Here's an article with some other easy ways to connect with God and others. Email core@sugarriverumc.org if you would like more information on different opportunities to GROW!
"A Moment with One Another" with Pastor Gary
Come to any Wednesdays that work for you! Share a quick, timely devotional & casual discussion. All are welcome!
Join again via Zoom on Wednesday @ 6:30 pm!
Meeting ID: 913 3411 4947   Password: 6dt2fe (case sensitive)
Email core@sugarriverumc.org with questions or help with Zoom.
4:15 Prayer!
Let's welcome a " new thing," as we join together in a breakthrough prayer!
Since our Sugar River address is 415 W Verona Ave we thought it might be nice to pray together at 4:15 a.m. or p.m. each and every day. Let's offer up God-sized prayers for a God-sized breakthrough creating new possibilities for our church, the community, the world and each of us personally. To get started let's focus on praying for four different things for 15 seconds each. The breakthroughs await!

To add the prayer as an image on your phone or tablet so it is handy for your prayer- just visit our Home Page for downloadable images!

If you'd like to sign up for weekly Breakthrough Prayer reminders and future prayer texts, simply text: @srprayer to 81010
'Text to Give' and other Options!

Sugar River has been working to update the different ways for people to Give to the ministry and missions that are ongoing at Sugar River.

We are excited to announce that we have TEXT giving and a new platform for online giving! Just text sugarriver to 73256 and it will guide you through the process. Once your secure account is set up it can save your information for a future time. (if you choose)

Check out the new online way to give! Give Online

ALSO - if you are a member of Sugar River or have attended on a regular basis, you have a Realm Connect account set up and you can give directly through the app!

Questions? Feel free to contact Dan Day in Finance!
We believe in the power of prayer! We want to be mindful of your prayer requests! Here is how we can pray for you specifically and how you can pray for others:
  • If you have prayer requests that you would like kept confidential with the Directors to pray for you please email Jamie Day
  • If you have personal prayer request, you would like sent to the E Prayer team please email them directly to our coordinator – Maggie Boyd and she will send it to the prayer team. Also, if you would like to be a prayer worrier and receive the e-prayer please email Maggie and she will add you to the list!
  • As always, if you have a matter you would just like Pastor Gary to pray for you please contact him directly by clicking here
SERVE
SERVE Weekly Blessing: Firefighters/EMTs

Do you know someone who serves as a Firefighter or EMT? We are so grateful for our local heroes who continue to work hard to care for our communities! Please click on the video link below and be sure to share it with any Firefighters and EMTs you might know who may feel encouraged by it!

SERVE Celebration: COVID-19 Lunch Program

  • Tomorrow we will be having donuts delivered to the staff at the Verona Fire Department as a thank you for their tireless service!

  • This week we were able to distribute $25 Miller's gift cards to people who needed some additional food support. We can only do this because of your generosity!

  • Interested in donating? Click here and select Covid-19 lunch program fund or send a check to SRUMC with COVID Lunch Program in the memo!

Thank you for continuing to care for our friends, neighbors, and essential workers during this time!
UMCOR
Since the start of the novel coronavirus outbreak, UMCOR has been working with health boards, medical professionals, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders to prevent the further spread of this disease.  

To learn more about UMCOR's response, click here .

  • Interested in donating? Click here and select the UMCOR fund or send a check to SRUMC with UMCOR in the memo!
Weekend Food Program (WFP) - UPDATE

Thank you for your continued support of the Weekend Food Program which helps provide additional food to children in the Verona Area School District.

We want you to know that we have been in continual discussion with the WFP team and VASD social workers to identify how best to support local school children during this time. We will be learning more about the status of the VASD summer nutrition program within the next few weeks and we will keep you updated on how we will be moving forward to supplement needs at that time.

  • Interested in donating? Click here and select the Weekend Food Program fund or send a check to SRUMC with Weekend Food Program in the memo!

Thank you for caring for children in our community!
Do you need assistance? SR is here for you!

SR Care Team: The SR Care Team continues to reach out to people in our congregation to check in. Please click here to contact the care team if you have any questions or want to check in.

Stephen Ministry at Sugar River: The Stephen Ministers at Sugar River would like to pray with and for people. One way we can care for those who are hurting and dealing with anxiety over the Coronavirus is to make personal phone calls to people. If you know of someone who might enjoy a cheery phone call just to check in during the coming weeks, we would love to reach out to them! Please send Jamie Day an email here with the persons name and a good number to reach them at and we will add them to our call list!

All Sugar River gatherings, including Sunday Worship Services, are cancelled until further notice from health officials.
"My prayer is that we would sense peace in the midst of these circumstances. May we work together to serve our church and community in a way that demonstrates trust in our God who is in control."
-Pastor Gary

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the Sugar River staff with questions or concerns. 

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