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We culminated our Attitude Adjustment series this week as Rev. Ron preached from Philippians 2:12-16. He encouraged us to consider a longer lasting remedy than Starbucks or 5-hour Energy drinks for our exhausted and overstretched lives: tapping into the Spirit, God’s energy working inside us. Jillian Beam shared a powerful witness and invited us to experience the joy of passionate giving as we brought forward our pledge cards for 2019. If you didn’t get a chance to turn yours in, you can fill one out online or download and print a pledge card to mail or bring in with you in the next few weeks. Many thanks for all of your generosity as we close out 2019 strong and look to a new year in ministry together.

You’re invited to come worship with us this Tuesday night, November 20, 7pm at our annual Thanksgiving Service which will be held in the Sanctuary. We will be collecting gently used winter coats for our Tent Ministry for those who are homeless and braving it outdoors. Join us as we reflect on the simple and staggering blessings in our lives – and maybe share a blessing with others!

Advent begins in less than two weeks and there are all kinds of ways that you can sing, serve and study with us. Check out the Advent Brochure to find out where you can connect. On the first Sunday of Advent, December 2nd, thanks to the repeat generosity of a donor family and others who have joined in, we will be giving out over $15,000 in $100 dollar bills for our Intentional Acts of Kindness outreach. If you’d like to help us get closer to $20,000 so we can spread even more love this season, contact Rev. Ron.

Thanks to the 80+ youth and adults who came out for our Finding our Way Forward discussion this past Sunday night. The evening include presentation by Revs. Ron & Carissa, Bible study with Rev. Byron and small group conversation as we considered the issues surrounding LGBTQ inclusion facing the UMC & 2019 General Conference. We are planning additional Bible study around this issue in January and ongoing updating of resources on the Way Forward section of our webpage.  If you have feedback or questions from the evening, please feel free to contact any of our pastors.

What a treat we all got to experience on November 11th as our the SPUMC Choir, guest vocalists, instrumentalists and the Voices of Praise youth choir from Friendship UMC all performed at We The People. The Veterans Day concert featured a combination of Americana and patriotic music including Battle Hymn of the Republic, Shenandoah, The Armed Forces Medley and Light of a Clear Blue Morning among others and concluded with Sisi Ni Moja. Wow!

In October, our Volunteers in Mission team spent a week in Arecibo, Puerto Rico renovating three homes that had been badly damaged by Hurricane Maria. First-time VIM participant, April Doss, reflects on some of what she experienced in a poignant and heartfelt blog post called Dios Te Bendiga.
Seven piglets snorted at the edge of our work site. They shared the look of litter-mates: all of them pink, with splotches of brown mud and streaks of tan-colored dirt. Each piglet stood shin-high on a grown-up – or at least they would have if they ever stood still. Their noses twitched as they snuffled and grunted their way around the areas where took breaks for lunch and snacks. They tumbled over each other, three of them wrestling like puppies in the dirt at the edge of the hillside where the jungle threatened to overtake the house. The homeowner we were there to help was the man who once lived in that jungle-side house…(to read the full post, click here)