Top 5 @ SPUMC
On Sunday, Ted Mathison was honored as the United Methodist Men’s “Man of the Year” for his exceptional and long-term service as both an up-front leader (President of the Board for Living Well on Wilkens, Vice-Chair of the Church Council, former Board Chair of SPAN) and humble behind-the-scenes servant (pushing carts at the garage sale, working in the kitchen at Winter Relief among other things). UMM President Richard Ponder presented the award and Ted’s family was on hand to help him celebrate. What a worthy choice!
We continued our This Is Us sermon series for June/July this past Sunday. Rev. Ron’s sermon focused on our call to Live Fully and suggested that this phrase summarizes all of our core values (see full list here). He drew on the words of Jesus (John 10:10 – “I have come that they might have life abundantly!”), Paul (Galatians 5:22-25 — the fruits of the Spirit), Irenaeus (“The glory of God is a human being fully alive”) and even Danny Kaye (“Life is a blank canvas and you need to throw all the paint on it you can”). Congrats to the “3 Emmetts” who took home the Father’s Day mugs at the 9:30 service for longest and shortest tenured dads (band member Emmett, holding his 2 1/2 week old grandson, is the proud generational link between the two winners: his dad and his son!).
We also commissioned our youth, college students and adult leaders who are headed to Lincoln County, West Virginia this coming Saturday for a week of building relationships, restoring hope and renovating homes to make them warmer, safer & drier (the mantra of ASP). Thanks to so many of you who donated in the gas cans in Fellowship Hall to help them buy fuel there and back. You can still support them with a donation by texting ASP to 410.983.3507 and you’ll be directed to a link where you can give online. Thanks!
We held our first M & M & M worship service (midweek, monthly in the Memorial Garden) last week and it was a lot of fun. Join us on the second Wednesday each month this summer at 7 pm for a time of relaxed outdoor worship. If you’re away for the weekend and want a place to center yourself, or just want to commune with God and nature all at once, you are invited to come check it out. Our next service will be on Wednesday, July 12 at 7pm.
As we continue to roll out our new mission statement, we want you to incorporate it into your daily life. We would love for you to tag the church using #loveservefollow or #sparkumc anytime you post something about loving God, serving our neighbors, and following the way of Jesus. Check out the article in The Octagon to learn more about how we hope you’ll use the hashtag to show how we Love. Serve. Follow.