Top 5 @ SPUMC

#1 NEW WINE
On Sunday, Rev. Carissa deepened our understanding of the parables of Jesus with a little Greek lesson (parable literally means to “throw/place beside” like a metaphor or story that creates new meaning in the intersections and connections). She preached on the images of the wedding feast (no fasting while the bridgegroom, Jesus is around!), patching old garments with new fabric and putting new wine in old wineskins (Matthew 9). We also consecrated our ASP Team and raised over $1100 in gas money for their upcoming trip to Ashland, Kentucky. This week, we’ll conclude our series on the parables with the story of a man who suffered from too much success.

#2 SPUMC’S MAN-OF-THE-YEAR
We are thrilled to announce that this past Sunday on Father’s Day, Chip Linehan was honored by the United Methodist Men as their Man-of-the-Year. Chip is well-deserving of this award as he currently heads up our Heaven’s Kitchen outreach ministry, has just become the Volunteers in Mission Chairperson, sings in the Early Riser’s Choir, has been a long-time teacher of short and long-term classes and Bible studies and with his wife, Hope, contributes in so many more ways.  Please let him know that you are celebrating with him by shooting him an email or sending him your personal congratulations in person or by card. Way to go Chip!!

#3 SUMMER GARDEN WORSHIP
Summer Worship in the Garden began this past week and we had a great time singing and talking about some well loved parables of Jesus. These relaxed services will feature a variety of preachers and musical styles and allow you to worship God in a beautiful setting. They’ll also provide an opportunity to stay connected in prayer and community here in those weeks when you are traveling on the weekend(s) . The next Wednesday night worship will take place on June 27th at 7pm.

#4 A WAY FORWARD
Over the past two Sundays, we had a great turnout for all four of our information forums to discuss the UMC Council of Bishops’ report of the Commission on a Way Forward as we head toward the specially called General Conference in February of 2019.  If you weren’t able to attend, or were but still want more information, please visit the Way Forward Page on our website for several  helpful videos, web and book resources and the information sheet that we distributed. Stay tuned for details as we develop additional forums for conversations around these important issues facing our church.

#5 PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL
Sign up for the Holy Land/Oberammergau Pilgrimage that Rev. Ron & Holly are leading June 14-27, 2020. The cost is $4695/person and over 75 people have expressed interest so far. If you want to be part of this once in a lifetime (or at least decade!) trip, contact Holly or Rev. Ron today for more info. You can also download the brochure that describes our itinerary in more detail or go to the Educational Opportunities website for a great video and additional information. We have over 50 people signed up to go and you can now invite family members and friends to go with you now that we’ve passed the 6/15 deadline for SPUMC priority registration.