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Our Flawed but Faithful worship series continued this past Sunday with Rev. Carissa’s sermon, “What’s in a Name?” She focused on Peter naming Jesus as Messiah and Son of the Living God and how in turn, Jesus renames Simon as Peter, the RockRev. Carissa challenged all of us to take a few moments to answer the question that Jesus put to his disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” We welcomed new members, baptized babies, held info & feedback sessions on the future of the UMC and sang and heard great music all morning long. And then…

…the Annual ASP Talent/Service Auction to benefit the youth’s Appalachia Service Project was held on Sunday and the Fellowship Hall was full and bids were high! We got to enjoy the fun and the laughter of this annual event — not to mention a very large amount of sugary desserts — and the youth raised over $14,000 to help fund their mission trip in June. Thanks to Ken Loher, entertaining bid-master supreme, and to all who came out to support this project.

We hosted Info & Feedback Sessions this past Sunday to help keep people in the loop about what is happening in the UMC post-General Conference, within the wider denomination, our Annual Conference and here at SPUMC. We’ll host 3 more sessions this coming Sunday, March 31st, after each of the worship services to give people a chance to stay in the loop and share their thoughts and feelings. You can find our pastors’ and lay leaders’ responses to GC2019, read Bishop LaTrelle Easterling’s pastoral letter to the churches of the BWC,  learn more about the General Conference and  stay up-to-date with the pending Judicial Council appeal (coming in April) by visiting SPUMC’s resource page.

Vacation Bible School Volunteer Registration is underway. We will be offering two weeks of Roar VBS this summer, July 15-19 & July 22-26 from 1:00-4:00. If you plan on volunteering for VBS, please register yourself and your child prior to April 1. The registration link is available only by emailing Erica Benjamin who will give you information on what is required of all of our volunteers and how you might fit in to help out.

What an awesome crew we had turn out this past Saturday for our annual Memorial Garden & church grounds spring clean-up. Special thanks go out to Lynette Cloughley & Dave McKinney for coordinating the day, all SPUMC members and friends who helped and to Scout Troop 993 who showed up in huge numbers (over 40 Scouts!) to make quick work of a big job. Well done!