Pastor eNote: I Got the Joy in My Heart!

John 8:47 [Jesus said,] “Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God.”  (NRSV) Recently, we talked in church about the understanding the difference between reading what you see on social media and hearing what the writer says. Comprehending what the … [Read more…]

Bible App for your Smartphone

[As discussed at the Pastor’s Meet and Greet January 8, 2018…] I highly encourage you to install the YouVersion Bible App on your smartphone, tablet, iPad or computer for free and easy access to several versions of the Bible. We need to be close to God’s Word at all times, but we aren’t always carrying … [Read more…]

A Way Forward Commission Information

The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. Helpful Resources: … [Read more…]

What is a Chrismon Tree?

According to umc.org, a Chrismon tree is decorated entirely of ornaments made from Christian symbols (or Chrismons, a contraction for ‘Christ monograms’) were first developed by Frances Spencer and the women of the Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, VA. Many churches display a Chrismon tree during the Advent and Christmas season decorated with handmade ornaments. … [Read more…]

Safe Sanctuaries Training Online

Safe Sanctuaries Training is required for all who work with children and at risk adults in the church. May be done online at http://susumc.org/index.php/about-us/safe-sanctuaries Takes about 20 minutes. Be sure to click on the certificate in the right corner, once you’ve completed the training and save the document.  Please provide a print out of the … [Read more…]

Pastor’s eNote: Thomas Jefferson and the 50th Anniversary of America

My brothers, God called you to be free.  But do not use your freedom as an excuse to do the things that please your sinful self.  Serve each other with love. Galatians 5:13 America is 242 years old this year and the accomplishments that we can look back on and see God’s hand in are … [Read more…]