A Letter from Pastor Duane - July

Dear Friends,
There is a funny story about a mother and her son, about six years old, walking through the parking lot of the church they attended.And there was some construction going on at the church, I’m not sure what, but it left the parking lot a mess, dirty, muddy.The little boy asked his mother why there was dirt, and she said, “Because they’re working on the church.”So, the boy asked, “Well, when will the church be finished?” It was a natural question for the little fellow.In his childish mind, he just assumed that the church is a building, and that you should eventually be done working on it, it should be finished at some point.
We know it doesn’t quite work like that.There’s always something to do on any building.Here at Southport UMC, I know that you’ve successfully raised the funds needed to replace the HVAC system so that this wonderful church facility will remain comfortable and inviting.Work on that will begin soon, I understand. But the main thing that the little boy in our…

Imagination Station Happenings

Summer is off to a great start. The children have been enjoying the fun filled summer schedule: Movement Monday- Outside running, jumpingand skipping. Tidal Wave Tuesday- Play day with water, sprinklers, water balloons etc… Worship Wednesday- Mr. Brandon teaches a worship lesson thru gardening. The children also get to sample for snack the things they grown in the worship garden. Trekking Thursday- We like to walk to Southport Park, Dairy Queen, and even Long’s Free Wheelin Friday- The back parking lot transforms into a super highway and the children ride bikes, scooters etc… for a fun filled day. The children that are 2 yearrs and under enjoy the same activities just on a much smaller scale. Please check out our new playground at the East end of the building, volunteers have been busy putting up playground equipment, spreading mulch, installing fencing and many other things. We are VERY appreciative of those folks that have helped out. Have a Happy 4th of July!


SCHEDULE ·7/7/19-4th of July Weekend-NO Meeting ·7/14/19-‘Ice Cream Matters’-Picnic style supper, Ice Cream Treats at Dairy Queen-Bring Money for treats-Permission Slips REQUIRED, Frisbee Relay, Devotional ·7/20/19-SERVICE PROJECT-Mayor’s Veteran Appreciation Picnic, Meet at SUMC at 9AM, Sign Up by 7/14/19-LIME GREEN T-SHIRT DAY, wear if you have-please, open to entire church and RHUMC Youth Group invited ·7/21/19-‘WATER BLAST’-Grilled Skewers and Pie, Devotional and Water Birthday Party games ·
7/28/19- ‘LARNIN MATTERS’-Corn dogs and tater tots, Devotional and Relay Races ·8/2/19-EVENT-Lock-In at SUMC, FAITH, FELLOWSHIP AND FUN—START TIME, TO BE DETERMINED-YOUTH WILL SERVE AT HOMECROFT EVENT, WILL MEET AT CHURCH FIRST,Family Breakfast in the Underground at 9am on 8/3/19, Sign Up Due by 7/21/19, RHUMC Youth Group invited ·8/4/19-Parent Meeting at 11AM in the Underground ·8/4/19-‘Faith and Friends’-Casserole Night, Devotional and Board Games


You may or may not know that in the past, Southport United Methodist Church has been able to offer a small scholarship to assist with college expenses.The scholarship was made possible by some past members of SUMC:Mary & Riley Lynch.
We haven’t been able to offer the scholarship for a few years but are able to do so again.
If you are interested or want more information, please contact Pastor Doug in the church office.
Application deadline is July 15th, 2019.A decision will be made at that time so there can be no applications accepted after that date.

Fall Kairos Weekend Volunteers Soon to be Trained

Since 2012, a significant number of people from SUMC have been involved in Kairos Prison Ministry.  Some have also been or currently are weekend leaders, state officials, and even an international officer. In October and November, there are many opportunities to serve, both inside and outside the prison walls.  Team formation is in the process for three inside facilities where SUMC members serve.  The first is Indiana Women’s Prison, October 3-6, followed a week later by Plainfield Correctional Facility for men, October 10-13.  A third is Rockville Correctional Facility (women) October 31-November 3. There will be a ministry table at church July 11 and 14 as well as August 22 and 25.  Check those out to find all the different ways to serve as well as how to sign up to attend a closing. While Christ is the true leader of the ministry, former team leaders from SUMC include Connie Klipsch, Sarah Holwager, Bill Holwager and Walt Trammell.  This fall’s leaders are Billie Hunteman (Indiana Wom…


We had 28 people (12 youth) participate in this year’s Camp Moneto mission/retreat trip.(See list below.)Thanks to all who participated.Because Camp Moneto is so close, we had people who commuted to work several days.We had people that came and stayed the night for a few days and we had people who stayed the entire time. We had a great time with our study in the evenings.I want to commend our youth for participating (a lot) when we had discussion.This was tremendous.During the day, we did the following tasks:asphalt patching; roof destruction, cleanup and rebuild; deck(s) destruction and rebuild; cleaning cabins; power washing decks; some carpentry work; cleaning moss from the sides of buildings; trail and other brush clearing; electrical work; drainage work to prevent basement flooding.Did I forget anything? This work can’t be done without volunteers.But, if they could pay for the work we did this week, a very rough guess is that we saved the camp over $10,000! In addition, we are sendi…


It is always amazing how God presents opportunities for the disciples of Southport Church to serve using the gifts and passion with which He has blessed us JULY OPPORTUNITIES Provide back to school needs for children – Christmas In July From July 4 through 28 visit the Christmas in July ministry table in the Gathering Place Take one or more tags from the boards, make your purchases and return them to church and you will have shared your time and resources so that children from our community who attend Homecroft Elementary will have what is needed for back to school. Provide food, drinks, prizes, gift cards so that families can enjoy a community festival at no cost When you visit the Christmas in July ministry table you will have options to purchase food items, drinks, game prizes for families to enjoy at the Community Festival and Movie Night at Homecroft on August 2. Talk with a Festival leader and find out how you can participate in preparing for the Festival, help at the Festival, or afte…