A Letter From Pastor Derek - May

Mayday!! Panic stations!Not you, me.Well, my household.There is just a lot to be accomplished in the next month or so and the time is slipping away.Plus, I am on the road some significant time this month.So, it is a month of travel and transition, as well as a month of focusing on how I can be a better disciple of Jesus Christ. We’ve just begun our Disciple’s Heart series to end April, and now we’re ready to dig in and ask some serious questions about what it means to be a disciple.There is a part of us that thinks that this is something we can set aside for a calmer time.When we have time to focus on the things of faith.When the busyness of this life occupies our thinking and our doing, we tend to put our walk with Jesus on a back burner.It’s only natural to deal with what is right in front of us.Once that is handled, then we can get back to the important things of life – like relationships with God and others.We’re not saying they aren’t important, are we?Of course not.But they don’t …

Congregational Comfort Campaign

Psalm 8: 4-6(NIV) What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands. Gen 1:28(NIV) God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it”
In his Pocket Bible Commentary, William Neil says, “The psalmist speaks of man as the crown of creation (Ps 8), controlling the forces of nature, exploiting its natural resources. The author of this chapter (Gen 1) sees man’s status and function in the same way: privileged to run the world, but responsible and accountable to its Creator.” What we are talking about is stewardship, being good caretakers of all of God’s creation. The staff and leaders here at SUMC strive to be good stewards of this building, of your tithes and offerings, and of our environment. This building is in use every day and we use lots of electricity. By using more ef…


Less than three months until our workcamp/retreat!! Located in beautiful Brown County, Camp Moneto is our largest church campgrounds in Indiana! Again, we are going to lend our hands to help get this camp into great shape! Saturday, June 1st through Friday, June 7th, we will be lending our hearts, minds, hands, and time to help build, fix, clean, paint, and make welcome this camp to hundreds of youth, families, church groups, and individuals, to grow closer to Christ and each other! It will be an exciting time to see how we can be home missionaries and see how God can use us! It will be a time to grow in our faith through actions, study and prayer. What do you need to qualify for this experience? A willing heart and desire to serve Christ! Do you need to have any special skills or experience? No, just a willingness to learn from our volunteers and campground staff who will show you, in a safe way, what and how to do it! If you have special skills or experience, yes, we need you also t…


4/21/19-Easter Sunday-NO Meeting
5/5/19-‘MOM MUTTERS’-Tacos and Chocolate Nachos, Crafts, Devotional, Yard Darts & Corn Hole
5/12/19-Mother’s Day-NO Meeting
5/19/19-‘FAMILY FATHOMS’-Game Night-Family Invited, Coney Dogs with Fritos’ on the side and dessert, Devotional
5/26/19-Memorial Weekend-No Meeting
6/2/19-Camp Moneto-NO Meeting
6/9/19-” DAD MADDERS”- Movie, Chicken Wings and dip + side dishes. 
6/16/19-Father’s Day-NO Meeting
6/23/19-FAMILY EVENT-Picnic and Water Park at Freedom Springs-Bring a covered dish for picnic outside of water park picnic shelter 1PM, Stay Tuned for more details….
6/30/19-” SERVICE MATTTERRS”-Hot dogs and s’mores, Devotional and 9 -Square
7/7/19-4th of July Weekend-NO Meeting
7/14/19-‘Ice Cream Matters’-MEET AT GREENWOOD LIBRARY-Picnic Sandwich Dinner, Frisbee Relay, Devotional and Mrs. Curl -bring money for treats
7/21/19-‘WATER BLAST’-Grilled Skewers and Pie, Devotional and Water Birthday Party games
7/28/19-‘LEARNING MATTERS’-Corn dogs and tater tots, D…

Imagination Station Happenings….

Summer is quickly approaching…. Check out our New Playground!! We are Thankful to our church members, boy scouts and cub scouts that joined us on two playground work days in April. A big shout out to all those who participated, your help was greatly appreciated.The playground has been designed to accommodate children ages 3 and up on one side and infants and toddlers on the other. This allows for all our children to enjoy the playground at the same time. Our first event on the new playground will be our End of Year Preschool Celebration.Organization of this event is currently underway, preschool teachers are planning our annual “IS INDY 500”. Children in preschool will come celebrate the last day of preschool and race in to summer. For the children who continue with us in June and July we plan a special summer with lots of exciting adventures, walking field trips, water day, bike day etc…Our calendar allows our children to engage in a different activity each day. Children will experienc…


All members that have attended an Emmaus or similar walk are welcome to join the group forming at Southport.  The goal of this group will be for fun and fellowship.   Last month we met to make AGAPE gifts for  the new Pilgrims group in April.  We would like to continue this activity.  Meetings would be every other month  June, August, October, December, February, April . More information to come in the June Newsletter

Kairos Prison Ministry Update

Thanks to all the people who helped make the Kairos weekends at the Plainfield Correctional Facility and Indiana Women’s Prison a success.  No matter whether you prayed, baked cookies, participated in the weekends, attended closing, made posters or placemats, cooked delicious meals, or did anything else, all your efforts were appreciated.  If you have never been a part of a weekend, you should start thinking about the fall.  There will be opportunities to serve in many ways for the weekends in October.  If you are interested, just let the church office know or make a note on the back of the attendance card.