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A Letter from Pastor Derek- May

Summertime, And the Living Is Easy Are you singing along to the rest of that song?Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess was known for lots of great music and groundbreaking musical theatre innovation.But it is probably best known for that song.“Summertime.”“Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high / Your daddy’s rich and your ma is good lookin’ / so hush little baby / don’t you cry.”
I don’t know what your summer is like.But I hope it has time of relaxation and renewal. And that you keep connected with your community here at Southport as well.We’re still here.We don’t close down for the summer, just so you know.In fact, we are planning to dig into some very important topics this summer.The topics you have chosen over the course of the past month or so.
In case you forgot, I submitted a survey before Easter, asking what questions you all had about the Bible and about your faith and faith practices.I got back an amazing number of responses.Thank you for that!There were some common themes, but also some…

GRADUATING SENIORS

On Sunday May 20, Pentecost, we will be having a grand celebration as we celebrate many things.Everything we celebrate that day has something in common which is this:A NEW BEGINNING TOGETHER!
Part of that celebration will be recognizing those students that are graduating from either High School or College.As the seniors graduate, they will also have a new beginning in their lives and will also do that together with others in community.
If you have a graduating senior, please let us know in the church office by May 11 so that we might recognize them in the bulletin and in the display we will have in the Gathering Place that day.

HELP WANTED – STUDENT MINISTRY

The 2017 – 2018 school year was great for students participating in the Confirm study on Sunday mornings.The school year was great for several reasons but one reason in particular – the 9 adult mentors/role models that leaned into the lives of the students each Sunday morning.The adults cared and shared as they helped the students grow in their faith.(I think the adults grew in their faith and understanding of God as well.)
For the 2018 – 2019 school year, we will be studying The Thread – Discovering the Thread of the Gospel Through the Big Picture Story of the Bible.We have opportunities for other adults to serve as mentors and role models for students next year.If you want to help our students grow in their faith (and grow in your faith along the way), contact Doug Shinkle in the church office for more information.

STUDENT MINISTRY

There are many things to share regarding Student Ministry.Here are the highlights.
Confirmation Sunday is May 20, 2018 which is also Pentecost.We will have a great celebration that morning.Please plan to attend and congratulate the students that are being confirmed.
There will be NO student classes in the Underground on Sunday morning May 20 (Confirmation Sunday) and May 27 (Memorial Day weekend).
This summer in June and July on Sunday mornings, we will be studying: PAUSE – learning to seek God NEXT – growing a faith that lasts
Current 5th graders (going into 6th grade in the fall) will join Student Ministry in the Underground effective Sunday morning June 3.
Summer Youth Group (June through August) will be the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 12:15 (immediately after worship services are complete).We will be using Mayberry Bible Study (i.e., Andy Griffith) as our curriculum during the summer. Sunday June 3 – families welcome, Mayberry Bible Study Sunday June 17 – students only Sunday July 1…

MISSION TRIP – CAMP MONETO, NASHVILLE IN

Mark your calendar for Monday, June 25 through Sunday July 1.  We are planning a mission trip to Camp Moneto, a United Methodist Church camp.  We plan to do some work on the camp grounds as well as treat this as an opportunity to grow in our discipleship of Jesus.  Since Camp Moneto is located near Nashville IN, it will be easy for those that may not be able to spend the entire week to participate part of the time.Families are encouraged to attend together.Anyone in the congregation is welcome to go as well.This will be a great time to serve others as well as grow in our discipleship of Jesus as a family, the family of God.If you want more information, please contact the church office.

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CAMPS

What does God, zip lines, climbing walls, big swings, horses, swimming, singing, dancing, messy games, and friendships all have in common? CHURCH CAMP! Join other youth from SUMC this summer at camp for an experience you will never forget. IMPACT 2818: Outdoor Ministries of the United Methodist Church of Indiana consists of 7 camps. The name, IMPACT 2818, comes from Matthew 28:18-20, where as Christ followers, we are being sent into the world on Jesus' authority to make God's transforming love known. The desire is to leave a legacy with each generation encountered and that they would go forth impacting this world for the sake of Christ. http://impact2818.org There are opportunities for families to attend camps together too. Perhaps you are adult with a passion to see youth grow in their relationship with Jesus, there are volunteer positions as well! Camp is for everyone! Feel free to contact the church office if you have questions.

An Opportunity to Serve Beside Youth in Ministry

Southport United Methodist Youth Fellowship and their leaders and families have supported the Mayors’ Veterans, Military & Family Appreciation Day, Picnic and Fish Fry for the last few years as a part of serving others. This year, we will be helping out again by helping to set up, serve, and clean up beginning at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, June 9, at Garfield Park. Our active student group is small this summer, so anyone who would like to honor our military veterans by serving is welcome to join us. Please see the flyer for the event at Mayors' V , Military Family Picnic - vscmc.com. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Place for volunteers so we can let the event coordinators know how much help we can be.