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Summer Job

Is it summer?It has certainly felt like it.And I’m writing this after the solstice, so of course it is really summer now.I seem to have lost spring along the way.We went from the dregs of winter to a hot blast of summer with no transition period.How did that happen?Did I sleep through spring?Or were we just so busy with things here that we missed it?
Regardless, here we are in the depths of summer.Hot weather, lawn maintenance, vacation plans, fourth of July fireworks, picnics in the park, faith sharing and disciple-making.Wait, what?Yeah, I went there.Summer is a great time to share your faith, to be a part of the process of making disciples.
I realize that many of you read that paragraph like a kid released from school would read information about the summer reading list they are supposed to work their way through.Or like they would read the news that their parents signed them up for summer school.Can’t we just relax for a while?Can’t we just take it easy?
Of course we can.Actually, th…

STUDENT MINISTRY INFORMATION

July study for Sunday mornings:PAUSE:  LEARNING TO SEEK GOD
Pool party Sunday July 15th – more information to come
Sunday August 5th, we will start a new learning series on Sunday morningcalled:  THREAD:  DISCOVERING THE THREAD OF THE GOSPEL THROUGH THE BIG-PICTURE STORY OF THE BIBLE!
Sunday August 5th:  Youth Group after church, families invited as we learn discipleship principles from Andy Griffith.
Sunday August 19th:  Youth Group after church, youth only.

BECAUSE…….

This note was recently received from the Stickels, a family staying at the Ronald McDonald House near Riley Hospital. “Being able to have a meal and a bed close to our little one where he needs us the most has been the only true blessing in our family’s life as of late and we owe it all to you. Thank you greatly for your affiliation and contribution to the RMH of Indianapolis. Without donations and donors our family wouldn’t have comfort when and where we need it. Much love, The Stickels Family” We have not personally met the Stickels and yet they feel a connection to our congregation because…… Twice a month, the second Saturday and the third Sunday, groups from church prepare dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House near Riley Hospital and at the RMH room in Riley. Feeding the families of critically and terminally ill children is just the beginning.As time allows we talk with them, listen to their stories, and pray with them. We minister in this way because Jesus asked u…

CREATION CARE NEWS

Thank you for participating in the recycling efforts at Southport United Methodist Church.  We are looking for helpers to wash the donated cups each Sunday.  If you could help one Sunday a month, please contact Brandon Collins at church, 317 784-9508 or Brandon@sumc.org.
Spring and Summer Cleaning - keeping it green   D.I.Y. (do it yourself) All Purpose Cleaner Ingredients: 1 large spray bottle                                                              1 cup of white vinegar                                                                      1 Tablespoon baking soda                                                                   1 cup water                                                                                            A few drops of essential oil of your choice Lavender with tea tree (encourages relaxation) Lavender and peppermint (invigorates you) Lavender and orange (lifts your spirits) Lemon (brightens your mood)
Directions:                          Add vinegar and baking soda…

FAMILY PROMISE (INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK OR IHN)

What are the needs we have when we are preparing to welcome and serve IHN families for a two week stay at Southport UMC? Families – in April we started the rotation by welcoming 3 families with 12 family members. Over the 2 week period we hosted families, with some moving in and out of the program, and ended serving a total of 6 families with 20 family members. Servants - We were blessed to have 65 SUMC team members who served 550 hours. The volunteer times ranged from 1.5 hours to 85 hours. 85 hours for one person is overgenerous and could easily be lightened with more available and willing servants. Our goal is to have at least 2 team members on site when the guests are present.  The following explains some of the opportunities to serve with the IHN ministry. Grocery Shopping - prior to guests’ arrival as well as picking up groceries during the rotation Set Up - Sunday school rooms in the east wing are set to be family bedrooms with beds, bedside stand, lamp, Kleenex and curtains Driver…

FOOD COLLECTION FOR JULY

Southport UMC did a fantastic job and donated 141 pounds of food for June.  The pantry is very low on food items with more family members at home during the summer. Hunger Inc. has had to decrease the amount of food given to families. The staff was so very thankful to get our recent delivery.
So let’s "go all out" for the month of July with our donations. All food items are needed. ·Cans of vegetables, fruits, soups, pasta meals, and pork and beans ·Cereals and snacks
We will be collecting items from June 28 - July 1.   (When we come to be fed by communion, we feed others!!) If you wish to donate frozen items (boxed meals) or refrigerator items (i.e. eggs, butter, milk, breads, cheese and hot dogs), to Hunger Inc. they are open: Tuesday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Thursday, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Hunger Inc.is located on Epler Ave., behind Kim’s Kupcakes on Madison Ave.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

“It’s less about the task and more about the way that serving draws us closer to Christ.”
HOSPITALITY MINISTRY Coffee Fellowship (Sunday) Set up Crew 3 positions available ·A team of two  to three people serving once a month ·7:15am – a team member picks up donuts from Longs Bakery (church will be billed) ·7:15 to 7:30 am – arrive at church for morning set up ·8:15 to 8:30am - set up complete
Mid-morning Crew 1 position available ·A team of two people serving once a month ·10:30 to 11:15am – mid-morning tasks begin ·Re-stock refreshment area ·Clean up items that are no longer needed
Clean up Crew 2 positions available ·A team of two to three people serving once a month ·12:15pm – clean up begins ·1:00 to 1:30pm - clean up complete

10:00 Worship3 positions available 11:15 Worship4 positions available