Fall Forward

I know, I know.I got it wrong.Backward.It’s “spring forward and fall back.”That’s how you remember daylight savings time.So, I’m just wrong.
Except I’m not talking about DST!I’m talking about us.About Southport UMC.About the fact that we’ve got plans and hopes and dreams.We’re moving forward.Right now we are talking about our mission.We are equipping ourselves to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.I hope that you’re a part of our worshiping community as we recognize that the community is “more ready than we realize” or to use Jesus’s words “the fields are white for harvest.”This isn’t a hard sell; it is satisfying souls.This isn’t a scare tactic for eternity, this is community building, relationship cultivating, family supporting, joy sharing labor in the vineyards of the Lord.Join us for worship this September and for further study and conversation on Tuesdays at 2:30pm or 7pm.
But we aren’t done there.In October we consider our impact on our community i…


If you are a parent of a student (6th grade through 12th grade) you know that we have put our weekly Youth Group on hold as we determine the best way to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” through these weekly gatherings.
We are doing research as we talk to other churches and other organizations related to student ministries.
In the meantime, we will continue to plan special periodic events and activities that will allow students and sometimes their families to get together for fun, fellowship and faith formation.
Be watching monthly newsletters, weekly bulletins, and emails to families for those events that are coming up.
One event we are planning is a joint event with the students and leaders from Rosedale Hills United Methodist Church.Right now, that event is planned for Sunday September 23 in the evening.SAVE THE DATE!More information will be coming very soon as planning continues.


Thank you to all who donated items to the Lebanon Children's Home School Store.  The items will be picked up by September 21 and there is still time to help the students with their needs.
Items being collected are.....  (i.e., Books, DVDs, hair bows and clips, fingernail polish, body soap, toothpaste and brushes, fingernail kits, journals, etc.)  The points that students earn for good behavior are spent at the school store.
The tub for donations is located in the coat rack hallway, last cubby on the left.  It will be labeled United Methodist Women Collections.


Rebekah Circle meets September 11 and each month on the second Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the church Gathering Place
Leah Circle meets September 18 and each month on the third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the church Gathering Place.  This month will again be a "Sit and Sew" activity to work on African pillowcase dresses and boys tie-dyed shirts.  No sewing experience is needed sinc…


“It’s less about the task and more about the way that serving draws us closer to Christ.”
Serving homeless families September 23 - October 7 …..Provide a DINNER MEAL and eat with our guests, feeding their bodies and their spirits …..DRIVE THE IHN VAN delivering families to the center downtown in the morning or returning them to church in the evening. …..Be a HOST for the evening or overnight, being present while our guests rest …..Additional options: SHOP for groceries, help SET UP September 23 or CLEAN UP on the 7, or LAUNDER linens for the next IHN rotation If this is a new ministry to you, don’t miss a great opportunity to be involved in outreach to children and adults who are struggling with life’s challenges. *IHN Leaders will be available in the Gathering Place September 9, 13, 16, 20
…..COFFEE FELLOWSHIP TEAM On Sunday morning we have an opportunity to enjoy refreshments which requires committed, faithful servants each week. There are never …


The Creation Care Team is grateful for the number of people who have shifted to re-usable cups rather than paper cups.Thanks to all for your efforts to save our planet from all our trash.
We have noticed some concern and confusion about the disposal of recyclable items and trash items.Please be sure that you are placing your items in the correct containers.We have labeled each container and hope this is helpful.If you have questions, please ask one of the Team members.We will be identified by our Creation Care Team buttons during the month of September.

Indianapolis Green Congregations

We have recently joined Indianapolis Green Congregations (IGC), a group working towards and sharing information about the same environmental improvements for our planet.  IGC’s next meeting is open to all and we invite members of the Southport church family to attend. We will meet at church and carpool to the meeting. If you would like to join us, please contact the church office.

The IGC will meet Thursday, September 6, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church (4600 N. Illinois).  At 7:00pm we will attend the ecumenical Prayer Service for the Care of Creation; immediately following the prayer service there is a discussion regarding the structure and leadership of IGC moving forward. is the site to view the IGC Newsletter.  Take a look at what they are doing.

Fall Clothing Drive

Benefitting Family Promise and Interfaith Hospitality Network Families
SUMC COLLECTION Sunday, October 7, thru Sunday, October 14 Please collect gently used clothing for children and adults, all sizes Place them in white kitchen trash bags Bring the bags to church during the week of October 7-14 (No shoes or household items please)
Monday, October 15, our donations will be delivered to the Family Promise/IHN Day Center Goodwill Industries will pick up the bags from the Day Center; based on the number of bags received, Goodwill donates clothing vouchers so that Family Promise/IHN families may shop for the clothing sizes their family needs
Please bring your bagged clothing donations Starting the week of October 7 - 14 ONLY Place bags under coat racks leading to the East Wing