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A Letter from Pastor Mark - April

Dear Friends, As I am writing this letter, it is the Monday morning after Easter Sunday.It was a wonderful day of worship and celebration.Christ is risen and we celebrated that reality with abandon. Unfortunately, when the balanced calendar spring break (which is two weeks instead of thetraditional one) encompasses Easter, many people from the church and the community areabsent due to travels.However, in spite of that fact, I noticed something very interesting this Easter.With the large number of people who were traveling, the 10 and 11:15 services were full.I saw many people who were guests from the community.In addition to that, there was a wonderful atmosphere of spiritual seeking and openness.After services I heard many stories of how people had been moved to tears and that the worship had touched them deeply.As I delivered the morning message, I sensed an extreme openness to how the message of the risen Christ can change and transform lives. I’m not sure why we are experiencing what…

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Guests April 3-10

Through Family Promise’s Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), homeless families findsecure places to stay while they recover from their current condition. Congregationsthroughout the city open their doors to serve families, offering that warm, safe environment.
Sunday, April 3 -10 (note date change), we are the people these families count on. We have many opportunities to serve our guest families with the greatest being present, sharing Jesus’ love.Please contact the church office for more information, sherry@sumc.org or 784-9508.

Fletcher Place Food Drive Continues

Southport United Methodist Church and Boy Scout Troop 39 and Pack 39 are workingtogether to fill the shelves at Fletcher Place Food Pantry so that hundreds of people can be fed. Donations will be collected through April 19. The center services the southside ofIndianapolis and is located in the Fountain Square area. 


Items Needed Beans and Rice              Pasta and Spaghetti Sauce Peanut Butter and Jelly           Old Fashion Oats 15 Bean Soup                       Mac & Cheese Canned TunaToilet Paper                                               Bag of fresh apples Bag of fresh potatoes, onions, or carrots           Variety of Canned Fruit (in own juice/ no sugar added) Variety of Canned Veggie (low sodium or no salt added) Canned Tomatoes (diced, sauce, stewed, etc. no salt added)

Mark Your Calendar

BLOOD DRIVE – SUNDAY, APRIL 10
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Gathering Place
The Blood Center staff will return April 10. We have committed to quarterly drives; so mark your calendars for August 7 and November 20 also.Our blood drives are open to all. Invite family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to give the gift of life on any and all of the above dates.






Town Hall Meetings

TOWN HALL meetingshave been scheduled for Thursday, April 7, and Tuesday, April 12, for communicating exciting updates on ways we will be connecting even more with ourcommunity.
These Town Hall sessions are open to everyone, and the same information will becommunicated at both. Please plan to attend one of the two so that you are current with our missional outreach news.
Ministry Leaders – All Ministry Leaders are invited to a special town hall session onWednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m.We will cover the same material as above with additionaltraining for you and your teams.

April 23, 2016 SUMC Workday

Come join Troop 39 and Pack 39 – Ministries of SUMC – as they partner with other available SUMC Youth to have a workday on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
We will be addressing outside maintenance and upkeep of bushes, trees, mulch in theplayground, resetting cement barriers, fence lines and cleanup on all of the SUMC properties.Any skill level is welcomed to partner and support youth and fellow members.
We will be meeting at the church at 9:00 a.m., then plan to work until we have addressedidentified items to be taken care of – hopefully less than four hours.Good weather and the more volunteers available will lighten the load for everyone.
If you have some hand tools and gloves you would like to use and share, please bring them.
Your support to maintain our properties will be accomplished with your help.You will be sharing time with youth and others interested in providing an inviting and safe place toworship.
If you have any questions, please contact the church office 784-9508…