Rev. John Shaver
Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 9:30am -
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ~ Maya Angelou
Dear SDUMC Family,
Even amid days filled with uncertainty, I've had the opportunity to see our campus continue to regather in extraordinary ways throughout the last week. Of course, all the groups follow the necessary protocols, but they remind me of the importance of community.
Preschoolers and Teachers may be wearing masks, but they are finding ways to joyfully learn and play. A fantastic concert last Sunday that many of you enjoyed from your homes (it's still on our Facebook page if you missed it). New worship, Bible Studies, and Small Groups happening virtually. Our SDUMC Youth Group is practicing physically distancing, but the smiles in their eyes show the joy of regathering. Our choir may be singing virtually, but excellent music is filling our Livestream and Outdoor Worship. It was a joy to carry in bags of food from the CRC bin each day this week. Our Outdoor Worship experience looks a bit different than the usual September Sundays, but it has been a great blessing to see a number of you. We even were able to virtually travel to Kansas City this week as staff and leaders heard about innovative ways to do and be the church now and in the days to come.
This week as you read through the E-news, I hope you'll see the new Bible Studies being formed, the Forum happening each Sunday, ongoing Outdoor Worship, and opportunities to serve others. Again, this is a vastly different and difficult time for many but let us give thanks for the way God is working through our church to live out our mission statement.
On Sunday, we'll continue our series Tasting Grace and focus on creation. It will be a morning filled with inspiring music, prayer, and the call to be the body of Christ, creating peace, hope, and love in our world. I hope you'll join us on Livestream at 9:30 a.m. or outside at 10:45 (sign-up information below). As always, I am so grateful for the way you are all gracefully traversing through these challenging days.
Grace, Peace, and Blessings,