Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Meet Pastor Janet Larner

Meet Pastor Janet LarnerPastor Janet Larner began her time as pastor of SUMC on July 1, 2018.  We hope you will stop by and welcome her to our congregation and our community.


Thursday Afternoon Knitting/Crafting Group

 This group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

For the last several years, a group of women have met at SUMC on Thursday afternoons to share a knitting fellowship.  Open to all community members, the group has worked on a variety of craft projects over the years.  Some knit, some crochet, some sew and quilt, some have worked on paper crafting.  We have had weaving demonstrations and dulcimer music.   A quilting class was held in the fall of 2016 and again in the fall of 2017.    All skills and all skill levels are welcome. 

The Thursday afternoon knitters and crocheters have created a variety of items over the last several years: someSarah Ayris 640x480 for personal use, others for gifts and a variety for various mission projects. Member Sarah Ayris has a passion for thanking and helping veterans and has been aware of the needs of the VA Hospital in Saginaw. In late fall she sent several fleece blankets to the Hospital. Since then she has been working on the beautiful afghans shown in the picture to share there also. Sarah would happily use any yarn donations to continue this project. Thanks, Sarah, for doing such a worthwhile project!

Crafter Janet Lieferman took a large bag of donated yarn of all colors and weights and made a wide assortment of hats, mittens, and scarfs which will be donated to the Shepherd Elementary School.  

tempRecently crafters finished a year-long project--an individual temperature scarf.  Each day, a row or two of a scarf was knit.  The color used depends on the day's temperature, and the time and location where the temperature was recorded.  

You are welcome to join us in the SUMC llbrary from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month to work on an individual project of your choice.   If you have questions, please contact the church office or Merrie Hammel. 

ABC Dining Group

One Sunday each month, usually the last Sunday, an informal small group meets to have dinner together.  We are working our way through the alphabet.  So far, we have visited:

  • Applebees
  • Bennigans
  • Crankers
  • Doherty Hotel
  • El Vaquero
  • Francesco's 
  • Green Spot Pub
  • Hunters Ale House
  • Italian Oven 
  • J J Rubys
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken in the Fellowship Hall
  • Los Palominos
  • Mountain Town Station 
  • Newcombes Family Restaurant
  • Olive Garden 
  • Ponderosa
  • Quarry Grill at Bucks Run
  • Ruby Tuesday 
  • Lone "S"tar.  
  • Texas Roadhouse

Stay tuned for information about the "U" dining experience on the 4th Sunday of March., 2018.   Sign-up sheets will be posted in the church lobby.  

This group is an informal, come-when-you-can group.  EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!

Latest Issue of The Village Messenger Now Available

The current issue of The Village Messenger for January, February, and March, 2018  is now available at the following link: The Village Messenger Vol. 9

Sermon Notes Are Now Available

cross and flameComplete notes from Pastor Janet's message during Sunday morning worship are now posted early the following week.  You may read the complete text by double-cliicking on the Worship tab.  Enjoy and be inspired!

Adult Choir


A choir for adults of all ages meets on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. to practice.  The choir shares their wonderful music during worship on most Sundays except during the summer months.  Practices are open to all; no auditions are necessary.   Accompaniment is provided by Anita Nartker on the organ and Judy Metcalf on the piano.   If you would like to share your talent for singing, please join us.  

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