Announcements Week of April 14

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LENTEN SERVICE SCHEDULE

April 14 Palm Sunday with communion 8, 9 and 10:30

April 18 Maundy Thursday with communion and footwashing 10 am and 7 pm

April 19 Good Friday 7 pm; Easter Prayer Vigil begins at 8 pm in sanctuary.

April 21 Easter 5:45 am Sunrise service; 9 and 11:00 am

EASTER SPECIAL OFFERING
The Easter Special Offering is a tradition at SUMC. Each year we ask for donations to help those who are in need in our local, national, or global community. This year’s special offering will go to Days For Girls; the youth summer mission trip to Red Bird, Kentucky; and South Park Inn.   As always, thank you for your generous Easter offerings.

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PRAYER VIGIL
A list of available times for participating in the prayer vigil can be found in Wesley Hall. The vigil begins at the end of the Good Friday service and goes until the Sunrise service on Easter Sunday. You may sign up for one hour or more, by yourself or with a friend/family member. There are even some hours where rehearsals and decorating of the sanctuary are occurring Saturday morning if you like music and company! Reading materials will be available and you may certainly bring your own things to do. The Handicap door will remain unlocked for participants to use. Please consider being a part of this meaningful event. Sooo…don’t walk…run! to Wesley Hall and sign up for a special hour with God! The spots are going like hot cakes!

WELCOME DEB REID!
Maureen Griffin has decided to pursue other interests and has left her position as our Office Manager. We will miss her; however, we are very lucky to have Deb Reid filling in for us in the office. Deb is new to our church family, so please be patient as she learns who everyone is and tackles the responsibilities of the church office. If you’re going to the office, please take some time to introduce yourself.

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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY - Clean Up Simsbury
We will gather the morning of April 27 to wear our red SUM shirts and spend an hour or two cleaning up Simsbury. It is a great way to ‘show up’ as a church while serving the needs of the town and our earth. Make it a family affair! Sign up in Wesley Hall for your tee shirt and sign up. Contact  deb@inspiredpeople.comwith questions/sign up.

USHERS NEEDED – The Worship committee is looking for men and women to serve as ushers at 10:30. If you enjoy greeting people and helping throughout the service, consider being an usher! Training is provided. Contact Ed Hamilton or Sandy Lipscomb. Thank you!

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2019!

Please join us June 24-28th  9am -12pm at The First Church Simsbury as we celebrate “To Mars and Beyond” VBS ages 4 through 5th grade. $60 per child. Please sign up to be a camper at fccsimsbury.org. VBS is not just for the kids.! We need teen and adult helpers. Please sign up at fccsimsbury.org . Please see Jody Swan with any questions.

MESSAGE FROM THE HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE
During the weeks of Lent the Sunday Morning Coffee hour will be brought to you by our Youth Group (led by Erin Ott).  Thank you!

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SUNDAY MORNING CLASS

10:30-11:30am, annex, facilitated by Amy Stillman Kulig

MONDAY DISCIPLESHIP GROUP

New book study: Pursuing Godon Genesis and John 

4:30-6pm, annex,facilitated by Susan Samuel

TUESDAY MORNING CLASS

New book study beginning April 30th: The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, Believe by Richard Rohr

10:30-12:00pm, annex, facilitated by Rev Dennis Winkleblack

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

THURSDAYS, 9:15-11am, annex, facilitated by Donna Motyl and Rolene Johnson

 

CARILLON TOURS
Interested in learning about and playing our SUM Carillon? Now every second Sunday of the month our Carillon Ringers will be giving tours of the carillon tower. Learn how the instrument is played, and see the 5,000 pound bells!  Tours will be given after the 10:30 service. Meet outside the Carillon door near the rear of the Sanctuary. Please see Bridget Scarlato, Jen Acheson, Johnnie Denton, or Bob Shea if you have any questions.

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WEEKLY YOUTH MEETINGS
Thursdays in the Barn, Junior Youth meet from 5:30–7pm, Senior Youth meet from 6:30 to 8pm, with the 6:30 to 7 half hour covering dinner for both groups and pick up/drop off. If we need to meet longer any particular weeks because of projects, we can make the adjustment then, but for now an hour for meeting and a half hour to eat will be plenty.

WEDNESDAY MORNING PLAY GROUP
This is a drop-in play group on Wednesday mornings in the barn. The group meets from 9:30-noon and is very laid back - come when you can, stay for as long as you'd like. We will have good coffee and treats, so no need to bring anything but yourself and your kiddos (if they're around - Erin will be showing up solo since both kids are in school). If you know someone who would be interested in joining us please pass this along!  RSVPs are not necessary - if you're free, stop by.  Contact Erin Ott:  914-213-1493; erinott13@gmail.com.

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WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH YOUTH EVENTS
You may be a new SUM member, and you may not have teens or tweens in your household now, but we would appreciate having you at activities for the young people at SUM.  Contact Erin Ott at youthdirector@simsburyumc.orgor 914-213-1493.

SOUTH PARK
Your donation allows SUM to prepare and serve a hot meal once a month at the South Park homeless shelter in Hartford.  You may donate food, money, or your time to prepare or serve meals, which are delivered on the first Tuesday of the month.  Donations marked “South Park” in the memo may be left in the plate or sent to the office.  You will find a food sign-up board at the sanctuary exit to Wesley Hall. 

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BEDS FOR SHELTER ANIMALS
Prayers and Squares is now making beds for shelter animals from fabric scraps collected at Days for Girls. These are used to stuff used pillowcases which are inserted in a zippered cover made from donated heavy duty material. No waste! 100% of your donations go to these worthwhile projects. 


30th ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST for Simsbury Scholarships
The Simsbury Knights & Lions Clubs will hold a pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 28, 8-11am at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 946 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury.  
Tickets:  $7 for adults; $4 children under 12; $20 for a family of 4.


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