Announcements Week of May 19

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LITTLE LAMBS & IVY HOSTS ITS 12TH SPRING ART SHOW
Please join us this Thursday, May 23rdfrom 6:00–7:30 p.m. for our annual Spring Art Show. The halls of LL&I along with Wesley Hall will be filled with excited LL&I children, their parents, grandparents and extended family. SUMC is blessed to have such a dedicated group of teachers that put their whole heart into caring and nurturing these wonderful children. Along with the many responsibilities the teachers accomplish during the day, they always find time to “create” and produce fabulous art projects with the children in their care. Since the majority of children who attend are very young, it is just delightful to see what a foot, hand or palm print can be turned into! All SUMC members are invited to attend and join in on the fun. This is truly an event not to be missed!  

HARLEY AND JAN BENNETT’S FAREWELL
Our beloved Harley and Jan Bennett, who have been a part of the SUM family since May 1971, are moving to Maryland to be closer to family. We are planning to send them off with blessings on Sunday, May 26th. We will be collecting love

letters, stories, inspirations, vignettes, artwork, quilts or anything you would like to give them. All of these things can be about them, to them, how they have affected your life or something beautiful to share with them. Whatever you decide to give them needs to fit into an 81⁄2”x11” page protector. We will present the notebook of love letters to them on Sunday, May 26th. Pastor Gene told us we need to write more love letters so here is your chance. Please send electronic versions to Susan Samuel at singnring@gmail.com or you can put them in the large envelope on the piano in Wesley Hall. All love letters must be received by May 24th or earlier, if possible. If you have any questions, please email Susan Samuel at singnring@gmail.com. Thank you.

POTLUCK PICNIC FOR THE BENNETTS 
On Saturday, May 25th from 3:00-6:30 p.m., Jan and Don Baker will be hosting a potluck picnic in honor of Jan and Harley Bennett, who will be moving to Maryland. Everyone is welcome including families. It will be held outside if the weather is nice or inside if the weather doesn’t cooperate. There will be volleyball, croquet and s’mores.Please bring an appetizer, salad or dessert. The address is 77 Maple Ave. Ext., Bloomfield, CT (stone house on the court). Please park on the court. It will be a fun time! Please RSVP to Jan atbaker1jan@aol.com or call at 860-242-8620.

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VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR FLAG DUTIES FOR MEMORIAL DAY
We are looking for someone to volunteer for this year’s Memorial Day Observation to lower our American Flag slowly at sunrise and raise it to full height briskly at noon. Please contact the church office if you can volunteer for this important assignment. Thank you.

 

SUPPORT FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE DIYANET MOSQUE 
Please support the members of the Diyanet Mosque in New Haven and the wider Muslim community after the devastating fire that seriously damaged the building Sunday morning. This attack comes as a part of a wave of Islamophobia across the country. Let us show our solidarity to all communities of faith and especially this recently targeted Muslim community. If you would like to support the restoration of the Diyanet Mosque, donations can be made via this link.

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GRADUATING SENIORS
REMINDER – For those seniors who are graduating, we need your graduation information to the office by May 22nd.  

ATTEND NYAC ANNUAL CONFERENCE JUNE 6-9
One way to learn more about the direction of the United Methodist Church is to attend the Annual Conference.  There will be opportunities to worship with laity and clergy from our conference as well as hear from conference staff and the bishop.  You do not have to participate for the entire duration. Registration deadline is May 23. If you are interested in attending this year’s conference or would like to explore the idea, please connect with either Pastor Gene or Deb Clifford.  

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DIRECTORY UPDATE
Please review the current church directory located on the piano in Wesley Hall to make sure that your information is correct.  Please send any corrections to membership@sumct.org.  Thank you. 

ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
SUNDAY, JUNE 16TH AT 11:00 am

The Strawberry Festival will begin at 11 am after our combined 10:00 am service.If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to Heidi Fitzsimmons, Hospitality Chair at heidifitz1231@gmail.com for any questions.

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WINSTED SHOE DONATIONS
Please donate your gently used shoes to Winsted United Methodist Church. They are looking for all sizes for men, women and kids.There will be a collection box on the stage in Wesley Hall. We will be collecting shoes until May 30th.On June 1st, Winsted UMC will be hosting a free dinner where those less fortunate will be able to choose any shoes that they want. All excess shoes will be sold to a buyer with the funds going to benefit Winsted UMC and its roof fund. Thank you in advance for your donation

CLICK HERE FOR OUR CURRENT ADULT CLASSES AND STUDIES!

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2019!
Please join us June 24-28th  from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at First Church in Simsbury as we celebrate “To Mars and Beyond” VBS for ages 4 through 5th grade. The price through May 19 is $50 per child. Late registration and payment of $60 per child will be accepted between May 20-26. You may register at sumct.org or fccsimsbury.org. Also, calling tweens/teens and adults of all ages! We need your help to make this year’s VBS a fun and successful one. Please register at sumct.org or fccsimsbury.org. Please see Jody Swan with any questions.

SUMMER CHURCH SCHOOL HELP
Please come and spend a Sunday or two helping out in our Summer Church School. The curriculum and fun activities will be provided. Please see Jody Swan for more details or you can email Jody at jodyswan567@gmail.com

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MEMORIAL DAY CARILLON CONCERT 
On Monday, May 27th from 12:30-1:30 p.m., nationally known carillonneur, Daniel K. Kehoe will play patriotic and sacred music in honor of the Servicemen and Servicewomen who have given their lives for their country. It is both a solemn and happy occasion as we reflect on the special memories of loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation of ours. Bring chairs and a picnic basket and enjoy the sound of our world class 55-bell Foreman Carillon. The Simsbury Memorial Day Parade begins shortly after the concert.

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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May 12, 2019

 Worship Attendance = 215

Church School = 35


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