Announcements Week of March 17
EASTER FLOWERS - You are invited to contribute to the floral display of tulips and lilies that will decorate the sanctuary for our Easter Services. You will find order forms at the Usher stations in the sanctuary and on the piano in Wesley Hall. Please place your order form and payment in the offering plate, or mail this form with your check (payable to “SUMC Flower Fund”) to: SUM, 799 Hopmeadow St. Simsbury, CT 06070 so that we receive it by Fri., April 5. The cost is $12 per plant.
HOLIDAY BULLETIN COVERS - We continue our tradition of having special Lent and Easter bulletin covers. Bulletins may be dedicated to a loved one in honor, in memory, or in celebration, and your dedication will be printed on the back of the bulletin for that service. We have 2 bulletins available ~ Good Friday and Easter. The cost is $40 for the Good Friday bulletin, and $75 for the Easter bulletin; call the church office: 860.651.3356 or email email@example.com.
LENTEN BOOK STUDY
SATURDAYS, 9:30-11am, BARN, MARCH 9–APRIL 13, FACILITATED BY PASTOR GENE OTT
It’s time to rethink Lent. For the Lenten book study we will read A Clearing Season by Sarah Parsons. Or, at least see it for the positive opportunity it offers. It's spring-cleaning for the soul! Lent offers a time to pause, consider, and renew your relationship with God - an altogether hopeful (not dreary) experience. "To arrive at newness of life, we first name parts of our lives that are shrouded in darkness," writes Parsons. "To put it very dramatically,... your first order of business is to break your heart for God. We walk through some muck so that we can leave it behind and find Easter joy beyond... With God's help we will clear the darkness away and begin to experience greater joy and newness of life." Sure, there's work to be done during Lent, but it's the gentle, gradual work of opening one's heart and mind to grace. A Clearing Season will move you week by week from wilderness to holy ground, using a personal tone that will stir and challenge personal reflection.
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 in advance for the yummy snacks!
DAYS FOR GIRLS WORKSHOP
SUM Days for Girls makes washable, sustainable menstrual kits for adolescent girls in Ghana and Uganda. Kits are cut, sewn, and assembled by volunteers at monthly workshops. Volunteers (men, women, and youth are all welcome!); sewing experience is not needed. The next workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 from 9am – 3pm in Wesley Hall. Please contact Jan Baker with questions.
THE CHANCEL CHOIR is looking for a few more voices for the Holy Week and Easter services. Rehearsals will be at 7:20 on the Thursday evenings of March 28th, April 4th, and April 11th. All are welcome! Please contact Bridget Scarlato if you are interested.
SPRING CELEBRATION POTLUCK DINNER
Thursday, March 21, is the first full day of Spring! And from 6 - 8p.m. in Wesley Hall, we will celebrate the goodness in God’s world with a true, old-fashioned potluck dinner. We won’t plan the food. Just bring something you love to eat, love to make, and love to share. All ages are welcome. We’ll do some singing, some dancing, some games – and just enjoy ourselves. Contact Sue and Mike Sames for more information, to volunteer, or if you need a ride.
CAYA WORSHIP TEAM ON THE ROAD - Concert in West Hartford -NEW DATE!
On Saturday, March 23, 7 pm, the CAYA Worship Team (also known as Stained Glass outside the four walls of our church), will travel to First Baptist Church in West Hartford to play a benefit concert jointly with the FBC Chancel Choir. The concert will feature each group as well as six pieces performed jointly - it will be GREAT! There is a reception following the concert and a free-will donation will be taken during the concert to support a small grass roots effort in California: the Apollo Piano Foundation,
benefitting music students who have been displaced by the camp fire in November 2018. Come out and join us for an inspired evening of excellent music and a great cause!
COME TO THE LENTEN RETREAT
You Are Worthy, Listening to and Hearing the Holy Spirit
But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1
We will worship, meditate, and listen to God calling us by name. Come and realize you are filled with the Holy Spirit
Saturday, April 6th, 9am - 4pm. Starting in Wesley Hall. Sign-up sheet in Wesley Hall
Questions: ask Susan Samuel, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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. It is as simple as being present at events… no need to organize the event, or to take on a permanent role, or even to establish a long-term commitment. Contact Erin Ott .
FLOWER DEDICATION FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 31
We have a Sunday available for anyone who might like to donate the floral arrangement for the altar which may be dedicated as a memorial or honorarium. Please call Jean Staley at 860-658-2885 to reserve the date and to provide the information for the dedication. You may describe the type of arrangement you would like to have, and you may take the arrangement after Sunday’s services (or have it delivered to someone in need). The donation is $40 and checks are payable to “SUM Flower Fund”.
WEDNESDAY MORNING PLAY GROUP
We have started a drop-in play group on Wednesday mornings up in the barn at the church. 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.
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. 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.
ADULT SPIRITUAL GROWTH Classes are ongoing. Click here for more information.
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.