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This Week in Worship

Altars, Altars Everywhere

Psalm 84  Millions suffer from anxiety or depression. If you don't, chances are you know someone who does. In our series, "Spiritual Affective Disorder," we are taking a look at spiritual practices to get us out of the mid-winter blues and into the light of our lives. Life can be serious business. Sometimes we wonder if there's much good in the world. 
Where do you think God's dwelling place is? The Psalmist speaks of longing to be in God's house. Indeed, being in what feels like a sacred place can transform and inspire us. Instead of thinking that finding God requires us to go to a designated place like church, what if we created spaces that reminded us of the sacred wherever we are? This week you are invited to create an altar in your home that can remind you that God dwells in all places.

Opportunities to Serve

  • Have you considered being an usher, welcome center host, worship leader, flower team distribution, communion setup, choir, song leader, vocalist, sound tech or instrumentalist in TestifyRVA? EMAIL Frank Basil and he will get you connected with the right person.

Shady Grove Bistro

Adult meals $9, Children's meals $4, Family maximum $25. Reservations required to help us plan accordingly and be good stewards of our resources. You may make a reservation by clicking HERE, filling out the "yellow reservation card" or scanning the QR code in the pew racks. Click HERE for more information and to see the weekly menu.

Blaze Pizza Spirit Night to Benefit Youth and Children’s Ministries

Make your plans to join us on Monday 1/27 from 11:30 am - 9 pm at Blaze Pizza at 4101 Dominion Blvd to help raise funds to support Rise Against Hunger and the spring children’s musical! This is a day off for Henrico County Schools, so come for lunch or dinner! Please RSVP so we are sure to met the minimum requirement and help Blaze plan for a great night! Must present either hard copy or digital FLYER at time of order.

UMM Super Bowl Brunswick Stew

The UMM will be cooking and selling stew on Saturday, Feb 1st from 11:00-2:00 or you may pickup on Feb. 2 between services. Quarts are $7 for 1 and $20 for 3. Proceeds go towards our operating budget which is used to support many SGUMC missions. Click HERE to pre-order or contact Dave Adkins (EMAIL or call, 651-1487)

2nd Annual Variety Show and Dessert Fundraiser-February 9, 2020

Come support your SGUMC youth on February 9 @ 3pm in the Fellowship Hall! These very talented and very generous youth have volunteered to use their gifts to raise some money for the YOUTH SUMMER MISSION TRIPS they love and find so impactful in their lives and the communities they serve.
In recent years we've seen mission trip costs rise and have had to become increasingly creative about fundraising for these important and formative experiences for our youth. The afternoon will be entertaining and a great investment in our summer mission trip programs. 
The fundraiser tickets are $20 for adults,$10 for children and youth, and this year we’ve added a family ticket of $50. Advanced tickets can be purchased with cash or check at the youth scrip card table in the Narthex of the Sanctuary or at the door the day of the event. 
Please EMAIL Cindy Basil to ask questions or get involved.

Save the Date PEACE, LOVE and SOUP!

Who? SGUMC Family, Friends, and Neighbors
What? Purchase a beautifully crafted bowl from a local artist
and enjoy some yummy soup, salad and bread
Children, Youth & Adult Missions
When? Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 pm
Where? SGUMC Fellowship Hall
More Details to Come!
Want to help? We are looking for individuals to help cook soup for the event. We’ll provide you with an easy recipe, you provide the ingredients and cook the soup. To get details EMAIL Lauren Adkins.


This year youth (7th grade and older) and adults who have not been confrmed are invited to the DOG House on Sundays from 9:00-10:30 am. We will have a Kick-off and Info Meeting for on February 2, 2020, with light breakfast provided. Please register on Realm for planning purposes. Weekly meetings will start February 9 and continue through mid-May. Retreat weekend in Williamsburg is planned for 3/13/20-3/15/20 and participants will be confirmed in worship on Pentecost, 5/31/20.

Global Missions

  • Global Missions Sunday will be March 15th! The speaker in the sanctuary will be Ty Denney. Shady Grove is currently helping to support seven missionaries around the world to spread His word. We hope to continue those relationships and financial support to all those we currently support through the generosity of the members of Shady Grove. Ty is the executive director of Otino Waa in Uganda. Otino Waa is a children's home whose mission is "to provide education, nourishment and care to orphaned and vulnerable children in northern Uganda through the love of Jesus Christ".  For more information about Otino Waa you can visit their WEBSITE
  • Global Missions Potluck - March 14th at 6:00 pm in the chapel building. Bring a dish to share and  meet a few of the missionaries that Shady Grove currently supports. There will also be a brief presentation about Otino Waa in Ugnada. Come for fellowship and learn more about our sisters and brothers around the world!  Please EMAIL or call Teresa Gagliardi at 804-241-3144 to RSVP.

UMM Opportunities

  • February Meeting -  See the announcement for Peace, Love and Soup on February 12. UMM will take part in the opportunity for fellowship! Questions to Dave Adkins, 651-1487 or EMAIL
  • Breakfast Fellowship Group - We will meet on Thursday, February 6 at 7:00 am at Eat 33, 6901 Staples Mill Rd. Questions and to RSVP EMAIL Frank Basil.

Monday, February 10, 2020, 11:30 am
Olive Garden, 11829 W. Broad St, Richmond, VA 23233
[Bring 12 items, and assemble Valentine Bags for our special Betty Fairbanks Circle friends.]
Monday, March 9, 2020, 11:30 am
The Daily, 12201 W Broad St, Henrico, VA 23233
Monday, April 13, 2020 (Easter is on April 12th), 11:30 am
Vinny's Italian Grill, and Pizzeria, 3434 Lauderdale Drive, Richmond, VA 23233
Monday, May 11, 2020, 11:30 am
Pam Kugel's home, 3809 Barn Owl Lane, Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804-364-7250)
[Lunch will be catered, and "UMC Health Kit" items will be purchased and available.  We will assemble kits.  Please bring $20 to cover the cost of the lunch and kit items.

Parenting Teen Survival Group 

Our middle and high school youth are facing challenges that are in some ways the same as in years past, while in some ways are completely new and different versions of the same struggles. That means parents are reliving and processing anew these same issues with their teens. We invite any and all parents of teens to come be a part of a community created to support and bring peace to those parenting in this unique season of life. This group will continue the work of It Takes a Village at Shady Grove UMC under a new name, Parenting Teen Survival Group. Our hope is that you feel this community as a life raft in what can be the rough waters of raising teens. 
NEXT MEETING: February 12 - Save the Date for future get-togethers and events March 11, April 8, and May 13

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group who knits or crochets or wants to learn and provides shawls to those who need God’s love and encouragement. Join us on Thursday, January 30 and February 27 at 7:00 pm at the home of Margaret Phillips, 4521 Meredith Creek Drive, Glen Allen. Questions? Contact Margaret at 527-7857 or EMAIL.

Sewing Seeds of Hope

The Sewing Seeds of Hope Ministry is beginning their work for 2020.  There are still needs for children's pillowcase dresses and boys shorts, plus expanding plans for outpatients.  If you can donate 3/4" velcro tape by the yard or roll; measure and cut a pattern; sew seams; iron; package kits for home-sewing; and, enjoy fellowship on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 12 noon in the Fellowship Hall, join us!

Laity Re-Connect Event with Bishop Sharma Lewis

Saturday, February 8, 2020 10:00 a.m. to 12:30
Lunch to  follow
Live event at Woodlake United Methodist Church, Richmond District
with five livestream locations:
Pender UMC, Arlington District
Bridgewater UMC, Harrisonburg District
New Creation UMC, Elizabeth River District
Thrasher Memorial UMC, Roanoke District
Adams-Bloxom Mission Cooperative Parish, Eastern Shore District
There is no charge for this event nor the lunch that follows.
It is my deep desire to reconnect with you in a personal and special way having been away from you for six months on medical leave. Let us come together both in person and through satellite locations to have a time of worship, fellowship, anointing, sharing our hearts, and reconnecting. I want to hear from you and I want to share my journey with you.

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis
Register for Re-Connect

Looking for a summer camp?

Westview on the James was founded by the United Methodist Church in 1966 and gives kids and teens the opportunity to encounter God, experience Christian community, and do it all while having a great time! Westview is located in Goochland on 780 acres of rolling hills and fields, with an 18-acre lake. Check out their WEBSITE for more information and to register. You can also attend their Open House on April 26.

2020 Altar Flower Calendar

The 2020 calendar is available in the sanctuary narthex and you are invited to sign up to donate the flowers for Sunday services in the sanctuary in honor, celebration or memory of a special person or event. Cost of the flowers is $22.00.

Need to submit an announcement to include in the eblast, weekly bulletin announcements, website and more?

Just click on the image or go to the "announcements" page on the church website to access the form. 

Schedule of Events

Click HERE for a schedule of all events listed on the church calendar!

Sign Up for Realm!

Do you have a Realm login?  Many Groups and Events are now accessible through Realm. Send an EMAIL to get connected. Click HERE to learn more about Realm.

Lost and Found

There are regularly many items left at church, coats, YETI cups, glasses, umbrellas and more. If you are missing anything, check the lost and found bins in the fellowship hall or at the church office. Things remaining after a month or so will be donated to a worthy cause.

Order Your SGUMC Nametag!

It is now possible to order and pay for a Shady Grove UMC nametag online, using Realm! Click HERE to order. The cost is still $8.00. Nametags take two to three weeks for delivery, at which point you will be able to pick it up from one of the welcome centers on a Sunday morning. Questions? Contact Donna Noble. EMAIL DONNA

Got Pictures?

Please send any Shady Grove UMC pictures you are willing for us to use on the website, eblast, and social media to

Ways to Give

  • Give Online - Click HERE for either a one-time donation or to setup recurring donations through secure giving with Ream Connect
  • Text GivingText serve to 73256 to get a secure link to give 
  • Amazon SmileAmazon has a program called Amazon Smile that gives 0.5% of eligible purchases back to non-profits in the form of a rebate. Simply start shopping at AMAZON SMILE. Log in to your Amazon account as you normally do, search for the Amazon Smile account labeled, Shady Grove United Methodist Church and be sure to choose the church in Glen Allen, VA! Once selected, this setting remains with your account. For all future Amazon shopping, just be sure to start by going to AMAZON SMILE  to login to your account. This is not an endorsement of Amazon by the finance committee. This is a means for those interested to provide additional support to the general fund and ministries at SGUMC. Questions? Contact Frank Basil at  804-360-2600. EMAIL FRANK
  • Gift Cards to Benefit Youth Ministry - Be sure to check out the gift card table on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary foyer or download an order form to see many other cards you can purchase. Questions? Contact Frank Basil. EMAIL FRANK | DOWNLOAD ORDER FORM
  • Kroger Card - You can also REGISTER your Kroger Plus Card to support the SGUMC Youth Ministry. We will receive funds allocated by Kroger as part of their Community Rewards Program.

Questions about giving, making  a new pledge, or updating an existing pledge may be directed to Pam Sweeney, EMAIL or call 804-360-3907, ext. 123
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