SGUMC E-Blast for December 13
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This Week in Worship

The Life of Christmas Present

8:15 am Traditional Worship in the Chapel
11:00 am Contemporary in the Fellowship Hall

Romans 8:5-17  Ebenezer Scrooge has a presecription foer humanity at the beginning of A Christmas Carol - the poor have only themselves to blame and would be better off dead.  So when he is visited by the spirit of the present, he is admonished to look!  He mus really see the truth of the suffering world andhis own hand in it.  Love is the center of the message this week.  What if we modeled our Advent and Christimas commngs and goings as if we actually believe that God has already blessed everyone and we are called to make visible and tangible those blessings?

Sing Christmas

9:30 am Worship in the Sanctuary
11:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary

Come see this Christmas Choral Experience presented by our adults, youth and children!

Upcoming Worship Notes
  • December 22
    • Sermon: The Hope of Christmas Future: Death Defying Acts
      • Regular Worship Schedule
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve
    • 3:00 pm Children & Families Candlelight in the Sanctuary
    • 5:00 pm Children & Families Candlelight in the Sanctuary
    • 7:00 pm Contemporary Candlelight Communion in the Fellowship Hall
    • 7:00 pm Candlelight Communion in the Sanctuary
    • 9:00 pm Candlelight Communion in the Sanctuary
    • 11:00 pm Candlelight Communion in the Sanctuary
  • December 29
    • Sunday Morning - Regular Worship Schedule
    • SPECIAL EVENING WORSHIP 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall - "Blue Christmas Sharing" - Shady Grove UMC invites you to a special time together designed for those for whom the holidays might have been difficult. If you have undergone a difficult loss, transition, or life change, we invite you to a special time where you can be transparent with yourself and God.  This will be a safe place to admit you’re not ok at the moment.  Let’s be real together with struggles and questions, amidst music and prayer.

Stewardship 2020

We are four weeks in and just over two-thirds towards our operating fund goal for the 2020 ministry year! Commitments can be made on Realm or by filling out a commitment card to be dropped in the offering plate or mailed to the church office. We ask folks to prioritize our operating fund. Realm can also be used to review your giving history and make donations online. Thank you, ministers, for the difference you allow God to make through you in giving.

Opportunities to Serve

  • Advent Candle Lighting Opportunities – Shady Grove UMC has a tradition of inviting members and their family or church family to participate in worship through lighting an Advent candle. We still have openings at the following worship services; Sunday, December 22 at 8:15 in the sanctuary and Christmas Eve at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary and for Contemporary. Please EMAIL Frank Basil or call 360-2600 if you are interested.
  • Christmas Eve - many ushers and communion servers are needed to help with the many that come to worship on Christmas Eve. If you are able to help, please signup by clicking HERE and selecting the service and opportunity you wish to serve!
  • There are many ways to serve during worship on a Sunday morning. Have you considered being an usher, welcome center host, worship leader, communion setup, choir, song leader, vocalist or instrumentalist in TestifyRVA? EMAIL Frank Basil and he will get you connected with the right person.

Christmas Giving Opportunties

  • SGUMC Advent Offering - You may give to this year's Advent offering either through your church envelopes(please use the Advent envelope and note Advent on your check memo) or through Realm online giving. Your gift will support the United Methodist Church World Service Fund and our Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging.
  • YoungLives December 1-December 15 – Thank you to everyone who has supported the Christmas Missions this year at Shady Grove.  For those of you who picked up a card on the YoungLives Giving Tree, please bring your unwrapped gift to church this Sunday, December 15.  If you didn’t get a tag off the giving tree and want to participate, the remaining gift requests can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Christmas Shopping and Support Youth Missions

Order this Sunday, December 15 by noon to make sure your order will be received in time for Christmas. Remember the SGUMC Youth Ministry Gift Card program for all your Christmas shopping needs! You can purchase gift cards at face value and the youth ministry receives a percentage of the sale to support youth missions. Check out the selection every Sunday morning in the sanctuary narthex between services or click HERE for an order form with many card options or HERE for a complete list of available cards. Payment may be made by cash or check.

Baby Shower for Jesus

This is a special afternoon for children three and up. Wear your PJs and bring your sleeping bag to the chapel building from 3:45 to 6:00 pm on Sunday, December 15. We’ll watch a Christmas movie and enjoy a snack. Please bring a baby gift (diapers, wipes, formula, blanket, clothing, toys, etc). Baby items will be donated to YoungLives. Register on REALM, Questions? EMAIL Kate Bishop.

Fundraiser for Youth Missions

Tuesday, December 17  11:00 am-9:30 pm
Short Pump Mall - 11800 W. Broad Street

Enjoy a great meal and fun fellowship and we will earn 20% towards missions! Click here to RSVP on the Group Raise website by Friday, December 13. We need at least 20 RSVP's to get the dollars donated back!

JOY Christmas Party
December 17, 2019 11:30 am

Ho! Ho! Ho! Our JOY Group (seniors 55+) will enjoy a Christmas party at The Grapevine Restaurant at 11055 Three Chopt Road. Register now for lunch buffet (spaghetti with meat sauce, fettuccine alfredo, and chicken parmigiana). Cost of $23 will cover the meal, drink, and gratuity. Pay on REALM or at the church office by Monday, December 16th at 10:00 am. You are invited to bring a wrapped $10 or under gift for gift giving swap.

LifeLine Screening - January 4

In an effort to provide meaningful services to our community and bring more people to our campus, Shady Grove UMC will be hosting Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings, in the fellowship hall on Saturday, January 4, to offer affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings. A package of five screenings to identify risk for stroke, heart disease, and other chronic conditions will be offered for only $149 and take 60-90 minutes to complete. If you register today, you will receive a $10 discount. Register by calling toll free 1-888-653-6450, text the word "circle" to 797979 or visit their WEBSITE.
Adult Small Group Learning Opportunities
  • DISCIPLE 3 Fast Track will be offered at SGUMC on Wednesday nights starting January 8th.  It is a 25 week course that focuses on 12 books of the Old Testament (major and minor prophets except for Daniel) and on the 13 New Testament letters.  If you are interested in taking part in this Bible Study please EMAIL Sandi Shriner.
  • Watch here for new opportunities to begin January 15 when our new Bistro season resumes.

UMM Opportunities

  • December Meeting -  The UMM will be volunteering for a special sorting session with Feedmore on Saturday, December 14th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Volunteers will be helping sort and box donations of shelf stable groceries to get them ready for distribution for the holidays and winter. Meet in the church parking lot at 8:30am to carpool to Feedmore. Questions to Dave Adkins, 651-1487 or EMAIL
  • Breakfast Fellowship Group - We will move our first Thursday of the month meeting to the second Thursday, January 9 and will meet at Boychik's at 7:00 am. Questions and to RSVP EMAIL Frank Basil.
Youth Opportunities
  • Middle school mission trip is for all youth that are currently in 6th-8th grade for the 2019-2020 school year.  We will be headed to Savannah GA from July 26-August 1. Click HERE for additional details and to register
  • High school mission trip is for all youth that are currently in 9th-12th grade for the 2019-2020 school year.  We will be headed to Wilmington NC from July 12-July 18. Click HERE for additional details and to register

Church Office Hours

The church office is open from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday beginning Monday, December 16. Additional hours are available by appointment.

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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