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Parking Update
Parking has sometimes been a challenge during construction, thank you for you grace and patience!. Although construction is not 100% complete, the back lot paving has been completed and available for parking! It is important to note that the entrance to the lot from Pouncey Tract Road near the Chapel is not yet opened so you may access the back lot from our main front lot and driving in front of the office around to the back. The entrance near the Chapel requires scheduling with VDOT for night paving with lane closure, but we hope it will be done in a timely manner.

Upcoming in Worship

Our Advent Theme is the "Five Questions of Christmas" This week we examine the question "How Will I Know?" based on Luke 1:1-25.
December 19
Selections will be presented from the cantata, “Christmas Dreams,” by Joseph Martin and Heather Sorenson. We share the Christmas story, connecting experiences of ancient times with our modern journey of faith, pointing to Christ, in whose birth the hopes and dreams of all the world are fulfilled.
Christmas Eve
Family Worship - 3:00 and 5:00 pm
Contemporary Worship - 7:00 pm
Traditional Candlelight - 9:00 and 11:00 pm
All Services are in the Sanctuary
December 26
One worship service - 10:30 am
Current Worship Schedule
  • Sunday, 9:00 am - Indoor Worship in the Sanctuary - Mask Required
  • Sunday, 10:30 am - Indoor Worship in the Sanctuary - Mask Required
  • Continue to Worship from Home during the week
Children will begin in worship at both 9:00 and 10:30, for both the current and updated worship schedule, and after the Children's Moment have the opportunity to go to Sunday School during the 9:00 worship and C.O.W. (Children's Own Worship-ages 3 and above) during the 10:30 worship. Weather permitting, they will meet outdoors near the Chapel Building. Rain plan would be to move inside the Chapel or Education Building. Faithcare (Nursery-ages under 3) - is available during both the 9:00 and 10:30 am worship in the Education Building, Room 111.

**Important Reminder for the Day of Worship**

On the day of worship, take your temperature. If you have a fever above 100.4 degrees, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, GI issues, chills, or new loss of taste or smell, please enjoy the opportunity to worship from home. Please contact the pastor if you would like to have a prayer time together.

Stewardship Commitment

You should have received your Stewardship Commitment packet in the mail. You may mail in your commitment card or make your commitment online. Click on the RISE UP! image to the right to make your commitment online. Your generosity and commitment allows us to budget and plan our ministries for the year and to be good stewards of all that God has given. We are grateful for the many ministries of Shady Grove that we are able to provide throughout the year, thanks to your generous giving. Questions or did not receive your packet in the mail, EMAIL Frank Basil or Pam Sweeney.
Commitments to Date
Help us RISE UP! and color in the picture!

STEP Christmas Store
Collecting through Sunday, November 28

Shady Grove will be collecting donations of NEW, UNWRAPPED children's gifts with the original price intact for the STEP (Strategies to Elevate People) Christmas Store! Items are then marked down to half price or less and available to parents of children living in Gilpin Court.
Suggest items include, skateboards, scooters, arts and crafts, board games, bikes, educational toys, sports equipment, fast food gift cards, and other age appropriate toys. Bring items to worship on Sunday mornings.

Christmas Poinsettias

Poinsettias are available to purchase in honor or in memory of a loved one. They will be used to decorate our worship space on December 19 and may be taken after the service or on Christmas Eve. You may purchase a poinsettia for $20 or a listing in the bulletin for $10, all proceeds support youth missions at Shady Grove.

Gift Cards to Support Youth Missions
Sunday Mornings

Back by popular demand! Christmas is coming, Starbucks, online shopping and picking up food is still “a thing”! Projects from Lowe’s, Home Depot, and more… let’s support the Youth Ministry mission opportunities by purchasing gift cards here. Bring your check or cash and see Cindy on Sunday morning in the narthex! Orders for Christmas due by December 12, some cards are available for purchase every Sunday. 

Vase Collection for Altar Flowers

The Care Ministry is collecting vases for altar flower deliveries. We have delivered approximately 100 arrangements this year and our vase supply is getting low. We are happy to take and give your clean small to mid size vases a new purpose. Questions? Email Dana Kelley

Gratitude and Prayer Tree
Month of  November

Visit Shady Grove's Prayer/Gratitude Tree the month of November. Choose a fabric strip, write your message of love to God, and hang on the tree. As our messages blow in the wind, may our neighbors be reminded of God's presence.

The Pastor is In at Starbucks
Wednesdays, 8:00-8:45 am

Stop by to see Pastor Chris to touch base, have a prayer, or just say hi! No need to schedule an appointment, just stop by anytime at the Twin Hickory Starbucks on Nuckols Road on Wednesdays from 8:00-8:45 am.
Children's Ministry - Infants-5th Grade
Questions? EMAIL Kate

Ho Ho Ho
Sunday, December 5

Join us this Sunday for outdoor Christmas festivities including visiting with the jolly man in the red suit, candy cane scavenger hunt, and roasting marshmallows. Please register so that we can prepare for your family. All ages are welcome. We will be collecting donations for new baby items (diapers, wipes, etc.) for Young Lives an organization which supports pregnant and parenting teens through mentorship, community, and a life with Christ.

Nursery Care

Jesus loves the little children. Wonder, joy, laughter, and God's love are found in Shady Grove's nursery. If you want to share the love of Jesus by occasionally helping out in the nursery during Sunday morning worship services, please EMAIL Kate.

G3: Grow, Go, Give!
Sundays, 5:00-6:00 pm

G3: Grow, Go, Give is a pre-cursor to youth group for grades 3, 4, and 5. Our theme is God’s Heroes and how we can rely on strength from God as we grow in faith, go and serve, and give help to others. G3 will meet outdoors near the Chapel Building, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, they will meet in the Chapel Building.

Baby Bundles

The Baby Bundle ministry is looking for people who love to knit baby blankets and baby caps.  New SGUMC babies are welcomed with a prayerfully created baby blanket, baby cap, and hand-carved cross. If you would like to be part of this ministry or if your family has a new baby, please contact Kate Bishop, Polly Rowan, or Beth Lighthiser.
Youth Ministry - Grades 6-12
Questions? EMAIL Rebecca

Keep Connected with Youth Ministry

If you don't currently receive the Youth Update email, be sure to sign up by clicking HERE to keep up to date with all that's happening with youth ministry.
Click HERE to view the most recent Youth Update with details on how you can connect and all that is happening throughout the week and looking ahead.

Youth Summer Mission Trip

Be sure to check out the Youth Update page to get more information and register for the summer mission trip!
Adult Ministry
Questions? EMAIL Beanie
Opportunities for a Single Day or Evening

Christmas Party with JOY
Tuesday, December 7, 1:00
Pickel Barrel

Join in for a JOY filled Christmas Party at the Pickel Barrel (12912 Plaza Dr. Henrico). And what would our Christmas party be without our gift exchange game?! Unwrapping, swapping, and pleading plus eating, drinking, and being merry awaits you with JOY. Join our JOY filled senior group for a lunch and Christmas fun. Please bring a wrapped gift that costs no more than $15. You will be able to choose your lunch from the delicious, varied menu of the Pickel Barrel.

Christmas Trivia Night
Thursday, December 9, 7:30 pm

Shady Grownups, are you ready for some reindeer games? Join us via zoom for a Christmas themed trivia night. Festive attire always encouraged (but certainly not necessary!). See you with bells on then!! 
Short Term Classes and Groups

The Art of Advent
Tuesday, November 30 - January 4, 10:00 am

The Art And Scripture Class takes a look at the Art of Advent - a painting a day from Advent to Epiphany by Jane Williams. The book has 37 pictures with commentary and discussion. Each week we will meet and start our time together discussing any picture or message that that stood out to us. One picture/artist will be highlighted for a more detailed exploration. There is no required homework, but if you would like to do the daily reading, please enjoy.  

The Gift of the Nutcracker
Wednesday, December 1 - December 22, 6:15 pm
Education Building, Room 201

We will explore the story of The Nutcracker to help us better understand the gift of the Christ Child and His Kingdom. Matt Rawle is a gifted author who guides readers through a popular book or story and relates it to our faith. This Advent Season let The Nutcracker come alive in a new way. In person will be in the education building. Virtual available. Please purchase the book The Gift of the Nutcracker by Matt Rawle.

Ongoing Bible Study
Monday, through December 6, 7:00 pm
Fellowship Hall and Zoom

Let's dig deep into the book of Mark, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, with Pastor Chris. What does this fast paced gospel have to teach us? This 13 week Gospel Study will be the first of an ongoing Bible study. You may stay for each class or float in or out depending upon your schedule.
Ongoing Classes and Groups

Seekers (Adult Sunday School Class)
Sunday, 9:00 am
Chapel Building

The class studies a variety of authors and seeks to apply God’s call to discipleship to everyday situations. The class will be a combination of in person and virtual.

GO (God Opportunities) Group
Wednesday, 6:15 pm

GO discusses the weekly sermon and looks for opportunities to serve in the community. This group is open to all adults who are looking for a great supportive group to explore God’s call. Participants are discussing whether to meet in person or virtually. Please email Jeff Samford for more information.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Last Tuesday of Every Month, 2:00-4:00 pm

The next meeting is on Tuesday, November 30 at 4521 Meredith Creek Dr. Glen Allen from 2:00-4:00 pm. Questions? Call Margaret Phillips, 804-527-7857.

Sewing Seeds of Hope (SSOH)
Wednesday, 12:30-3:30 pm
Fellowship Hall

The latest addition to the SSOH missions is providing walker and wheelchair bags for the resident-neighbors of Westmont at Short Pump. Join us to measure, cut, stitch, label and package any and all our projects! We will continue to meet during the holidays except for the Wednesdays before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Questions? Email Pam Kugel or call 804-364-7250.
Music Ministry
Questions? EMAIL Sylvia

Sanctuary Choir
Wednesday, 7:15-8:45 pm

The Sanctuary Choir meets each Wednesday, and we’d love to have you join us! We continue our Zoom Gatherings and then plan to meet in small groups in the sanctuary with limited rehearsal times beginning September 22. Email Sylvia for detailed schedule.

Youth Explosion Choir
Sunday, November 21 and 28, 5:00-5:45 pm

Come join the Youth Explosion Choir, a vocal choir for youth in Grades 6-12, directed by Sylvia Cooper. Our focus is singing monthly in worship and caroling in the community. Email Sylvia for more information or for a zoom invite.

Alpha Omega Ringers

The Alpha Omega Ringers will be presenting a Christmas Bells Concert for the residents at The Westmont at Short Pump on December 12. We ask for your prayers and support as this inter-generational group spreads the love of Christ with our community.

Finding Your Joy at Shady Grove

Are you wondering about all of the programs and ministries that go on at Shady Grove? Do you wonder how you could be more connected? Maybe it is a one day mission opportunity in our community, a bible study, decorating the church for holidays, maintenance and repair work on our church property or serving through prayers and ministering to fellow church members. These opportunities and more are great ways that you can serve and grow in your faith journey at Shady Grove. We want to help you “FIND YOUR JOY” at Shady Grove. We have fellow members that would love to talk to you about how to be more connected. To learn more, please click HERE.

Altar Flower Calendar

Thanks to all who have provided altar flowers for our outdoor worship. There are a few weeks available in the next few months to place flowers in memory, honor or celebration of a person or special milestone. We have a long standing community relationship with local florist Coleman Brothers which helps to keep cost at $22.00 for the flowers. You may sign up on REALM to select a date.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

For those needing God’s encouragement, Prayer Shawls are available to share. A shawl can be picked up either at worship the last Sunday of the month or at the church office during the week. EMAIL Dana or call the office to make arrangements to pickup at the office. Crafted with care and wrapped and bagged for safety, a prayer shawl is an expression of care for those in need of comfort and a reminder that they are in thoughts and prayers.

Keeping connected through Realm!

Realm Connect is a great way to keep connected, register for events, keep track of giving and make contributions online and more!
Already have a Realm login? Don't forget to LOGIN and make sure your's and your family member's profiles are up to date. You can also edit information and keep connected with the Realm Connect app for your mobile device. Download from the Apple APP STORE or GOOGLE PLAY.
Don't have a Realm login? Send an EMAIL to get connected and then you will receive an email invite with a link to get connected.
Click HERE to learn more about Realm.

Schedule of Events

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

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

News from the Virginia Conference

Want to stay connected to news from the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church? Check out past issues of the E-Advocate weekly news! You can also subscribe to receive directly to your inbox by completing the subscription information on the E-Advocate webpage.

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
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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