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Working with Weeds - SGUMC E-Blast for July 20
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This Week in Worship

New Sermon Series - Once Upon a Parable

"That same day, Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, but such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat there. The people all stood on the shore, and he told them many things in
parables." Matthew 13: 1-2

It has been said that Jesus' parables are like imaginary gardens with real toads in them. In other words, Jesus uses story to engage the imaginations, desires, and expectations of his listeners on a journey to uncover the reality of God through startling turns (croak!) or unexpected comforts (ribbit!) How can these uncovered truths told "once upon a parable" help us uncover the story of God with us, inviting new life everyday?

Sermon:  "Working with Weeds"
Scripture: Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

"Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, 'Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.' "
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Why would anyone want to leave weeds in their field? Why let the weeds suck energy from the wheat? Maybe there is value in the up-close awareness of the weeds, just as there is value in beginning to see the shadow within ourselves. Maybe in seeing the weeds/shadows for what they are in ourselves, we can less often follow their urgings and choose the better part. The struggle won't always remain, but in this time, seeing the struggle for what it is, makes a way forward to fruitfulness.

Don't Miss This

Middle School Youth Headed to Raleigh, NC

On Sunday, June 23, 57 middle schoolers and 11 adults depart for a week of service in Raleigh, North Carolina. Follow their adventures in mission at the SGUMC Youth blog, http://shadygroveyouth.blogspot.com/

S.O.W. What? Summer of Worship

Summer of Worship Sunday School continues. Children are in the following rooms of the education building: nursery in room 111; toddlers and twos in room 112; three year olds in room 109; fours, pre-k, and kindergarten in room 103; first through third graders in room 209. Fourth through fifth graders attend worship with their family. Fourth through fifth graders have the opportunity to train to be worship leaders. Sign up to serve as scripture reader, usher, greeter, or acolyte. Questions? Contact Pastor Beanie. SIGN UP FOR S.O.W. | EMAIL BEANIE

Gideon's Call Project

Gideon’s Call Project CDs still available! Twelve men recorded 12 songs. CD cost is $15. Proceeds will benefit the music and arts ministry. Orders can be taken by emailing Olga Komarov in the office. Checks payable to SGUMC, with “Music CD” in the memo line can be mailed, dropped by the church office, or put in the offering plate. Order forms are at the welcome center. SEND EMAIL TO OLGA

July Building Update

The Building Committee continues to work with our engineers, architects, and general contractor through the county permitting and preliminary site planning processes. In addition, the Finance Committee is working with our proposed lenders to finalize the relevant loans. Although you may not be seeing much visible progress yet, there is much building-related activity behind the scenes. Although dates continue to be fluid, we expect to be on the county’s September planning commission meeting (there is no August meeting) and to break ground on the new building sometime in the fall. Bob Payne is the chair of the building committee. EMAIL BOB

Greeter Ministry

Have a friendly smile and welcoming heart? Then YOU are just the person to be part of the NEW greeter ministry forming that will welcome and extend Christian hospitality to those entering our church campus on Sunday mornings. We all can find 15-20 minutes in our Sunday morning routine to serve this ministry several times a year. ALL ages are encouraged to participate, just remember to bring along an adult if you are under the age of 15. Help make Shady Grove the most welcoming place around! Contact Rick Dodge or Debbie Hockemeyer to learn more. SEND EMAIL TO RICK | SEND EMAIL TO DEBBIE

Camp Play and Pray

Register now for Camp Play and Pray offered by Children's Ministry, July 31- August 4, On the Dock for ages three through rising first grade. Cost is $130 per week. Contact is Kate Bishop. LEARN MORE | DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM | SEND EMAIL 

Our Next Chapter

As we prepare for The Next Chapter in the life of the church at SGUMC, let us employ scripture to pause, pray, and feel peace in the assurance of God’s perfect plan for our lives. This week we wrap our traveling middle school youth and adult leaders in prayer as they serve the community of Raleigh, North Carolina.
John 13:15
For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
Gracious God, we pray for the safety and fruitfulness of our middle school youth traveling to and serving in Raleigh, North Carolina this week. In John 13:15, your son Jesus tells us about the example of service to others he has made for our lives and that we should also serve others. Our youth have sacrificially taken that call to heart and are acting as Christ’s hands and feet in mission. Guard and protect these youth and their adult leaders. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

Aluminum Can Tabs

The Betty Fairbanks Circle would like to thank all those members who helped us donate over 17 pounds of pop tops to the Ronald McDonald House to pay the utilities at the House. Please continue filling containers around the church with your pop tops to participate in this worthwhile mission by our circle, or give them to any circle member. We appreciate your help. Questions? Contact Mary Jo Whipple, 270-1095.

4th Annual Wayne Samford Memorial Golf Tournament

Registration and sponsorships are now open for the 4th Annual Wayne Samford Memorial Golf Tournament, which benefits Sportable and missions at SGUMC. The tournament will be held Monday, September 18 at The Dominion Club. LEARN MORE

Got Pictures?

Please send any Shady Grove UMC pictures you are willing for us to use on the website, eblast, and social media to pictures@shadygroveumc.net. Thanks to Debbie Hockemeyer for sharing some pictures of the terrific and mission-hearted United Methodist Men who replaced deck boards and railing at the church office this week! 

Upcoming Events


Sunday, July 23

Middle School Mission Trip to Raleigh, NC

Our middle school mission team attends contemporary worship and then departs for a week of service in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Wednesday, July 26 

Bag Lunch with Beanie and Krafts with Kate

Wednesdays in July, 12:30 to 1:45 pm in the education building, room 209. Bring a bag lunch. Get ready for some fun! Ages 5-11. EMAIL BEANIE | EMAIL KATE

Thursday, July 27

Seniors Lunch at Tarrant's West

Join us for lunch at Tarrant's West, 11129 Three Chopt Road, at 11:30 am. Please RSVP to Betsy Katko by Monday, July 24, 360-5057. SEE MENU | EMAIL BETSY

Knitting and Crochet Ministry

Meets at 7:00 pm at Elaine Ratliff's home at 5009 Belmont Park Road, Glen Allen. We stitch shawls, scarves, and hats to share God's love. Bring your willingness to knit and crochet or learn with us in a relaxed environment. We will have the equipment available for you to keep as you learn. If you knit or crochet at home, we hope you will add it to our ministry. Contact Margaret Phillips at 527-7857. EMAIL MARGARET

Tuesday, August 2-Wednesday, August 3

Girls’ Overnight

Tuesday at 4:00 pm-Wednesday at 8:30 am. Rising second graders through rising sixth graders celebrate being girls. We will spend the night in the education building. More details to come. Contact: Beanie Kelly. EMAIL BEANIE

Tuesday, August 15-Wednesday, August 16

Up and Out Missions

Save the date. This hands-on local community mission event is open to rising 3rd graders through rising 6th graders. Spend the night in the education building. Details to follow. Contact Beanie Kelly now to reserve a spot. EMAIL BEANIE

Ways to Serve and Give

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. Gift cards are perfect graduation gifts! Contact Frank Basil. DOWNLOAD ORDER FORM | SEND EMAIL

Bags for Kids Notecards

Bags for Kids of the CCC is offering amazing, inspirational notecards created by talented art students at The Center for Creative Arts. 100% of the proceeds go to support the Caring Clothes Closet and its vision to provide free clothing and/or comfort bags to people in crisis in the metropolitan Richmond area. You can buy cards during office hours at the church office ($10 check or exact change please), or by contacting Jody Floegel. EMAIL JODY

The Sophie House

Support The Sophie House pantry with the following items: razors and soap, canned spaghetti sauce, spaghetti pasta, paper towels, canned fruit and fruit cups, jelly, full size shampoo, cereal, canned tuna and chicken, canned peas, macaroni and cheese. Also please consider donating your gently worn shoes. The Sophie House is partnering with Funds2Orgs to collect shoes and ship them to families in developing nations. The Sophie House receives a contribution for the shoes they collect. You can drop off your pantry items and gently used shoes on the front porch of The Sophie House at 4771 Shady Grove Road. LEARN MORE

Caring Clothes Closet Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for help sorting clothing on a daily basis. Any adult or responsible youth may help. The flexibility of volunteering at the CCC is one of the best parts of it! LEARN MORESEND EMAIL

Last, but not least!

Mission Opportunities for Adults and Youth

For adults and youth age 16 and older, with their parent.
Thursday, October 19 - Saturday, October 22
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Disaster Recovery effort in Virginia Beach

There is housing with bunk beds and a shower trailer at St. Luke's UMC in Virginia Beach. Arrive Thursday evening; work Friday and Saturday; leave after work on Saturday. Only fee is the cost of meals.
Monday, April 2 - Friday, April 6, 2018
Appalachia Service Project in Brenton, West Virginia

Expected cost is $410-$425. Financial help available if needed. If interested, contact Bob Payne. EMAIL BOB
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