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The Final Week - SGUMC E-Blast for March 23
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This Week in Worship

The Final Week
Worship Series - The Way

During Lent, explore the places where Jesus made his home. We will explore the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized and the Judean wilderness where he was tempted. Walk among the Capernaum ruins and take a boat across the Sea of Galilea. Experience Jesus' last week in Jerusalem as he prepared for the cross. What can we learn about our own faith journey as we walk with Jesus?

Sermon:  "The Final Week" 
Scripture: Mark 11: 7-11
A lot can happen in a week. Case in point, Jesus in Jerusalem from Palm Sunday to Friday. People had different ideas about what kind of king Jesus should be and would be. What do you say? Where do you fit in Jesus' last week?


Don't Miss This

Holy Week and Easter Worship

Thursday, March 29 – Maundy Thursday Worship
In the sanctuary, 7:00 pm, childcare for infants through preschoolers

Friday, March 30 – Good Friday Worship 
In the sanctuary, 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 31 – Easter Egg Hunt and Crafts 
In the fellowship hall and grounds, 10:00 am, for waddlers through 5th graders

Sunday, April 1 – Easter Sunday Worship Services
  • 6:30 am Sunrise service on sidewalk near cemetery, followed by breakfast in fellowship hall
  • 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am Traditional Worship in the sanctuary
  • 9:30 and 11:00 am Contemporary Worship in the fellowship hall

Easter and Holy Week Opportunities

Easter Lilies 
Lilies may be purchased in honor or memory of loved ones for $20 or you may get a listing only in the bulletin insert for $10. You may pick up your lily on Easter Sunday, April 1. All proceeds will support youth missions. Forms available in the narthex on Sunday mornings or go to shadygroveumc.net/youth-documents. Deadline for orders is Monday, March 26. DOWNLOAD ORDER FORM

Bring a flower for the cross! 
On Easter morning, we invite you to continue a Shady Grove tradition by bringing a flower (from your yard or purchased) to place on the wooden cross near the sidewalk around the traffic circle. 

Lenten Offering
The Lenten offering will go to support the mission and outreach purposes of Vacation Bible School, Youth Ministry, and the Missions Committee. Please write "Lent" in the memo of your check.

Stewardship 2018: Renew, Recommit, Rejoice

Thank you to all of the 207 families who have turned in commitment cards for fiscal year 2018! This helps our church plan for the year ahead and support our vital ministries. We ask you to prayerfully consider making a commitment, if you have not already done so. Commitments can be:
Thank you and God bless!!

Community Health and Wellness Fair and The Sophie House 5K

Mark your calendars now! Shady Grove is hosting a FREE Community Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 2, from 8:00-11:00 am. The Sophie House 5k will start and finish on our campus while this brand new community outreach event is happening! We are partnering with The Sophie House to bring local health and wellness practitioners to campus to provide information about having strong minds, bodies, and spirits. Do you have a passion for health and wellness? Get involved:
  • Join the committee planning the event. We need a core group of individuals to organize details for the day. EMAIL DEBBIE HOCKEMEYER
  • Join the SGUMC Run/Walk Team by training for and/or participating in The Sophie House 5k. We are looking to partner experienced walkers and runners with those new or returning to walking and running. EMAIL LAUREN ADKINS or COMPLETE GOOGLE FORM 
  • Refer yourself or another practitioner to host a vendor table at the health and wellness fair at no cost. EMAIL LAUREN ADKINS
  • Prayerfully consider volunteering the day of the event or participating in a small group study on Max Lucado’s book Anxious for Nothing led by Cindy Russo. Contact Cindy to participate in the study. EMAIL CINDY RUSSO

Adult Mission Trip
May 6-10

The adult mission trip scheduled for spring break has been moved to May 6-10. William Butler is putting together a team now to travel to Guyan Valley, WV with Appalachia Service Project to work on home building and repair projects. All skill levels welcome. Contact William at 804-616-8917. EMAIL WILLIAM


Youth Explosion Choir

Youth Explosion Choir will hold rehearsals beginning Sunday, March 25, from 5:00-6:00 pm in the sanctuary. We will not rehearse Easter Sunday, April 1, but will resume rehearsals April 8 and 15. This choir is for youth in grades 6-12. We will be singing in worship April 22. Hope to see you! Contact Sylvia Cooper for more information. EMAIL SYLVIA


Shady Grove Bistro

Join us Wednesday nights at Shady Grove Bistro – Dinner is served 5:15 to 6:15 pm in the fellowship hall. RSVP on our website, www.shadygroveumc.net/shady-grove-bistro or call 360-3907, ext. 46 by 2:00 pm Monday. Adults: $7, Child: $3, Family (parents & children): $20. Menu for March 28Mulan – salmon salad, bakery rolls, berry trifle, kids’ menu – chicken nuggets. RSVP FOR DINNER


Retirement Announcments

Elena Komarov, Financial Assistant, and Bob Phillips, Organist, have each announced their retirements, to take place in early April. Elena has been employed at Shady Grove for 18 years. Bob has been at Shady Grove for 5 years. If you would like to contribute to a love offering for these faithful servants, please write a check and write Retirement
with name(s) in the memo and mail to the church office or put in the offering plate. Questions? Contact David Hollins, Chair of Staff Parish Relations Committee. EMAIL DAVID

School Supply Collection

SGUMC's Children’s and Family Ministries is collecting NEW school supplies during the month of March for local children in need, to be distributed by Butterfly Babies Ministries. Please place donations in the collection boxes located in the education building and fellowship hall. Any new school supplies are appreciated, but the most needed items include: colored pencils, glue sticks, rulers, permanent markers, earbuds, scissors, dry erase markers, post-it notes, highlighters, index cards, loose leaf paper, 2 pocket folders, composition notebooks, hand sanitizer, pop up wipes, pencil boxes/pouches,
2” binders, water color sets, and clipboards. Please email Brandon Harmony with any questions. EMAIL BRANDON


Spring Break Art Workshops!
April 2-6

Draw, Paint, and Play: ages 5-7, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon. Each day features unique projects – cartoon drawing, watercolors, polymer clay, plus game time or outdoor recess.

Acrylics on Canvas & Clay: ages 8+, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Older students let their imaginations soar as they explore watercolors, acrylics on canvas, pen and ink, pastels, and polymer clay.

See the details at www.center4creativearts.org, or email The Center to register at center4creativearts@comcast.net.


Blood Drive
Sunday, April 8

Please give blood! Virginia Blood Services will be here Sunday, April 8, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Bloodmobile in the front parking lot. Contact: Kelly Wood at 439-3432. Sign up online at https://vadonor.org. Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcome.

Geranium Sale

United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond is selling geraniums at $4.50 each (4 ½” pot) in red, salmon, coral, hot pink, and white. (We will take orders for specific colors but cannot guarantee.) Last day to order is Sunday, April 8. Geraniums will arrive Friday, April 13.To order, contact Sandi Shriner at 405-3351. EMAIL SANDI


UMM at Flying Squirrels
Sunday, April 15

For our United Methodist Men’s April monthly meeting, we will be going to the ballpark! Join us on Sunday, April 15, at the Diamond for an afternoon of fun and fellowship with the whole family. We will meet in front of the stadium at 12:50 pm. Tickets are $5.50 assuming we can get at least 20 people to go. Please RSVP to Dave Adkins by Thursday, April 12, with the number of people attending from your family. EMAIL DAVE

Caring Clothes Closet Update

The Caring Clothes Closet is pleased to announce that they are beginning a search for bigger space in the Richmond metro area. They fully expect to maintain the CCC location on the SGUMC campus as a donation and sorting site, but bigger space is needed for expanding operations and their reach into the community. Questions? Contact Sara Fender. EMAIL SARA | VISIT CCC WEBSITE


Church Accompanist

SGUMC is seeking a part-time (10-15 hours per week) Church Accompanist. This position serves under the Minister of Music and Arts and its primary function is to provide music for three Sunday morning worship services, accompany the sanctuary choir, the children and youth choirs, as well as play for special worship services during the year. To apply, please email your resume by Sunday, April 15, to jobs@shadygroveumc.net. Learn more at www.shadygroveumc.net/jobs.


Summer Dates for Children's Ministry

Vacation Bible School will run June 18-22 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Rolling River Rampage VBS registration begins Saturday, March 31, at the 10:00 am Easter Egg Hunt. Questions? Contact Beanie Kelly. EMAIL BEANIE

Summer Camp Play and Pray offers three opportunities at Shady Grove. Jungle Jam for ages 3-preK June 4-8; Pirate Party for ages 3-rising 1st grade July 9-13; Frosty Frolics for ages 3-rising 1st grade July 30-August 3. Each session runs 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and costs $145. Registration forms are available at www.shadygroveumc.net/children and at the church office. Questions? Contact Kate Bishop. EMAIL KATE | DOWNLOAD FLIER | DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

Children's Summer Mission – Rising 3rd through rising 6th graders, mark your calendars now for our Up and Out mission experience August 6-7. Contact Beanie Kelly about this overnight mission experience. EMAIL BEANIE

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 Bragga for sharing pictures from Bob Phillips' retirement luncheon with the choir!

Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 25

Palm Sunday

Celebrate with a palm processional for children at the 9:30 and 11:00 am worship services. Stop by the petting zoo and support children's missions with a donation to Heifer International. 


In the DOG House from 9:00 to 10:30 am.

Wednesday, March 28

Bistro Dinner and Wednesday Night Programming

Dinner is served 5:15 to 6:15 pm in the fellowship hall. RSVP on our website, www.shadygroveumc.net/shady-grove-bistro or call 360-3907, ext. 46 by 2:00 pm Monday. Adults: $7, Child: $3, Family (parents & children): $20. Menu for March 28 – Mulan – salmon salad, bakery rolls, berry trifle, kids’ menu – chicken nuggets. RSVP FOR DINNER

Thursday, March 29

Maundy Thursday Worship

7:00 pm in the sanctuary with communion, childcare for infants through preschoolers

Friday, March 30

Good Friday Worship

7:00 pm in the sanctuary

Saturday, March 31

Easter Egg Hunt

10:00 am. With crafts in the fellowship hall, for waddlers through 5th graders

Sunday, April 1

Easter Sunday

  • 6:30 am Sunrise service on sidewalk near cemetery, followed by breakfast in fellowship hall
  • 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am Traditional Worship in the sanctuary
  • 9:30 and 11:00 am Contemporary Worship in the fellowship hall

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. Questions? Contact Frank Basil. EMAIL FRANK | DOWNLOAD ORDER FORM 

Caring Clothes Closet

The Caring Clothes Closet is seeking to fill two new volunteer positions: a Retail Manager to oversee the intake and set up of the closet; and, a Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator to oversee the recruitment of new CCC volunteers, including individuals and corporations. Interested in learning more? Contact Sara Fender. EMAIL SARA | VISIT CCC WEBSITE

Last, but not least!

Bishop's Convocation on Race and Reconciliation

Bishop Lewis has called a Convocation on Race and Reconciliation on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Annandale UMC. Lunch will be served. The convocation will empower participants to become lifelong learning disciples who will be able to conduct the difficult conversations we all need to have related to issues of racial division, justice, and God’s call to ministries of reconciliation and peace. Keynote speaker will be Romal Tune. Register and learn more at https://tinyurl.com/VAUMCrace-reconciliation0418. Please let Gregg Butler, gbutler@shadygroveumc.net, know if you are attending and would like to share a ride.

VIM Trip to the Holy Land planned for November

A Volunteers In Mission (VIM) trip to Israel and Palestine will be taking place November 5 - 17, 2018. This experience is sponsored by the Virginia Conference Board of Church and Society and will be led by certified VIM team leaders, the Rev. John Copenhaver and the Rev. Steve Jones. This trip will focus on learning and service with Palestinian Christians and will include visits to religious sites in Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Hebron. An informational meeting about this trip will take place on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the conference center in Glen Allen. Interested persons should contact either leader; an itinerary and inclusive cost are available. Possible scholarship funds for young adults. Contact John Copenhaver or Steve Jones to learn more. EMAIL JOHN | EMAIL STEVE
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