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***INSIDE WORSHIP SERVICES AND ALL ACTIVITIES AND MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE ***
A live stream Sunday worship service can be found on our Facebook page at 10:30 am.
God bless all our healthcare workers, first responders, and those working in essential jobs during this pandemic.
Please continue to financially support the church during this unprecedented time. Being out of church can make our minds slip of our obligation to give our tithe. Many have been giving and we are holding up reasonably well, but please maintain a spiritual discipline of commitment to your church. You may mail a check to: Sunrise UMC, PO Box 266, Lewisville, NC 27023 or go to the "Give" link on our website for instructions on giving through PayPal. Thank you for your generosity and love for Sunrise.
Worship This Sunday
Pastor Jeff will preach "Believe John 3:16" from John 3:1-17 NLT.
Theme: The idea of being “born again” is a difficult concept to comprehend, but we know that to be a true Christian, according to Jesus, one must be born again. Jesus’ words are unmistakable and to the point: “Unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Only God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, can give this new life. God puts his spirit into us when we accept that salvation comes only by the way of the cross of Jesus Christ. We are then given a new regenerated human spirit and become children of God. All this is given through God’s effort, not ours, when Jesus was lifted upon that cross for each one of us and for all future generations. Thus, salvation is all about God’s action - all we must do is believe.
Something to Ponder ~ from Pastor Jeff
The Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8). He loves you. He is interested in you. He has the hairs of your head numbered (Matthew 10:30). He loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). And He wants to forgive you. He wants to come into your life and into your home and into your work and into all relationships and help you.
God is infinitely more concerned about your happiness than you could possibly be. He says, "Deny yourself, and follow me."
"He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord" (Isaiah 26:3).
Newsletter Article – June 2020
Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Thessalonians 5:23).
This is the season of transition for many churches, as some pastors bid farewell to churches they have led and prepare to move on to new appointments. For some “parting is such sweet sorrow” (as Romeo lamented to fair Juliet), and some faces and familiarities will be missed. But many pastors and churches look forward to new challenges and opportunities to evolve and stretch their ministry in new directions.
I’m not someone who generally leaves things unspoken. Whether it’s something that fills me with joy or something that has been hurtful, it’s not my natural inkling to let things quietly blow over. I’d rather talk about the elephant in the room than pretend he’s not there because I have found that, often, an honest conversation can cut that elephant down to size. Words are my thing. I’m a talker, but I hope I’m a listener too. So, it should come as no surprise that, as I have recently made the decision to leave our church, I cannot let this slip by without saying something. And the two somethings that I want to say, dear church, are that this is not easy, and I love you.
Leaving a church family is no small matter – even if it’s only been but a year. They say in the first year of a ministerial appointment, the most important thing is to build relationships. I have tried hard to learn everyone’s name and a bit about each one of you. I was hoping we would continue building a strong friendship in years ahead and do worship and ministry together. I’ve wrestled and grieved and felt all the feelings, and I’ve spent much time pondering what’s best for Sunrise since I arrived. Nothing about this decision has been easy. We are a family and factoring in all our needs and desires, and spiritual levels, makes staying at or leaving the church complicated. Navigating this road as your pastor has been an emotional challenge and choosing to uproot after one year was really the last thing I wanted to do but felt it necessary to do so.
Truly, I have nothing but love and tenderness in my heart toward the leadership team and all the other wonderful folks I have served with and worshiped beside. My decision to leave isn’t because of anger, lack of forgiveness, or unmended hurt. It is simply a change of direction for both me and Sunrise. As I see it, our church is at a fork in the road. Our collective end goal is still the same. Our joint mission hasn’t changed. We all want to see the kingdom of God grow and people come to saving faith in Jesus, and thus, we need to examine our vision and the way in which to achieve it for the glory of God.
Christians are often referred to as brothers and sisters. John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who did receive him (Jesus), to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” You are my brothers and sisters in Christ. We are all children of God, loved by our Father, and this will never change. You are preparing to enter a partnership with new brothers and sisters – G3 United Methodist Church. I am 100% confident that this is a blessing from God and will be successful if everyone exercises love and acceptance. God always makes a way where there was no way, and God will do it again for people who have faith.
I hope you have a wonderful future. I hope that under this partnership and new pastoral leadership, you find a way to connect with the neighborhood and invite more people to join you on Sunday morning. I share with you the Mizpah blessing: “The Lord watch between me and you while we are absent one from the other.”
So, to my Sunrise church family, I want to say, bless you, bless you, bless you, for you have been nothing but a blessing to Laurie and me since we met. Thank you for loving, challenging, encouraging, and nurturing us. Thank you for calling us out to serve with you and be used by God. I pray that God would continue to pour out his favor on you and that many would come to a relationship with Christ because of your faithfulness. You will always feel like home to us and we will miss you dearly.
May God lead your path,
Nursery and Children's Church
We are searching for servants in the name of the Lord to establish an effective nursery and children's church when our partnership takes place with G3. Would you consider serving God and your church in one of these roles? Brenda Fearrington has already volunteered to head up scheduling of the nursery. We need people willing to be on a rotational schedule.
In addition, a children's church program is desired. G3 already has curriculum in place and several people committed. We are looking for a few more to assist in this ministry plus a point person.
A safe sanctuary training will be required for all new volunteers from both churches. This will take place later this month. Call Pastor Jeff if you feel led to serve in either one of these ministries.
Congratulations to our graduates of Sunrise. They are:
> Holden Barnes - West Forsyth High School - Attending Wake Forest University - Statistics
> Chris Hickerson - Reagan High School - Attending Western Carolina - Communication and Film Production
> Conner Streit - Mount Salem Learning Academy- Attending UNC Asheville - Computer Science
> Addison Webster - West Forsyth High School - Attending UNC Asheville - Music Education
> Grant Powell - Webb Street High School - Planning to working at Publix and volunteering at local animal shelters
> Jake Powell - East Carolina University - Construction Management with a Business minor
Abby Fobes created a great video and can be found on Sunrise's Facebook page.
Cancer Support Group
Cancer has caused much pain throughout our families and community. For some, it can be a long, hard journey of the unknown. And while it is not something we can fix, we can share the burden together and offer a space for prayer, dialogue, and emotional and spiritual healing. If you or someone you know needs a place to share their story or listen to the stories of others, come join us every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm.
Our next meeting will be held via a Zoom meeting on June 17 at 6:30 pm. Contact Pastor Jeff if interested in joining the discussion. His email address is: email@example.com
The Youth are having a cool time of learning, service, fellowship, and just plain ole' fun! It is led by Mark and Brandy Brandon and Darren Hickerson. We meet each Sunday from 5:30-7:00 pm. All Jr./Sr. High youth are invited to attend. Don't forget - your friends are always welcome!
***No Youth gatherings until further notice***
Youth Band - the 21 Disciples praise band practices on Sundays after youth meetings. We lead the praise for Genesis Kardia on Monday nights at 6:30 pm. If you would like to be a part of the group, contact Rev. Darren
Youth Meals - please show your support for the youth by providing a meal at one of their gatherings. Please contact Brandy Brandon for available dates.
A MINISTRY FOR THOSE WITH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CHALLENGES! Join us every Monday at 6:30 pm for music, prayer, fellowship, and learning. Come, sit, and see what we are doing. You will be lifted up with the smiles and personalities of our special guests. If you are interested in attending or volunteering, we would love to have you. Please check us out. Contact Pastor Jayne Radionov for further information.
Services are online live at Jayne Radionov's Facebook page at 6:00 pm on Saturday. If you cannot join live on Saturday, you will find it afterwards on the Genesis Kardia Facebook page.
Join us on June 6 at 6:00 pm for our next service and for a drive-through time of fun at Sunrise all on-line on Monday, June 8 at 6:00 pm.
On Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm, Pastor Jeff leads a one-hour prayer/Bible study. We begin with praying for the needs of individuals, the church, and the community. Following prayer, we study the Word of God. We are studying the miracles of Jesus as recorded in the gospels. Currently, we are centered on Jesus feeding 5,000 people.
***Our study is online. If you are interested in joining, please send an email to Pastor Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.***
Sunrise offers after school care from 2:45-6:00 pm. A typical day includes devotions, homework time, snack, outside play, crafts, and occasional movies. Our director is Mary Potts. She can be contacted at 336-941-7328.
***Our after-school care is currently closed. ***
We look forward to Summer Camp which we hope to open in July. Registration has begun. Summer Camp includes weekly field trips, bowling, skating, train rides, a trampoline park, and much more. We also have local vendors coming including Book Mobile and Village Way Veterinarian. Contact Mary for registration and further information.
Mission and Service Opportunities
Volunteers are needed for our 10:00 am brunch on Sunday mornings before the worship. There are spots open, please help! Contact Paige Reeder
SAMARITAN SOUP KITCHEN
Sunrise is helping at the Samaritan Soup Kitchen, on fifth Saturdays of a month. Our next work day is on August 29.
Please register to volunteer at:
and click “Register for Upcoming Event” for this and other events.
Message from Samaritan Ministries: We continue to feel overwhelming love and support from our community as we navigate through this unpredictable time. We are so thankful to the volunteers, staff, donors and community partners that have allowed for our services to guests to continue. We are committed to always fulfilling our mission of providing food, shelter and hope through Christian love.
The Ministry needs help with volunteers to distribute take-out meals and to donate certain items that can be dropped off at the back door. Those items are:
We support the Clemmons Food Pantry & Lewisville Community Assistance Program (LCAP). Please consider bringing non-perishable food and other staples of your choice directly to the mission if you are able.
Put these important dates on your calendar and "give the gift of life":
July 11 - New Hope AME Zion Church
September 12 - Shiloh Lutheran Church
November 14 - Trinity Community Church
MAKE SUNRISE HAPPEN
Every time we gather for worship there are numerous servants selflessly giving their time and energy just to MAKE SUNRISE HAPPEN. Be a part of the work of the church. VOLUNTEER! Trust that God will reward you more than what you will put in. Contact Pastor Jeff if interested in serving. Below are ways in which you can serve:
Ministerial Contact Information
You may contact him by email or by phone: (336) 416-5869.
Our other leaders can be contacted by email:
Rev. Darren, Jayne Radionov and Tim Bralley
Our physical address is: Our mailing address is:
Sunrise United Methodist Church Sunrise United Methodist Church
1111 Lewisville-Clemmons Rd P.O. Box 266
Lewisville, NC 27023 Lewisville, NC 27023
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