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SUNRISE CELEBRATIONS & SERVICE
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Happening this Sunday
9:00 am - Praise Team Rehearsal
9:30 am - Sunday Small Group
10:00 am - Brunch
10:25 am - Announcements (please make note of this change)
10:30 am - Worship Celebration
Fri. Sept 13 (7:00 pm) - Genesis Kardia 2nd Fun Friday with Dance & Bingo
Sat. Sept 14 (9:00 am-1:30 pm) - Red Cross Blood Drive at Shallowford Presbyterian Church
(6-9 pm) - Supper Club Please RSVP to Andy Fenn at email@example.com
Sun. Sept. 29 (after worship) - CLC meeting
Sun. Oct. 13 (6:00 pm) - Charge Conference of the West Forsyth Missional Network at Pine Grove UMC.
CHURCH PLAYGROUND CLEAN UP MORNING
Saturday Oct 19, 2019 at 8:30 AM - Come join us for a morning of physical exercise as we make the playground more safe and beautiful for the children.
Tool needs are: shovels, gravel rakes, pitch forks and wheelbarrow.
We are collecting current college student address for surprise packages. Please send your college students address to receive packages to Sandy Holt by 9/29/19.
Sermon this Week
Pastor Jeff will preach the message:
“Which Road Are You On?”
Theme: In the gospel lesson, Jesus is calling us to go down a certain road – a road which He paved, a road which He has already walked. It is, however, a less traveled road – a road in which most do not want to go down, because it is a difficult road. This is the less traveled road of the cross - of sacrifice and of suffering for the sake of the gospel. Jesus wants us to surrender our old life to him and, in so doing, He will give us a new life. But what kind of new life? This new life is in Christ Jesus. It is not a life of worldly prestige and entertainment, or lots of money and possessions, but of selflessness and sacrifice, which will eventually lead to the riches of eternal glory!
Something to Ponder ~ from Pastor Jeff
He has commanded us to love. God hasn't given us this command as an instructor would give a homework assignment, to be completed all by ourselves. Instead, this Instructor is right by our side, helping us on the hard parts.
"No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."
(1 John 4:12)
"The Next Chapter"
Sunrise Church is once again going through a change in pastoral leadership. Many know the way of the United Methodist Church regarding appointments. It’s called the itinerant system. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, preached up to 40,000 sermons in his lifetime. He was an itinerant preacher – or circuit rider, as they were called back in those days – traveling from town to town in England. Eventually, Wesley would bring the movement to America with the same theory – that appointments would be for only a few months after which the preacher would be moved to another circuit. This traveling from place to place to begin Methodist societies led to the itinerant system which the United Methodist Church still uses today. Pastors make a commitment to go and serve wherever they are sent by the bishop. Thank goodness the appointments today last a bit longer than in Wesley’s time, as it can be challenging and strenuous for the people of churches, but also for pastors.
I was appointed to Sunrise on July1 replacing Pastor Jennifer who served the church for four years. I wish to keep up the work she did here and hopefully add to it. Sunrise is a unique church with wonderful people and ministries. Thank you for your warm welcome and the kindness and love you have shown Laurie and me. We are excited to be a part of this fellowship.
With all of that said, I was thinking, back when Laurie and I were preparing to move to the Lewisville-Clemmons area and start up with a new church, that life is like a book. Both have many chapters with each chapter adding something to the story. A chapter ends and another begins to continue the story to its conclusion. This can be said, not only in one’s life and in the life of a church, but also in businesses, world history, nature, the environment, and more. But let’s talk about our personal journey of life and the changes we all experience as we move from chapter to chapter.
For all of us, life changes over the years. Some of us like change, while for others there is a great disdain for it. Some welcome it as an adventure – something different from the humdrum. Others are uncomfortable with it and are satisfied with the status quo. It can involve going to a new school, a new job, a new home, getting a new brother or sister, when and where to retire, and other big decisions we may be forced to make. Transitions (or changes) can be exciting and positive, or difficult and negative. Our attitude depends on our sensibility and the circumstances surrounding the change. We wonder: “Can I do this? Is everything going to be alright?”
Like a book that breaks down the entire story into chapters, life is not one chapter but many. When we come to the end of a chapter, we turn the page, open the next chapter, and the story goes on. Some chapters may be unpleasant, and we want to quickly turn the page; in others, there may have been much sweetness and we want to stay there for a while. God has a plan for everyone, and it involves many chapters. Our individual story is not over until the day we die. The Lord said, “I know the plans I have for you, plans for good, plans to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). Keep looking to the future with hope and have a trusting eagerness for the next chapter God is going to write.
Trusting in His care,
Cancer Support Group
Cancer has caused ripples of pain throughout our community. For some, it can be a long, hard journey. 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, invite them to join us every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. The next meeting is on September 18.
Put these important dates on your calendar and "give the gift of life":
September 14 - Shallowford Presbyterian
November 9 - Sharon UMC
January 11 - Trinity Community
March 14 - Sunrise UMC
May 9 - Lewisville UMC
July 11 - Unity Moravian
September 12 - Shiloh Lutheran
November 14 - TBA
Ministerial Contact Information
Pastor Jeff asks everyone to feel free to call him if you have a need or desire a visit. You may contact him by email or by phone: (336) 416-5869.
Our other leaders are contactable below:
Rev. Darren, Pastor Jayne Radionov and Tim Bralley
---Ongoing Ministry Information---
Our youth program kicked off with a big splash last Sunday with a pool party. It was a great event! We look forward to a successful year of learning, service, fellowship, and just plain ole' fun! 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 welcome!
We need help with meals. Below is a link to sign up. Thank you for your support for our youth.
Visit Our Events Page to register for all upcoming Fundraisers, Mission projects, Retreats:
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. Contact Rev. Darren
Plan to join us each week for music, fellowship and learning, plus our prayer time. You will be lifted up with the smiles and fun. If you are interested in attending or volunteering, we would love to have you. We like to have volunteers! Please come check us out. Pastor Jayne Radionov
Current Regular Groups
> Sunday Small Group - Sundays @ 9:30 am - Email Linda Hammett
> Genesis Kardia - Mondays @ 6:30 pm - Email Jayne Koeslin-Radionov-re-starts in the Fall
> Supper Club - Friday or Saturday Evening once a month - Email Kathi Vaughn
> Youth Group - Sundays @ 5:30 pm for grades 6-12 - Email Sunrise Youth
> Food Pantry Donations - We support the Clemmons Food Pantry & Lewisville Community Assistance Program (LCAP). September Needs: Canned Tuna
> Sunday Brunch - Volunteer for SUNRISE BRUNCH (WE HAVE A LOT OF SPOTS STILL OPEN, PLEASE HELP!)
Click on the link above or contact Paige Reeder
Visit our MAKE SUNRISE HAPPEN page under SERVE and sign up on the Honey Do List.
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. Below are ways in which you can serve:
Worship Production Team
Visit our MAKE SUNRISE HAPPEN page under SERVE and see the many ways we need servant leaders.
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