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***OUTSIDE SERVICES HAVE RESUMED EACH SUNDAY***
Due to COVID-19, for the time being, our services will be held outside on Sunday at 10:00am.
We practice social distancing, ask everyone to wear a mask to protect the most vulnerable
(we will provide one if you forget!) but this doesn't stop us from worshipping God with our whole heart
with lively praise music, prayer, and relevant biblical teaching.
A live stream Sunday worship service can be found on our Facebook page at 10:00 am.
You are welcome to join us in person outside the church for the service.
Let's join together in prayer...on Facebook!
Every Tuesday at noon, Pastor Ron will be on Facebook live on the Sunrise Page for a time of prayer and a short devotional. As soon as you get on, feel free to post your prayer requests. If it is private, you can directly message him. If you miss it, feel free to comment on the Facebook Live post with your requests and he will pray for those throughout the coming week.
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: 8/09/2020
Pastor Ron Garner will deliver the message.
Sermon Title: RPJ- Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks; Keeping it Together When Everything Seems to be Falling Apart Series
Key scripture: 1 Thess 5:16-18
Keeping it Together When Everything Is Falling Apart
Do you feel like at times your world is coming unhinged? Everything might seem like it is falling apart. And then God says "be still" (Psalm 46) ...in short, know it is going to be okay because He is in control.. For our final week in this series, we will look at the concluding words of Paul the church planter to the Church in Thessaloniki. Invite a neighbor, co-worker, or a family member and come join us at 10:00 AM on the lawn near the playground for a time of lively worship and relevant biblical teaching!
Please bring your own chairs.
By all means, dress casually! Shorts are fine. We will practice social distancing, wear masks (unless in our family groups), and have hand sanitizer stations along with masks available for those who might forget. If for some reason you can’t attend, we will offer a live feed on our Facebook page. But we sure would love it if you can come in person!
Reading (eating) the Bible Right?
If we are honest, for many of us, reading the bible is like reading a dictionary. We might learn something, but it is unlikely change how we go about our day. But what if we are reading the bible wrong? If you were with us this past Sunday, we talked about on three separate occasions God tells his prophets to "eat this book/scroll." Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and John in Revelation. In a sense, God was telling them, don't just take His words into their heads, but into the very fabric of their being... to the point where they begin to embody and live those words out. That is chewing and consuming Scripture.
Over the centuries, Christians have developed ways to engage Scripture more fully. In the 3rd century, a group of monks developed a way to read the bible that was more akin to “eating it.” The practice was called Lectio Divinia...which literally means, “Divine Reading.” It was a way to encounter God at a very personal level in the bible rather than just learning some facts about God. It’s like the difference between reading the “About” page of a friend on Facebook and meeting them for coffee. Knowing that their favorite series on Netflix is Stranger Things are unlikely to change you. But hearing first hand how they overcame their battle with cancer just might. If you want to learn how to practice Lectio Divinia see https://bustedhalo.com/ministry-resources/lectio-divina-beginners-guide
Now admittedly, this Christian practice takes some amount of time. But here are three key principles we can embrace whether we follow the exact steps of this age-old practice or not. First, take a moment to center ourselves. Ask God to help us to focus on Him and push everything else in our mind to the side for the moment. Second, believe that God wants to speak to us as we read Scripture. The Creator of all things wants to bend our ear! Third, just like if we are talking to a friend when God speaks through his word, we should respond. For example, if we read in Romans 12:9 “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good” we might sense God is calling us to stand up against injustice in our community. So our response might be to take a specific action. Not just think “well, that sounds like a swell idea” and then go about our life if nothing has changed. In short, if we want to read Scripture right, we must eat it, let it shape our very soul and not just read it!
Do you like to meet new people? Have you been described as "warm and friendly"? Then we would love for you to join the hospitality team! One of the main reasons people return to a church they visit is that they felt accepted and welcomed. That is the role of the team. To do small things that have a big impact on guests which can lead to growing the kingdom of God! We already have a few people but need several more. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Ron or Julie Laurie 336-346-9128.
Nursery and Children's Church
We are still 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 of their people have committed. Some from Sunrise have already volunteered, but we need a few more.
We are also looking for a point person.
A safe sanctuary training will be required for all new volunteers from both churches. This will take place later this month. Email, or Call: Pastor Ron or email Sandy Holt, if you feel led to serve in either one of these ministries.
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.
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 Saturdays. If you cannot join live on Saturday, you will find it afterwards on the Genesis Kardia Facebook page.
CURRENTLY ON HOLD - 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 our Out of School Care which we hope to open in July.
Contact Mary for registration and further information.
Mission and Service Opportunities
SUNDAY BRUNCH - CURRENTLY ON HOLD
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":
September 12 - Collide Church (Formerly Trinity Friends Church Location)
November 14 - Shiloh Lutheran
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 Ron 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) 926-2297
Our other leaders can be contacted by email:
Rev. Darren, Pastor Jayne and Tim Bralley
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