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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 10:30am.
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 10:30 am.
You are welcome to join us in person outside the church for the service.
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: 7/12/2020
Pastor Ron Garner will deliver the message.
Sermon Title: Mt. Nebo or Nob?
Key scripture: Deuteronomy 34
This coming Sunday, July 12th is our Partnership Sunday Worship Service beginning at 10am outside on the grounds of Sunrise UMC. We will gather for a social time (you are welcome to bring your own coffee or such and we will have bottled water available) with our official start at 10:30am. Please bring your own chairs! We will be celebrating what God can do through the coming together of Sunrise and G3.
For a bit of fun, we invite you to dress tropical and by all means casual! We will practice social distancing, wear masks and have a hand sanitizer station along with masks available for those who might forget. During this time together for those who are comfortable, we will do some “get to know you” activities and then worship our Lord together along with a message by our new pastor. 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!
I feel so honored and blessed to be appointed to your church as your lead pastor (I say “lead ‘as you have other pastors- don’t worry, I don’t need a badge with that title!) I have had the privilege of meeting several of your leaders, and it has been such a joy to hear Sunrise’s story from launch to present day. I was struck by how similar G3 and Sunrise are including their respective missions. In each case both began to reach the “none and dones” (the unchurched or those hurt by the church and left.) Even though both Sunrise and G3 were somewhat in the dark about how this partnership all came together, I truly believe God is going to do something beautiful and wonderful in the years ahead through this venture! I do want you to know that I am as much as your pastor as I am of G3. Ever since I have found out about my appointment, I have been praying for you and your families. God has already given me a love for you and your community. I can’t wait to meet you all face to face (or maybe mask to mask in our case) :) and begin life together.
You can go to Sunrise’s website and read more about me in the bio page
https://www.sunrise-umc.org/pastor-rons-bio.html. I don’t share much on the website regarding my ministry experience as I believe most visitors, particularly the unchurched, don’t care much about such matters. But I will share with you, my new church family! I have had a calling to vocational ministry since college. I was involved in the Christian organization InterVarsity at Furman University and it was here that I “cut my teeth”
ministry wise by leading small groups and eventually leading the ministry itself when I was a senior. I even had the chance to travel with InterVarsity as a short term missionary to India upon graduation. After my time in the army, I went into youth and children’s ministry. I spent over ten years in this capacity. I eventually was appointed to Mt. Tabor UMC here in Winston as their associate pastor. Myself and a small group of lay folks began G3, initially a second campus of Mt. Tabor. We eventually become our own charge (Methodist speak for church.) We started G3 in September of 2011. I have been her pastor ever since.
That is a snapshot of my experience in the church but let me share my heart. I have a deep calling to help those who feel far from God to come home again. Whether it be the unchurched, the dechurched, the underchurced I believe we as the Body of Christ, are called to be like the shepherd looking for the lost sheep, the woman looking for the lost coin and the father looking for his lost son (Luke 15.) And we go about helping those find their way home best by loving people unconditionally and showing them grace as we ourselves have received grace by the Father (John 1:14.) With this in mind, everything I do, whether it be working on the church website or exploring what hospitality looks like on a Sunday morning, I try to think about it from an “outsider's” perspective. As in how would someone from the outside the church community perceive this? Do they feel accepted? Loved? Welcomed? Etc. This is my heart, and from the stories I have heard, I believe it is your heart too! In brief, I am a father of two teenage girls (yes, please pray for me) :), husband of my beautiful wife of 26 years (please quote me on that :), a son of my parents who live most of the time locally, a sibling to a brother who lives in Asheville, an elder in the
United Methodist Church but most important, a sinner saved by grace and follower of Jesus Christ.
I look forward to sharing our journey together as we see the lost find their way back
home to the One who loves them most!
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.
Congratulations to our graduates of Sunrise. They are:
> Holden Barnes - Reagan High School - Attending Wake Forest University - Statistics
> Chris Hickerson - Reagan High School - Attending UNCW - 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
> Jacob Parker - Mt. Tabor High School - Forsyth Technical College
> 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.
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.
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
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) 926-2297
Our other leaders can be contacted by email:
Rev. Darren, Pastor Jayne and Tim Bralley
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