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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
10:30 am - Worship Celebration
5:30 pm - No Youth gathering
On Tuesday, January 14, Pastor Jeff began a one-hour Prayer/Bible study that will meet every Tuesday thereafter. The study will center around the miracles of Jesus. Come for prayer and learning at 6:30 pm!
Jimmy Williams, co-chair of our Outreach Ministry, is offering an opportunity of continued support of Samaritan Ministries by working at the Samaritan Inn. We will be doing this starting Saturday evening, January 25th. We will be preparing and serving dinner and breakfast to the guests, as well as doing a shift during the night watching the cameras. The volunteers have their own dorm, beds, and bathroom. We also have a time to socialize and have devotions after dinner. The minimum age is 18 (17 if accompanied by a parent). The commitment is from Saturday at 6:00 pm to Sunday at 7:30 am. If you have any questions or want to volunteer, please see Jimmy or call him at 336-971-2517.
Stay after service on Feb. 2 and support the Youth as they host a fundraiser. Receive a bowl of soup or chili with all the fixings and choice of dessert. All proceeds will support their summer mission project. In addition to your monetary donation, we would also appreciate and welcome, if possible, you making and bringing a pot of your favorite soup. Please make checks payable to: "Sunrise Youth."
Sermon this Sunday
Pastor Jeff will preach: "Savor and Share" from John 1:29-42.
Theme: Our challenge every day that we live is asking ourselves how best to receive God's blessings and how to use them. Will we squander them, or will we savor them and use them for good? We’ve each been called and chosen to savor and share our salvation by following Christ Jesus our Savior, but the choice of how we do that is up to us. How have we responded thus far in our lives? Have we been faithful up to this point? Each of us must search our own hearts and ask: “God, are you pleased with me? Am I squandering Your gifts and blessings?” God has called us to be good stewards of those blessings – the gifts, graces, talents and worldly possessions that he has provided us out of His glorious generosity. Our responsibility is to savor them and share them with others.
Something to Ponder ~ from Pastor Jeff
Turning conviction into action requires great sacrifice, for no one ever comes into the full realization of the best things of God in one's life without learning to walk alone with Him.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." (Psalm 139:9-10)
Newsletter Article – January 2020
“When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?’”
~ John 21:15 ~
The book of Ecclesiastes teaches that in life there is a time for everything. The writer lists things like mourning, weeping, dying, sorrow, but there is also a time for laughing, singing, and dancing. If we focus only on the sobering aspects, we overlook God’s joyful imperative. While life has its horrible moments, clearly God yearns for our happiness.
Psalm 8 points out that God has crowned us with glory and honor and given us power over the earth. But we cannot fail to notice that the psalm both opens and closes with emphasis on God’s sovereignty. Our glory and honor falls within the parameters of God’s oversight. Yes, the coming year will bring its share of hardship, sorrow, and failure. After all, there is a time for everything. But God has given us all creation, love, laughter, and meaningful work to fill our days. God desires that the tenor of our lives be that of joy and that is where Jesus comes in.
Amid disappointment, loss, and defeat Jesus has a wonderful way of restoring us when we fail Him! He does not humiliate us. He does not criticize us. He does not ask us to make a resolution to try harder. Rather, He takes us aside and asks us to reaffirm our love for Him.
Peter miserably failed his Lord when he fled with the other disciples from the Garden of Gethsemane. Later, he publicly denied that he even knew Jesus. Peter must have wondered if he had been capable of being Jesus’ disciple when he was unfaithful to Jesus in His most crucial hour. How many times have we felt like Peter?
As we begin a new year, we may be painfully aware that we have failed our Lord in many ways. Perhaps we were not faithful. Perhaps we disobeyed His word to us. Perhaps we denied Him by the way we lived. Jesus will take us aside, as He did Peter. He will not berate us. He will not humiliate us. He will though ask us to examine our love for Him. One day He asked Peter, “Do you love Me?” If our answer, like Peter’s, is “Yes, Lord, I love you” He will reaffirm His will for us. If we truly love Him, we will obey Him (John 14:15). Jesus does not need our resolutions, our recommitments, or our promises to try harder this year. If our resolve to obey God last year did not help us to be faithful, it will not make us successful this year. Jesus simply asks for our love. If we truly love Him, our service for Him in the new year will be of the quality that He desires.
Resolutions is a tradition about resolving to adjust an undesired trait or character flaw, to accomplish a personal goal or improve one’s life in the coming new year. Resolving to lose weight, eat better, exercise, save money, quit smoking, etc. are all good. But let’s put at the top of the list, and hopefully one that won’t be broken, to love Jesus more and give Him all our best thoughts and efforts in every situation.
Happy New Year to my church family at Sunrise. May peace and goodwill abound in your home and in the world!
To God Be the Glory,
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 January 15.
Put these important dates on your calendar and "give the gift of life":
March 14 - Sunrise UMC
May 9 - Lewisville UMC
July 11 - Unity Moravian Church
September 12 - Shiloh Lutheran Church
November 14 - Trinity Community Church
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---
The Youth are having a great time 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 always welcome!
Okay Youth! This is one of our big fundraisers that will help fund our summer youth mission project. All hands on deck! Everyone needs to participate. We will host a soup luncheon after the worship service on Feb. 2. Make your favorite soup and a dessert. The people of Sunrise will eat and hopefully give a very generous donation for your efforts. By the way, there will be a competition for the best soup. So get to work! The winner will receive "The Golden Ladle" and have bragging rights until next year's Souper Sunday!
Please show your support for our youth by providing a meal at one of their gatherings. Please contact Justi Cernak for available dates and sign up.
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 New Year
> 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
> Clemmons Food Pantry & Lewisville Community Assistance Program (LCAP). We support these local outreach organizations. Please consider bringing to church non-perishable food and other staples of your choice to support their efforts. There is a drop-off place in the lobby.
The Clemmons Food Pantry can always use your grocery bags! They can be given to Karen King or please feel free to take them directly to the Food Pantry and place them in the “food donation” bin on the outside of the pantry building (last building on the left on Old Glory Road).
> Sunday Brunch - Volunteer for SUNRISE BRUNCH (WE HAVE A LOT OF SPOTS 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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