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Music Ministry Team Addition

Music is at central part of our ministry here at Seaside. It infuses our worship with power and draws us in to a deeper connection with God both by teaching and by helping us to center our spirits during worship. We are blessed with many gifted musicians in our Choir, Praise Team and our numerous ensembles. But the leadership of this ministry gives it shape and sets the tone.
For more than a dozen years, Seaside’s music team of Kathryn Parker and Lynn Enzor have overseen enormous growth. The Praise Team’s growing repertoire and the increasing demands for accompaniment for the choir mean that the absence of even one of our leaders creates a bind. Add to that the demands on Lynn in her “other life” as a bank manager, and we began to recognize the need for a third person in Music Ministry leadership.
After more than a year of discussions and search, we are pleased to announce the addition of Janette Schroeder to our Music staff beginning May 15th. Janette joins us as Assistant Music Director for Traditional Worship. She will be playing organ as well as piano and will help with the duties of directing our choirs, handbells and other ensembles. Janette has an extensive background in music ministry and we are excited to include her in our program.
The addition of Janette will allow Lynn to focus her considerable gifts on the oversight of the praise team ministry and our 9:30 worship service. Her new title will be Assistant Music Director for Contemporary Worship. Of course Kathryn continues to capably fill her role as team leader and Minister of Music for the church. Janette will provide accompaniment and other roles at 8:00 and 11:00 each week.  Of course each is capable of pinch-hitting when needed!
Thank you for what I know will be a warm welcome for Janette and for your continued support of our music ministry.

Labyrinth Site Dedicated

The​ ​Labyrinth​ ​Ministry​ ​Team​ ​of​ ​Seaside​ ​UMC​ ​has​ ​been​ ​working​ ​for​ ​almost​ ​2​ ​years​ ​planning​ ​for​ ​the​ ​construction​ ​of​ ​a​ ​labyrinth​ ​on​ ​the​ ​church​ ​grounds.​ ​A​ ​labyrinth​ ​is​ ​a​ ​walking​ ​meditation​ ​tool​ ​where​ ​you​ ​walk​ ​a​ ​winding​ ​path​ ​to​ ​the​ ​center​ ​and​ ​back​ ​out.​ ​There​ ​is​ ​only​ ​one​ ​way​ ​in​ ​and​ ​out.​ ​You​ ​use​ ​it​ ​as​ ​a​ ​time​ ​for​ ​meditation​ ​and​ ​reflection.

Sunday,​ ​April​ ​29​ ​some​ ​members​ ​of​ ​Seaside​ ​UMC​ ​gathered​ ​in​ ​the​ ​yard,​ ​by​ ​the​ ​sanctuary,​ ​​ ​where​ ​the​ ​labyrinth​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​located,​ ​and​ ​had​ ​a​ ​Blessing​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Ground​ ​service​ ​for​ ​our​ ​new​ ​labyrinth.​ ​Construction​ ​of​ ​the​ ​seven​ ​circuit​ ​labyrinth​ ​is​ ​scheduled​ ​to​ ​begin​ ​the​ ​week​ ​of​ ​May​ ​6,​ ​weather​ ​permitting.​ ​Carolina​ ​Creations​ ​will​ ​start​ ​by​ ​preparing​ ​the​ ​ground​ ​for​ ​the​ ​labyrinth​ ​and​ ​the​ ​landscaping.​ ​Then​ ​they​ ​will​ ​come​ ​and​ ​pour​ ​the​ ​30​ ​foot​ ​concrete​ ​slap​ ​on​ ​which​ ​the​ ​labyrinth​ ​will​ ​be​ ​etched.​ ​Then​ ​the​ ​landscaping​ ​will​ ​be​ ​put​ ​in.​ ​​ ​The​ ​entire​ ​process​ ​should​ ​take​ ​about​ ​1​ ​month.​ ​Watch​ ​this​ ​space.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​add​ ​pictures​ ​showing​ ​progress​ ​of​ ​the​ ​project​ ​as​ ​we​ ​go​ ​along.​ ​When​ ​the​ ​labyrinth​ ​is​ ​completed​ ​there​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​Dedication​ ​Service​ ​to​ ​which​ ​the​ ​congregation​ ​and​ ​community​ ​will​ ​be​ ​invited.​ ​

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A Sew-In for Haiti

On the afternoon of May 1st at Seaside UMC, fifty three (53) women cut, pinned, sewed, and ironed over 175 pillowcase dresses for girls and women in Haiti. The workshop was sponsored by Seaside’s United Methodist Women but women from the entire area participated.

The dresses will be divided between three mission trips this summer. Martha Worsley, UMW Harbor District Vice President will take half of the dresses with her when she goes to the Children’s Village of Duque orphanage in Haiti in early June.

Kim Curry and other members of Seaside United Methodist Church will take the remaining dresses with them on two mission trips to Haiti at the end of June. Kim will be going to Cazale for the Real Hope for Haiti Mission on June 22 and then will join our Seaside members (Pastor MJ, Mary Featherstone, Ken and Deb Wensel) in the village of Mizak on June 29th where they will be helping with a free eye glass clinic. Please keep all these folks in your prayers.

It’s Our Birthday – April 23, 1968. The United Methodist Church Celebrates 50 Years!

UMC Timeline: 1968 to Present

Oh the places you’ll go…and have been! Reaching a milestone year gives us a good reason to look back and highlight some of the major events in the UMC since the Uniting Conference in 1968.
Read more….. 

The people of The United Methodist Church have made a huge difference in the world. We say, let us count the ways!  Click here for a quick list of 50 reasons the world is a better place thanks to the witness and work of the people of the UMC.


If you have not seen the Claymation film about the growth of the church in the USA, it’s worth watching. Made in 1984, this short clip gives you a chance to “gallop” through United Methodist History! Click here to “gallop”!



Divinity Students Announced

Seaside has hosted a divinity student each summer over the past 8 years. This year, we are blessed to host TWO students. Blake Thomsen and Megan Soun are completing their first year at Duke Divinity School. They will be getting married on May 19 and will arrive at Seaside to begin their summer Field Education experience on May 26. We look forward to welcoming Blake and Megan and participating in their ministerial formation. Blake hails from California and Megan is from Memphis. They met at Princeton, where they both graduated before coming to Duke to complete their Master of Divinity degrees.

In the weeks ahead, you are encouraged to drop Blake and Megan a line welcoming them to Seaside and wishing them well in their upcoming wedding–and for final exams, too, for that matter! You may reach Blake at: and Megan at: We know they will be glad to hear from you.

Megan and Blake will be living in the community during the summer and welcome the opportunity to get to know the members of the congregation on a personal basis.  We invite you to consider inviting them for a meal or stopping by to visit them at the church after they arrive.

Seaside E-Recycling Fair

The first task God assigned to the human being in the garden was to “tend and keep” the earth. That task continues even today in the many ways we serve as stewards of God’s creation. Modern conveniences have served to make our lives more comfortable, but have often had the side-effect of creating a problem related to disposal. Did you know that many commonly used electronics contain significant amounts of toxic heavy metals such as lead, Chromium and Beryllium? Landfills do not want to accept electronic waste and many of the components reach the end of their useful life in just a few short years.  What to do?

In recent years, our Country Fair leaders have recognized the problem of electronic waste. Various electronic items were donated that were not working or were beyond their useful life, but we had no way to dispose of them so we had let it be known that such items would no longer be accepted. Over time, we’ve become aware of recycling programs that have sprung up to address the problem of electronic waste. So we have partnered with one such organization, S&S recycling, to help our church and community to dispose of unusable, unused or unwanted electronics in an environmentally responsible way through recycling.

Recycle any item that has a cord, battery or an electronic pulse. If you can plug it in to something, please bring it, whether it works or not!

Some examples of items that will be acceptable are:

toasters, lamps, radios, TVs, VCRs, monitors, printers, holiday lights, radios, extension cords, power cords, flashlights, phones, computer mouses (mice?), electric toothbrushes, headphones, earbuds, clocks, cell phones etc. Computer Hard drives will be magnetically wiped then physically destroyed prior to recycling to protect any potentially sensitive information.

All will be recycled, nothing will go to the landfill. Info: 315.729.6476 or 315.253.8107

All proceeds support SUMC Outreach Ministries

Mark your calendar for 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday April 7, 2018 to bring your items by. If you cannot come during those hours, drop-offs will be accepted in the large shed during business hours beginning Easter Sunday.

Lenten Lunches 2018

The Annual Lenten Luncheon series, sponsored by the Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14 at noon. Churches in Southwest Brunswick County will gather together to share in fellowship, a light meal, and a lenten message by an area pastor. All are welcome to attend. The hosting church provides a light meal for the participants. The Ministerial Association requests a donation of $5 per person, the proceeds of which go to area hunger ministries.

For Seaside members who would like to travel together on the church bus, please be in the Seaside church parking lot ready to leave at 11:20 am.

This year’s schedule is as follows:

February 14

Theme:  “Rediscover God by Fasting from External Show”
Texts:   Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12
Host Church:   St. Brendan’s Roman Catholic Church, Click for directions
Homilist: Ms. Katherine Moore

February 21

Theme:  “Rediscover God by Being Tested and Tempted”
Texts:   Psalm 77; Proberbs 30:1-9; Matthew 4:1-11
Host Church:   Seaside United Methodist Church, Click for directions
Homilist: Rev. Joe Needham

February 28

Theme:  “Rediscover God in Praying/Prayerfulness”
Texts:   Psalm 105
Host Church:   Shallotte Presbyterian Church, Click for directions
Homilist: Ms. Fran Salone-Pelletier

March 7

Theme:  “Rediscover God through Relationship”
Texts:   Psalm 84
Host Church:   St. Luke Lutheran Church, Click for directions
Homilist: Rev. Mary Jane Wilson-Parsons


Theme:  “Rediscover God from Trusting Sight”
Texts:   John 8:12-20
Host Church:   Calvary Baptist Church, Click for directions
Homilist: Rev. Won Namkoong

March 21

Theme:  “Rediscover God by Putting God’s Word into Action”
Texts:   Haggai 2:1-9
Host Church:   Camp United Methodist Church, Click for directions
Homilist: Rev. Henry Rehder

Benefit Concert February 13

The Coastal Blue Band will be at Seaside on Tuesday February 13 at 7:00 pm for a Benefit Concert sponsored by the United Methodist Men. Tickets are $10 and are available from the church office or many of our United Methodist Men. Proceeds from this concert will provide resources for a variety of area ministries and programs that are supported by our United Methodist Men’s ministry.

Download a poster:




For more information contact Bob Kogler.

Church-Wide Advent Devotional Reading

This Advent we invite you to participate in a church-wide Advent Devotional reading through the book, Expecting the Unexpected by author Blair Gilmer Meeks. Each week you will be introduced to a “big idea,” and each day led through various scripture readings, prayers and meditation exercises. Additionally, each week the Sunday Sermon series will follow the book and offer a more in-depth perspective. Prepare your hearts and minds this Advent and learn how to “Expect the Unexpected” gifts that God has in store for you and the world! Books go on sale beginning Sunday, November 19 at a reduced cost of $10. Books may be purchased Sundays after services and during the week in the church offices. Please plan to pay by check or credit card.