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.




You’re Invited to Seaside’s Family Christmas Celebration!

Join us on Sunday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for this annual family event! We will gather together, sing some Christmas carols together, hear from some of our soloists and then simply enjoy some time of fellowship over appetizers and finger foods. This year, for the first time ever, we are even hosting an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest, so be sure to get yours best and ugliest sweater out of the closet to show off to your Seaside family! Bring an appetizer to share, and come ready to welcome the spirit of Christmas this year!




Griefshare Surviving the Holidays 2017

 

Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and
Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?

Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn:

  •  How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  •  What to do about traditions and other coming changes
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • How to discover hope for your future

A Surviving the Holidays event lasts for about two hours. You’ll be welcomed by warm,
caring people who understand what you are going through and who want to help.

Join us Thursday, November 16 at 1:00 pm for Surviving the Holidays. We will meet at Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Rd. SW, Sunset Beach, NC 28468. There is a $5.00 fee for materials and Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact the church office (910.579.5753) or complete the form below. For additional information, please contact Jim McNeil at 910.393.9548.

 

 




Harvest Festival This Wednesday, October 25

A Word From Stefanie Riley

     What do Dracula, Batman, Elsa, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all have in common? They will all be here at Seaside next Wednesday! No, it is not an invasion, it is our Annual Harvest Festival. This event is one of Seaside’s largest outreach events in our community as families from all over come for a night of safe Halloween fun for their children. This is one of the biggest ways that Seaside says “Welcome” to young families and children, a way for us to say that we want to be a part of their lives.

     But each year I hear church members say to me, “You know, I’ve never come to the Harvest Festival.” Boy, do those folks miss out! There are so many blessings that we receive by serving at this event, and if you take the time to come this Wednesday I promise you will not be disappointed. All you need to do is bring your car, decorate your trunk (and that may just mean hanging a plastic bat or some Halloween balloons from your car), and bring candy to hand out to the children as they go trick-or-treating in our parking lot. You can even dress up if you would like!

     If you choose to participate this coming Wednesday, you will have the opportunity to see adorable kids in their costumes, and their eyes light up when you offer them candy and treats. You will see children playing games, smiles on their faces, laughter in their hearts, just as God has made them. You will see families sharing a meal together, and even though it is only pizza, for some families this may be the only meal they eat together all week. You will see Seaside members from different services coming together, meeting for the first time perhaps, sharing in this joint effort of outreach.

     In short, if you come to the Harvest Festival, you will see the Kingdom of God being built. And who ever would have thought that the Kingdom would include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…….




Belonging: Being a Community in the Image of God

In the very first chapter of Genesis, God turns his creative focus to human beings and says, “Let us make human beings in our image, according to our likeness.” Much has been made over God’s voice switching between both singular and plural here. To whom was God speaking? Christian understandings have connected the plural to our trinitarian understanding of the One God; that in creation, Father, Son and Spirit were together the source of life and all that is; and that this existence in eternal community is also reflected in God’s creation of the human being in God’s image. A few verses later, God observes the human being and states that “It is not good that the human being should be alone.” These themes are reflected throughout scripture as God speaks of his people in the terms of belonging. We belong to God and we belong to each other. Over the next six weeks we will be exploring the themes of belonging.

Week 1: “Belonging: God’s Image” (Genesis 1:26-2:3) Scott Wilson-Parsons
What does it mean to belong to the God whose nature is to be in community, and how we are to experience and reflect that nature through the Church?

Week 2: “Belonging: A Gracious Hospitality” (Luke 19:1-10) Stefanie Riley
The Story of Zacchaeus offers us a glimpse of what the grace of belonging looks like as it is offered and as it is received.

Week 3: “Belonging: All in All” (Acts 2:43-47; 5:1-11) Mary Jane Wilson-Parsons
Belonging is a word we sometimes apply to possessions. How are we to understand possessions in a community where all belong and are included?

Week 4: “Belonging: Building Trust” (I Thessalonians 5:12-28) Mary Jane
Belonging requires vulnerability and vulnerability requires trust. In a world that is often harsh and unforgiving, how do we open ourselves to each other?

Week 5: “Belonging: You Are Enough” (Gen. 3:1-13, II Cor. 5:17-21) Stefanie
Before we can authentically welcome another, we must first understand our own identity in Christ. Who does God say that we are?

Week 6: “Belonging: Getting to ‘Us’” (I Corinthians 12:12-27) Scott
How do we transition from being a gathering of individuals to a body of believers, bound by the love of God and shaped by the nature of God through belonging to each other?

Come and join us as together we explore what it means to belong to God…and to each other.

Scott




Country Fair Wrap-up 2017

With appreciation to all who helped to make our 2017 Country Fair a success, we are pleased to report that we raised approximately $58,000 for outreach ministries. Through fair proceeds, Seaside supports local support and ministries such as Providence Home, Hope Harbor, the Literacy Council, Crop Walk, SBIC, the Food Pantry, STARS and many more. In addition, funds reach around the world to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Missionary Salary Support, and programs such as Mountain to Mountain (Haiti).

Kudos to Fair leaders Kim and Carolyn Loucks who guided this year’s fair through many challenging moments–not least of which was the uncertainty surrounding the weather as Hurricane Irma wrecked havoc through the Carribean and up the West Coast of Florida (and THIS on the heels of Hurricane Harvey devastating the coast of Texas). But by Sunday morning, September 10, the storm track had Irma moving sufficiently west of us that we believed that the fair could continue. In the end, we had the best weather we’ve had for the fair in recent memory!

Below is a short video of some of the highlights of this year’s fair.




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 1:00 pm on Saturday October 14, 2017 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 October 1-14.




Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help

As we watch news coverage of the devastating flooding that Hurricane Harvey continues to produce, we want to help.

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) outlines specific ways that you can help now, even as rescue efforts remain underway.

Currently the best way to donate financially is through UMCOR’s US Disaster Response Advance #901670. You may give online to this fund or you may donate offline with a check.

To donate offline, please place a check in our Seaside United Methodist Church offering plate and designate UMCOR US Disaster Response Advance #901670 on the memo line OR mail a check to Conference Treasurer-Raleigh Area, P.O. Box 890202, Charlotte, NC 28289-0202 with the advance name and number on the memo line.

When the Texas Annual Conference invites volunteers to come, we will publicize that information.

Please continue to pray for those impacted so adversely by this storm and for the many workers and volunteers who are offering rescue and care to those in need.




Holy Land Christians Visit Seaside on August 20

On August 20, 2017, Dr. George Ghanem, a native of Bethlehem, will visit Seaside to give us an update on the plight of Christians living in the Holy Land. George works with the Holy Land Christian Solidarity Cooperative. While here, the church will be hosting a nice display of handmade olivewood religious articles from Bethlehem and Jerusalem available for purchase in the Church Fellowship Hall. These carvings include olivewood Nativity sets, crosses, Christmas ornaments, candle holders, angles and many other religious crafts that make nice wedding, baptism, confirmation, Easter, and especially Christmas gifts.

These carvings are handmade by our Christian families in Bethlehem who rely on it for their daily bread. For more than ten years those Christians have been enduring many hardships as tourism in Bethlehem has plummeted and access to other sources of income has been sharply restricted due to the ongoing conflict. The Christian population of the Holy Land went down from 30% in the last century to almost 1% today.

Please help support our Christian brothers and sisters in the town where Christ was born by purchasing their carvings. George Ghanem, an indigenous Christian from Bethlehem will be sharing the story of the Christians of the Holy Land and he will be presenting these carvings after each service. Proceeds go to support Christian families in Bethlehem. It is never too late to help! Please, help us defeat ISIS by supporting the Holy Land Christians.

The website showing the olivewood religious carvings is www.holylandcsc.com

Download a copy of their flyer




STARS Congregational Survey

Your Feedback is Important

As many are aware, STARS, our summer literacy and enrichment camp, is heavily funded by the Duke Endowment. STARS is one of two model programs funded by the endowment in the state of North Carolina with an eye to replicating such programs in other communities. As a result, we have been asked to participate in research projects around our program that might be useful for other churches who would like to attempt a similar program that might also receive endowment funding. As a part of fulfilling our grant requirement, The Duke Endowment has requested that we conduct a congregational survey. Your feedback is important. The survey is a short 7 questions and should takes no more than a few minutes to complete. You may complete the survey on line or you may pick up a paper copy will be available at the Welcome Desk on Sunday or Fellowship Hall area during the week. You may also download a survey to print and complete at home and return to the church office by downloading a printable copy and returning it to the church by August 1. Thank you for your assistance.

Complete the Survey online

or

Download a printable copy

Please remember to return printable copy by August 1