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.
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: email@example.com and Megan at: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
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
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
Theme: “Rediscover God in Praying/Prayerfulness”
Texts: Psalm 105
Host Church: Shallotte Presbyterian Church, Click for directions
Homilist: Ms. Fran Salone-Pelletier
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
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.
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!