Seaside honors the teachers and administration for their dedicated service to the youth of our community. Ministry team members enjoyed fellowship with the teachers and staff who attended. Team members pictured (L – R): John Curry, Larry Jones, Ken Wensel, Dianne Jones, Debbie Wallace, Sandie Bell, and Patty Brisson.
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. [Photo Gallery Below]
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.
June 11-15, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
This year’s VBS is Rolling River Rampage, a week of river rafting adventure where together we will
“Experience the Ride of a Lifetime With God!”
We will have a great time with lively songs, exciting games, cool science experiments, Bible stories and tasty snacks—all of the things that make Vacation Bible School so much fun for children. On top of that, we will be helping children learn about God’s amazing love for them.
****Please Note: Preschool Is Now Closed. Students must be completing Kindergarten this year to register*****
Students who are completing Kindergarten through 5th Grade are welcome to VBS! There is no cost to attend!
Please fill out the form below to register. If you have more than one child, please fill out a separate form for each of them. You will receive a confirmation email the week before VBS begins.
The end of the school year is here. Where did the year go? We’ve seen your children grow and develop so quickly. They are talking enthusiastically about being older and being ready for the next step in their young lives. I wish they would stay little for a little longer.
The week of May 7-11 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. I cannot sing the praises of your child’s teachers enough. They are so dedicated and devoted to your children. This is a perfect opportunity to send them a note of appreciation for all they do every day.
MUFFINS for MOMS
Mothers, we want to invite you to come in at 9:00 on Thursday morning, May 10, for a “Muffins for Mom” hour. The children have been preparing for your visit. If you cannot be here, we would be happy for a dad, grandparent, or other special person to come on your behalf.
We will hold our sixth annual play day on Thursday, May 17. Weather permitting, all activities will be outdoors with time out for a hot dog lunch and ice cream.
GRADUATION and FINAL DAY
Our graduation and final day will be Thursday, May 24 at 10:00. The children will have a brief performance and will receive their certificates. Cookies and punch will be served following the program. After that, children will be dismissed for the summer.
Parents, we have ordered new graduation gowns for the four year olds that are graduating this year. We want to keep the gowns, but you may purchase the mortar board cap, tassel, and charm with the year for $10. If you purchase
it, you may pay Miss Cathy, Miss Sarah, or me with either a check made payable to the school or in cash. This is something that has been in great demand in the past years, and we want you to have the same opportunity.
This month, students will be learning more about the ocean and sea animals. They will go through a review of the skills that they have covered this year. In our Bible study, we will focus on Being Friendly as one more way to prove ourselves to be of good character. The Bible verse this month is Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times.”
HICKMAN LIBRARY SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES
Hickman Library is offering a wonderful program this summer for children. We can never do enough to make books an important part of your child’s life. We hope you will find time to visit the library with your child and find out more about the program they are offering. Please note that the Hickman Library is moving to a new location. The current site will close April 30th and the new opening date will be announced when the move is complete.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
The church is holding Vacation Bible School this summer from June 11-15. The preschool class is limited to ten children and the children must have been in the four year old class this year. A flyer is being sent home today if your child is eligible. The church is taking enrollments online. Spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay. Our students have a short window of opportunity. If you have questions, please see me.
A very special farewell to our four year olds. Many of them have been with us for three or more years. They are a very special group and are fully prepared for next year. We will miss them greatly.
Parents, you have been truly awesome. We cannot sing your praises loudly enough. You have been supportive and faithful to us and truly devoted to your children. It is heartening to see parents like you show such love and guidance to these children. They are certainly blessed.
The staff wishes all of you a great summer! God Bless each of you.
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”!
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.
Happy Spring to all! We are so fortunate to live in an area usually filled with warm sunshine and blue skies at this time of year. Hopefully, it is coming soon. As the teachers watch the children play, they are all speaking of the children’s growth this year. They are growing physically, mentally, and spiritually. Each child has grown taller, each has learned so many new things, and each child loves the Lord. This was so evident in their remarks during the telling of the Easter story and weekly chapel.
Our theme this month is “God’s Living Things”. The children will be learning about plants, birds, bugs, butterflies, and other living things. We will emphasize the value of truthfulness in our choice of stories. All classes will be working on following directions that involve several steps. Our Kindermusic program is called “Outside My Window”. In chapel, we are now going to focus on Fairness as a First Rate Character Trait. Our Bible verse is “When justice is done, it brings joy…” Proverbs 21:15
The annual Art Show is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 from 6 – 7 P.M. More information about the Art Show will be sent home closer to the event, but please put the date on your calendar. The children are always so proud to show off their artistic talent.
Muffins for Moms
A reminder that Muffins for Moms is scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at 9:00. This is a time to honor all moms, grandmothers, and other women who are so very important in the lives of the children. We are always happy to welcome men as well when the mothers can not attend.
Scholastic Book Orders
Scholastic book orders will be due Tuesday, April 17. This will be our final book order of the year as the May orders will probably not be back in time for graduation.
Attention to parents who purchased books in March: The books have arrived, but my order forms from you are missing. Please stop by my room and pick up the books you have purchased. I am so sorry for the inconvenience.
The upcoming warm weather will allow the children to go out each day for needed play. It is very tempting to dress your child in sandals or flip-flops. Please be aware, however, that we do not let these children climb on the equipment if they are not wearing rubber-soled shoes. It is too easy for them to slip and fall with looser fitting shoes. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Also, please send in a change of clothing for your child that can be swapped out for the winter clothing that most children have for “emergency wear”.
Scholastic Book Orders – due April 17
Art Show – April 25, 6-7 P.M.
Our students are showing progress at an increasing speed. They can now do so many things that they could not do earlier in the school year. They are coming to circle time more and more eager to share and learn. You have extraordinary children with so much enthusiasm to share with us every day. Thank you for sharing them with us a few hours each week.
Stroke Talk is a support group for those recovering from or caring for someone who has experienced a stroke. The monthly meetings are open to all in the community who are interested in learning about a wide range of health related topics.
This month’s speakers are Dr. Brandon Whittington and his wife Dr. Maya Ramos-Allen with Level Up Physical Therapy in Calabash. They will speak on “Post Stroke Rehabilitation” – the theory of rehabilitation and treatment strategies of common impairments related to stroke to improve function through recovery and compensatory strategies.
Drs. Whittington and Ramos-Allen bring a unique input to the world of physical therapy, both with doctorates in Physical Therapy.
Join us Thursday, April 12th at 1:30 pm at Seaside United Methodist Church.