• Rev. John Shaver-Home for Christmas: Preparation

    12-8-17 Order of Worship, Announcements “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” – “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” (Mark 1:2-3) Dear SDUMC Family, If you’re like me for a few moments...

  • Rev. John Shaver-Home for Christmas: Wake Up!

    12-1-17 Audio Order of Worship, Announcements By wisdom a house is built. Through understanding it is made secure. Proverbs 24:3 Dear SDUMC Family, This Advent and through the Christmas Season we will be using the theme Home for Christmas. Home is one of the most emotionally-charged words in any language. In...

  • Rev. Chelsea Simon-“Messiah Among Us”

    11-24-17 Audio Order of Worship, Announcements   Dear Friends, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I wanted to share with you some important words from UMC Bishop, Karen Oliveto. “I find it interesting that Thanksgiving, a secular holiday, is one the least commercialized. Christmas has been turned into a shopping...

  • Rev. John Shaver-“Go!”

    11-17-17 Audio Order of Worship, Announcements   As I transferred to North Carolina State University in my sophomore year of college, I realized that people took their enthusiasm for college basketball teams to a whole different level. In that region, there is perhaps no basketball rivalry quite as passionate as that...

  • Rev. John Shaver-A Change of Heart

    11-10-17 Audio Order of Worship, Announcements   Change my heart Oh God, make it ever true. Change my heart Oh God, may I be like You. You are the potter, I am the clay, Mold me and make me, this is what I pray. Eddie Espinosa   This week I returned...

  • Rev. John Shaver-Saints on the Go!

    11-3-17 Audio Order of Worship, Announcements   Dear SDUMC Family, This Sunday we will celebrate a special day in the life of the Christian year, All Saints Sunday. When we hear the word “saint,” we may have the image of someone depicted on a stained glass window. We might think of someone who...

  • Rev. John Shaver-Go and Do the Same

    10-27-17 Audio Order of Worship,  Announcements “…Go and do the same.” Luke 10:37   Welcome All – Grow In Faith – Engage Our Neighbors – Serve The World   Dear SDUMC Family,   Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet with some clergy colleagues, Bishop Hagiya, and various conference staff....

  • Rev. Chelsea Simon-It Mattered to Them

    10-20-17 Audio Order of Worship, Announcements Hello Friends, I cannot believe we are coming to the end of October. Halloween is quickly approaching which means we are going to start seeing Christmas decorations (if we haven’t already). Life moves fast. We are constantly planning for and thinking about what’s next. It...

  • Light YOUR World Sunday

    10-13-17 LYW Sunday “Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Desmond Tutu Dear SDUMC Family, Through our UMC membership vows we each pledged “to faithfully participate in …ministries by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our...

  • Rev. John Shaver-The Pursuit of Happiness

    10-6-17 Audio Order of Worship, Announcements Dear SDUMC Family, What a great blessing it was to share a great spirit of Christian unity with all of you on World Communion Sunday last week. The incredible Hula Praise Worship Team helped move us into the Aloha spirit. I went home with a...