Thursday, April 11, 2019

Holy Week 2019

The meetings have taken place... the planning is well underway... we've reflected, repented, and "given up"... the Palms have arrived... and we find ourselves now on the doorstep of Holy Week, as we approach the most important day of the year in the Church calendar...Easter!

So... here's what's coming up for Holy Week 2019 with the people of South Walpole United Methodist Church:

Palm Sunday - April 14th: 

9 AM:  Choir Rehearsal

10 AM:  Palm Sunday Worship Celebration -

Gather with us to celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus, from the Palm Processional to the message, "Palms or Passion?" to the postlude, "Ride On, King Jesus"!

After Worship:  Coffee & Community in the Community Hall

Maundy Thursday -  April 18th, 7:30 PM: 

We'll gather together as darkness and then silence descend, from a special team doing a dramatized/narrative foot washing, to participation in the Eucharist by all who gather with us "on the night that Jesus was betrayed."

Community Good Friday - April 19th, 3 PM:

Gather with other followers of Jesus from across our area at Epiphany Church in Walpole for "Walking the Way of the Cross" as we journey with Jesus on Good Friday.

Holy Saturday - April 20th:
Jesus is crucified.  Dead.  And buried.  In the silence of Holy Saturday, as we wait for the promises of God to be fulfilled and prepare our hearts for Easter Sunday, reflect on what it means for Jesus, God's own son, God's own self, to be dead

Easter Sunday - April 21st:

9 AM:  Choir Rehearsal

10 AM:  Easter Sunday Worship Celebration!  Gather with the body of Christ as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus our Savior and Lord, whose "Reckless Love" is "Still Rolling Stones"! 

After Worship:  Continue the Celebration with Coffee and Community in the Community Hall!

Don't forget we'll be taking our Annual Easter Offering along with our regular offering as well - now is a perfect time to consider giving to one of several new SWUMC initiatives and ministry priorities: 

The Steeple Fund:  Repairs are both needed and required for us to "SOS" (Save Our Steeple).  There are leaks, rotting wood, paint, roofing, and safety issues that must be addressed.  SWUMC is looking to raise $20,000 as a baseline to address these issues and to preserve a beautiful steeple for the witness of the church and for the good of the South Walpole neighborhoods and community.  Please mark all offerings for the Steeple as "Steeple Fund"!

Annual Easter Offering: 

SWUMC has 2 major ministry priorities for 2019 and we hope that, in addition to prayer, support, and volunteer service, you'll consider giving in the Easter Offering to help financially kick-start these efforts:

1.) Church Administrator:

We have started the process of seeking to hire a Church Administrator that will assist all of us in our ministries in SWUMC.  We believe having a staffed office, and a person/position that can be the "ministry hub" for effective communication, organization, and administration, will help all of us to do more and be more effective in ministering to our community both inside and outside the church.

2.) Youth, Children, Young Adults, and Young Families' Programming:
Having just celebrated our 200th Anniversary, we believe in and recognize the value of inter-generational ministry, so that we can be effective in ministering to all age groups and be a church that endures and makes an impact in our community and our world for another 200 years! 

We know that in order to be a church for all we need to be able to offer ministries and programming that can effectively bring together younger families, young adults, youth, and children as disciples of Jesus.  We also know this means significant financial investment into these ministry priorities.

Thank you for prayerfully considering giving toward these priorities through our Annual Easter Offering as well as The Steeple Fund.

May your Holy Week be blessed - see you soon!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Participating In Mission & 3rd Sunday In Lent, March 24th, 2019

It's so awesome to be part of a church that actively participates in mission, right here at home, across the country, and around the globe!
*This coming Monday, March 25th, SWUMC will be hosting the Breaking Bread Free Community Meal @ United Church in Walpole.  

A few more volunteers are still needed - so contact Danielle Nathan or sign up in the Community Hall this Sunday morning!

*Then, on Sunday, March 31st, we will be taking our annual offering for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).  

UMCOR does amazing work around the world helping those in need - for more information on UMCOR please go to

*In addition, a week ago Sunday we raised $400 from the Pancake Breakfast for the Mission Team that will be heading out on their summer trip to Maine once again this year.   Thanks so much for all who came and supported and enjoyed the delicious breakfast, gathered around the tables in friendship and love!

Whether it's in Walpole, or Maine, or the other side of the globe, we are glad to be a people who are on mission with God to love and care for all! 

Finally, coming up...THIS Sunday, March 24th, Men's Club will be having their monthly breakfast at 8 AM in the Community Hall.  And as always, all are welcome, not just the "men"!

Friday, March 8, 2019

1st Sunday in Lent March 10th

At least two important events are happening this Sunday:

1.)  It's the First Sunday in Lent; we'll begin our Lenten series, "Reckless Love," and introduce some new-to-our-congregation-on-Sunday-mornings music for worship!

2.)  Pancake Breakfast Mission Trip Fundraiser - 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Join us for plenty of pancakes, community, and support the summer Mission Trip to Maine!  $10 per person or $30 maximum/family.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Ash Wednesday Worship Gathering 7:30 PM, March 6th

Our next gathering will be on Wednesday, March 6th for Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

Gather in the main sanctuary for worship, singing, preaching by L Michaels, and the imposition of ashes.