June 2024 Joyful News

Mission Breakfast

The Missions Team will be serving breakfast (cinnamon rolls, fruit, and scrambled eggs) on Sunday, June 23 during our Fellowship Hour at 10 AM. This is a free-will offering with proceeds benefiting Rev. Priscilla Legay-(Jaiah) Gilayeneh from Liberia.

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Vacation Bible School begins this month

The Sugar Creek UMC Seekers in Sneakers Vacation Bible School begins Sunday June 23. Sign up your nursery through fifth-grade child to attend at www.sugarcreek.org/vbs. Seekers in Sneakers is an interactive Vacation Bible School where children use their investigative skills to discover Jesus. Geocaching activities will challenge kids to dig into the Bible to find the way to Jesus. This journey of discovery has many twists and turns, so kids will learn to ask questions, work with others, shine their light in the world, follow Jesus’ example of serving others, and trust Jesus when things go wrong. Through worship and drama, Bible study, art and science explorations, and active games, kids are invited to follow the example and teaching of Jesus in every place and every part of life. So grab your water bottle, your Bible, and your friends, because this is going to be a great adventure!

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The God of Rough Waters, Just a Thought…

Isaiah doesn’t guarantee our sailing will always be smooth but instead gives us the assurance that God will be with us, and we won’t be overwhelmed. No matter how rough the seas are, the Lord of Rough Waters will protect us from being drowned and destroyed.

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Missionary Spotlight

Rev. Priscilla Legay-(Jaiah) Gilayeneh is an ordained elder in the Liberia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries, and she is the superintendent of the Ganta Mission Station where she oversees the agricultural program, coordinates training and staff development, and cultivated a network of local and international partners to grow a sustainable agriculture program for the mission station. The effort of the Ganta Mission Station include planting of rubber trees (18 acres) and oil palm (20 acres) and developing animal husbandry and beekeeping for honey production. These generate income to sustain the mission station’s operating budget. Through these enterprises, local farmers have learned how to diversify to move from subsistence to profitability to sustain their families. “Besides the mission station,” Priscilla said, “we have extended our program into 66 villages outside of Ganta. Engaging in beekeeping, pig raising and vegetable production through a grant received from UMCOR” (United Methodist Committee on Relief). The program also supports Liberia Conference agricultural activities in beekeeping and poultry. The goals are to empower local farmers and strengthen overall agricultural sustainability efforts. These include creating food security and income generation. Additional efforts include vocational education and skills training for young people and an elementary school for girls from 13 villages. “In my former assignment as principal of the Ganta United Methodist School,” Priscilla said, “I oversaw the daily operation of the school and helped to rebuild its facilities after the 2003 civil unrest in Liberia. We organized Volunteer in Mission hosting teams, building relationships and making disciples for God.” A native of Liberia, Priscilla learned to share her faith as a child, working with her mother in villages as a Sunday school teacher, youth worker, and choir member. She believes that the global church can “share the gospel of Jesus Christ [and] bring freedom, justice and peace to God’s children here on earth.” Priscilla holds three academic degrees: Bachelor degree in theology, a Master’s in social work, and a Master’s of Divinity. She is married to James N. Gilayeneh Sr., a circuit court retired judge. They have two adopted children and several grown children. The Mission’s Breakfast on Sunday, June 23 benefits Rev. Priscilla Legay—(Jaiah) Gilayeneh from Liberia.

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Mens and Ladies Group hosts David Draeger

The Sugar Creek Mens and Ladies group will host UM missionary Davids Draeger at their monthly meeting at the Chatham Café on Monday June 10, 2024. David Draeger, long-time missionary to Haiti, has been staying and serving at Midwest Mission unable to return home to Haiti because of the ongoing violence occurring throughout the country. Midwest Mission hosted the Dorcely family during the summer of 2022. Mode Dorcely (wife of the Bishop in Haiti) and their three girls spent the summer serving and spending time with the Midwest Mission family. Now David, who works closely with Bishop Dorcely, is doing the same thing, but for unforeseen reasons. Back in February, David traveled to the States on furlough to spend time with his family and to visit his supporting churches. But shortly after he left, violence in Haiti led to widespread chaos. Now there are no flights available for him to return home. Draeger wrote soon after, “The violence and chaos continue to escalate. Murder rape, extortion, and kidnappings are a continuing threat. Travel by road is almost impossible with many roadblocks in all directions. Food and fuel supplies are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. Many of the NGOs (Non-governmental organization whose purpose is to address social issues) such as Food for the Poor are not able to obtain sufficient food for their requested distributions. If they do obtain food supplies, distribution to the people in need is very difficult. “The same is true for Eglise Methodiste. We are still able to make deliveries to a limited number of locations, but it is dangerous and sometimes we must pay a bribe to the bandits at the roadblocks. “The gangs are indiscriminate in their attacks. They have now been attacking police stations, schools, clinics, and hospitals. The gangs have even destroyed the facility that bottles oxygen for the hospitals. As a result, many NGOs including Doctors Without Borders, are shutting their operations down and leaving the country.” Over 3,000 people have been killed in gang related activity since the beginning of the year and the numbers are growing every day. Over 300,000 people have been displaced by gang activity and are now living in temporary camps or have returned to their rural roots. To put that into perspective, the earthquake in 2010 killed about 300,000. The UN estimates that 5 million people, over 40% of the population, is suffering from starvation. The UN estimates that over 8,000 infants and young children will die from hunger by year’s end. Article reposted from Midwest Mission newsletter posted May 17, 2024.

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Adopt-a-Case mission enters summer months

Sugar Creek’s ongoing community mission micro pantry at the Chatham Library serves local food insecure residents who depend on the pantry which is filled three times a week. Each time members of the missions team fills the pantry, it is nearly empty. To assist the team in filling the pantry, The Missions team began the food drive named ADOPT A CASE to assist in collecting food for the Micro Pantry. And Sugar Creek answered, it has been a great success! Don’t forget to stop by the Missions bulletin board in the fellowship hallway to select an envelope from the board. The envelopes have the item, case quantity, and price listed. You just need to select the item case envelope, enclose the money inside, and place the envelope in the basket below the bulletin board. This way, your donation goes farther allowing the team to purchase in bulk when there is need. Thank you for supporting this vital ministry.

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Tuesday In-Home Small Group begins new eight-week series

The in-home Tuesday small group led by Chris and Millie Rose is beginning a new series by bestselling author and pastor Timothy Keller. His study, “Gospel in Life” begins with the city, your home now, the world that is. The final week closes with the theme of the eternal city, your heavenly home, the world that is to come. Throughout this eight-week ascent–from earthly work to the final revelation of grace–you’ll learn how the gospel can change your heart, your community, and how you can live as a disciple of Jesus Christ in this world, right now, even as you look forward to the promise we have in him. Sessions Include: The Rose’s small group meets at their home on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 PM.

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June 14, Flag Day

The Flag of the United States is to be honored and carries with it both history and tradition. On June 14, 1777 the Flag Resolution was signed, making the current stars and stripes the National Flag of the United States of America. On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson called for the nation-wide observance of Flag Day. In 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed congress’ decree, making June 14th of each year National Flag Day. When we honor our flag we honor what we stand for as a Nation—freedom, equality, justice and hope. Ronald Reagan

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