Mens and Ladies Group hosts David Draeger

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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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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Seekers in Sneakers VBS

Mark your calendar for five nights of fun at Vacation Bible School at Sugar Creek UMC beginning Sunday, June 23 through Thursday, June 27 from 5:30—8:00 PM. Children will learn that everyone can make a difference in the world! The five Bible stories in this curriculum explore examples of people who experienced and brought about change in the world around them. These people provide a model for asking hard questions, working together to solve problems, reaching across differences, caring for all people, and imagining a new world.

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Holy Week – 2024

Join us for these special services during Holy Week at Sugar Creek UMC: Palm SundayMarch 24 9:00 AM & 11:00 AMThe 9:00 AM service will be live streamed throughFacebook at Sugar Creek UMC Chatham. Nurseryprovided for both services. Maundy ThursdayMarch 28 at 6:00 PMWe will start the evening with a sharedpotluck followed by a communion servicein the fellowship hall. Nursery care provided. Good FridayMarch 29 at 6:00 PMJoin us for this special Tenebraeservice. Nursery care provided. Easter Sunrise ServiceMarch 31 at 6:30 AMWe will meet on the church groundson the south side by the fire pit. Easter Sunday ServiceMarch 31 at 10:00 AMWe will have one special service Easter morning(No Sunday School). Nursery care provided.

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2024 Lenten Prayer Vigil

Take a moment to sign up for a half-hour time slot (or more) through our website for the Sugar Creek UMC Easter Prayer Vigil. Participants are encouraged to pray at the church, but if you are unable to come to the church, please don’t let that stop you from signing up to pray at home. A Prayer Chapel will be set up in the South Wing Conference Room. The door at the end of the South Wing will remain open throughout the prayer vigil. The alarm system will also be disarmed and the Sangamon County Police will be notified for extra security. We can also sign you up by emailing or calling the church office: office@sugarcreek.org or 217.483.2270

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2024 Vacation Bible School Announced

June 23-27 • 5:30 – 7:30pm Children and Family Ministries is announcing the 2024 Vacation Bible School: Seekers in Sneakers. This is an interactive Vacation Bible School where children use their investigative skills to discover Jesus. Geocaching activities will challenge children to dig into the Bible to find the way to Jesus. This journey of discovery has many twists and turns, so children will learn to ask questions, work together, shine their light in the world, gain insight from the Bible, and trust Jesus. Through worship and drama, Bible study, art and science explorations, and active games, children are invited to follow the example and teachings 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! More information, highlights, and how to get signed up coming soon.

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An Unlikely Advent

An Unlikely Advent: Extraordinary People of the Christmas Story Midweek Encounter Wednesday Small Groups December 6, 13, & 20 10:00 AM & 6:30 PM This Advent study focuses on the experiences of four sets of often overlooked characters in the Nativity story. Led by Pastor Paul in the library conference room. Books ($12)available at the table next to the church office. On December 13 there will only be a 10 AM small group. Don’t forget to come to the Men’s & Ladies’ Christmas Banquet at Chesapeake Seafood House that evening at 5:00 PM.

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Kids Christmas Program

The Kids Christmas Program will be Sunday, December 17 following the 9:00 AM worship service. Our kids and teachers have been hard at work practicing, so please stay after the 9:00 AM service, or come early before the 11:00 AM service to show your support. No Sunday School classes on the 17th.

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Commitment Sunday – 2023

There will be one combined worship service on Sunday, November 19 at 10 AM. We will have the opportunity to express our gratitude and generosity at this special service. We encourage you to respond prayerfully with your commitment to God for the coming year during this worship celebration. Bring your commitment card with you on November 19. Or you can drop them off at the church office or mail them in…the choice is yours! We have extra commitment cards available at the table outside the church office.

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Rice Meal Pack Event

RICE MEAL PACK EVENT—SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 One special Sunday: YOU can make a difference! Your generosity is always appreciated! Sugar Creek has again stepped up to help supply for a need. So far we have collected $2,140.55 for the Rice Meal Pack event which we will be doing on Sunday, November 19. Our goal is to raise $3000 so we can provide 1500 meal packs through Midwest Mission. Did you know our goal of $3000 will feed up to 9000 people? WOW! We need just $859.45 moreto reach that goal. Consider this: A donation of $10 feeds 30—$25 feeds 75—$50 feeds 150Help us reach our goal by bringing in your money collection bags or donation by November Be sure to mark your calendar for Commitment Sunday, November 19. There will be one combined worship service at 10 AM followed by brunch in the Fellowship Hall provided by the Missions Team. We will start packing the rice meals immediately following brunch. There will be jobs for all ages, and even if you need a sitting job, you will be needed and appreciated! Midwest Mission has this process streamlined and with everyone’s help, we can have our 1500 rice meal packs ready to ship and feed up to 9000 in just a couple of hours. Come on Sugar Creek, it takes our whole village to feed 9000!

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