Welcome to Skyland
United Methodist Church!

Thanks for checking us out! We offer three completely different worship services on Sundays all geared to meet people just where they are! Whether you want to hang back and checkout the view from the back row or are ready to jump in and make some new friends, there are lots of friendly faces ready to help answer any questions or to show you around. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a morning of great music, fellowship and Biblical teachings.


A Message from Rev. Dan Hester:

“I’m looking forward to preaching a series of sermons through Advent entitled, “Names for the
Messiah.” The idea comes from a book by the same title written by Walter Brueggemann. The
prophet Isaiah is one of the most quoted prophets during Advent. Isaiah captured both the
longing for and the promise that God would send someone to set the people of God back on
right paths, a Savior, a Messiah. This theme is best summed up by Isaiah in 9:6 (NRSV) For a
child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is
named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. I’ll be preaching
each of those four titles during Advent. I hope to see you in worship.”

𝐃𝐞𝐜. 𝟏 • 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 • “𝐖𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐫.”

𝐃𝐞𝐜. 𝟖 • 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 • “𝐌𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐲 𝐆𝐨𝐝.”

𝐃𝐞𝐜. 𝟏𝟓 • 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐝 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 • 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲

𝐃𝐞𝐜. 𝟐𝟐 • 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 • “𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐅𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫.”

𝐃𝐞𝐜. 𝟐𝟒 • 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐄𝐯𝐞 • “𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐞.”
𝟒:𝟎𝟎 | 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝟔:𝟎𝟎 | 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐅𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭
𝟖:𝟎𝟎 | 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧



Sign up for this week’s festive CHOW here! Stay after to help us hang the greens and adorn our Chrismon tree while the children make ornaments with Jennifer!


2019 Children’s Christmas Pageant


December 11 • 1st Rehearsal & Assignment of Roles

All children interested in joining our Christmas Pageant this year should meet us at 6pm in the Sanctuary.  No special clothing or talents needed today, just bring your happy face! Open to all children K-6.

December 18 • Christmas Pageant followed by Jingle & Mingle

We will gather in the Sanctuary at 6pm for the Christmas Pageant then move to the Fellowship Hall for potluck fun and family around 6:30.  Bring your favorite party food to share and spend this night in celebration of this wonderful season!



Skyland UMC Administrative Board Communique November 2019


Dear Church Family,

We are blessed at Skyland to be a part of a loving church family. We celebrate this and trust that God will
continue to work with and through us as we go into the future together.

As the governing body of Skyland UMC, you have entrusted us to guide and direct our church in fulfilling our Mission Statement to “lead people into a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, grow together in community, and serve the world with love”. We thank you for the trust you have placed in us. We are
committed to leading our congregation with openness and compassion.

The global UMC is currently addressing (wrestling with) issues which are of potential historic importance. Your Admin Board has been, and will continue to be, committed to keeping you informed of these issues. To date SUMC has offered:
•  crucial conversation sessions last February,
•  an information session after last February’s Special Session of General Conference,
•  a four-week Bible study addressing the key Scriptural references surrounding the issue of homosexuality.

We are grateful to all who organized and participated in these sessions.

Our commitment to helping each of us grow as disciples and to keeping you informed will continue in the
upcoming year. Together with Dan and Joy, we are planning the following in 2020:

• February sessions to review where we’ve been and where we are. These sessions may include listening
and sharing forums to be discerning and compassionate as we discuss the implications of the upcoming
General Conference in May 2020.
• A Lenten period to guide us in a personal reflection of our beliefs: how they impact our relationship with God, others, and the church.
• A post-General Conference update and discussion for the congregation.

Details of these activities will be forthcoming as we draw closer to them.

Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas or concerns with any of your Admin Board members.

Jack Harrison • Patty Olbrantz • Charles Frederick • TJ Knapp • Craig Mosley •
Rebekkah Styron • David Brookshire • Diane Rutledge • Betsy Finger • Dana McGraw •
Keith Olbrantz • Kris Kaufman • Ned Fowler • Adam Kaufman • Kevin Blanton •
Jason Ray • Michael Smith • Kelly Springs • Susan Malt • Kathy Woods •
Dan Hester • Joy Moss



Skyland UMC continues to expand their efforts in good management of goods that can be recycled

RECYCLE Your dead-used batteries—there is a blue container in the Colonnade – next to the stairs to the Havener Building & the coffee station-please deposit batteries there- it will regularly be picked up & recycled

Thank You—The Caretakers for God’s Creation Ministry team

New Fall 2019 Programs Schedule

*The Fall 2019 Programs Schedule has been changed, based on many factors including parent feedback and attendance numbers.  *Questions?  Get in touch with Joy, Jennifer, Linda, Lance or Kristen.  We’ll be happy to answer any questions!

Day Program Ages Time NOTES
Sun Children’s Church
(not 1st Sundays)
4 yrs.-2nd grade 9:25 a.m. &      10:55 a.m. After Children’s Sermon
Wed Nursery Play! Birth-4 yrs. 6:15-7:30 p.m.  Resumes 9-4-19
Wed God’s Kids & Bible Explorations K-6th grade

(K-2nd / 3rd-6th)

6:00-7:30 p.m.  Resumes 9-4-19
Day Program Ages Time NOTES
Sun Confirmation Class 6th grade 5:00-6:00 p.m. Resumes 10-6-19 
Wed Youth 7th-12th grade 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Resumes 9-4-19
Day Program Ages Time NOTES
Tues Skyland Ringers Adults 6:30-7:30 p.m. Resumes 9-3-19 
Tues Chancel Choir Adults 7:30-9:00 p.m. Resumes 8-13-19
Wed Joy Bells 7th-12th grade 7:30-8:30 p.m. Resumes 9-4-19 
Wed Sing & Ring K – 6th grade  (K-2nd & 3rd-6th) 6:00-7:30 p.m. Resumes 9-4-19 
Wed Worship Team Adults 7:30-9:00 p.m. Resumes 9-4-19 

New Staff Emails!!

Skyland United Methodist Church has been going through some exciting technology upgrades over the past few months and this includes changes to our staff email addresses. Starting on Monday May 20, all staff email addresses will end in @skylandumc.com instead of @bellsouth.net. So for example, Pastor Joy’s email will be revjoy@skylandumc.comHowever, Terri Miller’s email address is all new: skyumcfinance@skylandumc.com. Emails sent to the @bellsouth.net email addresses will be forwarded for approximately 30 days, but please update staff emails in your address book as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation as we improve our communication tools at SUMC!

Celebrating our Ministries

Check out this cool video celebrating all the
awesome work happening with SUMC!


Information about February 23 UMC Special General Conference

A special session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church takes place February 23 – 26, 2019 in St. Louis, MO.  This is an important meeting where decisions will be made about the future of the United Methodist Church as it related to language about human sexuality in our Book of Discipline.  Please be in prayer for this important conference.  Information is available on the roundtable in the colonnade for your benefit.  If you have questions, please contact Rev. Joy Moss (777-5007 or revjoy@bellsouth.net), Diane Rutledge (684-2494) or Betsy Finger (712-3367).

UMC Special General Conference Update: 

February 27, 2019

Dear Skyland church family,

I imagine most of you are aware of yesterday’s decision by the General Conference to adopt the ‘Traditional  Plan,’ which will continue the current disciplinary language about homosexuality being incompatible with Christian teachings, and strengthen the restrictions against ordaining homosexuals and pastors marrying same-gender couples.

While there are some who might have feelings of relief over this decision, there are many within our congregation who are deeply grieving this decision. This is a difficult time for us as a denomination which has sought to be a world-wide United Methodist Church.

As a Skyland family, as I shared last week in the sermon, I pray that we can find a way forward together that will continue to guide us in our mission. We are called to love all people and I believe that we do this well at Skyland.  I dearly love our church family, as I know so many of you do, and I believe that God will lead us forward together one step at a time, as we continue talking with one another honestly in love.

Let’s all hold one another in our prayers as well as the greater United Methodist Church. And let’s join together on Sunday to worship our God, who loves each of us dearly.

In God’s love and peace,

Rev. Joy Moss


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