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.

July 20-24, 2020!
Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway VBS! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs.

Be on the lookout, registration opens Spring 2020!


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 1-8-2020
Wed God’s Kids & Bible Explorations K-6th grade

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

6:00-7:30 p.m.  Resumes 1-8-2020
Day Program Ages Time NOTES
Sun Confirmation Class 6th grade 5:00-6:00 p.m. Resumes 1-5-2020 
Wed Youth 7th-12th grade 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Resumes 1-8-2020
Day Program Ages Time NOTES
Tues Skyland Ringers Adults 6:30-7:30 p.m. Resumes 1-7-2020 
Tues Chancel Choir Adults 7:30-9:00 p.m. Resumes 1-7-2020
Wed Joy Bells 7th-12th grade 7:30-8:30 p.m. Resumes 1-8-2020 
Wed Sing & Ring K – 6th grade  (K-2nd & 3rd-6th) 6:00-7:30 p.m. Resumes 1-8-2020 
Wed Worship Team Adults 7:30-9:00 p.m.  

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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