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.
Important Campus Updates:
1.) The SUMC parking lots are scheduled to be re-striped on Friday April 12.
All parking areas will be closed to traffic beginning Friday afternoon through overnight. All parking areas will re-open Saturday morning April 13. Unfavorable weather conditions immediately proceeding, during or following the work may require it to be rescheduled.
2.) Between Monday April 15 and through noon on Thursday April 18, the entire campus (with the exception of the Chapel/Church office) will be closed for several campus improvement projects.
Celebrating Holy Week at SUMC
Palm Sunday April 14
Sanctuary 8:25 a.m. / The Current 9:25 a.m. / Traditional 10:55 a.m.
*Hosanna in the highest! Our children will lead the palm processional on this festive day.
Palm Sunday Luncheon
after 10:55 worship service, Fellowship Hall
*Make plans now to attend this very special potluck lunch! Everyone please bring your favorite dishes to share: vegetables, salads, casseroles, etc. The church will provide ham, dessert, drinks, and a guarantee of wonderful fellowship. A sign-up will be posted in the colonnade or you can sign-up here. There is plenty of space in our fridge and in our warming cabinet for those who bring dishes early. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and family!
Please note: The church bus will make an additional run to Givens Estates & Givens Gerber Park after lunch.
Walk with Jesus Event
12:45-2:00 p.m., Children’s/Preschool Wing
*Following our Palm Sunday luncheon, Children’s Ministry offers a Walk with Jesus in the Children’s/Preschool Wing. It is designed to involve adults & children of all ages, as together you go to different stations and participate in multi-sensory experiences to remember the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. You’ll begin by petting a real donkey like the one Jesus rode on into Jerusalem, and it will culminate in a celebration of His resurrection! Invite your friends!
Wednesday, April 17
*NO CHOW Dinner or Small Groups on this Wednesday. Please do join us for services on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday, April 18
Maundy Thursday Service
7:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
*Join us for this communion service, as we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples in the upper room.
Good Friday, April 19
Tenebrae (Service o f Darkness)
7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
*Join our Narrators, Chancel Choir, and Guest Instrumentalists in this emotional worship experience. The Sanctuary is transformed from light to dark as we remember the crucifixion of our Lord.
Easter Sunday Celebrations
Sunday April 21
Sanctuary 8:25 a.m. / The Current 9:25 a.m. / Traditional 10:55 a.m.
*Hallelujah! He is risen! He is risen indeed! Christ is alive! Rejoice with us on this most wonderful day!
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
*There will be an Egg Hunt for ages 2 yrs.-5th grade during Children’s Church for the 9:25 and the 10:55 worship services. Adults, youth, and children: Please take this extra time to socialize with your fellow worshippers and enjoy coffee and pastries in the Colonnade.
Our Campus Planning Committee is working with a local architectural firm, Clark-Nexsen to undertake a Facilities Assessment and Master Planning effort for SUMC. We want to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to contribute. There are prompt sheets available in the colonnade for you to take with you, fill out, and return to church via the weekly offering plate or church office. You may also fill out and submit your responses on-line. In addition, you may register to attend an input session by completing the information at the bottom of the prompt sheet; meeting dates will be listed on the blue Welcome Card weekly calendar insert. We look forward to hearing your ideas, visions, and suggestions for our church.
-Jack Harrison, Chair
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 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 email@example.com), Diane Rutledge (684-2494) or Betsy Finger (712-3367).
UMC Special General Conference Update:
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
Important SUMC News!
Our Staff-Parish Relations Committee Chair TJ Knapp and Pastor Wes Sharpe have information to share with all of us. Please read the two letters via the links below.
Preaching Schedule–all services
March 31 / Rev. Scott Hardin-Nieri, Director of Creation Care Alliance of WNC
April 7 / TJ Knapp (Laity Sunday)
April 14 / Rev. Dave Stum
April 18 / Rev. Dave Stum, Rev Joy Moss (Maundy Thursday)
April 19 / Rev. Dave Stum, Rev Joy Moss (Good Friday)
April 21 / Rev. Dave Stum
April 28 / Rev. Joy Moss
Note: The preaching schedule has been planned out for the next several months. Check the website or Facebook page to stay up to date!
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