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This Week in Worship

Kingdom Life:We Make the Road by Walking

Isaiah 65: 17-25  Being part of the Kingdom Life means asking ourselves some questions that lead to action.  How do I pray? How do I get present? What gifts do I have to give? How can I serve my neighbors? How can my life reflect the light of Christ?  As we work to answer these questions, we realize we have some choices that lead us to action.  These choices lead us to moving forward down the road of our faith journey.  

Kingdom Life Stewardship Sunday
Sunday we celebrate what it means to be a part of the Kingdom Life.  We come together in all our four services to pledge our hearts and our financial resources in a unified effort to offer abundant life. You should have received your Stewardship Packet in the mail, but if not, they will be available at worship.  As we put our resources together, we will be able to help our members and community discover and share the abundant love of God.  What a wonderful day to celebrate what God has done and will do in the life of Shady Grove UMC!
Opportunities to Serve in Worship
There are many ways to serve during worship on a Sunday morning. Have you considered being an usher, welcome center host, worship leader, communion setup, choir, song leader, vocalist or instrumentalist in TestifyRVA? EMAIL Frank Basil and he will get you connected with the right person.
Charge Conference - Monday, November 18
All members of the church are invited to attend the SGUMC Annual Charge Conference on Monday, November 18, 6:30 pm in the sanctuary. Important information about our 2020 year including annual business items and adjustments to our building plan. Questions? EMAIL Frank Basil or speak with Pastor Chris or Pastor Beanie.
Lost and Found
There are regularly many items left at church, coats, YETI cups, glasses, umbrellas and more. If you are missing anything, check the lost and found bins in the fellowship hall or at the church office. Things remaining after a month or so will be donated to a worthy cause.
Can you offer an extra pair of hands to get our church garage organized?
Starting at 8 am on Saturday November 16, join in on the fun task of purging and organizing. Wear warm clothes and bring work gloves. Contact Terri Ellis or Jamie Bittner for more information.
Adult Small Group Learning Opportunities
  • Short Term Advent Study - How is God transforming you as we approach Christmas? God is the God of hope and love. Let’s take a look at what God can do by studying the book, The Redemption of Scrooge, by Matt Rawle. Join us Wednesday’s, November 20, December 4, 11, and 18 at 6:15-7:15 pm in the Education Building, Room 201. EMAIL Pastor Beanie for more information. Books are available in the office for $10.  
  • The Seekers are doing a study of Mere Christianity. In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith. This Sunday is week 2, but it is not too late. Come Join us in the Chapel Building Room C-3 at 9:30 am.
  • DISCIPLE 3 Fast Track will be offered at SGUMC on Wednesday nights starting January 8th.  It is a 25 week course that focuses on 12 books of the Old Testament (major and minor prophets except for Daniel) and on the 13 New Testament letters.  If you are interested in taking part in this Bible Study please EMAIL Sandi Shriner.
Year-End Giving Reminder
First, we would like to thank you for your generosity in 2019. Through your gifts, we support annual operations and enrich ministry programs such as missions, youth, music, discipleship and community outreach. We ask that you prayerfully and faithfully continue to give and meet your 2019 pledge which helps the church meet its 2019 budgetary needs. Please also remember that you can make a gift (stock, mutual funds, etc.) to SGUMC and you will:
  • avoid all broker commissions/fees;
  • avoid all capital gains taxes;
  • take the full market value of the security as a 2019 tax donation (regardless of what you may have originally paid for it);
  • benefit SGUMC with the full market value of the security(s).
  • possibly satisfy your 2019 Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) if you are over age 70½. Direct transfers of RMDs up to $100,000 are not reported as income.
  • fulfill some/all of your 2020 pledge and record it as a 2019 deduction.
As this year quickly comes to a close, please be sure to submit your contributions for the calendar year to the church office by December 31, 2019. All contributions must be received or postmarked by December 31 to be tax deductible as a charitable contribution in the tax year 2019. Also to ensure the deductibility of your church contribution, please do not file your 2019 income tax return until you have received your 2019 contribution statement from the church in January 2020. If you file your tax return before receiving your contribution statement from the church, you may risk losing the deduction for your contributions. Questions? Contact Pam Sweeney at 360-2600, ext. 123 or EMAIL.
Fellowship Opportunities
  • Join us for dinner at the Shady Grove Bistro from 5:15 to 6:15 pm in the fellowship hall. RSVP on our website by clicking the link “RSVP for Dinner” or call 360-2600 by noon on Monday. Adults: $9, Child: $4, Family (parents & children): $25. Adult menu for November 20(Last Bistro until January 15) – breakfast morning casserole, shrimp and grits, muffins and salad. Child menu varies on a weekly basis. Volunteers are needed to serve in many ways. Questions or to volunteer? EMAIL Frank Basil
  • Join the SGUMC Book Club as we discuss Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger on Tuesday, November 19 (please note that this is a scheduling change from the original date!) at 6:00 pm in room 201 of the education building. EMAIL Dana Kelley with questions and to RSVP for planning purposes. Can’t make it? Read along and send in thoughts/questions to be included in our discussion!
  • Richmond Youth Choir JAM is celebrating 25 years of singing God’s praises. Shady Grove has participated since 2007 and this year eight of our youth will take part. This free concert is at 3:00 on Saturday, November 23.
  • Youth Variety Show is Sunday, February 9, 2020. Be sure to save the date and watch for additional details to come and see many of our talented Shady Grove Youth!
UMM Opportunities
  • December Meeting -  Watch for details
  • Breakfast Fellowship Group - Will meet on Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 am at The Pickel Barrel. Questions and to RSVP EMAIL Frank Basil.
Youth Opportunities
  • Middle school mission trip is for all youth that are currently in 6th-8th grade for the 2019-2020 school year.  We will be headed to Savannah GA from July 26-August 1. Click HERE for additional details and to register
  • High school mission trip is for all youth that are currently in 9th-12th grade for the 2019-2020 school year.  We will be headed to Wilmington NC from July 12-July 18. Click HERE for additional details and to register

Mission Opportunties

  • It’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox time again!  Help spread God’s love to children in need around the world with a simple shoebox gift. Help supply items for the church-wide shoebox packing party on November 17 from 5:00-6:00. Please sign up to help pack or click here to see how you can help by purchasing items. Pick up your pre-printed Gospel Opportunity (GO) shoeboxes in the narthex soon and return no later than worship on Sunday, November 24. Check out the OCC page on the church website for more informmation. Questions? EMAIL Dottie Chilton or call 364-3563.
  • Christmas Mission Opportunity with Strategies to Elevate People (STEP) November 24-December 1 – Provide parents the dignity of making the sacrifice of love for their children through the STEP Christmas Store where your donated gifts are offered at half price or less to parents living in the Gilpin Court housing project. Donate new, unwrapped children’s gifts. Please leave price tag on your gift. The gift list is available HERE and in the narthex on November 24.
  • Christmas Mission Opportunity with YoungLives December 1-December 15 – Support teen moms and their babies with Christmas gifts through YoungLives. YoungLives, a ministry of YoungLife specifically for teen moms and their babies, provides small group experiences and adult mentors who are able to share Christ's love and compassion with the girls while also walking with them through life's challenges. Donate new gifts for teen moms and their kids. Wish list items will be on the Giving Trees in the narthex and by clicking HERE. Please drop off your unwrapped gift by December 15. 
  • Strategies to Elevate People (STEP) Victory Reading Program - Do you have a heart for working with at-risk children? Here is an opportunity to learn to mentor K - 4th graders in Gilpin Court, where the following is provided; homework assistance, snack, Bible story, small group reading, crafts & fun activities. Victory Reading Program meets 4 days a week (M-Th) from 3:30pm - 5:30pm in The Calhoun Center @ 436 Calhoun Street, Richmond, VA  23220. Most volunteers choose 1 day a week that works best for their schedule. Call or text SGUMC member Nancy Pennington at 804-433-6196 for more information.
  • Strategies to Elevate People (STEP) Job for Life Meals - Are you or your small group looking for a simple service project with a huge impact? Provide a meal for a STEP Jobs for Life class this fall!  Time spent sharing a meal together is the heart of the relationship building that is central to each student's success. Sign up HERE or EMAIL Briana Duclos
  • The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group who knits or crochets providing shawls to those who need God’s love and encouragement. For those who cannot knit or crochet, members will teach you and provide supplies for you to get started. Join us on Thursday, November 21 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the home of Margaret Phillips, 4521 Meredith Creek Drive, Glen Allen. Questions? Contact Margaret at 527-7857 or EMAIL.
  • The Sewing Seeds of Hope Ministry began mid-winter 2019.  As of yesterday this group completed more than 300 pillowcases and 100 boy's shorts!  Some people have been sewers at home or on Wednesday mornings as we gathered together to work; some others have donated materials, cut, measured, ironed, tagged, and counted. Items have been distributed to Crossnore School & Children's Home in NC, Operation Christmas Child shoe-boxes, Indonesia and Uganda. Thanks to all that have been a part of this ministry. We will be taking a break over the holidays and resume on Wednesday mornings in January. Questions? Contact Lynn Alberti at 804-240-4391 or EMAIL.

Sign Up for Realm!

Do you have a Realm login?  Many Groups and Events are now accessible through Realm. Send an EMAIL to get connected. Click HERE to learn more about Realm.

Order Your SGUMC Nametag!

It is now possible to order and pay for a Shady Grove UMC nametag online, using Realm! Click HERE to order. The cost is still $8.00. Nametags take two to three weeks for delivery, at which point you will be able to pick it up from one of the welcome centers on a Sunday morning. Questions? Contact Donna Noble. EMAIL DONNA

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Ways to Give

  • Give Online - Click HERE for either a one-time donation or to setup recurring donations through secure giving with Ream Connect
  • Text GivingText serve to 73256 to get a secure link for one time donation
  • Amazon SmileAmazon has a program called Amazon Smile that gives 0.5% of eligible purchases back to non-profits in the form of a rebate. Simply start shopping at Log in to your Amazon account as you normally do, search for the Amazon Smile account labeled, Shady Grove United Methodist Church and be sure to choose the church in Glen Allen, VA! Once selected, this setting remains with your account. For all future Amazon shopping, just be sure to start by going to to login to your account. This is not an endorsement of Amazon by the finance committee. This is a means for those interested to provide additional support to the general fund and ministries at SGUMC. Questions? Contact Frank Basil at  804-360-2600. EMAIL FRANK
  • Gift Cards to Benefit Youth Ministry - Be sure to check out the gift card table on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary foyer or download an order form to see many other cards you can purchase. Questions? Contact Frank Basil. EMAIL FRANK | DOWNLOAD ORDER FORM
  • Kroger Card - You can also REGISTER your Kroger Plus Card to support the SGUMC Youth Ministry. We will receive funds allocated by Kroger as part of their Community Rewards Program.

Questions about giving, making  a new pledge, or updating an existing pledge may be directed to Pam Sweeney, EMAIL or call 804-360-3907, ext. 123
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