This Month

The Connection – August 2018

A Note from the Pastor’s Pen . . .
Fall is one of my favorite seasons and it is just around the corner. I enjoy the beauty of the leaves changing, the cooler temperatures and all the fall smells!

Lydia and I enjoyed cheering on the football team this past weekend and we are super-excited to make it a weekly routine.

Fall also marks the beginning of launching ministries that took the summer off. I look forward to embracing, engaging and extending through the ministries starting this month! We started “The Rock” two weeks ago, Sunday school will start this coming weekend, Youth Group and Wednesday meals will start on 9/12 and we will begin to serve together once a month both in our community and beyond.

The sermon series for the first four weeks of September is “Prayer…Is there a right way?” will focus on … you guessed it, prayer. We will be looking at why we pray, how to be more intentional in our prayer time, explore a variety of ways to pray and conclude by looking at the prayers of Jesus. I look forward to worshiping with each of you this month!

I walked through the Fellowship hall today and there are lots of goodies for everyone! Please tell your friends and family to swing by the church this weekend to not only score some sweet deals but to also support the United Methodist Women. The United Methodist Women minister to our community in a variety of ways and the garage sale helps to support their ministry!

May God bless you and keep you,

Pastor Alex Rossow

Join us for Worship in September!
Worship is at 10AM / Fellowship follows

Have to miss a Sunday? You don’t have to miss the Word! All SLUMC Sunday services can be found online at

Keeping Our Church Family in Prayer

“Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.” -James 5:13-16

Please keep these Friends, Relatives & Members of SLUMC in your prayers

Lesa Lambert, Nancy Bryant, Sam Bahret, Jaxon Blubaugh, Mike Mitchell, Christie Cunningham, Roger Hanni, Gaylord Kelsey, Ed Shaw, Stan Circle, Orville Martinek, Ron Workman, Staci Danzer, Charles WIlson, Charlsie Studley, Robert & Elaine Mohler, Donna Kampmeier, Doris Hurtig

Rolan S. (friend of Francis Kelsey), Jess Adams (Wendy Spreer’s brother), Deanna Bird (Connie Kelsey’s sister), Brett Maddux (Larry Maddux’s son), Anita & Rich Boden (Ande Brewster’s sister & brother-in-law), Bill & Connie Journot (Jane Kelsey’s brother & sister-in-law), Travis Thayer’s Grandmother, Dale & Evelyn Anderson (Kyle Hick’s parents), Jenna Essman & family (friend of Christie Cunningham), Loren & Marge Hemphill (Tonya McGough’s parents), Nicole (Desormiers) Whetstone (friend of John & Bev Lindstrom), Sarah Skaggs (Judy Maddux’s daughter), Jan Leuger (Mark Burdiek’s sister), Cassandra Clubine (Natalie Wonnell’s niece), Brooklyn Elizabeth Morrison (Brukhardt’s great niece), Bernice Hamilton & family, Kevin Kirchgessner (Wanda Wonnell’s great niece’s husband), Ashleigh Coffman (granddaughter of Bruce & Sanrda Coffman), Martha Miller (Wanda Wonnell’s aunt), Cheryl (Swaim) Dechand (friend of Bev Lindstrom), Darla Lighfrod (Connie Kelsey’s niece), Lois Morgan (Stephanie Seth’s grandmother), Gerald Dunfield (Thelma Bray’s brother), Maheu Family (friends of Deb North), Josh Hamlet (friend of Deb North), Dan Copple (Jason Lamprecht’s cousin), Jenson Armstron (Cathy Altman’s grandson), Wendy Flowers & family, Family of Harold & Betty Masek

Prayers for our Family and Friends in Retirement and Care Facilities – Ellen Thompson (Plaza West, Topeka), Car & Mary Ann Smith (Presbyterian Manor, Topeka), Wilma Rabe (Brookside Manor, Overbrook, KS), Charlotte Frank (Brookdale @ Overland Park), Tom Wade (Oakley Place, Rossville), Sarah Whitehead (Aldersgate, Topeka)

Prayers of Safety and Gratitude for Family and Friends Serving Our Country Through Military Service – Travis Mitchell (Mike Mitchell’s nephew) serving in Spain; Braden Lockhart, serving in the USMC; Heath Johnson, US NAvy, stationed at San Diego USS Bonhomme Richard; Dawson Saia, serving the US Air Force; Jaycee Shoemaker, stationed at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, TX (Leonard & Wanda Wonnell’s granddaughter); Curtis Shoemaker, stationed in Spokane, WA (Jaycee Shoemaker’s husband); Jard Brunkow: USAF, serving in Kuwait; Joe Blubaugh, deployed to Guam.

The ROCK After School Program is BACK!! This year The ROCK will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:10-5:30pm. We will follow the Silver Lake USD 372 calendar, so if they are out of school for any reason, we will not host The ROCK that day. The cost will be $15/week per child with a max of $30/week per family. We will have financial scholarships available as needed.

Garage Sale: Silver Lake United Methodist Women (UMW) will be hosting a Garage Sale here at the church on Friday and Saturday, September 7th and 8th. There will be all sorts of items to shop through including, but not limited to: clothing for all ages, household items, kitchenware, furniture, shoes, books, and more! Breakfast and Lunch will be served during the Garage Sale, as well as water and refreshments. Come shop with us beginning at 8:00am!
– Sunday School: Pastor Alex will start an adult Sunday School class on Sunday, September 9th at 9:00am. This will be a time of fellowship, devotion, and refreshments each Sunday morning to get in the mindset of Worship. This Sunday School class is open to any and all, ages 20 and up.

– Mission Outreach Opportunity at Topeka Rescue Mission – Saturday, September 29th – 8:45-11:30am
Silver Lake UMC will begin participating in a monthly mission outreach opportunity as we continue to live out our mission of embracing God as the foundation of our lives through worship, study, and service. This month, we will travel to the Topeka Rescue Mission where we will serve Brunch at the local shelter. Families are welcome to participate; however, children must be at least 8 years old due to liability concerns. We will meet at the church at 8:45am and carpool to the Rescue Mission. If interested, please sign up at the Welcome Center or call the church office to add your name to the list! Be watching the newsletter each month for more opportunities to serve! Questions, call Stephanie at the church office or email her at
You may also bring items for donating to the Topeka Rescue Mission. Items acceptable for donation: Canned Tuna, Canned Chicken, Cereal, Canned Fruit, Jelly, Peanut Butter, Pork & Beans, Soup, Ravioli, Men’s Deodorant, Toothpaste

– Youth Group is back!
All 7th—12th grad students are invited to join us on Wednesday evenings beginning September 12th! We will not meet on September 5th as this is the night of the Dawg Roast at the high school. Youth group will be held every Wednesday from 6:30—8:00pm when school is in session. Questions? Call Stephanie or email her for more information!

– Youth Sunday School begins Sunday, September 9th!
All junior high and high school students will meet in the Youth house 9:00—9:40am on Sunday mornings! Youth will have the opportunity to take turns to bring breakfast goodies to share! See you then!

– The Rock After School Program at Silver Lake United Methodist Church
The Rock After School Program is up and running once again! So far, we have welcomed 23 children between the ages of Kindergarten—6th grade the first full week of school! We begin our day with a prayer of thanksgiving for our snack and time together, then spend time running off energy with Recreation and Games. Next, we listen to our Bible story and lesson for the day, then head downstairs for homework time! Thank you to Thelma Bray, Christie Cunningham, Pastor Alex Rossow and Travis Thayer who have helped me to get this program up and running again!
We could still use your help! Do you have at least 30 minutes you could provide at least once a month? Our current need is individuals that would be willing to help with homework time from 5:00-5:30pm. We are looking for individuals that could have children read to them, help recite spelling words, and help with Math problems. We are also looking for individuals who would be willing to come in and teach our youth a skill such a woodworking, baking, sewing, playing games, or any other hobby and skill! Maybe you have an interesting career that you could share with the group, or a farm we could visit and learn about? If interested, please see Stephanie Seth, Director of Youth & Family Ministries, or call her at the office 582-4714. The Rock meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:10-5:30pm. Thank you for your continued prayers as we continue to build relationship with our local school children!

– Parent Night Out
Silver Lake UMC Youth and Parents will be hosting a Parent’s Night Out on Saturday, September 22nd from 5:30-9:00pm. Suggested Donation: $25 for 1-2 children; $30 for 3 children; $35 for 4 or more children (in same family). The Silver Lake Education Foundation will also be hosting a dinner at BlackSmitth Hall in downtown Silver Lake on September 22nd from 6-9:30pm. Any parents attending, and those who are not attending, are welcome to bring their child here for a fun night of crafts, games, snacks, and more!

Are you looking for ways to get more involved here at church? Look no further! Children’s Church, Sunday School, Choir, Bell Choir, Praise Band, Wednesday Meals, Wednesday Worship, Nursery, After School Program, Youth Group, Hospitality Teams, Various Committees, Childcare, Outreach, Mission Mania, and so much more! We would love to have you join us in extending our church outside of these walls and into our community.