This Month;

The Connection – May 2018

Brothers and Sisters,

It seems that spring has finally arrived here in Silver Lake! While it is blessing to finally receive some warmer weather, it is also a blessing, as I look at the redbuds blooming around our church and community, to be reminded of the new life we share in and with Christ this Easter and Pentecost season. We are a people of hope, of new beginnings, and of abundant life. I invite you to take time to not only pause and soak in the spring season, but to also offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the goodness and provision of God.

Along with May flowers, this month also brings a time of celebration and recognition of our graduates and those being promoted to the next grade. As pastor, I would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to our students for these accomplishments. However, along with celebration comes challenge. The challenge of the next grade, the next thing to learn, the next task to accomplish, the next step in life. May God be with our students as they go forth seeking and living the abundant life and purpose that God has called them to! Also, it is important to recognize the work and calling of our teachers and the staff. Thank you to all who invest your lives and energy in the pursuit of education and the positive formation of our young people. Such service is a calling; may God sustain and guide you in that calling!

In light of these graduations, Silver Lake UMC will be celebrating and recognizing our graduates on Graduation Sunday on May 20th. During the Sunday school hour we will have a special recognition of our Sunday school children as we promote them to the next level of Christian education here at Silver Lake UMC. During the 10:00am worship, we will recognize our graduates and send them forth with prayer and support from their Christian family. Following worship, a reception will follow in Fellowship Hall.

May 20th is also Pentecost Sunday this year! As such, worship will be a celebration of God sending the Holy Spirit, our Advocate, our Comforter, to be with us as the church and to empower us to continue the mission and witness of Jesus Christ. I encourage you to invite someone to worship on this joyful and powerful Sunday!

Finally, I want to inform you all that I will be taking leave from May 14th – May 31st. I will be on a trip to Israel and will not have access to phone or email. Our very own Stephanie Seth will be preaching on May 20th and we will have a guest preacher from Camp Chippewa, one of our Great Plains Conference camps, on May 27th. Thank you in advance for stepping up as laity and carrying on the mission and ministry of our church during this time.

In closing, may the Lord bless you and keep you this month and may the Lord’s face shine upon you all and give you peace. Godspeed!

In Christ’s Peace,
Rev. Lucas McConnell


Join Us for Worship in May!
Sunday School – 9:00am
Worship – 10:00am
Fellowship Time follows Worship
Bell Choir practices at 11:15am

Sunday, May 6: 6th Sunday of Easter
Sacrament of Holy Communion

Sunday, May 13: 7th Sunday of Easter
Ascension Sunday
Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 20: Day of Pentecost
Graduation Sunday

Sunday, May 27: 1st Sunday of Pentecost
Trinity Sunday
Peace with Justice Sunday

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

5/1/18: XYZ Meets @ 5:30pm
5/1/18: Trustees Meeting @ 6:30pm
5/5/18: All Church Clean-up from 9:00am-noon
5/6/18: Charge Conference @ 11:30am
5/9/18: UMW Meeting @ 9:30am
5/13/18: Mother’s Day
5/14/18-5/31/18: Pastor Lucas out of office
5/20/18: Sunday School Promotion Breakfast @ 9:00am
5/21/18: Church Office Hours change to ‘Summer Hours’ (9:00am-noon)
5/23/18: Christian Ed Committee Meeting @ 6:30pm

Wednesday, May 2nd
Mexican Dinner

Wednesday, May 9th
Youth Sponsored Cook-Out
youth fundraiser

May 9th will be our final Meal. Our Wednesday Meal chefs will be taking the summer off. Thank you to our Wednesday Meal captains, Jeanne Snider and Sue Streeter! And great big ‘Thank You’ to all of those that helped each week during these meals, as well!

All Parent Youth Meeting – Wednesday, May 2nd – 6:45 pm.
Youth and Parents will meet Wednesday night directly following Wednesday night worship. The Silver Lake Ball Association has hired the youth to help with concessions this summer. Stephanie would like to discuss this with parents. Other topics for discussion include youth fundraising and a possible change in youth group format for the Fall.
Thank you for attending this important meeting!

Youth All Church /Ballfield workday – Saturday, May 5th –
Youth will be participating in the All church workday on Saturday, May 5th from 9-noon. We will start out in Fellowship Hall, then travel over to the ballfields where we have been asked to clean and get the fields ready for summer. Please plan to work until noon. See you then!

Wednesday Meal
Sponsored by Youth – Wednesday, May 9th
All youth are encouraged to be at the church by 4:30 pm (or directly after practice) as the youth will be sponsoring a Wednesday meal cookout. Parents, we need volunteers for chips, side dishes, and desserts. If you would rather donate cash and have Stephanie purchase items, that works too! Please see the sign up in the foyer or contact Stephanie for more information.
Please note: This will be the last Wednesday night meeting of the school year.
Please see information regarding a special June 10th gathering for Pastor Lucas!

Just a reminder to wear your cap and gown to worship on Sunday, May 20th! If you have not yet submitted your graduation information to the office, please do so as soon as you can!
Thank you! Congratulations and best wishes to each of you!

Save the Date – Youth Gathering for Pastor Lucas & Pepper! – Sunday, June 10th – 6-8 PM
As many of you know, Pastor Lucas has been an integral part of not only worship, but of the youth ministry team here at Silver Lake UMC. Following Ordination in June, Pastor Lucas plans to go active duty with the United States Army as an Army Chaplain. The youth would like an opportunity to express our thanks for the many ways he has worked alongside us both in worship, discipleship, and through youth ministry trips. Youth are invited to a Youth Party with Pastor Lucas (and Pepper) on Sunday, June 10th, 6-8 PM. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend as we thank Pastor Lucas for all his work! Details will follow in the next newsletter!

Breakfast Devo with Stephanie
Join Stephanie for breakfast at Philip 66 on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:05 a.m. This will be a time to check in, share in a quick devotion, and spend time in fellowship with one another. Stephanie will assist with rides to school after breakfast if needed. Please bring money for breakfast. We are hoping to make this a once a month opportunity during the school year. See you then!

Happy Birthday!!
May 2nd: Nicole Brewster
May 4th: Jayme Lindstrom
May 5th: Marissa Stromgren
May 7th: Sara Blubaugh; Kyle Snider
May 8th: Kaitlin Dallman; Ann Rupp
May 9th: Colbe Austin
May 11th: Jaxon and Joe Blubaugh
May 13th: Kylie Podlena
May 16th: Carrie Podlena
May 18th: Kylie Bledsoe
May 20th: Ande Brewster; Michael Brewster
May 23rd: Judy Ross; Bill Thompson
May 24th: Matthew Whitlock
May 25th: Sophia Ross
May 26th: Laurie Johnson; Francis Kelsey; Avery Miller
May 27th: Gaylord Kelsey
May 28th: Jake Kinsch
May 29th: Jennifer Horton
May 30th: Bev Lindstrom; Dayton Uhl

Happy Anniversary!!
May 9th: John & Kathy Kinsch
May 11th: Cole & Charlsie Studley
May 14th: John & Bev Lindstrom
May 18th: Pat & Ande Brewster; Ed & Terri Taylor
May 19th: Adam & Melissa Miller
May 22nd: Raymond & Patty Jordan
May 23rd: Phil & Sharon Salazar
May 25th: Mike & Carla McConnell
May 27th: Warren & Tina Bledsoe; Mike & Jill Burton
May 28th: Robert & Elaine Mohler
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.” – Jame 5:13-16

Lesa Lambert, Nancy Bryant, Grace North, Sam Bahret, Jeanne Snider, Jack Steele, Mike Mitchell, Christie Cunningham, Ed Shaw, Stan Circle, Wanda Wonnell, Orville Martinek, Ron Workman, Staci Danzer, Charles Wilson, Charlsie Studley, Robert & Elaine Mohler, Will & Donna Kampmeier

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 Boden (Ande Brewster’s sister), Bill Journot (Jane Kelsey’s brother), Travis Thayer’s Grandmother, Dale & Evelyn Anderson (Kyle Hicks’ parents), Jenna Essman & family (friend of Christie Cunningham), Loren Hemphill (Tonya McGough’s father), Nicole (Desormiers) Whetstone (friend of John & Bev Lindstrom), Sarah Skaggs (Judy Maddux’s daughter), Cassandra Clubine (Natalie Wonnell’s niece), Brooklyn Elizabeth Morrison (Burkhardt’s great niece), Martha Tompkins (Deb North’s mother), Kevin Kirchgessner (Wanda Wonnell’s great niece’s husband), Ashleigh Coffman (granddaughter of Bruce & Sandra Coffman), Martha Miller (Wanda Wonnell’s aunt), Cheryl (Swaim) Dechand (friend of Bev Lindstrom), Jerry Lueger (friend of Mark Burdiek), Bob Stambaugh (friend of Mark Burdiek), Darla Lightford (Connie Kelsey’s niece), Lois Morgan (Stephanie Seth’s grandmother), Terry Brodi Simpson (friend of Melissa elliott, Jayne Cafer’s daughter), Gerald Dunfield (Thelma Bray’s brother)

Prayers for our Family and Friends in Retirement and Care Facilities
Ellen Thompson (Plaza West, Topeka), Carl & 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, serving in the Navy and stationed at Fallon, Nevada; Chayse Saia, serving in the USMC; Jaycee Shoemaker, stationed at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, TX (Leonard & Wanda Wonnell’s granddaughter); Curtis Shoemaker, serving in Afghanistan (Jaycee Shoemaker’s husband); Jared Brunkow: USAF, serving in Kuwait
Upcoming Events at Silver Lake UMC

Rolling River Rampage–VBS 2018
Vacation Bible School will be here before we know it July 16 – 20th! Our theme this year is Rolling River Rampage and we are so excited for Romper the River Otter to join us to Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God! We are in need of volunteers to help in so many different ways from grade and activity leaders to youth helpers! Please see the sign-up sheet in the hallway or contact Kimberlynn Uhl if you would like to help us! So who is ready to experience adventure, acceptance, joy, rest, and peace?

All-Church Spring Cleaning
Join us Saturday, May 5th from 9:00am—12:00 Noon for a All-Church Spring Cleaning event! Our focus will be on the lower level of the church to help in preparation for our Summer VBS! We fully expect to have a lot of children in the lower level of our church and what a better time than now to get it clean and ready!? Heavy hands make for light work, am I right? Thank you for helping to keep our church a clean and welcoming place for all!

Great Plains Annual Conference
June 12 – June 15 in Wichita, KS
Pastor Lucas will be getting ordained! Congratulations Pastor!