This Month

Join us for Worship in December!
Sunday School – 9AM / Worship 10AM
Fellowship Time follows Worship

Sunday, December 2: 1st Sunday of Advent
Sacrament of Holy Communion

Sunday, December 9: 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 16: 3rd Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 23: 4th Sunday of Advent

Monday, December 24: Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 30: 1st Sunday after Christmas Day

Have to miss a Sunday? You don’t have to miss the Word! All SLUMC Sunday services can be found online at
A Note from the Pastor’s Pen…
Greetings Silver Lake UMC Family,

I am looking forward to the beginning of Advent and celebrating the birth of Christ with each of you! We will be celebrating the birth of Christ this Advent season through a hymn we all know … Silent Night. This is the 200th anniversary of when it was composed. I am looking forward to worshiping with you as we live into the transforming peace, joy, love and hope of Jesus Christ. The all church conference has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 12, at 6:30 PM. Reverend Kay Scarbrough, our District Superintendent, will lead us in a service of hope and healing in conjunction with our conference. There will be a time to light candles for loved ones, for yourself, for others and a time to be anointed. We have been on quite a journey during my first four months and this service we allow us to bask in the presence of Christ’s presence. I wanted to include a brief synopsis of what moving to the single-board model of church leadership would look like for us at Silver Lake UMC. We will be voting to shift from our current structure that includes the Connecting Council, Finance Committee, Board of Trustees, and a SPRC Committee, to the new “Single Board” model of leadership comprised of eleven members. These members have been nominated by the Nominations committee and current Lay Leadership. The Board will be comprised of a Chairperson, 3 people who were on the SPRC, 3 people who were on the Finance Committee, Lay Leader and three at-large-people. Each year the openings on this Board will be nominated by Lay Leadership and Nominations. This Single Board will oversee all of the administrative decisions of the church. The Lay Leadership and Nominations Committee will continue to function as it has in the past as will all other committees. This model frees up people to serve in ministry positions in the church. We will also vote at charge conference for the leaders of those ministry areas. Below are the key areas of responsibility for the board.
Leadership Board Purpose
1. Utilize a leadership style that combines accountability, responsibility and authority
2. Reduce micro management
3. Synchronize and align all the church’s ministries with the mission, vision, and goals of the church
4. Free up resources (time, gifts, talents, etc…) for hands-on ministry and engagement in the mission field and reduce the number of people engaged in administration
Leadership Board Responsibilities
1. Confirm the vision cast by the pastor and establish yearly goals for the church
2. Work in partnership with programs and ministries to ensure they fulfill the mission and vision of the church
3. Work with the Great Plains Annual Conference and District Superintendent to hold the pastor accountable
4. Establish the church’s yearly budget
Pastor’s Role
1. Cast the church’s vision
2. Hold staff (paid and unpaid) accountable for leading their ministry areas and fulfilling the mission and vision of the church
3. Monitor the accomplishment of church goals and make adjustments as required to ensure achievement of those goals
4. Equip present leaders and raise up new leaders for the work of ministry

Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions you might have. I am open and excited about how the Single Board Model will benefit the mission and ministry of Silver Lake UMC. We will have training for the new leaders after we have voted to move to this new model, but I want you to know where we are headed and some of the reasons for this decision.

May the Lord Bless you and Keep you,

Pastor Alex

This month at SLUMC:

Every Wednesday
7:30am Men’s Coffee
5:30pm Wednesday Meal
6:00pm Junior High Youth Group
7:00pm Senior High Youth Group

12/3/18 – The Rock @ 3:10pm
12/4/18 – XYZ Meeting @ 12:00pm
12/4/18 – Silver Lake Tree Lighting Downtown @ 6:00pm
12/5/18 – The Rock @ 3:10pm
12/7/18 – The Rock @ 3:10pm
12/9/18 – Finance Meeting @ 11:30am
2/9/18 – SPRC Meeting @ 1:00pm
12/10/18 – The Rock @ 3:10pm
12/12/18 – UMW Meeting @ 9:30am
12/12/18 – The Rock @ 3:10pm
12/12/18 – Poinsetta Orders Due
12/12/18 – Church Conference @ 6:30pm
12/14/18 – Christie’s Last Day @ SLUMC
12/14/18 – The Rock @ 3:10pm
12/15/18 – Ronald McDonald House Outreach @ 9:00am-12:00pm
12/16/18 – Children’s Christmas Program @ 10:00am
12/17/18 – The Rock @ 3:10pm
12/19/18 – The Rock @ 3:10pm
12/21/18-1/2/19 – Winter Break/No Rock
12/24/18 – Christmas Eve Service @ 7:00pm
12/25/18 – Christmas Day
12/26/18 – No Wednesday Activities

Wednesday, December 5th
Chili, Baked Potatoes, Hot Dogs
hosted by Finance Committee/Mission Shares

Wednesday, December 12th
Homemade Chicken & Noodles
hosted by Jeanne Snider

Wednesday, December 19th
Soup Dinner
Fundraiser for Vacation Bible School

Wednesday, December 26th
No Meal – Christmas

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, Roger Hanni, Gaylord Kelsey, Orville Martinek, Ron Workman, Staci Danzer, Charlsie Studley, Charles Wilson, Robert & Elaine Mohler, Donna Kampmeier, and Jayne Cafer.
Rolan S. (friend of Francis Kelsey), Jess Adams (Wendy Spreer’s brother), Deanna Bird (Connie Kelsey’s sister), Brett Maddux (Larry Maddux’s son), Rich Boden (Ande Brewster’s brother-in-law), Bill & Connie Journot (Jane Kelsey’s brother & sister-in-law), Travis Thayer’s grandmother, Dale & Evelyn Anderson (Kyle Hicks’ 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), Family of Kelsey Schelling (young girl from Pueblo, CO), Tex Doebele (friend of Mike Burton), Robin Thompson (friend of Deb North), Cassandra Clubine (Natalie WOnnell’s niece), Brooklyn Elizabeth Morrison (Burkhardt’s great niece), 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), Darla Lightford (Connie Kelsey’s niece), Lois Morgan (Stephanie Seth’s grandmother), Gerald Dunfield (Thelma Bray’s brother), Maheu Family (friends of Deb North), Jan Leuger (Mark Burdiek’s sister), Jared Kerr (student at Seaman High School), Jenson Armstrong (Cathy Altman’s grandson), Vera Pearce (friend of Jayne Cafer), Tina Steinhauser’s father (Jason Lamprecht’s cousin), Fern Shaw (Leah Shaw’s sister-in-law), and Kathy (Whitehead) Breer (sister of Barbara Crump & Phyllis Dolechek).
Prayers for our Family and Friends in Retirement and Care Facilities – Ellen Thompson (Plaza West, Topeka), Carl Smith (Presbyterian Manor, Topeka), Wilma Rabe (Brookside Manor, Overbrook, KS), Charlotte Frank (Brookdale @ Overland Park), and Tom Wade (Oakley Place, Rossville).
Prayers of Safety and Gratitude for Family and Friends Serving Our Country Through Military Service – Travis Mitchell (Mike Mitchell’s nephew) serving in Spain; Heath Johnson, US Navy, stationed at San Diego USS Bonhomme Richard; Dawson Saia, serving in the US Air Force; Jaycee Shoemaker, stationed in Spokane, WA (Leonard & Wanda Wonnell’s granddaughter); Curtis Shoemaker, stationed in Spokane, WA (Jaycee Shoemaker’s husband).

Happy Birthday!
1st – Samantha Riley
3rd – Derek Bahner; Kayla Thayer
4th – Hailey Steele
5th – Mark Burdiek; Doug Wyatt
6th – John Hicks; Tonya McGough; Cheyanne Yette
8th – Marilyn Robbins
9th – Sandra Coffman
10th – Phil Salazar
11th – Darren Falk
13th – Earl Howard; Braden Robinson; Briana Thompson
14th – Nancy Thomas
15th – Aemon Coffman
19th – Joan Oyler; Jaci Riley
20th – Jill Burton; Lydia Rossow; Ellie Wonnell
21st – Bob Nordyke; Daylen Riley; Lynn Workman
23rd – Jerry Barker; Lynsey Bledsoe
24th – Heath Robinson; Natalie Wonnell
25th – Joy Blankenship
28th – Tina Bledsoe; Taylor Burkhardt
29th – Judy Howe
31st – Nancy Bryant

Happy Anniversary!
2nd – Gaylord & Connie Kelsey
3rd – Dick & Marilyn Robbins
12th – Orville & Janet Martinek
13th – Stan & Cyndi Circle
16th – Bruce & Jenn Thomas
17th – Larry & Judy Maddux
19th – David & Tonya McGough
27th – Dale & Joyce Brokaw
30th – Larry & Judy Ross

The Rock after school program Needs You!
The Rock has had a great semester thus far and with only three weeks left of the semester we are trying to plan ahead for next semester. We would like to thank all who have volunteered so far, Grace North, Travis Thayer, Darlene Whitlock, Gary Whitlock, Thelma Bray, Alex Rossow, Christie Cunningham and Stephanie Seth. You all have been such a blessing to the children involved in our program and even if you have just sat with them during snack time, you have made an impact. Thank you! Next Semester we will be looking for more volunteers as we will be losing two of our current volunteers. We ask that as you make your pledges for 2019 that you consider pledging one day a week to The Rock.

Men’s Coffee Group:
This Wednesday, December 5th our Men’s Coffee Group would like to invite all to their annual Christmas Breakfast. They will meet at IHOP at 8:00am on December 5th to have coffee, breakfast, and fellowship with one another and their spouses, children, grandchildren, etc.

XYZ Invites you!
Each month the XYZ (Xtra Years of Zest) Group hosts a potluck lunch for fellowship amongst one another. They meet the 1st Tuesday of every month from April—December. Anyone is invited to join, you just bring a dish for the potluck and come on over. They meet here at SLUMC in the Fellowship Hall. See you there!

SLUMC Children’s Annual Christmas Program
This year our children will perform their Annual Christmas Program on Sunday, December 16th during our Sunday morning worship. We would like for all children participating to be here by 9:30am on that Sunday in order for the Sunday School teachers to help each child get ready for their big debut! The children have been practicing their lines and their songs during Children’s Church and they sound great!
This will be an event you don’t want to miss!

2018 Christmas Giving Tree
It’s that time of year again. The Giving Tree will be on display in the Church foyer starting Sunday, December 2nd. Please help local families in need celebrate the Christmas season by choosing a paper ornament gift request from the tree. Return wrapped gifts with ornament tag attached to the church on or before Sunday, December 23rd. Monetary/cash or gift cards should be left at the church office or with Mike or Jill Burton who are assisting Elaine Mohler coordinate this event. Please contact Mike or Jill for more information.

Poinsettia Orders
The liturgical season of Advent is upon us! As we prepare these next four weeks for the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we would like to extend an opportunity to honor or remember any loved ones by dedicating a poinsettia in their name to be displayed beautifully in our sanctuary this Advent season. Each poinsettia will be $10/plant. You may sign up in the foyer at the church along with your payment into the provided envelope. Orders due by Wednesday, December 12th.

December 16th—Christmas Cookie Bucket Fundraiser
Youth and families will be hosting their annual Cookie Bucket Fundraiser. Bring a bucket and fill it for a set price. Youth, please bring your cookies and be at the church by 8:45am on Sunday, December 16th. Sales will begin from 9-10am and also from 11-11:30am.

Mission Outreach Opportunity at SLUMC—Saturday, November 17th—9-11:00am
Last month we had 10 participants at our monthly mission opportunity. We stayed here at the church and put together 101 Hygiene Kits to send to UMCOR. The kits included a hand towel, washcloth, toothbrush, comb, a finger/toenail clipper, a bar of soap, and one dollar bill for toothpaste. We did not include the toothpaste due to shipping issues. This was a great time for fellowship amongst one another as well as a good learning experience for all the kids who participated and the adults, too! We are looking forward to doing more Mission work with you all!
Mission Outreach Opportunity at Ronald McDonald House—Saturday, December 15th—9:00am—12:00pm
We are looking forward to this month’s Mission Outreach Opportunity to The Ronald McDonald House in Topeka, at 825 SW Buchannan, Topeka, KS 66606. This outreach opportunity is available for all ages with parental supervision, so if your 6-year-old wants to attend, that means mom and/or dad get to go too.
While at the Ronald McDonald House we will be making meals for the families currently staying there to eat or freeze for later. They will have all the supplies we need to make the meals, so there is no need to bring anything from home.
Ronald McDonald House is also having a ‘Holiday Cookie Walk and Bake Sale’ on Friday, December 7th to help raise funds for their charity, so if you attended that Pie Day hosted by the UMW a couple months back, this is a great opportunity to use those skills! They are accepted baked good donations by Thursday, December 6th for their sale on Friday. If you are interested in donating to or attending either of these events, please contact Christie Cunningham at 785-231-3026 or see sign up sheet at the Welcome Center.