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January 2019 Newsletter
Happy New Year Silver Lake UMC!

I am excited to begin this New Year with each of you and see how God lives, moves and breathes through each of you in 2019!

This Sunday, January 6, we will have the opportunity to hear the testimony and witness of Teen Challenge Women’s Ministries in word and song during worship. Teen Challenge is a faith-based organization who supports women who are struggling with addiction.

Starting on January 13th we will begin a new worship series called “Focus.” We will look at five prescriptions which when we embody them, when we put them on, we will see God’s will for ourselves and our church more clearly.

January 13—Introduce the worship series
January 20—Transparency
January 27—Compassion
February 3—Service (Excellence)
February 10—Sacrifice
February 17—Evangelism (Yes, I know the “E” word, think of sharing your faith)

I look forward to worshiping God with each of you as we focus on God’s will for our lives and our community!

Lastly, I wanted to share this with you a quote about beginnings from To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue. I hope it encourages you to explore new horizons in 2019. O’Donohue said, “When the heart is ready for a fresh beginning, un- foreseen things can emerge. And in a sense, this is exactly what a beginning does. It is an opening for surprises…beginnings have their own mind, and they invite and unveil new gifts and arrivals in one’s life. Beginnings are new horizons that want to be seen; they are not regressions and repetitions. Somehow they win clearance and become fiercely free of the grip of the past. What is the new horizon in you that wants to be seen?”

Pastor Alex

Know, Love and Serve God

KNOW—We are beginning the study called, “Invitation to John.” It is an 11 week study and will be held on both Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11. The Wednesday group will start on January 23 and the Thursday group will start on January 24. There is a signup sheet on the table in the foyer. Cost of the participant book is $15.99. Please contact the church office at with questions or if you need assistance buying the book.

LOVE—Do you enjoy teaching, games and mentoring? If you do, you have a chance to positively impact the lives of the kids who come to the Rock by sharing your gifts, talents and God’s love with them. Contact Stephanie or Pastor Alex if you would like to volunteer on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 3 to 5:30 PM.

SERVE–Keep your eyes on the weekly E-blast for our January all-church service event.

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

1/4/19—The Rock @ 3:10pm1/7/19—The Rock @ 3:10pm

1/9/19—Men’s Coffee @ IHOP

1/9/19—UMW Meeting @ 9:30am1/9/19—The Rock @ 3:10pm1/11/19—The Rock @ 3:10pm

1/13/19—Acolyte Training @ 11:15 am in the sanctuary

1/14/19—The Rock @ 3:10pm

1/16/19—The Rock @ 3:10pm1/18/19—The Rock @ 3:10pm

1/20/19—Dillon’s Rewards Information @ 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall

1/21/19—No School/No Rock

1/23/19—The Rock @ 3:10pm

1/23/19—Invitation to John Bible Study, 6:30 to 8, Week 1

1/24/19– Invitation to John, 9:30 to 11, Week 1

1/25/19—The Rock @ 3:10pm1/28/19—The Rock @ 3:10pm

1/30/19—The Rock @ 3:10pm

2/09/19—Family Bingo from 5pm to 8pm

2/17/19—Workshop, Sharing your Faith on Social Media @ 11:15 in Fellowship Hall

Happy Birthday!
1 Mike Rueck
2 Cameron McGough
3 Jeanne Snider
5 Jean Viergever
7 Wanda Wonnell
8 Patty Jordan
10 Warren Bledsoe
11 Vince Burkhardt
Emily Jordan
Annie North
12 Tonia Robinson
Kyson Seth
13 Sam Bahret
Sean Kelsey
Travis Thayer
14 Zach Phelps
Jeni Webb
15 Nancy Burhkardt
Colton Gardner
18 Stan Little
Angela Roberson
19 Ermyl Broyles
21 Stephanie Bryant
Shane Harrington
23 Claire Rossow
30 Dick Robbins

“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

Our Church Family –
– 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 and Elaine Mohler, Donna Kampmeier and Jan Lowry.

Our Extended Church Family –
Rolan S. (friend of Francis Kelsey), Cassandra Clubine (Natalie Wonnell’s niece), Brooklyn Elizabeth Morrison (Burkhardt’s great niece), Jess Adams (Wendy Spreer’s brother), Deanna Bird (Connie Kelsey’s sister), Sarah Skaggs (Judy Maddux’s daughter), Martha Miller (Wanda Wonnell’s aunt), 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), Kevin Kirchgessner (Wanda Wonnell’s great niece’s husband), Ashleigh Coffman (grandchild of Bruce & Sandra Coffman), Travis Thayer’s Grandmother, Cheryl (Swaim) Dechand (friend of Bev Lindstrom), Dale & Evelyn Anderson (Kyle Hicks’ parents), Jenna Essman & family (friend of Christie Cunningham), Darla Lightford (Connie Kelsey’s niece), Lois Morgan (Stephanie Seth’s grandmother), Loren & Marge Hemphill (Tonya McGough’s parents), Nicole (Desormiers) Whetstone (friend of John & Bev Lindstrom), Gerald Dunfield (Thelma Bray’s brother), Jenson Armstrong (Cathy Altman’s grandson), Jan Leuger (Mark Burdiek’s sister), Maheu family (friends of Deb North), Josh Hamlet (friend of Deb North), Jared Kerr (student at Seaman High School), Family of Kelsey Schelling (young girl from Pueblo, CO), Tex Doebele (friend of Mike Burton), Vera Pearce (friend of Jayne Cafer), Robin Thompson (friend of Deb North), Tina Steinhauser’s father (Jason Lamprecht’s cousin), Fern Shaw (Leah Shaw’s sister-in-law), Royce Herbel (Peggy Blanding’s son), Haley Elliott (Jayne Cafer’s granddaughter) and Beck Eckstein (Pastor Alex;’s aunt).

Prayers for our Family and Friends in Retirement and Care Facilities – Ellen Thompson (Plaza West, 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, serving in Spain (Mike Mitchell’s nephew); Heath Johnson, US Navy, stationed in San Diego, SS Bonhomme Richard; Dawson Saia, serving in US Air Force; Jaycee Shoemaker: stationed in Spokane, WA (Wanda & Leonard Wonnell’s granddaughter); Curtis Shoemaker: stationed in Spokane, WA (Jaycee Shoemaker’s husband).

A special thank you to all who contributed to the monetary Christmas money for Clergy. I was very surprised to be recognized in this way and very appreciative of the gifts that I received. Thank you to all of you who continue to share your gifts and talents with this congregation and those within our community and world. Our family appreciates the many ways this church and its members continue to care and look out for us. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! Thank you again! Stephanie

Youth to attend One Event- January 5th-6th

Jaxon Blubaugh, Carter Seth, and Zander Seth will be attending the OneEvent in Salina, KS this Saturday and Sunday, January 5thand 6th! They, along with adults sponsors Stephanie Seth & Christie Cunningham, will be participating in inspiring worship, inter- acting with up to 1,000 other youth from across the Great Plains, and finding time to develop their Christian faith. Please keep these youth in your prayers as they grow in their spiritual journey with others!

Thank you to all who made the Christmas program such a success! Special thanks to Christie Cunningham, Darren Falk, and Brenda Ackerly for coordinating the event and directing the children on Sunday morning! Also, thank you to Judy Ross for teach- ing the children how to sing in German! The children did an excellent job! Great job kids