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The Gift She Gave Me

by David Snapper, SUMC Associate Pastor on May 5, 2021
The Gift She Gave Me
Do you want the old goose-neck rocking chair? My mother was asking. Did I want it, or should she sell it in a garage sale? I didn’t know. I needed a while to think about it. Let me know, she said. We hung up. My mother purchased the goose-neck rocking chair from a furniture store in New Bern, North Carolina. The year was 1950. Around...
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Re-Opening Update

Re-Opening Update

by Rev. John Weston, SUMC Senior Pastor on May 5, 2021
Today Bishop Elaine Stanovsky released updated restrictions for official United Methdist Covid-19 policy for the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho). As of May...
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Way To Go Second Fiddles

Way To Go Second Fiddles

by David Snapper, SUMC Associate Pastor on April 21, 2021
You see the photo of one of our members riding the lawn mower on the grassy field. That’s just one example of what it means to be a Second Fiddle — a person who sacrifices their own time and...
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The Future of SUMC and the United Methodist Church

The Future of SUMC and the United Methodist Church

by Kathy Cosner, Lay Represenative to Annual Conference on April 14, 2021
These are unprecedented times around the world. In addition to a global pandemic and global political unrest United Methodists are struggling to deal with a schism in the denomination. Thank...
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When Can We Meet in Person Again?

When Can We Meet in Person Again?

by Rev. John Weston, SUMC Senior Pastor on March 17, 2021
We are not approved for more than 25 people to be on campus indoors at any one time. The Reopening Team (Brett Hall, Des Hall, Chris Wyatt, Shelli Walker, Grant Bosshardt, Shyrl Kinert, Pastor...
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A $1200 Mistake

A $1200 Mistake

by David Snapper, SUMC Assoiciate Pastor on January 27, 2021
Probably most of us have tossed $1200 into the recycle bin. Happens all the time, a mistake anyone can make: This time was no different. I ripped open an ordinary piece of junk mail, looked at the...
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Living with Faith? Or Fear?

Living with Faith? Or Fear?

by Rev. Larry Eddings on January 13, 2021
Please click here to first read the Book of Judges, Chapters 6 and 7 God told Gideon - a farmer, not a warrior, to amass an army to fight and overcome Israel’s Midianite...
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Live Nativity Drive Thru Experience

Live Nativity Drive Thru Experience

by David Snapper, SUMC Associat Pastor on December 23, 2020
SUMC presented a drive-thru Live Nativity Experience last Saturday Should we hold a drive-through nativity? That’s the question we asked a little over month ago. Oh, it sounded difficult to...
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ELECTiON POSTITiON

ELECTiON POSTITiON

by Dave Snapper, Associate Pastor on October 28, 2020
Photo by Daniel McCullough on Unsplash If SUMC declares its final position for the upcoming US Election... ...It would sound something like this. “2020 has been a...
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Exposing the Ugly Truth with Living Truth

by Guest Contributer | Alissa Walters, SUMC Office Manager on October 7, 2020
It is me, Alissa in the office! Last week as I was preparing the weekly email, I realized the coming Sunday, October 4th was already the 2020 Life Chain event! Then as completed last week’s...
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Ernie and the Long Swim Home

Ernie and the Long Swim Home

by David Snapper on September 2, 2020
I have a great story for you. It’s not exactly true, but that doesn’t matter. I made it up years ago and tell it when I have the opportunity, so it’s especially good. The great swimmer, Ernie...
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On a Scale From 1 to 10

On a Scale From 1 to 10

by David Snapper, Associate Pastor on July 15, 2020
Jayna stared dully through a small security window, down a long corridor, and focused on the steel entry doors. Her parents eventually entered those doors, cleared security, and walked the...
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God has a History of fixing broken experiences.

God has a History of fixing broken experiences.

by David Snapper, Associate Pastor on June 24, 2020
God has a history of fixing the broken experiences. God will wade into the most desperate of situations, choose the least-likely person sitting on the sidelines to be his helper, and then create...
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3 Healing and the Miracle on Ice-3

3 Healing and the Miracle on Ice-3

by David Snapper, SUMC Associate Pastor on June 3, 2020
Life has some Amazing Victories. In 1980, the victory was the Olympic Ice Hockey Team. Everyone knew the Russians (Soviets) would crush the Americans. Soviets supported their teams as a matter of...
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The Way of Jesus

The Way of Jesus

by Dave Snapper | Associate Pastor on April 22, 2020
Don’t you love the way Jesus saw people who were lurking on the fringes of life even when they were in the middle of their world? He had a way of seeing people who were being...
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