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This Week in Worship

Nothing is Impossible #morepeace
Worship Series - Angels Among Us

"Do not be afraid." -- The Angels
The angels that appear in the story of Jesus’ birth would have been very comfortable in our world of tweets and hashtags. Their messages were often short and to the point—their favorite line being #DoNotBeAfraid. As we look at the stories of these winged messengers to Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherds and their reactions to them, we will contemplate what messages we can offer that will counteract a culture of fear and bring #morehope, #morepeace, #morejoy, and #morelove to the world. Angel painting created by our own Kate Bishop.

Sermon:  "Nothing is Impossible #morepeace"
Scripture: Luke 1: 26-56
Have you ever struggled with finding your purpose and being at peace with it? When Mary was visited by an angel, she was perplexed and troubled. She questioned, “How can this happen?” Surprisingly she said, “Let it be so.” Where did her peace come from? If we were able to say, “Let it be so,” how would that bring about #morepeace in our lives and #morepeace in the world?

Note: 8:15 am traditional worship will be in the chapel with Holy Communion.

Join us for worship this Advent season!

Ways to Serve and Give this Advent

Share #morehope, #morepeace, #morejoy, and #morelove in our community this Advent season by participating in these outreach opportunities:


  • Provide a warm coat for youth living in the cottages at United Methodist Family Services. Sign up at tinyurl.com/UMFScoats. Coats are due back to the Caring Clothes Closet by Tuesday, December 12.
  • Children ages 4-grade 5 are encouraged to bring gifts of diapers, baby wash cloths, bibs, and wet wipes to be given to young teen moms through the Butterfly Babies ministry at the Baby Shower for Jesus on Sunday, December 10, at 4:15-6:15 pm in Chapel Hall. Bring a sleeping bag and pillow and wear PJs to watch a movie. Contact Kate Bishop. EMAIL KATE


  • Commit to a team that will help bring communion to our shut-ins. Meet at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 10 in the sanctuary for supplies and instructions. Sign up by contacting Gregg Butler at 360-2600. EMAIL GREGG 
  • Attend a dinner for grief care at the holidays. All who are grieving this season are invited to Chapel Hall at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 20 (note location change from what is printed in bulletin). Facilitated by Allyson Drake, Executive Director and grief counselor at Full Circle Grief Center, and Pastor Chris. RSVP to Gregg Butler, 360-2600. EMAIL GREGG 


  • Provide a Christmas toy or new clothing item to children in The Sophie House program who will attend their Christmas party. Return gifts to The Sophie House, 4771 Shady Grove Road, by Tuesday, December 12. SIGN UP FOR GIFTS
  • Come ice skate with youth ministry and experience joy! Meet at the rink at West Broad Village at 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 17. Contact Frank Basil. EMAIL FRANK


  • Choose tags from the Giving Trees in the sanctuary and fellowship hall to provide gifts to help the Caring Clothes Closet give more love to those in need in our community. Gifts can be brought to church or dropped off at the CCC through Sunday, December 24.
  • This year’s Advent offering will go to support SGUMC’s Samaritan Fund, which meets critical needs and paves a path to sustainability for families in our community, and to the scholarship fund for youth and adult mission trips, so that all have the opportunity to serve, regardless of cost. Write ADVENT in memo of check.

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Support Youth Ministry with Gift Cards

Start your Christmas Shopping! Gift cards make great gifts for all your shopping needs and with thousands of options, including restaurants, retailers, automotive, grocery, and more, there is something for everyone! You can purchase gift cards at face value and the youth ministry receives a percentage of the sale. Be sure to check out the gift card table on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary foyer or download an order form to see many other cards you can purchase. Orders placed by December 11 should arrive in time for pickup on December 17. There is also a selection of coasters, water bottles, and mission trip shirts available. Questions? Contact Frank Basil. EMAIL FRANK | DOWNLOAD ORDER FORM

Poinsettias for Christmas

Orders for Christmas Poinsettias may be turned in through Monday, December 11, to guarantee a poinsettia. Additional poinsettias may be available on a first come, first serve basis after that date. You may download the order form or pickup in the narthex on Sunday mornings. Flowers are available for $20 or you may purchase a listing in the Christmas Poinsettia bulletin insert for $10. Flowers will be placed in worship to decorate and then may be taken home. Questions? Contact Frank Basil. EMAIL FRANK | DOWNLOAD ORDER FORM

Building Committee Update

Work continues! General Contractor sent the bid invitation out to the market on October 27. On-site meeting and walk-thru with subs was held on November 13. General Contractor hoped to have GMP (guaranteed maximum price) Proposal ready for presentation and review during week following Thanksgiving; however, bids are coming in much slower than expected, so this date has been moved to the week of December 11. Building Committee will meet during the week of December 11 to receive and review the proposal from the General Contractor. Contact Rex Hockemeyer. EMAIL REX | VISIT NEXT CHAPTER PAGE

Opportunity to Serve
Sanctuary Set Up Team

An opportunity to serve Shady Grove UMC is available. The Sanctuary Set Up team has an opening for the second Thursday of the month. The team of two straightens the pews and fills the guest books and pew racks, creating a welcoming place for those who worship, which takes about one hour to complete. We can pair you with another volunteer if needed or you can come with a friend as a team. Questions? Contact Dana Kelley, 360-2600. EMAIL DANA 

Betty Fairbanks Circle
Monday, December 11

Betty Fairbanks Circle – Our next meeting Monday, December 11, will be our Christmas Luncheon at 11:30 am. We will be going to The Pickel Barrel (12912 Plaza Drive, Richmond VA.) Please RSVP to Ruth Henley or Nancy Lowe. For more info or questions contact Nancy Lowe at 716-0517. EMAIL NANCY

Senior Brunch and Program
Wednesday, December 13

Come get into the Christmas spirit! Join us at 10:30 am in Chapel Hall for a brunch. Please bring a dish to share and come visit with your friends. The duet RETRO will perform a Christmas program for our group. Please RSVP by Monday, December 11, to Betsy Katko at 360-5057. EMAIL BETSY

Christmas Musical Drama
December 16 and 17 

Mark your calendars for our Christmas Cantata, How Should a King Come, being presented Saturday, December 16, at 7:00 pm and Sunday morning, December 17, at our 9:30 and 11:00 worship services. Accompanied by orchestra, the musical will include narration as well as nativity non-speaking drama: the Holy Family, wise men, and shepherds. If you would like to be a part of the drama, please contact Sylvia Cooper. EMAIL SYLVIA

Give the Gift of Music!

Support Music and Arts Ministry at Shady Grove with your purchase of the Gideon's Call CD that was produced earlier this year. Make your purchase in person on Sunday, December 17 in the foyer of the sanctuary or email Olga Komarov to place an order for pick up before Christmas. Cost is $15, cash or check. EMAIL OLGA

Winter Break at the Center!

  • Elves Workshops for children ages 6+ create unique gifts for their families in creative mornings full of excitement, Saturday, December 16, and Monday - Friday, December 18-22, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. LEARN MORE
  • Winter Wonderland art workshops for students ages 5-8 in the mornings, and students ages 9+ in the afternoons mix art and play while exploring drawing, painting on canvas, and making jewelry and miniature sculptures from polymer clay. LEARN MORE
  • Chess workshops will be offered for children from kindergarten – 3rd grade on Monday and Tuesday, December 18 & 19, from 9:00 - noon; and for children in 4th-6th grade on Wednesday and Thursday, December 20 & 21. All levels welcome!
See the details at www.center4creativearts.org or call 360-CNTR for more information. VISIT CENTER WEBSITE

Year End Gifts to SGUMC 

Please remember that you can make a gift (stock, mutual funds, cash, etc.) to SGUMC; and a) avoid all broker commissions / fees; b) avoid all capital gains taxes; c) take the full market value of the security as a 2017 tax donation (regardless of what you may have originally paid for it); d) possibly satisfy your 2017 Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) if you are over age 70½; and, e) benefit SGUMC with the full market value of the security(s). You may also fulfill some/all of your 2018 pledge and record it as a 2017 deduction. Contact Pam Sweeney or Elena Komarov at 360-2600. EMAIL PAM | EMAIL ELENA

New Columbarium in Cemetery

The Cemetery Committee would like to announce that a columbarium (a structure to house cremated remains) has recently been added to our cemetery. There are 48 niches and each niche can accommodate one or two urns. There are also over 150 plots still available for sale. If you have any interest in a niche or plot, or would just like more information, please contact Chuck Noble at 396-5557. EMAIL CHUCK

Bistro Re-Opens on January 10

Menus coming soon!

New! Wednesday Night Disciple Fast Track starting January 10!

From 6:15-7:15 pm in education building room 207, this NEW meeting time of the long-term study maintains the integrity and principles of the original Disciple Bible Study, but it is modified to better meet the needs of a hectic world. By reading 15-20 minutes every day, you can study the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in 24 weeks! FREE STUDY MANUALS PROVIDED!!! Contact Cassandra Isley. EMAIL CASSANDRA 

Got Pictures?

Please send any Shady Grove UMC pictures you are willing for us to use on the website, eblast, and social media to pictures@shadygroveumc.net. Thanks to Kate Gharib for sharing some pictures of the children's musical last weekend!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 7

United Methodist Men's Dinner and Meeting

Gather at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:00. All men and high school boys of the church are invited to attend the United Methodist Men’s gathering for dinner and the monthly meeting. Our own Rick Dodge will be our speaker and will be giving us an overview of SGUMC missions work as well as sharing ways that UMM members can help. We will be having Chef Mike’s famous BBQ ribs. Childcare is provided. RSVP to Ed Mekalian by Tuesday, December 5. EMAIL ED

Sunday, December 10

8:15 am Worship in Chapel

With Holy Communion

9:30 and 11:00 am Worship in Sanctuary
11:00 am Worship in Fellowship Hall

Communion to Shut-Ins

Meet at 2:00 pm in the sanctuary for instructions and supplies. Sign up by contacting Gregg Butler at 360-2600. EMAIL GREGG 

Baby Shower for Jesus

4:15-6:15 pm in Chapel Hall. Children ages 4-grade 5 are encouraged to bring gifts of diapers, baby wash cloths, bibs, and wet wipes to be given to young teen moms through the Butterfly Babies ministry. Bring a sleeping bag and pillow and wear PJs to watch a movie. Contact Kate Bishop. EMAIL KATE

Monday, December 11

Betty Fairbanks Circle Luncheon

11:30 am at The Pickel Barrel. See Don't Miss This.


Wednesday, December 13

Seniors Brunch and Program

10:30 am in Chapel Hall. See Don't Miss This.

Saturday, December 16

Presentation of How Should A King Come

7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Christmas cantata with 45 choir members and orchestra.

Sunday, December 17 

8:15 am Worship in Chapel

With Holy Communion

9:30 and 11:00 am Worship in Sanctuary

Includes presentation of How Should A King Come Christmas cantata with 45 choir members and orchestra.

11:00 am Worship in Fellowship Hall

Last, but not least!

Mission Opportunity for Adults and Youth

Sign up now to serve with the Appalachia Service Project in Brenton, WV, Monday, April 2 - Friday, April 6, 2018.  Youth age 16 and older with a parent are welcome. Expected cost is $410-$425. Financial help available if needed. If interested, contact Mark Tuttle. EMAIL MARK
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