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Worship for the Week
This week's message is from our "Living with the End in Mind" theme.
A God of New Beginnings
and is based on Revelation 21:1-6
Weekly Worship Times
9:30 am - Traditional Worship

We will worship in the Sanctuary with Sunday School and Nursery Care
during this time.
Children ages 3 - 5th grade will begin in worship and depart with their teachers after the Children's Moment.
Youth (6th-12th Grade) will meet in the DOG House at 9:30.
Seekers (Adult) will meet in Room 201 of the Education Building at 9:30
11:00 am - Modern Worship
We will worship in the Fellowship Hall with C.O.W. (Children's Own Worship) and Nursery care during this time. Children will begin in worship and depart with the C.O.W. leaders after the Children's Moment.
Current Mask Policy
"Shady Grove UMC mask wearing policy is that it is a personal option on campus and inside all church facilities. Each individual can decide for themselves and their families if they prefer wearing a mask. This decision by the church Council is based on the significant reductions in COVID deaths, hospitalizations, and positive cases in our community. The CDC numbers for Henrico County show significant moves in an encouraging direction. Any individual that would be more comfortable wearing a mask inside is encouraged to continue wearing their mask.
Click HERE to view county specific data and recommendations from the CDC.
**Important Reminder Before Coming to Worship**

Before coming to worship, take your temperature. If you have a fever above 100.4 degrees, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, GI issues, chills, or new loss of taste or smell, please enjoy the opportunity to worship from home. Please contact the pastor if you would like to have a prayer time together.

Altar Flowers

Several dates upcoming are available for placing flowers in memory, honor, or celebration of a loved one or event at traditional worship on Sunday mornings. We have a long standing community relationship with local florist Coleman Brothers which helps to keep cost at $22.00 for the flowers. Questions? EMAIL Frank. Click HERE to sign up and select a date.

Kitten Supplies Collection
Sunday, May 15, 22, and 29
Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall Foyer

Typical shelters have over 400 kittens come through at this time. As stewards of God's creation, you can help by donating dry or wet kitten/cat food, non clumping litter, unflavored Pedialyte, unscented baby wipes, or gently used fleece blankets the above Sundays at worship or at the Blessing of the Animals on May 22 at 4:00 in the fellowship hall.

Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, May 22, 4:00 pm
Fellowship Hall

It's time to bless all those animals that were so lovingly adopted during this COVID time as well as any other delightful pets in your home. We will say a special blessing for each animal brought up to the pastor, as well as make a paw certificate for your pet with a paw. There will be treats for animals and humans. There will be special prayers for pets that have passed away. Also please bring a donation of kitten food, non clumping litter, unflavored Pedialyte, as it is kitten season.

Snack Donation for VBS

We all know kids love snacks. Please click below to see how you can contribute to snacks for Vacation Bible School. Snacks can be purchased and delivered via Amazon to church office (during office hours). Thank you so much for your contribution!

Flying Squirrels Game
Saturday, June 11, 6:00 pm

Join us  for a Saturday night of baseball followed by fireworks as the Richmond Flying Squirrels take on the Erie Seawolves. This is a buy-your-own-ticket event. You may PURCHASE general admission seats for $10 and join us in or near section 212. Come alone or bring the whole family. Buy tickets early online to ensure availability. Register so we know you are coming Questions? Email Scott Vaughan or Pastor Beanie

Nursery Care

Jesus loves the little children. Wonder, joy, laughter, and God's love are found in Shady Grove's nursery. If you want to share the love of Jesus by occasionally helping out in the nursery during Sunday morning worship services, please EMAIL Kate.

The Pastor is In at Starbucks
Wednesdays, 8:00-8:45 am

Stop by to see Pastor Chris to touch base, have a prayer, or just say hi! No need to schedule an appointment, just stop by anytime at the Twin Hickory Starbucks on Nuckols Road on Wednesdays from 8:00-8:45 am.
Children's Ministry - Infants-5th Grade
Questions? EMAIL Kate

Bubble Fun Day
Sunday, May 15, 3:00 pm
Outdoors at Church

Kids of all ages and their families are invited to experience fun with bubbles. We'll splish and we'll splash while we experiment and play with bubbles.  It'll be a little science-y, a little soap-y, and a whole lot of fun!

G3 Ice Cream Social
Sunday, June 5, 5:00 pm
Chapel Building

G3 Ice Cream Social will recognize 5th graders (soon to be rising 6th graders) at our end of the year celebration. All children 3rd through 5th are encouraged to attend (whether they have been attending G3 or not). Rising 3rd graders are also invited to join us to find out what G3 is all about. Please let Ms. Kate know if you can come.

Shalom Farms
Saturday, July 23, 9:00 am

Children and families have the opportunity to help out at Shalom Farms which brings healthy foods to families in need. Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a water bottle and gloves. Event is limited to 15 people.

Camp Pray and Play
Dates Below, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Camp Pray and Play offers three separate summer camps for children age three through rising first grade. Through theme related music, crafts, Bible stories, skits, and play, children learn about belonging in God's world. Age relevant activities allow children to experience God's love as they learn to be open to and obey Jesus. Register by clicking on the links below

G3: Grow, Go, Give!
Sundays, 5:00-6:00 pm

G3: Grow, Go, Give is a pre-cursor to youth group for grades 3, 4, and 5. Our theme is God’s Heroes and how we can rely on strength from God as we grow in faith, go and serve, and give help to others. G3 will meet outdoors near the Chapel Building, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, they will meet in the Chapel Building.

Baby Bundles

The Baby Bundle ministry is looking for people who love to knit baby blankets and baby caps. New SGUMC babies are welcomed with a prayerfully created baby blanket, baby cap, and hand-carved cross. If you would like to be part of this ministry or if your family has a new baby, please contact Kate Bishop, Polly Rowan, or Beth Lighthiser.
Youth Ministry - Grades 6-12
Questions? EMAIL Rebecca

Keep Connected with Youth Ministry

If you don't currently receive the Youth Update email, be sure to sign up by clicking HERE to keep up to date with all that's happening with youth ministry.
Click HERE to view the most recent Youth Update with details on how you can connect and all that is happening throughout the week and looking ahead.

Senior Sunday
Sunday, June 12

If you are a Graduating High School or College Senior and did not receive an email from Rebecca to sign up to be recognized, please send her an email.

Youth Summer Mission Trip

Be sure to check out the Youth Update page to get more information and register for the summer mission trip!
Adult Ministry
Questions? EMAIL Beanie
Opportunities for a Single Day or Evening

Canal River Cruise
Thursday, May 19, 11:15 am
Turning Basin

Cruise the Richmond Kanawha Canal with JOY because we're rolling, rolling on the river! Depart from the Turing Basin at intersection of 14th and Dock streets on Virginia St. RSVP by Monday, May 16th. Cost of $30 includes tour and lunch from Homemade's by Suzanne.

Drive Shack Fun
Saturday, May 21, 1:00 pm
Drive Shack in Short Pump

Come out for a fun, relaxed afternoon of group golf games. No golf experience necessary! Up to 6 people can play at one golf bay and share the $74 cost. (Your cost will vary depending on the number of participants we have.) Food and beverages can be ordered individually. Questions? EMAIL Ginny Willis

Art and Scripture Field Trip to VMFA
Tuesday, May 31, 10:00 am

We will enjoy the "Whistler to Cassatt" exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Meet at the VMFA at 10:00 am. The exhibit is free to VMFA members and costs $16 for non-members. Everyone must order a ticket online ahead of time in order to guarantee admittance. Reserve your ticket for the 10:15 entrance. Afterward we will enjoy lunch together at Amuse. Register by May 23rd.

Backyard, Board Games and Beverages!
Saturday, June 18, 5:00 pm
Lancaster's Home

The Adult Council is sponsoring a fun Game Night for our Shady Grownups. Show off your skills at our Backyard Games Happy Hour. We will have a round robin of games including some traditional board games and some lawn games to see who is the gaming champion of Shady Grove. Register by May 10th! Questions? EMAIL Joyce Lancaster.

Tubing Down the James
Saturday, June 25, 9:00 am

The adult ministry council invites adults to float down the James River for the 11 am float trip. We will meet at church at 9:00 am and head to Scottsville together. There is a shuttle that will take us from the James River Reeling and Rafting Headquarters upriver, and we will drift back to our cars. The float trip takes anywhere from 2-4 hours. You can pack a lunch and drinks to put in a cooler. This stretch of the river is good for beginners. Cost is $26.50 per person.
Short Term Classes and Groups

Anxious for Nothing
Sunday, May 22 - June 19, 11:00 am
Education Building, Room 201

We most likely would agree that we appreciate finding calm in this chaotic world. Anxious for Nothing invites readers to delve into Philippians 4:6-7—the most highlighted passage of any book on the planet according to Amazon. Please order your book and read the first chapter by the first class. Lucado has a very engaging style in his book and on video. It's okay if you need to miss some classes - it's a busy season. 

Forgiving What You Can't Forget
Wednesday , April 20 - May 25, 6:15 pm
Education Building, Room 201

Discover How to Move On, Make Peace with Painful Memories, and Create a Life That’s Beautiful. Have you ever felt stuck in a cycle of unresolved pain, playing offenses over and over in your mind? Walk through a step-by-step process to free yourself from the hurt of your past and feel less offended today. Discover what the Bible really says about forgiveness and the peace that comes from living it out right now.   

Friday Women's Bible Study
Friday, April 22 - May 27, 10:00 am
Chapel Building, Room C-2

We will be studying Susan Robb’s book “Called: Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice.” This book focuses on how God interrupts the lives of women and men, calling and empowering them to live lives of service they couldn’t imagine on their own. The author looks in at characters from the Bible. Please order your book and read the first chapter for the first class. 

Mom's Group
Thursday, April 14 - May 19, 9:00 am
Education Building, Room 201

ALL Moms of littles are invited to a NEW Mom's Group on Thursday mornings for book study, prayer, and to support and encourage each other. This group will be led by Rev. Mandy Young, a UMC pastor currently serving as a full time mommy to her four children. For more information, please EMAIL Kate or Mandy

Emotionally Healthy Relationships
Wednesday, April 13 - June 15, 7:00 pm

Spring and Summer are wonderful times with God, family and friends. What better opportunity for a relationship tune-up? Turns out our faith can deeply impact our relationships for the better, let God make a difference in your life through this class and community.

Chapter at a Time Bible Study on Hebrews
Monday, January 24 - May 30, 10:00 am or 6:00 pm
OR at your pace on Facebook and YouTube

You can join this weekly study in one of three ways through UPDATED offerings. Join us Mondays in person at 10:00 am, online via Zoom at 6:00 pm (the link is available on Realm), or catch the study by checking out our Facebook page or YouTube channel for the 30 minute video made by Pastor Chris.   
REGISTER(in person, Monday at 10:00 am)
REGISTER(online via ZOOM, Monday at 6:00 pm)
Ongoing Classes and Groups

Seekers (Adult Sunday School Class)
Sunday, 9:30 am
Education Building Room 201

The class is currently discussing a 5-part series from Max Lucado called 'Making Room For Neighbors; Strengthen Relationships. Cultivate Community' No preparation is needed for these discussions. All are welcome.

Art and Scripture
Tuesday, 10:00 am

Understand how scriptural messages can be seen through art, usually paintings - of all styles.

GO (God Opportunities) Group
Wednesday, 6:15 pm
Education Building Room 206

GO discusses the weekly sermon and looks for opportunities to serve in the community. This group is open to all adults who are looking for a great supportive group to explore God’s call. Please email Jeff Samford for more information.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Last Tuesday of Every Month, 2:00-4:00 pm

The next meeting is on Tuesday, May 31 at 4521 Meredith Creek Dr. Glen Allen from 2:00-4:00 pm. Questions? Call Margaret Phillips, 804-527-7857.

Sewing Seeds of Hope (SSOH)
Wednesday, 12:30-3:30 pm
Fellowship Hall

The SSOH Wednesday meetings in the Fellowship Hall are a time of fellowship and serving  needy children, the mourning, and sick. This ministry can be the place to use your hands and feet in the name of our Lord. We need people to measure, cut, label, pack, and even sew. Please come by to help! Questions? Email Pam Kugel or call 804-364-7250.
Music Ministry
Questions? EMAIL Sylvia

Youth Explosion Choir
Sunday, April 24, May 1, May 22, 5:00-5:45 pm

Join the Youth Explosion Choir, a vocal choir for youth in grades 6-12 as we prepare to sing on Confirmation Sunday, June 5th, at the 9:30 am worship service. Email Sylvia for more information.

Sanctuary Choir
Wednesdays, 7:15-8:45 pm

The Sanctuary Choir meets each Wednesday in the sanctuary, and we’d love to have you join us! Email Sylvia for details or questions.

Gift Cards to Support Youth Missions
Sunday Mornings

Just a reminder that you may still purchase gift cards to support youth ministry. Many cards are loadable to apps (Starbucks, Dunkin’, Panera, Wendy’s, and Taco Bell…just to name a few), so convenient to load and support us at the same time. Ordering times may be delayed due to cost increase in shipping. Bring your check or cash and see Cindy on Sunday morning in the narthex! Questions? EMAIL Cindy

T-shirt Collection

We need the shirt off your back or out of the corner of your closet! We're collecting t-shirts in any CLEAN condition (new, gently used, stained and ripped) and in ANY SIZE (kids - adult) for the Caring Clothes Closet, Sewing Seeds of Hope and to make jump ropes for Operation Christmas Child. Please leave your CLEAN t-shirts on the Hope House porch located between the Fellowship Hall and Church Offices. Questions? EMAIL Dottie

Prayer Shawl Ministry

For those needing God’s encouragement, Prayer Shawls are available to share. A shawl can be picked up either at worship the last Sunday of the month or at the church office during the week. Crafted with care and wrapped and bagged for safety, a prayer shawl is an expression of care for those in need of comfort and a reminder that they are in thoughts and prayers.

Keeping connected through Realm!

Realm Connect is a great way to keep connected, register for events, keep track of giving and make contributions online and more!
Already have a Realm login? Don't forget to LOGIN and make sure your's and your family member's profiles are up to date. You can also edit information and keep connected with the Realm Connect app for your mobile device. Download from the Apple APP STORE or GOOGLE PLAY.
Don't have a Realm login? Send an EMAIL to get connected and then you will receive an email invite with a link to get connected.
Click HERE to learn more about Realm.

Schedule of Events

Click HERE for a schedule of all events listed on the church calendar!

Order Your SGUMC Nametag!

It is now possible to order and pay for a Shady Grove UMC nametag online, using Realm! Click HERE to order. The cost is still $8.00. Nametags take two to three weeks for delivery, at which point you will be able to pick it up from one of the welcome centers on a Sunday morning. Questions? Contact Donna Noble. EMAIL DONNA

News from the Virginia Conference

Want to stay connected to news from the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church? Check out past issues of the E-Advocate weekly news! You can also subscribe to receive directly to your inbox by completing the subscription information on the E-Advocate webpage.

Ways to Give

  • Give Online - Click HERE for either a one-time donation or to setup recurring donations through secure giving with Ream Connect
  • Text GivingText serve to 73256 to get a secure link to give 
  • Amazon SmileAmazon has a program called Amazon Smile that gives 0.5% of eligible purchases back to non-profits in the form of a rebate. Simply start shopping at AMAZON SMILE. Log in to your Amazon account as you normally do, search for the Amazon Smile account labeled, Shady Grove United Methodist Church and be sure to choose the church in Glen Allen, VA! Once selected, this setting remains with your account. For all future Amazon shopping, just be sure to start by going to AMAZON SMILE  to login to your account. This is not an endorsement of Amazon by the finance committee. This is a means for those interested to provide additional support to the general fund and ministries at SGUMC. Questions? Contact Frank Basil at  804-360-2600. EMAIL FRANK
Questions about giving, making  a new pledge, or updating an existing pledge may be directed to Pam Sweeney, EMAIL or call 804-360-3907, ext. 123
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