On Sunday, June 2nd we will be celebrating the end of the Sunday School year and the beginning of summer with an All Church Cookout at the parsonage. Festivities will begin after worship. Bring a dish to share and a chair to sit on! Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. If you would like to help out, please see Pastor Ed.
Plans are well underway for Vacation Bible School at Shepherd of the Valley. This year we'll have VBS the week of July 22nd. Please download the VBS flyer for more information or register online at http://2013.cokesburyvbs.com/sovumc
The Annual Report for 2012 is now available for viewing!
The trustees are seeking volunteers to tend and care for various areas on the church grounds. Trimming, raking, planting, and general care for and 'ownership of' an area will help ensure our beautiful grounds remain aesthetically pleasing and that they continue to enhance meaningful faith journeys, worship, and our community presence. Your participation need not be a weekly commitment, but might involve activity three or four days through spring, summer, and fall. Some adoption spots are suggested in the image below. If you are interesting in making a difference by adopting a spot, please see Ken Taylor, Art Searle, or any trustee.
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Tai Chi returns! We will be meeting in the Hope Room on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30. There is no charge for the class (although a donation to our Shepherd's Food Pantry is welcomed) and is open to anyone interested in learning about the Simplified Form of Tai Chi. Loose clothes and comfortable shoes recommended. Rose Trissler will be leading the weekly workshops. Feel free to contact Rose with any questions.
The Book Club will meet next on May 28th and will be discussing Answers to Prayer by George Mueller. Light and enjoyable discussion - no deep theological study.Books are available in Fellowship Hall after worship or email Joe or Donna Blanchette (email@example.com) for your copy.
The Knitting Ministry will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month from 1:30 to 2:30 in the afternoon. (Or you may work from home if that is easier for you.) We would love to have you join us, beginner or experienced. Besides knitting our traditional prayer shawls and sweaters, we will be knitting hats for chemo patients who have lost their hair during treatments. All of these projects are a wonderful way to spread God's love through the work of our hands. If you have any questions, please see Tara Anderson or Sue Kizlinski.
The United Methodist Women (UMW) is open to all interested women. The next meeting will be on March 18th at 7 o'clock. All women are welcome so please come and join us!
As demand continues to grow, the Shepherd of the Valley Food Pantry needs to be replenished. Of special need are pasta, spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, canned fruits, cereal, tuna fish and soups. We are now also able to accept donations of bread and frozen pastas and vegetables. This important ministry serves our neighbors from Scituate, West Warwick, Johnston and Coventry. Food donations can be dropped off during office hours or at Sunday worship services.
If you need assistance with food, please contact the Church Office at 821-8217 Monday through Thursdays from 9A to noon.
Looking for chance to meet and talk in an informal setting? All men are invited to meet at the Phenix Square Restaurant in West Warwick every other Friday at 6 am. Please check the calendar for this month's dates.