Latest Event Updates
Register now for 2016 Seward United Methodist VBS
by Jill Eberspacher & Melissa Luebbe
The Seward United Methodist 2016 Vacation Bible School “Cave Quest” is going to be in the evenings again this year on July 18th – 21st. Join us for a buffet style dinner served between 5:00 – 5:30pm, VBS will follow at 5:40 – 8:00pm. All children Pre-K (potty trained please) through entering 4th Grade are welcome! You can register online or pick up registration forms at the church office during business hours. There will also be registration forms available at the Welcome Center before and after church services on Sunday. There is no fee to attend the Seward United Methodist VBS. We do ask each child to consider donating a canned food item that will be donated to the Seward Food Pantry.
We look forwarding sharing time with your kids, showing them how to watch for God in everyday life through something called God Sightings™. For more details go to VBS 2016.
Gratitude for Seward United Methodist “GASA” Program
by Dana Galusha
It is Graduation Day in Seward and we have our first High School graduate, Ben. The one thing that will not leave my mind is gratitude. Gratitude for all of those people God wrote into the “Story of Ben”, God’s Appointed Special Advocates. Many parents might be thinking the same thing.
Our part in Ben’s story started with an air ambulance ride to Children’s Hospital on New Years Eve, 1997. His first “special advocates” were ambulance drivers, doctors and nurses. Before he was even born, family arrived at the hospital. Then, the usual advocates appeared; friends, acquaintances, peers, teachers, mentors, coaches, pastors and youth leaders.
Ash Wednesday, 2012, Ben’s very large Confirmation Class was conducting the evening service. I remember thinking “who is going to want to be the Godparents for this large, energetic group?”. I didn’t know it at the time, but in that same service Mary Barker was whispering to Doug, “We have just got to be Godparents to this group of kids!”. The rest of the story is simply blessings.
Thank you Doug, Mary and Karen for being Godparents, God’s Appointed Special Advocates to the class of 2016.
Save the Dates for Summer Sunday Fun
by Kelly Wergin
The Nurture Committee is planning something special once a month this Summer. We will meet at 9:30 and have Super Special Sunday School with fun Summertime themes. Make plans to set sail with us on our Special Sunday Theme Events.
June 12 – “Sailing into Nature this Summer”
July 10 – “Cave Quest”
August 14 – “Rally Sunday School Kickoff 2016”
We will have big plans for all ages and we hope you will make time this Summer to attend these special Sundays. Oh, and be sure to invite a friend!
Blessing Service for the Caring Ministry
by Jo Ellen Axthelm
On April 10th, we will have a Blessing Service during Sunday morning worship to commemorate a new group of ministries at Seward United Methodist Church, the Caring Ministries. The planning for these new ministries was started in the Fall of 2015 by some retired professionals who want to continue using their gifts to support the church family and friends. They have been actively working towards organizing a coordinated Caring Ministry and are ready to start providing faith-based caring services for not only our church family but the community as well. As this new Caring Ministry steps out in faith they ask for blessings and support from our church family.
You can read about the mission of the Caring Ministry here.
Confirmation Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
by Pastor Dale Lambert and Lynette Broderick
Three new Seward United Methodist Church members, Meghan Meyer, Trevor Reeves and Taylor Fitzke, were confirmed Sunday, April 3rd, 2016. Pastor Dale Lambert indicated that it was one of his best classes and admitted he will especially miss teaching Confirmation each year. Even with only three students he was impressed by the engaging discussion and was very encouraged by the spiritual growth he saw this past year. Special thanks to the mentors for this year's class, Laura Goracke, Angie Kenney and Doug Barker.