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Sunday School at 9:30 am ... NO Children or Youth Sunday School

Weather permitting, we will head out to the lake THIS SUNDAY, MAY 21 and enjoy an afternoon of water fun. We will meet at the church at 1:30pm and head to our house (506 Three Point Rd in Chapin) on the church bus. We will plan to be back at the church at 4:30pm.

Please wear (or bring) swim suits and sunscreen, bring a towel and if you have a life jacket that would be great too. We have a bunch, but if you have one, it’ll help. Parents are welcome too! (It’s up to you!).


• LIFELINE: Sunday Nights @ 5:30pm in the Underground
        May 21   Confirmation Sunday
                      Counselor Appreciation Dinner
        May 28   Graduate Recognition Senior Reflections

Come out for some Fellowship, Faith, and Free Throws starting on June 5th. Shoot Arounds will be on Monday Nights from 6pm-7:30pm for Girls who are rising 6th – 12th Graders and Guys who are rising 6th-9th Graders. The rising 10th-12th grade guys will shoot around from 7:30pm-9pm on those nights. No prior basketball skills required. Contact Amy Conley at aconley20@aol.com if you have any questions.

For those who are 55 and older participation in PEP! is a FANtastic opportunity to accumulate minutes for our FAN CHALLENGE! THE SCOOP-Active PEP! members enjoy day only trips, multiple day trips, and local activities, as well as sponsoring the Health Fair in September. For more info contact David Moxley at 414-5620.

Be on the look out for more ways to be active this summer in our church as our FAN team highlights Union’s existing programs! Help us achieve our goal of 675,000 minutes of physical activity this summer from June 4th-August 6th. For more information find a FAN team member in the Narthex.

Friday, May 26 from 10:00-11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall To meet Steve Sywulka, World Renew Missionary in Africa
Steve Sywulka is the Team Leader for the World Renew Southern Africa team (For more information, Google “World Renew). Steve has been working in various capacities with World Renew since 2006 assisting in community facilitation, small business planning, information systems, and agroforestry. Originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala, Steve studied at B.S. Agricultural Development Texas A&M. He has a certificate in Biblical Studies from Columbia Biblical Seminary and an International MBA from Moore School of Business (University of South Carolina) Steve is married to Beth and they have four young children. Questions? Contact Betty Lorick at bettylorick125@gmail.com.


Nominations for the Hal Bonnett Music Award may be submitted through Sunday, May 28, 2017. This annual award can be presented to a child, youth, adult or ensemble who has made a significant contribution to the Music Ministry of Union UMC. This individual or ensemble demonstrates:

- A sincere love of the church

- Particular interest in ministering to others and fostering spiritual growth of the church

- Willingness to commit time and energy into enriching the music program

- Service through any medium (vocal, instrumental, non-performance volunteerism)

- A humble, enthusiastic and Spirit-inspired attitude

Members of paid staff are not eligible to receive the award as it’s intended to champion volunteer involvement in the life of the church.

Nominations must be turned in to Dr. Alicia Walker, Director of Music Ministries. You can place your nominations in Dr. Walker’s staff in-box located in the workroom or in the box outside of her office. No e-mail nominations or late nominations will be accepted for any reason. Address any questions to Dr. Walker.

Nominations are now being solicited for the 2017 Edna Skipper Award. The award, in honor and memory of Edna Skipper, was founded in 1992 to recognize women who have shown leadership  within the church.

Guidelines for annual recipients are as follows:

The recipient shall be a woman who has made a difference at Union UMC through her leadership. Some of leadership roles shall have been in areas such as Finance, Board of Trustees, Lay Leader, etc.

The award shall be generally based on cumulative leadership at Union over a period of five years. The recipient shall, above all, be a person with an uplifting attitude and a spirit of service whose faith and love are an inspiration to all.

Past recipients of the Edna Skipper Leadership Award are: Belva Williams, Martha Thompson, Anna Bess Tisdale, Jo Mooney, Helen Ayer, Gail Elfert, Jean How, Pat Stiles, Llewellyn Hames, Iris Bouknight, Amy Conley, Frances McDonald, Joan Bickley, Jan Buck, Mellisa Leitner, Jane Graham, Ruth Jenkins, Emily Faulkenberry, Juanita Hope, Shari Johnson, Monica Crodian, Lindsay Head, Jean How, and Connie Warren.

Nominations, including specific qualifications for the award and areas of leadership should be detailed and in paragraph form, preferably typewritten. Nominations should be submitted to Liz Edwards (F203), no later than Sunday, May 28. Submissions after that date will not be considered. Please consider prayerfully a woman you know who exemplifies this special Union UMC award and nominate her today.

Nominations are now being solicited for the 2017 Jimmy Leitner Sr. Award. In 2003, special recognition was given to Mr. Leitner, for whom the award has been named. Guidelines for annual recipients were established and are as follows:

The recipient shall be a worthy gentleman in Union United Methodist Church who has made a difference through his leadership for over a cumulative period of five years. The recipient must have an uplifting
attitude and a spirit of service. His faith and love must be an inspiration to many. He must be a person who is willing to do whatever is needed wherever and whenever it is needed.

Past recipients of the Jimmy Leitner Sr. Award are: Bubba Price, Jim Sharp, Lawrence King, Tom Ruple, Bud Odell, Charles Ayer, Mark Kyle, Mike Sullivan, Dewayne Roberts, Dave Lambert, Bill Blitch, Miles Knight, Jim Head, and George How.

Nominations must be made in writing and signed. Nominations must be turned in to Liz Edwards (F203), no later than noon on Sunday, May 28. No late nominations will be accepted for any reason. Nominations by e-mail will not be accepted. Please consider prayerfully a man you know who exemplifies this special Union UMC award and nominate him today.

will be held on Wednesdays in June (7, 14, 21, and 28) at 10:00 am in LL 14. For more information , call Frances McDonald at 781-4573 or e-mail francesmcdonald929@yahoo.com.

Football teams aren’t the only teams that recruit new players — Union’s Acolyte team is on a recruiting mission looking for young people who are willing and able to serve their church and their Lord as acolytes at the 9:00 worship service.  Our team currently
includes youth who usually attend the 11:10 service but several times a year serve as acolytes or crucifers at the 9:00 service. That means this opportunity is open to ALL youth from 5th grade to 12th grade who are looking for a way to serve, regardless of the worship service they usually attend. 

If you know you would like to join the Acolyte team, or if you just want to learn more about it before making a decision, please contact Gail Elfert as soon as possible because the new service opportunities for the summer are being scheduled now. Training will be provided for all new team members. Contact Gail at celfert@aol.com or by phone/text at 803-466-2403.

OUR 6th ANNUAL MARTHA'S MARKET will be held September 9, 2017.  Free event featuring over 70+ vendors. All proceeds to benefit Sharing God's Love and the Lexington-Richland District #5 Snack Pack program. Vendor registration is now open to all new and old vendors. We are currently accepting registration forms from 2016 vendors. Sponsorship opportunities are available at this time.

Our Taste and Shop event will be held Friday, September 8, 2017 from 7-9 PM.  Tickets will be available soon.

> Martha's Market Registration Form

> Sponsor Letter

> Vendor Letter

Contributions can now be securely debited from your bank account or credit card through the Union web site. Look for the e donate symbol at the bottom of the home page (also on the right on this page.) Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring or one time contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet.

You can now give by credit card by downloading the phone App Joyfully2UMC to your smartphone and locating “Unionunitedmethodistchurch” as your home church. This option is available to give to Building, Operating, Youth, or Special funds.

Daily Devotional - Provided by the United Methodist Church.

The Union Connection - Our monthly newsletter in PDF format.
This link will download the current issue of our printed newsletter. It's an Adobe Acrobat® PDF file. A new issue will be posted here every month. If you need a back issue, please call us at 803.781.3013 and we will mail or e-mail a copy to you.

UUMC Activities - Our online church calendar.

Fundraiser Request Form

Church Council - A regularly updated document with a list of General Officers, Team Representatives, At-Large & Honorary members to the Council, Nurture Teams, Outreach Teams, Witness Teams and Administrative Teams.

Event / Program Request Form - Union event planners should submit this form to the church office.

The United Methodist Church - The official website of the UMC.

South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church


Sermon Title

Delivered by
04/30/17 Believing Thomas Rev. Stephen Taylor
04/23/17 Walking With Jesus Rev. Jeri Katherine W. Sipes
04/16/17 Easter Tears Rev. Stephen Taylor
04/09/17 The Seduction Of The Palms Rev. Stephen Taylor
04/02/17 Warning: May Be Hazardous To Your Death Rev. Stephen Taylor
03/26/17 Faith-Full Families Rev. Stephen Taylor
03/19/17 Protest Or Pray Rev. Jeri Katherine W. Sipes
03/12/17 The Nutshell Gospel Rev. Stephen Taylor
03/05/17 Tackling Temptations Rev. Stephen Taylor
02/26/17 Generations Of Faith Rev. Stephen Taylor
02/19/17 The Dangerous Deception of Chicken Soup Faith Rev. Stephen Taylor
02/12/17 Tested Be The Tie That Binds Rev. Stephen Taylor
02/05/17 Are You Growing Grass Or Pulling Weeds? Rev. Stephen Taylor
01/29/17 We Preach Christ, Crucified Rev. Stephen Taylor
01/22/17 Seeking Welfare Rev. Stephen Taylor
01/15/17 The Unopened Gift Rev. Stephen Taylor
01/08/17 Identity Gift Rev. Stephen Taylor
01/01/17 The First Disciples Rev. Stephen Taylor
12/25/16 Christmas Day Rev. Stephen Taylor
12/18/16 The Extravagant Gift Rev. Stephen Taylor
12/04/16 Keeping Herod In Christmas Rev. Stephen Taylor
11/27/16 The Unexpected Guest Rev. Stephen Taylor
11/20/16 Re-opening The Wells Rev. Stephen Taylor
11/13/16 Invisible Pain (This sermon temporarily unavailable) Rev. Jeri Katherine W. Sipes
11/06/16 Dominion Over ALl Rev. Stephen Taylor
10/30/16 As We Have Been Blessed Rev. Stephen Taylor
10/23/16 Living On Credit Rev. Stephen Taylor
10/16/16 Un Foto, Por Favor Rev. Cynthia Taylor
10/02/16 The Power Of One Rev. Jeri Katherine W. Sipes
09/25/16 A Timely Word Rev. Stephen Taylor
09/18/16 Shrewd Christians Rev. Stephen Taylor
09/04/16 Will You Give Them Stones? Rev. Stephen Taylor
08/28/16 Faith In Action Rev. Jeri Katherine W. Sipes
08/21/16 Figures Of Faith Rev. Stephen Taylor
08/14/16 Olympic Faith Rev. Stephen Taylor
08/07/16 Faith Rev. Jeri Katherine W. Sipes
07/31/16 Unprepared For The Future Rev. Stephen Taylor
07/24/16 It's All About Relationship Rev. Stephen Taylor
07/17/16 So Much To Be Rev. Stephen Taylor
07/03/16 Lambs In A Wolfpack Rev. Jeri Katherine W. Sipes

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