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Homeless shelter meals

We serve dinner and breakfast at Grace Episcopal Church on the fourth weekend of even months. If you are interested in helping contact Chuck L. at 608-244-0868.


Bashford UMC Food Pantry

What is that gold cart doing in our Fellowship Hall? We collect funds and food items for Bashford United Methodist Church’s food pantry. Feel free to leave any non-perishable items in the cart. Our neighbors will appreciate the help!


Bayview Community Center-Senior Bingo

We partner with the Bayview Community Center by providing prizes and ministry to their Senior Bingo program. To participate, contact Kazoua M. at 608-244-0868.


The Kajsiab House for Seniors

We support this important ministry by supplying rice for lunches quarterly. To help, contact: Kazoua M at 608-244-0868.


Mendota Community School

Reverend Hart and Cyndy Hoffman began and concurred the possibility of adopting a school through the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools’ Adopt-a-School Program. We met with the Principal, Carlettra Stanford, and other members of her leadership team on Friday, March 24, 2017 to finalize this partnership with Mendota Community School, located at 4002 School Road off Northport Drive – which was recently designated one of two Community Schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

The Adopt-a-School partners generally provide a combination of human, material, and financial resources to the school they’ve adopted, with human resources being the most valued. Here are some of the many ways in which we can participate:

  • Work with students (possibilities include academic tutoring, mentoring, serving as a Breakfast Buddy or Lunch Buddy, serving as a Pen Pal, leading a Spoken Word Club).
  • Participate in “Done in a Day” activities (possibilities include participating in evening Open School House activities, assisting with the establishment of a school Food Pantry (in the Fall 2017/2018), supporting Staff Appreciation activities scheduled for May 1-5, 2017, assisting with the Community Block Party on August 26, 2017).
  • School volunteer (serving as a classroom guest speaker, participating in production of the Lion King, assist with planning and executing after school programming, supporting service learning projects).
  • Jesse Tree in which we supplied school supplies and snacks for the students and then the staff as well.
  • Saving the Box Tops for Kids rewards program, collecting gently used books, donating tickets to athletic events).

Stephen Ministry
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. —Galatians 6:2 (New Revised Standard Version)
Two of our Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers are laypeople- Christian men and women-trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality is a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need. These are people with a compassionate heart who’ve been equipped with the skills to listen, encourage, and offer support when someone is in need. A Stephen Minister typically has one care receiver at a time and meets with that person once a week. If interested in becoming a Stephen Minister contacts Cyndy Hoffman via e-mail: cyndy8756@gmail.com or via phone: 608-513-2280.


SAUMC Seed Starter Project
Three of our seed gardeners tending their seeds

 

Planting seeds

The Seed Garden Ministry is intended to reach our to community members to teach them to be more self sufficient and teach good nutritional habits to low income children and adults. We hope for community members to use the seed garden to plant seeds and grow various types of vegetables that they can use for their home or community gardens. There are four community gardens in our neighborhood. We will help the community gardeners by providing training from master gardeners from the UW-Extension. Sherman Avenue will provide the planting facility in Fellowship hall. This will include seed trays, shelves and gro-lights for the trays and some of the potting materials.


Wisconsin

Ingathering

We support the Wisconsin United Methodist Church In-Gathering each year. Our 2016 project was 30 Health Kits, each containing:

  • 1 hand towel (no kitchen, cleaning or microfiber towels)
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 comb
  • 1 metal nail file or fingernail clipper (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
  • 1 bar of soap (3 oz. or larger)
  • 1 adult-sized toothbrush in original wrapper
  • 6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages (3/4-1” size, wrapped in rubber band)

Global

Jabez Elementary & Junior High School and Trauma Counseling Center
Sign for the Jabez School

Jabez Elementary & Junior High School and Trauma Counseling Center is a project envisioned and coordinated by Rev. Jakes Voker, a former Pastor of Sherman Avenue UMC. The school is located in Ganta City, Liberia, West Africa. The vision of the school is to break the cycle of violence caused by Liberia’s long Civil War, and transform lives through Christ centered primary education.

Sherman Avenue provides financial support for over 20 students who are unable to pay tuition. We have also donated to building projects, such as the library, student desks and bricks for the second building. Members of SAUMC have travelled to Ganta, Liberia to participate in Mission trips to help with construction and maintenance of the buildings.

Please make donations payable to Sherman Avenue UMC-Jabez School. Donations to this outreach project are tax-deductible.


Christian Education

Anyone interested in learning about God’s love is invited to join any of these classes at any time.

Dinner with Rev. David Bible Study

Dinner with Rev. David will continue on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Parsonage.


Early Adult Sunday School

Early Adult Sunday School meets at 8:30 am on Sundays.


Wednesday Bible Study

Wednesdays at 4:30pm. This is an ongoing study of the New Testament.


Sunday School for All

Sunday School for All at 10:45 is on Summer vacation. Classes will resume in September.


Adult Fellowship

United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women focuses on missions and activities that support the needs of women, children, and youth. The SAUMC UMW gives yearly donations to Church Women United, Bashford Food Pantry, Food for the Homeless Shelter, UMW District Pledge, church music, and also takes care of the pest control for our church. UMW meetings are usually the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM.


Men’s Group

The Men’s Group meets the first Saturday of each month at 5:00 P.M. We meet to grow closer in our relationship with each other, closer in our relationship with the church, and closer in our relation-ship with God.

All men and teenage boys are welcome. Come join us for a good time. If you have questions, contact Matt Acheson.


Crafting Fellowship

Women of the church interested in crafting gather one Wednesday evening a month at home around 6:00 pm for a supper and craft activity evening. Among laughs and camaraderie we might work on a needlework project we haven’t found time otherwise to finish on our own. We share ideas of things we can make and sell at the church bazaar or rummage sale for fundraising. Interested? Contact Cyndy Hoffman.


Women Girl Scouts

Women’s Week 2020, “The Bird, the Bird, the Bird is the Word,” will be Friday, Augut 14 to Wednesday, August 19th! Applications and health forms will be available at reunion Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church on Martin Luther King weekend.

Youth

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.— John 15: 1-4, New International Version

Family Fun Night

The youth host events such as Bible Studies on Fridays, volunteering in the community, movie nights, lock-ins, and many more activities and events. The events and activities can be found on our main church website calendar. Additionally, the youth is looking forward to the annual Ca Sab retreat held in Greensville, MO. We, the youth hope to bear fruits as we serve the community and the church. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Youth Director, Tou Kou Khang at tkhan860@yahoo.com.

Sunday School
Fun at Sunday School!

Sundays; 10:45–11:15 am

Children ages 5-11

Youth ages 12 +

Mee Thao 239-0012


Bible Study

1st & 3rd Fridays; 6:00–8:00 pm

Youth ages 12 +


Girl Scouts

Our Girl Scout troop has tenth graders; we meet periodically at the church. Our troop started meeting at SAUMC as kindergartens! The girls recently earned their car care badge, they changed a flat, checked for fluids and more. They’ve also planned life as adults with potential jobs, rent/mortgage, major bills and possible college costs. The girls did a badge on how society sees girls. They planned and met with the East High principal and then made posters for East. A few of the girls will do 80 hour service projects to earn their Gold Awards. For more info on Girl Scouts, please contact Sheila Lenius at 608-243-1193.


Cub Scouts

Mondays; 6:30 pm


Boy Scouts

Thursdays; 6:30 pm

St. Peter’s Church

Paul Hughes 244-9844 h


Hmong Youth President

Methuselah Thao 512-0668