Events & Announcements

Christmas Eve Service
December 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Please invite your family and friends to join us for our Candlelight Service
See you there!

Jesse Tree 2018
This year we will be collecting items for Mendota Community School. The Jesse Tree will have cards with suggested gifts. Take a card from the tree or pick something from the list below. Cash donations are also accepted.
Please return your unwrapped donations by December 31st. We will be giving the donations to MCS when the school calendar begins in January. Mendota is a diverse elementary school, serving 336 K-5 students on Madison’s north side. About 76% of students live in poverty and they currently have 6 home languages represented in the student population. They welcome a variety of monetary and new or gently used item donations to our school. Many teachers and staff spend their limited personal funds on things their students need. We realize it takes a village to support our Scholars success. They deeply appreciate any contribution you can make to the school community! Click here for a list of requested donations found on page 3 of the December issue of the Bellringer.

Annual Church Rummage Sale
February 15 - 16
Rummage sale donations are welcome any time. You can place them in the entryway and they will disappear into storage. If you need items picked up, please contact Chuck Litweiler 244-3845.

Mid-Week Meditation
Teleconferences, Wednesdays at 6 pm
Wednesdays at 6 pm, we have Mid-Week Meditation, a prayer, scripture and short reflection by teleconference. The call-in number is 1 (641) 715-3836. The access code is 486727.

Can't Make it to Service in Person? Virtual Church!
If you have good Internet access, you can join virtually! If you don't have a gmail account, create a free one at Send an email to to request an invitation. (Email is checked on Saturday.) Send from or include your gmail address. We'll send you an invitation to our weekly service. On Sunday, in Chrome, go to, click on the "Worship Service" event, click "Join Hangouts", then "Join." Or use the link from the invitation. Once you're invited you can join any Sunday.

Bellringer Newsletter Deadline
December 24 at 5pm
Please email your articles to before then.

Pastor Luke Office Hour Change
Pastor Luke will not be keeping office hours at the Church for a while. His contact information during the week is 513-9740 after 6 pm, or email at

Reminder: Prayer Concerns & Bulletin Announcements
Please remember all submissions for prayer concerns and announcements are due by Thursday at 4 pm

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Cyndy Hoffman and other talented, creative members of SAUMC will create personalized prayer shawls for those in need of one. Please contact Cyndy for details at (608) 513-2280.

Girl Scouts
Is your second grade daughter interested in Girl Scouts? We meet twice a month on Monday evenings. We also will do fun activities like roller skating, science events and swimming over the summer at Goodman. Here are some of the badges we do: playing games, healthy snacks, pets, painting, bugs, my family and more. We have a second grade Brownie troop looking to add girls. Please email Sheila at or call 243-1193 for more info. Financial aid is available.

Church Secretary Office Hours
     Tuesday -1:30-2:30
     Wednesday -11:am-2:30
     Thursday -12:00-5:00
     Friday -12:00-3:pm

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

Youth Group
The Youth Group meets Wednesday and Friday. Please check the Bellringer (newsletter) and Bulletin for activities, topics and times.

Sunday School for All
Sundays at 10:45 am
Sunday School for all meets every Sunday at 10:45 am.

Early Adult Sunday School
Sundays at 8:30 am

Early Adult Sunday School meets every Sunday at 8:30 am.

Bible Study
Every Wednesday, 4:30 pm
We are studying II Chronicles. This is an ongoing study of the Old and New Testament. Come and check it out!

Food Pantry
The gold cart in Fellowship Hall is for donation to the Bashford UMC Food Pantry. Please help those less fortunate.

Stephen Recognition in the Spirit of the Book of Acts
"Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task, while we, for our part will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word." Act 6: 3-4
Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church Certificate of Appreciation Presented to Emily Acheson In recognition of your volunteer service to our church as a member of Outreach & Missions, Chancel Choir, Stephen Leader & Minister, serving at the Homeless Shelter, Liturgist, Ham Dinner, a woman who always has a good word for everyone and for many other tasks of which few people are aware. We hope this certificate will serve as a lasting memento of our appreciation for your continued and dedicated service. In the name of God, Thank You!

Are you interested in Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry to others in need going through difficult circumstances in their lives. We are looking to start a weekly class in January on Saturday afternoons. Class is a great opportunity to grow in listening and caregiving skills and to grow new friendships. Please consider this unique opportunity! Applications are available on the narthex table, please turn these in to Cyndy Hoffman or Emily Acheson by November 15th. For further questions, please call Cyndy H. at 513-2280 or Emily A. at 332-4512.

Severe Weather Cancellations
It is that time of year again. Just a reminder, in the event of severe weather please check the following for information regarding Worship Service or event cancellations.
1. The Church webpage (
2. Your email account
3. TV Stations 15 and 27
4. Radio 1310 WIBA-AM
Every attempt will be made to inform you of the decision to cancel a Worship Service or event as early as possible based on weather predictions. If you have any questions, please call Rev. David at 608-239-0921 or Patsy at 608-249-0734.

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Sherman Avenue UMC
Our Vision
To share God's love and nurture all people
     to be disciples/followers of Jesus Christ
Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church
Sunday Worship:
  9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship in English
11:30 a.m.  Contemporary Worship in Hmong
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 pm

 3705 N. Sherman Avenue
Madison, WI 53704