Pastor’s Message

Dear Friends,

Why are you here?

Why do you follow Jesus?

Why do you come to church?

Why do you attend THIS church?

When I asked that question a few weeks ago in a sermon many people gave lovely answers: because their friends are here; they need a “bump” to get through the rest of the week; the snacks are great; great fellowship; the music is great; and a few others I can’t remember. The odd thing is that even if you’ve grown up in church or been a Christian for many years (or perhaps especially if…) the answer to “Why church?” or “Why do you follow Jesus?” isn’t on the tip of your tongue, is it? We spend so much time in church talking about the “how” and the “what” of Christianity, that we sometimes forget to answer the crucial question, “Why Jesus?” “Why THIS church?”


Recently, I’ve been re-reading a book I’ve had on my shelf for a while by Simon Sinek. He is the author of several books, including, Start with Why and in it, he discusses what he calls the “Golden Circle.” I invite you to check out his TED talk here:

Simon Sinek TED Talk

This fall, we will be exploring in worship themes of  why we as Jesus followers (or disciples) do what we do. We will explore why we DO various things that might be curious to people who do not live lives of faith (or even people who have been faithful for years!).  Why do we practice generosity (aka stewardship), wrestle with God’s word, take our faith public, to name just a few.

We are also going to have opportunities to practice our faith as well – to have the “rubber hit the road” so to speak – the return of Bible Studies, Sunday School for Children (at Trinity), Messy Church (more about that in October), Choir (more about that in October), opportunities to serve at Trinity’s Saturday Meal,  SACA (Silverton Area Community Aid, and the introduction of “God’s Work, Our Hand’s Sunday” (See the article below!).  I hope you will join us!



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For this month’s First Friday Music, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the violinist Stephanie Barth is suffering from a shoulder injury which requires her temporarily to limit playing, so she will not play for us on September 6. For good news, however, she will play for us next July, and we have a substitute for this month. Christopher Wicks, who as many of you know had his start as an organist at this church some years ago, gave a concert in Salem recently with some colleagues, and they will repeat that program at SUMC at 7 PM on September 6. The concert includes music composed by Bach, Beethoven, and Wicks himself, and fellow performers include vocalists Aimee Amend and Ellen Yager, violinist Marjory Lange, and cellist Katherine Parks.

On October 4, soprano Alison Seeber will sing the role of Saint Therese of Lisieux in an oratorio composed for her by Christopher Wicks, with Wicks at the organ, trumpeter Brett Randolph, and narrator Ellen Yager. Saint Therese of Lisieux lived a brief and quiet life in France in the late nineteenth century, and showed a rare level of single-minded, contemplative devotion. Since the premiere of this piece in 2011, it has been one of Christopher’s most oft-performed works, including a performance at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in January 2012.

Thanks to all for their continued support of the series.


Sunday, August 25, we celebrated John Collison’s 5 years of ministry with us! While it is sad that he is leaving SUMC as our Accompanist and Choir Director of 5 years, we sent him off with joy, love, and grace on his new adventure as the new Director of Music at First United Methodist Church, Corvallis.

Here are a few pictures of the celebration!


We had our annual salad picnic “kick off” on the third Tues of Aug.  Besides delicious salads and  great camaraderie we had games, a little singing and a segment for business. This year the bees stayed away, thankfully. We seemed to have planned a full fall.  

RUMMAGE SALE : We have decided to not have a fall rummage sale. 


In Sept. we are having a drive to collect items needed for the care kits.  The list is below this article. There will be a basket in the narthex for you to place your donation in.  We will put the kits together at our Oct. 15 meeting. The assembled care kits will then be in the narthex for you to take and distribute as you see the need. This important mission has been one of Sara Circle projects for the last 3 or 4 years and with your help we plan to continue as long as there is a need.


The auction is scheduled for the Sunday of Nov. 23rd.  Now is the time to start thinking of those fruit pies.  The Saturday Market and fruit stands are full of great possibilities. Let your imagination go, let the creative juices flow. You may have a $100.00 pie. Remember all proceeds go toward missions.  

We also, have other things planned for the fall and they will be announced as they get nearer.  

All ladies are welcome to join in on the fun.  We meet on the third Tues of the month at noon in the fireside room at the UMC. Bring a sack lunch and we provide a dessert.  We are a sisterhood actively engaged in missions and we’ve been going since the 1930’s.






Rozetta Totland 
Ray & Karen Meuchel 
Estella & Alberto Gonzalez 
Christie Diacetis 
Mary Geck 
Gary Veitenheimer 
Gary Sheeshly 

1 – Emily James
5 – Emily Villarreal
8 – Matthew Borte
9 – Nelda Maisel
11 – Scott Brown
26 – Ray Kaser
28 – Byron Brown
29 – Jennifer Ohren

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