Dear Friends in Christ, During this month’s Generosity Campaign, Chip Ingram has been our guide. His friendship with John Saville when Chip was a pastor in his twenties and John was an affluent businessman in his seventies became the core idea for his 2011 book: The Genius of Generosity. John gave Chip $5,000 to spend…

Dear Friends in Christ, Last Sunday’s service of worship at Sudbury UMC included the baptism of three children. Actually, a baby boy and a baby girl were baptized and another child, a one-year-old who was previously baptized under emergency circumstances, was reaffirmed as a child of God’s baptismal covenant and welcomed as a member of…

Dear Friends in Christ, Last month, while we were celebrating Christmas at Sudbury UMC, I was also reading a book to prepare for this month’s 2017 Stewardship Emphasis. Dr. Tom Melzoni gave me The Genius of Generosity by Chip Ingram last year. Remember Tom? He’s the consultant who coached Sudbury UMC’s leaders while we were…

The Christmas story is a story of love, hope, redemption and relationship. So, what happened? How did it turn into stuff, stress and debt? Somehow, we’ve traded the best story in the world for the story of what’s on sale. We Americans spent over $600 billion on retail sales last December – much of it…

Let’s Raise the Roof! Since 1979, SUMC has nurtured and developed a strong relationship with the island of Dominica, focused primarily on the neighboring communities of Marigot and Wesley and the Methodist churches in those two villages.  The relationship has included a Family Sponsorship Program in which SUMC families offer financial assistance to individuals and…

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