Tax information

For church members who itemize tax deductions, the IRS has established the following guidelines for properly reporting year-end contributions.  To be recorded as a 2019 contribution, the gift/check must be written and received in the church office or postmarked no later than December 31, 2019. 

Youth Group welcoming in this new season… Please join us!

Our time together is always a blessing! Our young people are so important to God and to us, and it is with a joy filled heart I get to walk alongside our young people and share this lifelong adventure of moments that stretch us to grow in our faith and deepen our trust. Our expression of love for Jesus and one another brings us closer and changes us as we serve, worship, pray, learn, teach, work, care, reach-out and play together. We invite you to experience all the surprises God plants in our path this year…. so much to look forward to as we welcome in this new season “living full lives, full in the fullness of God.”(Ephesians 3:19 The Message)  Please connect with me,

“And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand… how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is.” (Ephesians 3:17-18, NLT)

Monday, August 26, 9:00 a.m.
Special Martha’s Vineyard visit!

Sunday, September 8, 10:00 a.m.
Celebrating our new beginnings with a prayerful “Tree Planting” during church. Sunday School begins!

Sunday, September 15, 11:00 a.m.
Picnic nature walk to the wise old ‘Weeping English Beech’ tree after church. 

Can Collection, September
Our young people will be holding a “I CanDo All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me” Can Drive. Please save your redeemable cans and bottles to bring to church for our youth collection. Thank you for all your support!

Sunday, October TBD
Autumn fun at Sauchuk’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, Plympton, MA. We will leave after church. Date to be scheduled.

Looking back to June with fond memories and apprecia-tion for the moving send-off our young people gave Pastor Ernest, Michelle and Ezra! They were so grateful for memorable gifts given and handmade keepsakes. A little piece of love from all our SYUMC kids went with The Belisle Family!  A special thank you to Joanna Lovely for her assistance.

Welcoming in this new season with God’s extravagant love, 

xo Val (Valerie Jansson, Youth Leader)

Because we care

“I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. . .
to give you a future and a hope.” 
                                 Jeremiah 29:11

Work continues on the new elevator and handicapped accessible restroom at SYUMC. We anticipate that things will be finishing up soon!  When everything is completed, we’ll have a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony after worship, to officially mark the completion of this wonderful project. The elevator will provide everyone with access to the basement, first and second floors of our church home. This initiative would not have been possible without the contributions of many people, especially members of the Board of Trustees, the Building Committee and David Dovell our contractor. It is also made possible through the financial gifts and generosity of many members and friends of SYUMC.   

The completion of this project is another important, concrete step towards SYUMC’s commitment to being a faith community that welcomes everyone!  We don’t want any barrier to stand between people and their desire to grow in their relationship with God by participating fully in the life of this community of faith. We give God thanks for all the work done on the project.  

Welcoming our visitors!

As SYUMC continues to strive to welcome everyone and let all know that they have a place here within our community of faith, the Membership, Shepherding and Fellowship Committee has come up with another creative idea.  We now have mugs that will be handed out at each worship service to all people joining with us for worship for the first time. This simple gift is a way of showing our visitors that we appreciate them and hope that we will see them again. Additional information about our congregation will be included with each mug.  

We hope that, not only through the receiving of these special cups, but by the love, warmth and welcome all our visitors receive here at SYUMC, those who visit with us will gladly return once again to be filled by the Spirit of the living God.  

We thank Cookie Barry, Ruby Ackert-Herzig, Kali Jennings (who also designed our new website!) and all the members of the Membership, Shepherding and Fellowship Committee for their work on this project!    Be sure to check out the mugs on Rally Day, September 8th!   We have plenty of mugs and they’re available for a suggested donation of $5.00 should you wish to have one.

Cell phone site update

Work has begun on the Verizon cell phone site that will be at SYUMC.  We expect the work will be completed sometime by the end of October/early November. This is another significant project at SYUMC.  We thank Richard Snelley, David Dovell, Howard Heaton and all the members of the Building Committee and Board of Trustees for their work on this initiative. Having this partnership with Verizon will bring additional income to our congregation to support the mission and ministry of our church andimprove cell phone reception in our area!    

Bay to Sound Neighbors

This volunteer-driven membership-based organization seeks to assist mid-life and older adults in Dennis and Yarmouth with the support they need to live independently at home.  

Most people would prefer to remain in their homes and communities as they age. However, staying put gets more complex as we grow older. We frequently find we need a little extra help doing the things we once did easily by ourselves.  

Bay to Sound a few examples of their services include:
Transportation to and from 
Medical & vet appointments
Visit a friend, go the library or a social event
Grocery shopping, hairdresser/barber
Technology assistance:  
PC and MAC computers and printers
Cell phone, tablet and TV remote set-up 
In-home projects/minor repairs:
Change smoke and carbon monoxide batteries
Change light bulbs or hang pictures 
Take out trash barrels 
Change smoke and carbon monoxide batteries
Change light bulbs or hang pictures 
Take out trash barrels 

You may not need Bay to Sound Neighbors yet, but you can get involved by becoming a volunteer.  You may devote as much or as little time as they choose.  

For further information, you may phone 508.470.0585, go to or www.baytosound  Annual membership fees are $250 for an individual and $375 for a household of two.  Waivers are available depending on income and needs.  

This article is included solely for informational purposes.  SYUMC does not endorse this organization.  

House meetings at SYUMC

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
(Luke 10:41)

Invitations to house meetings for all members and friends of SYUMC will start coming out by the end of September.  These house meetings are being organized by leaders of SYUMC and Pastor John.  They will provide us with an opportunity to get to know each other better and for Pastor John to be able to listen to members of the congregation as we seek God’s guidance for our future life and ministry.  During each meeting, after a time for introductions, Pastor John will offer a brief devotion.  Then, the “heart” of each meeting will be an opportunity to reflect upon a few questions Pastor John poses; about our congregation, our community and Cape Cod. Afterward, there will be a time for continued fellowship and refreshments.  

Each meeting will be meaningful and a lot of fun. When you receive an invitation in the mail, please make every effort to attend and RSVP as soon as possible.  If you can’t make the meeting you have been invited to because of a prior conflict, let your host know and you will be able to join with a different group at another date and time.

When all the house meetings are finished by the end of October, leaders of the congregation and Pastor John will be able to listen once again to what was shared.  When the thoughts and stories offered during these meetings are placed alongside the gospels, they will help guide us into the future to which God is calling us.

A new pastor for SYUMC

Rev. John E. Mueller comes to the South Yarmouth United Methodist Church after serving twelve years as the senior pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church of Springfield, Massachusetts.   Rev. Mueller is an Elder within the New England Conference and has served under appointment for 29 years.  Prior to serving in Springfield, Rev. Mueller was the pastor of the Calvary UMC in Arlington, Massachusetts; the Union UMC in Fall River, Massachusetts and an associate pastor of the Calvary UMC in Middletown, Rhode Island.  

In all of Rev. Mueller’s previous appointments he has focused on strengthening the congregation and partnering with others in the local community.  He is committed to dynamic and authentic worship, meaningful small group experiences, an intergenerational faith community, lifting up the sacredness of all of God’s creation and connecting with others in the local community who are also doing God’s work.  In his prior appointments the congregations with whom he has served have focused on a variety of local initiatives including public education, after school programs, affordable housing, homelessness, mental health and immigration.  

Rev. Mueller is married to Joy, who has served as the statistician for the New England Conference of United Methodist Church for 25 years.  Together, they have three children, Alicia Winslow, who is married to Benjamin and living in Tiverton, RI; Jacob, who is living and working in Boston, and Joanna, who graduated from college in May and recently finished serving with AmeriCorps. They have two grandchildren, Norah (10) and Elijah (5).  

Both John and Joy love Cape Cod.  They have vacationed on the Cape since they were children and have owned a home in West Dennis for 16 years.  This past fall, they purchased an historic home in South Dennis.  In their free time John and Joy enjoy being with their family, working on their “new” home, spending time outdoors hiking, bicycle riding, canoeing and walking their yellow lab, Bailey.  They are excited about this appointment and looking forward to sharing ministry with the people who are the South Yarmouth United Methodist Church.  

House meetings at SYUMC

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, 
I am there among them.”
  (Matthew 18:20)

In the early fall every member and friend of South Yarmouth United Methodist Church will be receiving an invitation to attend a house meeting.  These meetings are being organized by leaders of SYUMC and Pastor John.  There are a number of reasons why meetings like this can be valuable.  First, they will provide Pastor John with an opportunity to meet, in an informal setting, a large cross section of the membership of SYUMC in a relatively short period of time.   These meetings, of course, will also enable the members of the congregation to get to know Pastor John – and one another – better.  

Secondly, these meetings will provide an important time for all of us to listen; to listen in a way that will help us better hear the Spirit’s guidance as we consider our future life and ministry together.  The “heart” of each meeting will be an opportunity to reflect upon our answers to a few questions; about our congregation, our community, and Cape Cod.  The thoughts and stories that are shared, when placed alongside the gospels, will help guide us as we move into the future to which God is calling us.

Finally, these meetings are fun!  It will simply be a treat to be together, in a relatively small group, enjoying each other’s company, as well as the gracious hospitality of different members of the congregation hosting these meetings. Each gathering will have about ten people and will be offered at different times during the week; some during the day, others in the early evening; some on a week-day and others on a weekend, in the hopes of accommodating everyone’s schedule.  

More information will follow in the next issue of The Steeple, but please be sure to respond to the invitation when it comes and make every effort to attend one of these gatherings.

“The first duty of love is to listen.”
(Paul Tillich)

Summer Fair

Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make our Summer Fair a success in spite of the extreme heat. A special thank you to John Duncan and Steve Lavin, the fair co-chairs.  Thanks to everyone’s assistance we made $1,700.