From The Pastor’s Desk

“All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.  Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all people.  And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”  Acts 2:46-47

The description above is one of the earliest ones we have of the church.   It comes from the first “history book” of the church, the book of The Acts of the Apostles.  From these verses we know members cared for each other, spent time worshipping together, and gathered in other meaningful ways.  Something about their life was so compelling, others became interested in joining with them. 

We are all blessed to be able to share in the gift of the life of the church and to continue within the tradition of the first followers of Jesus who intentionally gathered and supported each other on the journey of life and faith.  Over the past couple of years, we have been additionally blessed to have some newer people join with us regularly for worship and to actively participate in the life of our congregation.  I am, therefore, happy to share with everyone that we will be having a new and prospective member class on Sunday, September 12th at 4 PM at the home of Cookie and Buzz Barry.   This meeting is for anyone who would like to learn a little more about the history of Methodism, the history of the Methodist movement on Cape Cod, and to review some of the current ministries and priorities of the South Yarmouth United Methodist Church.  It will also be a time to discuss what full membership within our congregation means and to answer any questions people might have about the church. 

The gathering will be about 2 hours long with a short break  for refreshments.  Childcare can be provided for those interested in attending, but please let us know by Sunday, September 5th if this is needed.   All people interested in attending are encouraged to let either myself or Cookie know by Sunday, September 5th

I hope we will have a nice turn out for our class on Sunday the 12th.  Even if a person is not at the point where they are ready to formally become a member, time spent together like this is usually very rich and meaningful.  It will simply be a treat to gather at Cookie and Buzz’s home and enjoy the late afternoon together. 

Let us also be sure to be in attendance on Sunday, September 19th when we will joyfully welcome those who are ready to take this step in their faith journey and become full members within our congregation and the life we share.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor John

Thrift Shop and Furniture Barn Super Sale! Saturday, September 25th

Following the success of last year’s first Thrift Shop Super Sale, this year’s  Super Sale is planned for Saturday, September 25th.

Rain or shine, the Thrift Shop and Furniture Barn will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  We will have many new items out for sale with great deals to be found on high-quality clothing, household items, artwork and furniture out on the lawn and in the driveway .  All proceeds go to support the mission and ministries of our congregation.  If you can help out,  please speak with either Penny or Connie.  Also, if you have items you would like to donate for the sale please call the church office.

September Hike

Our monthly hike will be held on Saturday, September 18th at 10 a.m.  All who are interested in participating are encouraged to meet in the parking lot of our church’s facility.  Now that the summer season is over, we’ll be traveling to Chapin Beach in Dennis for a nice walk along Cape Cod Bay.  The hike is about 2 miles long and takes walkers to some nice views of Barnstable Harbor, the end of Sandy Neck, and Gray’s Beach.  Remember all ages are welcome and be sure to bring a bottle of water with you.    

Square Dance Classes to Resume at SYUMC

The Newcomers Square Dance class is gratefully coming back to dancing after a very long break!  They will be holding a refresher class for dancers on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting on September 15th in the Parish Hall.  Vaccinations are required.  Masks and sanitizer will be provided at each session.  The teacher will be caller Dave Perrault from Manomet.  For additional information about upcoming beginner classes, contact Anne Schiraga at

Thought for the Month

      THE POWER OF A HUG        

It is all natural,

 It’s rejuvenating,

    It reduces stress,

       It cures depression,

              It has no unpleasant side effects.

           It contains no chemicals, artificial ingredients,

 pesticides or preservatives.

         There are no parts to break down, no monthly payments,

                    is non-taxable and non-polluting.                 

  Best of all, it is Fully returnable.

(courtesy of a SYUMC member)

A Note About Food Donations

Our local food pantries are grateful for the donations of food they receive through the church.   Please be sure to check the expiration date of the non-perishable foods you are donating and be aware that perishables are not accepted. When dropping off your donations, please do so ONLY during the church’s office hours, Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Other local drop off sites include the South Yarmouth Library and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.

Game Night at SYUMC

If you would like, come to the Parish Hall on Thursday evening, September 30th for a game night.  Things will start at 6 PM and we’ll finish up by 8 PM.  Some games will be provided or bring a favorite of yours to share.  This evening is for people of all ages and simply a time to gather and to enjoy each other’s company.  If you would like to attend but need a ride, call the church office, and let us know. 

Our Worship Services on TV

Mondays at 1:30 PM and Thursdays at 3:30 PM

(Channel 99)

In addition to our worship services being recorded and available on-line at our website, now they can also be viewed on our television sets!  Thanks to Howard Heaton, our Lay Leader, SYUMC now has our Sunday morning worship services televised on Mondays at 1:30 PM and then again on Thursdays at 3:30 PM.  Just turn to channel 99 and enjoy the service.   Be sure to tell your friends and tune in if you’ve missed a Sunday. 

Wednesdays by the Water: Going Deep with God!

Our final evening together for the summer ministry called “Wednesdays by the Water, Going Deep with God” was held on Wednesday, August 25th.    We gathered at the Packet Landing Park in South Yarmouth on Bass River and learned about Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River.  It was a fun time for all.  A special treat was an ice cream “truck” that Joanna Lovely provided for our final time together.  Be sure to check out the pictures  below.  A special thanks go out to all who made this ministry possible, especially Valerie Jansson, Joanna Lovely, Emily Earl, Rebecca Renaud, Joy Mueller, and our youth helpers Joshua Lovely, Onyx Lovely, and Alexis Gregoire.  If you would like to hear a little bit more about this ministry, be sure to attend worship on September 19th, when the children and adults who participated will share some songs and highlights.