Connect Newsletter – Note From Pastor (09-09-2023)

A Message From Pastor Adam

Hello Church Family!
I am so excited for our upcoming event “Life: Don’t mis it.” Not only will we all be learning about God’s gift of life, we also have a great opportunity to invite our friends, family, and community to worship with us. Picnic Sunday, Service Sunday, Gratitude Day, and the Fall Festival, are all going to be fun events for members and guests to enjoy. I hope you will join us for this exciting series! God gives each of us opportunities to bring light and hope into the lives of others. Sometimes just by inviting another person to church we have a chance to bring light into their lives. I pray that each person in your life is blessed by you and your presence.

Pastor Adam Ricks

“Life – Don’t Miss It”  
Invite your friends, neighbors, family to join us for worship during this sermon series, Sundays, 10:15am, September 17th through October 8th. We will be having special events each week after worship that all are invited to stay and enjoy!

After Worship Event Schedule:
Sept. 17th:  Fall Picnic and Bounce House Day.
Join us for a picnic lunch as we all head outside to enjoy lunch on the lawn, bounce house, and lawn games.  Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs or use one of ours.

Sept. 24th:
Lazarus Community Mission Event
We will be providing Taco Dinner to Lazarus House and we will be taking new or gently used donated adult clothing.  All donations for this meal and all clothing donations must be delivered to Connect before 4:00 pm on the day of the event.  Those wishing to serve the meal should be at Connect by 3:45pm or meet at Lazarus House Community center by 4:30pm
(Signup sheet for menu donations needed at church. More details available on Connect website main home page under “Mission Team – Lazarus Community Project” tab)

Oct. 1st:  Gratitude Day
Show those in your life gratitude and loved! We will have several activities after worship to focus on Gratitude,Thankfulness, and Happiness.

Oct. 8th: Fall Festival
The Fall Carnival is back!  
Join us for fun fall foods and carnival games after worship.

On Purpose: Finding God’s Voice
We are hungry for a sense of purpose, direction, and calling in our lives. That’s as basic an ingredient to the human experience as they come. We want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We want to participate in something that has eternal merit and lasting impact. We do not want to live a shallow, hollow existence. We yearn for deeper meaning, for deeper purpose within our lives. Together we will learn to open ourselves to God’s voice, and how to take the first or next step to follow God’s call. Participants will learn how to channel their passions, hear God’s voice, and live the life they were meant to live.
Leader: Pastor Adam Ricks
Start Date: Wednesday October 4
TimeEvery Other Wednesday 6:30 – 7:45 PM
Length4 Sessions
LocationConnect UMC
ChildcareAvailable With Reservation

Bible Stories For Grownups
Participants will consider stories many read as children including Noah’s Ark, the binding of Isaac, Jonah and the big fish, Jesus and Zacchaeus, Jesus healing a blind man, and the parable of the talents. Together we will reimagine these stories and open ourselves to new visions of well known pieces of Scripture.
Leader: Rhiannon Sisk
Start DateSeptember 17
TimeEvery Other Sunday 5:00 – 6:15 PM
Length: 6 Sessions
LocationConnect UMC
ChildcareAvailable With Reservation

Parables of Jesus
Each time we look at the parables with our new life experiences we see the stories with fresh eyes. Join us as we reflect on the parables in light of our own lives. Whether you are encountering them for the first time or thousanth time, you will find they continue to lead us to the kingdom of God.
LeaderRev. Susan Grove
Start Date: September 7
Time1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:30-8:00 PM
Length6 Sessions
LocationConnect UMC
ChildcareAvailable With Reservation

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Girlfriends Connect

September 15th at 6:45pm
At Connect UMC
Fall is here and homemade soups perfect dish for the season!

All women of Connect UMC are invited to participate in a Homemade Soup Potluck & recipe exchange!   Whether you bring a pot of your favorite soup to share, or just a soup or stew recipe cards, it will be a fun night of fellowship and laughter with the other ladies.
Everyone (including those who make of pot of soup) is asked to bring copies of your favorite soup or stew recipe to send home with each person. 
Please RSVP to Sasha Dinkins ( by Sept 10th (This Sunday).

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September 27th – 7:00pm: The Connect Men’s group will be having an evening of fellowship & fun at an outdoor Dodgers baseball game. Cost of tickets $25.00. Tickets must be prepaid for no later than Sept. 17th. Payment link on website (under giving link, Men’s Event tab) RSVP to Pastor Adam Ricks (

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