More Than Words

Bringing Life to Our Words

June 12, 2022


James 1:15-17

[15]Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
[16]Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. [17]Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.


1 John 2:3-6

[3]We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. [4]Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. [5]But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: [6]Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

John 13:15-17

[15]I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. [16]Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. [17]Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Welcome to Sylvania First UMC!

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This Week’s Announcements

New Church Signage

New Church Signage

We're excited about the new signage that's been placed in and around the church. The lit sign in the front of the church has taken the place of the original sign, which will be later relocated on the church property. The Student Ministry Building can now be easily...

Church Information Sheet

Church Information Sheet

In early July, we started collecting information to input into a new database to help us better communicate with you, to more efficiently maintain our membership records, and to record giving. Our hope is that each person will complete the data sheet at their earliest...

Highlighted Missionary

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Prayer Requests

Youth SEED Events

The youth S.E.E.D events kick off this week. First up–FLAG FOOTBALL! All youth across the community are invited to attend. Come join us for dinner, fun, and fellowship!

New Members

Help us welcome new members

Judy Hayman

Cliff Jimerson

Yvonne Jimerson

Maynard Moen

Sarah Stafford

We’re glad to have these folks officially join us in membership and fellowship at Sylvania First UMC.


Church Calendar Link

The church-wide calendar is filling up for 2023 with meetings and events. You can find the calendar under the News & Events tab on the home page. You can complete the Request An Announcement form, located on our website homepage, to add something to the Church Calendar. If you need to book the fellowship hall for an event, you can complete the Facility Rental form located on our website homepage.

SFUMC Music Ministry: Recent News & Things to Come

OCTOBER 6, 2022
As Candy Sheppard said, “What a wonderful day for our church!” We received a new organ after our last one was damaged from a lightning strike.

OCTOBER 11, 2022
A FEW GOOD MEN sang five songs for the Farmdale Baptist Church Revival on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. The men sounded great and it really meant a lot to all who attended the revival. It was the first time Cade Burke was featured in a large solo with the group. And, especially sweet was the fact that Cleve Freeman dedicated Midnight Cry to Mrs.
Betty Mock who was in the hospital at the time. We learned the next day that she passed on to Glory.

OCTOBER 16, 2022
A FEW GOOD MEN sang at the Effingham County Fair! (Cleve Freeman, Rick Freeman, William Moats, Cade Burke, Michael Roemer, Ray Reynolds, Bob Reno, Ken Chan at piano and Ben Reaves on sound). They performed from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. and were absolutely fantastic! After the program, several audience members came up to the group.  One said that he was a music major and directed the choirs at Southeast Bulloch High School for years. He said this was the best concert he had ever been to.  He said it really moved him and he was fighting back the tears. Another woman came up and said that she knew we were packing up, but she really had to talk to us.  She said her husband suffers from Alzheimer’s and is basically non-responsive at this time.  She brought him to the concert today.  She said for the first
time in months he was singing along with us and crying.  She said that she knew the Lord’s Grace was with us today and thanked us for giving her such a blessing.

We will have an AMAZING Advent Season of Concerts. This is a time for the community to pause at the end of their busy weeks and prepare their hearts for the coming of our Lord during Advent. Concerts will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will only last about 45 minutes.

Friday, December 2nd, we will feature our men’s performing ensemble, A Few Good Men.

Friday, December 9th , we will feature our handbell choir.

Friday, December 16th , we will feature our pianist, Ken Chan, and members of our choir as soloists.

And, Friday, December 23rd , we will feature our pianist, Ken Chan, and our organist, Candy Sheppard, in concert.

Our Advent Concert Series are open to everyone! They are a wonderful way to turn your eyes, ears and hearts towards our Lord Jesus Christ during the Advent Season.

Continuing our Music Ministry during the Advent Season, our choir will perform a beautiful Christmas Cantata complete with a full orchestra on Sunday, December 11th , 2022. The cantata will be dedicated to a long supporter of our program who passed this year, Mrs. Anna Boyd.

On Thursday, December 22nd , the Music Department will join forces with the Statesboro High School National Honors Society in an elaborate afternoon of Christmas Caroling to our community shut-ins followed by a reception and fellowship. The National Honor Society will make cookies for the reception, hand-made Christmas cards to give to all those we visit and devise a fun route (with the help of Pastor Dorsia)! ALL are welcome to join us in, what promises to be, an afternoon full of fun, singing of God’s love!

Finally, the Music Department plans to offer special music for Christmas Eve again this year for our candlelight service on Saturday, December 24th . We are blessed to have many church families and community members coming together to hear the story of God’s Love for us.

~Drafted by Dr. Tamara Harper~

The Wait is Over!

After much anticipation and excitement, it’s finally here! Our new, beautiful Viscount organ has arrived and now lives in the Sanctuary of our church. Last Sunday, November 6th, 2022, for the All Saints Day Service, marked the very first church service that the new organ was played. Organist Candy Sheppard played at the 11AM service. If you were unable to attend, you can view the service at the link below and witness for yourself the sounds that are produced from the majestic instrument.

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Hear Me Roar

This past Wednesday, the children began a lesson series on Daniel. Check out the cute lion puppets that were made by our precious kids to go along with their lesson.