Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church
Pastor Susan Chupungco joined the Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church on July 1, 2014.
A native of California, Susan relocated to New Jersey to attend seminary at the Drew Theological School. She graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. Susan has been an assistant pastor at the Yorktown Heights United Methodist Church and she and her husband, Angelo, were married in June of 2014. She gave birth to their son, Grayson, on April 19, 2018.
Susan loves long walks, knitting and yoga. She enjoys arts and crafts and anything that involves construction with wood, glue, scissors, nails, fabric, etc. She loves the outdoors and believes that fresh air and sunshine are two of the best things in the world.
It is time to get ready for Christmas! There is so much that surrounds this holiday: visits to see Santa, gifts to buy, gatherings to attend, lights to string, ornaments to hang, meals to prepare, etc. There are so many details that surround the celebration of Christmas that it is easy to miss the meaning. Christmas is not about the parties, the presents or the poinsettias. It’s not about the food, the festivities, or even about family - as important as that is. It’s not the greenery or the garland; not the Christmas cards, or carols; not about tinsel or traditions. The fact is that Christmas is solely about one thing - God. Christmas is about God coming to us, as one of us, in the person of Jesus. There is so much going on that truth can be so easily missed. Christmas is about nothing else but Jesus, and if Jesus is not in Christmas, then Christmas is nothing at all!
Advent is the time when we prepare for the coming of Christ into our hearts, lives, and the world. As you start to think about all that you will do this holiday season, as you begin to mark your calendar and make your to-do lists, consider how you will make time to incorporate Jesus, who is the reason for the season after all. There are several ways that you might make this particular season of a time to draw closer to God, to nourish yourself spiritually, and to make Christ the center and focus of your life in new and renewing ways. Consider one or all of the following:
•Consider purchasing an advent devotional to read as part of your daily prayers (especially if you don’t already practice a daily time of reading scripture and prayer). •Make the commitment to attend worship for all four Sundays of Advent and on Christmas Eve. •Donate some toys to the food pantry Christmas Toy Shop (due December 16th). •Contribute to and/or attend the annual Community Christmas Breakfast at Goshen United Methodist Church. •Participate in our Advent prayer call and devotional (see separate article).
It is my hope that as we journey together through the season of preparation and waiting for the arrival of the Christ child that you will choose one or more of the above spiritual practices as a way to prepare yourself to receive the gift of Jesus into your heart once again. I look forward to seeing you in worship!
Deep Blessings, Pastor Susan