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.
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.
Prayer is an essential part of our life of faith and yet one of the confessions that I hear most often is that people think they don’t know how to pray. In truth, all that prayer entails is communication from one's heart to God. If you know how to talk, you know how to pray. For those who feel like they could use a little guidance in growing a prayer practice, during the month of September our worship will be a time to explore what author Anne Lamott calls the three essential prayers: help, thanks, and wow! These three prayers, if you know no others, even in their simplicity can create a rich prayer life. It is these three prayers – asking for assistance, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us – that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In our series we will focus on prayer as a way in which we learn how to seek God’s will, become shaped as Gods people, and grow within us an ever deepening awareness of and appreciation for Gods presence and activity in the world.
In Scripture, the psalms are full of these three types of prayers. There are psalms in which the author cries out to God in the depths of despair, expresses abundant gratitude for God’s mercy and steadfast love, and pours out praise for the majesty and wonder of God’s created world and the good deeds that God has done. I would encourage you in your personal devotions to read a Psalm a day this month. If you read three a day (and four on Sunday) you will get close to reading them all!
We will also begin a prayer campaign for our neighbors. Each month we will pray for some of the businesses and residents in our local community as a way to reach in love to our neighbors through prayer. A letter will be sent to each business so they know we are praying for them. They will also be invited to share with us any specific prayer concerns they have. A prayer guide will be made available in worship on Sunday morning to help shape your prayers. If you would like a prayer guide mailed to you please call the church office and leave a message.
Our “Pray for Our Neighbors” campaign will run September through May. This month you are invited to pray for the following people and places:
•J. Hengen Design •Sugar Loaf Taphouse •Bliss Co-Op •William J. Jenack - Estate Appraisers & Auctioneers
I am praying for you. Will you join me in praying for our community?
Deep Blessings, Pastor Susan