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.
We have all heard the saying, “time flies,” and it feels especially true for me lately. My sweet little boy is already six months old! Where has the time gone? And, I don’t know about you, but I feel like I blinked and October was already nearly over. From Columbus Day weekend to the Pet Blessing, along with the kick-off of our Faithful Friday program - in addition to completing all of the requirements for the candidacy process for ordination - the days went by far too quickly. Maybe it was because we had so many things going on that I didn’t have a chance to even sit down and just breathe, or maybe it is just the truth that our days are short and every moment is precious. That’s why I am already looking ahead to the month of November when our focus shifts from the changing of seasons and the whirlwind that happens at the end of summer to the season of gratitude and thanksgiving.
I have so much to be thankful for, but in the craziness that is life, sometimes it is a challenge to take time to truly appreciate my many blessings. I have so much to be thankful for, from the wonderful people in our church, my incredible family, and many friends, to the astounding beauty of the Warwick Valley where I live.
I’m thankful for our church and the people who come together to worship and watch over one another in love. I’m thankful for the prayers of support that I have received from many of you, and I’m especially grateful for the ways that you let me be in prayer for you. I appreciate the beauty of this season - the cool breeze, the stars at night, the kaleidoscope of color that is bursting forth all around us. My heart is full when I think of all the ways that I’m blessed and I give thanks for the ways that God uses me to be a blessing in the world.
Each of us are equipped by God to be bearers of goodness into the world and to bless those around us. It doesn’t take a lot of money to give lavishly, just a generous heart. We have all that we need to reach in love every day, here are some ways you can spread love and joy in the world: call someone you haven’t seen in church for a while and ask how they are, send s card to a friend who you haven’t talked to lately, invite a neighbor over for coffee and conversation, thank the cashier at the grocery store for their hard work, tell someone you see working that they are doing a good job, leave a note of appreciation with your tip for your server the next time you eat out. There are so many simple ways you can spread love in the world, and who knows, you might be the thing that gives someone else a reason to be grateful that day.
Spread love, give thanks. Be blessed, be a blessing.
In Grace, Pastor Susan