First United Methodist Church in Mattoon

Weekly Update
August 11, 2017


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Contents in this Issue:

News: Betty Davis

News: Contribution Statements

News: Online Bible Study

News: Church Council

News: Endowment

News: Child/Parent Group

News: Choir

News: Church Directory

News: First Things First

News: Sermon Series

Keeping Up With Pastors

Volunteer & Community Opportunities


Joys and Concerns

Praying Together This Week


People News


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Betty Davis

Long time member Betty Davis passed away Saturday, August 5.   Click here for the full obituary.

Contribution Statements for first six Months

The contribution statements for the first half of 2017 should be ready for pick up on Sunday, August 20th. They will be in the office before and after both services.  Please look over them carefully and let the office know if you have any questions. 

Online Bible Study Begins

A weekly online Bible Study (on the Sermon on the Mount) is now ready for any members who would like to participate. Contact the church office or Pastor Mike if you would like to join.  New lessons are posted each Monday morning. Participants can post comments (privately, only other group members will see them.)

Church Council Approves New Committee Structure

The August 10 Church Council approved a new board and committee structure for our church, starting in 2018.  The new structure is in compliance with the United Methodist Book of Discipline.  

It also gives more emphasis in our church to growth, children's ministries, care of members, and stewardship.

Click Here to see a copy of it.

Endowment Committee Gives Report

You can click here for a report of the endowment committee, including some policy changes adopted by the Church Council at the August 10 meeting.

Child/Parent Group meets at Library

The Child/Parent Group met for the last time of the season this past Friday at the Mattoon Library.  Each of the meetings for this group have been fun and well attended.  Here are some pictures of the wonderful fun they had! 

Choir rehearsals begin August 23

Rehearsal for Joyful Singers and Chancel Choirs will begin on Wednesday, August 23.  Joyful Singers will begin at 5:45 p.m. and Chancel at 6:00 p.m.  

If you are interested in joining either choir, please see Allen Webner.

Church Directory

We would like to clarify that the church directory is being produced through our new Power Church program.  They will be available to our church members with limited information. Once the directories are printed, we will make them available.  It is NOT too late to send in a picture or have one taken by our hospitality team members.  You may send pictures (one per family please) to or call the office, 235-5676, if you have questions.

Closer to the end of the year, we may do a professional directory.  

"First Things First" Project

Our call for revitalizing our congregation starts with deepening our own faith and relationship to God. 

Consider participating in one of our "First Things First" projects.  So far, 37 people have signed up to be a part of one more of the following:  1) Bible Study, 2) Prayer and Fasting, 3) covenant dyads, and 4) workshops on witnessing.

The online Bible study has started and you can join at any time.  

Our church-wide day of fasting is Thursday.  Call the office or talk to one of the pastors for information or to be a part of the group practicing this ancient spiritual discipline.

For more background information on this project,  CLICK HERE

"Thank You!"

We would like to say "Thank you"  to our Church Family for their prayers and support during Mike's knee surgery and the passing of Debbie's mother.  

Mike & Debbie Albin

Sermon Series for August

The sermon series in August is:  "Four Things Jesus Wants Us to Do." The series comes from Matthew 10:8 and includes the following commands Jesus gives his disciples: heal the sick, cleanse the leper, exorcise the demons, raise the dead.  Each week will focus on a different command.

You may hear the sermons on our website (they are usually posted by the Tuesday after.)   Click Here for the sermon page.

Keeping Up With Jordan and Mike

Pastor Mike conducted the funeral for long time member, Betty Davis. He took the day off Friday to help Jie with a Chinese ministry project, taking 25 Chinese scholars to the State Fair. He also has been supervising the committee restructuring (see earlier article) and getting finance reports updated.

Jordan has been working on the children's ministry plan for the fall.  On Friday, he takes the youth group to a ballgame and a day in St. Louis.
Click Here to contact Pastor J. Michael Smith

Click Here to contact Youth Pastor Jordan Thomas

Click Here
for Pastor Mike's website

Volunteer & Community Opportunities

In the Community:
Volunteer your time or donate to the Salvation Army
Click here  for more information.

In the Church:
Faith In Action-Cooks and serves lunch on the 4th Sunday           every other month, 11:00 a.m., see Dave Schilling for             information
Children's programs
Youth Group
Backpack program
Mattoon Area PADS; a group from our church serves dinner          the 4th Friday  every month; cook at 6:00 p.m., serve at          7:00 p.m., see Susie Beaumont for more information


Special Events

2nd Wind/Historic Bishop Hill, August 19, 7:00 a.m.-7:00         p.m.
Promotion Sunday, August 20, Both Services

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Next Meeting Dates

Ad Council,  August 10, 7:00 p.m.
Communications Task Force,  September 14, 7:00 p.m.
Education, TBD
Endowment, October 12, 6 p.m.
Faith In Action/Mission, September 21 , 2:00 p.m.
Finance, TBD
Hospitality , September 7, 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Parish Relations , August 28, 6:00 p.m.
Stewardship,  TBD
Strategy and Innovation, TBD
Traditional Worship , September 19, 4:00 p.m.
Trustees, August 21 , 6:00 p.m.
UMW Executive Board, September 5, 1:30 p.m.


Regular Events

Traditional Worship         8:15 a.m.
Sunday School               9:30 a.m.
Contemporary worship  10:45 a.m.
Middle School Youth      5:00-7:00 p.m.
Sr. High Youth                6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Mary Circle, second Mondays, 1:30 p.m. (August's is 5:30 p.m.)
Mary Mini Circle, fourth Monday of the month,  2 p.m.
Rebecca Circle, second Mondays, 7:00 p.m. (August's meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. at Marcia Parker's home)
Pastor's Bible Study    10:00 a.m.
Tammie's Book Study  6:00 p.m. 
Wednesdays .  
Joyful Singers   5:15 p.m.(Aug-May), begins August 23
Chancel Choir  6:00  p.m. (Aug-May), begins August 23
Women's Bible Study-"Pursuit of Holiness", 6:3 0 a.m.          at Pagliacci's     
Contemporary Worship Practice  6:00 p.m.
Men's Breakfast, second Saturday of the month,       
       Downtown Diner, 7:00 a.m.

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday    9 a.m.-12 Noon; 1:00-3:00 p.m. 

Click Here for our online calendar, covering all church events.

Joys and Concerns   (including Sunday's blue cards

Debbie Albin's son is home from South Korea
A great 8 days on a UMC canoe trip where God was                       seen and sought
An awesome movement in the Lord at the Decatur Festival             on Saturday while seeing Stars Go Dim
Tammy Scott got a teaching job
Ann & Carroll Livesay, birth of a great granddaughter,                     Davney Ann Livesay on Friday, August 4
Livesay's granddaughter, Allie Sweatt, got engaged on                   Friday, August 4
Susan Bales' daughter's successful surgery

Mike Carter, discovery of more cancer
Family of Blake Bolen
Betty & Dale Hoots, pray for improved health
Richard Henna, eye problems
Russ Barber, cancer
Dave Crete, health problems
Randy Adkins, knee surgery
Kaitlin Maninfior, family friend diagnosed with late stage                  ovarian cancer
Jeni King, colon precancerous cells found
Corey St. Michael's friend's daughter hospitalized
Prayer for those dealing with addiction and loss, they are not          alone in their struggles

Praying Together This Week

People in our church family:
Randy Adkins
Debbie & Mike Adkins
Rob, Tabatha, Ella and Noah Ames
John & Cheryl Armstrong
Zach Armstrong

Stewardship Committee

Health Concern of  the Week: Hepatitis
 Click here for more information.

World Council of Churches Prayer Calendar:

Pray this week for the people of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

  Click here for information about the WCC prayer calendar


Aug 6 attendance:
   8:15 am:   79  
   10:45 am: 48

Finance Report: 
General Fund: $  10,384   received  this week                  
                        $245,300   YTD

   (our general fund budget is $401,000 for the year)
Renovation Fund:   
Revised cost of project: $434,766
Starting funds:                 107,142
2016 receipts                     57,646
2017 receipts                   108,036
Still Needed:                  $161,642

People News

Birthdays from 8/10-8/17
8/11  David Eaton
8/11  Ella Ames

Anniversaries from 

8/12  Randall & Nancy Ross
8/15  Gene & Linda Eagleson

In Nursing Homes and Assisted Living:
   Dorothy Shepard
   Virginia Beasley 
   Mary Sheppard

Mattoon Healthcare:
   Dorothy Gullion

Oddfellow Rebecca:
   Fran Whitley
   Norma Grisamore
   Francis Doris
   Doris Grass
   Gene Hoots (temporarily)

Douglas Rehabilitation:
   Pauline Andrews
   Freda Beals

Mason Point:
   Ruby and Gerald Lowry

Titus Manor-Sullivan
   Marilyn Doty

Copper Creek
   Gene and Betty Hoots
   Carroll Livesay
   Maxine Chapin

Attending College:
   Zach Armstrong
   Austin Sherman
   Carley Leitch
   Riley Leitch
   Andie Antonik
   Luke Collings
   Luke Young
   Kaylee Beals
   Derek Pierce
   Abbie Sherman
   Sophie Collings
   Morgan Hampton
   DeVante White
   Kelly Pierce

Please let us know if we have missed anyone!!