As we head into the last quarter of 2017, there are several
special events on the calendar. Save the dates
October 1: Blessing of the Pets (2 p.m.)
October 13: Youth Bingo night
October 15: Hymn Sing at Traditional Worship
October 29: 500th Anniversary of Protestant Reformation
November 4: UMW Bazaar
November 5: All Saints Sunday
November 5: Charge Conference (4 p.m.)
December 3: Hanging of the Greens
December 3: Global Migration Sunday
December 3: Leadership Dinner (Church Council members)
December 10: Pledge Sunday
December 10: Consecration Day Dinner (noon)
December 17: One Worship Service, 10 a.m. (Choirs and Music)
December 24; One morning worship, 10 a.m.
December 24: Evening Christmas Eve worship, 7 p.m.
December 31: One morning worship service, 10 a.m.
Sunday morning for worship...you may
for a peek at the bulletin.
Contents in this Issue:
News: Would you?
News: UMW Bazaar
News: Christmas Baskets
Keeping Up With Pastors
Volunteer & Community Opportunities
Joys and Concerns
Praying Together This Week
Blessing of the Pets
Our annual ritual of the Blessing of the Pets will be held in Friendship Park this Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m. Bring your pets to the park that day to be blessed and to receive prayer.
This will be a joint worship service with the Trinity Episcopal Church.
Would you like to be on a church committee next year?
The nominating committee will start work this week selecting people to serve on the various church committees for 2018. Pastor Mike is chair of the committee and if you have a preference of where to serve...please contact him within the next few days. The committee will try to accommodate everyone's requests, although it may be necessary (depending on the needs of the church) to make other decisions.
You can see a listing of all the committees and boards if you click here.
You can also fill out a survey form by clicking here and emailing or handing that form back to Pastor Mike as soon as possible.
The survey forms will also be distributed in worship during the first two weeks of October. Or you can request one from the church office.
The UMW is gearing up for the Bazaar on November 4.
NO MORE SUGAR IS NEEDED! Karo Light Syrup and generic corn syrup would be appreciated!
They also need the following donations: used jewelry, purses & scarves
(2 PER PERSON-gently used)
. These items may be donated in the church office.
Monetary donations would also be appreciated for other candy ingredients that are needed.
Christmas Basket Program
Faith In Action is beginning the Christmas Basket Program for December 16, 2017 and collecting items from the list below. There will be a basket near the information desk. Monetary donations are also welcomed and please take those to the office. Thank you!
Pudding/jello Oct. 8 Cooking oil/sugar (4-5 lb)
Oct. 15 Mac & cheese/saltine crackers Oct. 22 Soup (NO creamed)
Oct. 29 Augratin/.scalloped potatoes
Nov. 26 Dry Cereal/oatmeal
Canned chicken or tuna
Dec. 10 Rice/stuffing/pasta
Hurricane Relief Offering
For the month of September, our congregation has collected $4945 for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
We will continue to accept donations. All money will go to the United Methodist agency, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief.) Every dollar will be used to aid victims. (All administrative overhead has already been paid through our conference apportionments.)
You can click here to get more information on how the United Methodist Church is coordinating its members to help.
Sweet Songs on the Prairie Dulcimers performed on Sunday September 24th
Keeping Up With Jordan and Mike
Pastor Mike is slowly recovering from his hand surgery: learning to work the keyboard with his fingers, trying to stay away from people as much as possible since he is crabby, and practicing his handshakes so he won't get crabbier from people accidentally re-injuring him. He has also been doing hospital visits, Bible studies, and administrative work (getting ready for charge conference.)
Ask Jordan about the changes and joys that are occurring at our Wednesday night "Downtown Kids" program. You'll be surprised! Jordan has also been very busy organizing next summer's youth trips and working with kids at the school in the aftermath of last week's shooting.
Volunteer & Community Opportunities
In the Community:
Volunteer your time or donate to
Mattoon Public Library
In the Church:
~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
2nd Wind Game Night at the Dickinson's, September 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
World Communion Sunday, October 1
Chancel Choir, Sunday, October 1, Elaine Fine, Violin
Ladies Literary Event, Thursday, October 5, 5:30 p.m.
Youth Bingo Night, Friday, October 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Hymn Sing at Traditional Worship, Sunday, October 15
Next Meeting Dates
Ad Council, October 26
, 7:00 p.m.
Communications Task Force,
Endowment, October 12, 6 p.m.
Faith In Action/Mission, October 19
, 2:00 p.m.
, October 12, 6:00 p.m.
Nominations, October 4 & October 16, 7:30 p.m.
Pastor Parish Relations
Strategy and Innovation,
, September 19, 4:00 p.m.
Trustees, October 23
, 6:00 p.m.
UMW Executive Board, October 3, 1:30 p.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.
Mary Mini Circle, fourth Monday of the month, 2:00 p.m.
Rebecca Circle, second Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
Pastor's Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
UMW Executive Board 1:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month
Women's Bible Study of Romans 6:00 p.m.
Cross Training Prayer 6:30 a.m. at the Dickinson's
Chancel Choir 5:45 p.m.
Downtown Kids 5:30-7:00 p.m., every Wednesday night from Sept-May
Women's Bible Study-"Pursuit of Holiness", 6:3
Contemporary Worship Practice 6:00 p.m.
Men's Breakfast, second Saturday of the month,
Downtown Diner, 7:00 a.m.
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12 Noon; 1:00-3:00 p.m.
for our online calendar, covering all church events.
Joys and Concerns
(including Sunday's blue cards
Sunday Night's Youth Rally at Broadway Christian Church
No serious injuries of students and staff last week at MHS
Sunday morning's Dulicmer music
For the students, staff and community, for truth, for patience, for compassion
Co-worker just diagnosed with cancer
The shooting victim and his family
Families struggling with anxiety, managing emotions at school
Struggling with being busy and finding balance
Praying Together This Week
People in our church family:
Trent, Nancy and Whitley Dearing
Larry & Beverly Dennis
Roger & Rosie Dettro
Ron & Phyllis Dickinson
Staff Parish Relations
Concern of the Week: Pray for our In Home Daycares and Childcare Centers
World Council of Churches Prayer Calendar:
Pray this week for the people of Columbia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
for information about the WCC prayer calendar
September 17 attendance:
10:45 am: 64
General Fund: $ 6,369 received this week
(our general fund budget is $401,000 for the year)
Cost of project: $434,766
Starting funds: 107,142
2016 receipts 57,646
2017 receipts 109,281
Still Needed: $160,307
The amount received for 2017 includes receipts
last week of: $150.
The renovation work (heating, air conditioning, and tuckpointing) was organized in three phases. The first two phases (completed in 2016 and 2017) are PAID FOR! Due to funds on hand and the generosity of our members, we did not have to borrow any money for the first two phases.
In addition to the money received for the general fund, contributions were made last week to the following causes:
Hurricane Relief: $390
9/29 Noah Ames
10/2 Madonna Lockett
10/3 John Burton
10/4 Cheryl Johns
10/4 Chad Budde
10/2 Steve & Melissa Ferguson
10/2 John & Sharon Uphoff
In Nursing Homes and Assisted Living:
Gene Hoots (temporarily)
Ruby and Gerald Lowry
Gene and Betty Hoots
Heartland Christian Village-Neoga
Lois Smith (Temporary)
Please let us know if we have missed anyone!!