First United Methodist Church in Mattoon

Weekly Update
September 29, 2017

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.

Join us this Sunday morning for may click here  for a peek at the bulletin.

Contents in this                  Issue:

Pet Blessing

News: Would you?

News: UMW Bazaar

News: Christmas Baskets

News: Hurricanes

News: Dulcimers

Keeping Up With Pastors

Volunteer & Community Opportunities


Joys and Concerns

Praying Together This Week


People News


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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.
UMW Bazaar

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!

Oct. 1     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. 5  Brownie/Cookie Mixes   
Nov. 12   Hamburger/Tuna Helper              Nov. 19   Canned vegetables/fruit
Nov. 26 Dry Cereal/oatmeal                     Dec. 3 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.

You can click here to donate online.

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.

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 Mattoon Public Library
Click here  for more information.

In the Church:
~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 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
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Next Meeting Dates

Ad Council, October 26 , 7:00 p.m.
Communications Task Force, January 23,  7:00 p.m.
Education, TBD
Endowment, October 12, 6 p.m.
Faith In Action/Mission, October 19 , 2:00 p.m.
Finance, TBD
Hospitality , October 12, 6:00 p.m.
Nominations, October 4 & October 16, 7:30 p.m.
Pastor Parish Relations , TBD
Stewardship,  TBD
Strategy and Innovation, TBD
Traditional Worship , September 19, 4:00 p.m.
Trustees, October 23 , 6:00 p.m.
UMW Executive Board, October 3, 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.  
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.
Wednesdays .  
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 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

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
Emilie Dodson

Staff Parish Relations

Concern of  the Week: Pray for our In Home Daycares and Childcare Centers
  Click here  for more information.

World Council of Churches Prayer Calendar:
Pray this week for the people of Columbia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Click here for information about the WCC prayer calendar


September 17 attendance:
   8:15 am:   102    

   10:45 am:   64

Finance Report:
General Fund: $    6,369  received  this week                  
                        $288,087  YTD

   (our general fund budget is $401,000 for the year)

Renovation Fund:   
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:
    Backpack:  $0
    Hurricane Relief:  $390
    Memorials:  $0

People News

Birthdays from 9/29-10/5
9/29   Noah Ames
10/2   Madonna Lockett
10/3   John Burton
10/4   Cheryl Johns
10/4   Chad Budde

Anniversaries from 
10/2  Steve & Melissa Ferguson
10/2  John & Sharon Uphoff 

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

Mattoon Healthcare:
   Dorothy Gullion

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

Douglas Rehabilitation:
   Pauline Andrews
   Bob Strong

Mason Point:
   Ruby and Gerald Lowry

Titus Manor-Sullivan
   Marilyn Doty

Copper Creek
   Gene and Betty Hoots
   Carroll Livesay
   Maxine Chapin
   Lowell Davis

Heartland Christian Village-Neoga
   Lois Smith (Temporary)

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
   Angelica Beltran

Please let us know if we have missed anyone!!