First United Methodist Church in Mattoon

Weekly Update
March 9, 2018

Dear (Contact First Name),

Pastor Mike Smith and Jordan Thomas will be sharing the sermon on Sunday.  Their sermon title is "Jericho and the Wilderness: Then and Now".  

"First Fruits Homestead," an organization involved in faith-based community farming (located in Charleston) will be with us to give a short presentation at the worship services.  You can read more about them if you click here.

We hope to see you all on Sunday!   Click here  for a look at the Sunday bulletin.

Contents in this                   Issue:

News: Spring Forward

News: Vernon Doll

News: Thank You!

News: Easter Lilies

News: 40 Days of Lent

News: Pilgrimage

Keeping Up With Jordan and Mike in Israel

Volunteer & Community Opportunities


Joys and Concerns

Praying Together This Week


People News


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Daylight savings time

Don't forget to turn your clocks up an hour on Saturday night!!

Vernon Doll turns 100

Church member Vernon Doll will turn 100 on March 20.  His family would like to shower him with cards to celebrate this milestone.  If you would like to join in, his address is Vernon Doll, 219 Thomas Street, Lexington, TN 38351.  Vernon still lives alone and without assistance.

Thank You!

I wish to thank everyone who attended my 90th birthday party.  It was a wonderful day and I feel so blessed.  I appreciate all who helped make the day great!
                                     Bobby Lockett


Lilies will once again be put on the Altar for Easter Sunday.  If you would like to bring one or have it delivered to honor or in memory of a loved one, please do so on Good Friday, March 30.  The office will be open 9 a.m.-12 Noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Please make arrangements to pick them up right after service or on Monday, April 2.  We will put the names of those you wish to honor in the April 1st bulletin.


Week 4-- Whatever you've chosen as a way to serve and honor God during this season, be sure to cover everything with prayer.

Sunday is the last day to sign up for the trip to Alabama (a pilgrimage focusing on the civil rights sites there.) The trip will be led by Jordan and Mike.  This year' trip will be to Alabama, leaving at 9 a.m. (Tuesday) March 20 and returning March 24 (Saturday) at 2 p.m.

The cost of the trip ($240) will include all transportation, motels, and admission fees. Each person will pay for his or her own meals.  We can take up to 30 people.  One bonus of the trip is that some of the participants will be Chinese scholars from the U of I, a chance for us to share both our culture and our faith with people from around the world.

Places to visit include:  Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, Birmingham Botanical Garden (tulips should be in bloom), 16th Street Baptist Church, Rosa Parks Museum, a couple evenings of live country/jazz/blues music, a walk across the bridge in Selma, a couple hours in Oxford, Mississippi, and stay-overs in both Nashville and Memphis.

Contact the office and let them know you are interested.  You can reserve a spot by letting Dora know and making a $100 deposit.  If anyone would like to go but has financial difficulties, see Pastor Mike (discreetly) for some scholarship assistance.

Keeping Up with Jordan and Mike

Pastor Mike has been involved this week in the funeral service for Winifred Detro (at the beginning of the week) and in the wedding for Joe Tutt and Leslie Donnell.

Jordan has been back in his routine of managing youth and children's programs and planning contemporary worship events.  He is also working with Mona on making some upgrades to the church library.

Volunteer & Community Opportunities

In the Community:
Pray for, volunteer your time or donate to any Daycare or child care center or group. 
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

40 Days of Lent, February 14-April 1
March 13, Communion at Brookstone South, 11:15 a.m.
Boy Scout Troop 57 Spaghetti Dinner, March 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Tickets are pre-sold and there are some in the office.
Spring Pilgrimage, March 20-24, sign up in the office
Maundy Thursday Service, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday Service, March 30, 12 Noon, Sanctuary-FUMC
Easter Vigil Dinner, Saturday, March 31, 5:30 p.m.
Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 31, 7:00 p.m.
Easter Worship, Sunday, April 1, 9:00 a.m.

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Next Meeting Dates

Admin Council, TBD
Children's Council,  Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.
Communications Task Force, April 10, 6:00 p.m.
Education,  March 14, 7:00 p.m.
Endowment , April 19, 4:00 p.m.
Finance, TBD
Hospitality , April 12, 6:00 p.m.
Missions, TBD
Pastor Parish Relations , Thursday, March 15, 6:00 p.m.
Trustees, March 26 , 6:00 p.m.
UMW Executive Board, April 3, 1:30 p.m.
Worship, March 15,  7:00 p.m.
Youth Committee, Sunday, April 22, 12 Noon


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 
                                                (not meeting on March 7 & 14)        
Chancel Choir  5:45 p.m. 
Downtown Kids  5:30-7:00 p.m., every Wednesday night         from Sept-Apr 
Women's Bible Study, 6:3 0 a.m.  at Pagliacci's-                                                                  studying "Forgiveness" 
Contemporary Worship Practice  6:00 p.m.
Men's Breakfast, second Saturday of the month,       
       Denny's, 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

Paula's safety during van troubles
Celebration of Sara Gass' 94th.                Birthday this past Sunday.
Corey's grandmother attending                church with her.
Glad to have Cheryl singing with the Praise Team.
Tammy Scott received a great score on teaching evaluation.
Men's "Iron sharpens Iron" conference coming up in                        Champaign

Alan & Renee Hildebrand and family at the passing of his              step father, Glen Shubert.  Also for Alan's mom, Marge,          who is recovering from a fractured pelvis.
Safe travels for work this week.
Family of Winifred Rose Dettro.
Marilyn Doty, health-back in hospital.
Connie Lotts' sister Becky, in CCU following surgery.
Tammy's friend's daughter and boyfriend in a car accident;            broken bones for both.
Pray for What God wants for the men.
Prayer for this Church.

Praying Together This Week

People in our church family:
A. Nadine Boyer
Mike & Treva Bradd
Marilyn Brosam
Roger & Jerie Brown
Annette Grass Bryant

Communications Task Force

World Council of Churches Prayer Calendar:
Pray this week for the people of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden
  Click here for information about the WCC prayer calendar.


March 4 attendance:
    8:15 a.m.   94
   10:45 a.m.  72

Finance Report:
General Fund: $     20,347   received  this week                  
                        $     82,454   YTD
   (our general fund budget is $408,000 for the year)

Renovation Fund:   
Cost of project:              $434,766
Starting funds:                 107,142
2016 receipts                     57,646
2017 receipts                   127,587
2018 receipts                       4,460
Still Needed:                  $137,856

The amount received for 2018 includes receipts  last week of:  $385

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:  $50
Community Food Center: $100
In House Pantry: $20

People News

Birthdays from 3/8-3/15
3/15   Tabatha Ames

Anniversaries from 

3/15   Don & Maggie Taylor

In Nursing Homes and Assisted Living:
Brookstone North:
   Norma Edwards

Brookstone South:
   Dorothy Shepard
   Virginia Beasley 
   Mary Sheppard

Mattoon Healthcare:

   Dorothy Gullion
   John Zachow

Oddfellow Rebekah:
   Fran Whitley
   Doris Grass
   Betty Eisner

Douglas Rehabilitation:
   Pauline Andrews
   Joan Beals

Mason Point:
   Ruby and Gerald Lowry

Titus Manor-Sullivan
   Marilyn Doty

Copper Creek
   Betty Hoots
   Carroll Livesay
   Maxine Chapin
   Lowell Davis
   Ed Behm

Palm Terrace
    Ione Hill

Logan Street Apts.
    Butch Ratts

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!!