First United Methodist Church in Mattoon

Weekly Update
June 16, 2017

The high school youth are on their annual trip this Kentucky.  Check out some of the photos below.  Pastor Mike continues his series of sermon on reforming the church.  The UMW's annual garden walk is a few days away...and the summer is heating up.  

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Contents in this Issue:

News: High School Trip Photos

News: UMW 

News: Parent/Child Play Group

Keeping Up With Pastors

Volunteer & Community Opportunities


Joys and Concerns

Praying Together This Week


People News


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Photos of the High School Trip

Chimney Rock

Lesson time

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Our UMW asks for your participation in a collection of toiletries, toothbrushes/paste, soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, shaving articles, and combs to be distributed to local shelters.  Please bring them to the church office by June 20.

The UMW Garden Walk will be June 24th from 10 am-2 pm.  There will be 6 beautiful gardens to visit!  Tickets go on sale between services on Sunday, June 11 and on June 12 at DeBuhr's Feed and Seed and the office.  They are $7 before the 24th and $8 on the 24th.  

Parent-Child Play Group

Tammie Young and Tabatha Ames will be hosting a summer play group for children and their parents.  Come join in the activities and connect with other families. 

Upcoming activities are
June 23 at Tabatha's, 9874 E CR 550 N, Mattoon
July 7 at Tammie's, 2621 Essex Ave., Mattoon
July 21 at Lytle Pool from 2-4 pm
Aug 4 at the Mattoon Library
Pick up a flyer at the information desk. Please feel free to invite friends and family members to any or all of the events.  For questions contact Tammie at 872-256-4779 or Tabatha at 217-294-9043.

Keeping Up With Jordan and Mike

Pastor Mike participated with 15 other Mattoon pastors in a public prayer meeting at the park this week:  praying about the drug problem in our community.  The prayer meeting was preceded by a meeting with the Mattoon Chief of Police, Jeff Branson, who answered clergy questions about the drug problems in Mattoon.

Jordan is leading the Sr. High trip to Kentucky.  They return Saturday.
Click Here to contact Pastor J. Michael Smith

Click Here to contact Youth Pastor Jordan Thomas

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for Pastor Mike's website

Volunteer & Community Opportunities

In the Community:
Volunteer your time or donate to Mattoon Area PADS.   Click here for more information.

In the Church:
Faith In Action
Children's programs
Youth Group
Backpack program


Special Events

Parent/Child Play Dates, June 23, July 7 & 21, Aug 4
UMW Garden Walk, June 24, 10:00 a.m.-12 noon
Mary Mini Circle, June 26, 2 pm
YMCA Youth, June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27; 8:30-10:30 am
FUMC Softball Games, Mondays and/or Fridays at Kinzel 
      Field  (see Facebook or the website for times)

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Next Meeting Dates

Ad Council, Aug. 10, 7 p.m.
Communications Task Force,  June 20, 7 p.m.
Contemporary Worship,  TBD
Education,  June 14, 6:30 p.m.
Faith In Action/Mission,  August 10, 2 p.m.
Finance/Endowment/Stewardship, TBD
Hospitality, July 13, 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Parish Relations, TBD
Strategy and Innovation,  June 11, 9:30 a.m.
Traditional Worship , July 27, 1:30 p.m.
Trustees,  June 19, 6 p.m.
UMW Executive Board, July 11, 9:30 a.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.  (No Youth-Jun  18th)     
Mary Circle, second Mondays at 1:30 p.m. 
Rebecca Circle, second Mondays at 7:00 p.m. (no  
       meeting in June and July)
Prayer group                9:00 a.m.
Pastor's Bible Study    10:00 a.m.
Tammie's Book Study  6:00 p.m. 
Wednesdays .  
Chancel Choir  5:45  p.m. (Sept-May) 
Women's Bible Study-"God of the Underdogs", 6:3 0 a.m.          at Pagliacci's     
Contemporary Worship Practice  6:00 p.m.

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

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Joys and Concerns    (including Sunday's blue cards

Peggy Ropiequet-Annual Conference
Jon B-A place to live and job
Shirley Burton's sister in law-In rehab after 39 days in hosp.
Sr. High Youth Group-Retreat

Mike Carter-health
Norma Grisamore-upcoming hip replacement
Betty Colclasure-Recovering from knee replacements
Betty & Gene Hoots-health

Praying Together This Week

People in our church family:
Randall & Nancy Ross
Roger & Tami Hampton, Kaylee and Morgan Hampton
Paul, Dawn & Megan Schabbing
David & Linda Schilling
Alice Scott

Communion Stewards

Health Concern of  the Week:   Asthma
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Community Prayers:

Pray for the Life Span.     Click here  for more information. 

World Council of Churches Prayer Calendar:

Pray this week for the people of Malawi and Zambia.
Click Here for information about the WCC prayer calendar


June 4 attendance:
   8:15 am:     86
   10:45 am:   71

Finance Report: 
General Fund: $    8,764.70  received  this week                  
                        $187,582.50    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                   105,001
Still Needed:                  $164,977

People News

Birthdays from 6/16-6-23
6/16   Sharyl King
6/16   Lavaughn Skaggs
6/18   Anita Jones
6/18   Brenda West
6/22   Phyllis Strong

Anniversaries from 
6/16   Phillip & Jessy Orman
6/18   Larry & Ardis Larvick
6/19   Troy & Amber Carrell

In Nursing Homes:
   Dorothy Shepard
   Virginia Beasley 
   Maxine Chapin

Mattoon Healthcare:
   Dorothy Gullion

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

Douglas Rehabilitation:
   Pauline Andrews
   Freda Beals

Mason Point:
   Ruby and Gerald Lowry

Titus Manor-Sullivan
   Marilyn Doty

Copper Creek
Betty Hoots

Attending College:
   Zach Armstrong
   Austin Sherman
   Carley Leitch
   Riley Leitch
   Andie Antonik
   Luke Collings
   Megan Schabbing
   Luke Young
   Kaylee Beals
   Derek Pierce
   Abbie Sherman

Please let us know if we have missed anyone!!