First United Methodist Church in Mattoon

Weekly Update
September 8, 2017


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Contents in this Issue:

News: Downtown Kids

News: World Thank Offering

News: UMW Bazaar

News: Hurricane

Keeping Up With Pastors

Volunteer & Community Opportunities


Joys and Concerns

Praying Together This Week


People News


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Downtown Kids

There is a Giving Tree on the window of the office for anyone who would like to donate food for the meals on Wednesday nights.  Feel free to take one or more leaves!  There is also an information sheet for returning the items.

World Thank Offering

There will be an envelope in the September 10 th and 17 th bulletins for the United Methodist Women's World Thank Offering for 2017.  This offering is an opportunity for individuals to respond to God's abundance and grace with spontaneous gifts of gratitude and in celebration of the joys of life.  The funds collected are used in the total program of mission carried on through the UMW's national office in the United States and around the world.  Please prayerfully consider all you have in your life to be thankful for and respond accordingly.  Checks should be made out to the United Methodist Women (UMW).

They will also be collecting socks for shelters.  Men, women and children's socks are needed and will be collected at both services.

UMW Bazaar

The UMW are gearing up for the Bazaar on November 4.  They need the following donations to make it all happen.  Used jewelry, 100 lbs. of sugar, purses & scarves (2 per person-gently used).  These items may be donated in the church office. 

Hurricane Relief Offering

We will be taking an offering during the month of September to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  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.)  

Additional things we can do to help  include 1) prayer, 2) preparing 'flood buckets' to aid people when they go home, to clean up their homes, and 3) participating in future mission trips that will be organized to help families and churches destroyed by the water.

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.

Keeping Up With Jordan and Mike

Pastor Mike was in Springfield on Thursday for a Board of Ministry meeting. He completed the first draft of a personnel handbook for the 10 employees of the church and reviewed it with both he staff and the Staff Parish Relations Committee.  His week has also included hospital visitation, Bible study research and teaching, and sermon preparation.

Jordan has been very busy getting the fall youth program off the ground and supervising the "Downtown Kids" program that kicked off this month.  He has also been spending many hours getting rooms more organized for youth and children's programs.  
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 PADS.
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

Men's Breakfast, September 9, 7:00 a.m. at Downtown Diner
Community Food Center, September 12, 5:30 p.m.
Dulcimer Ensemble, September 24, 8:15 a.m. service

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Next Meeting Dates

Ad Council, October 26 , 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 , October 12, 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Parish Relations , August 28, 6:00 p.m.
Stewardship,  TBD
Strategy and Innovation, September 24, 9:30 a.m.
Traditional Worship , September 19, 4:00 p.m.
Trustees, September 18 , 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. (Sept. 24th service  
Sr. High Youth                6:00-8:00 p.m. will be at Broadway                                                                               Christian Church)
Mary Circle, second Mondays, 1:30 p.m.  
Mary Mini Circle, fourth Monday of the month,  2 p.m.
Rebecca Circle, second Mondays, 7:00 p.m. 
Pastor's Bible Study    10:00 a.m.
Tammie's Book Study  6:00 p.m. 
Wednesdays .  
Adult Choirs  5:15-7:00 p.m.
There are 3 different choirs, check with the director for specific times each week   (Aug-May)
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

Betty Eisner-fall and broken thumb
The House family-early birth and loss of a twin
Bob Strong-health
Lois Smith-broken bones in hand and foot
Texas and Florida hurricanes
Rita Dallas (Dora's sister-in-law)- Will be having a stent put in next week

Praying Together This Week

People in our church family:
Roger & Jerie Brown
Annette Bryant
Mona Buckley
Jan Bullock
Bryan, Krista, Elliott and Adam Burrell

All Book and Bible Studies

Health Concern of  the Week: West Nile Virus
 Â Click here  for more information.

World Council of Churches Prayer Calendar:

Pray this week for the people of Ghana and Nigeria. 
Click here for information about the WCC prayer calendar


September 3 attendance:
   8:15 am:   72  
   10:45 am: 68

Finance Report:
General Fund: $  10,924  received  this week                  
                        $271,059  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                   108,486
Still Needed:                  $161,202

The amount received for 2017 includes receipts  last week of:  $75

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:  $175
    Hurricane Relief:  $495
    Community Food Center: $100
    Memorials: Carl Rouch   $35

People News

Birthdays from 9/7-9/14
8/27   Jane Perry
9/7     Linda Eagleson
9/9     Angelica Beltran
9/10   Jake DeLeon
9/12   Jillian DeLeon
9/13   Marvin Whitley
9/14   Sandra Fisher

Anniversaries from 

James & Jamie Rawlings

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
   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
   Angelica Beltran

Please let us know if we have missed anyone!!