First United Methodist Church in Mattoon

Weekly Update
November 10, 2017

From Mike, Jordan and Allen:
   We wish to thank the congregation for the thoughtful notes and generosity shared with us for Pastor Appreciation Month.  We are very fortunate to serve this congregation and appreciate everyone here also.

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Contents in this                  Issue:

News: All Saints' Day

News: Thank You

News: All Saints'

News: Guest Musicians

News: UMW Candy

News: Organ Recital

Keeping Up With Pastors

Volunteer & Community Opportunities


Joys and Concerns

Praying Together This Week


People News


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All Saints' Day

Sunday, November 5, was All Saints' Day and we remembered those who have passed in the last year. 

*Chuck Guyette            *Robert Strong
*Freda Beals                 *Betty Davis
*LeRoy Hankins            *Adam Scott
*Gary Underwood         *Loyce Jewell
*Ronald Bateman          *Scott Sparks
*Michelle Aceto Swelling   

Thank You!

Our UMW wants to express a great big THANK YOU to our members and the congregation for all of your support last week as we once again held a successful Bazaar.  Final totals are not in but we cleared around $5500.  All of this will go to help people in need, near and far.

Guest Musicians

Jean & Jim Holmes will present music at the 8:15 a.m. service on November 19.  They were college classmates of Rev. Allen Webner.  Jean was a piano major and Jim was an oboe major.

UMW Candy

The UMW have some of their wonderful fudge left from the Bazaar!  If you would like to purchase some of it, please see Mona on Sunday or call her at 217-235-6462.

Final Organ Recital at Trinity Episcopal

On Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church at 2200 Western Ave. in Mattoon, will hold their final Centennial Organ Recital.  It will feature Ron Krebs, VP of Reuter Organ Company.  November 19 marks the 100 year and 1 day anniversary of the Reuter Organ at the church.

Keeping Up With Jordan and Mike

Pastor Mike did the funeral for Russell Lang, father of Lorraine Malmborg, on Thursday.  He is slowly getting back to work after having hand surgery on Tuesday.

Jordan is overseeing the second quarter module for Downtown Kids.  He is also looking ahead to the next Bible Study series for the High School kids. Jordan is beginning the planning process of the experimental month for the Contemporary Worship service for January 2018.
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 the Kiwanas.     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

Choice Living Class, October 29-December 17, 9:30 a.m.
2nd Wind-Branson on the Road, Effingham, November 18,        1:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving & day after-Office Closed, November 23 &          24, Enjoy your time with your families!!
Hanging of the Greens, December 3
Global Migration Sunday, December 3
Leadership Dinner (Church Council members), December 3
Pledge Sunday, December 10
Consecration Day Dinner, December 10 at Noon

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Next Meeting Dates

Communications Task Force, January 23, 2018,  7:00 p.m.
Hospitality , December 14, 5:00 p.m.
Missions, December 4, 2:00 p.m.
Trustees, November 27 , 6:00 p.m.
UMW Executive Board, December 5, 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-"Forgiveness", 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

A successful Bazaar-Many                  donations and volunteers-a true      blessing!
Procedure on Sharyl King's back          worked well!
New house-Tammy Scott
Felicity Shoultz's engagement
A daughter with prayer needs for her marriage

A friend without hearing in one ear-non cancerous brain            tumor operation coming up. Trouble with insurance.
Alice's great grandson-epilepsy
Wes Orman-surgery recovery

Praying Together This Week

People in our church family:
Tiffany Johns
Jean Johnston
Anita Jones
Gary & Sharyl King
Mary Kottwitz

Communications Task Force

World Council of Churches Prayer Calendar:
Pray this week for the people of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia.
  Click here for information about the WCC prayer calendar


November 5 attendance:
   8:15 am:     91            

   10:45 am:   61

Finance Report:
General Fund: $  12,432  received  this week                  
                        $337,681  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                   115,147
Still Needed:                  $154,381

The amount received for 2017 includes receipts  last week of:  $1,736

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:
    Youth Trips:  $25
    Backpacks:   $50
    Community Food Center: $100
    Christmas Baskets:  $50

People News

Birthdays from 11/9 to 11/16
11/10   Norman Skaggs
11/13   Roger DeLeon, Sr
11/14   Marilyn Doty
11/16   Gary King

Anniversaries from 
11/9 to 11/16

11/15 David & Marilyn Fessel

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

Mattoon Healthcare:
   Dorothy Gullion
   John Zachow

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

Douglas Rehabilitation:
   Pauline Andrews

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!!