Sunday Worship 9:00AM & 11:15AM In-Person
9:00AM Facebook
Sunday School 10:15AM

Pastor Jeff Smith
JULY 2022 NEWSLETTER
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
"Don't you know me, Philip? Even after I've been with you for such a long time?"
John 14:9

 
Since we came to Leo two years ago, we’ve begun to get to know you. But perhaps not as well as we would like to. Normally, when Rhonda and I have begun a new appointment in a United Methodist Church, we meet with members of the congregation in small groups of ten to twelve folks in people’s homes. That gives us a chance to get to know you a bit more intimately, and for you to get the opportunity to know us. 
 
But it also gives your pastor a chance to hear your dreams and visions for our church. 
 
We didn’t get to do that with you folks though. If you recall, when we came to Leo two years ago, we were right in the middle of the Covid 19 pandemic and such meetings were at best ill-advised, and at worse, possibly dangerous. 
 
And it wasn’t just a lost opportunity with your new pastor. Covid 19 forced us apart from each other. Between months of digital worship only and six feet of social distancing, we lost a bit of our church family connection. 
 
Here’s the good news! We will be having many of these “getting to know you” meetings all throughout the month of July. I would like to strongly encourage you to sign up for one. The signup sheets are available in Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings, and in the church office during weekly office hours. Friends, I’m really looking forward to getting to know many of you a whole lot better and some of you, getting to know you, really know you, for perhaps the first time. 
 
See you soon!
Pastor Jeff
Attend A Cottage Meeting!
 
Cottage meetings are gatherings of God’s people in a home. They have been used in churches for various reasons, but your Staff Parish Committee propose having them at Leo UMC for the following reasons:

  • When Pastor Jeff and Rhonda came in the Spring of 2020, it was at the beginning of the pandemic, and they never had the opportunity to “properly” meet all of us!
  • We need to meet each other. We spent a lot of time over the last two years meeting virtually, wearing masks, and socially distancing. It is time to re-connect!
  • So much has changed in all our lives over the last two years; we all experienced losses of some type, and normal today is not the normal of two years ago. We care about each other and want to hear your stories.
  • At some point, we need to talk about the future of our church. We can’t do this unless we are comfortable talking with each other. Cottage meetings are a first step.
 
Pastor Jeff and Rhonda will attend all the meetings. Various members of the SPRC committee and church family have agreed to host. You do not need to bring anything but yourselves, and children are joyfully welcomed.
 
Sign-up sheets are available each Sunday before and after worship service, or you can sign up by calling the church office (260-627-2161). Or you can contact me, Jackie Myers, Chairperson of the SPRC committee (260-437-4394 or by email gjm012@hotmail.com )
 
We are seeking 100% attendance and have scheduled meetings at various times and days of the week:
 
Monday, June 27 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, June 28 at 10 am
Thursday, July 7 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 12 at 10 am
Thursday, July 14 at 7 pm
Saturday, July 16 at 9 am
Sunday, July 17 at 6:30 pm
Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm
Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 pm
 
We understand time is a precious resource. Thank you for contributing an hour (or so) of your time to this important next step in the life of our church!
 
Jackie Myers, Chair, SPRC
Habitat for Humanity Build

Join the LUMC Habitat Team!

We still need some more help - building or cooking -
for our Leo UMC Habitat builds on
Thursday, July 7, and Saturday July 9.

If you can help with the food, contact Debbie Smith at (260)466-0310 or DQSmith2019@gmail.com.

If you can help with construction, go to http://leoumc.habitatgfw.volunteerhub.com/

This mission opportunity is a wonderful way to invite a friend to come along to witness the joy of service. Just have them register on the website link above. This will be a great time of fellowship while doing something wonderful for a deserving family.

Friends are welcome to join in as well!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2022 GRADUATES

High School

Iszabel Anderson – granddaughter of John and Connie Bowman, graduated from Wayne Trace High School, Haviland, OH
 
Alexis Baker – daughter of Tim Baker and granddaughter of Mike and Jackie Baker, graduated from Leo High School.

Lauren Bailey - daughter of David and Michelle Bailey, graduated from Leo High School as valedictorian of her class, and will attend the University of Delaware to study neuroscience.

Renee Beaubien – daughter of Eric and Becky Beaubien, graduated from Leo High School as salutatorian of her class, and will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point in the fall to study economics.

Carter Gerardot - son of Barry and Jana Gerardot and grandson of Cheryl Arnold, graduated from Leo High School and will be attending Purdue Fort Wayne in the fall.

Jacob Koch – son of Mark and Lynne Koch, graduated from Leo High School, and will attend Purdue Fort Wayne in the fall studying engineering.

Madeline Martin – daughter of Tim and Andrea Martin, graduated from Snider High School, and will be attending Indiana Wesleyan University to study nursing.
 
College
Julie Roth – daughter of Kent and Nancy Roth, graduated in December from Indiana Wesleyan University with her degree in nursing.
 
Ethan Harris – grandson of Ariail and Cheryl Smith, graduated from Defiance College with a degree in accounting. He will be pursuing a graduate degree.
 
John Hines – son of Gary and Jenny Hines, graduated from IU Kelley School of Business with a B.S. in Business. He will be working for the FDIC in Madison, WI.
 
Sarah Hines – daughter of Gary and Jenny Hines, earned her M.A. in History from The City University of New York. She continues to teach 5th grade Social Studies and Language Arts at The Town School in Manhattan, NY.
Off to Midwest Missions!

Remember all those tote bags, quilts, layette kits, diapers, receiving blankets (and more) made by our Missions Sewing Group? Here they all are: packed up and ready to make the first leg of their journey to Midwest Missions Distribution Center in Illinois! Thank you, Jake & Virginia Ruby!
July Youth Group

July 3 - No Youth Group
July 10 - 5:00 - 7:00PM
July 17 - 5:00 - 7:00PM
July 24 - No Youth Group
July 31 - 5:00 - 7:00PM
Please watch your email for details!

Painting a fence: Tyler Martin, Tracey & Rachel Wahl,
Breven Anderson, Connie & John Bowman
Kitchen Krew Feeds Habitat Builds!

What does our Kitchen Krew do when they are not preparing delicious Wednesday Night Dinners? They are feeding Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity builders! Lucky folks, indeed!
Thanks, Nancy Divelbiss, Cheryl Arnold, Kathy Fruchey, Pam Roy, Virginia Ruby and Maryann Neuhauser!
Men's Prayer Breakfast
Thursday, July 14
7:00AM in the gym

All men are welcome to join in for a wonderful breakfast and an hour of faith-filled fellowship! Please mark your calendars!
The Leo United Women in Faith
"Knitted Together for God's Good Work"
Still activities going on this summer - join in!
Be a part of the UMF this fall 2022!

A volunteer opportunity for gardeners!
Sign up for just one week this summer.
There are July and August openings to help tend
the Preschool gardens on the south side of the church.
Contact Marilynn Toops (260-417-5897) after July 3 if you can help.
This is a great opportunity to support our Preschool.  
 
MISSION U is Virtual for 2022
The Bible, specifically Luke 13, will be the main resource
for the UMF virtual Mission u 2022.
Virtual Mission u will be held July 15-17. Registration is only $25.
The study will begin with worship
on Friday, July 15 from 6:30 to 9:15 pm.
On Saturday, July 16, the study will begin at 10:00 am,
break for lunch, and end at 4:30 pm.
On Sunday, the study will conclude by meeting from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
All times are Eastern Standard Time.
Study leaders will cover eight lessons taken from Luke 13.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Joyce Murden,
Leo UMF Communications Officer, and she will send you
information and a registration form.

July 30
District United Women in Faith Leadership Breakfast
9:00 am to noon in the Youth Room.
Contact Becky Rhodes if you are interested in helping.

Thursday, September 8
First Circle meeting in the Youth Room at noon.

September 24
District United Women in Faith Brunch
9:30am to noon at Leo United Methodist Church
       
Fall Fundraiser Cinnamon Rolls Pre-Orders By Sept. 28
Customers pick up on Oct. 1
 
Thursday, October 13
Circle meeting in the Youth Room at noon
Christmas cards for charity
 
Saturday, October 29
Coffee, Cider and Chatter - 9:30 am
Come, enjoy fellowship with other ladies!
Bring a friend!
Thank you!

Dear Church family,

Thank you so much for the gift of an insulated tumbler upon my graduation from the nursing program at Indiana Wesleyan. It was greatly appreciated and will be very useful!
Julie Roth
July Birthdays

7/02 Noah Hines
7/03 Richard Worman
7/04 Becky Beaubien
7/06 Keira Jackemeyer
7/08 Mason Conley
7/09 Michelle Bailey
7/19 Jackson Conley
7/19 Bill Cook
7/21 JoAnne McPherson
7/21 Diana Ream
7/21 Vera Reider


7/21 William Scruggs III
7/22 Sophie Hartley
7/22 Terry Jo Lightfoot
7/23 Karen Butt
7/23 Dale McPherson
7/27 Owen Houser
7/28 Andrew Harris
7/29 Kathy Baer
7/30 Bonnie Adams
7/30 Richard Butt
7/30 Treavor Leer

July Anniversaries
7/01 Sherrin & Bill Cook
7/04 Beth & Shannon Roberts
7/06 Jeanine & Brian Carpenter
7/10 Joyce & Phil Murden
7/16 Kathy & Joe Baer
7/19 Tracey & Jerry Wahl
7/24 Connie & John Bowman
7/24 Camille & Dave Wilson
Prayer Requests
John Coxon
Callen Fech
Richard Fiedler
Greg Fruchey
Norm Hoeppner
Loring McCay
Sue Ellen Moyer
Linda Reinsch
Bob Yager
Janet Yager
Glenda, sister of Angela Losey
Shut-ins
Merton Deventer
Pat Henderson
Helen Hobson (Michigan)
Sue Roberts
Maureen Strauss


Please pray for the family of
Vernon Burkett
Dean Daily
Betty Bullerman-Peters
Mary Ross
Our Military

Jesse Adams, U.S. Air Force
Kyle Cserep, U.S. Marines
Benjamin Eager, U.S. Army
Julie Gorney, U.S. Navy
Gene Harding, U.S. Army National Guard
Greg Myers, Jr., U.S. Marines
Stephen Wierzbowski, U.S. Navy
Jacob Wolfe, U.S. Army National Guard
David Wright, U.S. Air Force
The Church Office is Open...

...but it would be extremely helpful if you called the office (627-2161) prior to coming to the front door. Church office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30am until 3:00pm; please come to Entrance 1.

And you can always reach us via email:
Pastor Jeff Smith - pastor@leoumc.org
 
Bonnie Adams - finance@leoumc.org - tithing, contributions, monetary donations, everything financial
 
Diana Kuebler - admin@leoumc.org - scheduling meetings/events, reserving/renting church space, newsletter articles, prayer concerns, general questions
Meetings, activities and special events are posted in real time on the Leo UMC website. Simply go to leoumc.org and click on "Calendar" to see a calendar updated with the most current information as it is obtained.

Leo United Methodist Church
13527 Leo Road, Leo, IN, 46765
260-627-2161
www.leoumc.org