First United Methodist Church in Mattoon

Weekly Update
June 1, 2018

Dear (Contact First Name),

This Sunday, Church Lay Leader Steve Ferguson will give the sermon for both services.

Click here to see the Sunday, June 3 bulletin!

Contents in this                   Issue:


Keeping Up With Jordan and Mike

Volunteer & Community Opportunities


Joys and Concerns

Praying Together This Week


People News


Click Here for the church website

2nd Wind-Richard's Farm Patriotic Concert
There is a dinner and concert at Richard's Farm on Thursday, June 21. The theme is "Celebrate America Family Style". You must reserve your seat by Monday, June 4. The meal is at 6 p.m. and the concert at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and departure from the church is 4:45 p.m. The sign-up sheet is at the Welcome Desk.

UMW June Meeting
Mary Circle will meet Monday, June 11 at 1:3o p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  The program will be a speaker from Choices, formerly known as Crisis Pregnancy Center.  Members are asked to bring a package of diapers, any size.  We will also be making a monetary gift from our circle treasury.

UMW Garden Walk

The Garden Walk, "Gather at the Garden" will be held Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets will be available in the church office and DeBuhr's on Broadway Ave. Presold tickets are $7 and then will be $8 the day of the event and can be purchased at any of the gardens.

New Experimental Sunday Morning Schedule
Beginning June 10
We will begin our experimental schedule a week from Sunday that will be evaluated for reconsideration in November.  The Sunday morning schedule will be as follows:

8:00 a.m.  featuring the old songs 
9:00 a.m.  Traditional/Blended worship 
10:30 a.m.  Contemporary worship
Worship Center (old fellowship hall)

Sunday School:
8:00-8:50 a.m.    Adult classes
9:15-10:15 a.m.  Children's Sunday School  and Adult classes
10:10-11:00 p.m. Adult classes

Sunday School
Existing Sunday School classes and short term courses will be offered at various times, to be announced in the next two or three weeks. Most groups will meet at either 9:15 a.m., (for people attending the 10:30 worship) or after the traditional/blended worship service (10:10 a.m.)  Classes will also have the option of meeting at 8 a.m.  As soon as classes  notify  us of the times they will meet, we will publish that information.

We will be organizing people in the next two weeks to help us launch this experiment.  Our new needs are for people at the door (on 16th Street), greeting at the entrance to our worship services, ushering, and helping with the breakfast in the worship center.  We will continue to need people to help with the fellowship cafe, the Audio/Visual desks, clean-up, and music.  

Keeping up with Mike and Jordan

Jordan is finalizing plans for the services downstairs and busy with Youth summer activities.

Pastor Mike is on a camping trip in North Dakota. 

Church Lay Leader Steve Ferguson will preach on Sunday morning at the two worship services.

To contact Mike Smith, click here
To contact Jordan Thomas, click here

Volunteer & Community Opportunities

In the Community:
Pray for, volunteer your time or donate to One Hope United.   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
Youth Lunch with Jordan- Every Wednesday at Noon                                                                         beginning June 6
Youth YMCA program, every Thursday morning, 10:30 a.m.
                                                     (June, July and a few weeks in August)
Youth Friday Night Fun, Friday, June 1, 6:00 p.m.
Children-Decatur Children's Museum, Monday, June 11
Food Pantry Pre-Pack, Tuesday, June 12, 5:30 p.m.
Youth Trip to Arkansas, Saturday, June 16-23
2nd Wind-Richard's Farm, Thursday, June 21, 4:30 p.m.
UMW Garden Walk, Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
2nd Wind-St. Louis Muny, Friday, June 29,  4:30 p.m. 

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Next Meeting Dates

Admin Council, Monday, June 4, 7:00 p.m.
Children's Council,  July 10, 5:30 p.m.
Communications Task Force, Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 p.m.
Education,  Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.
Endowment , TBD
Finance, Wednesday, June 20, 6:00 p.m.
Hospitality , Wednesday, June 6, 6:00 p.m.
Missions, Thursday, July 26, 430 p.m.
Pastor Parish Relations , TBD
Stewardship, Thursday, June 7, 6:00 p.m.
Trustees, Monday, June 25 , 6:00 p.m.
UMW Executive Board, Tuesday, June 5, 1:30 p.m.
Worship, July 3, 7 p.m.
Youth Committee, Sunday, TBD


Regular Events

Traditional Worship         8:15 a.m.
Sunday School               9:30 a.m.
Choice Living                 9:30 a.m. (Will not be meeting                                                               again until Fall)
Contemporary worship  10:45 a.m.
Middle School Youth      5:00-7:00 p.m. *
Sr. High Youth                6:00-8:00 p.m.*  
*(beginning April 22,  Middle & Sr High will combine for the summer 
and meet at Jordan's from 6-8 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. (no study until July 3)
UMW Executive Board   1:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the           month  
Women's Bible Study of Romans  6:00 p.m. (cancelled on May 29)
Cross Training Prayer  6:30 a.m. (Will meet again in the fall)
Downtown Kids  5:30-7:00 p.m., every Wednesday night         from Sept-May 16 
Chancel Choir  5:45 p.m., from Sept-May 16
Men of God  6:45 p.m., May 9
Brass Wave  May 9 & 16, 7:00 p.m.
Women's Bible Study, 6:3 0 a.m.  at Pagliacci's-                          studying "When God Doesn't Fix It"  by Laura Story
Contemporary Worship Practice  6:00 p.m. (no practice May 24)
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

-A new chapter for this church with the changes on June 10

-Pat Campbell, health
-Fran Whitley, health
-Cheri Pierce, health
-Prayers for safety and a successful project for Jeff & Lorraine Malmborg's daughter Kate Schondgall who arrived in Bosnia on Sunday, May 27.  
-Family of Ross Jett who passed away Thursday, May 24

Praying Together This Week

People in our church family:
Bobby & Madonna Lockett
Connie Lotts
Guy & Nancy Loucks
Gerald & Ruby Lowry
Carol Lowry
Jeff & Lorraine Malmborg


World Council of Churches Prayer Calendar:
Pray this week for the people of Lesotho, Nambia, South Africa and Swaziland.

  Click here for information about the WCC prayer calendar.


Sunday Worship attendance: May 27
     Traditional Service:  82
     Contemporary Service:  59

Finance Report:
     General Fund: $    6,069   received  this week                  
                        $173,648    YTD
        (our general fund budget is $408,000 for the year)

Renovation Fund:  
      Cost of project:              $434,766
      Still Needed:                  $134,761

The fund received $210 last week.

In addition to the money received for the funds listed above, contributions were made last week to the following causes:
Backpack:  $50
Memorials: $100

People News

Birthdays from  6/1-6/7
6/1   Kathy Beals
6/6   Mike Snow

Anniversaries from 

6/2   Jim & Joyce Bell
6/7   Jan & Dan Bullock

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

Brookstone South:
   Dorothy Shepard
   Virginia Beasley 
   Mary Sheppard

Mattoon Healthcare:

   Dorothy Gullion
   John Zachow
   Pauline Andrews
   Joan Beals

Oddfellow Rebekah:
   Fran Whitley
   Doris Grass
   Betty Eisner

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
   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
   Xandra Young

Please let us know if we have missed anyone!!