Weekly Update

Worship this Week – 

Scripture: Mark 8:34-38

Sermon: “Questions Jesus Asked:  What do you live for?” 

Holy Communion at both services


Thank you from Paulyn Snyder
“I would like to respond to your beautiful Church Family with the words of gratitude that have been stirring in my heart all week.  Thank you for the many gifts of love and life that have been secured and passed on and planted in homes and hearts all over the ‘hood’.  What a delight to share with people not just the “gift” but the story of the gifting and the givers.  People are just amazed that folks in a town that they never heard of had heard of them!
What blessings!  What lives touched!  What strength shared with people who needed just to feel loved and prayed for.  God is just so very, very awesome!  Even when we are living in the ‘dark’ about how to reach out and heal- God assures us that it is already done.  We need to just sit still and BE the flute that carries the song.
Thanks over and over again for the truly deeply moving experience of Mattoon Ministry.”
Paulyn Snyder of East St. Louis, Il.

California bishop acquitted in first United Methodist court trial of its kind in nearly a century – AP

A United Methodist Church court acquitted a California bishop Friday of all charges in the first trial of one of the church’s bishops in nearly a century.

Bishop Minerva Carcaño, the first Latina bishop in the denomination and a prominent voice on behalf of immigrants, faced four charges of violating church law. They were for alleged harassment, fiscal malfeasance, disobedience to the order and discipline of the UMC and the undermining of another pastor’s ministry. The jury of 13 clergy members reached its unanimous verdict after about four and a half hours of deliberation last week. 

Carcaño said she will resume her position as head of the church’s California-Nevada Conference. “There is a need for healing,” she said after the verdict. “Everyone has been hurt. The complainants have been hurt. I’ve been deeply hurt and harmed. The area we serve together has been broken and divided and hurt as well. We have much work to do.”

She said she would ask other bishops to join in encouraging dialogue in the conference. The case “is truly not just about me,” she said, adding that it reflected “resistance to our system of appointment making,” in which United Methodist bishops assign clergy to their ministry positions.

Carcaño’s term continues through August 2024 when she reaches the scheduled retirement age of 70. Losing a year and a half to suspension “added to the pain,” she said. “I’m feeling the loss of that time. But I want to return and try to do whatever I can.”

Read more here:  https://apnews.com/article/united-methodist-court-trial-california-bishop-57308c200c9f6cd03d3d4a260bc1dc73

World Thank Offering

If you missed out on getting to give to the UMW World Thank offering this past Sunday, please know that there is still time to get your donation into the office. “Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Jeremiah 33:11

In God’s time, our prayers are answered according to his wisdom. Truly, God does good things! We are so grateful that we want to express our thanks and tangibly share God’s blessings with others.

All the contributions to the World Thank Offering are gathered together to support the total program of mission through the UMW national office. The purpose of UMW is “turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth 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) with World Thank Offering written in the memo line and either placed in the offering plate or mailed directly to Bev Dennis, UMW Treasurer at 500 Price Ave., Mattoon as you are able. Thank you in abundance for your prayerful consideration.

One Stop Community Christmas
Toilet paper is being collected in a box in the narthex for One Stop Community Christmas.  While both are appreciated, toilet paper is a priority.  

Annual Church Conference

The annual church conference will be at 4:30 Sunday October 15th at Paris First UMC.  Every member of Mattoon First UMC is invited and encouraged to attend. In the time leading up to the conference, Pastor Todd will lead the process of assembling next year’s budget, the committee structure, and other annual reports.    

Holy Land Pilgrimage January 2024

Pastor Todd is leading a group Holy Land Pilgrimage departing January 29 and returning February 6, 2024 led by Educational Opportunities (www.eo.travelwithus.com).  The trip is open to anyone interested in experiencing where Jesus walked, ancient history in general, Israel and Palestine, cats, or archeology. The cost from Chicago, St. Louis, or Detroit is $3,398 and from Indianapolis is $3,446 which covers airfare, breakfast and lunch daily, first class lodging, deluxe transportation, entry fees to sites, and professional tour guide. It is a nine day trip with two nights in Bethlehem, two in Galilee, and three in Jerusalem. Visit here for more information and to register: https://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl24012924m58232#.ZBs1r2ROkWN

You will see Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, Shepherds’ Field, Qumran, the Dead Sea, Jericho, the Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Church of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, Chapel of the Primacy, Magdala, Nazareth, Tel Megiddo, Caesarea, Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Zion, Upper Room, home of the High Priest Caiaphas, Davidson Center, Southern Wall Excavations, Teaching Steps, Western Wall,  and much more!

Please contact Pastor Todd by replying to this message if you’re interested.    

Keep up with the latest events in the denomination with United Methodist News (umnews.org).  To keep up with the latest news and events from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, visit www.igrc.org/current.  



Office Hours: Tuesdays 11-4 & Thursdays 9-2  

Chancel Choir – Rehearses Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 in the sanctuary.  

The Youth Group meets Sunday evening from 5:30 to 7. 

Thursday Morning Bible Study weekly at 8 am in the Choices classroom (accessible by stairs or elevator).  There is always plenty of time for class discussion.  Please join us whenever you are able.  Linda Hance is the leader. 

Pastor Todd’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. in the downstairs worship center.  Please join us as we grow together in our hearts and minds!    

Cross Training Prayer Group meets weekly for prayer and sharing Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m. at 2620 Western Avenue. 

Men’s Bible Study meets 2nd and 4th Saturday at Denny’s, 8:30 a.m. 

Monthly worship services are held at Brookstone Estates North on the first Wednesday, Copper Creek Cottages on the second Wednesday, and Brookstone Estates South on the third Wednesday at 10 a.m. 

Mattoon Community Food Center grocery delivery packing is at 5:15 at the MCFC (600 Moultrie) on September 12, October 10, November 7, and December 12. 

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