Weekly Update

July 14, 2021

Good morning, Mattoon First UMC!  
Here are our prayers and announcements for the week:

Prayers – 

Family of Richard Henna – Richard’s visitation is this morning from 10 to noon with a funeral at noon at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home. 

Sharyl King – Has an appointment to see a doctor in St. Louis August 5th to see about her difficulty speaking, breathing, and swallowing.

Melissa Ferguson – knee surgery recovery

Timothy Tutt – Back pain

Barb McLain – hospice at Oddfellow Rebekah Home

David Fessel – Knee pain

April Faller

Jerome Downs

Walter Beltran

If you would like to add a prayer request, please reply to this message or call the church office at 217.235.5676.


There will be a children’s ministry meeting Thursday July 15th at 6. Anyone interested in helping is encouraged to attend.      


The deadline for the August/September 2021 newsletter will be July 15. Any announcements, articles, and photos should be submitted to mattoonfumcnews@gmail.com by July 15. Please alert Dawn Schabbing, in advance of the deadline, if a lengthy article will be coming, so she can plan accordingly.


A potluck to celebrate the ministry of former Pastor Mike Smith and Youth Leader Jordan Thomas will be Friday July 16th at 6.  Chicken will be provided.  Please bring a dish to share. 


Conference guidelines for Sunday worship and other group gatherings have now progressed to Phase 5: ILLINOIS RESTORED

  • Churches may gather in unlimited size groups for any purpose
  • All public health safety guidance is lifted
  • It is now safer for people of higher risk of dying from COVID-19 to gather

Click here for more info: https://www.igrc.org/coronavirus


The Youth Summer Mission Trip will be Saturday July 31st (departing Friday the 30th) through Wednesday August 4th to Memphis with Praying Pelican Missions and Jordan’s group from Springfield.  The cost is $445 per person which includes meals, lodging, and any fees for places that Praying Pelican organizes for us to visit.  That amount could reduce as more people sign up.  Write a check to the church with “Memphis Mission Trip” in the memo line.  Additional meals while traveling and souvenirs will be out of pocket. 


Join Pastor Todd at Leadership Institute 2021 at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City September 29 to October 1 for inspiration, practical ministry tools and proven strategies to strengthen your church and your own leadership.  Its keynote speakers (including authors Bob Goff and Adam Hamilton) are uniquely positioned to address today’s toughest issues and will challenge, provoke and inspire you to lead boldly into the future.  To attend virtually the registration fee is $99 and to attend in-person with Pastor Todd it is $299 (plus lodging, meals, and transportation). Click here for details: https://leadership.sharechurch.com/     


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.  

The Thursday morning Ladies Bible Study led by Linda Hance meets at 8 a.m. in the downstairs worship center.  Come and join the ladies for a great time of fellowship! 

Pastor Todd’s Tuesday Morning Book Study meets at 10 a.m. in the downstairs worship center.  They are currently studying the various denominations.   The book is $15.  Please join us as we grow together in our hearts and minds!    

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

The 9 am traditional service audio will be recorded and available to listen to on the church website (https://mattoonumc.com/virtual-services-archive/) for those worshipping at home. —
Todd Krost, Pastor217-235-56761601 Charleston AvenueMattoon, IL 61938www.mattoonumc.comwww.facebook.com/mattoonfirst

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