Weekly Update

Worship this Week 

Scripture: Acts 11:1-18

Sermon Title:  The Rock: Dreaming in Joppa

Special Music: “Sweet By and By” arr. Webster/Ohman performed by Lincoln Wheeler on trumpet and Phyllis Dickinson on piano

Announcements 

THANK YOU FROM THE CHRISTMAS DECORATING COMMITTEE

Thank you to Todd for a fun and well- planned service
Thank you to Jiafeng for a  beautiful prelude and postlude
Thank you to Layla for her piano solo and to Melissa and Phyllis for their piano duet
Thank you to the ladies who helped set up and decorate
Thank you to the ladies who helped in the kitchen
Thank you to Jim Johns who ran the dishwasher and put all the tables and chairs out
Thank you to all of those who helped put tables and chairs away
Thank you so much to Phyllis for all her planning and hard work for a fun and successful potluck
And a BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SO GENEROUSLY CONTRIBUTED TO OUR FUND FOR NEW CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

What a great Sunday!
Thanks,
Becky Thurn

*Fundraising Update* $3,300 has been contributed to our goal of $3,650.00!

Choir Start-Up Greetings! It’s time to mark your calendars for the beginning of the fall choir season!  We will start rehearsals on Wednesday, August 31st.  That will give us two rehearsals before the first time we sing on Sunday, September 11.  We will follow our usual schedule of singing the second and fourth Sundays of the month. If you’re like me, you haven’t sung much over the summer, so now is the time to get the rust off of the vocal pipes.  Sing with the radio, sing with extra gusto on the hymns, and don’t forget the excellent acoustics in the shower!  
See you on Wednesday, August 31 at 5:30 PM in the sanctuary. Marilyn Fessel, Chancel Choir Director

UMW (United Women of Faith) Meetings – Our August meeting which will be August 15th for our annual potluck dinner at the home of Marcia Parker for delicious food and friendly fellowship at 5 pm. Please bring a covered dish and enjoy a wonderful evening of fellowship and delicious food. All women of the church are UMW members, and we welcome you to come to our monthly meetings. 

Youth Group Pollinator Garden: The youth group has received generous grants from Faith-in-Place (www.faithinplace.org) and ReBoot Youth Ministries (www.rebootyouthministry.com) to plant a pollinator garden on the east side of the church.  The project is part of the Lumpkin Foundation’s Nature-Based Climate Action Program which demonstrates and promotes tree planting, prairie restoration, and other nature-based solutions to climate mitigation in rural areas. The Nature-Based Climate Action Program supports projects that use natural systems to address climate change, the threats of extreme weather and habitat loss that contributes to the extinction of vital species. Natural systems solutions – which include the preservation or restoration of critical eco-systems such as forests, prairies and wetlands – have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration by as much as 20 percent of US greenhouse gases.   

The Wabash Street Parking Lot will no longer be available for us to use beginning August 1. Please use street parking on 16th Street.  

Leadership Institute 2022 is an annual three-day conference September 28-30 held at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, KS led by Rev. Hamilton. It is designed to equip, encourage, adn inspire ministry leaders from across the country and around the globe.  There will be meaningful worship, eight powerful keynote speakers, and time for reflection, networking, and team-building.  To join Pastor Todd, please reply to this message or contact him.  For more info go to www.li.cor.org.    

Annual Charge Conference will be at 4:30 Sunday October 23 at Shelbyville UMC.  

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.  

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REGULAR EVENTS 

Choir rehearsal is off for summer vacation.  Join us in the Fall!

The Youth Group meets weekly at the church from 5:30-7 every Sunday. Bring a friend! 

The One-der Class meets Sundays at 9:45 in the Worship Area downstairs.  Everyone is welcome.  This class will be a multigenerational exploration of the Bible and God’s teachings.  

Thursday Morning Bible Study continues with study of the Gospel of Luke. We meet every week at 8 am in the Choices classroom (accessible by stairs or elevator).  Every chapter is rich with the accounts of Jesus’ life as well as lessons he taught.  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!    

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 on the second Tuesday of every month after the first Thursday at 5:15 at the MCFC (600 Moultrie).  

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