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									                                THE GOOD NEWS
             Volume 5, Issue 6           Dr. Thomas R. Logsdon, Pastor             December 2009 Newsletter

                     Worship Services: Sunday 8:00 am & 10:30 am -- 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month 6:00 pm

                                                                                                   Inside this issue:
                                                    I’ve never been pregnant.
                                                                                                  Church office closings for     Pg. 2
                                                    Janice has a couple of times and I            the holidays
                                                guess I had something to do with it,              December Birthdays &           Pg. 9
                                                but I’ve never felt the expectant joy of          Anniversaries

                                                having another human being – distinct             December Acolytes              Pg. 10
                                                and different from me, but totally
                                                                                                  December Liturgists,           Pg. 13
                                                dependant upon me – growing within                Ushers, Greeters & Altar
                                                my body.                                          Flower Dedications

    I do, however, remember Advent of 1984.                                                       Memorials                      Pg. 18

    We were very pregnant, awaiting the birth of the one who, if he was a boy,
would become my namesake and go by the name of “Ronnie.” As Thanksgiving                            Inside stories:
passed and we hung the greens at church, Janice entered her ninth month of preg-                    The Choir is returning in Decem-
nancy.                                                                                              ber! Please see page 3 for details.
                                                                                                    Our next ―Hallelujah‖ Soup Supper
    We were getting very ready for this baby to get here.                                           & Sunshine Circle’s Cookie Sale
                                                                                                    are coming December 5! Please see
    Always the practical pastor, I wondered if he would arrive in time to play Baby                 page 5 for more information.
Jesus in our Christmas pageant. He didn’t, but he did get here in time to be a tax                  You are invited to use our Holiday
                                                                                                    Mailbox and save money on post-
deduction.                                                                                          age. Please see page 6.

    Advent, in many ways, is best symbolized by pregnancy.                                          Special worship services will be
                                                                                                    held on December 23, Christmas
      It is a time of urgent expectancy, of hidden growth, of the promise of new life.              Eve & New Year’s Eve. Please see
                                                                                                    page 7 for complete details.
It is no secret that the two main characters of the Advent story are a couple of                    The Coal City Food Pantry will be
pregnant women – Elizabeth and Mary – whose unborn children recognized each                         distributing food & Christmas gifts
                                                                                                    to those in need in our community.
other while still in their mothers’ wombs.                                                          Find out how you can help on page
    Like women in their last month of pregnancy, there are times we wish that                       Do you need help wrapping your
Jesus, our Christmas baby, would hurry up and get here; but a child grows a lot in                  Christmas gifts? The Mission/
                                                                                                    Camping Committee will be offer-
their last month before birth and a mother uses that time to prepare her heart, her                 ing gift wrapping on December 19
                                                                                                    & 20. More information is on page
mind, and her home for that child’s birth.                                                          8.

    Babies are cool, births are a miracle, and Christmas is a time of joyous celebra-               United Methodist Student Day will
                                                                                                    be observed on December 6. Please
tion. Let’s not waste the four weeks leading up to it, however.                                     see page 8 for more information.
                                                                                                    Poinsettias are needed to decorate
    This time of quiet introspection and eager expectancy can help draw us closer                   our sanctuary for Christmas. Please
to God and prepare our hearts, minds, and homes for the coming of Christ.                           see page 11.
                                                                                                    This year’s Youth Christmas Pro-
                                       “Birth”                                                      gram will be held December 12.
                                                                                                    Please see page 11 for details.
                                 continues on page 2.
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                                                                   continued from page 1.

     Billions of people will celebrate the coming of Christmas this year. Are you ready to celebrate the com-
 ing of Christ? Let’s take a lesson from Mary, Elizabeth, and all the pregnant women who have come before
 since Mother Eve.
         That way, when Jesus – our true Christmas baby – finally gets here, we’ll be ready.
 Let’s use this time to prepare.
             God bless you and . . .
                     See you in church!

                                                      Church Office closings for the holidays

                                The church office will be closed on Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27 in
                            observance of Thanksgiving.
                               In observance of Christmas & New Year’s the church office will close at noon on
                            Wednesday, December 23 and will reopen Monday, January 4, 2010 at 8:00 am.
                                Emergency contact information will be available on the church’s answering machine and
                            we will be checking the machine periodically for messages.
    We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year filled with God’s blessings.

                                                   Early Deadline for January 2010 newsletter articles

                                          The deadline to submit items for the January 2010 newsletter will be Wednesday,
                                       December 9. Information turned in early for the newsletter is greatly appreciated!
                                           January newsletters will be mailed Thursday, December 17 at 1:00 pm. Help is
                                       always needed and appreciated and all are welcome to help!
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                   Choir rehearsals begin Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm!
                                   All voices are needed & welcome!
         The choir will sing for the first time on Sunday, December 6 at 8:00 am & 10:30 am.
       The choir needs YOU, so please join us for the first rehearsal at 6:30 pm on December 2!

                                                                Meet our Interim Accompanist!

                                                           Please help us welcome Sonya Comer, who will be our interim
                                                      accompanist, beginning in December, while Sandra Lutz is recovering
                                                      from surgery.
                                                           Sonya is a 1991 graduate of Casey-Westfield High School in
                                                      Casey, IL and a 1995 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University in
                                                      Bourbonnais, IL with a degree in Music Education. She has been
                                                      actively involved in church music all of her life, singing, playing the
                                                      piano, leading worship, and directing choir, praise band, and
                                                      children’s and youth music groups. She has taught music in public
                                                      schools, private schools, and in private music lessons and Kinder-
                                                      musik. Sonya and her family moved to Bourbonnais in August, 2009.
                                                      She has been married to her husband, David, for 14 years and they
                                                      have two daughters, Michaela (11) and Madison (9). She is currently
                                                      employed at Olivet Nazarene University as an adjunct professor of
                Sonya Comer
                                                      music and also at Camelot School as a part time music teacher.

                                                          Hanging of the Greens
                                                             November 29

                              Sunday, November 29 marks the beginning of Advent – the season of waiting for the coming of
                         Christ. In honor of this glorious season, we will be celebrating with a Hanging of the Greens Service
                         at the 10:30 am service. This special service will put a meaning to the many elements we use for
                         decorating at Christmas.
                              Following the service, some of the different groups & committees will be decorating the church
                         for the Advent/Christmas season. Anyone who would like to stay and help decorate is welcome!
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                                           Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with the following families on the recent
                                      loss of a loved one.
                                          Greg & MaryAnn Spiewak and their family on the loss of Greg’s father, John
                                      Spiewak, on November 4, 2009.
                                           Kortni Emerson, Kara Housman & Krystle Carpenter and their family on the
                                      loss of their great-grandmother, Marie Vota, on November 15, 2009.
                                         Don & Sherry Kinzler and their family on recent the loss of Don’s uncle, Rollie
                                           Please remember these families in your prayers.

            Thank you church family for your prayers, the beautiful cards sent to me, and the thoughtful phone calls that
        continue as I heal from my second surgery.
                                                         Sandra Lutz


         The Missions/Camping Committee would like to THANK each and every one of you for helping to make the
    Community Thanksgiving Dinner a success. The volunteers that gave of their time, made pies, helped serve, clean
    tables, worked in the kitchen, made carry out meals, delivered meals, or gave money. You all made this a wonderful
    day for all the people in the Coal City area. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

           The members of United Methodist Women would like to sincerely thank all those who brought bakery for our
     Mini-Mission gathering; to Dawn Madia for her help in serving; to Pastor Tom for running the sound system; and to
     all those who so beautifully decorated the tables. Your assistance was so much appreciated.
          The United Methodist Women will not meet in December. The next meeting will be January 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm.
     All women are welcome to attend.
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                                    Our December “Hallelujah” Soup Supper
                                            to be held December 5

     Please join us for our December ―Hallelujah‖ Soup Supper on Saturday, December 5 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm! Our
delicious homemade soups will be Vegetable Beef & Turkey with Rice!
    Each Soup Supper meal includes your choice of soup, bread & cheese, crackers, a beverage, and ice cream & dessert.
The cost is $7 for adults and ages 13 & older; $4 for children ages 6 - 12; $2 for children ages 3 - 5; and children age 2 &
under eat free! All proceeds from our ―Hallelujah‖ Soup Suppers go to our building fund to be applied toward the principal
of our building loan. Helpers and donations of desserts are needed. A sign up sheet is available on the easel in the narthex.
    Please plan to join us on December 5 for soup and stay for our worship service at 6:00 pm!
     At our November “Hallelujah” Soup Supper, we served 192 people and earned $1,037 for the building fund to be applied
to the principal of our loan! Thank you!

                                                              Sunshine Circle’s Cookie Sale
                                                               to be held December 5 & 6

      Sunshine Circle’s Annual Cookie Sale will be held Saturday, December 5 during our ―Hallelujah‖ Soup Supper and
 Sunday, December 6 before & after church while supplies last. Delicious home baked cookies will be available to purchase
 for $6 per plate.
      If anyone would like to donate cookies for the cookie sale, they would be welcome. If you would be willing to bake
 for the cookie sale or have any questions, please contact Deb Gowdy at 815-634-2151.

                                                                      Youth Fundraising Breakfast
                                                                        to be held December 27

    The Junior & Senior High Youth will hold a fundraising breakfast in the fellowship hall on Sunday, December 27
 from 8:30 am until 10:30 am (during coffee hour). The cost is a donation to our youth to help fund future youth activities.
 Everyone is welcome! Please stop by and support our youth.
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                                                               Celebration of Baptism

    On Sunday, November 15, 2009, Pastor Tom baptized
Ruthie Rian Steffes during the 10:30 am worship service.
Ruthie is the daughter of Jason & Emiley Steffes and sister
of Gracie.
   Maternal grandparents are Marty Tipsord and Beverley
Winston. Paternal grandparents are Rick & Carolyn Steffes.

                                                                                  Ruthie, Emiley, Gracie, & Jason Steffes

                                                                       Meet our newest members!

                                                              On Sunday, October 25, 2009, Charles & Kathleen Bumgardner
                                                         officially joined our church family by profession of faith during the
                                                         10:30 am worship service. Charles & Kathleen reside in Carbon Hill.
                                                              Please help us welcome them to our church family!

        Charles & Kathleen Bumgardner

                                                    Use our Holiday Mailbox and save money on postage!

                                             The Welcoming & Nurturing Committee will again have the holiday mailbox
                                        available. This is a great way to send holiday greetings to your church family and
                                        save on postage. The mailbox can be found in the fellowship hall. Just put your card
                                        addressed with the person’s name in the correctly lettered spot and don’t forget to
                                        check it for yourself! Happy Holidays!!
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                                              Blue Christmas Service to be held December 23

                                     A Service of the Longest Night or ―Blue Christmas‖ Service will be held at Braceville
                                United Methodist Church on Wednesday, December 23 at 6:00 pm. This is a special service
                                designed to help those through the holidays who have lost a loved one or friend, are going
                                through a divorce, battling health problems, adjusting to the loss of a job or other trying
                                changes in their lives. The service will be led by Pastor Tom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

                                                    Christmas Eve Worship Services

                                       You and your family are invited to worship with us on Christmas Eve. We will be
                                  holding two special worship services: 6:00 pm & 11:00 pm. Holy Communion will be
                                  served at both services. In our tradition, you are invited to bring a bell to ring during the
                                  refrain of “Angels We Have Heard on High” as a special part of our service. All are
                                  welcome to worship with us and make these services a part of your Christmas celebration.

                                                  Watch Night Service to be held on New Year’s Eve

                                         You are invited to ring in the New Year with us! On New Year’s Eve we will hold a
                                    Watch Night Service at our church starting at 11:00 pm. It is a service where the past
                                    year is examined, the dust shaken off and the New Year welcomed in with the ringing of
                                    the church bell.
                                        Please put this special service on your calendar and plan to attend!

                                                            Christmas Food & Gift Distribution
                                                                       for those in need

                                        The Coal City Food Pantry will be distributing food and Christmas gifts to those in
                                    need in our community on Saturday, December 12. Each of the Coal City churches has
                                    been asked to collect different items to help those in need. Coal City United Methodist
                                    Church has been asked to collect laundry detergent. These items may be brought to our
                                    church or to Berst Center Monday, December 7 through Wednesday, December 9. Berst
                                    Center will be open from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm to receive donations. All donations are
     Anyone who would like to help sort food for this year’s Coal City Food Pantry Christmas Food & Gift Distribution is
welcome. Berst Center will be open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11. Helpers are
also needed on Saturday, December 12 from 8:00 am until noon to carry boxes, deliver food and gifts, and to clean up after-
wards. Everyone is welcome to help.
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                                                           Mission/Camping Committee Notes
                                                            Submitted by Valerie Mezger-Wengstrom

   The Mission/Camping Committee will not meet in December. The next meeting will be January10, 2010 at the Planning &
Goal Setting meeting.
Upcoming Events:
    A Chili Cook Off is planned for January 10 following the 10:30 am worship service.
    A Bible Bowl will be held Saturday, January 23 at 6:00 pm. Please watch for details!
    The Mission/Camping Committee will be offering gift wrapping for a free-will donation on December 19 & 20. They are
    looking for donations of tape, wrapping paper, ribbon, tissue paper, boxes & bags. Donations may be placed in the school
    supply donation box.
    Welcome back to Larry Bennett & Gordon Milne from the mission trip in New Orleans. Please watch for details of a re-
    turn trip in the spring where we hope to bring along volunteers from our church. If you just can’t wait for more informa-
    tion—please ask Larry or Gordon.

                                                           United Methodist Student Day
                                                                 December 6, 2009
                                                        Submitted by Valerie Mezger-Wengstrom

                                    Every Contribution counts! $5 from one person, $2 from the person next to you and $20
                               from a person 2 rows in front - adds up to $27 - the amount of somebody's technology fee for a
                               semester. The scholarships are for a wide variety of people from traditional to non-traditional,
                               young or old. As of May 15, 2009, the last deadline, 8,892 applications had been received,
                               compared to 3,675 the previous year. In 2008, 3,365 students were awarded about $4.6 million
                               in scholarships. UNITED METHODIST STUDENT DAY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS AND
                                    Like many things, college costs continue to rise. Thanks to United Methodist Student Day,
                               people in your annual conference – perhaps even members of your family—have a chance to
                               attain higher education. Students attending United Methodist and other accredited colleges and
                               universities receive scholarships and loans. Participating annual conferences receive 10 percent
                               of the offering for merit-scholarship awards to students of their choosing. So besides money
                               going to scholarships at large, at least 10% stays in our annual conference. Please give gener-
                               ously on United Methodist Student Day. Your gift counts!
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                                                                 17 Bob Mann
                                                                 18 Todd Bailey
                                                                    Lisa Smyk
                                                                 19 Art Bertheaume
                                                                    Carol Crawford
                                                                    Kyle Hamann
                                                                    Bill Scerine
                                                                    Cindy Starks
                                        December Birthdays
    December Anniversaries                                       20 Dennis Jennings
                                                                    Keith Olson
                                  1   Jerry Kambic
2     Art & Donna Bertheaume                                     21 Dana Albrecht
      (Happy 21st Anniversary!)   2   Kris Davidson                 Sharon Craterfield
                                      Roberta James                 Caitlin Hankovcak
2     Roger & Ali D’Orazio            Happy 91st Birthday!          Megan Hankovcak
      (Happy 3rdAnniversary!)     3   Darlene Heisner            22 Andrew Elledge
4     P.J. & Sheri McLaughlin         Cory Kodat                    James Hines
      (Happy 5th Anniversary!)    4   Hunter Sayers                 Jessika Kodat
6     Tom & Kim Ferguson              Rebecca Sebby                 Dorothy Rolando
      (Happy 6th Anniversary!)        Chris Shirkey                 Alexis Tjelle
                                                                    Elizabeth Tjelle
7     Matthew & Tricia Hook       5   Mary Jo Major                 Marsha Vaughn
      (Happy 13th Anniversary!)       Richard Stogsdill
                                                                 23 Adolfo Inocencio
7     Hershel & Mindy Howard      6   Alex Certa                    Michele Wren
      (Happy 13thAnniversary!)        Gabriella Lyons-Calderon
                                                                 24 Justin Anderson
11 Keith & Darlene Heisner        7   Eric Forehand                 Carly VanDuyne
   (Happy 38th Anniversary!)          Hilary Kohs                   Valerie Wengstrom
                                      Theresa Ryan
11 Kevin & Kris Simpson                                          25 James Leadingham
                                      Sandy Wieringa
   (Happy 12th Anniversary!)                                        Diane Matteson
                                  8   Chad Planeta                  John Schultz
12 Darren & Andrea Huston
   (Happy 6th Anniversary!)       9   Mary Beth Anderson         26 Cathy Hutchings
                                      Paula Runty                   Lexi Kohs
17 Todd & Tracie Waldron
   (Happy 15th Anniversary!)      10 Sherril Herrick             27 Krystal Davis
                                     Scott Patterson                Creed Macaluso
18 Bruce & Deanna Trotter
                                     Bernie Warriner
   (Happy 39th Anniversary!)                                     28 John Kauzlaric
                                  11 Jessie Brown                   Brittany Popovich
19 John & Kelly Kauzlaric
                                     Happy 94th Birthday!
   (Happy 17th Anniversary!)                                     31 Ron Logsdon
                                     Faye Holsinger
20 Ervin & Barbara Wren                                             Lynda Scerine
                                  13 Keith Heisner                  LaVonne Wengstrom
   (Happy 55th Anniversary!)
                                     Ervin Wren
22 Roger & Imelda Long
                                  14 Gary Deck
   (Happy 36th Anniversary!)
                                     Madison Giordano
27 John & Christy Andrews            Andrea Keith
   (Happy 6th Anniversary!)          Marjorie Schultz
27 Ken P. & Colleen Miller           Happy 86th Birthday!
   (Happy 11th Anniversary!)      15 Kurt Shoemaker
28 Rusty & Vicky Elberts          16 Mitch Hamann
   (Happy 30th Anniversary!)         Jack Harvey
                                     Jane Provance
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               December Acolytes

  6       8:00 am - Dalton Kinzler
          10:30 am - Joe Knutson & Katherine Druse
                                                                              The Mission of the
  13      8:00 am - Riley & Bridget Kauzlaric
          10:30 am - Mackenzie & Zachary Smith                        Coal City United Methodist Church
                                                                             is to be a sanctuary
  20      8:00 am - Miranda Starks
          10:30 am - Jacob Borchelt & Tyler Shirkey                         where prayer, worship,
                                                                                 acts of mercy,
  27      8:00 am - Clay Kauzlaric
          10:30 am - Justine Boggs & Jillian Deck                           and study of scripture
                                                                           empower persons to live
   Please contact Lisa Latimore-Boggs at 815-458-6043 if you            as disciples of Jesus Christ.
have any questions regarding Acolytes.

     Holy Communion will be served on Saturday,
December 5 during our 6:00 pm worship service &
Sunday, December 6 during our 8:00 am & 10:30 am
worship services. Holy Communion will also be served
during our Christmas Eve Services on December 24 at                  December Sunday School Curriculum
6:00 pm & 11:00 pm. The Communion Steward will be
Janice Logsdon.
                                                               6   Scripture: Joshua 6:1-27
     In our tradition, everyone is welcome at the
                                                                   Bible Story: God Gives Victory Over Jericho
Lord’s Table regardless of church affiliation.
                                                                   Bible Point: God’s power works for good in our lives
      Communion for shut-ins can be arranged by call-
 ing the church office at 815-634-8670.                        13 Scripture: Luke 1:68-79
                                                                  Bible Story: Zechariah Prophesies About Jesus
      Our monthly visit to Walnut Grove Retirement
 Home to share communion with our church family &                 Bible Point: The world needs Jesus
 friends will be Monday, December 7 at 10:00 am.               20 Scripture: Luke 3:7-18
 Anyone interested in going is welcome. If you would              Bible Story: John Prepares People for Jesus’ Coming
 like to carpool, we leave from the church at 9:30 am.            Bible Point: Repenting prepares us for Jesus
 If you would like to help with this important ministry,
 please contact the church office.                             27 Scripture: Luke 1:26-45; 2:1-20
                                                                  Bible Story: The Son of God Is Born!
     If you are interested in serving as a Communion
 Steward, please contact Janice Logsdon at 815-634-               Bible Point: Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth
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                                                                  Poinsettias for Christmas

        Please help us make our church beautiful for Christmas! Anyone who would like to bring in a Poinsettia plant to
  help make our sanctuary beautiful for Christmas may bring them in beginning Sunday, December 6. Dishes will be
  provided to set your plant in and dedication forms will be available so that you may dedicate your Poinsettia plant in
  memory or in honor of someone or an occasion. We will be including a list of the Poinsettia dedications in the
  December 19/20 bulletins and Christmas Eve bulletins. Please fill out a dedication form so we can include you on the
  list. Poinsettias may be taken following the 11:00 pm Christmas Eve Service.

 Christmas program practice will be held Sunday, December 6 following the 10:30 am worship service
            until 2:00 pm that day. Lunch will be provided. All youth are welcome & invited
                  to attend the rehearsal and participate in the Christmas program.
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                                                              Bell Ringing
                                                   for the Red Kettle Salvation Army

      Our church will be ringing bells on Sunday, December 20 at Wal-Mart in Morris from noon until 6:00 pm. Anyone,
 young or old is welcome to come out and ring the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive. All funds raised will be
 distributed through We Care and will remain in Grundy County to help those in need in our communities. 24 volunteers
 are needed for 6 one hour shifts, a minimum of 4 people per shift. We will be ringing bells at both doors. A sign up
 sheet is available in the church office if you're interested.

                                                               Share the Warmth Tree

                                    The Mission/Camping Committee is sponsoring the ―Share the Warmth‖ Tree again
                               this year. The tree will be up in the entryway for collecting mittens, hats, scarves, gloves
                               & ear muffs for those in need beginning December 6 through January 3. All donations
                               will be given to Coal City Schools and a Conference Mission project. Won’t you share
                               the warmth?

                                      Personalized Christmas Ornaments available to purchase

                             The Jr./Sr. High Youth are selling personalized Christmas ornaments to help raise money
                        for their January retreat to Stronghold in Oregon, IL. They will be selling the ornaments in the
                        narthex after the 8:00 am service and from 10:00 – 10:30 am on November 29, December 6 &
                        December 13.

                                                                Cookie Dough Sales
                                                                for Summer Camp

                                    You can help a child attend summer camp by purchasing cookie dough! Orders for
                               cookie dough are being taken through November 29. Please see any of the summer camp-
                               ers to place an order or contact the church office for more information.
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                                                                             December Altar Flowers

                 December Liturgists                                                         `

                                                                  6    Dave & Deb Gowdy in memory of Ernest
                                                                       Gowdy and Roy & Norma Ayers.
 6       8:00 am - Cindy Starks                                   13 Mike & Cindy Berta in memory of loved
         10:30 am - Mitch Hamann                                     ones.
 13 8:00 am & 10:30 am - Gordon Milne                             20 Mike & Theresa Ryan in memory of father,
                                                                     Harold ―Heb‖ Ryan and sister, Clair Taylor.
 20 8:00 am & 10:30 am - Jim Hutchings
                                                                  27 Bill & Dorothy Rolando in memory of loved
 27 8:00 am & 10:30 am - Valerie Mezger-Wengstrom                    ones.

                                                                     If you would like to dedicate flowers on the altar
  If you would like to serve as a Liturgist for our Sunday        in memory of a loved one or in honor of an occasion,
morning worship services, please contact Jim Hutchings at         please contact Freda Dzuris for information about
815-634-4264.                                                     available Sundays at 815-634-4529.

                   December Ushers                                             December Greeters

     6    8:00 am - Don & Sherry Kinzler
          10:30 am - Amy, Jacob & Natalie Borchelt                6    8:00 am - Gordon & Cathy Milne
                                                                       10:30 am - OPEN
     13 8:00 am - Doug & Diane Born
        10:30 am - Chris & Heather Shirkey & family               13 8:00 am - OPEN
                                                                     10:30 am - OPEN
     20 8:00 am - Dee Provance
        10:30 am - Mike, Theresa & Nick Ryan                      20 8:00 am - OPEN
                                                                     10:30 am - OPEN
     27 8:00 am - Karen Hart
        10:30 am - Claudia Lorenz & Carol Olroyd                  27 8:00 am - OPEN
                                                                     10:30 am - OPEN
         If you would like to serve as an Usher for our Sunday
     morning worship services, please contact Cathy Milne
     (8:00 am) at 815-342-6753 or Faye Holsinger (10:30 am)        If you would like to serve as a Greeter, please contact
     at 815-634-8591.                                            Karen Hart at 815-458-6124.
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                                                                 Early Spring Getaway
                                                                    Silent Auction

     Would you like to get away this spring? An Early Spring Getaway to Branson, Missouri is available through a Silent Auction
at our church that is being held during the months of November & December. The date for the Getaway is Sunday, March 21
through Thursday, March 25, 2010. Bids may be placed on a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo in Branson that includes kitchen
facilities, linens & towels.
     Bidding began November 1, 2009 and will end January 2, 2010. The winning bid will be announced at 7:00 pm on January 2
at our ―Hallelujah‖ Soup Supper. All proceeds from the Early Spring Getaway Silent Auction will go to our Building Fund. Any
questions about the Early Spring Getaway Auction may be directed to Cathy Hutchings at 815-634-4264.
    The Early Spring Getaway is being donated by Darlene Giordano. Our deepest thanks to Darlene for her kindness and

                                                                 Working for Wells
                                                               Submitted by Dawn Madia

    ―Working for Wells‖ is what we are calling your newest opportunity to help make more money to support the Wells &
Nets Project in Liberia.
    Do you need something done you can’t do and are willing to pay someone at church to do for you? Do you have some time
on your hands along with a God given talent?
     The way it works: you sign the poster at church, give your name, need (like needing your leaves raked or your pants
hemmed) and phone number, or your name and the service you offer (like raking leaves or hemming pants) and phone number.
Anything you can think of is a possibility for this fundraiser. The people in Liberia who will be affected by our donations are
fasting and praying for us every Wednesday & Friday. Please, let’s not ignore those prayers! If you need a suggestion or two,
please contact Dawn Madia and sign up on the poster! Good luck and have fun everybody!

                  In lieu of greeting cards                                              In Memory Of
                 a donation has been given
                                                                                              Our Son
                    to the Building Fund
                                                                                          Ryan Meece
      Have a very Merry Christmas
                                                                                     A gift has been given
    and a healthy and Happy New Year.                                                to the Building Fund
                Richard & Lorraine Vilt                                       By James & Sandi Meece
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                               Our Faithfulness

Saturday, Oct. 24    Attendance: 6
Sunday, Oct. 25      8:00 am - 90     10:30 am - 131
     Building Fund - $1,200.00
     General Fund - $3,492.75
     Nickels for Hunger - $258.00
     Wells & Nets for Liberia - $100.00                              Community Blood Drive to be held
     Good Samaritan Fund - $60.00                                      at our church on January 9
Saturday, Oct. 31    Attendance: 3
Sunday, Nov. 1       8:00 am - 107 10:30 am - 107
     Building Fund - $2,560.37                                     Every 3 seconds someone needs blood. There is a
     Pancake Breakfast (Oct. 25) - $247.00
     General Fund - $7,030.20                                  95% chance that someone in your family, a fellow
     Coal City Food Pantry - $125.00                           employee, a neighbor, a friend, or even you will need a
     Good Samaritan Fund - $50.00                              blood transfusion at some time in your life.
Saturday, Nov. 7     Attendance: 9                                  Coal City United Methodist Church will hold a
Sunday, Nov. 8       8:00 am - 168 10:30 am - 174              Community Blood Drive in conjunction with the
     Building Fund - $1,094.00                                 American Red Cross on Saturday, January 9, 2010
     ―Hallelujah‖ Soup Supper - $1,037.00                      from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm in the education wing of
     General Fund - $4,514.80                                  the church.
     Coal City Food Pantry - $115.00
                                                                    To make an appointment to give blood, please call
Sunday, Nov. 15       Attendance:                              the church office at 815-634-8670 or Karen Hart at
                      8:00 am - 77     10:30 am - 116          815-458-6124. Walk-ins are welcome, but appoint-
      Building Fund - $995.00                                  ments are preferred. A photo ID is required.
      General Fund - $5,341.50
      Wells & Nets for Liberia - $307.00
      Coal City Food Pantry - $140.00

                                                    October 31, 2009 Account Balances

   General Fund Checking ~ $8,458.96                           Youth Group Savings ~ $1,075.10
   General Fund Money Market ~ $15,672.67                      Youth Group CD ~ $628.21
   Building Fund Checking ~ $6,456.97                          Holding Fund ~ $5,843.15
   Building Fund Money Market (Centrue Bank) ~ $3,512.00       Endowment Fund CD ~ $10,000
   Building Fund Money Market (Harris Bank) ~ $52,852.52       Endowment Fund Checking ~ $1,422.06
   Mortgage Balance as of 10/31/09 ~ $804,388.72               Endowment Fund CD #2 ~ $20,000
   Mortgage Balance as of 11/9/09 ~ $792,826.56

                  Please remember the Coal City United Methodist Church when planning your estate.
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                                                              Youth Retreat to Stronghold Castle
                                                                    January 16 - 18, 2010
                                                                     Submitted by Eric Kodat

     The time has finally arrived! After a lot of planning       includes summer camps for ages 6 - 18, challenge courses,
and a bunch of email communications, the time has come           and a Confirmation retreat. In October, Stronghold hosts
for our first Jr. & Sr. High Sunday School weekend               the annual Olde English Faire. Stronghold Center is also a
retreat. The spot for this event will be Stronghold Castle       great location for one-day seminars, business meetings and
located in Oregon, Illinois and will take place over Martin      professional development programs, banquets, company
Luther King weekend which is January 16 - 18 and things          picnics, and family reunions!
are shaping up to make this a trip to remember. The basic             Vicki and I have both had the opportunity to attend
concept of this trip is a Bible study weekend retreat along      Stronghold as well as many of the other adults in this
with a chance for some fun, fellowship, and relaxation           church in the past. Offering a safe environment to com-
with friends and God.                                            mune together and expand our learning of Christianity
     We are looking to leave on January 16 at approxi-           while learning to live with and love each other over an
mately 2 pm from the church parking lot and returning on         extended weekend retreat provides a unique opportunity to
January 18 at approximately 4 pm to the church parking           our youth. Anyone who is of Jr. & Sr. High age is eligible
lot.                                                             to attend, but because of space reasons spots are limited.
     What exactly is Stronghold you may ask? Well, the           The Sunday School attendees gets first dibs at the open
Stronghold Center is a four-season conference, retreat,          spots and then anyone else who is interested in the Jr. &
and camping center. Their facilities include wilderness          Sr. High age can attend. Sign up sheets are available from
cabins, a camping area, dining and meeting rooms, and            Vicki, Craig, the Jr. & Sr. High Sunday School room, or
seven retreat houses each able to accommodate 8 to 56            myself and the signup deadline will be January 1. Watch
guests. We will be staying in the carriage house which is        for more information to come as well as the opportunity to
located right next to the actual castle. Stronghold is           help us by donating supplies or helping by donating funds
located in Oregon , Illinois where the beauty of nature          to sponsor one of our youth that will be attending!
exists in a variety of environments, all along bluffs over-           If you have any questions, comments, or concerns
looking the Rock River.                                          please feel free to contact Vicki West (815-600-4069),
     Founded in 1963, Stronghold Center proudly contin-          Eric Kodat (815-405-7471), or Craig Smith (815-518-
ues to provide a variety of Christian and secular program-       5060).
ming and events. Some of their unique programming

                Stronghold Carriage House                                            Stronghold Springcastle
  The Good News                                                                                               Page 17

Ken & Peggy Allen           Winter Address                    Winter Address                   Betty Huston
111 Happy Trails            Franklin & Kay Brtva              Jim & Sharon Craterfield         c/o Park Point Senior Living
Coal City, IL 60416         9000 U S Hwy 192 - #456           35234 Forest Lake Rd.            1221 Edgewater Dr., #217
Phone: 815-634-0746         Clermont, FL 34714-8219           Leesburg, FL 34788               Morris, IL 60450
                            Home Phone: 863-420-4188                                           Phone: 815-416-6347
                            Cell Phone: 708-347-4381

Winter Address              Winter Address                    Winter Address                   Chris & Heather Shirkey
Eleanore Jacklich           Blanche Pickles                   Bill & Dorothy Rolando           1210 S. Sandstone Dr.
244 El Prado West           12145 Lake View Drive             Lot 59, 100 Tangerine Blvd.      Coal City, IL 60416-6045
North Port, FL 34287        Leesburg, FL 34788                Brownsville, TX 78521
Phone: 941-426-1119
                                                New Phone Number
                                               Gordon & Cathy Milne

                                                             Congratulations to our December Graduate!

      On Saturday, December 12, Megan Diane Miller will graduate from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Sci-
 ence in Marketing degree. While attending ISU Megan was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, serving on their execu-
 tive board as well as Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment. She is also a member of the Rho Lambda and Order of
 Omega leadership and honor societies. Megan continued her love of dance by being a founding member of the Unlimited
 Dance Team. As part of the Sports Marketing program, she interned for the Illinois State University Athletics Marketing
 Department, for the Bloomington Prairie Thunder hockey team, and for the Peoria Chiefs and Normal Cornbelters profes-
 sional baseball teams. Megan is a 2006 graduate of Coal City High School. She is the daughter of Ken W. and Linda

                                          “Shop for free event” at Coal City Intermediate School

                               The Coal City Unit District Teacher’s Association is sponsoring a ―Shop for Free‖ event at
                          the Intermediate School Thursday, December 17 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Anyone in need of adult or
                          children’s clothing, shoes, and coats and come and ―Shop for Free.‖ Children under the age of 16
                          must be accompanied by an adult.

                              Those in need may also visit the Coal City Clothes Closet, located at our church in the
                          upstairs storage space of the Education addition. The Clothes Closet is open Mondays from
                          9:00 am - 11:00 am & Thursdays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
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           We would like to acknowledge the following Memorial Gifts given during the month of
           November 2009.

                                   GIFTS TO THE BUILDING FUND

             In Memory Of                     In Memory Of                              In Memory Of

           VIRGINIA BUIS                      MARIE LEVE                             RANDY MEZGER
                Given By:                         Given By:                                Given By:
          Franklin & Kay Brtva          Thomas & Betsy Cowherd                      Mike & Ann Thompson
            Delores Provance               Chris & Barb Kent

                                 A GIFT TO LIBERIA WELLS & NETS
                                                In Memory Of

                                             RANDY MEZGER
                                                    Given By:
                                              Chris & Barb Kent

                             GIFTS TO THE COAL CITY FOOD PANTRY

           In Memory Of                       To Commemorate                                 A Gift to the
                                       the 50th Wedding Anniversary                     Coal City Food Pantry
          MARIE LEVE                      of Orville & Marlene Miller
                                     and in Thanks and Remembrance of                           Given By:
             Given By:
                                      the 50th Wedding Anniversary of
          The Leve Family                                                              Harold & Faye Holsinger
                                              Jack & Pat Aichele
                                                     Given By:

                                              The Aichele Family

      ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–—— (cut here)

                                             The following gift is given

           In Memory Of      In Honor Of _______________________________________________________

    Amount $__________ Given to:         Building Fund          Memorial Fund        Other __________________
                                                                                               (Please specify)

                                                                 Acknowledge To:

      Given by: _____________________________________            Name ______________________________________

      Address ______________________________________             Address ____________________________________

      City ________________ State _____ Zip Code _______         City _____________ State _____ Zip Code _______
                                  Building families for Christ since 1886
                                                  Coal City United Methodist Church
                                                      Dr. Thomas R. Logsdon, Pastor                Non-Profit Org.
                                                            6805 E. McArdle Road                  U. S. Postage PAID
                                                             Coal City, IL 60416
                                                                                                     Permit No. 40
                                                            Phone: 815-634-8670                      Coal City, IL
                                                             Fax: 815-634-2314
                                                         E-mail: ccumc@sbcglobal.net
                                                                                                Return Service Requested

                   Please join us for worship!
      9:00 am
    9:00 am         Sunday - 8:00 am & 10:30 am
 Sunday School
Sunday School
  for all ages
    for all ages   1st & 3rd Saturday of the month
                               6:00 pm
          A staffed nursery is available during
         our Sunday morning worship services

                  Visit our website
               at www.coalcityum.org
                                                                                           December 2009 Newsletter

                                  Special December Events!

                                                                                        Blue Christmas Service
     Our “Hallelujah”                                                                        December 23
       Soup Supper                                                                             6:00 pm
                                                  Please join us for our                   At Braceville UMC
   Saturday, December 5
      4:00 - 7:00 pm                              Youth
        This month’s soups:                 Christmas Program
         Vegetable Beef                           “Making
        & Turkey with Rice                                                             Christmas Eve Candlelight
                                             Christmas Count”
            Don’t miss                                                                  & Communion Services
                                            Saturday, December 12
         Sunshine Circle’s                                                                   December 24
           Cookie Sale                                at 4:00 pm                         6:00 pm & 11:00 pm
         December 5 & 6!
                                                  Everyone is welcome!                     In our sanctuary

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