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“A” Is for “Attract”
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Proverbs 29: 18
Spearfish United Methodist Church Spearfish United Methodist Church is a healthy,
Pastor: Scott McKirdy vibrant, strong, diverse congregation. I love to share with
Youth Director: Brenda Swanson you that we are a congregation that has now walked over the threshold into a
Secretary: Orvette Stepper
time of growth. Christmas was huge for us with 546 people joining us for
JANUARY 2012 Editors: Jane Carlstrom & Ramona Strandell
worship over the weekend. Many of these were visitors who have now
returned home to their own churches, but many more were those who are
searching for a faith home. Perhaps they are new in our community and
church. Perhaps because they are becoming active in their searching once
again after being away.
You are invited to We are not called “Methodists” for nothing. Behind every successful
participate in POWER HOUSE church there is a method. The method we are now working is called “C-A-
PLANNING, a training and planning T-C-H”. What do the letters stand for that guide this process? C—Clarify,
workshop, for all teams and A—Attract, T—Transform, C—Connect, H—Help.
Developed by the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in
committees of Spearfish United
Kansas City, “C-A-T-C-H” is a system that begins with examining who we
Methodist Church. Every member of are as a congregation that follows Jesus Christ and intentionally invites
every committee is invited to attend and others to join us in joyful worship as we seek to “Know God. Love God.
review their job descriptions, develop SMART Serve Others.” It guides us through the welcoming process as a newcomer
goals and discuss committee business needing walks in the doors and takes us all the way through creating lifelong patterns
of positive, engaging Christian faith.
immediate attention for 2012. Each month I continue to walk with you through one of these letters /
Mark your calendar for Saturday, Jan. 7, 9:00-12:00 concepts. In December I shared with you some insights about Clarifying our
p.m. You are also invited to have breakfast with UM Men at mission as a church. This month “A” is for “Attract.” A healthy, vibrant
8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. They are doing the church is one which attracts people.
Throughout the years I have participated in any number of
cooking! conversations about attracting people to churches. Some of those
Please RSVP to council chairperson Chris Davis at 642- discussions were really disturbing. “Why should we have to go to all the
3252 or email@example.com . work of pulling people in? We’re a friendly church. We’re always
welcoming people when they come to be with us. Look, the doors are open.
They know where we are, and they should just be here. If their priorities
Mission Statement: were right, they would just be here.”
Disturbing. Because that’s not the way church growth happens. Ask
Know God. Love God. Serve Others. yourself this question: Why would people want to be a part of THIS
Vision Statement: church? The bottom line is that people are attracted to churches that have
To include all people in the fellowship of the church something valid, relevant, and valuable to offer them. That “something”
and nurture spiritual growth. needs to be Jesus Christ. When we attract people to this church, what we are
truly doing in inviting them to come spend time with Jesus Christ.
This is incredibly important. There is an urgency that we have in the
task that lies before us. People need Jesus. People need churches. People
need THIS church.
How do we attract others, specifically those who are searching for
faith in their journey? Gertrude Thompson 01-02 Janyse Cameron 01-14
We can attract by: Don Miller 01-03 Linda Foltz 01-15
Offering regular, wonderful worship that feeds people spiritually. This Clifford Rusch 01-03 Reagan Niesent 01-17
Heather Brewer 01-03 Hayes Haiar 01-18
is why our three very different worship services are so important.
Benjamin Burgeson 01-03 Beth Garrett 01-19
Offering our presence in the important times of life: weddings, funerals, Jordan Orth 01-03 Kiara Stone 01-19
baptisms, holidays. You don’t have to be a part of our church for us to Ryan Delzer 01-04 Lorraine Vigoren 01-20
care about you! Christian Burgeson 01-04 April Laabs 01-21
Participating powerfully in our community, reaching out in truly Joe Carr 01-05 JoAnne Cleveland 01-22
Rex Moyer 01-05 Madison Garvin 01-22
relevant ways to meet the needs of those who are our friends and
Sasha Pursley 01-05 Emmy Rollin 01-23
neighbors. We as a congregation (read “YOU”) are feeding the hungry, Peggy Heckel 01-06 Kathy Schneider 01-23
helping the poor, offering guidance to the lost all through the year. Art Prosper 01-07 Ashton Burditt 01-23
Opening our doors for community activities, such as the Blood Drives. Gladys Teupel 01-08 Matthew Burditt 01-23
Telling people who we are, what we are doing, and where we are doing Tad Brewer 01-09 Savanah Allen-Richards 01-23
it. We can do this through the newspapers, radio, TV, internet, and (of Frances Sanders 01-10 Mikala Reimer 01-24
Katie Christofferson 01-10 Jackson Dana 01-24
course) your favorite coffee shop. (A related question: although we Preston Hazledine 01-10 Cole Hansen 01-24
have been here on the same corner for 126 years, if you were new in Cathryn Reimer 01-10 Alice Sessions 01-25
town would you be able to find us? Would you be able to see our name Thelma Davis 01-11 Jean Butler 01-26
and address to know this was the Spearfish United Methodist Church?) Virginia Furrow 01-11 Colleen Cadieux 01-27
Meeting the needs of all generations. In my first weeks here, I was Aleen Christofferson 01-12 Lou Allison 01-28
Cheryl Kissack 01-12 Marlyce Huyck 01-28
informed three different times that, “We are an old church.” Not so! Amanda Schoon 01-13 Britain Burditt 01-31
We are a powerfully intergenerational church! We have people of ALL Patti Wood 01-14
ages from those just born to those who are now nearing the century
mark in their lives. We are here to meet the needs of every generation.
INVITING! Growing churches INVITE! They
invite friends, family, and neighbors to come to Ernest & Gertrude Thompson 01-01 Don & Peony Hammerquist 01-02
their women’s groups and men’s groups and Bible Joel & Jodi Johannesen 01-01 Jason & Rebecca Hill 01-09
Studies and youth activities. They invite others to
come join them in worship and work and play and
prayer. They invite others to become a part of a
family of faith.
We are here in this community to help those seeking faith to grow. It
is our task…our PURPOSE…to attract! Remember that this church is not a Announcing a new young adult group! Those who are
good choice for many people. Not everyone who walks through our doors in their late teens and early twenties are invited to “WBL’s”
will be attracted to this congregation. BUT…for many others, this is the (“Warm Brown Liquids”). It’s a small group that meets each
PERFECT church. It is exactly what they are searching for right now. It has Sunday evening from 5:00 to 7:00. It’s all about supper
“something” that will help them survive and thrive in this life that we live together, watching and discussing a faith-based DVD (the Nooma
together! series), drinking warm brown liquids (coffee, cappuccino, tea, cocoa),
sometimes playing a game together and always talking and laughing a
Pastor Scott lot! WBL’s meets at McKirdy’s (14 Horseshoe Lane). Want more info?
Talk to Pastor Scott.
United Methodist Women Our Caring Ministry Reaches Out
Pastor Scott will install the United Methodist We are needing volunteers to help with the caring meal
Women officers for 2012 at the Unit meeting on program. Is this an area where you could help?
Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10:00 a.m. Joy Circle will Our church “Caring Ministry” has been showing care and concern
be the hostess for the lunch. to our church families. We have delivered 4 meals this past month to
The Circle meetings will be held on people who have had illnesses. One person expressed her appreciation
Wednesday, Jan. 25. Rachel Circle meets at 9:30 a.m. and Joy Circle by saying, “Your caring and kindness was so appreciated.” Another
meets at 1:30 p.m. Both meet in the Library. Bev Carr will do the person said, “What a wonderful church family we have.”
“Pledge Service” program for both meetings. All women are invited to Please call the church office if you are willing to help provide food
attend any of the meetings. for meals which will be taken to persons who are ill or bereaved. These
meals may be made ahead and put in the kitchen freezer, or made fresh.
Book Review If food is put in the freezer, it should be labeled as to what it is along
with the date and name of the person providing it. The reason for
By Josephine Boyer
identifying the person donating the food is that if the recipient has food
sensitivities or allergies, it will be possible to check on ingredients used
Ostriches, Dung Beetles and Other Spiritual Masters written by
in making the donated food items.
Janice McLaughlin. As Janice McLaughlin tells us about the wildlife of
A small freezer is located in the church kitchen for food to be used
Africa, she also teaches us about ourselves and what we’re capable of –
for this purpose only. Some suggestions for food are: soups, casseroles,
how from an elephant we can learn the meaning of community or from
and breads. Food containers should be disposable or clearly marked so
the hippopotamus humility and self-acceptance.
they may be returned to the church kitchen.
Delightful sketches of African wildlife by two African artists
Please call the church office at 642-3457 if you are able to put food
accompany the reflections, along with quotes from scripture and ways to
in the freezer, or would be willing to receive a phone call to give
apply the wisdom of the wild to our own lives.
assistance with a salad, vegetable, dessert, casserole, etc. There will be a
clip board/sign-up sheet on a table in the church Fellowship Hall for
FREE Yoga Class people to sign up if they can help with this important church outreach.
If you know of someone who has a need for a meal please notify
Come and join this class taught by Colleen McKirdy the church office. It means so much to know that people care and it
in the nursery at the church. Classes will be held Monday, helps with the healing process!
Wednesday & Friday’s at 12:00 noon. There are beginning
and intermediate levels. Please bring a yoga or exercise mat
and wear clothing in which you can move comfortably. Contact Colleen
at 269-1054 if you have questions.
Please give us your E-mail!
Please inform the church office of your e-mail so
Safeway Gift Cards that we can contact you with current news or church
happenings. Send and e-mail with your name and
Do you shop at Safeway, use their pharmacy, or buy gas at the address to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org
station? If “yes”, then help our Youth by buying Safeway Gift Cards or write your e-mail on the Registration of Attendance
from the church office. Use the cards like cash at any Safeway. The pads when you sign in at worship.
Youth receive 5% of the total sold for their summer mission trips. Gift
Cards may be purchased at the church office Mon.-Fri. THANKS!
Missions for January United Methodist Men’s Retreat
Human Relations Sunday – January 14-15
On Human Relations Day, United Methodist Churches celebrate Come join other men of
their connectional work. This day of social action raises awareness for the Black Hills for a wonderful
healing social ills at the national level. Offerings support Community program in the beautiful Gist
Developers, United Methodist Voluntary Service (UMVS), and the Lodge at the Storm Mountain
Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program. The first two programs are Center! Cost is $45 and
administered through the General Board of Global Ministries. includes three meals, lodging,
Programs supported through Human Relations Day offerings worship and three sessions.
include but are not limited to: Registration will begin at
5:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20
HIV/AIDS Senior Citizen Assistance
Affordable Housing Restorative Justice
and Session 1, “Our Call to
Youth Empowerment/Initiatives Prison Ministries Serve Like Christ” will follow.
Mental & Physical Health Youth Leadership On Saturday, Jan. 21 Session 2, “How God Calls Us to Serve Him”
After-School & Summer Initiative and Session 3, “How to Seek Ways to Serve” will be in the morning. In
the afternoon there will be a Storm Mountain Center work project.
Honduras VIM Team – January 21-22 Contact John Britt (605-787-2414), Jerry Laird (605-484-4684) or
The Dakotas Conference Volunteer in Mission Medical Team will Kent Reimann (605-209-5135) for information and registration.
again be traveling to rural Honduras. This year the Team hopes to send
two separate mission groups, one in late January and another in early
February. Team members from Spearfish include Ron and Gloria Valentine’s Dinner & Concert
Borgman and Michelle Jennings.
The teams will return to remote villages in the eastern part of
Honduras to provide medical and dental care to rural villagers, who often Mark your calendars and get
walk many hours to receive care. your tickets! The annual Valentine’s
The teams will be hosted by Send Hope, a Methodist project in Dinner and Concert tradition
Puerto Lempira that provides care and education for children with birth continues! Boyd Bristow and Kenny
defects, injuries, and malnutrition, and for children who are orphaned or Putnam will delight us again with a
abused. Team members are eager to return for the fourth time to work concert on Saturday, February 11th
with hosts Send Hope. following another deliciously
Mission Team members pay their own costs for the trip, so all prepared pork loin dinner by Barry Wood!
funds raised from cinnamon roll sales and other donations are used to Proceeds from this event will go to the summer youth mission trips
provide medicine and supplies for the team's work. The team asks for and tickets are $25 per person for the dinner & concert or $15 for the
support and prayers as they go to serve. concert alone. Limited tickets are available at the Spearfish UMC and
will be sold in advance for the dinner & concert. Tickets for the concert
only can be purchased in advance or will be available at the door until
they run out.
Come, Share, Rejoice!
“Will you be loyal to the United Methodist Church, and uphold
it by your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness?” Worship Volunteers for January
GENERAL FUND 2011 Jan. 1 – 10:30 AM
Month Actual Income Needed to Meet Expenses Difference Greeters: Dick & Eileen Jones/Ron & Lillian Mitchell
Jan. 31,163.85 29,994.92 1,168.93 Hospitality: Jane Carlstrom/Volunteers Needed
Feb. 25,794.14 29,994.92 -4,200.78 Liturgist: Janelle Jones
Mar. 25,354.40 29,994.92 -4,640.52
Apr. 29,027.39 29,994.92 -967.53
Jan. 8 – 8:00 AM
May 26,620.65 29,994.92 -3,374.27
June 26,059.93 29,994.92 -3,934.99
Greeters: Jim & Bonnie Witt/Tad & Heather Brewer & family
July 27,615.93 29,994.92 -2,378.99 Hospitality: Cinnamon Rolls for Honduras
Aug. 28,113.14 29,994.92 -1,881.78 Jan. 8 – 10:30 AM
Sept. 23,557.33 29,994.92 -6,437.59 Greeters: Keith & Sherry Haiar/Bart & Shannon Eastwood
Oct. 33,061.14 29,994.92 3,066.22 Hospitality: Cinnamon Rolls for Honduras
Nov. 30,315.54 29,994.92 320.62 Liturgist: Sandy Asheim
Dec. 36,738.73 29,994.92 6,743.81
BUILDING/DEBT RETIREMENT FUND 2011 Jan. 15 – 8:00 AM
Month Actual Income Needed to Meet Expenses Difference Greeters: Bob & Laura Oliver/Janelle Jones/Debra Richardson
Jan. 5,453.85 4,888.58 565.27 Hospitality: Barry & Tammie Wood & family
Feb. 5,220.44 4,888.58 331.86
Mar. 4,905.50 4,888.58 16.92 Jan. 15 – 10:30 AM
Apr. 5,138.54 4,888.58 249.96 Greeters: Ernest & Gertrude Thompson/Fay Shields/Doris Horner
May 4,103.27 4,888.58 -785.31 Hospitality: Volunteers Needed
June 5,588.07 4,888.58 699.49 Liturgist: Ron Borgman
July 4,816.74 4,888.58 -71.84
Aug. 5,416.21 4,888.58 527.63 ********************
Sept. 4,084.60 4,888.58 -803.98 Jan. 22 – 8:00 AM
Oct. 5,932.60 4,888.58 1,044.02 Greeters: Lanny & Dnyee Swisher/Sarah Hazledine & family
Nov. 5,297.79 4,888.58 409.21 Hospitality: Volunteers Needed
Dec. 3,785.37 4,888.58 -1,103.21 Jan. 22 – 10:30 AM
Worship Attendance for December: 1,447 (Avg/Wk = 289 (inc. Christmas Eve) Greeters: Lyle & Joan Bockwoldt/Neil & Donna Barth
Sunday School Attendance for December: 57 (Avg/Wk = 57-one week only) Hospitality: Volunteers Needed
Liturgist: Brenda Swanson
Special Gifts for December
Camping Scholarships $ 160.00 Tree of Life 201.00 ********************
Poinsettias 127.50 St. Andrew 200.00 Jan. 29 – 8:00 AM
Food Pantry 55.00 Solar Oven 200.00 Greeters: Stan Smith & Laura Lloyd-Smith & family
Staff Christmas Fund 2,105.00 Honduras Donations 740.00 Hospitality: Volunteers Needed
Adult Choir Fund 70.00 UMCOR Philippines 200.00
Children First Donations 1591.50 Artemis House 1,068.00 Jan. 29 – 10:30 AM
Haiti Hot Lunch 5.00 Pastor’s Discretionary 5,440.60 Greeters: Stan & Connie Seymour/Clara Christensen/Jane Carlstrom
Bishop’s Thanksgiving Off. 100.00 Youth Mission 2,930.00 Hospitality: Volunteers Needed
UM Student Day 100.00 Youth Fund 133.14 Liturgist: Jordan Louks
“The Gathering” ~ 8:00 a.m.
“The Sanctuary” ~ 10:30 a.m.
Van rides to worship
Here’s what’s happening with our youth: CD’s of worship
Thanks go to the people of this church and community for their Sunday School: 9:15 a.m.
support of the youth Christmas dinner! Thanks also, to Barry
Wood and crew for preparing the delicious prime rib meal! It Saturday “Blue Jean” Worship ~ 5:30 p.m.
was a beautiful day with great fellowship and food! Thank you E-mail Addresses:
all! Website: spearfishumc.com
Butter Braid bread sales brought in almost $600 for the youth Pastor: email@example.com
summer mission trips. Over 125 braids were sold! Thanks to all Church Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
who supported the sales! If you haven’t received your Butter Youth Director: email@example.com
Braid yet, please contact your sales person or check the freezer at Finance: firstname.lastname@example.org
church. Music Director: email@example.com
Call the church office for more information at 642-3457.
Winter Connection is coming up January 27-29 at Storm Mt.
Center. District middle school and high school youth are invited
to this weekend retreat where they will be hosted by Dakota
Wesleyan University, who will treat them to an afternoon of
tubing at Mystic Miner Resort. Cost for the weekend is $60 per
person. For registrations contact Brenda @ 642-3457.
High School youth interested in running for CCYM (Conference
Council on Youth Ministries) should have their applications in
by January 15, 2012. CCYM youth are the youth leadership
team of the Dakotas Conference. They plan and implement the
conference middle school event—The Crossing; the high school
mission event – The Journey; Leadership Training Camp (LTC)
at Lake Poinsett and the Winter Connections. They also have 10
voting delegates at the Annual Conference and lead a worship
service there. If you are interested in running or have any
questions, please contact Brenda at 642-3457.