Rochester United Methodist Church The Fisher www.RochesterMethodist.org October, 2009 • Upcoming Events Consecration Sunday is Coming October 25th • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the Prayer Vigil & Centering Prayer money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - Adult see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by Volleyball supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes. • October 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, Our congregation’s finance committee has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship 22 ,27, 29 - Yoga Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year. • October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Sen- New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for ior Citizen Potluck his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of • October 2 - Blood Pressure treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like follow- Screening at 1 p.m. ers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday • October 4, 18 - Communion encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What Sunday percentage of my income is God calling me to give?” During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to • October 5, 12, 19, 26 - Book make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational minis- Study tries in this community and around the world. • October 5, 12, 19, 26 - Senior Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by Men’s Fellowship attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend who feel strongly • October 6, 13, 20, 27 - Invita- opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal tion to Romans embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card. We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest • October 7, 14, 21, 28 - leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their Women’s Bible Study commitments as a confidential act of worship. • October M,W,F—Seniorcise We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team and governing board members. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to com- • October 11 - Membership plete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Con- Sunday secration Sunday worship. • October 20 - Newsletter Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events. Deadline Finance Committee Consecration Sunday Team Inside this issue: Trunk or Treat is Back A Note From Jack 2 Want a safe, fun place for your kids to go on Hallow- een? Come to the back parking lot for Trunk or Treat Stewardship Corner 2 at Rochester United Methodist Church, 555 South Walnut on Saturday, October 31 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Children 3 and get lots of free candy and enjoy a free wiener roast! We will have dozens of cars with trunks full of Youth 3 decorations and candy. Everyone is welcome!!! W.O.W. Meal 4 The Annual Senior Dance will be Saturday night, October 3rd. If you can bring Contact Information 4 cookies or brownies to the office in advance, we would appreciate it. Questions?--call Carole Strick at 494-9212 October Calendars Insert PAGE 2 H E F I RochesterMe thod i st. org T www. S H E R A Note From Jack A few weeks ago I began a new work out program at Gold’s Gym called CrossFit. It’s simple, intense and produces incredible results. The instructors use simple and effective encouragement. But, my purpose here is not to motivate you to exercise. Rather, CrossFit, to me, is a powerful symbol of how our spiritual journey could and should be: simple, intense with incredible results. A CrossFit work-out involves only two or three common compound movements performed at a very intense level for a short period of time. Strength, balance, endurance, aerobics, fat oblitera- tion and power all in one short work-out! Why should our spiritual journey be any more compli- cated? Here’s all you need: intense willingness to grow spiritually, a Bible, and a short bit of silence for prayer every day. Surrendering all your thoughts and feelings to the Holy Spirit daily is a good way to begin . That’s about it. Just like simple pull-ups and push-ups are still the best core upper body strengthening exer- cises (that’s why Marines and Navy SEALs do so many), intentional quiet time with God and your Bible is still the foundation of any spiritual journey. Just like people who exercise daily get the best results and best news at their annual physical, those who practice their spiritual disci- plines daily grow into the deepest relationships with God and experience peace as a way of life. I invite you to simplify your spiritual practice. In so doing you may discover other areas of life that might be enhanced with a little simplicity. And, if you want to combine the best of both worlds, take your Bible with you while you go for long walks in quiet parks! Namasté, Jack Stewardship Corner The Only Way To Have a Friend Is To Be One A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly. Proverbs 18:24 A young family in the 1950s had just purchased their first television set. All the neighbors gathered to help put up the antenna on the roof of their home. Since they had only the simplest of tools, they weren’t making much progress. Then a new neighbor and his wife showed up with a large elaborate tool box filled with just about any tool or gadget one could imagine. They had everything needed to install the antenna, which was up in near record time after their arrival. The group of volunteers immediately went inside to see what kind of TV reception their neighbors would get on their new television set. The picture was crystal clear! Success was theirs! As the neighbors stood around congratulating themselves on their fine work, the hosts thanked their new neighbors for the valuable assistance. One of the women asked, “What is it that you make with such a well-equipped tool box?” The new neighbor smiled sincerely and replied with genuine warmth, “Friends.” www. RochesterMe thod i st. org PAGE 3 Children and Youth Kids’ Time/KIDS ROC Is Going Strong A question for all of you par- Kids’ Time/KIDS is off to a terrific start! The children are ents? Do you make sure your enjoying their time spent in the prayer chapel, in the gym child is at school each day? where kids can do what they do best-use that kid powered RUMC is inviting your child to energy, in the kitchen where they are learning about be a part of something that is “soul food” and praising God through music. KIDS ROC equally of importance-Sunday has been working on leather tooling and we thank Fran- School. It has been proven that ces Metcalf for assisting in this activity. October is help Christian education alone helps your neighbor month (at least here at RUMC) and we will to nurture a child and helps accomplish this by singing at Wyndcrest, shopping for them to become true followers of God. We hope to Operation Christmas Child and trick or treating for see your child in Sunday School and we are going to U.N.I.C.E.F. and you thought children couldn’t make a offer a Kid Free Opportunity at the end of 2009 for difference-why not give an hour one week and see for parents who meet the challenge. Everyone benefits yourself, what our children are up to! from this opportunity-children and parents so see you at 9:45 in the education wing. Upward Basketball Games Continue The coaches, referees, devotion leaders, prayer war- ½ Day Activity riors, concession workers have gotten Upward Bas- Yes, it is true, we will be offering another fantastic ½ day ketball off to an outstanding start with their exam- adventure on Friday, October 30. This time we are going ples of being Christ centered and showing the chil- to be doing a Halloween adventure and head for the Boo dren, parents and fans how basketball is a form of Crew’s haunted house after a wiener roast at the church, reaching, uniting for Christ! Kudos to all of you at then we will go back to the church for some wild and RUMC who have made it a priority to come and crazy Halloween games and fun. The cost is $10.00 and cheer on all of our Upward players on Saturdays. the “Peggy” bus will pick up the children at 11:45 a.m. and this adventure will come to a close at 5:00 p.m. Please get a registration form on the bulletin board or the office. Hope to “scare”, I mean see you there! Youth News Thank you to everyone who helped set-up and attended the church-wide picnic. We had a wonderful time, great food and a record-setting watermelon seed spitting contest won by Josh Becker, who spat his seed an amazing distance of 26 feet. Start practicing for next year’s con- test! The Rochester Ecumenical Youth Alliance (REYA) is hosting a community-wide tailgate before the last home football game of the season on October 23. Time and location TBA, but mark your calendars! This month, we are headed to the Auburn UMC corn maze and the Boo Crew Haunted House (with a lesson about being afraid). The junior high youth are also attending Youth Annual Retreat in Carlinville sponsored by the conference and are studying the book “Uncommon Christianity” during Wednesday evening Bible Study. High school youth meet on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and the junior high youth meet from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. We serve dinner to all youth from 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in providing a meal, please contact me. Cindy and I are looking for at least one adult male to help us out on Sunday afternoons. We have many young men attending youth group and would love to have a male volunteer to serve as a role model. Please talk with me if you are interested, and I can give you more details. If you would like more information about what we are doing, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the church office. May God continue to bless you. Blessings Abound, Katie OUR NEW FLAGPOLE Many thanks to Ted Sitzburger who chose RUMC as the site to build a flagpole as his Eagle Scout project. The flag and pole we enjoy is the result of months of planning, conversation with our trustees, fund raising, organizing workers, both Scouts and adults, and much more. Stop and tell Ted “well done” next time you see him. ROCHESTER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Non-Profit Organiza- tion PO Box 467 555 South Walnut St. U.S. Postage Paid Rochester, IL 62563 Rochester, IL 62563 Address Service Requested Phone: (217)498-7179 Fax: (217)498-7217 Office Email: email@example.com Jack Swank Pastor The mission of RUMC is to Reach, Unite and Minister for Christ. Check out our Web Site! www.RochesterMethodist.org W.O.W. The J.O.Y. Group October 7: Mostacciolli “Journeys of Young-At-Heart” Yoga October 14: Baked Potato Bar Yoga is continuing at the Roch- Octoberfest Cruise e s te r Uni te d Me tho di s t October 21: Chicken and Noodles St. Louis October 28: Soup, Salad & Bread- Church. When: Sunday—October 11, 2009 Sessions are: sticks Leave: 10:15 a.m. from RUMC Tuesday -- 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 Return: About 6 p.m. (Yoga 1 & 2) Each week the Kidz Meal will be a Cost: $38.00—Transportation, choice of a hot dog or a peanut but- 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 (Chair Boat Cruise & Dinner Yoga) ter & jelly sandwich. Thursday-- 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 Activities (Yoga 1 & 2) 2 1/2 hour Cruise November German Buffet Classes are lead by Bill Thomas. “Fisher” Deadline 3 Piece German Band For further information, please 8:00 a.m., Monday, October 20. DQ Stop in Litchfield call 679-0617. Classes will run continuously without breaks….no Contact Nancy Leach 523-1068, need for registration, classes will TAI CHI Linda Sichlau 498-9583, Sharon be Pay When You Attend. Tai Chi is on Monday evenings Watkins 585-0079, or Debbie Pricing: $8.00 per session (19-59 from 5:30—6:30 p.m. Please come Schnepper 498-7716 for one of the years old) and join us. 40 seats available. Payment to be $5.00 youth thru 18 $3.00 per session—pay when you made at time of reservation. $5.00 per session for seniors attend. Come try us out – 1st Session FREE.