Volume 2, Issue 11 November, 2010 The “FIRST” Edition The First United Methodist Church of Pontiac, Illinois Open hearts. Open minds. Rev. Ray’s Reflections Open doors. “How Passionate Are You?” video announcements for display in the church Special Points of Interest On Saturday, September 11th, a team narthex, 4) to design of five laypersons joined me in an Illi- and print business-sized • Chaddock Appreciation Night cards with vital church nois Great Rivers Conference spon- • “Angel Tree” sored workshop on Passionate Worship. information for mem- • Golden Elite 2010 Members of the team included Nancy bers to use as an aid for DiNardi, Worship Chairperson; Laura inviting friends, • Stewardship of Presence neighbors, and col- Ramseyer, Sanctuary & Bell Choir Di- • Care Packages for the Troops rector; Susan Owens, Coordinator of leagues to worship, and 5) to increase • Veterans’ Day Tribute - 11/7 Contemporary Worship; Becky Trewar- the membership of our worship tech • Phil & Judy Icenogle Present tha, Worship Tech Team member; and team. Prime Timers Program John McGlasson, Lay Leader. Our long-term steps are to be imple- • Ring the Bell for Salvation Following the workshop our team was mented within a six-eighteen month Army directed to create a “Passionate Wor- range. These are 1) to form a visual • Hanging of the Greens arts team that will create new banners ship” Action Plan, that would answer the question, “How can we help the for worship and explore other ways to Pontiac First United Methodist Church incorporate more visual arts in worship, become more passionate in our wor- and 2) to create a Taizé worship ser- ship of God?” vice possibly on an alternate day of the week and at an alternate site. For This action plan consists of short-term, more information on Taizé worship, medium-term, and long-term steps. please go to www.taize.fr/en. Our short-term steps have already 2010 been implemented. They are 1) to “Why should I be passionate when it eliminate announcements from our comes to worshipping God?” you may worship service, and 2) to include a ask. Because we were created for this time of silence within the worship ser- very reason! Youth News P. 2 vice. The feedback has been very Parish Nurse News P. 3 positive with both of these changes. In Christ’s Service, Birthdays/ P. 5 Announcements are now available Anniversaries within the worship bulletin and upon the sanctuary screen prior to each ser- Nov. Bible Readings P. 6 vice, and can also be accessed on the homepage of our church website at Rev. Ray MOPS P. 8 www.pontiacfumc.org. UMW News P.10 P.10 Our medium-term steps are to be Financial Report implemented within a three-six month range. These are 1) to incorporate drama into worship, 2) to create a wall/or windows of prayer, 3) to create Page 2 The “FIRST” Edition Forming Faith - The Way Ahead Student Gathering We are developing a gathering time for When I was in Jr. High I went to a classroom in the basement of 6-12th grade students on Sunday morning my home church very nearly every week...well, at least three out where they will be encouraged to experi- of four weeks. My mother was my Sunday School teacher and I ence God and share faith with one an- felt compelled to go. At this time in my life I had many questions. I other. was being introduced to science that seemed to challenge what I read in the Bible and because I excelled in academics, I was Confirmation placed in special classes that allowed me space to think critically The process of confirmation is changing and problem-solve. At Church, on the other hand, I felt like a spec- significantly. We are incorporating small tator at a performance and in Sunday School I didn’t feel as groups, adult mentors, requiring atten- though we were engaging in critical thinking or topics that were as dance at Sunday School and Church, and engaging as school. By the lengthening the process to a year and a time of my eighth grade year (I half. had been confirmed in seventh grade), I had much more free- Rotational Sunday School dom to choose whether I would 6-12th grade Sunday School classes start- go to church and Sunday ing next August will no longer require School or not. I chose not. year-long teachers. The year will be di- In the Sunday night book study vided into 6-8 week sessions with Biblical “Presence-Centered Youth or topical themes to engage students in a variety of ways. This will give teachers Ministry,” adult leaders of youth time to recharge; be formed in faith have been discussing just this themselves; and have time to prepare for sort of situation. We have been discussing the need to engage their work in new ways! students mind-heart-body to encourage them in connecting with God. That means we want our youth to build upon the Bible sto- ries they have learned as children so that they can apply the Bible Adult Bible Studies to their lives. We don’t do this to form better-behaved youth or so Short-term Bible Studies are being devel- that they will be better citizens. In fact, if we are truly disciples of oped for next Spring. A five year goal is Jesus, we might find we are called to his radical ministry of politi- that, over time, every person in this cal defiance and unreasonable love. church would become involved in some It was not until my first year of college that I followed a girl to the type of class or small group, but first we must provide more opportunities that United Methodist campus ministry and accidentally became in- have broad appeal. volved in church again. I found a place that reflected God’s love to me, allowed me to doubt, and gave me opportunities to think criti- cally. I began to feel connected to God -the God who loved me- Faithful Leaders and I began, naturally, to feel a compulsion to share that love with “Faith education” can only be successful others. when people of the church are engaging in Spiritual practices. Ray and I are both My hope is that during this next year of focusing on Intentional encouraging this church to be a church Faith Formation, that we can create an authentic atmosphere that prays and we will promote spiritual where youth and young adults are invited to think critically and practices such as fasting, scripture read- even doubt as they wrestle with their faith and the radical scrip- ing, worship... the list goes on. tures of Jesus Christ. My hope is that this faith formation will no longer be thought of as the job of an associate pastor or a few parents, but that the whole church would engage with our student Dancing Disciples ministries. If we do this, our church can become a place of true This process of having creative space for transformation and faith development. Would you join me in this students to engage with God has already process? been happening at this church of course. The most recent example is Dancing Dis- ciples where students are finding ways to connect with God using their God-given talent of dance and movement. Volume 2, Issue 11 Page 3 Avoiding Falls Falls are one of the leading causes of serious injuries, such as hip, wrist, shoulder and fractured vertebrae. In the elderly, these falls can lead to loss of independence, often resulting in a move to a nursing home or other super- vised living facility. In some instances, a fall can even result in death. Everyone has the potential to fall but younger people usually don’t suffer long term effects. Some of the common conditions in older adults that can increase the risk of falls are heart disease, stroke, Parkinson’s, diabetes, From the arthritis, COPD, heart failure, and vision problems. Also, some medications Parish Nurses can be a risk problem in causing falls. Some tips to avoid falls are as follows: Get some exercise. Regular, moderate physical activity increases muscle strength and balance. Eat a sensible, balanced diet. Good nutrition results in higher energy. Check with your healthcare pro- vider about calcium and Vitamin D supplements. Do a home safety inspection. Eliminate obvious risks such as poor lighting, throw rugs and clutter. Turn on lights when you walk through your house at night. Use nightlights. Remember the cold weather will lead to ice and snow. Make sure that you don’t walk in either before someone has cleared your sidewalks and drives. Take your time and think ahead. When you rise from a seated position, stand for a few seconds before walking. Use a walker or cane when you need them. Though it is not always easy to accept your need for them, they may save you from further problems. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have experienced a fall, or if you’re having dizziness, balance problems or impaired vision. Have a portable telephone with you, especially if you live alone. If you do live alone, think about getting a Lifeline or other medical alert system which will get you assis- tance quickly. The Pontiac Fire Department also has information on a Knox Box, which is a locked box that you keep on your front door. In the box is a key to your house. The fire department has a key for the box and can open it if they get called to your house and you are unable to open the door. Having one or both of these items can help in an emergency. We all know that if we fall spiritually, God is always there to lift us up, cradle us in His hands and send us on our way. In the physical sense, we know that there are times no one is there to prevent falls or to pick us up afterwards. We need to anticipate and prevent these falls before they happen. (Much of this article was taken from a Philips Lifeline brochure) The parish nurses can get more information to you if you need it. In Christ’s Love, Mary & Karen Wednesday Wednesday Night Connection has been a great success. It is a time of table fellowship. We eat, talk and play games together. We Night hope that you will join us during the Wednesdays of November for this night of family fun. The meal is prepared by volunteers each week Connection and we ask that you consider making a donation to support the meal and ministry of Wednesday Night Connection. Page 4 The “FIRST” Edition PANTRY HOURS Livingston Monday 1- 5 PM THANK YOU County Wednesday 1- 5 PM Saturday10 AM-12PM to everyone who donated Community Pantry Community blood at the October Pantry Sunday Bloodmobile. November 7 Please bring canned soup. November Bloodmobile: Nov. 24 at the VFW We want to thank Dear Church Thank you for everyone for food, Family: allowing our prayers, cards We want to ex- group to meet and memorial press our most at your church. gifts given in sincere thanks to You make these two little honor of Sally. the people of words - THANK YOU - mean Knowing our this church who have surrounded us so much! church family was supporting us with love since the death of our son, gave us strength during a diffi- brother, grandson, and nephew, The Autism cult time. We also want to say a Bryan. The flowers, food and con- Awareness Group special thank you to Rev. Ray dolences helped us through a time for his visits and pastoral care. that has been overwhelming. We “THE ANGEL TREE” Sally loved working for her thank God for the blessings He has for the Children of church and loved her church poured out through each of you! Heartland Headstart family. May God bless you all. You have the opportunity to show Harve Bargmann & family The Baker Family your Christmas spirit and help needy kids. The Angel Tree will be displayed in the “Scouting for Food” Drive narthex beginning Boy Scout Troop 76, Cub Scout Pack 76, and Girl Sunday, November 28 and will be ready Scout Troops of Pontiac will be collecting for the Pontiac to receive your gifts. Food Pantries. Scouts will be coming door to door on Just select an angel Nov. 6th to collect food or you may place nonperishable from the tree, buy an appropriate food items in a box or bag on your front porch between gift for the child listed, wrap the 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM for pick up. You can also drop off gift, place the angel on top of food donations at the Pontiac City Council Meeting Chambers, on Saturday, the gift and place it under the November 6 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. For more information or pick tree. Last day to bring your gift is up call: 815-842-3397 before Nov. 6. Sunday, Dec. 12. Thank you for your generosity. Chaddock Invites First UMC Congregation to an “Evening of Appreciation” on Monday, November 1st in Fellowship Hall Chaddock gratefully acknowledges the long-standing support of First UMC for their ministry. The purpose of the reception is to make everyone more aware of the scope and breadth of Chaddock’s services, the latest develop- ments on campus, and plans we are putting into place to extend this ministry. The event will run from 7:00-8:30 PM. It will begin with fellowship followed by a brief presentation by Chaddock’s President. There will be a time for questions after which refreshments will be served and displays of many aspects of our agency will be fea- tured. Chaddock looks forward to their evening in Pontiac. Volume 2, Issue 11 Page 5 WORSHIP SERVICE November November Birthdays VOLUNTEERS Anniversary Dates Carolyn Wayman 1 Gabriel Travis 15 November 7, 2010 8:15 Greeters: Joan Bolz, Dorothy Attig, Don/Carol Gard- Harold & Norma Carstens 1st Shelly Murphy 1 Shelley Grove 16 ner Roger & Joyce Tuttle 1st Kevin Fitzsimmons 1 Jack Murphy 17 Ushers: Tom/Sandy Corcoran, Linda Dionne, Martha Slavik Bryce Davis 1 Amber Christensen 17 Coffee servers: Roger & Joyce Tuttle Lyle & Sabra Molen 3rd Welcome Desk 7:45-10 AM: Sheila Geschwind Lindsey Hunt 1 Doug McCoy 18 Don & Betty Jo Frieden 5th Leah Wayman 1 Michelle Fitzsimmons 18 9:30 Greeters: Joan Bevill Tom & Connie Ewing 7th Lynn Alderman 2 Zachary Theiss 18 Ushers: Mike, Shelly & Vincent Murphy Welcome Desk 10-noon: Theresa Jones Mike & Shelley Grove 8th Wren Woodburn 2 Jeff Allen 19 Abraham Jean Jacques 2 Sarah Harms 19 Phil & Dawn Baker 16th 10:45 Greeters/ushers: Cheryl Spires family Norma Carstens 3 Austin Hockenberry 19 Coffee servers: Gary & Lynn Cunningham Larry & Peggy Immke 18th Jessica Bargmann 3 Nancy Kuster 20 Nathan & Angie Nollen 22nd November 14, 2010 Kara Dunahee 3 Dale Fulkerson 21 8:15 Greeters: Jim/Rosalie Garretson, Carol Howells, Rick & Lisa Hansen 24th Dorothy Sebert 4 Denise Stielow 21 Becky Stilwell Ushers: Harold/Norma Carstens, Tom/Connie Ewing Wayne & Lynn Taylor 24th Gretchen Stinebaugh 4 Haley Fairfield 21 Coffee servers: Stan/Marcia Weber Tim & Stephanie Kohlmeier28th Lyle Kindred 4 Brianna Hilleary 21 Welcome Desk 7:45-10 AM: Barb Fitzsimmons Susan Bush 5 Lara Wunsch 22 Bill Landstrom 5 Jeff Telford 22 9:30 Greeters: Susan Bush Richard Ritter 5 Carol Taylor 23 Ushers: Russ & Cindy Munch Welcome Desk 10-noon: Maggie Christianson Gary Cunningham 6 Marcia Cox 23 Jim McCabe 6 Alma Lalicker 23 10:45 Greeters/ushers: Sabra Molen, Deann McDugle Denny Read 6 Kennard Drayton 23 Coffee servers: Steve & Sandy Graham Brian Collins 6 Luke McGlasson 23 Nicole Blaetz 6 Donald Frailey 23 November 21, 2010 8:15 Greeters: Bob/Maggie Janssen, Donna Pike, Nicki Life Transitions Nathan Lewis 7 Payton Semmens 23 Rosenbaum Sidney Dunning 7 Abby Cushing 24 Ushers: Harold/Betty Frobish, Larry/Peg Immke Deaths: Coffee servers: Jake/Bonnie Rexroad Tyler Sweitzer 8 Joe Foley 25 Welcome Desk 7:45-10 AM: Linda Smith Bryan Baker Joan Bolz 9 Phil Baker 26 9/29/2010 Rosalie Garretson 9 Courtney Kauffman 26 9:30 Greeters: Doris Burnside Ushers: John & Karen Hildreth Sally Bargmann Raleigh Harris 9 Joe Mehrkens 27 9/30/2010 Welcome Desk 10-noon: Michelle Clark Kevin Dunahee 9 Jeff Kohlmeier 27 Adelle Dearth 9 Fern Pettit 28 10:45 Greeters/ushers: Steve/Sandy Graham Marriages Coffee servers: Cheryl Spires family Gene Schulz 10 Tom Dunlap 28 Mindy Lee Rebholz Lesley Hoerner 10 Noah Dunham 28 and Carol Ritter 11 Taylor Bounds 28 John Joseph Schopp Isabel Gardner 12 Mark Francis 29 November 28, 2010 October 9, 2010 8:15 Greeters: Nate/Angie Nollen family, Dorothy Sebert, Maggie Christianson 12 Ron Brackman 29 JoAnn Unzicker Lila Baker 13 Jessica Durham 29 Kathleen Marie Hansen Ushers: Homer/Rosalind Reed, Bill/Marlene Landstrom Coffee servers: Lee/Linda Opperman and Bill Propp 13 Mark Levin 29 Welcome Desk 7:45-10 AM: Peg Mehrkens Michael Andrew Staton Jim Purdy 13 Ashley Diaz 29 October 16, 2010 Cassidy Murphy 13 Robbie Williamson 29 9:30 Greeters: Jean Shane Sally Phillips 14 Cheryl Spires 30 Ushers: Jim & Dorothy King Christina Marie Gosteli Barb Fitzsimmons 14 Ted McGlasson 30 Welcome Desk 10-noon: Dave Schott and Matt Burcar 14 Angie Nollen 30 Kyle Lee Ensley 10:45 Greeters/ushers: Gary/Connie McDugle October 23, 2010 Teresa Grant-Quick 15 Coffee servers: Ken/Donna Densmore Rick Hansen 15 Page 6 The “FIRST” Edition The “FIRST” Edition DAILY BIBLE READINGS - NOVEMBER 2010 "But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer." - Acts 3:18 Old Testament - 1 Old Testament - 2 New Testament Da 1 I Chronicles 13, 14 Ezekiel 14, 15 John 5:1-23 2 I Chronicles 15:1-29 Ezekiel 16:1-34 John 5:24-47 3 I Chronicles 16:1-43 Ezekiel 16:35-63 John 6:1-21 4 I Chronicles 17, 18 Ezekiel 17:1-24 John 6:22-40 5 I Chronicles 19, 20 Ezekiel 18, 19 John 6:41 to 7:1 6 I Chronicles 21:1-30 Ezekiel 20:1-44 John 7:2-30 20:45 to 7 I Chronicles 22, 23 Ezekiel 21:32 John 7:31 to 8:11 8 I Chronicles 24, 25 Ezekiel 22:1-31 John 8:12-30 9 I Chronicles 26, 27 Ezekiel 23:1-49 John 8:31-59 10 I Chronicles 28:1-21 Ezekiel 24, 25 John 9:1-17 11 I Chronicles 29:1-30 Ezekiel 26:1-21 John 9:18-38 12 II Chronicles 1, 2 Ezekiel 27:1-36 John 9:39 to 10:18 13 II Chronicles 3, 4 Ezekiel 28:1-26 John 10:19-42 29:1 to 14 II Chronicles 5:1 to 6:11 Ezekiel 30:19 John 11:1-27 30:20 to 15 II Chronicles 6:12-42 Ezekiel 31:18 John 11:28-54 16 II Chronicles 7:1-22 Ezekiel 32:1-32 John 11:55 to 12:19 17 II Chronicles 8, 9 Ezekiel 33:1-33 John 12:20-50 18 II Chronicles 10, 11 Ezekiel 34:1-31 John 13:1-30 35:1 to 19 II Chronicles 12, 13 Ezekiel 36:15 John 13:31 to 14:14 20 II Chronicles 14, 15 Ezekiel 36:16-38 John 14:15-31 21 II Chronicles 16, 17 Ezekiel 37:1-28 John 15:1-16 22 II Chronicles 18, 19 Ezekiel 38:1-23 John 15:17 to 16:15 23 II Chronicles 20:1-37 Ezekiel 39:1-29 John 16:16-38 24 II Chronicles 21, 22 Ezekiel 40:1-49 John 17:1-26 25 II Chronicles 23, 24 Ezekiel 41:1-26 John 18:1-27 26 II Chronicles 25:1-28 Ezekiel 42:1-20 John 18:28 to 19:16 27 II Chronicles 26:1-23 Ezekiel 43:1-27 John 19:17-42 28 II Chronicles 27, 28 Ezekiel 44:1-31 John 20:1-31 29 II Chronicles 29:1-36 Ezekiel 45:1-25 John 21:1-25 30 II Chronicles 30:1-27 Ezekiel 46:1-24 I John 1:1-10 Volume 2 Issue 11 Page 7 Golden Elite Sunday Celebration th On Sunday, October 17 , the Pontiac First United Methodist Church recognized those persons who have been church members for 50+ years. This group of “Golden Elite” members now numbers 119 persons ranging in 50 to 86 years of church membership. It is with a deep sense of appreciation that we say “Thank You” to these persons for giving of their prayers, their presence, their gifts and their service all to the glory of God and for the good of our church family, the Pontiac community, and beyond. Left to Right: Rev. Dr. Ray Owens, Marilyn Weber, Betty Hoerner, Mildred Deweese, Norma Studebaker, Susan Fordyce, Becky Stilwell, Rev. Scott Carnes. The Golden Elite Class of 2010 includes Gaylene Bedeker, Mildred Deweese, Linda Eckhoff, Betty Edwards, Susan Fordyce, Phyllis Gilman, Donald Hicks, Betty Hoerner, Rita Schlosser, Maurice Schrock, Virginia Schrock, Darrel Shoop, JoAnn Stalter, Becky Stilwell, Norma Studebaker, and Marilyn Weber. In addition, those Golden Elite members who have finished their course in faith during the past year were remembered. They include Lillian Johnson, Neil Bach, Henry Vertrees, Dorothy Kramer, Jess Purdy, and Anna Beth Thompson. Left to Right: Rev. Scott Carnes, Rita Schlosser, Gaylene Bedeker, Rev. Dr. Ray Owens. Page 8 The “FIRST” Edition Thank you to everyone who helped support & donate baked goods for our MOPS Fundraiser Bake Sale in September! We had a very profitable day at all three locations. God Bless You ALL!! October 6th Meet- ing: Our fun creative activity for this meet- ing was painting glass plates. All the mothers showed their artistic side and enjoyed some good quality ‘mom time’. October 20th meeting: MOPS (Most Outstanding Players) For our second meeting of this month, we all got into shape with our guest speaker, Amy Gibson, who currently works at the Pontiac Recreation Center as an Aerobic Instructor. Amy helped us maintain healthy lifestyles with good nutrition, and keeping physically fit while raising our families. In order to be protected from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis for life, we must abide by the SUCCESS FORMULA: GOD (Never feel alone, GOD is always with you) WELL (Water, Exercise, Love, Laughter) 2 3 4 5 6 7- 8 (2 Poultry, 3 Milks, 4 Fruits, 5 Veggies, 6 Whole Grains, 7- 8 Hrs Sleep) Amy also had us do a little cardio/fitness training to give us strength and keep us energized. Thank you Amy for your motivation and encouragement to restore our health so we can “Rock as Moms”. Volume 2, Issue 11 Page 9 Our Stewardship of Presence! To celebrate our stewardship of presence, we are recognizing those persons who were in worship attendance three or more times during the month of October. October has five Sundays this year. However, due to our publica- tion deadline we are only able to include the first four Sundays. We will ac- knowledge those persons whose attendance on October 31st will be their third of the month in our December First Edition. We have a slight increase in the number of our 3X+ worshippers in October. A few of you have asked that your name not be listed and we will honor your request. The listing of names is an encouragement to one another as we seek to be faithful to God and accountable to each other by fulfilling the intent of Hebrews 10:25 “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Phyllis Abbot, Richard & Lynn Alderman, John & Leona Allison, Dorothy Attig, Ron & Vicki Aupperle, Sharon Austin, Phil & Dawn Baker, Drew & Austin, Marla Bammann, Walter & Louise Billington, Joan Bolz, Mae Brewer, Bob & Margaret Brunskill, Kirk Burkett & Will, Bessie Busing, Scott Carnes, Harold & Norma Carstens, Bernice Childers, Mae Clark, Steve Conard, Rosella Cottrell, Gary & Lynn Cunningham, Francis Deffenbaugh, Mildred Deweese, Mary Dievendorf, Dick Dievendorf, Nancy DiNardi, Linda Dionne, Rondell & Jeanette Dodsen, Amy Duffy, Alexa & Jacob, Ron & Jean Dunning, Mike & Donna Dwyer, Lois Earing, Pamela Earing, Joyce Elston; Bill & Betty Fairfield, Merle & Kay Ferguson, Barb Fitzsimmons, Jamie Fitzsimmons, Danette Forbes-Colclasure, Don & Phyllis Fortna, Don Frieden, Harold & Betty Frobish, Jim & Rosalie Garret- son, Dick & Sheila Geschwind, Roger & Phyllis Gosteli, Dean & Mary Hamilton, Rick & Lisa Hansen, Linda Harner, Oveta Hepperly, Patricia Hepperly, Carol Herdien, John & Karen Hildreth, Marianne Hilgendorf, Bob & Betty Hoerner, Carol Howells, Wayne Hughes, Marci Hunt, Lauren, Lindsay & Kaitlyn, Kay Hunter, Bob & Pat Jacobs, Eleanor Jacobson, Milt & Nancy Johnson, Mary Carol Jones, Lorraine Kammermann, Duane Kiesewetter, Jon & Tammy Kilgore & Alec; Jim & Dorothy King, Stephanie Kohlmeier, John Kramer, Alma Lalicker, John & Katie Langhoff, Mary Lauher, Laura Leslie, Bob & Bev Long & Taylor, Scott Long, Joan Lyons, Caryl McCoy, Gary & Connie McDugle, John McGlasson, Kara Mehrkens, Lauren, Andrea & Samantha, Joe & Peg Mehrkens, Al & Mary Lou Meng, Art Miller, Shelly Murphy, Nathan & Angie Nollen, Isaac & Ava, Mariam Oelschlager, Lee & Linda Opperman & Dakota, Ray & Susan Owens, Mary Ellen Peabody, Margery Pratt, Tom & Laura Ramseyer & Jamie, Denny & Sandy Read, John & Nancy Rich, Rich & Carol Ritter, Ruby Scherr, Don & Ruth Schlosser, Rita Schlosser; Dave & Judy Schott, Dorothy Sebert, Jeff & Billie Semmens, Makinzi & Payton, Lois Senter, Bob & Audrey Shane, Jean Shane, Martha Slavik, Elaine Sloan, Linda Smith, Bill & Janet Snider, Gene Speers, Jack Stewart, Denise Stielow, Becky Stilwell, Gretchen Stinebaugh, Richard Stover, Julia Sullivan, Kathi Sutter, Barb Swanson, Missy Theiss & Sophie, Kristal Travis, Karen Traylor & Katelyn, John & Becky Trewartha, Mary Tronc, JoAnn Unzicker, Elsie Utterback, Karen Viemont, Debbie Voigts, Becky Walker, Deb Wargo & Abby, David & Vicki Wayman, Leah & Drew, Don & Carolyn Wayman, Marilyn Weber, Stan & Marcia Weber, Amber White, Troy William- son, Dick & Eleanor Winters, LeRae Young. If you believe your name was omitted in error, please let us know. And please be sure to fill out your white card each Sunday and place it in the offering plate. Page 10 The “FIRST” Edition NEWS AND VIEWS from United Methodist Women November 3rd Circle Meetings Faith Circle, 9:30 AM, Evenglow Lodge Program: Rev. Scott Carnes Hope Circle, 1:30 PM, Asbury Program: Rev. Scott Carnes Hostess: Mary Lou Meng Devotions: Mary Lou Meng Love Circle, 7 PM, Asbury Program: Elsie Utterback “Thank Offering” Devotions: Lois Senter Dutch Treat at the Dairy Queen September Financial Reports Stewardship C September income $ 26,309.30 O September expenses 37,207.55 R $-10,898.25 Needed each N week: Yr. to date income $ 314.632.48 E $9,072.00 Yr. to date expenses 360,669.28 R $ -46,036.80 With this issue we begin a new feature that looks at how our stewardship makes a difference. Each Sunday we receive God’s tithes and our offerings. So just how do our gifts impact our church, community, and world? One of the most significant areas where differences are being made is through the work of our Staff-Parish Relations Committee. Our S-PRC is the personnel team of our church family. It is charged with helping provide the very best in clergy and lay staff leadership by serving as a liai- son between our employees (staff) and our congregation (parish). With five full-time and four part-time employees there are always challenges to be met. The committee works to assure open communication and a healthy church environment where rela- tionships of trust are naturally formed among and between staff and parish. All the committee’s efforts are aligned with our church mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. In this coming year, a special emphasis will be placed upon fulfilling our mission through intentional faith development among our staff and throughout our congregation. Volume 2, Issue 11 Page 11 Page 11 Operation Care Packages - Veteran’s Day Tribute – Support For Our Troops November 7th First UMC is teaming up with the Liv. County Farm Bureau and Bank of Pontiac for the 6th year to collect monetary donations to purchase inter- national phone cards and other items for our military personnel in time for the holidays. Monetary donations may be sent to Phone Cards for Troops, c/o Liv. County Farm Bureau, 901 W. Howard St., PO Box 410, Pontiac, IL . Checks should be made out to “Phone Cards for Troops”. Below is a list of suggested items that we are collect- ing. Please place these items in the box provided near the church office before November 2nd. THANK YOU!! Hot Chocolate, Hot cider packets Jerky, Slim Jims. Summer sausage On Sunday, November 7th, we will pay special Small boxes of crackers tribute to all those men and women who have Canned fruit (snack size) served our nation and protected our freedoms Canned or packets of tuna or chicken through the armed forces. In a fashion similar to Trail mix, Nuts, Sunflower seeds Packaged cookies, Rice Krispie treats our Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day tributes, we Granola bars, protein bars, fruit snacks are asking our church family to provide pictures of Dried fruit/fruit snacks family members or friends living or deceased who Instant oatmeal packets, Easy Mac packets have served or are currently serving in any of the Microwave or Hearty canned soup branches of service. You may submit a photo- Candy canes, Christmas candy graph (by Nov. 4th) which will be scanned and Multi-vitamins then available for you to pick up in the church of- Over the counter pain reliever fice, or you may e-mail a digital photograph to Disposable cameras firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include with your T-shirts (brown, white or tan) photos the person’s name, branch of service, rank, Batteries AA or AAA and dates of service including any wars or conflicts Sweat pants, Blanket throws they may have served during. When I have cre- Small 8” to 12” Christmas trees Ornaments (handmade or bought, no glass) ated a similar tribute in the past, it was especially Christmas stockings (handmade or bought) meaningful for those persons who had photos of New men’s magazines loved ones in uniform along with a current day Handheld games photo. You do not have to submit a picture in uni- Disposable cameras form, just be sure to include service information. DVD’s or CD’s Phil & Judy Icenogle to Present “Prime Timers” Program on November 8th Come join us for lunch at noon (suggested donation $3.00) on Monday, November 8th and stay for the exciting program presented by Phil and Judy Icenogle on their mission trip to Central America. The trip was sponsored by Grace UMC of Pekin. Twenty-three volunteers made the journey in July, 2010 to a small village near Chichicastenago, Guatemala, that had been devastated by the spring mudslides from a hurricane. They will share some amazing slides of the beauty of this country as well as the poverty and de- struction. Please call the church office by November 5th or sign up on Sunday mornings at the Welcome Desk to reserve a place. Come join in the great food and fellowship! This meeting is open to everyone. Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage November 2010 Change Service Requested Pontiac, Illinois Permit No. 44 First United Methodist Church “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ” First United Methodist Church 219 N. Chicago St. Pontiac, IL 61764 Phone: (815) 842-1157 Fax: (815) 844-6425 E-mail: email@example.com Web Site: www.pontiacfumc.org Directing Pastor Rev. Dr. Ray Owens Associate Pastor Rev. Scott Carnes Newsletter Editor Cheryl K. O’Donnell Early Deadline for Ring the Bell for December issue The Salvation MARK YOUR Wednesday, Nov. 10 CALENDARS... “Hanging of Army the Greens” Children’s First UMC will be ringing Christmas Preparing the the bell for The Salvation Church for the Army at K-Mart on Program Advent Season Saturday, Dec. 11, December 12th The Worship Committee invites you to join them on 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. 10:45 Worship Service Friday, November 26th at and The holiday season is right 9 AM and Saturday, Novem- Sunday, Dec. 12, noon - 8 p.m. around the corner - remem- ber 29th, 8:30 AM. ber, the children practice 2010 This is a great time of fun and fellowship as the decorations The sign-up list will be available on the bulletin during the Sunday School hour to prepare for the go up and hearts are warmed board outside the office program and need to at- First for the joyous season of Jesus’ during the week or at the United Methodist Church birth. Try to find a few hours tend as often as possible. Pontiac, Illinois Welcome Center on Thank you to our parents to join with your church fam- ily in celebrating Advent - in Sunday mornings. Check for making that extra effort fact, why not make this an your calendar and sign up during a busy time. annual event!! for the time you prefer. Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.