A PUBLICATION OF THE

PROPHETSTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 

 

December 2019 Newsletter
The Journey
Mary and Joseph may have been too young, too unprepared, or just too human to raise the Son of God, but they both answered God’s call and took not one, but several incredible journeys before that first Christmas. This Advent we will journey with Mary and Joseph as we look to learn from and celebrate the Christmas story. Using video clips from Rev. Adam Hamilton’s “The Journey” we will actually see these places with our own eyes and journey together towards the manger.
Church Conference Update
Saturday, November 23rd we held our annual Church Conference. We, as a church, have requested to move to part-time ministry this coming July 1st, 2020. We voted on Pastor Mark’s compensation for January 1st through June 30th, and Pastor Mark offered to move back to his original salary, $45,000.00 to help with the ongoing financial stress. Rev. Dr. Brian Gilbert, our District Superintendent, will consult with the Bishop and Cabinet on possible part-time configurations for PUMC. They are already thinking about these options, but appointment season begins January, 2020. There will be another compensation vote when the church is presented with a part-time position. We also elected leadership for the coming year, but we have room on several committees. I encourage you all to speak to Pastor Mark or your Committee on Nominations about serving the church in 2020. The more people are involved the smoother the transition will be. Finally, pray for your church during this time. Together, you will continue to be Christ’s Body, the Church for Prophetstown and beyond. Look for more updates in the coming months.
 
 

Christmas Eve Candlelight, Tuesday, December 24th, 7:00pm
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be Tuesday, December 24th at 7:00pm. All are welcomed and we encourage you to invite family and friends for this special worship experience. We will journey with Mary, Joseph, Shepherds and Wise Men, to witness the birth of Jesus Christ, Our King.
Community Bible Study – Wednesday, December 4th, 11th, and 18th
Our community bible study is open to all people each Wednesday in November. We meet at the Eureka Inn in Prophetstown. Everyone is invited to stay for lunch and fellowship following our time of study. Bring a friend and let’s dig into God’s Word deeper.
Rev. Mark J. Meyers
Pastor – Prophetstown United Methodist Church
“Extending Christ’s Table to All through Authentic Community, Personal Growth, and Transforming Mission.”
(815)-519-2081
revmarkmeyers@gmail.com
Reminder: Pastor Mark’s day off
is Friday.
ATTENTION
The office hours are 9-Noon Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday and closed on Friday.
Thank you,
Pastor Mark & Chris.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CRAFT NIGHT
Every Wednesday from 6-8 PM there will be a craft night (knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting, etc.) in Fellowship Hall. Enjoy some time with other creative folks. We hope to see you!
 


Pat’s Table
5:00-6:00PM Every Monday. Everyone Welcome
 
 

Mission Chatter
The Mitten Tree is down and a large garage bag of hats, gloves, mittens and scarves was delivered to the Grade School. Wouldn’t it be fun to see the smiles when the children receive one of your generous gifts. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! By the way, some of the Sunday School children help take the hats, gloves, mittens and scarves off the tree. Wasn’t that nice! Thank You!
With the Mitten Tree being taken down it must be December and now a beautiful Christmas Tree is on display. The Church is alive with the beauty of this blessed season. Let’s hope each of us takes time to enjoy the real reason for the season, the birth of that special baby boy, Jesus, so many years ago!
January is just around the corner and that means SOUP – Soup to Go or Soup to Stay – we’re not sure yet which but we will be sure to let you know when we decide!
Let’s never forget
JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
Merry Christmas from Judy – Sandy – Tammie – Connie
 
A THANK YOU to the SUNDAY SCHOOL
Dear Sunday School Children
Thank you so much for helping take the mittens, gloves, scarves and hats of the Mitten Tree and into the garage bag, not to be thrown away, but taken to the Grade School, to be given to some child that has lost their mittens or never had any. It was such fun having you help us….Thanks again
The Mission Committee
December’s Little Thoughts
A Christmas Blessing
May you have—–
Warm hugs to great you,
Fun times to meet you,
joy in whatever you do,
God’s love to guide you,
Good friends beside you,
and happiness all season through!
This little thought is from a Christmas card I received many years ago, written by Emily Matthews. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
I WOULD LIKE TO SINCERELY THANK YOU, MY FRIENDS HERE AT THE METHODIST CHURCH, FOR THE WORDS OF SYMPATHY, HUGS, AND THE MANY CARDS I RECEIVED FROM YOU, AFTER LOSING MY SISTER, BARBARA. SHE WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL, SWEET LOVING SISTER AND OUR FAMILY WILL MISS HER SO MUCH. I KNOW MANY OF YOU REMEMBER HER AS SUCH. I APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU FOR THINKING OF ME. ESTHER WAGENECHT

Poinsettia Orders
This Sunday, Dec. 1st, is the last Sunday to turn in poinsettia orders. There will be an order form in your Sunday bulletin. Please fill it out and bring $13.75 for each plant you wish to purchase. These plants are given in memory or honor of individuals. Checks should be made
payable to Prophetstown United Methodist Church. You may take your plant(s) home after the Christmas Eve service.
CLEANING CHURCH
Trustees and Finance have divided the Church into special segments for interested persons that would like to help clean our Church, if you have these talents and would like to share them please see Pastor Mark or a Finance/Trustee ( Earl Murphy/Larry Stewart) person. A sign-up sheet will be available. Thank you for considering.

CLEANING ZONES
ZONE 1 TWO UPPER BATHROOMS PLUS PIANIST BATHROOM
ZONE 2 SECRETARY AND PASTOR OFFICE PLUS NURSERY
ZONE 3 UPPER HALL, GATHERING PLACE, SOUTH
ENTRY, CHAPEL AND CONFERENCE ROOM
ZONE 4 EMPTY ALL ACCESSIBLE GARBAGE CANS
ZONE 5 EAST ENTRY STEPS UPPER AND LOWER PLUS TWO LOWER BATHROOMS
ZONE 6 LOWER HALLWAY PLUS TWO DOWNSTAIRS
SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOMS
ZONE 7 SANCTUARY/PEWS/ALTAR AREAS

 
 
 
DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS
2 – Terry Bickett
4 – Earl Murphy
5 – Gabriel Bohms
6 – LaFaughn Rosenow
7 – Al Posey
7 – Jerri Robinson
7 – Sheri Giffin
8 – Louis Hummel
11 – Paul Petersen
14 – Tammie Oleson
15 – Nick Crocker
16 – Dick Bradley
16 – Doug Johnson
18 – Kelly Buck
20 – Teresa Bielema
20 – Connie Murphy
21 – Betty Dennis
22 – Colleen Jacobs
22 – Shawn Swanson
28 – Caleb Naftzger
29 – Jean Bliss
29 – Tirzah Renkes
29 – Chris Yaun
30 – Jennifer Meyers
30 – Rita Morphew
31 – Charlotte Dumbauld
31 – Kathy Massingill
DECEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
2 – Pat & Harvey Uhler
4 – Diana & Richard Maronde
16 – Meredith & Doug Johnson
24 – Amanda & Josh Attig
DECEMBER WORSHIP
LITURGIST
December 1 Sally Renkes
December 8
December 15
December 22 Christmas Program
December 29

GREETER(NEED 1)
December 1 Virginia Giffin
December 8 Virginia Giffin
December 15 Toni Buck
December 22 Christmas Program
December 29
HEAD USHER – Brian Smith
USHERS (NEED 2)
December 1 Frank Sebok/Gordon Francis
December 8
December 15 Esther Wagenecht
December 22 Christmas Program
December 29 Larry & JoAnn Frederick
POWER POINT
December 1 Kim Smith
December 8 Larry Frederick
December 15 Pat Crump
December 22 Kim Smith
December 29 Larry Frederick
NURSERY
December 1 Edie Yaun
December 8 Karen Richey
December 15 Dixie Taylor
December 22 Diane Hull
December 29 Karen Richey
ACOLYTES
December 1 Jakob & Ellah Brooks
December 8 Jaylyn Erickson/Derek Naftzger
December 15 Ella Miller
December 22 Wynn Renkes/Kasha Sebok
December 29
MUSICIANS
December 1 Kim Glassburn
December 8 Kim Glassburn
December 15 Kim Glassburn
December 22 Kim Glassburn
December 29 Kim Glassburn