A PUBLICATION OF THE

PROPHETSTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 
2022 AUGUST NEWSLETTER
Hi! Hope you are all doing well! I wanted to start out with a question this month and that is. What is your vision for the future? That is a question that came to mind recently. Having a vision and something we are striving for is so important. It gives us purpose and meaning in this life. Here at the beginning of August, we start to realize that summer has almost passed us by. How did you envision summer going? Did it go the way you had hoped? It is helpful as we through different seasons to do a self-check in. Evaluate how things are going and then adjust as needed. It is especially helpful to keep that central vision in view so the things that we are working on, line up with our goals and dreams. We see many examples of this in the Bible. God had his own goals of creating the Earth and us. We see this progression in Genesis. Noah had the vision and goal to build an ark. Moses had the vision of leading the people to the promised land. Each of us have visions of our own. Mine was and is to be a pastor and teach people about God. My other goal is to raise my family to love God and be productive members of society. What’s your vision for the future? What steps are you taking to make that vision a reality? Take some time this month to pray about that and see where God is calling you.
Pastor Joey
 
 
 
 

PASTOR JOEY’S
SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
MONDAY & THURSDAY
9:00AM-NOON
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
1:00-3:30PM
 
 

If you have prayer requests, or want to talk, please contact Pastor Joey @ 815-656-0362 or Email: pastorjoeygarcea@gmail.com
 
 
 
PARSONAGE UPDATE
After meeting with our District Superintendent and hearing our options for the sale or rental of our Parsonage, the Committees of the Church and several concerned members have concluded that for the present we will just continue maintaining the Parsonage as we have for the last 2 years.
In order to continue as is, which costs around $1800 per year and replace 2 windows, we are planning on having some fundraisers.
We are planning on a Brunch on August 21 following church service. We will be serving egg casserole, pancakes, and pastries.
Plan to attend and enjoy food and fellowship.
 
 
 
 
 

RALLY SUNDAY
Rally Sunday will be held
September 11th @ 9:00AM in Eclipse Square. There will be breakfast bags for children. Join us for Community Worship following Rally Sunday.
 
 
COMMUNITY WORSHIP
September 11th @ 10:00AM with 1st Lutheran Church. Please join us and bring a chair.
 
 

WORSHIP
(Also on Facebook and website)
Website: www.prophetstownunitedmethodist.org
 
 
Birthdays

Laken Renkes – August 1
Teresa Shere – August 4
Chuck Swanson – August 4
Brad Cox – August 5
Pastor Joey Garcea – August 5
Jaylyn Erickson – August 6
Ellie Taylor – August 8
Kaelyn Sibley – August 10
Reagan Sibley – August 10
Sydnie Giffin – August 17
Alzada Wachholz – August 18
Judy Bryan – August 25
Kathy Raser – August 26
Bill Jacobs – August 28
Nadine Lyon – August 28
Maris Peterson – August 30

Happy Anniversary
Jaime & Jennifer Etheridge – August 3
Cal & Becky Bebon – August 8
Don & Lorraine Hand – August 19
Dennis & Sandy Behrens – August 23
Larry & JoAnn Frederick – August 29
 
 
 
PAT’S TABLE
The Pat’s Table bake sale was a success! Looking forward to the next 4th Friday! Pat’s Table will be having a board meeting Thursday August 4th at 6pm.
Thank you! Amy Workman
NUT SALES
Prophetstown UMC is still selling nuts with contactless delivery year-round 24/7 by ordering through Terri Lynn webstore: https://pumc.terrilynn.com
 
 


DAILY DEVOTIONALS FOR AUGUST
BRING ME THE SACRIFICE OF YOUR TIME: a most precious commodity. In this action-addicted world, few of My children take time to sit quietly in My Presence. But for those who do, blessings flow like streams of living water. I, the One from whom all blessings flow, am also blessed by our time together. This is a deep mystery; do not try to fathom it. Instead, glorify Me by delighting in Me. Enjoy Me now and forever!
Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
Psalm 21 6
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
John 7:38
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.
Psalm 103:11
WHEN THINGS SEEM to be going all wrong, stop and affirm your trust in Me. Calmly bring these matters to Me and leave them in My capable hands. Then, simply do the next thing. Stay in touch with Me through thankful, trusting prayers, resting in My sovereign control. Rejoice in Me—exult in the God of your salvation! As you trust in Me, I make your feet like the feet of a deer. I enable you to walk and make progress upon your high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility.
Through He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so I will defend my own ways before Him.
Job 13:15
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.
Psalm 18:33
 
Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, (though) the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, thought the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exalt in the (victorious) God of my salvation! The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army. He makes my fee like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk (not to stand still in terror, but to walk) and make (spiritual) progress upon my high places (of trouble, suffering, or responsibility)!
Habakkuk 3: 17-19
WAIT WITH ME FOR A WHILE. I have much to tell you. You are walking along the path I have chosen for you. It is both a privileged and a perilous way: experiencing My glorious Presence and heralding that reality to others. Sometimes you feel presumptuous to be caring out such an assignment. Do not worry about what other people think of you. The work I am doing in you is hidden at first. But eventually blossoms will burst forth, and abundant fruit will be borne. Say on the path of Life with Me. Trust Me wholeheartedly, letting My Spirit fill you with Joy and Peace.
O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your ways.
1 Kings 8:23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no low.
Galatians 5:22-23
 
 
 
 
 
TRUST ME, and don’t be afraid. I want you to view trials as exercises designed to develop your trust-muscles. You live in the midst of fierce spiritual battles, and fear is one of Satan’s favorite weapons. When you start to feel afraid, affirm your trust in Me. Speak out loud, if circumstances permit. Resist the devil in My Name, and he will slink away from you. Refresh yourself in My holy Presence. Speak or sing praises to Me, and My Face will shine radiantly upon you. Remember that there is no condemnation for those who belong to Me. You have been judged NOT GUILTY for all eternity. Trust Me, and don’t be afraid; for I am your Strength, Song, and Salvation.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James 4:7
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:1-2
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TRUST ME in the midst of a messy day. Your inner calm—your Peace in My Presence—need not be shaken by what is going on around you. Though you live in this temporal world, your innermost being is rooted and grounded in eternity. When you start to feel stressed, detach yourself from the disturbances around you. Instead of desperately striving to maintain order and control in your little world, relax and remember that circumstances cannot touch My Peace. Seek My Face, and I will share My mind with you, opening your eyes to see things from My perspective. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do not be afraid. The Peace I give is sufficient for you.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
Psalm 105:4
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
John 14:27