A PUBLICATION OF THE

PROPHETSTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 
 
 SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

As we head toward Fall, we continue journeying through uncharted territory. We have been dealing with COVID for a while and just when we start to think it was better, here we go back on restrictions. I know this is not what any of us were hoping for myself included, but here is where we find ourselves. We each have many questions, How long is this going to go on? Will this ever go away? When can things go back to normal? I am sure there are many other questions, these are just a few. I wish I could answer all of these and bring peace to everyone. But the answer to all of these questions is I don’t know and neither does anyone else. What I do know is that God still loves us, God is with us and God has brought us this far. This pandemic has been going on for 18 months, can you believe that! God has brought us through so far and abundantly. Do you know that in that time frame, we have built an online presence for our church and many other things. Each week we are live streaming our church service. We have a prayer service every Thursday, Sunday School is live in person but also online. We have collected and donated to Pat’s Table and the food pantry through our missions committee. We partnered with local churches and put together a successful Vacation Bible School. We are getting ready to start confirmation class with 7 youths. We are also getting ready to start Sunday School again, beginning with Rally Sunday. Bible study is ongoing and has been a blessing for all involved. We could not have done any of this, without God’s help. God is still calling us to ministry even though we are experiencing this pandemic. We as a church are responding, and because of that we are a church that is alive. Even though this uncharted territory is scary sometimes, we are making our way through with God’s help. Isaiah 43:16 says, “God will make a way, when there seems to be no way.” That’s what we have been experiencing. God is here with us and is calling us to new and great things. This passage from Isaiah also talks about not remembering the things of old. Verse 19 says, “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” God is doing something new through this pandemic and this uncharted territory we find ourselves in. No matter what happens the thing that never changes is how much God loves and cares for each of us. We are stronger together. We will keep moving forward. Pastor Joey
 
 
 
 
PRAYER SERVICE
THURSDAYS AT 11:30AM LIVE ON FACEBOOK WITH
PASTOR JOEY &
PASTOR TIFFANY.
IF YOU HAVE PRAYER REQUESTS, OR WANT TO TALK, PLEASE CONTACT PASTOR JOEY @ 815-656-0362, OR EMAIL: PASTOR JOEYGARCEA@GMAIL.COM
 
ATTENTION UNITED METHODIST WOMEN MEMBERS
We will be starting our UMW meeting September 21st @ 1:30PM. At this point we will no longer be having the Salad Luncheons unless someone would like to take it over for Connie and me. Would love to have some new ideas on what our goals are and put some new life into our groups. So, please come with ideas and enthusiasm. Hopefully we will have a good turnout.
See you the 21st. Diane
MISSION CHATTER
The Produce Table is up and running. Thank you to everyone for sharing your goodies and garden produce with us, also to all of you for the generous donations! The table will continue to be there for you to enjoy.
The Mission Committee has decided it’s time to share some of your generosity locally. This month we will be donating $100.00 to the Leon UMC for their Bear Necessities Personal Care Pantry and $100.00 to Pat’s Table. We will be sharing more your generosity in the months to come. If you have a special charity you would like us to consider, let Connie (815-537-2917) Sandy (815-590-0668) or Tammie
(815-537-2892) know.
Isn’t it hard to believe summer is almost over and school has started. How time flies! Hope your summer was filled with God’s Love! Judy—Sandy—Tammie—Connie
ATTENTION
Noisy Change will be on the 4th Sunday of the month from now on! September’s Noisy Change is September 26th! Sorry for the confusion!
SEPTEMBER’S LITTLE THOUGHTS
I was cleaning out my bookshelf and found a book I forgot I had. After reading it and enjoying it so much I thought I would share!
Kids Say the Cutest Things About Love by Dandi Daley Mackall
(Thoughts shared by 4 to 8 year olds)
 

WHAT IS LOVE
It’s kind of like “like” but with capital letters…LOVE. You’re going to have to ask my Mom because she knows a lot about it. It’s the first feeling you feel before all the bad stuff gets in the way. Love is what makes you smile.
DESCRIBE LOVE
It’s very warm and soft, without pointy edges. If you love somebody, you won’t shove them on the bus or say bad words to them and you’ll share without anybody making you. Love is so, so big you can go to the basement or the attic or outside your house and it’s still there.
WHAT INGREDIENTS GO INTO LOVE
Hearts and kittens
Vanilla and chocolate
Pudding, nuts, jelly, milk, and especially peanut butter
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT KINDS
OF LOVE?
One is hugging. One is kissing. And one is saying no. There’s our love. And there’s God love. But God makes both kinds of them.
WHAT IS LOVE?
Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you anything of theirs.
To be continued.
Connie
 
SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS
Amanda Attig – Sept.1
Becky Bebon – Sept. 2
Addison Glassburn – Sept. 3
Cody Behrens – Sept. 4
Hadley Bebon – Sept. 10
Owen Garcea – Sept. 10
Pam Soltow – Sept. 10
Shelly Misch – Sept. 14
Lou Robinson – Sept. 15
James Taylor – Sept. 17
Lily Sharp – Sept. 18
Cherish Stickel – Sept. 18
Isabella Porter – Sept. 20
Haley Yaun – Sept. 21
Katelyn Attig – Sept. 23
Jaime Massingill – Sept. 25
Ruth Mickley – Sept. 25
Brody Naftzger – Sept. 26
Annabelle Wirsing – Sept. 28
Pat Uhler – Sept. 29
Mary Bennett – Sept. 30

SEPTEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
Chris & Edie Yaun – Sept. 1
Brenda & Larry Dessing – Sept. 5
Paul & Sheri Giffin – Sept. 8
Jessica & Scott Wirsing – Sept. 20
Larry & Connie Blackert – Sept. 21

RALLY SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 12 – BREAKFAST 8:15-8:45AM.
 
Bear Necessities
Personal Care Pantry
Where: Leon UMC
17173 Lomax Road
Prophetstown
When: 3rd Saturday of every month from 10am to 11am.
Available items: Laundry Detergent,
Toilet paper, Bath Soap, Toothpaste, Dish Soap, Shampoo. Other items available from time to time.
 
PAT’S TABLE
Pat’s Table returns on Mondays, starting September 13th, from 5-6. More information to come.

CALLING ALL NURSERY VOLUNTEERS
As Rally Day approaches on September 12, we are ready to fill the nursery schedule. If you are interested in caring for the little ones during worship, please contact
Karen Richey @ 815-537-2826