A PUBLICATION OF THE

PROPHETSTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 
MARCH NEWSLETTER 2021
I am excited to tell all of you, that on February 28th we are opening the church for in-person worship! Many of you, myself included have been waiting for this day since last March. I don’t think any of us imagined that the pandemic would last this long. It has been a long road, but here we are finally coming together for worship. For some of you, I haven’t even been able to meet you yet. I am looking forward to getting back to some sense of normalcy. We will have to follow certain procedures to meet again in person. Those are printed here in the newsletter. Please read them and let us know if you have any questions. Even though some things have changed since last March, we are still here ministering to the world. I would like to share some of the ways ministry has changed for the better. We have improved our worship streaming on Facebook with a new camera in the sanctuary. We have online Sunday school to reach the kids in our church and community. We have implemented our sermon by phone service. If you haven’t taken advantage of that, please give it a try as it is free for you. We recently added Wednesday night story time at 7:00pm on our Facebook page for the kids or whoever else would like to be a part of it. We are also beginning a bible study, Wednesday mornings at the church at 10:00am. All of these things have helped us increase ministry here in Prophetstown. Just to give you a comparison, in March of 2020 just as this started we reach 115 people in our in-person services. In January of 2021 we had 759 online views of all of our ministry opportunities. This is a huge increase. I appreciate all of you that have helped this happen! Now we are bringing back our in-person worship. I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday. Pastor Joey
 
 
IN PERSON WORSHIP INSTRUCTIONS:
– Reservations required. There is a maximum of 50 people allowed in the building according to state guidelines.
– Masks are required and they must be worn properly. Fully covering the nose and mouth.
– When you first come into the building please answer the questions on the COVID questionnaire and then sign it. This serves as the attendance record and helps with contact tracing, in case there is a problem.
– Ushers will be here to direct you to your seat.
– During the service there is no singing allowed by the congregation.
– When service is over ushers will dismiss one pew at a time, wedding style.
– At this point, there is no fellowship time, but we hope to add one when it is safe to do so.
Sunday School live @ 9:00AM with Pastor Joey on Facebook every Sunday.

Pat’s Table To Go will be March 8th from 5:00-6:00PM in the circle drive of the church.
 
 
MISSION CHATTER
What news!…Pastor Joey’s and Pastor Tiffany’s family has been increased by two. Foster Care has placed two children in their home. Addison is 6 years old and her Dylan is 1 year old. We think this is a very busy but loving home. Just think, Aidan, Brayden, Owen, Peyton, and Landen now have not only a new brother but a new sister also! And Pastor Tiffany finally has someone on her side!
The Mission Committee has decided to make the month of March “the Garcea’s Family Month”. This means you may donate, if you care to, to the family for the needs of these two young children. With the good news of Church starting again, we will have our “donation” container out, or if you would rather give with your monthly donation to the Church just make a note saying, Garcea Family and we will see that the family gets your donations. The Mission Committee plans on starting the fund with $100.00 and we hope you will help us increase this amount. You have always been such a loving, caring congregation we would like to THANK YOU ahead of time!
Don’t forget…the month of March….THE GARCEA’S FAMILY MONTH!!!
Judy—Sandy—Tammie—Connie
MARCH’S LITTLE THOUGHT
I started cleaning my desk and came across this copy of an e-mail a friend sent me some time ago. Amazing what you find in piles of papers!!
We older generation will remember using a clothesline. You younger generation don’t know what you missed!
The Basic Rules For Clotheslines

1. You had to hang the socks by the toes. Not the top.
2. You hung pants by the bottom/cuff. Not the waistbands.
3. You had to wash the clothesline before hanging any clothes. Walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.
4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang “whites” with “whites” and hang them first!
5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders, always by the tail! What would the neighbors think?
6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, especially not on Sunday, for Heaven’s sake!
7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your “unmentionables” in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y’know!)
8. It didn’t matter if it was sub-zero weather, clothes would “freeze-dry”.
9. ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were “tacky”!
10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.
11. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in basket, and ready to be ironed. IRONED??!! Well, that’s a whole OTHER subject!
12. Long wooden pole (clothes prop) that was to push the clotheslines up so the longer items(sheets/pants/etc.) didn’t brush the ground and get dirty.
Oh what memories….don’t you younger ladies feel BAD that you missed all that FUN!!! Hope you enjoyed! Connie
 
 
MARCH BIRTHDAYS
2 – CONNIE BLACKERT
2 – CLAUDIA JACOBS
4 – PAUL GIFFIN
5 – RICHARD ACKEBERG
6 – LARRY BLACKERT
6 – KAREN DEVER
7 – MARY SMITH
9 – MICHELLE NAFZIGER
10 – LORRAINE HAND
12 – GWEN SCOTT
14 – CAL BEBON
14 – GARY BUCK
14 – GAVIN OLINGER
15 – AMBER RIPPY
17 – CHONG MANDRELL
24 – BRAIDEN BROOKS
24 – KOBY BROOKS
25 – DIANA MARONDE
25 – CALEB WOLF
27 – LAINEY SMITH
28 – DAN SURDEZ
30 – BENJAMIN SIBLEY
 
 
MARCH ANNIVERSARIES
12 – GWEN SCOTT & MARTY GILBERT
18 – DUSTY & TIRZAH RENKES
18 – TERESA & TOM SHERE
22 – DAVID & NADINE LYON
26 – DARRELL & LOU ROBINSON


CHURCH DIRECTORIES
New 2020-2021 church directories are available. If you would like one mailed to you, please call the church @
815-537-2496.

IF YOU HAVE PRAYER REQUESTS, OR WANT TO TALK, PLEASE CONTACT PASTOR JOEY @
815-656-0362, OR EMAIL: PASTOR JOEYGARCEA@GMAIL.COM

PRAYER SERVICE
THURSDAYS AT 11:30AM LIVE ON FACEBOOK WITH PASTOR JOEY &
PASTOR TIFFANY.