A PUBLICATION OF THE

PROPHETSTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 
2022 SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
Hi, I hope you are doing well. Summer sure went fast and now we find ourselves almost to Fall. That time when pumpkin is in the air, falling leaves, and cooler weather. Change is a part of life and Fall reminds us of this change. God is with us when we go through changes. We are excited for Fall here at the church. We have Sunday School getting ready to start, we have our joint service with the Lutheran Church on Sept. 11th. We also have our blessing of the animals on Sept. 24th. These are all great ways to connect with us in ministry. These opportunities remind us that God is with us calling us to ministry. In what way is God calling you to respond? Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under Heaven.” What ways is God calling and guiding you this Fall?
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 eventually replace 2 windows. We are planning on having some fundraisers.

RALLY SUNDAY
Rally Sunday will be held
September 11th @ 9:00AM in Eclipse Square. There will be breakfast bags for the children. Join us for Community Worship following Rally Sunday.
 
 
 
 
 
COMMUNITY WORSHIP
Community Worship September 11th @ 10:00AM with 1st Lutheran Church @ Eclipse Square. Please join us and bring your own chair. Luncheon to follow provided by 1st Lutheran Church. Everyone welcome!
 

MISSION CHATTER
Missions have been and still is on vacation. Hope to get back to work soon! Thanks for your understanding!
SEPTEMBER’S LITTLE THOUGHTS
So Many Good Things Will Happen Today
Prayers will be answered. Problems will be solved. Wishes will be granted. Dreams will be dreamed, and progress will be made. Hurts will be healed, and wrongs will be righted, forgiven, or forgotten. Storms will pass and luck will change. What a wonderful world this is!
Sometimes we forget what a wonderful world God has given us!
THANK YOU GOD!
Connie
 
 
 
Birthdays;
Becky Bebon – September 2
Addison Glassburn – September 3
Cody Behrens – September 4
Pat Kasterke – September 8
Hadley Bebon – September 10
Connor Butts – September 10
Owen Garcea – September 10
Pam Soltow – September 10
Shelley Misch – September 14
James Taylor – September 17
Lily Sharp – September 18
Cherish Stickel – September 18
Isabella Porter – September 20
Hailey Yaun – September 21
Ruth Mickley – September 25
Brody Naftzger – September 26
Annabelle Wirsing – September 28
Pat Uhler – September 29
Mary Bennett – September 30

Happy Anniversary
Larry & Brenda Dessing – September 5
Paul & Sheri Giffin – September 8
Scott & Jessica Wirsing – September 20
Larry & Connie Blackert – September 21
 

PAT’S TABLE
Reopening September 12 with a meal from 5:00-6:00PM. Game night returns September 26 from
5:00-6:30PM.
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
SERMON IN SONG
The Rock River Barbershop Chorus will be presenting a Sermon in Song on Sunday, October 23rd. More info will be coming, but mark your calendars for now.
You do not want to miss this one!
 
 

September 24 Community Blessing of The Animals @ Eclipse Square from 2:00-3:00PM.

DAILY DEVOTIONALS FOR SEPTEMBER
SEEK ME with your whole being. I desire to be found by you, and I orchestrate the events of your life with that purpose in mind. When things go well and you are blessed, you feel Me smiling on you. When you encounter rough patches along your life-journey, trust that My Light is still shining upon you. My reasons for allowing these adversities may be shrouded in mystery, but My continual Presence with you is an absolute promise. Seek Me in good times; see Me in hard times. You will find Me watching over you all the time.
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 4:29
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23
The LORD watches over who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
Psalm 145:20
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ACCEPT EACH DAY exactly as it comes to you. By that, I mean not only the circumstances of your day but also the condition of your body. Your assignment is to trust Me absolutely, resting in My sovereignty and faithfulness.
On some days, your circumstances and your physical condition feel out of balance: The demands on you seem far greater than your strength. Days like that present a choice between two alternatives—giving up or relying on Me. Even if you wrongly choose the first alternative, I will not reject you. You can turn to Me at any point, and I will help you crawl out of the mire of discouragement. I will infuse My strength into you moment by moment, giving you all that you need for this day. Trust Me, by relying on My empowering Presence.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, My Survivor.
Psalm 42:5
For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you.
2 Corinthians 13:4
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”
Jeremiah 31: 25
 
 
 
 
 
 

REST IN ME, MY CHILD. This time devoted to Me is meant to be peaceful, not stressful. You don’t have to perform in order to receive My Love. I have boundless, unconditional Love for you. How it grieves Me to see My children working for Love: trying harder and harder, yet never feeling good enough to be loved.
Be careful that your devotion to Me does not become another form of works. I want you to come into My Presence joyfully and confidently. You have nothing to fear, for you wear My own righteousness. Gaze into My eyes, and you will see no condemnation, only Love and delight in the one I see. Be blessed as My Face shines radiantly upon you, giving you Peace.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15: 13
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3: 17
“The LORD make his face upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
Numbers 6: 25-26
 
 
 
 
 
 


RELAX IN MY EVERLASTING ARMS. Your weakness is an opportunity to grow strong in awareness of My Almighty Presence. When your energy fails you, do not look inward and lament the lack you find there. Look to Me and My sufficiency; rejoice in My radiant riches that are abundantly available to help you.
Go gently through this day, leaning on Me and enjoying My Presence. Thank Me for your neediness, which is building trust-bonds between us. If you look back on your journey thus far, you can see that days of extreme weakness have been some of your most precious times. Memories of these days are richly interwoven with golden strands of My intimate Presence.

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, “Destroy him!”
Deuteronomy 33: 27
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Psalm 27:13-14