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We Would Like You To Know —

WORSHIP THIS WEEK …  six options:

1.  At this time, due to decreasing Coronavirus rates, the United Methodists Churches of our Illinois Great Rivers Conference are returning to face-to-face worship services WITH ALL NECESSARY SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.

2. YOU HAVE SIX CHOICES TO PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP, depending on what you feel is necessary for your own safety and situation in this Coronavirus. We respect your decision.

Choice #1: You are welcome to attend live, Face-to-Face worship with all safety precautions at Kinmundy United Methodist Church at 9 am Sunday morning OR at Wesley, 10:45 Sunday morning. We social distance, wear a mask (or face shield) throughout the service, and do not sing hymns as safety precautions.

Choice #2: We broadcast the audio of the live service on your car’s FM radio, FM 87.9, to the parking lot at Kinmundy UMC at 9 am. This is a little safer than inside, a mask is not needed and you can sing your heart out. A bucket by the corner has bulletins in it. Just like a drive in, you can bring snacks and coffee.

Choice #3: Please click on the link at the blog post for this Sunday in the “Attend Worship at Home” category to watch the entire worship service as a video on your home computer, tablet or smartphone. Sermons and worship services for previous weeks are also available.
The same links will be provided on the Kinmundy Church Facebook page.

Choice #4: Please click on the link at the blog post of the day in the “Attend Worship at Home” category to have your own worship service experience, for whatever you are interested in. You can listen to the sermon on audio, pray the prayers, play YouTube versions of the hymns, and/or view the sermon slides with the sermon audio.

Choice #5: A copy of the “Worship at Home” service AND a sermon transcript will be emailed or sent by US Mail Monday to anyone who requests it. Call the church office at 547-7423 to subscribe. The transcript can also be read on the blog after 2 pm on Monday and used in your devotions through the week.

Choice #6: If you don’t have the internet and you would like to watch the worship video on DVD, please call the church office.

INFORMATION ON SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

Regions 3 and 5 move to Phase 4 with no mitigations. (Marion County is in Region 5.)
— Churches may gather indoors for any purpose in groups of 50 and less
— Churches with larger rooms may gather indoor groups of up to 25% of the room capacity, but may not exceed 100 people in total
— Churches may gather out-of-doors in groups of any size with proper distancing and masks
— Children and youth ministry programs may occur
— Social distancing, face masks, and other precautions should be taken for all activities
— Churches should not practice group singing
— Church buildings may be open all kinds of groups and meetings of appropriate size, and all church staff and volunteers can regularly use the building
— Facemasks and social distancing are required.

We will continue to practice all safety measures recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health, as listed above.

If for some reason the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions are reissued, we will again take a temporary break.

We will also very carefully and kindly respect anyone who chooses to not attend worship at this time, whether it is because they wish to be safer or because they wish to avoid wearing a mask. We love you and support your personal decision, and look forward to seeing you again.

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If anyone wishes to have Communion please contact Pastor Dave and he will schedule a midweek morning or evening “socially distant” Communion Service at the church to serve you communion.

PASTOR DAVE intends to telephone all active members in the coming months, so don’t be surprised when your phone rings or there is a message on the answering machine from him! If you’d rather not wait, call the church office (547-7423) to let him know you would like a phone visit!

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SAFETY RULES FOR INSIDE, FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP –

The Kinmundy worship planning team met June 15, 2020, and made decisions for our return to worship in the sanctuary. (All interested were invited to attend that meeting.)   WE EXPECT THAT LIFE WILL REMAIN UNUSUAL (and require some inconvenience and discomfort) THROUGH THIS TIME and hopefully be back to normal by the fall of 2021.

Please remember that the full Coronavirus vaccine makes it likely that you can neither catch the virus or spread the virus; it is true herd immunity.

1. Six-foot minimum social distancing is identified by bulletins placed on pews, which are also marked with a verticle strip of green masking tape. Families can sit together but please maintain that distance with others, especially when moving about.

2. We will still broadcast the service on FM 87.9 so that people can attend in their cars, whether for reasons of safety or comfort (mask optional).

3. For safety, wearing a mask in the church sanctuary is mandatory; the virus is spread by the exhaled breath of people, and you can be contagious two weeks before you know it. Outside the church and in your car is a “mask optional” zone.  (If needed, we will attempt to create a mask optional zone within the church building.) The pastor has a mask for you if you need one!

4. If you are going to sneeze, please cover your mouth with a Kleenex. A box should be present at each seating spot.

5. The pastor will wear a face shield while preaching as “sermon virus” can spread over 20+ feet.

6. Please do not sing aloud in the sanctuary during hymns, as that widely spreads the virus. Humming along softly is OK. Singing outside and in your car is OK.

7. Groups under 50 can meet inside the church building with masks and social distance. We’ll let our bible studies and other groups decide if they wish to meet at the church this summer or wait until the fall. Meeting outside or elsewhere is OK.

8. We are not providing food but you can “bring your own beverage” to any meeting.

9. As United Methodists, we follow our Bishop’s recommendations, which are based on Illinois Department of Public Health safety guidelines. You can view them here:
Coming Back to the Heart of Worship
Phase 4 Guidelines
Phase 3 Guidelines

10.  Our goal is to provide the safest possible environment for inside worship at Kinmundy UMC and Wesley UMC, plus safe choices for our members to worship in this time of the coronavirus pandemic.  We will not compromise.

(This is why a mask or face shield is required to attend worship in the Kinmundy Church sanctuary.)

CURRENT REALITY: We do not feel the need to retreat as long as everyone present cooperates with all known safety precautions.

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KinmundyChurch.org: The Blog of the Kinmundy and Wesley United Methodist Churches, 308 E. 3rd St, Kinmundy, IL, 62854

AFTER CORONAVIRUS requirements cease, we will return to our normal schedule:
Worship at Kinmundy: 9 am Sunday. At Wesley: 10:45 Sunday.
Wednesday@Wesley Bible Study for both churches: 7 pm Wednesdays.

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Listen to or download sermons and slides by clicking here.

Vision Statement: We are a functional family of God, where Jesus is Lord and people grow.
Mission Statement: “Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional.” (¶126, Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church)

The world has 2 needs and 2 kinds of people: People who need to become disciples
and disciples who need to become disciple-makers.
(T4T)

Kinmundy United Methodist Churches
308 3rd Street, Kinmundy, IL 62854
AFTER CORONAVIRUS CANCELATIONS, Worship at 9 am.  Please join us!        

Wesley United Methodist Church
3381 Kinoka Rd, Patoka, IL  62875
AFTER CORONAVIRUS CANCELATIONS, Worship at 10:45 am.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY:
PLEASE CHECK THE CHURCH FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION!

Weekday policy: if South Central public schools are closed because of bad weather,
church activities that day are postponed.
Be Safe!

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Sermon 02/28/21: The Time Has Come; Are We Ready? (Lent II)

At this time, due to surging Coronavirus rates, many are not quite ready to return to face to face worship. If this includes you, please click on the link below to watch the entire worship service as a video on your home computer, tablet or smartphone:

Link to Video:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/517362799

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/crntcFWvMt

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If you would prefer not to view the video, you’re welcome to use the links below to have a time of worship at home. (Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

CALL TO WORSHIP: Please recommit your life to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord with the words of the Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition: 

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O Glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

HYMN Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know
Hymn Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know [October 4 2020]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcQHq5GJa6M

(Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

Congregational Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Please pray for yourself and your neighbors, lifting up your needs to God while giving thanks for answered prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

HYMN Where He Leads Me, I Will Follow
Where He Leads Me by Lynda Randle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bybGsnj0854

(Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN – If you are blessed to have children with you, ask them what they are thankful for, and then thank God together!

GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS – these can be mailed to the church office.

MESSAGE: The Time Has Come; Are We Ready?
Mark 8:31-38 to 9:1
Series: The Journey Through Lent To The Cross

Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audioSermon slides as a PDF file.

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SERMON NOTES

Mark 8:31 And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men.” 34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37 For what can a man give in return for his life? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

9:1 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

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HYMN 593 Here I Am Lord
Here I am Lord with lyrics, performed by John Michael Talbot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcxOkht8w7c&list=PLU55hLJ2t61803AyRmecDabjTbCa9YHOr&index=2

(Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

BENEDICTION: Let us dedicate ourselves to the service of Jesus by joining in the Prayer of Saint Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
Amen

(If you wish, you can listen to this prayer being sung:
Sarah McLachlan – Prayer of St. Francis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agPnMxp5Occ )

If you worship at home, please let us know so we can pray for you!

TRANSCRIPT

Today is February 28th. It’s a very special day in the history of my life, but it’s also the second Sunday of Lent. Last week we talked about the beginning where Jesus came and stood in front of the people and began to preach. And this is what he began to say, began to say, continued to say throughout: “The time has come.” There’s no longer a need to wait. “The time has come,” he said. Jesus is here. “The Kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news.”

Now, the good news is every word that Jesus ever said, in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, everything that Jesus ever did. But this is the beginning of the good news, the first thing. The time has come, and Jesus invites us to be a part of the coming kingdom of God. Are you ready?

I was not ready, but it happened to me anyway.

In 1972, so many years ago when I was a junior in high school, the Jesus people came to Champaign, Illinois. And the youth leader of the church that I no longer attended, a University of Illinois law student, invited me to come to that worship service at the University YMCA on the campus of the University of Illinois. And we were in this room (in the picture). And there was something about the people who were there that I knew was real. And the entire time during the service, during the music, during the sermon, I was obsessed with the answer to this question, What do I have to do to change my life before I come to Christ? What do I have to give up? What do I need to start before I come to Christ?

This is a picture of the evangelist. His name is Bill Lowery … a 45-minute long sermon, I did not hear a word that he said until the very end where he said this, “If you want what these people have, if you want what you see, if you want a faith that changes your life, there is nothing you have to do beforehand, because all you need to do is accept the love and the grace and the forgiveness that Jesus Christ brings to you.”

And so on leap year day, the day after today, a day that only comes once in every four years, on leap year day, I gave my life to Jesus Christ. And that was my first conversion.

You may not be familiar with that. I think that there is more than one conversion, but this is definitely the first. It’s a time when God’s love flows toward us and completely changes our life. And I coasted for several months in a state of great bliss and happiness because, literally, my entire life changed overnight.

But I began to notice as February turned into March, and as March turned into April, the edges of my new life in Christ began to fray just a little bit. And the same preacher, Bill Lowery, the same people, came to Decatur, Illinois, and began to have a tent revival there. And I drove my car over there one night and I got preached to.

And I want to suggest to you that this night was my second conversion, and my life changed again … because the point of that sermon that night was that we are either going to be serious about this faith, or we are going to let it dissipate. That we were called to a deeper walk. Was I willing to follow Jesus even further than my first conversion? I realized that if I wanted these blessings of Jesus Christ to deepen in my life, I needed to get serious, and that was my choice.

Let’s look at the scripture. And He, Jesus, began to teach them that the son of man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, and the chief priest, and the scribes, and be killed. And after three days, rise again. This is after Peter has made his amazing confession. Jesus says, “Who do you say that I am?” And Peter says, “You are the Christ.” And Jesus begins to explain that there’s going to be a cost to follow him. And Peter takes him aside and begins to rebuke him.
In the book of Matthew it says that Peter said to Jesus, “This whole suffering thing, all of this, this will never happen to you.” Why? Because in Peter’s mind, to be a follower of Jesus Christ meant that you were more important, that you would always be fortunate, and lucky, and whatever difficult things other people might experience, they would not be a part of your life.

But you see, Jesus said this plainly. And even though Peter said, “You are the Christ,” Peter thought it was essential for him to explain what it meant to be the Christ. And so there would be no mistake, Jesus issues this invitation. Turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan, for you are not on the side of God, but of man.

The life of Christ is not one to where everything always goes our way. And then he issues this invitation. He called to him the multitude. He wanted everyone to know, especially his disciples, and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Jesus issues an invitation for you to be like Jesus because if Jesus is going to take up his cross – and because of that cross, all of humanity will have the opportunity to receive forgiveness and grace – then you and I, you and I, will also have the opportunity to be like Jesus.

Let’s contrast these two because I want to suggest that you have a choice. At the first, the conversion where you are saved is one where Jesus Christ serves you. It’s one to where all the love of Christ comes toward you to save your life, to change your life, to fix problems that cause suffering. And when you’re saved, the power of God serves you.

But then there is the opportunity to take a deeper step and not be one who is served, but one who also serves. You see, we have a choice.

This is from my wedding day. At a wedding, it’s a beautiful party, and everybody takes care of the bride and groom. But as you’re on your way out into real life, something happens in that the love you have for each other becomes a situation to where it’s not that you’re served, but it’s that you’re here to serve. And as you serve each other, the relationship of love that you have deepens.

Now, friends, I won’t say that we had our first fight later on that night.

One of the principles I understand in premarital counseling, I still remember the couple that looked at me and said, “We want to get married. We’ve never had a fight.” And I looked at them and I said, “Well, in the ministry, we have a name for people like you.” And I said, “We call you liars [laughter] because no matter how much you love someone, it’s going to test you. It’s going to challenge you.” You’ll need to rise to the occasion. You’ll need to be a better person for that love and that relationship to deepen. That’s the way God made relationships.

So no matter how much God has taken care of us, sooner or later comes the question, “Is my relationship with God one to where I only receive or am I also willing to serve?

And here’s an illustration of that. The next time you’re at Busch Stadium for a Cardinals game, and you’re standing at the concession stand, and you see someone in front of you wearing that shirt with the name Molina across the back, there’s two things you can be sure for sure. The first one is this is not Gerri Molina because it’s the wrong team!

But the second thing, if the person in line is buying a hotdog, you can bet it’s not the catcher Yadier Molina because he’s not in the concession stand. He’s down on the field.

Are you on the team? Or are you a fan? Because you see … When you go to the ballpark, if it’s all about serving you and your needs, here’s a soda pop. Here’s a hotdog. Then you’re a fan … because I guarantee you, when you look down on the field, the players do not have decorations on their faces. The players are not enjoying a hot dog because they are there to work. They are there to serve. They are there to do their best.

And you see Lent begins (like a first conversion), and we are a fan of everything that Jesus does for us. And thank God for that love and grace!

But there comes a point in time to where dressing up is not the heart of the matter because Jesus gives us the invitation to be on the team, not just to watch but to be on the team. And in an ideal, perfect world, the stands would be empty if they were a church because everybody would be playing instead of just watching.

At my first conversion, the question was, “What do I need to do before God can release all this goodness toward me?” But after that conversion, eventually, the question begins to develop into something else. It’s a part of Lent. It’s a part of growth. What do I now have to do after I come to Christ?

You have a beautiful little baby over here. She can’t do the dishes yet, right? When people grow up, they need to learn how to help. And as we grow up as Christian people, sooner or later, we are going to be asked to help because Jesus Christ will invite us to follow him, not just to receive all the good things but to become a servant working in the new kingdom of God.

And that’s a whole different world. I don’t know how long it’s been since you played on a team, but the fans show up on game day. But the people who are seriously working to win, they show up for practice, they learn to work with each other. That’s what it means to be part of a team.

But you know something else? They have actually studied the differences between the first string and the second string and the third string. The third-string players come to practice and they hold a basketball. But when practice is over, they put the basketball down and don’t touch it until the next time they’re at practice. And what studies have shown is that that’s why they’re on third string. The major difference between the different levels of quality of play directly relates to the number of hours that young people actually hold the basketball. (In fact, the first-string players frequently will actually sleep with it!)

But the first-string player will, after practice is over, stay and shoot baskets for hours. Thousands of hours. Now, there is such a thing as natural talent. But when natural talent is equal, it’s the amount of time a person invests that determines their skills. And with regard to our faith, it’s the amount of time that we practice our faith that determines the strength and the power of our faith.

Isaiah the prophet is in the temple. He’s the only one there and he’s praying. He’s putting in those extra hours. Suddenly, he sees a vision of angels and God, and he hears God’s voice saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

Now the riddle is this, why would God ask this question when he already knows the answer? Because Isaiah is the only one there to hear this, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”

God knows that he’s talking to Isaiah, but Isaiah has the privilege of making a choice, making a commitment, and giving his answer.

Brothers and sisters, as we go through Lent, as we go through the scriptures, as we go forward in our faith at different times in your life, you may hear God’s voice in one way or another asking you if you’re ready to step up.

The years I played basketball, I made the team every year because I was the tallest kid in my high school. I remember the coach looking down the line of players. and I was at the farthest and as far away from the coach as I could get. But I could tell when he looked down the line, he was wondering who should go into the game. In different ways, you’ll be asked and I hope your answer will be this, “Put me in, coach. I’m ready to play.”

Please pray with me. Lord Jesus, thank you for the joy of our first conversion. We are forgiven. We are uplifted. We are encouraged. We are filled with love and joy and peace and our lives change. But, Lord, in every relationship, including the relationship with you, there comes a time where there’s a need for us to step up … because it’s not all about us. It’s not all about our happiness and our pleasure. Sooner or later, Lord, in this relationship that we have with you, we will hear your voice, “Who shall I send?” And, Lord, it’s my hope that we will feel ready in our hearts to say, “Lord, send me.” We ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION: Let’s have a conversation! Please reflect upon the questions below as you consider the material presented above. In a comment, share your thoughts and additional questions. What would you like to know?

What grabbed your attention?
What is the human need or problem?
What questions do you have about any quotes provided?
Does the Bible say anything about this?
What solutions do you see for the problem?
What specifically could we begin to do to make a change?

Additional Resources
Kinmundy United Methodist Church is located at 308 E. Third Street, Kinmundy, IL 62854. Worship begins at 9 am Sundays. The building is handicap accessible.
Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 3381 Kinoka Road, Patoka, IL 62875 in the country between Kinmundy and Patoka. Worship begins at 10.45 am Sundays.
VISION: We are a functional family of God, where Jesus is Lord and people grow.
MISSION: Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional. (¶126 of the 2016 Book of Discipline)
Paradigm: There are two kinds of people in this world: people who need to become disciples and disciples who need to become disciple makers.
 

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We Would Like You To Know — February 28 – March 7, 2021

We Would Like You To Know —

CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS
WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW — February 28 – March 7, 2021

THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR
Sun 2/28
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC
in the sanctuary, Drive-In listening (FM 87.9) on the parking lot or WATCH Pastor Dave’s video of the entire worship service at kinmundychurch.org
10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC
6:00 pm … PPR COMMITTEE Meeting in Fellowship Hall at KUMC

Wed 3/3
10:30 am … COMMUNION & WEEKLY PRAYER SERVICE will be held in the Kinmundy Fellowship Hall

Sun 3/7
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC in the sanctuary, Drive-in listening (FM 87.9) on the parking lot or WATCH Pastor Dave’s video of the entire sermon on kinmundychurch.org
10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW –

  1. PPR COMMITTEE Meeting at 6:00 pm this evening in the Fellowship Hall.
  2. PASTOR DAVE will continue providing a video of an entire worship service on the Internet for you to watch at home each week throughout the Spring. We will still mail a transcript of the sermon with the bulletin and make a DVD for those who request it.
  3. PHASE 4 COVID 19 Guidelines
    — Churches may gather indoors for any purpose in groups of 50 and less
    — Churches with larger rooms may gather indoor groups of up to 25% of the room capacity, but may not exceed 100 people in total
    — Social distancing, face masks, and other precautions should be taken for all activities
    — Church buildings may be open all kinds of groups and meetings of appropriate size, and all church staff and volunteers can regularly use the building
    — Facemasks and social distancing are required
    There are still many concerns regarding the safety of gathering during a time of Coronavirus. Bad things are predicted for large cities. But people in our region are working hard to keep each other safe.
  4. KASKASKIA RIVER DISTRICT 2021 LENTEN DEVOTIONAL BOOK
    Sunday, February 28, 2021
    Trusting God When Questions Abound

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your path. Proverbs 3:5-6
    In my youth and during the very foundation of my journey with God, I was one of the lucky ones who was encouraged to question and challenge what did not make sense to me. “Faith” was generally where my thinking landed me. There are a great many people who are not given the option to let faith be the answer in their own personal journey as a way of leading them to a deeper understanding and, in turn, spiritual
    frustration becomes a problem.
    As a funeral director I have seen and experienced heartbreak and vulnerability on a level I never could have imagined. “Why” is a question I am forced to consider in my profession more than any other and, unfortunately, there is no answer. We can never know why tragedy strikes or why bad things happen, but knowing God is with us in our suffering has kept me yearning for that inner one-on-one relationship.
    As I have grown and searched for that deeper connection I have learned the answers I seek may never be revealed and I have finally learned to be satisfied with that. I will continue to keep the spirit of questioning and challenging alive in my heart with the belief that my faith alongside the ups and downs of the human experience will guide me to a level of love and trust in God that I can carry with me forever.
    Prayer: Lord God, we know You are with us in our pain and our questioning, our joy and our lack of understanding. Please be a presence within us when we seek answers, strengthening our faith that whatever we do, You will lead us in the right path. Amen.
    — Alyssa Oldham, Laity, Mt. Vernon First UMC
  5. OUR NEWS BULLETIN section “We Would Like You To Know” needs some interesting “news”, so if anyone has any pictures or news items about your families or other happenings that you would like to share with our members, please send them to us by email at kumc11@outlook.com or drop them by the office
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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — February 28 – March 7

OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — February 28 – March 7

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR PASTORS: David Kueker, our Superintendent, Carol Lakota Eastin, and our Bishop, Frank Beard. If you need Pastor Dave for prayer, please call or text his cell phone, or email at dkueker@yahoo.com. Or on Facebook as David Oliver Kueker.

Prayer Request From Jesus: Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Please Pray For God To Bless Our “Care Card Ministry” Person Of The Week – K Helen Sullivan, Apt 2B, Andrews Dr, Centralia, IL 62801

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –

K Shirley Miller – Salem hospital Wednesday, being treated for blood clots in lungs.
K Gerri Molina – St John’s hospital, Springfield on Tuesday, has pneumonia. Expecting to be released this weekend to a facility closer to home (hoping for Salem hospital swing bed).

Please Pray For God To Bless These People With Ongoing Needs – Russell Kilby, John Holzhauer, David Mendenhall, Helen Sullivan, Brad Brimberry, Aaron Guerrettaz (Jo Williams’ nephew, Jim & Nancy Guerrettaz’s son), Erica Fox, Israel Molina, Kay Feather Lydick, Caitlin Engel (Julie Jones’ cousin), Quinten Butts, Barbara Shanafelt, Haven Mueller, Brittany Sauter & Dustin Knott, Mike Donoho, Brenton Connor, Kayley Wilhelm, Gary White, Larry & Dolores Johnson (Kim’s Parents), Nancy Weeks-Lafenhagen

Please Pray For God To Bless Our Military Families
Sergeant Rusty & Nicole (Nolan, Michael, Lydia) Robb – Member of the Presidential Helicopter Squadron.
Navy Lieutenant Commander Jason Montgomery – Serving on aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. (Gerri’s helper’s son)

Please Pray For Those Grieving For
– Glen Butts, St Peter
– Donna Ford Jackson, Springfield, K-A class of 1960

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Sermon 02/21/21: “The Time Has Come,” Jesus Said. (Lent I)

At this time, due to surging Coronavirus rates, many are not quite ready to return to face to face worship. If this includes you, please click on the link below to watch the entire worship service as a video on your home computer, tablet or smartphone:

Link to Video

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/514792302

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/crnrcvSSLI

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If you would prefer not to view the video, you’re welcome to use the links below to have a time of worship at home. (Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

CALL TO WORSHIP: Please recommit your life to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord with the words of the Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition: 

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O Glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

HYMN Faith, While Trees Are Still in Blossom 508
Faith, While Trees are Still in Blossom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ5G0A7oZ7M

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

Congregational Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Please pray for yourself and your neighbors, lifting up your needs to God while giving thanks for answered prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

HYMN Children of the Heavenly Father 141
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1Le7-y9xVI

MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN – If you are blessed to have children with you, ask them what they are thankful for, and then thank God together!

GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS – these can be mailed to the church office.

MESSAGE: “The Time Has Come,” Jesus Said.
Text: Mark 1:9-15
Series: The Journey Through Lent To The Cross

Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audioSermon slides as a PDF file.

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SERMON NOTES

Mark 1:9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. 14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

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HYMN Oh Love that Will Not Let Me Go
Oh Love that Will Not Let Me Go – Music Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGAPkKXBQKI

BENEDICTION: Let us dedicate ourselves to the service of Jesus by joining in the Prayer of Saint Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
Amen

(If you wish, you can listen to this prayer being sung:
Sarah McLachlan – Prayer of St. Francis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agPnMxp5Occ )

If you worship at home, please let us know so we can pray for you!

TRANSCRIPT

The true Christmas story is moving along. But it’s moving along from Act One to Act Two. Your typical move, your typical television drama, your typical situation comedy, there will be three acts. The story is divided into three parts. There is the beginning part where you get to meet the people in the story. But then there is a longer second part where things begin to happen to those people. Act two is when things get busy. Act one of Christmas, Jesus is here. There’s mangers, and shepherds, and angels, and wise men. But it’s at the beginning of Lent, it’s in Act two that Jesus begins to do his work, that Jesus begins to fulfill his purpose, that Jesus begins to demonstrate why he was sent here. And Jesus is not only here, Jesus invites us to join him in his work.

Howard Thurman wrote a beautiful poem that he called The Work of Christmas. And here’s how it goes.

“When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and the princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flock,
the work of Christmas begins.”

What is that work?

“To find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among brothers,
to make music in the heart.”

This is what begins to happen in Act two. But you know what most of us do? Act one happens and then we take down all the Christmas decorations and we put them in a box till next year nestled into the foam, protective sheet supports so that nothing bad can happen to that beautiful Christmas in the manger with the angels and the shepherds. And we go on to other things.

It was my proposal this year that we leave Christmas up all the way to February and Kim said, “No. That’s not how we do it in our house.” But just imagine what this is like. Your favorite movie, somebody comes in and turns it off after the first 20 minutes. What good is that? Your favorite situation comedy, 30 minutes long, somebody comes in 8 minutes into it, turns it off. Don’t you want to get to the rest of the story? Don’t you want to get to the place where things actually begin to happen?

Because it’s in Lent that Jesus begins to act. The waiting is over because Jesus is ready.

Let’s look at the scripture. Mark 1:9. At that time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The way they baptized in those days, and most people are unfamiliar with, the person would kneel in the water and they would make a sign of submission that you would to a Lord or a King. And as they did this, they would bow down, go under the water and come up to experience new life as a servant of the Lord. This is how they could baptize 2,000 people on a single day. Baptism is an act of submission to God’s will. It is a way of saying once, for the rest of your life, “Thy will be done.” It’s part of the preparation for act two.

Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. The Holy Spirit comes to make his home in your heart and life and empower you to fulfill God’s will.

Verse 11. And a voice came from heaven. You are my son, whom I love. With you, I am well pleased. These are things that prepared Jesus for his ministry. They prepare us also to serve.

At once, the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness and he was in the wilderness 40 days. Jesus was fasting for 40 days like Moses fasted for 40 days. And it is no coincidence, brothers and sisters, that Lent lasts for 40 days. Jesus is getting ready to act, and times of prayer and fasting are part of getting ready. And they’re a very important theme in Lent.

Now, any time you turn away from the world to turn your eyes upon Jesus, what immediately happens? The world tries to drag you back. The minute Jesus goes into the wilderness to spend time with God, the devil shows up to tempt him to do something else. As it says in the scripture, being tempted by Satan, he was with the wild animals and angels attended him. After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee proclaiming the good news of God.

And what is the good news of God? Here it is. The time has come. Those four words, to me, are the heart of what we’re talking about at the beginning of Lent. The time has come, Jesus said. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news.

So up until the beginning of Act two, Jesus is getting ready. Well, first, he needs to be born. But then there’s baptism, which is submission to the will of God. There’s being filled with the Holy Spirit, which is to be empowered to do the will of God. Then there are 40 days of fasting and prayer. Then there are temptations, three of them which we still struggle with. But then, finally, Act two is ready to start. Jesus returns proclaiming the good news of God. Jesus is now ready to do what God has brought him into this world to do. “The time has come,” he said. “The Kingdom of God has come near. Repent.” We all need to repent. “And believe.” We all need to believe. And what do we believe? “The good news.”

Pastor Dave, what is the good news? Well, the good news is every single thing that Jesus said and did in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. But if you wanted to summarize it, there it is on the screen right there. And the good news, honestly, I would suggest to you is this, the time has come. It’s no longer time to sit in your La-Z-Boy recliner. It’s no longer time to lose yourself watching reruns on TV. It’s no longer time to play endless games of solitaire on the computer. It’s no longer time to wait because the time is now.
As it says in Hebrews, “Today is the day of salvation.” Are you ready?

This is the time that I’m a little worried about because that La-Z-Boy recliner has gotten awfully comfortable. And whatever you do to pass the time, and whatever I do to pass the time, that’s gotten awfully comfortable. Are we ready to get up, and to follow Jesus into the new world that he’s calling us to?

You see, what happens right after this, he’s walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and he says to Peter and Andrew, “Follow me.” It’s no longer time to fish. It’s time to follow me.

He says to James and John, the brothers, “Follow me.” It’s no longer time to mend your nets. It’s time to get up and get going. It’s time. Are you ready? Because the time has come. And I want to tell you, with all of the honesty that I possibly can, I am ready because I am so tired of this.

I am so tired of wearing my Birkenstock sandals and walking over to church and getting snow on my toes. It’s just wrong. Some of you have heard me say this. I have an irrational belief that if I dress like it’s summer, summer will come sooner. So far, it’s not worked very well. Not as bad as Texas, but not all that great!

I am so tired of all this waiting and being prevented from doing what I want to do, being hemmed in like there’s barbed wire around the house and you can’t do anything.

Oh, and by the way, are you like me? I am so tired of this (coronavirus). Because ever since March, it’s like I can’t do what I want to do. And my church can’t do what the church wants to do. And my church people can’t do what their hearts most want them to do. I am so tired of limitations, and as a result, I’m ready. I’m ready for Jesus to get us started. I am ready.

Now, here’s a couple of things to know about getting started. There’s a way we used to do things before the coronavirus happened, and there’s a way we used to do things before Jesus came. When Jesus gets us started, He’s not going to take us back to the same old, same old. He’s going to open a door into a better way to live. The Lord of the sheep, the Good Shepherd, does not lead you to green pastures that are worse, but He leads us to a better life.

And what that means, when Jesus calls for us to rise up and get going and start doing is, we’re going to leave the comfort zone of the way we’ve always done it before, and Jesus is going to lead us into a place where the magic happens because the same Jesus Christ that healed people back then is alive with us now. The same Jesus Christ that set people free from demonic oppression back then is still here to set us free today. The same Jesus who was here centuries ago to teach us the truth about God is still in the pages of the Bible, teaching us today. The same Jesus is ready to lead us into new life.

Let’s not be like the people of the nation of Israel in Moses’s day to where we were willing to change, but the change we wanted to do was to go back to Egypt, to go back to the way things were before. No, Jesus says, “Come follow me, and we’re going to go into the kingdom of God.”

Up in the top, right-hand corner of the picture there, you see one of those little cups? I remember– I don’t even know if they still do this, but years ago, I went to Wendy’s and paid for my hamburger. And all of a sudden, there was a rattle of coins into a little cup, and there was a sign above that that said, “Please accept your change.” Jesus Christ is asking us to go with Him into something new. I know you don’t want a repeat of the coronavirus. I know you don’t want a repeat of this last blizzard. But please accept your change. Let Jesus lead you into a new life, whatever that means for you, because He desires that love and joy and peace would become our new normal.

This has always been a part of the Christmas story. Do you remember singing this: “No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes–“ … Jesus comes. Jesus comes to make His blessings flow, far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found, healing and change and God’s love and grace is going to flow out from the center where Jesus is, to fill the whole earth. That’s the true work of Christmas.

Are you ready for that to happen? Are you ready to experience new life? Are you ready for spring to follow winter? I know I am, and so God says to us– Jesus says to us, “The time has come. It’s no longer time to procrastinate, it’s no longer time to retreat, it’s no longer time to nap our way through the week. The time has come.” Jesus said, “The time is now.”

Now, if you look at the screen, you see the word repent. It’s followed by a semicolon. You see the word believe? We all know we’re supposed to believe but it’s followed by a semicolon. And then follow me, that’s followed by a semicolon.

Have you ever seen someone with a tattoo of a semicolon? Do you know what that means? Now, I’m not encouraging anybody here to go out and get a tattoo, but if you want to take a magic marker and put a semicolon on your wrist, you’re welcome to do that. You’re okay if you want to take some kind of ashes, perhaps, and put a semicolon on your forehead. Do you know what the semicolon means (as a tattoo)?

It’s becoming a sign among people who are struggling with addiction, who are struggling with problems, who are struggling with mental illness, and the idea behind the semicolon is this, “My story is not over as if there’s a period. I’ve had a hard life. But the point of the semicolon is my life is changing as I move into the future. The point of the semicolon is there’s a story that goes on beyond the old story because God’s not finished with me yet.”

And brothers and sisters, God is not finished with you, and God is not finished with this church, and God is not finished with this community. But as Jesus rises up and says, “Follow me.” Will we be willing to leave our net, and our La-Z-Boy recliners, and our computer games, and get up off our comfortable pews, and go with Jesus to where the magic happens?

Please pray with me. Lord Jesus, we are sick and tired of the snow but that doesn’t mean that we’re sick and tired of lying around the house. Lord Jesus, we are sick and tired of the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean that we are ready to follow you, and to do your will. Lord Jesus, we are sick and tired of all the limitations we’ve had to live with but that doesn’t mean, Lord, that we’re willing to let you forgive us, and set us free. And like the Good Shepherd in the 23rd psalm, it doesn’t mean that we’re willing to follow you, and allow you to lead us into a beautiful new life which you called the Kingdom of God. Help us, Lord, to understand now that when you began your ministry with these words, “The time has come,” you were asking people to follow you and join you. And Lord, I pray that you would help us to hear that call, to be with you, and to be your servants during this season of Lent. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

EPILOGUE: a few words after the hymn:

I’d like to tell you a little story before we finish with the benediction. For almost six and a half years now, you’ve been looking at this bicycle, and we’ve been finishing the service in this way, because there was a sermon six and a half years ago that made a point about physics. And here’s the point. And you can practice this if you want to go home today and find a bicycle. You cannot balance yourself on a bicycle that’s not moving forward. Did you know that?
Yeah, I do. I learned that the hard way. [laughter] You learned that the hard way, too? Okay.

And there was a sermon six and a half years ago that said, “Friends, the church only stays in balance when it’s moving forward because it’s just like a bicycle.” And that was only meant to be in there one Sunday … but Steve Fox liked it so much, he put it in there every Sunday, and now it doesn’t hardly seem like church if we don’t end our worship this way.

But it’s the same thing as the message today was talking about, we can only live in balance … We can only avoid an accident … if the church is moving forward. May we all move forward together. There is no peace, there is no safety, there is no stability in this crazy world by staying still, we have to move forward.
So now: May the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the love of God, the Father, and the presence of the comforter, his Holy Spirit, be with us all now and forevermore. Amen.
Amen.
Now, don’t just sit there, don’t just stand there … Do something!
Amen.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION: Let’s have a conversation! Please reflect upon the questions below as you consider the material presented above. In a comment, share your thoughts and additional questions. What would you like to know?

What grabbed your attention?
What is the human need or problem?
What questions do you have about any quotes provided?
Does the Bible say anything about this?
What solutions do you see for the problem?
What specifically could we begin to do to make a change?

Additional Resources
Kinmundy United Methodist Church is located at 308 E. Third Street, Kinmundy, IL 62854. Worship begins at 9 am Sundays. The building is handicap accessible.
Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 3381 Kinoka Road, Patoka, IL 62875 in the country between Kinmundy and Patoka. Worship begins at 10.45 am Sundays.
VISION: We are a functional family of God, where Jesus is Lord and people grow.
MISSION: Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional. (¶126 of the 2016 Book of Discipline)
Paradigm: There are two kinds of people in this world: people who need to become disciples and disciples who need to become disciple makers.
 

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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — February 21 – February 28

OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — February 21 – February 28

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR PASTORS: David Kueker, our Superintendent, Carol Lakota Eastin, and our Bishop, Frank Beard. If you need Pastor Dave for prayer, please call or text his cell phone, 618-780-0151, or email at dkueker@yahoo.com. Or on Facebook as David Oliver Kueker.

Prayer Request From Jesus: Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Please Pray For God To Bless Our “Care Card Ministry” Person Of The Week –
Keith Green, Lutheran Care Center, 702 W Cumberland Rd, Altamont, IL 62411

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
K David Mendenhall – Has cancer, would appreciate prayers, his wife is Teresa (Tate), Eleanore Tate’s daughter. David is a friend of Steve Wilkins.
K John Holzhauer – Weakened Immune system
K Russell Kilby – Ongoing health concerns, not well enough to work now.
Please Pray For God To Bless These People With Ongoing Needs –
Helen Sullivan, Brad Brimberry, Aaron Guerrettaz (Jo Williams’ nephew, Jim & Nancy Guerrettaz’s son), Erica Fox, Israel Molina, Kay Feather Lydick, Caitlin Engel (Julie Jones’ cousin), Quinten Butts, Barbara Shanafelt, Haven Mueller, Brittany Sauter & Dustin Knott, Mike Donoho, Brenton Connor, Kayley Wilhelm, Gary White, Larry & Dolores Johnson (Kim’s Parents), Nancy Weeks-Lafenhagen

Please Pray For God To Bless Our Military Families –
Chris Myers – Serving in Indonesia (Shirley Miller’s Son)
Sergeant Rusty & Nicole (Nolan, Michael, Lydia) Robb – Member of the Presidential Helicopter Squardron.
Navy Lieutenant Commander Jason Montgomery – Serving on aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
(Gerri’s helper’s son)

Please Pray For Those Grieving For –
– Glen Butts, St Peter
– Donna Ford Jackson, Springfield, K-A class of 1960

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We Would Like You To Know — February 21 – February 28, 2021

We Would Like You To Know —

CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS
February 21 – February 28, 2021
THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR
Sun 2/21
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC in sanctuary, Drive-In listening (FM 87.9) on the parking lot or WATCH Pastor Dave’s video of the entire worship service at kinmundychurch.org
10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC
Wed 2/24
10:30 am … COMMUNION & WEEKLY PRAYER SERVICE will be held in the Kinmundy Fellowship Hall
Sun 2/28
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC in sanctuary, Drive-In listening (FM 87.9) on the parking lot or WATCH Pastor Dave’s video of the entire sermon on kinmundychurch.org
10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

  1. Phase 4 COVID 19 Guidelines
    — Churches may gather indoors for any purpose in groups of 50 and less
    — Churches with larger rooms may gather indoor groups of up to 25% of the room capacity, but may not exceed 100 people in total
    — Social distancing, face masks, and other precautions should be taken for all activities
    — Church buildings may be open all kinds of groups and meetings of appropriate size, and all church staff and volunteers can regularly use the building
    — Facemasks and social distancing are required
    There are still many concerns regarding the safety of gathering during a time of Coronavirus. Bad things are predicted for large cities. But people in our region are working hard to keep each other safe.
    PASTOR DAVE will continue providing a video of an entire worship service on the Internet for you to watch at home each week throughout the Spring. We will still mail a transcript of the sermon with the bulletin and make a DVD for those who request it.
  2. “From Ash Wednesday to Resurrection Sunday:
    A Lenten Journey”
    Kaskaskia River District 2021 Lenten Devotional Book
    Today’s devotional: Sunday, February 21, 2021
    More or Less?
    “… I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’” Matthew 25:40
    In a little country church, attended by only a few families, I was the children’s Sunday School teacher — by default. Two of the six children in the church were our sons, Andy and Alex. Children’s ministry is not my strength, but duty called. During one of the first Sundays in Lent, I was trying to impress upon the kiddos the importance of making sacrifices in the name of Christian love so as to prepare one’s heart for the joy of Easter Sunday morning and the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ.
    Alas, to me, this is the meaning of Lent. I suggested to my pupils that they “give up” something for Lent like many adults do. What could they give up that would be a sacrifice? An hour of cartoons on Saturday morning? Chocolate? Complaining about doing chores? My little lambs were having none of it. In fact, they were complaining just at the thought of giving up cartoons or chocolate. It was time to try another approach. “Then, how about starting something new?” I asked. “Try adding something this week that will show your commitment to ‘loving your neighbor as yourself.’” The figurative bell rang as the other parents came to collect their children and there was no time for further discussion.
    The next week, I heard about “setting the table for mom without her asking, feeding the dogs and cats before dad did that daily chore, being nice to the girl on the school bus that nobody ever wanted to sit by, going to visit Aunt One and listen to her stories so she wouldn’t be lonely.” I fought back tears as they shared how they put Christian love in action.
    This became a Lenten tradition for me … adding something rather than just giving up something as a sacrifice. For me, I have typically devoted more time to study and spiritual growth. I often times read Max Lucado’s “The Final Week of Jesus” during Holy Week or “When the Angles Were Silent,” the longer version, throughout Lent. Last year I read Chris Tiegreen’s “The Promise of Lent” devotional. I listen to my “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Godspell” CDs which admittedly are somewhat secular but inspiring to me, all the same. As I write this, I reflect on the children’s choices. Their “something more” were acts of service which took Christ’s love out into the world. While personal study for spiritual growth will always be important to me, I realize that I can learn from the little ones. Sacrifice means not just giving up something, but also giving of oneself. After all, Christ gave it all that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Prayer: Dear Lord, during this season of Lent and beyond, help me recognize the needs of others and be willing, like the little children, to fill those needs in Your holy name. Amen.
    — Ann Schwarm, Lay Leader, Vandalia First UM
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Sermon 02/14/21: Power Tool #6: Fasting Or Abstinence (Epiphany VI)

At this time, due to surging Coronavirus rates, many are not quite ready to return to face to face worship. If this includes you, please click on the link below to watch the entire worship service as a video on your home computer, tablet or smartphone:

Link to Video

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/512075369

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/crn2V1Sv26

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If you would prefer not to view the video, you’re welcome to use the links below to have a time of worship at home. (Just right click on the link to play each hymn or the sermon in a new tab, and close that tab when finished.)

CALL TO WORSHIP: Please recommit your life to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord with the words of the Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition: 

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O Glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

HYMN And Are We Yet Alive
And Are We Yet Alive – Classic Charles Wesley Christian Hymns
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQTmtEcrNuI

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

Congregational Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Please pray for yourself and your neighbors, lifting up your needs to God while giving thanks for answered prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

HYMN Jesus, United by Thy Grace
JESUS UNITED By Thy GRACE Hymn Lyrics by Charles Szabo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMmxmxSp5c0

MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN – If you are blessed to have children with you, ask them what they are thankful for, and then thank God together!

GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS – these can be mailed to the church office.

MESSAGE: Power Tool #6: Fasting Or Abstinence.
Text: Matthew 9:14-15, 6:1, 16-17; John 4:27-39
Series: Those Methodist Tools (Attend Upon All The Ordinances of God)


Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audioSermon slides as a PDF file.

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SERMON NOTES

Matthew 9:14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 

Matthew 6:1 “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. … 16 “And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

John 4:27 Just then his disciples came. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but none said, “What do you wish?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city, and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the city and were coming to him.     31 Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has any one brought him food?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.     35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest. 36 He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” 39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 

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HYMN Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus by Alan Jackson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO4uIyz_d90

BENEDICTION: Let us dedicate ourselves to the service of Jesus by joining in the Prayer of Saint Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
Amen

(If you wish, you can listen to this prayer being sung:
Sarah McLachlan – Prayer of St. Francis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agPnMxp5Occ )

If you worship at home, please let us know so we can pray for you!

TRANSCRIPT

We’ve been looking at the Methodist rules because John Wesley was a big believer in methods, in rules that people could follow so that they could live a better life. And in his terms, that meant a holier life, a more blessed life. And there are six of these. And today we get to number six.

And I’m not sure that in the 40 years that I have been a United Methodist pastor full time, 42 years actually from when I started, that I have preached more than once before today on the subject of fasting and abstinence. But it’s one of the rules. There’s a lot of discussion these days about fasting for your health, but not so much about fasting for your spiritual health.

Like to introduce you to Dr. Jason Fung. Dr. Fung is a nephrologist, a kidney specialist who lives in Toronto, Canada, and he began to focus in his medical career on defining the problems that caused terrible kidney disease. And the number one, of course, is diabetes. And he began to study this. And he is actually changing the medical opinion on what is the cause of diabetes.

And by the way, the cause of diabetes is obesity. I’m very aware that this is the cause of my diabetes, which I discovered in 2003. But his research is published in these books, The Obesity Code and The Diabetes Code. But the basic thing that Dr. Fung wants to tell us is that you can improve your health if you simply stop eating.

And the kind of not-eating that he recommends is for you to not eat for a day, that’s fasting, and then eat for a day, and then not eat – to alternate periods of fasting and eating.

This is a part of religious behavior. Every world religion practices fasting and recommends it, every single one. The reality is, however, that human beings just don’t do it. So let me explain how Dr. Fung sees the health situation, which is, and by the way, this is an ancient proverb, people live on half of what they eat and doctors live on the other half. You’ll see different percentages. Some places on the Internet say one-third of what you eat, that’s what you live on. Some places say one-fourth of what you eat, that’s what you live on. But certainly this much is true.

What Dr. Fung says is that when you eat too much, and particularly when you eat too much sugar, when you eat too many carbohydrates, your body becomes flooded with blood sugar, with glucose. It’s like a flood.

Now, the general medical opinion is that the cells of your body are starved for glucose so that what you want to do when there’s a flood, is you want to go along and break out all the windows so that the flood in the street, it’ll go away if it all goes into the houses. Well, you and I are not that stupid.

If you have way too much in your bloodstream, what are the odds that it’s already in the cells? And, in fact, so much in the cells that you can’t get more in it? Dr. Fung suggests that for those of us, like me who eat too much, our body has become an overflowing sugar bowl.

Now, insulin does two things in your body, because the ultimate point that Dr. Fong wants to make is that what causes diabetes is too much insulin. You can actually turn a healthy human being into a diabetic simply by giving them shots of insulin that they don’t need. Too much insulin causes insulin resistance. Too much eating causes the blood sugar to come up. And insulin does two things. It helps the blood sugar to get into the house, but we’ve already suggested that the cells are already full. You can’t cram more in. But the second thing that insulin does is that when your body is flooded with blood sugar, it turns the extra energy in your blood vessels into fat. If you have too much fat, it came from sugar, because the body conserves that energy for when there’s going to be a famine.

Now, I would like to say to you – feel sorry for yourself – the next time there’s a famine, I’ll survive and you won’t … unless you skinny people hunt me down and eat me. But our bodies just simply don’t need this much stored energy. But it’s insulin that does it because our body is overwhelmed with sugar. And the best thing that Dr. Fung says that will decrease the sugar and it will decrease the insulin and all the problems that come from it is if you just simply stop eating … your body will use what’s in your bloodstream for fuel.

Now, what does this have to do with spiritual fasting? Well, friends, you and I are this busy with stuff. Our lives are overflowing with activities that might feel sweet, but they don’t do us much good. Certainly, if do no harm is the rule that John Wesley gave us, there are some things that we should stop doing.

During Lent. we have this belief of giving things up. Friends, there are things you and I should give up. And not only that, if the rule is to do good, then there are some things that we should start up that will benefit us.

Next Sunday, it’ll be Lent. What are you giving up for Lent? What are you starting up for Lent? Because if you already have too much sugar in your blood, it doesn’t help you to eat and eat. If you already have too many things going on in your life, it doesn’t help you to add more meaningless activity … and that’s part of what it means to fast or to abstain. You are not going to add more than what is good for you into your life.

Here’s what Jesus said about it, Matthew chapter 9, verse 14: “Then the disciples of John came to him saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast? But your disciples do not fast.'”

This was fasting in Jesus’s day. It was almost sort of like a spiritual competition. People would brag, “I fast this many days a week. I fast this many days a month. “They would brag about it. And so Jesus actually was challenged. “What’s wrong with you and your disciples? You’re not fasting and you’re not bragging about it!”

What does Jesus say? “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them and then they will fast.” Friends, after Jesus arose to heaven, it was time for fasting to be a part of our life.

Matthew, chapter 6:1, Jesus talks about the competition, the bragging that was involved in fasting, and he says, “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them. For then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” And he mentioned several things that people did to show off their spirituality. And when he got further down in the chapter, verse 16; “And when you fast…”

Now consider that to be an important point. There’s going to be a time when you will fast, but when that time comes, do not look dismal like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so their fasting may be seen by men. They would throw ashes over their heads, they would not bathe, so that everybody would know how spiritual they were. “Truly, I say to you,” Jesus said, “they have received their reward.” All they wanted was attention from others. Verse 17. “But when you fast anoint your head and wash your face that your fasting may not be seen by men, but by your Father who is in heaven, and Your father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Then let’s take a look at John, Chapter 4, and this is the chapter where Jesus and the disciples arrive at the well in Samaria, and the disciples head on into town because it’s lunchtime. They go into town to get food and bring it back out to the well.

But Jesus stays there and has a conversation with a woman. And at the end of that conversation, she goes back into town. She has quite a reputation, and she says to all of her neighbors, “Come and meet a man who told me everything that I did.” And apparently she had such a bad reputation and everybody was really curious.

But while she’s doing that, the disciples come back with lunch. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but apparently they just simply ignored her because none of the disciples said what do you wish, or why are you talking with her? They just ignored her. You know how Jesus is. He might have wanted them to share their lunch with her … because they’re completely focused on lunch. She leaves.

Verse 31, “Meanwhile, the disciples besought him, saying, ‘Rabbi eat.'” They’re totally focused on their belly. They’re totally focused on lunch.

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” Now take a look at the fields around in that picture there. The fields around the well probably looked something like this. They would triple crop in Israel. They would put three crops in, in a year’s time.

Jesus says: “Do you not say there are yet four months and then comes the harvest?” When you triple crop, this is what it looks like four months before the harvest, I’m guessing. “I tell you,” Jesus says, “lift up your eyes,” from your lunch. “Lift up your eyes and see how the fields are already white,” already ready for the harvest. And the disciples look up and they look around, and there is nothing growing in that field. There is no food in that field. What could Jesus possibly be talking about?

And what they don’t know is that a whole village is coming toward them to become believers and followers of Jesus. Jesus is much more concerned about those people, but all the disciples are concerned about is their lunch.

And the idea behind fasting is we’re going to lift up our eyes away from lunch and start paying attention to what God wants because, as Jesus said, “That’s my food.” And when you choose to fast for spiritual reasons, that’s a decision you are making. “My food is going to be doing God’s will.”

Next slide, please. This is what happens when we focus too much on lunch. Friday night, 8:30, the urge for ice cream came over me, and I could not resist. So I went out to the garage and dug through the freezer and pulled out a half-gallon carton of Moose Tracks. Now, if you’re smart like me, you may still call it a half-gallon, but it’s actually only 75% of that. The price goes up. The packages get smaller, but still – one and a half of a half-gallon.

I’m pleased to tell you that I did not eat all of it. I only ate 90% of it. Tiny little ball in the corner of the carton because, just like the disciples, I was focused on my appetite.

We need to pay attention to what has our attention and sometimes, what has our attention is not good for us. And the whole idea behind fasting is we turn away from what should not have our attention and turn toward God and give God our attention.

A pastor in Houston said, with regard to fasting, “I’m not skipping a meal because in place of that meal, I’m actually dining with God.”

Fasting, whether it’s for one meal, one hour, half a day or a whole day, is in order to spend that time with God. Think about it. There’s a time you have to go to the grocery store. There is the time that you spend putting things away. There is the time that you spend trying to figure out what to eat. There’s the time that you spend assembling the ingredients. There’s a time that you spend cooking. There’s the time that you spend eating. And then there’s seconds, and sometimes there’s thirds. And sometimes, you go back in the kitchen and make more for a snack later. And then there are all the dishes that have to be done. Eating takes a lot of time and energy.

And when you abstain from eating or from other things that take time, when you fast, all of a sudden you have a lot of time for God.

Here’s the basic problem: Proverbs 13:25, The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite. The righteous person can tell when they’re full, but the belly of the wicked suffers want. They don’t know they’ve already had enough.

There’s a proverb that says, “You can’t get enough of what you don’t really want.”

The same ideas echoed in the New Testament, where Paul talks about people who have fallen away from the church. He says, “Their end is destruction, their God is their belly and they glory in their shame with minds set on earthly things.”

John Wesley fasted. He fasted simply because it was a rule of the Episcopalian Church, of which he was a minister. The rule of the Episcopal Church was that Christians should fast on Wednesday until 3 o’clock, on Friday until 3 o’clock. So, there was a rule; so, Wesley kept that rule.

45, 46 years ago when I was in college, I went to Eastern Illinois University. And the Christians that I spent time with felt that fasting was very good, very important. And I began to feel a little convicted that I should also fast, but there’s a problem with this! If you live in the dormitory at Eastern Illinois University, your parents pay good money for you to be able to eat in the dorm, and the dorm would serve you breakfast at breakfast time, they’d serve lunch at lunchtime, and they’d serve supper at supper time. And I could not help the reality that this food was already paid for, and it was just wrong to let it go to waste. You go through the line, and they drop things on your tray, but at the end of the line you could pick your dessert, and sometimes they’d have another dish of something to where you just scoop up as much macaroni and cheese, for example, as you wanted.

Oh, and I forgot to tell you this. We always had chocolate milk. Because you see, somewhere deep inside of you is still a little kid, and that little kid is always hungry. And I just couldn’t deal with the idea of fasting … because my parents had already paid for this food. So I didn’t quite know what to do, but I was convicted, so I said, “Okay, Lord, you decide.”

And I began a practice of bringing a quarter with me. And I would go down, and I would stand in the line where you check in to eat your food. They’d have on a chalkboard there what they were serving, what they were serving as the main entrée.

And I would stand in that line and I’d flip a coin. And if it was heads, I would turn around and just leave.

Now, I felt pretty safe because it was 50% – if I don’t get to eat now, I’m going to get to eat soon. I felt pretty safe.

But you know what that little routine of flipping a coin taught me? It taught me how little self-control I had. It taught me that I did not have much willpower. And if I couldn’t turn down the temptation of chocolate milk and macaroni and cheese, how could I turn down a greater temptation?

But after a year of flipping the coin at every meal– oh, and by the way, if I liked the entrée, I wouldn’t always flip the coin. But after a year or so of flipping the coin, I got to where it just doesn’t matter. It’s more important to do what God wants than to have that chocolate milk.

So here’s the deal, brothers and sisters, if you want to find out if your God is your belly, all you have to do is flip a coin. By the way, gentlemen, I would not do this after your wife has made supper if she cooks at your house! But you can still do this. You can flip a coin, and then you can exercise your willpower.

Because as we go into Lent, as we go into this time of abstaining, as we go into this time of fasting, it’s a way for us to understand how to grow the willpower to decide to do what God wants in the moment. I don’t think God cared whether I ate lunch, but I think that God valued the fact that – just like doing push-ups – I was exercising spiritually. I was getting ready to make the right decision.

So here’s the question for us. If you were going to give up something for Lent, what are you going to give up? What are you going to give up? Because, understand the purpose of this, what are you going to give up so that you have more time and more energy and more attention to pay attention to God? Consider. Pay attention to what has too much of your attention. Pay attention to what is too much. Too much time, too much money, too much energy, too much of a distraction. And maybe this Lent is a good time for you to do less of what is meaningless and doesn’t matter, whatever that might be for you. Because this, of course, is between you and God.

Let us pray. Lord Jesus, help us have the wisdom to know what we should do. And, Lord, assuming that all year round we do too much, we eat too much, we think too much, we watch too much TV. Lord, whatever it is we do too much of, give us wisdom to consider whether perhaps for these six weeks we should slow down that too much and fast or abstain so that we have more time for what is good and healthy and what you would wish us to do. And we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Basically, the reality is that when we choose to fast or abstain, we are choosing to turn our eyes upon Jesus. So let these words sink in as you consider your own version of Lent, because certainly everything in this world seeks to distract us from turning our eyes upon Jesus.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION: Let’s have a conversation! Please reflect upon the questions below as you consider the material presented above. In a comment, share your thoughts and additional questions. What would you like to know?

What grabbed your attention?
What is the human need or problem?
What questions do you have about any quotes provided?
Does the Bible say anything about this?
What solutions do you see for the problem?
What specifically could we begin to do to make a change?

Additional Resources
Kinmundy United Methodist Church is located at 308 E. Third Street, Kinmundy, IL 62854. Worship begins at 9 am Sundays. The building is handicap accessible.
Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 3381 Kinoka Road, Patoka, IL 62875 in the country between Kinmundy and Patoka. Worship begins at 10.45 am Sundays.
VISION: We are a functional family of God, where Jesus is Lord and people grow.
MISSION: Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional. (¶126 of the 2016 Book of Discipline)
Paradigm: There are two kinds of people in this world: people who need to become disciples and disciples who need to become disciple makers.
 

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Our District Devotional for Lent

Our District Devotional for Lent: “From Ash Wednesday to Resurrection Sunday: A Lenten Journey.”

Additional links:- To print as a book:
https://www.igrc.org/files/websites/www/2021+lenten+devotional+book.pdf

– To view in order electronically:
https://www.igrc.org/files/websites/www/2021+krd+lenten+devotional+book+pdf.pdf

… Special thank you to Pastor Therese Melena for the cover artwork, and to Pastor Roger Boyd for putting the book together.

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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — February 14 – February 21

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR PASTORS: David Kueker, our Superintendent, Carol Lakota Eastin, and our Bishop, Frank Beard. If you need Pastor Dave for prayer, please call or text his cell phone, 618-780-0151, or email at dkueker@yahoo.com. Or on Facebook as David Oliver Kueker.

Prayer Request From Jesus: Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Please Pray For God To Bless Our “Care Card Ministry” Person Of The Week
K Louise Cheatum, Apt 107, Centralia Estates, 1916 E McCord St, Centralia, IL 62801

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
K David Mendenhall – Has cancer, would appreciate prayers, his wife is Teresa (Tate), Eleanore Tate’s daughter. David is a friend of Steve Wilkins.
K John Holzhauer – Weakened Immune system
K Russell Kilby – Ongoing health concerns, not well enough to work now.
K Helen Sullivan – Continuing to heal from surgery, grieving for Larry.

Please Pray For God To Bless These People With Ongoing Needs –
Brad Brimberry, Aaron Guerrettaz (Jo Williams’ nephew, Jim & Nancy Guerrettaz’s son), Erica Fox, Israel Molina, Kay Feather Lydick, Caitlin Engel (Julie Jones’ cousin), Quinten Butts, Barbara Shanafelt, Haven Mueller, Brittany Sauter & Dustin Knott, Mike Donoho, Brenton Connor, Kayley Wilhelm, Gary White, Larry & Dolores Johnson (Kim’s Parents),
Nancy Weeks-Lafenhagen

Please Pray For God To Bless Our Military Families –
Chris Myers – Serving in Indonesia (Shirley Miller’s Son)
Sergeant Rusty & Nicole (Nolan, Michael, Lydia) Robb – Member of the Presidential Helicopter Squardron.
Navy Lieutenant Commander Jason Montgomery – Serving on aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
(Gerri’s helper’s son)

Please Pray For Those Grieving For –
– Donna Ford Jackson, Springfield, K-A class of 1960
– Scott Bargh, Salem, K-A class of 1977
– Glenda (Schooley) Moore, Salem

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We Would Like You To Know — February 14 – February 21, 2021

We Would Like You To Know —

CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS
February 14 – February 21, 2021
THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR

Sun 2/14
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC in sanctuary, Drive-In listening (FM 87.9) on the parking lot or WATCH Pastor Dave’s video of the entire worship service at kinmundychurch.org

10:45 am … FACE -TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UNC

Mon 2/15 — PRESIDENTS’ DAY

Wed 2/17
10:30 am … ASH WEDNESDAY COMMUNION SERVICE will be held in the Kinmundy Fellowship Hall

Sun 2/21
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC in sanctuary, Drive-In listening (FM 87.9) on the parking lot or WATCH Pastor Dave’s video of the entire sermon on Kinmundychurch.org

10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

  1. MONDAY IS PRESIDENTS’ DAY and there may be some snow coming and cold temperatures, so it is likely that the church office will be closed.
  2. ASH WEDNESDAY COMMUNION SERVICE will be held at 10:30 am, February 17, in Fellowship Hall at Kinmundy.
  3. COMMUNION & WEEKLY PRAYER will be held at 10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall each Wednesday. Safe distancing will be observed.
  4. Phase 4 COVID 19 Guidelines
    — Churches may gather indoors for any purpose in groups of 50 and less
    — Churches with larger rooms may gather indoor groups of up to 25% of the room capacity, but may not exceed 100 people in total
    — Social distancing, face masks, and other precautions should be taken for all activities
    — Church buildings may be open all kinds of groups and meetings of appropriate size, and all church staff and volunteers can regularly use the building
    — Facemasks and social distancing are required
    There are still many concerns regarding the safety of gathering during a time of Coronavirus. Bad things are predicted for large cities. But people in our region are working hard to keep each other safe.

PASTOR DAVE will continue providing a video of an entire worship service on the Internet for you to watch at home each week throughout the Spring. We will still mail a transcript of the sermon with the bulletin and make a DVD for those who request it.

  1. KUMC YOUTH CHOIR — About 1958, front row next to end, Susan Smith.
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