Eileen Garrett – Funeral Message – 05/05/2020

Eileen Garrett was laid to rest today at Sandy Branch Cemetery with a service at 1 pm, May 5, 2020.

Pastor David Kueker preached a message on John 14:1-6:

1 “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.

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Funeral Message for Eileen Garrett 05 05 2020

Eileen’s obituary:

Eileen Garrett passed away on April 26, 2020 at the age of 92. She was born on April 19, 1928, in Galton, Illinois to Harry and Gladys Eagan. She was raised and lived most of her life in Kinmundy, Illinois. She married Charles W. “Bill” Garrett on December 4, 1947. Eileen assisted Bill on the family farm until they retired. She loved sewing, crocheting and painting as a hobby after retirement. She was an avid reader and loved tending to her flowerbeds. Eileen was a member of the Wesley Methodist Church. She was an amazing woman of faith with a very kind heart.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and daughter: Lori Denise Garrett, and siblings: Marceline Cross, Tiona Blair, John Eagan, Jim Eagan, Noah Eagan, Opal Zimmer and Ralph Eagan.

She is survived by her three daughters:
Marla Crouse of Centralia, Illinois,
Becky Short (Steve) of Georgetown, Texas, and
Glenda Hunter (Garry) of Salem, Illinois;
Grandchildren: Michelle Pittsley (Steven), Dan Crouse, Abby Ray (Randy), Garrett Hunter (Carri), April Hill (Bob) and Dane Hunter;
Great-grandchildren: Val Kendrick, Phoebe Garrett, Eleanor Crouse, Houston Ray, Celeste Ray, Carley Hunter, Brenna Hunter, Aden Hill and Silas Hill;

Brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Floyd and Helen Garrett; along with many nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services will be held at Sandy Branch Cemetery in Kinmundy. A memorial service will be planned and announced at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wesley Methodist Church or the Sandy Branch Cemetery and can be left at Crouse Funeral Home who is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at CrouseFH.com or on the funeral homes Facebook page.

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Prayer Needs for Sunday 5-3-20 (as of Saturday evening):

Prayer Needs for Sunday 5-3-20 (as of Saturday evening):
“WORSHIP AT HOME” for Sunday 5/3/20 will be available tomorrow morning at https://kinmundychurch.org/2020/05/sermon-05-03-20-praying-in-place-eastertide-iii/


Prayer needs for today include:
My Cousin in law Cindy (Mrs. Steve) Kueker reported this at 10 pm Friday night: Want to let family and friends hear it from me. I am at the emergency room. Been having trouble breathing. So at this time, I am being tested for COVID19. I have a fever of 100.4, chest x-ray has been done. Now we wait for the results. I love everyone.

GRIEF OF THE DAY … I regret to inform you of the death Sunday afternoon 4/26/20 of Eileen Garrett. Eileen was a patient at Crossroads Hospital in Mt Vernon, struggling with sepsis and positive for COVID19. She rallied but became weaker in the night early Sunday morning. Plans were made to bring her home with hospice, perhaps on Monday, but she did not survive.You can read her obituary here: https://www.crousefh.com/obituary/beulah-garrett

– Gerri Molina reports that Leslie Randall’s uncle Mike Pannell is still in the hospital in Springfield with a small improvement.

– Janice Eischens reports that her brother Dan Cheatum is still at Doctor’s Nursing Home for physical and respiratory therapy.
– Louise Cheatum is doing well but would be blessed by a friendly phone call – early afternoons and evenings are the best time. Please remember to let it ring for a long time as it can take a long time for Louise to get to the phone.

David Kueker was released by his doctor to return to work last Tuesday morning, two weeks after his discharge from the hospital on April 13. Please pray for recovering strength and for the blood thinner to safely dissolve his two clots (right thigh and pulmonary emboli). He is fine, in no pain or discomfort, and is being spoiled by Kim.

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Sermon 05/03/20: Praying In Place (Eastertide III)

WORSHIP AT HOME for 5/03/20. If illness or travel prevented you from joining us for worship Sunday, or if you would like to experience the worship again, 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: Our call to worship is to pray the Wesley Covenant Prayer:
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 I Need Thee Every Hour by Fernando Ortega
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZIMDcgrF-Q

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

Please recommit your life to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord with the words of the Centering Prayer: Lord Jesus, today I am far less than the person I want to be or can be with your help. I ask today that you would be more and more the center of my life. Guide me to all that is good, cleanse me from all that is not. Teach me Your ways and form in me Your nature. Help me to serve you in flow as I am gifted. Help me to notice my neighbor and work through me to redeem my neighborhood. I am a sinner; please be my Shepherd, my Savior and my Lord. Amen.

Please pray for yourself and your neighbors, lifting up your needs to God while giving thanks for answered prayer. (Current prayer lists are on this blog, the prayer chain and on the church Facebook page.)

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 Michael W Smith – (This Is The Air I) Breathe w/lyrics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbQSniiHOps
(One of my favorite songs about the experience of prayer – Pastor Dave)

MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN
GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS

MESSAGE: Praying In Place: My Prayer Lists
Pastor David O. Kueker
Series: Praying In Place: My Prayer Lists
Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audio Sermon slides as a PDF file.

HYMN Precious Lord Take My Hand / Just A Closer Walk With Thee – Selah (lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsOtd8NfQpo

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 ————————————————————-

Good morning, friends. We are now worshiping away from the church building. As we talked about last week, God is now being worshiped in a new church in every home. A worship service that you lead in your home. Last week we talked about the various steps that are a part of worship at home. The first one is to come to your place and to arrive on time because worship happens in a place and time.

This past week, I’ve been putting different contemporary Christian songs, the 40 most popular songs on Facebook, so that you can be aware of the most popular music being sung in churches around the United States. And I’ve asked you to let music bless your heart. Music is always a part of worship because music touches our feelings.

And when we’re in our place and when worship is happening, then we next need to learn how to “pray in place” as we “shelter in place.” How do we pray in the church that meets in our home?

I like to introduce you to Rosalind Rinker, who wrote a very famous book called Conversational Prayer in 1959. And she talked about an experience of praying at the seminary where she attended, and it goes like this:

“We were all together on our knees in the same room. Each with love for the other and each with a common purpose. But I began to realize that we were each making a little speech to the Lord when our turn came.

They were in a prayer meeting. They were taking turns praying for each other. What Rosalind Rinker realized was that rather than simply praying from her heart, she was as she put it, making a little speech to the Lord.

She goes on to say, “I know we were supposed to pray silently with the one who was praying out loud, but when we all covered the same ground, well, I found that I was trying to think how I could start my prayer with more colorful words. How I could put more action into my prayer. How I could make it sound more spiritual, and how I could take hold of the promises with more faith than the others. I wanted to word my prayer differently from the persons who had prayed before me, and make it sound more important and interesting.”

That’s the problem with prayers in most church buildings on Sunday morning; they sound scripted, they sound like a performance. They’re meant to be colorful, and active, and full of turns of phrase that grab our attention. They are like little speeches to God, but in the church in your home, God doesn’t need someone to make speeches to him. Sometimes the prayers that are prayed in a church building are little speeches for the audience and really aren’t meant to be communication with God at all. But in the church, in your home, the prayer is supposed to be communication between you and God.

As Rosalind Rinker says, instead of each of us making a prayer speech to him, let’s talk things over with him back and forth, including him in it as we do when we have a conversation.

I’ll tell you a little secret. I never ever, ever write out the prayers I pray on a Sunday morning. I never plan them out in advance. I never take time even to think about what needs to be prayed about, because I don’t ever want to “make a little speech to God” as if God needs a little speech from me. I always simply want to speak from my heart to God who is already listening and caring about me.

Well, if we don’t make little speeches, how do we pray? Rosalind Rinker suggests that our prayers should be more like conversations with God.

And I had the privilege when I was 17 years old to actually attend a workshop that she led in conversational prayer at a very large Southern Baptist church in Champaign, Illinois, where I was a high school student. And that day she taught us that there were four basic prayers. And so when you have your conversation with God, I’m going to assume that in one form or another, in your own words, you will pray these four basic prayers.

The first basic prayer is this, Jesus is here.
Matthew 22:37 says, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. And what that means is that the love you have for God, if it’s from the heart, is going to be emotional. And the love you have for God, if it’s with all your soul, is going to be honest and clear. And the love you have for God, if it’s with all your mind, is going to involve thinking and thinking things through.
One of the things we understand when we realize that Jesus is here is that we see what God is doing. Everything of great beauty tells us that Jesus is here. It’s almost like the footprints of God. We can see that he’s prepared this thing of beauty for us to appreciate. It might be a field of flowers. It might be a sunset or a sunrise. It might be anything else that just gives us a deep sense of beauty, that the world is made as it should be made, and that we are under the loving care of a God who is here and with us now. Jesus is here. That’s the first prayer.

The second prayer is thank you, because when you see something beautiful, when you become aware that there’s a reason, that there’s evidence that God loves us, that God is kind and good and caring, don’t you just want to say thank you?

A beautiful meal is on the table. Don’t you just want to say thank you? If we truly love God with all of our heart, it’s emotional, with all of our soul, with an honesty that comes from the depths of who we are, if we really love God with all of our mind such that we see clearly and understand the world around us, we’re going to be saying thank you again and again and again.

As it says in Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

And we’re going to be able to when we see everything around us clearly, with all of our hearts, all of our souls, all of our minds. So when we pray these two prayers, Jesus is here, and thank you, we’re expressing our love for God.

There’s two other basic prayers. The third one is, “Help me, Lord.” This was very difficult in the workshop. “Help me, Lord,” was something that people found a great difficulty praying.

Here’s the odd thing, if you’re in a circle with 12 other people, 12 other adults, in this case me as a 17-year-old high school student and 11 other adult women, highly educated, very intelligent, professionally dressed, in a workshop with over 300 other women, the one thing that would embarrass them to no end was to pray for something where they needed help.

They were willing to pray out loud all day long for somebody else, but all of a sudden, it became real. All of a sudden, it was deeply vulnerable for them to say, “Help me, Lord, with this problem I’m having.”

Jesus often gave instructions to people with regard to their healing. To one, he would say, “Go and wash in the pool of Siloam.” To another, he would say, “Go to the priest and give the priest evidence that you’ve been healed.” And they would discover, as they were on the way, the healing would happen. As they were on the way to do what Jesus told them to do, what they had prayed for came to pass.

Brothers and sisters, I’m mostly fearful. If Jesus Christ looked you or I in the eye and said, “You’re going to be healed, but the first thing you need to do is go ask 12 other people to pray for you. Tell them all about your problem and let them pray for you, and you will be healed” … I’m not sure that many of us would have the bravery to speak honestly about the sort of prayer that we need.

The second half of the great commandment, Matthew 22:39 says this: And a second (a second commandment) is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But all too often, we hide our deepest, most honest needs from other people. Sometimes, we’re more willing to speak of them to strangers than the people we’re closest to.

But if we are going to love our neighbor as ourself, if we’re actually going to love ourselves, when it’s time for us to have a conversational prayer, we’re going to be honest with God and bare our hearts, open up or souls, and tell the truth about where we need help. Help me, Lord. And then people around us begin to pray in agreement with our prayer. And there’s a verse that talks about how if we agree, that our prayers will be answered: Matthew 18:19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Love yourself; ask for what you need in prayer.

The fourth prayer goes along with the same commandment. It’s about loving your neighbor in a balanced way with yourself. The second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. And with this prayer, we get onto comfortable territory because we’re not exposing our deepest needs, but we are exposing our compassion and our caring. This prayer is, “Help my brother, Lord, with,” or maybe it’s “Help my sister, Lord, with what she’s struggling with.” In the picture in the slides, there is a group of young people in a circle. They’ve gathered on a cold wintery day in the big city, and they’re going to be giving out warm clothing to people living on the streets.

But before they begin this task, they make a circle, they join hands, and they pray for their neighbors whom they’re about to help. That’s the strangest thing about this pandemic. You and I can’t stand next to our neighbors. We’re not supposed to walk up to our neighbors. We’re not supposed to interact with our neighbors because we don’t want to give our neighbors the coronavirus. We don’t want to give them the burden of knowing that we became infected because of them. And so, we’ve created an artificial separation for an artificial period of time toward many of the things that we would do that would show that we loved someone else, that we loved our neighbor.

We’re not allowed to do these acts of kindness in this brief period of time. But the one thing we are allowed to do for our neighbor, still, is to pray for them. And bring their concerns, their broken hearts, their difficulties, before the Lord Jesus Christ. We can still pray for our neighbor. And so, when you pray in place, in the church, in your home, whether you’re praying by yourself or as a part of your whole family praying, please keep these four basic prayers in mind, “Jesus is here. Thank you, Lord. Help me, Lord. Help my brother, help my sister, Lord.”

Those are the prayers that we pray when we pray in place. Let’s take a minute to review. We’re talking about spiritual disciplines which happen when we worship in the home. And there’s a list of them on the screen. You can count them down on your fingertips if you wish. The first one is to show up in our places at the proper time. You have a place to worship and a time to worship. And what makes it worship is that when we get there, we renew our commitment to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Later on, we’re going to talk about the spiritual discipline of being still. We’re going to talk about the way the Bible guides us.

But the thing that happens, underlying every activity in our worship, is that we are praying. And it’s the same thing when we pray in place. It’s the same thing when we pray in our homes.

And one other spiritual discipline is that we keep a journal as we pray.

But your chair time, your time to worship in your own home fills you up spiritually, and equips you for everything that lies ahead.

There’s a form of prayer called listening prayer. And, in fact, Ralph Neighbour likes to call prayer “going into the listening room”. We’re willing to tell God what we think. We’re willing to tell God about our ideas. But sometimes we just need to sit with God and listen. What makes it a conversation is that, in between the things that we say, there’s just a little bit of quiet and a little bit of listening time for God to get a word in edgewise.

You might experiment with this some time by just setting a timer. Not a kitchen timer which will click, but something which is silent. Set it for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15, 20, and just sit with God and listen.

And I can predict what will happen very, very clearly. You’ll remember something important. And you see, that’s why you have a prayer journal. Your prayer journal is open. You’ve got a pen or a pencil with you. You pick it up and you write down that important thing.

Maybe it’s not that important. You need to remember to buy some dog food. But it might be something that you need to do later that day and God will use this time and the silence to remind you. And then you go back to listening to God. Maybe, again, there’ll be some silence and perhaps you’ll come close to what we mean by being still. But I guarantee you, as you spend this time listening, whether it’s just a tiny fraction or perhaps even half the time or most of the time … as you listen to God, things will come to mind that you will want to remember.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “I made a mental note and lost it”? Well, as you listen to God, if there’s something you want to remember, take the time to write it down. You can type it. You could dictate it. But most people agree the pen moving across blank white paper is the most likely to not interrupt our prayer. Not interrupt our listening time. God is patient. There’s plenty of time to write things out by hand. But write down what you want to remember.

Write down what you believe that God wants you to remember, and keep track of your prayers because you can come back to your journal tomorrow and look what you wrote yesterday, and pray for it again. If a person is ill and they’re still ill tomorrow, you can pray for them again. But as God answers your prayers, write down what you want to remember God saying to you.

And one of the things, of course, that you’ll want to write down is your prayer list. I’ve had a lot of fun talking about the reality that you and I live in four neighborhoods. And, in fact, at times we’ve talked about prayer walking and about how we can literally walk through these neighborhoods praying for the people who live in them.

But prayer walking right now doesn’t happen with actual footsteps. We no longer walk down the street and have conversations with people who are working in their yards, but we can still prayer walk spiritually through our neighborhoods. While I sit in my prayer chair, my prayer walk in each of these neighborhoods happens in my imagination.

I came across some interesting statistics today. I asked the question. How many people in the United States of America are not connected to the internet? And interestingly enough, that has actually been studied. The honest answer is that 10% of people in America are not connected to the internet. The internet has become normal for 90% of the people who live in our country. This encourages me because it means I can get on Facebook, and I can talk to my neighbors. I can get on Facebook and learn what somebody who lives 60 miles away is having for supper or watching on television. 90% of people are able to connect with each other, even when they’re quarantined, by interacting on Facebook.

Further beyond that same statistic though, I learned, was that 27% of people age 65 and over are not connected to the internet. That’s a lot of older people. Now, 73% of us are – I’m one of the 73%. But those older neighbors – if I’m going to have a relationship with them – I may have to do a little more than just be on the internet because that’s not how they’re connected. I bet we’re going to need to use the phone to stay in contact with those neighbors.

Well, the first neighborhood that we walk around in is the neighborhood of our family. And I have a picture here. It was actually taken a couple of years ago of my son in Austin, Texas, and his wife, and we’re sitting in Chevy’s in the Hubcap room. You can see those up on the ceiling there, and we’re enjoying some of the finest Tex-Mex food in the United States. You want to stay connected with your family.

Now here’s the ironic thing. Saturday afternoon I was putting a picture of a telephone on the slide because that’s the way we keep in contact. When we can’t actually physically visit, we call people on the phone, or like this picture of a marine, you visit with your family through Skype or Google Hangouts or one of these ways to where you see them through the internet on a screen.

And just as I was putting this picture in place, my phone rang and it was my son John. And his wife was out doing some things, so he was home with the kids and the girls were playing in the backyard. And then all of a sudden he says, “Hey, dad. Why don’t we do one of those camera calls?” And the software he uses is Google Hangouts. So, literally, a few seconds later, I was looking into the eyes of my granddaughter Demali and she was explaining to me about how they were fishing in the backyard. (What they were actually doing is learning how to cast.) And it was so amazing because no matter what she did, she always held the phone at the wrong angle. But there she is with the sky behind her. And after a little while, she let her sister, Lily, talk and I learned about how Lily just absolutely loves her sunglasses. We have some amazing ways to stay in touch with family and with people that we love even if they are 12 hours of driving away in Austin, Texas.

We really ought to pick up the phone and call – when we get the urge. I have a list of people in my family and when I pray or walk through the family neighborhood, I run my eyes down that list and I pray for each person, and if there’s a need for prayer I make a note of it so I can keep praying until God answers that prayer.

The second neighborhood that we’re involved in is one that’s a little bit more local. It’s the neighborhood of the people with whom we share common interests. That might be a particular ball team. It might be a hobby that we share. And so we get together with people and we talk to them and we interact with them and we do things with them. And you know something? People we know from the church fit in right here, too, because this is where we interact with our friends. The picture on the screen is a trip to Lambert’s. One of the nicest places in the world to have a pork steak, and I’m finishing one up there. But these are the people that we have fun with. They’re in our neighborhood. We need to pray for them. And I have a list of names and I run my eyes down through the names. And I pray for the people that are a part of my church neighborhood, a part of my friendship network. And I’ll lift them up, and sometimes when I’m listening to God, God will say to me, “You need to pick up the phone and call that person and find out how they are.”

It’s a good thing too. We need to stay connected even if we’re not allowed to be with each other face-to-face. And that might mean that we have to call someone on the phone. Now, 73% of the people might be there on Facebook. But it might be the friend that you most need to talk to is one that’s not connected in that way, but they probably have a phone!

The third neighborhood we have is what I call the servant neighborhood. It’s the place where we serve, where we work and volunteer. There are people we know because we work together. The library’s been closed to the public during this time of isolation, but I remember my friends that work with me as volunteers in the library. Other friends get together to get the food pantry ready. I remember them in prayer, too. It might be as you run your eye down, the list of people who were in this part of your neighborhood that you’ll feel the need to connect with them, but I’m sure you will feel the need to pray for them.

The fourth neighborhood that we’re a part of is the actual physical neighborhood of the people who live around our house, our actual “dictionary definition” neighbors. I have a list of their names, too. It helps me remember the names of children that are hard for me to remember, but I run my eyes down these names, and I pray for them. And if I’m aware of a situation, I pray “Help my brother, Lord, help my sister.” I pray for them.

Whatever it means to be the church in the home, it means that we are “praying in place”. A worship service that isn’t prayerful is little more than a performance like a TV show, or a play.

But when we pray for people, our worship comes alive. So think about this for the church in your home. Have a daily prayer place and time, and show up there and recommit your life with your own prayer of commitment or one of the ones that I suggested last week. Take some time to be still and listen to God. Have that time of listening prayer. And write what you learn in your journal because you won’t remember it tomorrow. You’ll want to pray for the same people and the same concerns tomorrow, so it’s good to write it down. It will help you to pray specifically for your self and pray specifically for your neighbors and sometimes when we pray, we’ll have this deep sense within us that we need to be in contact.

When the quarantine is lifted and we’re in better days, we’ll be able to be in contact by bringing a plate of cookies or perhaps some soup to someone who’s ill. We’ll be able to chat with people when you walk down the street and they are in their yard. We’ll be able to invite friends to join us in a restaurant, but we’re limited right now.

But I guarantee you if you dial their phone number, you’ll find that they’ll answer the phone. I had a seminary professor once whose favorite topic was time management, and he had a very simple way of doing things. He would dial a phone number and if no one answered – this was in the days before answering machines – he would just lay the phone on the desk and let it ring, two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes, and he was fond of saying that sometimes when a person picked up the phone, they might be out of breath but it never failed. If he let it ring long enough, somebody would answer it. If you take the time to phone your neighbor, and tell them that you’re praying for them, I promise you, they’ll answer the phone.

Let’s imagine you in that conversation with your neighbor. The minute they pick up the phone, it’s a party line. Mathew 18:20, Jesus gave us a beautiful promise. He said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

The minute the other person answers, Jesus becomes a part of that conversation, to bless them and help them, and to guide them. So when you, as a Christian who’s praying, call that other person on the phone, the minute they answer, you have brought Jesus into their presence. And so it may yet be that our prayers would connect us throughout all of our neighborhoods.

Please pray with me: Lord Jesus, help us to show up at the right place and time, with an open and a caring heart so that we can engage in true worship, which is prayer with you. Help us to pray and to understand as we pray, that Jesus is here, that there are so many reasons to be thankful, that we have needs and should ask others to pray for us, that others have needs and it’s a great blessing for us to pray for them. And the greatest blessing is that, as we are prompted by you to reach out and be in contact, you join in every conversation we have with the neighbor that we’re praying for. And so Lord, we pray that you bless us and bless all the people in our neighborhoods that you have given to us as friends and people to care for. And we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, 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 Raod, 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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The Top 40 CCLI Countdown

WORSHIP AT HOME: The Digital Hymnal

DIGITAL HYMNAL OF THE DAY … as we consider how to “Worship at Home,” what hymnals can we use that will fill our “church at home” with beautiful, uplifting, and inspiring music?
I would like to suggest that YouTube could fulfill this task. For the next 40 days, we will do a “Top 40 Countdown” of the most popular and the most frequent worship songs in use in the USA, according to the CCLI list.

The song for today – #40:

One of the favorite segments on American Bandstand was “Rate a Record” – where teens would listen to a new song and give it a rating, as in “I give it an 8, because it’s got a beat and you can dance to it.”

As we learn to “Worship at Home” where will we find the music to lift our spirits and touch our hearts with emotion? Each day we will share a “new song” from the 40 most popular in the USA and ask you to rate it from 1-10 in three categories:
– How did it influence you emotionally?
– How did the words inspire you spiritually?
– Would you like to hear it in our worship service?

Please share your ratings and thoughts in the comments below, along with a YouTube link to other versions that you might prefer.

The “Top 40” Christian Worship songs are drawn from the CCLI list of songs actually sung in churches that emphasize contemporary Christian worship over the past 12 months.

40 Jesus Messiah Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves CCLI#: 5183443

39 This I Believe (The Creed) Ben Fielding, Matt Crocker CCLI#: 7018338

38 Goodness Of God Ben Fielding, Brian Johnson, Ed Cash, Jason Ingram, Jenn Johnson CCLI#: 7117726

37 Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche CCLI#: 4662491

36 Here I Am To Worship Tim Hughes CCLI#: 3266032

35 Our God Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman CCLI#: 5677416

34 Stand In Your Love Ethan Hulse, Josh Baldwin, Mark Harris, Rita Springer CCLI#: 7107821

33 How Great Thou Art Stuart Wesley Keene Hine CCLI#: 14181

32 Open Up The Heavens Andi Rozier, James Macdonald, Jason Ingram, Meredith Andrews, Stuart Garrard CCLI#: 6304702

31 Mighty To Save Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan CCLI#: 4591782

30 Tremble Andres Figueroa, Hank Bentley, Mariah McManus, Mia Fieldes CCLI#: 7065049

29 Blessed Be Your Name Beth Redman, Matt Redman CCLI#: 3798438

28 Great Things Jonas Myrin, Phil Wickham CCLI#: 7111321

27 RESURRECTING Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matthew Ntlele, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye CCLI#: 7051507

26 How Deep The Father’s Love For Us Stuart Townend CCLI#: 1558110

25 Death Was Arrested Adam Kersh, Brandon Coker, Heath Balltzglier, Paul Taylor Smith CCLI#: 7046448

24 Revelation Song Jennie Lee Riddle CCLI#: 4447960

23 Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) Chris Tomlin, John Newton, Louie Giglio CCLI#: 4768151

22 Do It Again Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Redman, Steven Furtick CCLI#: 7067555

21 No Longer Slaves Brian Johnson, Joel Case, Jonathan David Helser CCLI#: 7030123

20 Cornerstone Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, William Batchelder Bradbury CCLI#: 6158927

19 Holy Spirit Bryan Torwalt, Katie Torwalt CCLI#: 6087919

18 How Great Is Our God Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves CCLI#: 4348399

17 King Of My Heart John Mark McMillan, Sarah McMillan CCLI#: 7046145

16 Lord I Need You Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher CCLI#: 5925687

15 O Praise The Name (Anástasis) Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, Marty Sampson CCLI#: 7037787

14 In Christ Alone Keith Getty, Stuart Townend CCLI#: 3350395

13 O Come To The Altar Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye CCLI#: 7051511

12 Good Good Father Anthony Brown, Pat Barrett CCLI#: 7036612

11 Raise A Hallelujah Jake Stevens, Jonathan David Helser, Melissa Helser, Molly Skaggs CCLI#: 7119315

10 The Lion And The Lamb Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring CCLI#: 7038281

9 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman CCLI#: 6016351

8 Glorious Day Jason Ingram, Jonathan Smith, Kristian Stanfill, Sean Curran CCLI#: 7081388

7 Reckless Love Caleb Culver, Cory Asbury, Ran Jackson CCLI#: 7089641

6 Great Are You Lord David Leonard, Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan CCLI#: 6460220

5 This Is Amazing Grace Jeremy Riddle, Josh Farro, Phil Wickham CCLI#: 6333821

4 What A Beautiful Name Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood CCLI#: 7068424

3 Living Hope Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham CCLI#: 7106807

2 Who You Say I Am Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan CCLI#: 7102401

1 Build My Life Brett Younker, Karl Martin, Kirby Kaple, Matt Redman, Pat Barrett CCLI#: 7070345

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?

SORCE: This list is from: CCLI Top 100 Worship Songs – December 2019,
http://bestnewworshipsongs.com/ccli-top-100-worship-songs-december-2019/

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 Raod, 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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THREE PRAYERS FOR SURRENDER

The Centering Prayer:
Lord Jesus, today I am far less than the person I want to be or can be with your help. I ask today that you would be more and more the center of my life. Guide me to all that is good, cleanse me from all that is not. Teach me Your ways and form in me Your nature. Help me to serve you in flow as I am gifted. Help me to notice my neighbor and work through me to redeem my neighborhood. I am a sinner; please be my Shepherd, my Savior and my Lord. Amen.

The origin of the Centering Prayer is described in the message for Ash Wednesday, 2019. You can hear it here: https://kinmundychurch.org/2019/03/sermon-03-06-19-ash-wednesday-message-the-story-of-the-centering-prayer/

The Wesley Covenant Prayer:
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.

More information on this prayer can be found here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesley_Covenant_Service

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

More information on this prayer can be found here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_of_Saint_Francis

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

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Monday: Reflections on Yesterday’s Sermon 4/27/2020

Sermon 04/26/20: The Church In Your Home (Eastertide II)
https://kinmundychurch.org/2020/04/sermon-04-26-20-the-church-in-your-home-eastertide-ii/

On Sunday mornings we attend worship at the church and we hear a good sermon and hopefully feel the presence of God. But the practice of what is preached begins on Monday. The challenge is not to hear the faith but to live the faith that we hear.

Yesterday the sermon was about moving our public worship in a church building on Sunday into the church that meets in our homes during this time of pandemic and shelter in place. Usually on a Sunday all we have to do is show up on time in our place, and we are led into worship the way sheep are led forward by a shepherd.

Worship in the home requires us to lead ourselves forward.

What happens in public worship however can help us lead ourselves forward into worship in the church that meets in our home.

The first transferable reality is that each one of us has our spot, our pew, our place where we come to worship. In the same way, we need to pick a place for our worship in the home to happen.

The second transferable reality is that worship in the church building happens at a particular time. When we worship in the church that meets in our home, we need to have a time to show up for worship, some sort of structure to help us to be present rather than procrastinate. There are a number of suggestions to structure our spiritual disciplines with regard to time and place so that we take advantage of the opportunity to worship in our homes.

The first thing that happens in our worship in the church is that we surrender to God, turn our eyes upon Jesus, and turn our focus away from the world and all of its distractions. There are three prayers for surrender that we have found helpful to us in our worship at home. They are the Centering Prayer, the Wesley Covenant Prayer and the Prayer of Saint Francis. (You can view and print them here.) Surrender IS the purpose of the Call to Worship.

Please consider writing your own surrender prayers. If you find yourself pressed for time, the surrender is the important part. The phrase from The Lord’s Prayer, “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven,” is sufficient as the surrender prayer, as well as hundreds of other scriptures that might appeal to you. The important part is to take a moment to surrender to God. That’s when worship begins.

So when will your worship happen during the day? Here are some options.

Jesus took time to pray at the beginning of the day. First thing in the morning is always a good time.
Mark 1:35 And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed.

Psalm 1 suggests studying the Bible, God’s word in the morning in the evening, twice a day, as a certain method for excellent guidance in life.
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

Benedictine monks quote Psalm 119 and pray seven times a day.
Psalm 119:164 Seven times a day I praise thee for thy righteous ordinances. 165 Great peace have those who love thy law; nothing can make them stumble.

The longer times are morning and evening, but every 3 hours they stop for prayer and to surrender. The Canonical Hours are:
Lauds (dawn; approximately 5 a.m.; often combined with Prime.)
Prime (early morning, the first hour of daylight, approximately 6 a.m.)
Terce (third hour, 9 a.m.)
Sext (sixth hour, noon)
Nones (ninth hour, 3 p.m.)
Vespers (sunset, approximately 6 p.m.)
Compline (end of the day before retiring)

For years, I have set my phone to chime these hours, from 9 am to 9 pm, to remind me to stop for a moment to pray and surrender what I am doing to God’s will. At times I would use the sound of a single knock, and Kim and I would smile and say that Jesus was at the door.

One of the most convenient ways to include surrender in your prayer life is to pray one of the surrender prayers before each meal. In Lent and Advent, we like to begin meals with the Centering Prayer at breakfast, the Wesley Covenant Prayer at lunch and conclude with the Prayer of Saint Francis at supper time.

What is the best place – or places – for you to worship in your home?

What is the best time – whether that is by the clock or an event like dinner – for you to worship in your home?

James 1:21-25 … receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing.

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Sermon 04/26/20: The Church In Your Home (Eastertide II)

WORSHIP AT HOME for 4/26/20. If illness or travel prevented you from joining us for worship Sunday, or if you would like to experience the worship again, 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: Our call to worship is to pray the Centering Prayer:
Lord Jesus, today I am far less than the person I want to be or can be with your help. I ask today that you would be more and more the center of my life. Guide me to all that is good, cleanse me from all that is not. Teach me Your ways and form in me Your nature. Help me to serve you in flow as I am gifted. Help me to notice my neighbor and work through me to redeem my neighborhood. I am a sinner; please be my Shepherd, my Savior and my Lord. Amen.

HYMN Take Time To Be Holy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3kh7ttTghQ

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)
See the church Facebook page for prayer needs.

Please recommit your life to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord with the words of the Wesley Covenant Prayer:
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.

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 Change My Heart Oh God
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6toCCifDOMc&list=RDWblkcQYxdp8&index=13

MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN
GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS

MESSAGE: The Church In Your Home
Text: Mat 6:6, Acts 2:42, Rev 3:20-22
Pastor David O. Kueker
Series: Praying In Place
Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audio … Sermon slides as a PDF file.

HYMN :
BE THOU MY VISION —
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihJAJA4ibEs
or
Be Thou My Vision (Studio Version w/ Lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9cuRc1RMbE

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 (A transcript may be posted when it is available.)

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 Raod, 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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Sermon 04/19/20: It’s Only Friday … (Eastertide 1)

WORSHIP AT HOME for 4/19/20. If illness or travel prevented you from joining us for worship Sunday, or if you would like to experience the worship again, 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: Verses from Psalm 118 (Read prayerfully.)
1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!
2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”
3 Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”
4 Let those who fear the LORD say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”

5 Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free.
6 With the LORD on my side I do not fear. What can man do to me?
7 The LORD is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me.
14 The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.

24 This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
27 The LORD is God, and he has given us light.
28 Thou art my God, and I will give thanks to thee; thou art my God, I will extol thee.
29 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

HYMN Kristene Dimarco Bethel Church Music- It is Well (lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uGXeJMB9Go

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)
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 Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord) A Capella by Pegasis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRaFdFkOVyY

MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN
GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS

MESSAGE: It’s Only Friday …
Mark 16:1-11
Pastor David O. Kueker
Series: A Tenacious Faith
Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audioSermon slides as a PDF file.

HYMN In Christ Alone – A Cappella without lyrics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjiiF83q7G0
or
MERCY ME – In Christ Alone (with Lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKKJqaaDyS8

BENEDICTION: And now may the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the presence of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, be with us all, now and forevermore! Amen.
Now … don’t just stand there! DO SOMETHING.

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


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 – after Shelter in Place has concluded.
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 Raod, 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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Trustees Decision 4/8/20

—– Forwarded Message —–

From: David Kueker <dkueker@yahoo.com>

To: Joyce Holley <momholley1946@att.net>; Diane Hanks <lottielane1@gmail.com>; Cathy Wilkins <cathywilkins8@gmail.com>; Jo/Mike Williams <jwilliams@frontier.net>; Larry Hebron <larry.hebron2@hotmail.com>; Katrina Hebron <katrinahebron@hotmail.com>

Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 01:27:20 PM CDT

Subject: Trustees Decision: fund improvement of our contracted farmland.

I have been asked by the chair of the Trustees to set a matter before you. 

A review of “digital decision making” procedures.
1. The church council authorized digital decision making at the church Council called after worship on March 15th for the time while we are directed by the governor to shelter in place and meetings are not allowed.
2. A meeting is called to order when an email is sent from the pastor to a committee for a decision to be made. 

3. Persons will make motions, raise questions, amend proposals and vote as normal, except that they will vote by replying to the original email. 
– “Reply” sends your note only to the pastor, who will report it to the body.
– “Reply All” (sign: two arrows) sends your response to everyone.
4. A quorum requirement will be satisfied by a sufficient number of replies to the email. 
5. After 24 hours of consideration, or after everyone has voted on the issue, the meeting will be considered to be adjourned unless there is interest in continuing discussion.
6. The pastor will regularly update the committee and summarize discussion.
7. Once a decision is made, the pastor will reply to all with a final summary of the decision which will function as minutes.

Proposal: (Paragraphs are numbered for easy reference.)
#1. The trustees have not made a financial contribution for many years as is typical with rented land to help with fertilizer and other elements to maintain the quality of the land.
#2. The tested quality of our Farmland is very poor as a result.
#3. Our tenant requests that we consider providing funds to bring the land in a single year up to a quality level.
#4. A detailed written report was submitted providing test results and documentation, but the Pastor’s copy has been mislaid; Vervadene will make a copy from her files this afternoon and it will be emailed to you ASAP, hopefully later this afternoon.
#5. The cost to upgrade the farmland in a single year will be $16,994.50 and this includes 61 tons of lime, 25 tons of potash, and 19 tons of triple phosphate.
#6. There is urgency to this decision because our tenant needs to get the land ready for a crop. The choice of what to sow will depend on our decision.
#7. Proposal: provide our tenant with the ability to improve the land at a cost to us of $16,994.50. (He would probably place the order and we will pay the bill.)


YOUR RESPONSE by replying to this email:
– the first person to reply “I move #7” will be listed as the maker of the motion. (I am not a Trustee, so I can’t move it for you.)
– the second person to reply “I move #7” will be listed as the 2nd to the motion. 
– please also vote on the motion by also typing “yes” or “no” or “abstain.”
– if you have a question or a comment or an amendment, please reply to this email to share your opinion and begin a discussion with the group.

On behalf of the Trustees … Pastor Dave Kueker

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:17-18 

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SPIRITUAL EXERCISE #1: Read the Upper Room Daily Devotion every day this month.

SPIRITUAL EXERCISE #1: Read the Upper Room Daily Devotion every day this month.
A workout begins with stretching – something simple and easy to warm us up and get us ready to exercise.

You can read the Upper Room devotional for this day online at this link: https://www.upperroom.org/devotionals

Look for the phrase “Looking for today’s Daily Devotional? Click here to read it.”
“Click here” will take you to the new devotional each new day.

UNFORTUNATELY, you will not be able to make use of the digital archives to catch up unless you choose to become a digital subscriber – free for 30 days. We also provide printed versions of the Upper Room at the church; you’ll be able to obtain one of the March-April issue as soon as Shelter in Place rules are lifted. You may already have it at home.

As a way to make up lost days, read one of the Upper Room articles shared online here and reflect on its meaning for your spiritual life: https://www.upperroom.org/resources

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