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The slides above are activities from our 100th anniversary of our building celebration.

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Bishop Beard to host meetings on 2019 General Conference

Bishop Frank J. Beard has announced he will host meetings throughout the Illinois Great Rivers Conference discussing the three plans which have been offered as plans for A Way Forward with regard to the issues of human sexuality and unity.

The following dates have been confirmed:

  • Sunday, Nov. 11 — Edwardsville St. Johns UMC, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 12 — Jacksonville Grace UMC, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 — Marion First UMC, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17 — Chatsworth UMC, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Sunday, Nov. 18 — Peoria First UMC, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 19 — Arthur UMC, 6 to 8 p.m.

Bishop Beard is asking that you register in advance as a courtesy to our venue host. We are wanting to have adequate seating for those wanting to attend.  If you would like to register for one of the meetings and need assistance, Darla would be glad to assist you in the church office.

Farewell Reception on September 23rd!!

A Farewell Reception will be held in the church atrium for Brody Farmer.  Brody is leaving for Navy Basic Training on October 2, 2018.  As Brody may take only specific items to basic training, it is requested that any gifts wait for a later date that is approved by the Navy.

Cake and Punch will be served in the atrium from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Pastor’s Bible Study!!

A Bible study based upon the Adam Hamilton book: “Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today.”  This is a six-week study and begins at the church on Friday, October 5 at 9:00 a.m.

Come as you are and we will meet in the nursery so children are welcome.  As always all points of view are welcome (as long as participants are civil, respectful, & not disruptive) and you will never be told that you are wrong.

It is not necessary that you have the book, but the church can order one for you, or you can order your own. christianbook.com has the best price at $14.00.

Please join us any Friday. Everyone is welcome and all points of view are welcome!

If you would like more information call Pastor Mark at 720-5464 or just stop by!

Join us for this engaging Bible study every Friday at 9:00 a.m. The study is meeting in the nursery and parents are invited to bring small children.

Hurricane Florence Information!!

As many storms threaten different areas around the world, including hurricane Florence along the eastern coast of the United States and super typhoon Mangkhut near the Philippines and mainland China, please join us in prayer for those that will be impacted in the days and weeks ahead. As we continue to assess the potential impact, we will share the ways in which you can help.

As of noon Thursday (Sept. 12), UMCOR and its partners are preparing for the deployment of Early Response Teams and supplies for communities affected along the East Coast.

UMCOR International Disaster Response is closely monitoring communications from our partners in the Philippines and will provide updates as they relay information to us.

Hurricane Florence and assistance to the Carolinas will be funded through UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response No. 901670. For offerings for disaster assistance outside the United States, use UMCOR’s International Disaster Response No. 982450.

Ways in which you can help:

GIVE toward the efforts of UMCOR and its partners. Donate to U.S. disaster response, international disaster response, or to the UMCOR undesignated fund on the mobile giving platform or in the Sunday offering. Please designate the fund to which you are giving.

Bishop Beard Issues Challenge to IGRC Churches!!

Bishop Beard has issued a challenge to IGRC congregations to grow their mission outreach:

Our commitment to generosity is one of the strengths of our denomination.

Allow me to issue a challenge to each of the IGRC churches: I invite you to host a special Sunday between now and the end of the year dedicated to helping community ministries. You pick the Sunday, you choose the project, you collect and distribute what is gathered. 

Some of you will want to collect can goods to help stock a food pantry, some will want to collect blankets to be used by first responders, some will choose to collect back packs, and others will want to gather items that can be used to comfort someone that is grieving or sick. Of course, you can always bring items and funds for the OCOK campaign. The list of possibilities is endless.

My suggestion is to advertise what you are doing, set a realistic goal, invite folks to bring their items to worship, bless and consecrate the items on the altar and then distribute them to the places that have been selected.

I look forward to hearing that your church took the challenge. If you need ideas just call the Midwest Distribution Center. There are many ways to let folks know that we care.

Generosity is contagious, let’s start an epidemic!

Do One Thing!

Do 1 Thing seeks to ensure that everyone has access to information about risk and vulnerability, allowing them to make informed decisions; and access to resources that can help them become better disaster decision makers.

The goal of Do1Thing for this month (October) is: to be able to safely meet your basic needs during an electrical outage.

We count on electricity for heat, food, and medical needs. Many gas appliances even need electricity to run. A power outage is an emergency that often follows another emergency—like a hurricane, tornado, or winter storm. That makes it even more important to be prepared in advance.

Choose from these “one things”

  1. Acquire and learn how to safely use a portable generator.
  2. Have flashlights ready in an easily accessible place and check batteries in flashlights and radios.
  3. Create a power outage plan – decide what you can do before, during and after a power outage to minimize the effect on your household.

ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR BEFORE THE POWER GOES OUT:

  • Fill empty space in freezer with containers of water. Frozen water will displace air and keep food cold longer. Remember to leave space in containers for ice to expand.
  • Have at least one phone with a handset cord in your home. Many cordless phones will not work in a power outage.
  • If you have an automatic garage door opener, learn how to use the manual release and open your garage door manually.
  • Try to keep your car’s gas tank at least half full. Many gas stations will not be in operation during a power outage. Fill up your tank if a major storm is predicted.
  • Make sure you have a car or lighter plug cord for your cell phone.

Community preparedness starts at home. If you know that your family is prepared at home, you will be better able to help others in your community.

More information is available at the church or at http://do1thing.com

Stay tuned for more information about these activities that will help us as individuals and families, as well as our congregation and the Waverly community.

“12 months, 12 things – Small Steps Toward Being Prepared for an Emergency”