The slides above are the activities taking place this week .
The Pictures above are of the Tuesday Group led by Paula Rose. This group is making plastic sleeping mats for “Helping the Homeless in Springfield.” The mats are an insulation barrier between the homeless individual and the cold & wet.
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“Walk to the Manger for the Homeless”
For the past several Christmases, our church has taken a special offering during the Advent season. Each Sunday during Advent and at the Christmas Eve service, we may walk to the manger and place our donation. This offering has gone to a variety of projects and persons.
This year, the N.O.W. Committee has decided the offering will go to the Helping the Homeless in Springfield, Illinois project. Many area residents recently became more aware of this project through the efforts of Paula Rose, former music and band instructor at our school. For the past several Tuesdays, area individuals have been meeting in our church basement to make mats for the homeless. These mats are made from plastic grocery bags. The bags are folded, cut, tied, and crocheted into a soft mat that a homeless person can lie on to help insulate them from the wet and cold.
However, the Helping the Homeless project does much more than make mats. The group is coordinated by Julie Bartlett-Becker of Springfield. You may have seen her featured on Channel 20 News or in the November 2, 2019 issue of the Springfield State Journal Register. Using a donated van, she drives around Springfield providing food, clothing, and “blessing bags.” Julie estimates her organization has helped over 400 people in the last 4 years. Her work can be followed on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Helping-the-Homeless-in-Springfield-IL-474441382761837/
Article submitted by Mary Jo Suter
“I Didn’t Think It Would Happen Like This”
The Sunday School youth will be presenting the above named Christmas program under the direction of Mandy Simmons on Sunday, December 8, during our 10:30 a.m. worship service.
This program will be narrated by Oliver and Hayden Patty. The characters of the program have been tentatively cast to be played by Pharisees:Maddox Ryan, Owen McClure, and Case Brown; Lead Angel: Carly Edwards; Aaron: Tucker Brown; Chad: Ollie McClure; Mary: Delaney Patty; Joseph: Bentin Ryan; Pianist, Angels, Singers: Lily Simmons, Bella Prusak, Addy Edwards, Charlie Mutch, and Lucas Riley. Please excuse us if we have missed anyone. We will update casting as we confirm and practice the program. There will also be two musical solos. Delaney Patty will perform a guitar solo. Case Brown will perform a violin solo.
Program practice will be each Sunday from 9:00-9:30 a.m. Sunday School will begin 15 minutes later than usual due to this practice and will begin at 9:30 a.m.
“Mid-Week Scripture Study & Prayer Service”
November 27, 2019 – For the 1st Sunday of Advent and United Methodist Student Day
Psalm 122 (UMH #845)
December 4, 2019 – For the 2nd Sunday of Advent
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 (UMH #795)
Matthew 3: 1-12
December 11, 2019 – For the 3rd Sunday of Advent
Luke 1:47-55 (UMH #199)