The slides above are the activities taking place this week .

The Pictures above are from the first quarter Youth Activity held on February 16th. The youth baked cookies and delivered them to our more mature members and then went bowling.  Great fun was had!  Also – Some upcoming events with information below.

“2020 General Conference Legislation Informational Discussion

Paul Black, Conference Communications Ministries and General Conference Laity Delegate and Delegation Co-Chair, has accepted a request to join our congregation and those individuals from surrounding United Methodist Churches in an informational discussion on Sunday, March 8th.

The discussion will begin at 2:00 p.m. and run to 5:00 p.m. to give time for Q & A.  Paul will give information on the legislation to General Conference 2020, the process, the various plans possible impact, and clear up misinformation. He will not debate nor advocate for specific legislation. Some light refreshment will be provided by our dining room team.


“Jim Watts Medical Benefit

As you probably know, Jim Watts had a life-changing accident on November 13, 2019. Many people have asked how they may be able to help Jim and Rhonda.

A Medical Benefit for Jim Watts will be held at the Jacksonville American Legion #903 located on W. Superior Ave. Jacksonville. This Medical Benefit will take place from 3:00-10:00 PM on Saturday, March 7th.

A Silent Auction will open at 3:00 p.m. and run to the end of the Live Auction at 7:00 p.m.  There will also be 50/50 tickets, kids activities 3-5p.m., and food available for purchase. Desserts for the benefit may be dropped off at the First United Methodist Church on Friday, March 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. using the back door entrance.

If you cannot attend the benefit, you can make a contribution to the Jim Watts Medical Benefit at Community State Bank in Franklin, Illinois.

Items to Donate for the auction or questions, Contact one of the following:

Renee Jumper; Kelly Quigg; Sarah Daniels; Rhonda Louderman; Corey Stewart; or Alison Jackson

Phone numbers can be provided by the church office.

“Scout Events”

Boy Scout Troop #115 will be Scouting for Food in March. On Saturday, March 7, the scouts will leave empty sacks at the community residences. The resident may use this sack to donate non-perishable foods. Then, on Saturday March 14, the scouts will pick up the filled sacks left outside the front doors and deliver them to the food pantries.

The “ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT” for $6.00 Pancake and Sausage Breakfast held by the Scouts to raise funds for the Scout Summer Camping Trip will be held at Poppies on Sunday, March 15, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Mid-Week Scripture Study & Prayer Service”

The Midweek Prayer/Bible Service will meet each Wednesday with a time change.  Those attending will meet in the church basement at 1:00 p.m.  All are welcome!

1:00 PM

February 26, 2020 – For 1st Sunday in Lent

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7

Psalm 32 (UMH #766)

Romans 5:12-19

Matthew 4:1-11

March 4, 2020 –For 2nd Sunday in Lent

Genesis 12:1-4a

Psalm 121 (UMH #844)

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

John 3:1-17

March 11, 2020 – For 3rd Sunday in Lent

Exodus 17:1-7

Psalm 95 (UMH #814)

Romans 5:1-11

John 4:5-42

March 18, 2020 – For 4th Sunday in Lent

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 23 (UMH #754 or 137)

Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41

March 25, 2020 – For 5th Sunday in Lent

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 130 (UMH #848)

Romans 8:6-11

John 11:1-45