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E-News for July 19, 2013

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In this Week's Monticello E-News
  1. Church-Wide News
    • Greetings from Pastor Rob
    • This Weekend Worship
    • Potluck Reception at Church Tomorrow
    • Vacation Bible School Begins Monday
    • Serve Children in Foster Care on August 3
    • Learn about Homeless Ministry and Share a Meal on August 1
  2. Student Ministry News (for families with children, teens, and those in college)
    • Youth to Worlds of Fun August 10
    • The All New Children's Worship at 10:30 Beginning September 8
    • Joyful Noise Children's Music Begins September 8
  3. Staying Connected
    • Be the Change through the Prayer Chain
    • Join us on Facebook
    • Thanks!
    • Mark these Special Dates Ahead
Church-Wide News
For members, long-time visitors, and first-timers too!

Greetings from Pastor Rob

Jesus said, "Let the little children to come unto me."  This week, Monticello UMC does the same!  On the heels of an incredible youth retreat for our teenagers, Vacation Bible School begins on Monday!  Then, in just 6 weeks, we begin brand new children's programming on September 8.  As your pastor, I am so proud of all of you as a church for volunteering, serving, decorating, and doing everything God calls the church to do to share God's love with our youngest disciples!  As a church, we offer our thanks to all of you for your service and hard work for our children!  And, another special welcome to Courtney Felzke, our new director of student ministries for the vision she brings. 

Grace and peace,
Pastor Rob

This Weekend in Worship

Last week, we had outstanding worship attendance for the beginning of our "Modern-Day Superhero" series.  This week, we continue considering who the "superheroes" of our faith really are--those that inspired you, and motivated you to connect with Jesus Christ.  And, in doing so, we remember the the only real superhero in our faith is Jesus Christ.  Join us as we continue "Modern-Day Superheroes" this weekend!

Potluck Reception at Church Tomorrow

The church-wide potluck reception for Pastor Erin Lindsey Muckleroy and her new husband is TOMORROW, Sunday, July 21 in Fellowship Hall. Bring a dish to share celebrate the new marriage of our associate pastor. Everyone always asks--do we bring a gift? She's registered at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond if you would like to bring a gift. But, don't feel any pressure to do so! This is just a time to celebrate and Fellowship.

Vacation Bible School Begins Monday

It's time for the "Everywhere Fun Fair" at Vacation Bible School 2013. Did you miss registration? It's not too late, but sign-up today to join more than 45 children at VBS. Sign-up here today. 

Parents, if you are bringing children to VBS and registered for a meal, then come at 4:50pm.  If you are coming after the meal, arrive by 5:15pm to sign-in your child so they can begin on time at 5:30pm. 

Your children's safety is the most important thing.  So, remember to bring your wristband when you pick-up your children at 8:00pm.  If your child is car pooling with someone else, be sure the name of the person picking them up is on their file.  You can make edits to the list when you drop them off.  Join us, it's going to be an "Everywhere Fun Fair!"

Serve Children in Foster Care on August 3 

On Easter Sunday, you as a congregation entered into a partnership with Spofford Home, a residential treatment facility for children.  You gave nearly $5,000 to Spofford Home as a special gift and, as a church, we planned to work on the facility so children in care might have a bright, colorful place to live.

On August 3, Monticello UMC will send a mission team to paint 5 school rooms at Spofford Home.  The painting happens between 8:00am and 2:00pm.  If you want to car pool from Monticello, arrive by 7:10am for a 7:20am departure.  More information, including registration information, is available here.

Learn About Homeless Ministry and Share a Meal on August 1

On Thursday, August 1, at 6:00pm, join us as we learn about ministry to those who are homeless.  We'll share a salad supper and a presentation from Grand Avenue Temple and learn about the challenge of homelessness, and how we can help from those that serve on the front lines on the streets of Kansas City.  Get more information here.  Sponsored by United Methodist Women, this event is open to everyone of all ages and genders.  Come, learn how God can use you!

Student Ministry News
News just for families with children, youth, teens,
and those who are college-age

Youth to Worlds of Fun on August 10

Our youth group, "The Well," is headed to World's of Fun on August 10.  If you are in grade 6-12, join us for an awesome day of fun, ministry, and great rides!!  Learn more here.

All New Children's Worship at 10:30am Beginning September 8
Parents, do you struggle with your children in worship? Well, Monticello has created an opportunity just for your little ones! Beginning September 8, 2013, we'll start a new "Children's Worship" during the 10:30am service. Mom and dad, you just bring your children age 4 through grade 5 to church. They sing with us an opening couple songs. Then, they come forward for JAM Time during worship. Afterwards, they'll be escorted to the newly remodeled children's center for 40 minutes of worship just for them. Together, they'll sing songs and experience music videos just for them!!! Then, they'll have a snack and break into small groups for "Godly Play," an interactive story-telling opportunity to play and experience God. That leaves mom and dad to worship in the sanctuary.

Joyful Noise Children's Music Begins September 8
Do you have children who are age 4 through grade 5? Then Joyful Noise is just for them! This awesome new opportunity for children begins September 8 and will be a time to learn about God through music. We'll sing, act, and play handbells and handchimes. Together, we'll put on a Christmas musical and lead worship about 5 times during the year. Parents, you can come too if you want. Joyful Noise is coming soon!!! Don't miss it!!

Stay Connected
How to stay connected with what's happening at church

Be the Change through the Prayer Chain
Our updated prayer chain is now in full operation. Each week (and sometimes more often for emergencies), prayer chain participants receive an email with the current prayer needs appropriate for the public. Sign up today by emailing Cindy Hedges, our administrative assistant, and join us a we BE THE CHANGE through prayer.

Join us on Facebook

Join our church-wide Facebook group today and keep up to date. Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/276468038357/
For all those in student ministries or who have children in student ministries: https://www.facebook.com/groups/276468038357/#!/groups/246653995432259/
Our page is also open to everyone with some basic information on it. It's here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/276468038357/#!/pages/Monticello-United-Methodist-Church/120618051284527
Thank you to so many, including these...
  • Courtney Felzke and all the VBS volunteers for their incredible work getting ready for this series and for VBS beginning Monday.
  • Patti Plummer for polishing our new handbells.
  • Larry Williams and his team for their awesome work on the new kitchen!
Mark these Special Dates Ahead
See the details of these events on our church calendar.
  • July 21, Reception for Pastor Erin and Her Husband
  • July 22-25, Vacation Bible School
  • August 1, Homeless Ministry Night
  • August 3, Painting at Spofford Home
  • August 10, Youth Worlds of Fun Trip
  • September 8, Kick-off of new Children's Programming!!!
  • September 20, Light the Night
  • September 21, Round-Up