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E-News for June 7, 2013

posted Jun 5, 2013, 8:38 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 7, 2013, 11:43 AM ]
In this Week's Monticello E-News
  1. Church-Wide News
    • Greetings from Pastor Rob
    • This Weekend Worship--New Series Begins
    • Monticello Achieves Ministry Goals!
    • Church-Wide Rummage Sale for Missions Today and Tomorrow
    • Help with Disaster Relief
    • Join us at Theater in the Park
    • Ascension Quartet Coming on Father's Day
  2. Student Ministry News (for families with children, teens, and those in college)
    • VBS 2013 Registration Opens
    • Youth Summer Mission Trip 2013 Registration Opens
    • Announcing New Children's Ministries for Fall
  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
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!  Summer is finally here!  But this winter, we got behind a little bit on our planters at the house.  So, this week, we have been weeding!!  And, some of these weeds are nearly as tall as I am with roots even deeper!  What did I learn?  Be sure to stay connected to any project in your life because the more disconnected you get, the more weeds seem to dig in deeply!

As we all consider our time in the sun, time to vacation, to spend with family, to celebrate holidays like July 4, I want to encourage you to make every effort to be in worship each and every week.  Being connected to a church community and worshiping together is one way we re-charge, experience hope, and go into the world ready to connect our faith to our lives.  If you're travelling, I would encourage you to find a local church to worship.  For that matter, even bring me a bulletin and share with me your experiences in another church so I can see what other churches are doing in ministry.  

I hope to see you this Sunday as we start a brand new series.  May God bless you as you bless others!  
Grace and peace,
Pastor Rob
This Week in Worship
This weekend, we begin our visioning series called, "Dreaming: Baby Steps to Big Dreams."  Together, we'll consider God's call to a people called Monticello United Methodist Church.  We'll dream, explore, and consider what the future holds for a once tiny rural church where Wild Bill Hickok was the constable.  But, today, nearly 150 years after its inception at the close of the Civil War, the people of Monticello now find suburbia on the back doorstep and ask, "How can the church be even more vital today and impact the community in a new and amazing way?"  What is God calling us to to be and to do for God's people?  We'll be joined in this series by preachers including Pastor Rob, Pastor Erin, and our District Superintendent, Rev. Mike Chamberlain.  Join us for this visioning series. Come, dream with us as we take "Baby Steps to Big Dreams."

Monticello Achieves Ministry Goals!
Monticello has received two certificates in the last week.  Thanks to you, Monticello has reached or surpassed its goals for 2012 in Worship Attendance, Small Study Group Participation, and Members Serving in Mission.  These goals, set by your Church Council at the end of 2011, have challenged us to become even more vital in 2012.  Thanks to all of you for being in worship, for joining a small class at 9:00am, and by serving to BE THE CHANGE every time you can.  

In addition, we are excited to share that we have received a letter from our Bishop Scott Jones, congratulating you as a church for submitting 100% of the apportioned mission and ministry dollars in 2012.  Thanks to all the work on finances done by our Finance Committee and Church Council, as well as with thanks to all of you who faithfully offer your gifts each week.  Your extravagant generosity has allowed Monticello not only to make significant improvement on facilities, but to also expand its ministry to students, give away nearly $5,000 to Spofford House on Easter, and still pay 100% of the mission and ministry giving to impact the state, the nation, and the world.  Thank you!

Church-Wide Rummage Sale for Missions Today and Tomorrow

Stop by the church today from 2:00-7:00pm or tomorrow, Saturday, June 8 from 8:00am-2:00pm and pick up something from the church-wide rummage sale!  The church grounds and Fellowship Hall are overflowing with books, clothing, toys, jewelry, household goods, glassware, and other items donated by those around the church and preschool.  A concession stand with hot dogs, chips, and snacks will be available too.  100% of the proceeds from donated items will be given away to missions.  And, at the end, any remaining items will be donated too.  Come join us, find something fun, and donate to missions all at once!!!!

Help with Disaster Relief
Many of you have called or emailed the church asking for ways to help with Tornado Relief.  Throughout the past several weeks, Pastor Rob has been receiving regular updates from the Annual Conference Disaster Relief team.  So, we want to share with you a few concrete ways to help and NOT to help:

  • Serve on a volunteer disaster relief team.  To do so, attend the training class to be held here at Monticello United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 8:00am-12:00pm.  This class will certify you in Basic Disaster Response.  Only those certified will be able to serve on teams headed to Oklahoma and Western Kansas in the upcoming months.
  • Donate to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) via their website here
  • Do not send clothes as it creates a demand on area resources to manage a clothing closet.  They do not need clothes right now.
  • Do not give money to organizations you have never heard of who claim to be affiliated with disaster relief.
  • Do not drive into a disaster area unless you have been fully trained to help and are called.
We hope to see you on June 29 so you might be able to serve on our teams in the upcoming months!!!

Join us at Theater in the Park
Join us for an evening at Shawnee Mission Theater in the Park for the show called, "Children of Eden."  This is a partially truthful, partially fictional story of creation set to music.  It's a fun show, appropriate for the entire family and will be a great fellowship outing for the entire church.  If you'd like to join us, meet at Theater in the Park that night and purchase tickets (if you did not already order them through the church).  We'll meet at 6:00pm for a 7:00pm show.

Ascension Quartet Coming on Father's Day
On Father's Day, June 19, we'll welcome national recording artists, "The Ascension Quartet."  This male quartet has traveled all over the country singing traditional southern Gospel music.  You'll love their low bass voice (think Oak Ridge Boys low bass) and high tenor mixed with their tenor and baritone voices.  Together, they'll lead us in worship on June 19.  Be sure to join us for this awesome day of music, and bring dad along too!

Student Ministry News
News just for families with children, youth, teens, and those in college

VBS 2013 Registration Opens
If your child or grandchild is between age 4 and grade 5, VBS is for them!  VBS will take place July 22-25 as a 4-day experience, called the Everywhere Fun Fair.  Themed around a carnival, this will be fun, experience with lots of time to experience Jesus Christ being "everywhere" in our world.  Get more information about VBS, sign-up a child, or sign-up to volunteer today here.

Youth Summer Retreat 2013 Registration Opens
Calling all youth grade 6-12!!  This summer's mini-mission trip will be July 12-14.  We'll be gathering together for a time of service and fellowship for this weekend retreat. Bring the smores, the swimming suit, work gloves, and a desire to have fun and experience Jesus Christ with your friends!  For more information and to register, click here.

Announcing New Children's Ministries for Fall
You heard it in worship last weekend!  We have expanded programming for children dramatically for fall.  Look for programming at BOTH 9:00am and 10:30am so our young children can be engaged in learning that is fun and just for them all morning!  Monticello IS a church for families and we are excited you are here!!!

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...
  • Bill Plummer, our facilities person, Susan Cockrum, the UMW president, and all the UMW women for their work preparing for the Rummage Sale this week
  • Eric Isaacson for taking on an Eagle Scout Project at Monticello!!
  • Rodney and Sandy Evans for their donation for mulch and all those who have been working on mulch and landscaping--Art Howell, Steve Likes, Dave Housh, and more!
Mark these Special Dates Ahead
See the details of these events on our church calendar.
  • Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8, Church-Wide Rummage Sale for Missions
  • Sunday, June 9, Dreaming: Baby Steps to Big Dreams series begins
  • Friday, June 14, Church Night at Theater in the Park
  • June 29, Basic Disaster Relief Training for Tornado Volunteers
  • July 12-14, Youth Summer Retreat
  • July 22-25, Vacation Bible School