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E-News for May 23, 2013

posted May 22, 2013, 10:23 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 22, 2013, 1:29 PM by Unknown user ]
In this Week's Monticello E-News
  1. Church-Wide News
    • Greetings from Pastor Rob
    • This Weekend in 10:30am Worship (no 9:00am programming this week)
    • United Methodist Night at the "K" this Friday
    • Church-Wide Rummage Sale is Coming!!
    • Ascension Quartet Coming on Father's Day
    • Church Night at Theater in the Park
  2. Student Ministry News (for families with children, teens, and those in college)
    • Welcome Courtney
    • Vacation Bible School 2013
    • Youth Summer Mission Trip 2013
    • Announcing New Children's Ministries for Fall
  3. Staying Connected
    • Be the Change through the Prayer Chain
    • Join us on Facebook
    • Church Directory Update
    • Thanks!
    • Mark these Special Dates Ahead
Church-Wide News
For members, long-time visitors, and first-timers too!

Greetings from Pastor Rob
Summer is here, finally!  I love the opportunity to get outside, get in the pool, do some travelling, spend time on sports, spend more time with family, and have a good BBQ!  God created summer for us to enjoy, a time of life-giving energy and fellowship!  But, along with summer comes our busy travel schedules, our desire to be outdoors, and (sometimes) a tendency to skip church.  

Before I entered the ministry, I was a pretty regular attender in church.  But, there were those weekends especially in the summer where I'd be just fine passing on hearing one more sermon, one more hour in church, and one more hour away from fun. So, why is worship attendance so important to us as Christians?  (Who would have thought that after all those years of dodging boring preachers, I'd become one myself!!!)  

The answer, in short, is that worship is not just for us.  Worship is for God.  When we fail to gather on Sundays and worship, we miss a huge portion of our spiritual life--an opportunity to offer our collective praise and worship to God.  But, more than that, we also miss that opportunity to be refreshed and energized--to be filled with hope by our fellow Christians on a journey with us.

So, if you're travelling this summer, I hope you'll join my family and I and find a church out of town to visit.  And, even bring a bulletin back!  I'd love to see the ideas another church has.  If you're here in town, our prayer is you will join us each and every weekend this summer.  We've put together some incredible guest musicians over the summer and even a couple guest preachers.  It will be a summer in which you will be refreshed, energized, and continue to worship (right before we all head to the lake or the pool!).  I hope to see you in church Sunday, or I hope you'll bring me a bulletin from whatever church you might visit out of town so I can learn from them too!

(Just remember there is NO programming at 9:00am on Memorial Day weekend.  We'll still be here for worship!!)  
 
Blessings,
Pastor Rob
 
This Week in 10:30 Worship (NO 9:00am programming)
It's Memorial Day weekend!  There will be no 9:00am programming for any age this weekend.  But, we'll still be here for worship at 10:30am and continue to study Genesis in our series called, "In the Beginning...God."  I hope you'll join us.  Do you have a family member that you remember on Memorial Day?  Just email their name to Cindy.Hedges@getGOD.info by Friday at noon, and we'll recognize them in worship on the screens.

On Sunday, we'll look more closely at what it means to be created in the image of God and look at why Genesis 2 is different than Genesis 1.  We are also pleased to welcome to worship Diane Robertson, a professional vocalist, performer at the Lyric Opera, actress, and host of TV's "Down the Road."  Diane brings an incredible vocal gift to use on Memorial Day weekend.  Be sure to join us!


United Methodist Night at the "K" this Friday
All are welcome to come to United Methodist Night at the "K" where we gather to watch Royals baseball, fellowship, and enjoy the summer weather!  The game is on Friday, May 24.  Tickets are already sold out through the church, but you can join us at the game in section 403, row N and P (correction from last week).  Just get tickets at the stadium.  Hope to see you there!

Church-Wide Rummage Sale

How can you help raise funds for programming and also clean out your house at the same time??  Join us for the Church Rummage Sale.  It’s a great place to shop, but it’s also a great place to part with those things in your house you want gone.

 

The sale takes place on Friday, June 7 from 2:00-7:00pm and on Saturday, June 8 from 8:00am-2:00pm.  The church grounds and Fellowship Hall will be 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.

 

If you donate items to the sale, just drop them off in Fellowship Hall on Thursday, June 6, between 8:00am and 7:00pm or on Friday, June 7, between 8:00am and 2:00pm.  You will receive a “Gift-in-Kind” letter to use on your taxes.  If you could “pre-price” the item, that would help us.  But, please know our staff and volunteers will negotiate prices as appropriate at the sale.  When the sale is complete, the money earned will go towards missions.  We’ll donate everything remaining to local charities.  Join us at the rummage sale!


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!


Church Night at Theater in the Park
As we study Genesis and creation, we'll also fellowship with our whole church.  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.   It's on Friday, June 14.  Tickets will be available soon at the Connection Point and online.

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

Welcome Courtney!!!
After a long wait for the right person, Courtney Felzke, our new director of student ministries, began today.  We are so excited to welcome her.  If you have children in the nursery, preschool, elementary school, junior high, high school, or are in college, Courtney is your person!  I encourage you to greet her again this weekend after worship.  And, stay tuned for new programming headed our way!


VBS 2013
Hey parents of kids ages 4 through grade 5, this summer's Vacation Bible School dates are July 22-25.  This 4-day experience, called the Everywhere Fun Fair is themed around a carnival!!  Yep, that means food, fun, and lots of time to experience Jesus Christ being "everywhere" in our world.  Registration information will be coming out soon.  But, mark those dates and be sure to join us for VBS 2013!!!!


Youth Summer Retreat 2013
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!  More information coming soon, but be sure to mark those dates for this summer's mini-mission trip!

Announcing New Children's Ministries for Fall
You heard it in worship last weekend!  We have expanded programming for children dramatically for fall.  If you missed it, attached to the bottom of this newsletter is a handout from worship that summarizes all the new programming for children in the fall.  Check it out!  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
 
Church Directory Update
Yes!!!  We've been a little behind on this project.  But, we are so pleased to have Debi Sokol assisting us now with the data entry.  Debi is working to ensure names, addresses, phones, and pictures match.  Our pastors are working on the facing pages of the directory.  There will also be a memorial page in the back with those who have left us in the last year.  We'll be offering a proof for everyone to check in the upcoming weeks.  Then, the company will print the directories in June.  Look to receive these very soon!

Thanks!
Thank you to so many, including these...
  • Susan Cockrum and all the UMW women for their work preparing for the Rummage Sale
  • Joanne Muccino for her artwork at the preschool entrance.
  • Vivian Triebel for covering phones this week during our staff lunch.
  • Courtney Felzke for joining our team!
  • Whomever surprised us by covering the speakers in fellowship hall!
  • All those guys 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.
  • Saturday, May 24, Family Night at the "K"
  • Sunday, May 26, In the Beginning Sermon Series and special guest Diane Robertson. Remember, no 9:00am programming this weekend.
  • Friday, June 14, Church Night at Theater in the Park
  • June 27-30, Youth Mission Trip
  • July 22-25, Vacation Bible School
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May 22, 2013, 10:24 AM