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E-News for May 30, 2013

posted May 31, 2013, 8:23 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 31, 2013, 9:30 AM ]
In this Week's Monticello E-News
  1. Church-Wide News
    • Greetings from Pastor Rob
    • This Weekend Worship
    • Opportunity to Help with Tornado Disaster
    • Church-Wide Rummage Sale This Week
    • Last Chance for Tickets to Theater in the Park
    • Ascension Quartet Coming on Father's Day
    • Good News--Apportionment Giving to Missions!
  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 from Annual Conference!  Art Howell, your elected delegate, Pastor Erin, and I are here for the final Kansas East Annual Conference.  Annual Conference is such a good experience because it reminds us that we are not "alone" as United Methodists.  We are part of a connectional system--other people who love God and work to serve God's people.  

This is a historical event as the conference we have known since the 1950's will cease to exist.  In its place, Kansas East, Kansas West, and Nebraska will merge to form a new conference, "The Great Plains Annual Conference."  In August, Art, Pastor Erin, and I will travel to the Uniting Conference, another historical  moment, as we serve as your voice and vote in this new conference.  You'll hear much more about our experiences in the upcoming "Dreaming" series where we consider the vision for Monticello in the year ahead.  I would encourage you as a family to work to attend each week of the 4 weeks of the Dreaming series, beginning June 9.

It is a time of re-birth for United Methodists, a time of new vision!  And, we are excited as your pastors and lay delegate that we can see re-birth and new vision as a church.  Our prayer is that God will "transform our minds" (in the words of Paul) so that we might make new disciples and transform the world in 2013-14.  May God bless you all!  We'll see you this Sunday!
Pastor Rob
This Week in Worship
This weekend, we'll close our "In the Beginning" series as we consider what it means to be created in the image of God.  What does the imago Dei call us to do and to be?  Do we ever fall short of living into the image of God as individuals or as a church?  How does God call us back?  And, most importantly, what will we do about it?  Join us as Pastor Erin shares a message called, "Embodying the Image of God."  It is a message of learning, of hope, and of challenge.  I hope to see you in church so you too can worship the God that created you!  Holy communion will be shared as well. 

Opportunity to 
Help with Tornado Disaster
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.
  • Offer your generous donation directly to the United Methodist Committee on Relief at this website
  • 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!!!

Church-Wide Rummage Sale This Week

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!

Last Chance for Tickets to 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.  THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO ORDER!!  Get your tickets online here or at the Connection Point this Sunday.

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!

Good News--Apportionment Giving to Missions
Monticello is excited to share with you 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, Monticello was able to pay 100% of the mission and ministry giving.  This is a moment to celebrate as your dollars have impacted ministry in this area, around the country, and around the world!

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
  • Mike Wood for installing the new speakers in Fellowship Hall
  • 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.
  • Sunday, June 2, In the Beginning Sermon Series concludes
  • 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