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E-News for May 7, 2013

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In this Week's Monticello E-News
  1. Greetings from Pastor Rob
  2. This Weekend in Worship
  3. Folk Mountain Gospel coming to Monticello this Sunday
  4. Be the Change at Grand Avenue Temple this Saturday
  5. Be the Change through the Prayer Chain
  6. Expanded Ministries for Children on the Horizon
  7. Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends Event this Saturday
  8. United Methodist Night at the "K"
  9. Are we ever getting a church directory?
  10. Church Night at Theater in the Park
  11. New Tech Team Training Session
  12. Vacation Bible School 2013
  13. Youth Summer Mission Trip 2013
  14. Thanks!
  15. Mark these Special Dates Ahead
Greetings from Pastor Rob
Have you noticed May is an incredibly busy time?  Between graduations, Mother's Day, the end of school, and so much more, it seems we meet ourselves coming and going  I wonder if Jesus felt "busy" too.  After all, between travelling, constant crowds, and keeping the disciples awake while he prayed, the humanity of Jesus probably needed a break once in a while.  But, Jesus would teach us a lesson.  He would make regular attempts to connect with God, to pray, and sometimes even retreat to a garden.   

As you get busy this month, I would encourage us all to stay connected to worship.  After all, it is that connection to our church family that helps us stay grounded in who and whose we are.  I hope you'll join me in making worship a priority in your life this busy May too!  Maybe in doing so, we'll all manage to stay on top of our busy schedules knowing Jesus walks with us!  Hope to see you in church!!
Pastor Rob
This Weekend in Worship

This weekend, we'll start a new series called, "In the Beginning...GOD."  As Christians, we're faced with difficult questions about the creation of the world.  We struggle to find answers in a world where science and Christianity seem to be in conflict.  How old is the earth?  How should we understand the creation story in light of scientific theories today?  
Join Pastor Rob as we explore the early portions of the Book of Genesis and come to a better theological understand during "In the Beginning...GOD."  This weekend is also Mother's Day, so bring the family along!  

Folk Mountain Gospel to Monticello this Sunday
On Sunday, May 12, we'll be led in worship by "Folk Mountain Gospel," a vocal and instrumental group that plays the original instruments of the Bible.  Come hear hammer dulcimers, zithers, and a sultry leading us in familiar music we know and love.  This will be a weekend you don't want to miss!!  Come join us for Folk Mountain Gospel, leading worship on Mother's Day.    

Learn more about them at their website here.

Be the Change, at Grand Avenue Temple this Saturday
Work for Christ this Saturday, May 11, from 10-12!!   Join us as we serve the homeless at Grand Avenue Temple.  You'll help those in need to locate clothing and other supplies in the clothing closet.  This experience will bless you and those you serve.  We are in need of about 5 more people to have a full team, so WE NEED YOU!

All persons 14 and over are welcome to serve.  If you are between 14 and 17, you do need your parent present with you.  Please dress conservatively.  Sign up today by emailing Janet Williams, our coordinator of missions, and join us a we BE THE CHANGE through serving those who are homeless. Janet will respond to you with a schedule of car pools and meeting times. 

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.  

Expanded Ministries for Children on the Horizon!!
Have you ever noticed how tough children can be in worship sometimes?  I never really noticed, until I had a 4-year old.  Parents, you can have your work cut out for you.  Plus, we all want to bless our children with the love and nurture of a Christian Community.  

Moms and dads, we have heard your voices!  You want more programming for your children. So, the Church Council at Monticello has approved expanding our ministries for children in the upcoming months!  There will be a special announcement in worship on Sunday, May 19, so be sure to join us!  

Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends Event this Saturday
Are you looking to grow more closely to other women in the church and fellowship in a Christian women's environment?  Be a part of the United Methodist Women's event this Saturday, May 11.  It will be a great evening of food, fellowship, and fun with special guests, The Driscoll School of Irish Dance.  Check out a recent news feature about the dancers here.  For more information or to be a part of the event, contact Susan Cockrum, staff member at Monticello and president of United Methodist Women. 

United Methodist Night at the "K"
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 available by calling the church office at (913) 441-1435 or by ordering them from our website here.  The ticket order deadline is FRIDAY, MAY 10, so order quickly!!!

Are we ever getting a church directory?
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!

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.

New Tech Team Training
Have you always wanted to help in the sound booth?  We are looking for additional volunteers to serve in this important ministry.  Join 2 new members of our team this Thursday, May 9, at 4:00pm for training.  Contact Pastor Rob to be a part of that training session, or to express interest in another one in the future.

Student Ministries Director Update
This week, our pastors and our Committee on Staff-Parish Relations will receive a second interview from a potential candidate for Director of Student Ministries.  This important, vital person in the life of our congregation will serve our children from preschool through college and serve as a stable, positive influence in their lives for many years.  Join us as we all pray for the team, the candidate involved, and pray God might offer us an incredible, humble servant for this role.

Vacation Bible School 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 Mission Trip 2013
Calling all youth grade 6 and up!!  This summer's mini-mission trip will be June 27-30.  We'll be headed out of town for 2 days of service, 1 day of lots of fun, and a day to worship a church very different from our own.  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!

Thank you to so many, including these...
  • Janet Williams, for organizing multiple Be the Change events in our last series
  • Spofford House and Kira Montouri, vice president, for serving in worship last weekend
  • Waverly Williams and her family for the wonderful memorial gift in the new kitchen
  • The leadership team and our committees for participating in the Church Guide talk last Sunday
  • Debi Sokol for working so hard on the church directory
  • Mike Wood, UMM, and all the trustees and volunteers who are upgrading the safety and security of our children's center
  • All the MCCC teachers for attending the radio training this week
Mark these Special Dates Ahead
See the details of these events on our church calendar.
  • Thursday, May 9, Tech Team Training Session
  • Thursday, May 9, Caring Ministry Team Training
  • Saturday, May 11, Be the Change at Grand Avenue Temple
  • Saturday, May 11, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends Event sponsored by UMW
  • Sunday, May 12, Mothers Day, New Sermon Series begins, and Folk Mountain Gospel musicians in worship
  • May 15 and 16, Monticello Christian Children's Center Graduation Events
  • Sunday, May 19, In the Beginning Sermon Series and special announcement about Children's Programming
  • Saturday, May 24, Family Night at the "K"
  • Friday, June 14, Church Night at Theater in the Park
  • June 27-30, Youth Mission Trip
  • July 22-25, Vacation Bible School