Church News

Back to Church Sunday (This Sunday!)
Haven't been to church for a while - maybe a long while?  Been meaning to get back to church, but just haven't gotten around to it?  Well, make a decision right now!  Set this Sunday,September 22, as the day you're going to return to church and reconnect with both God and your church family.  We have some special music planned just to make the day special for you!  Plus, we're going to have a Pot-Luck Dinner after the worship service this Sunday.  The church will provide fried chicken and cheesy potatoes.  Regular worship attenders are asked to bring a side dish or a desert.  Visitors will be our guests and need not bring anything.  Just come and enjoy.

Memorial Plaque Sunday
On Sunday, October 13, we will lift up those who have been remembered through Memorial gifts to our church in the last year and a half. Six new names will be added to the Memorial Plaque located in the north section of the sanctuary. We hope you will make a special effort to be with us in worship as we honor these dear servants of the Lord.

Fall Food & Fellowship Date Set
Everyone looks forward to this annual autumn event with its variety of tasty goodies.  This year Fall Food & Fellowship Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Earlene Martin will once again be our coordinator this year.  We'll have more information in next month's newsletter.  In the mean time, mark your calendar.

Youth Group Kick-Off
Summer sure has been busy!  But school will be starting soon.  Then it won't be long before our Youth Group starts up again for another season.  Susan & Anselm Williams will provide a meal (not just snacks, but a real meal!).  You never know what those two are up to.  But, it always tastes good!  Our Youth Group is for those in 7-12 grades.  You don't have to be a member of our church to join.  We are always open to visitors and new youth.

Charge Conference Date Set
Each year the District Superintendent convenes a meeting known as Charge Conference for the purpose of handling certain official business for the local churches in the district.  In recent years this has taken the form of groups of U.M. churches coming together.  This year's Charge Conference will be held at the Chillicothe United Methodist Church on Thursday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m.  By definition, members of the Church Council are members of Charge Conference and are encouraged to attend.

Upper Room Magazines
The September-October 2019 issue of the Upper Room devotional magazine is now available.  Pick up a copy at the back of the sanctuary or on the information table in the hallway.  As always, we have both regular and large print versions.

It Was a Great Day!
The Scholarship Committee would like to thank everyone that gave time, effort, and donations to our Sock Hop Scholarship Fundraiser.  It was a success!  We were able to raise over $1,200.00.  With these proceeds we can show a deserving recipient our continued love and support.  Our Scholarship Fund began just three years ago with a vision to help the youth of our church address the financial burden of post high school education. We have already awarded scholarships to three of our church’s youth.  According to our by-laws, 50% of the money we receive through donations and fundraisers goes into the fund’s principal as a way to grow our fund for the future. The other 50% is available to fund our current year’s scholarship award.  We will continue our fundraising efforts by hosting a fish fry this fall. Hope to see you there!

Large Print Worship Bulletins
In addition to our regular-sized bulletins, we are now providing a large print version of our worship bulletin for those who would benefit from larger text.  Large print versions of the hymns are also included as well as a larger version of the bulletin insert with all the announcements.

New Steeple Topper
What a beautiful sight!  Our steeple now has a new look.  Read all about it:  Who made it?   How big is it?  What does the symbol mean?  And why did we start this project in the first place?  We will soon be posting pictures of the cross & flame being mounted high at the top of our steeple.

Flower Chart
Would you like to put flowers on the altar? We have a lot of available Sundays.  Check out the chart on the bulletin board by the church office, or simply call the church office reserve the Sunday of your choice.

Bring Us Your Used Inkjet and Toner Cartridges
Help the church save money on office supplies!  We are part of a program whereby we receive credit for office supplies when we recycle used printer toner and ink cartridges.  Those printer cartridges are bad for the environment, so don't toss them in the trash, bring them to church and we'll put them to good use.  Thanks for helping.

Don't forgot about our on-going Best Choice Save-A-Label Program!  Start saving them right now if you have not already been doing so.  Then bring your UPC (proof of purchase) labels to church and put them in the can located on a table in the hallway.  The can is marked “Best Choice.”  Our church's Bereavement Dinner Committee will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPC labels.

C.M.U. Tops in Dollars for Scholars
Central Methodist University (formerly, Central Methodist College) leads all UMC-related colleges and universities in the country in the number of Dollars For Scholars student aid recipients.  C.M.U. partners with local United Methodist congregations, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation (MUMF) to provide these renewable ($3K-$4K) scholarships.  This year C.M.U. and the Missouri Conference had 45 DFS recipients, second only to the Georgia Conference, which has nearly a dozen UMC-related colleges and universities compared to Missouri's one and only university-C.M.U.
[Learn about scholarships for United Methodist members]