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December 30, 2018 Heard in Church



Carol Sims welcomed those present with warm Christian greetings.  She shared with the congregation that District Superintendent Weatherall will be meeting with the WUMC’s staff-parish committee this Wednesday night.  The purpose is to discuss  the new placement of a minister due to Pastor Dick’s death.   She DID NOT KNOW if anyone has yet been chosen and if there will be an appointment announced at that time.  

Our on-going winter mission project is to help provide some warmth for the homeless in the form of socks. Please bring in NEW  long men’s socks and place in the  box designated for them located under the coat rack in the lower entryway.  This project will continue through the month of December and socks will continue being collected till the end of the year.  They will then be gathered together and taken to Helping Hands for distribution early in January.  To date, we have given 113 pairs of socks to help those needing them, exceeding Carol Sims goal of a minimum number of donated socks reaching 100 or more. 

The all-church potluck has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 9 at 6:00 pm.  A clipboard was passed around the congregation for those planning on attending to sign up.  Meat and drinks are provided as well as table service.  Attendees are asked to bring a side dish:  salad, vegetable, or dessert to help fill the buffet table and for all to enjoy.  Come and share an evening of fellowship, friendly conversations, and enjoyable entertainment.

As the congregation entered the sanctuary , they were greeted by Dorothy Lugibill and Alice Franklin.  Rick Selinger lit the altar candles and beautiful music was presented by our pianist , Linda  Selinger, preparing us for worship.  Next week, greeters will be Larry and Polly Wise.

This week the pulpit was again filled by Rev. Kieth Anderson.   We have been fortunate to have been able to enjoy his sermons as he stepped into a leadership role for this past month.

The Nimble Fingers Quilters will gather from 8:00-11:30 Monday, December 31.  Everyone is welcome, and there is always room for more!

Carol suggested those interested in reading short articles about local people whose lives have made a difference to their communities to pick up this week’s copy of “Illinois Times.”   Her father, Rev. Paul Sims, and local playwright/entertainer, Ken Bradbury, are just two noted.

If anyone has any questions regarding church activities, please call the church.


Bart Henderson announced his Uncle Johnnie Henderson, who lives in Florida and is ninty- six, has opted for chemo therapy to begin treatment for is acute leukemia.  John is Wayne Henderson’s younger brother.

Pastor Meredith Brown
Pastor Meredith Brown

REV. MEREDITH MANNING BROWN, Interim Pastor Rev. Meredith Manning Brown is an experienced pastor and ministry leader, focused on innovative congregations and spiritual entrepreneurship. With decades of ministry leadership experience, Meredith has led multiple new church planting efforts, pastored through several church revitalization and growth projects, and served in senior ministry staff positions in large and small congregations across the United States. Most recently, Pastor Meredith served as the Lead Planting Pastor for the new Evergreen United Methodist Faith Community in Lacey, Washington, an innovative, neighborhood-based, progressive, intergenerational community focused on connecting with people who don’t know, don’t like or have had enough of church as usual. Through her coaching and consulting ministry ( Pastor Meredith shares her experience and perspective to support leaders seeking to integrate their spiritual practices, their missional callings, and their household relationships into their busy lives as innovators and leaders in the church, businesses, and public life.
 Pastor Meredith is a United Methodist Elder with membership in the New England Conference. A native of Austin, Texas, she is a proud graduate of Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana where she completed a B.A. in religion, a B.M. in sacred music, and a Certificate of Church Careers. She holds a Master in Sacred Music degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology. Pastor Meredith lives in Springfield with her delightful husband, two active teen-aged daughters, and a lazy housecat. She is also a happy experimental baker, loves to go adventuring with her family, and is the holder of the Brown Family Tournament of Games and Round-Robin Classic record for the most yahtzees rolled in a single game.