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December 9, 2018 Heard in Church



Pastor Dick has gone to be with his Lord and Savior!   He passed from this life on earth on Friday, December 7.  Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00 pm Tuesday, December 11 at the church.  A celebration of Life service is Wednesday at 10:00 am with the Rev. Curt Rush officiating.    This is also to be at the church.  Lunch will be served following the service.

One of his last requests made before he passed was that “no one wear black” to his funeral.  We all know how hard it was to say “no” to Dick.

Forty poinsettias have been put on the altar and around the  sanctuary.  Individuals may purchase a plant(s) for $7.00 each in honor or memory of someone or something.  Completed order forms and payment are due December 16.  Checks may be made out to the church.

Another special Christmas project the church undertakes annually is that of seeing a local family or families have a joyous Christmas.  This year we have three families with a total of eight kids we are helping out.   Three are in grade school, three in junior high, and two high school boys.  Special noisy offerings will be taken the first two Sundays in December for these families. Money may also be given directly to Sandy Moynahan, UMW president, who will be shopping for these families.  Toys and clothing will be purchased with this money received from the two offerings.

One more way we help the holidays be a bit brighter is with the Gift of Reading book drive.  This is a program that various groups participate in by collecting new books to distribute to Sangamon County children ranging from new born infants to age twelve.   Financial donations as well as books are appreciated for this annual project.  As in the past, all money donated goes directly toward the purchase of books.    This year our WUMC organizers and coordinators are Sandy Moynahan and Jennifer Williamson.   Our church purchased over $1000 worth of books from Barnes and Noble and a total of 4700 new books were given to nineteen service agencies to give to children.

An additional winter mission project is to provide 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 on the alter in the sanctuary.   These will be gathered together and taken to Helping Hand’s for distribution.   Carol Sims would like to see a minimum number of donated socks reach 100 or more.  This project will run through the month of December.

It was noted that the old metal grate that had been in the floor of the over-flow room has been replaced with a beautiful new floor inlay of the United Methodist Church emblem.   This was donated by Judy Constant in memory of her husband, Melvin.

The all-church Christmas potluck hosted annually by the UMW that was to be held December 12 is being postponed until sometime in January.

The annual cookie walk and pancake breakfast will be Saturday, December 15, from 8:00 am to Noon.  Cost of the meal is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.   Cookies can be purchased for $5.00 a pound.

The congregation was greeted his morning by Paul and Lori Finley.  Laura and Jeremiah Smith lit the Advent candles, and the congregation enjoyed special music from Linda Selinger and her choir.   Greeters for next week will be Bob and Jo Tibbs.  The Smiths and Cathy Fowler hosted coffee fellowship following the worship service.

This week the pulpit was filled by our lay minister, Carol Sims.  Rev. Kieth Anderson will fill in the void  due to Pastor’s death during the month of December.  An appointment should be decided upon by the Bishop and Conference at the first of the year.

If anyone has any questions regarding church activities, please call the church office:   217-566-3614.


Carole Jean and Dick’s family filled the second pew on the left side:  two of their sons, two grandsons, and a granddaughter were present with Carole. They were from Oklahoma, California, Georgia, and Singapore.  We pray for their safe travels home.


We also had a first-time visitor from Sherman.


“Tut” Greening passed away Wednesday, December 5.  His funeral service will be Friday morning at Mott and Henning Funeral Home in Athens.

Carolyn Sue Bishop had a knee replacement.  She is still experiencing quite a bit of pain but has left her daughter’s house in Springfield and is back home in Williamsville.  She is going through rehab.

Pastor Shane Sims
Pastor Shane Sims

Shane Sims Pastor, Williamsville United Methodist Church Bio Pastor Shane Sims comes to us as his first appointment. Recently graduating from License to Preach School and Previously serving as a Lay Leader at Springfield First United Methodist Church as a Campus Pastor. Where over time he was mentored and developed by multiple pastoral leaders. He has a passion for the lost to be reached and for the church to meet them right where they are in life. Pastor Shane believes and his teachings encourage that everyone is loved by God and there is a plan for each life. He brings innovative ideas, with a biblical foundation to GO into the world and make disciples. Pastor Shane is in the process of finishing his education at Western Illinois University and furthering his education through Divinity Studies. He resides in Springfield with his lovely wife Yanin ( and no this is not a misspelling), daughter Addyson, two sons Max and Sebastian. Hobbies include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, working out and spending time with family and friends.