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January 27, 2019 Heard in Church

As the congregation entered the sanctuary , they were greeted by Dorothy Lugibill or Judy Krell.  Rick Selinger lit the altar candles and beautiful music was presented by our pianist , Linda  Selinger, preparing those present for the worship service to begin.

Pastor Meredith welcomed everyone with smiles and opened arms to stand and sing, “I’m Gonna Sing.”

This was immediately followed by Carol Sims leading the congregation in the Call to Worship.

Pastor Meredith asked the children in the congregation to come forward and stand on the altar as she gave her Children’s Time presentation.  She also led them and those of the congregation who wished to participate in dancing the Hokey Pokey.  

The sermon given by Pastor  Meredith has this morning, “No Unnecessary Gifts,” was based on Paul’s message found in I Corinthians 12:1-31a which was read aloud by Carol Sims. 

The quilters groups have continued to be busy through the holidays and on into the new year.  Two hand-quilted quilts and nine tied quilts adorned the sanctuary today , showing the beautiful results and workmanship of the two groups and what they have accomplished over the last several weeks.   These quilts will be blessed during next week’s worship service. 

The Nimble Fingers Quilters. (Traditional hand quilters)  will gather from 8:00-11:30 Monday, and the Knotty Quilters will meet on Thursday at 9:00 am this week. Everyone is welcome, and there is always room for more interested in this craft.  

The quilts the Knotty Quilters make are part of one of the many mission projects of WUMC.   Each resident of Cunningham Children’s Home in Champaign receives a new quilt upon leaving the home. 

Carolyn Sue Bishop announced there are approximately 800+ children who benefit from the local Springfield Boys and Girls Clubs.  These clubs are asking for help in providing those in need for warm winter outer clothing:  NEW or GENTLY USED, clean ready-to-wear coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and or mittens.   Donations should be brought to the church office, and she will see that they get taken care of and delivered to the appropriate people for distribution.   This is especially important with the extremely low temperatures predicted for this next few days. 

The monthly Senior Potluck will be Tuesday, February 5 at Noon.   Bring a dish to share with others and your own table service.   Drinks will be provided. Come enjoy a meal with good food and Christian fellowship.  Everyone is welcome and invited to attend this small monthly gathering. 

Two clipboards were again passed among the congregation for those wishing to volunteer.   One board was asking for volunteers to sign up for hosts\hostesses for future Fellowship Sundays and as Sunday morning greeters.  The other asking for supplies and workers for the up-coming chili\vegetable soup luncheon and book sale scheduled for Saturday, February  9. 

The book sale is from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm   Not only all kinds of books will be available but CDs and DVDs as well.  If anyone wishes to donate an item or items for this fundraiser, bring it/them to put under the downstairs entryway coat rack by Sunday, February 3. Any questions regarding this sale, contact Sandy Moynahan at 217-414-0095. 

Lunch begins at 10:30 am and lasts until 1:00 pm.  An all-you-can-eat meal of homemade chili or vegetable soup, dessert, and a drink is only $5.00.  If anyone has questions regarding the lunch, please contact Laura Smith at 217-816-6405. 

Sandy Moynahan has made available a listing of our church family who are residents of a skilled nursing provider. If you would like the names so you can send cards contact the WUMC church office.

If anyone has any questions regarding church activities or for other information, please call the church office:  217-566-3614.  Rev. Meredith Brown, our new WUMC  Interim Pastor, can also be reached by calling the church or by calling or texting:  872-221-2545 or  She and her family live in Leland Grove (Springfield).  

For these spoken and unspoken requests as well as those individuals listed on our prayer list, we sincerely ask the Lord for his mercy and to receive our prayers being lifted up to him.  

Following the morning worship there was a coffee fellowship where we celebrated National Pie Day by enjoying many delicious baked delicacies!

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.