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July/August Newsletter


PO Box 79, Williamsville, IL 62693

Office Phone 217.566.3614                                                           

Email:      Website: Rev. Dick Piscatelli, pastor 302 Wagon Wheel Lane, Chatham IL 62629 Dick’s cell 217.494.1475    Carole’s cell 217.494.1525 Emails:   or

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In our Conference paper, THE CURRENT, Bishop Beard gave some reflections on our 2018 Annual Conference held in Peoria in June. From that article he reminds us our work is not over, it continues. We United Methodists don’t sit back and wait to give in, but we rise to the occasion to do what God has called us to do. Bishop Beard began with a story. “She had on a color coordinated Nike jogging suit, a matching headband, corresponding Nike socks and Nike shoes. Her steps were slow but there was a definite deliberate pace. As she passed by my front row mall seat, I saw the following sign on the back of her jacket, “slightly burned out but still smoking.” He then said, “Today I feel like the message on her jacket. I am tired and moving slower but there is still fire going on in the inside. Such is the nature of Annual Conference.”

When I read that I thought how that hit home in my life, and perhaps in some of you these days. It’s summer and it should be slow down time, vacation time, time to renew our energy, to get some sun, to recharge our batteries. May and June are busy months for many with graduations, Annual Conferences, moving for some pastors, and weddings. Things to do never ends. Our ‘to do’ list just gets longer. Busy all the time. We often get slightly burned out because of those things that are often fun and we enjoy but wear us out.

I have finished my 12th year of retirement and by the time you get this, I will have begun my 13th year as pastor of the Williamsville UMC. Who would have thought that could happen? I might be a little older. I might be ‘slightly burned out” at times but I believe “I’m still smoking hot” for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His message of hope and salvation. You bet! Like the United Methodist Church itself, God isn’t finished with me yet. My mission in this church, in our denomination, has not come to the end, and I am ready for the next round of what God calls me and this church to do. I stand in this pulpit week after week and let God work in me and through me with the messages He wants His people to hear. We may be weary, but there is life in these old bones of ours. There is life in this church. We have a mission and a command to follow to reach out and offer forgiveness, love, acceptance and hope to those who seem lost. We are the church on a mission. We are a church that should be on fire for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to help change the world, even if it’s one life at a time. We have Good News to tell that can set hearts on fire to make our world more loving and caring.

So, I thank Bishop Beard for his advice and I wanted to share it with you. The Bishop closed his article by saying, “Many of you feel as I do, “slightly burned out but still smoking!” He concludes with this prayer. Let us make it ours. “Lord, send the gentle wind of your Holy Spirit to blow across the embers of my heart and fan me into flames for Jesus!” Together we will move forward, on fire for Jesus.”

A line from one of our hymns ask, “And are we yet alive?” YES, WE ARE! WE’RE STILL SMOKING HOT!

Praise the Lord!





VELMA CAMPBELL will be 99 on JULY 2nd.  How about a card shower for this fabulous lady?  POST OFFICE BOX 437, WILLIAMSVILLE IL  62693

MARY JANE BREWER is about to celebrate her 90th birthday on JULY 5th.  Her family is planning a party for you, her friends, to join them on Saturday, JULY 7th, at the Williamsville Community Center, between 1 and 3 p.m.   MARY JANE’S home address is 2521 EMPOWERMENT DRIVE, SPRINGFIELD  62703.


UNITED METHODIST WOMEN are sponsoring a fun evening at THEATRE IN THE PARK on JULY 20th to enjoy the musical, DISTANT THUNDER written by Ken Bradbury.  Donna has 27 signed up to go to the musical and 29 to eat at Gilmore’s in Petersburg.


CAROLYN ROTH joined the church on June 17th by Profession of Faith.

OUR PRAYERS AND LOVE surround CAROL SIMS on the passing of her beloved Dad, REV. DR. R. PAUL SIMS on June 3!  What a loss for this old world but rejoicing in heaven at the arrival of this wonderful saint!  Who filled the pulpit when the pastor was ill?  Who visited every pastor in the hospital?  Who always had a compassionate heart to listen to a friend?  PAUL SIMS, of course!  We were honored and humbled to have shared a part of his life.  Blessings on you, Carol and his wife, Jeanne, and the rest of the family!


CHELSEA NICHOLS and JEFF DRISSELL were married at Grace United Methodist in St. Louis on Saturday, June 9th

Pastor Dick was thrilled to officiate for the happy couple.

Our family anticipates the wedding of

KIMBERLY KESSINGER and KYLE BURKWALD here at Williamsville United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 14th 5-year-old OLIVER will have an important part in the ceremony officiated by Papa



is in the near future!  Pictures will be taken at the church on August 6 and 7.   Please sign up for your best time.  The sign-up sheets are in the Overflow Room so please pick your time and date.


August 19 at 10:00 a.m.

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.