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November 11, 2018 Heard in Church



Today was the one hundredth anniversary of the ending of World War I:  at 11:00 am on November 11. Paul Osman gave a short factual speech telling us some interesting general war facts as well as local information regarding what was happening in our area at that time.  The Williamsville residents were very supportive in many ways of their boys fighting on foreign soil. 

  At 11:00 am the church bell was rung in remembrance for those brave soldiers who lost their lives during that horrific war.  The other bells in Williamsville, at the train depot and the community center, were also rung at the same time. 

In recognition of Veterans’ Day, Pastor asked all veterans to stand and be recognized.  The congregation showed their appreciation with a round of applause.  Several patriotic songs were sung as pear of the worship service.  

Coffee Fellowship was enjoyed following the morning worship service hosted by Eileen and Charlie Grampp and Sandy Moynahan. 

Adult Sunday School will resume beginning next week. 

Operation Christmas Shoebox is winding up this week.  We are hoping to fill one hundred shoe boxes to send to children around the world.  

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 at the lower entry level under the coat rack.   These will be gathered together and taken to Helping Hands Ministry for distribution.  

Millikin University’s annual Christmas Vespers including carols, choirs,  and  candlelight services is again being planned for a group trek north to Bloomington.  Tickets are being ordered and purchased for the Sunday evening, December 2, performance at 7:30. Those interested in more information, contact Carol Sims.  

The quilters are continuing to meet working on quilts to be given to residents at Cunningham Children’s Home in Champaign/Urbana.  A quilt is given to each child upon arrival at the home and again when the child leaves.  This last week one quilt was completed, but many more are being planned and are in various stages.   For more information regarding the quilters, contact Polly Wise

Wednesday night is a busy night for church activities. Christmas choir practice has started and begins at 6:00 this week, and United Methodist Women gather at 7:00 for their monthly meeting. 

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


Five former Congregaants from Pastor Dick’s churches at Roanoke and Secor were present for church service.  


Sandy Moynhan attended two weddings over the weekend

Laura Smith commented that Bowser  is continuing to do well   

Judy  Krell proudly announced that Rochester football team won and will be going to the semifinals in their bracket.  


Pastor announced that chemotherapy  treatments will begin on his lung cancer but no dates have yet been set.   Polly Wise gave Dick one of the prayer shawls made by our knitting group.  

Nick and Dana Constant’s twin boys were born last week. Since they were only approximately twenty-four weeks developed, they are quite small at one and one-half pounds each and will have to stay in the hospital for a while.  

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.