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October 28, 2018 Heard in Church



Coffee fellowship was provided by Lori, Laura, and Cathy.  A cake in the shape of an open 

Bible with one of Pastor Dick’s favorite scriptures written on one of its  pages was the center attraction of the refreshment table. 

Sunday night was the scene of the annual church wiener roast at Stuart Doom’s house.

The quilters continue to meet to make quilts for the Champaign/Urbana Cunningham Children’s Home.  They will meet Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and plan to be done for the day by 2:00 p.m. so people can be ready for Halloween festivities later in the evening.

The church Charge Conference is Thursday at Koke Mill UMC at 6:00 p.m. The Conference DSI, Sylvester Weatherall, will speak as we join others of the district for worship  and hearing various church reports.

Daylight Savings Time ends early Sunday morning, so remember to FALL BACK an hour before going to bed Saturday.

Still a couple more weeks left to collect items for the Operation Christmas Child shoebox Ministry.   Collection ends November 9.   The church is coordinating with Williamsville schools on this project.  Items that can be put in the boxes include pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, writing  pads, drawing paper, stamp and ink pad sets, crayons, markers, coloring books, solar powered calculators, small toys: dolls, toy cars and trucks, stuffed animals, kazoos/harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small balls, personal hygiene items, Tee shirts, socks, sweaters, scarves, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry.

Another winter project for our missions is that we will be collecting new men’s long socks for Helping Hands of Springfield.   There will be a box located under the coat rack outside of the green room for these donations.


Three friends from Dick and Carole’s past were with us to worship.   They were members of Pastor’s former church at Secor, IL.

Yvonne and Tom Dobey from St. Peters, Missouri (The “Carter” girls’ sister and brother-in-law.) were visiting the area for the weekend and headed back home today.

Although not exactly guests, Cary McVickers and family were in church Sunday as was Judy Krell.  It is good to see them in church once again.


Ruth Moorman will be celebrating her 99th birthday on November 2.   Cards may be sent to her in care of her daughter’s address:  Ruth Moorman, 3401 North Christine Drive, Decatur,  IL   62526.

Tom told the congregation that the annual BOO on the Boulevard was a huge success.  He also announced that the Williamsville Bullets won their first playoff game Saturday afternoon and will be meeting Fairfield at Fairfield next Saturday.

Jeremiah and Laura both commented on “Bowser’s” miraculous recovery.  He was walking by himself and remember things from the past and recognizing people like he hasn’t done in a long while.

Lori announced that Sunday was both Paul’s birthday as well as their anniversary.

Harry proudly stated that he and Val are going to be great grandparents of two!


Dick shared with the congregation his lung cancer issues.  He will be having a biopsy this coming week to see if doctors can figure out what kind of cancer he has so that it can be treated correctly.

Michelle Seif is home in Williamsville.

Jo Holton fell last week at home and broke a hip.  She is currently staying at the Bridge in Springfield.

Carol Sims uncle passed away Wednesday.  He was the final remaining brother of five and he was also a minister.

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.