Dodgeville United Methodist Church 327 North Iowa Street Dodgeville, WI 53533
Newsletter April 2013
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THE INCREDIBLE LOVE OF GOD… “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16-17 (NLT) While growing up in the home of a southern preacher, when a Billy Graham crusade came on television it was a family affair. We all watched Billy preach and heard the great baritone George Beverly Shea lead the singing (though, at that age, I would have rather been listening to the likes of the Beatles!). What always impressed me about Billy Graham were two things—his humility and his very simple message. For as long as I can remember, Dr. Graham’s message to his congregations always centered on the fact that … God loved them. That was it; it wasn’t complicated. He always kept the main thing … the main thing! During my bypass recovery, as I was planning the next sermon series, the question kept popping up in my mind, “Do people really know that God loves them?” And, “Has anyone told them lately?” For me, it was a given. That’s the kind of home I grew up in. That’s the kind of faith I was taught to believe in. But, does everyone know that God loves them? As I prayed about what God wanted us to study next, as a congregation, I continued to be ‘nudged’ about the whole ‘love of God’ idea. So, here we are… Continued on next page
Convinced that people need a fresh assurance of this truth regularly, on Easter we launched into the “God Loves You” worship series, based in part on the work of Dr. David Jeremiah (I told you, I sat under his preaching for 7 weeks of my recovery!) and in part on my own personal study of God’s word and experience with God. It should prove to be good reminders to us all about the incredible, enormous love that God has for each and every one of us. Most people are familiar with the phrase “For God so loved the world…,” but do they really understand the depths of that love? Just to give you an example of what we’ll be studying for the next several weeks, this was a love that was ‘heroic.’ It was a love that would give a life for a friend—not just in theory, but in reality! It was a love that would give all for YOU. Has that got your attention? “For God so loved the world….” It’s kind of like singing “Amazing Grace” or listening to the “Hallelujah Chorus.” You know you’re on holy ground when you sing certain verses or hear certain parts or listen to certain messages. With all my heart (my new heart!), I believe this is where God’s going to lead us as we go forward together in this study, receiving all God wants us to understand. May you come to know the depths of God’s LOVE in the weeks ahead … and may that truth absolutely change your life! GOD LOVES YOU… With great expectations for our future together,
All Women of the church are invited and encouraged to attend the following meetings and events â€“ Local Unit Activities and Special Events The regular meeting is now scheduled for Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall. The Executive Board (officers) will meet at 6:30 PM. The Esther Circle is presenting the program and the Grace Post Circle will serve refreshments. The Evening Star circle will meet on Monday, April 8th at 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall (note change in location). Kim Roble and Charlene Mingst are hostesses and Jeanne Kapotas will lead us in devotions. The Grace Post circle will meet on Monday, April 15th at 1:30 PM at Marian Reynolds home. Ora Kasten will present the devotions. Special Events in April: The annual Spring Rummage & Bake Sale is scheduled for Friday, April 19th at 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Saturday, April 20th at 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. The Bake Sale is on Saturday only. Continued on next page
Please bring priced bake sale items on Friday before 5:30 PM or Saturday before 8:00 AM. Rummage items may be brought to the church on Wednesday, April 17th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Thursday, April 18th from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. (Plant Sale is dependent upon the weather.) The sign-up sheets are available in Fellowship Hall. Please try to help as many workers are needed. Mark your calendars as our annual Friends Night is scheduled for Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 PM. Please bring a guest and join us for this music themed event with the quartet All 4-Given. Refreshments will be served following the program. COULEE DISTRICT EVENT The Coulee District Annual Spring Spiritual Retreat will be held on Saturday, April 27 at the Baraboo Emmanuel UMC. Sister Eleanor Hoffman, a member of the Sinsinawa Dominicans will lead us in our retreat work and spiritual direction. This event begins with registration at 9:00 AM and will conclude after the Communion and Blessing at 2:00-2:30 PM. The registration fee is $15.00 which includes lunch. The deadline for registration is April 13. Please see Charlene Mingst for the forms and more information.
CHOIR NOTES The choir will sing at the traditional (9:00 AM) service on the following Sundays in Aprilâ€”the 7th, 14th, and 21st. We will rehearse at 8:15 AM before the services and between services on April 7th. As always we welcome both new and returning members!!
COMING SOON!!! Rummage [Potential] Plant & Bake Sale Friday, April 19th 11AM – 5:30 PM Saturday, April 20th 8 AM – 12:30 PM (Bake Sale on Saturday only) Bake sale items may be dropped off Friday before 5:30 or Saturday before 8:00
********* Rummage Sale items may be brought to the church Wednesday, April 17th 9:00 AM – 4 PM and Thursday, April 18th 9 AM – 7 PM Workers Needed
Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of me with prayers, cards and visits. I appreciate you all so very much! Pastor Charlene
BISHOP/CLERGY DAY THANK YOU FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE Thank you so much for your loving hospitality during the entire day – March 19, 2013. You are blessed with a team of gifted volunteers who are willing to spend and invest their time and efforts for such events, serving God’s people. I praise God for your dedication and commitment. Thank you very much. Grace, peace and joy, Sam Royappa Thank you to all the wonderful ladies/volunteers who serve and spend so much time making each event we have at DUMC such a wonderful experience. What a great ministry! Your hospitality is awesome! God’s blessing on each and every one of you. Shalom, Sherry Malone
April 2013 A STEWARDSHIP MESSAGE FOR YOUR CHURCH #288
“Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God..” Matthew 22:21
Are you 70-1/2 or older? Or do you know someone 70-1/2 or older? If you are, what ministries are you most passionate about? Don’t pass up the chance to make a special gift this year and save on your 2013 income taxes!
Don and Sandi always wanted to see a youth minister in place at their church. When they learned they could make a distribution directly to their church from their Traditional IRA to provide the seed money to start this ministry, they decided to tithe their IRA. A few other members of their church joined them in this effort and now the youth ministry position is funded for the next five years. The IRA Rollover is a special giving option that is only available through December 31, 2013 to persons 70-1/2 and older. Call your IRA administrator today and request to have your Required Minimum Distribution for 2013 (or a gift of your choice up to a maximum of $100,000) sent directly to your local church or another charity. This gift will benefit the ministry you have designated and will NOT be included in your gross income for tax purposes. What types of IRAs qualify? Only Traditional and Roth IRAs When? Now through December 31, 2013. Where can I make Qualified Charitable Distributions from my IRA? Only to qualified public charities. All United Methodist Churches and United Methodist Ministries are qualified public charities: UMCOR, any of our Health and Welfare Ministries, UM Camps, or Advance Specials. You may make an outright gift or make a gift that establishes a permanent endowment fund. For more information and a sample letter please contact us at: Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation 750 Windsor Street Ste 305, P.O. Box 620 Sun Prairie, WI 53590-0620 1-888-903-9863 or email@example.com
Are you receiving a tax refund this year? Consider giving a portion or a tithe (10%) to support a ministry youâ€™re passionate about! A member of one church called and offered a tithe of his tax refund to fund camp scholarships for children to attend one of our United Methodist camps this summer. What are you passionate about? Whether your tax refund is less than $100 or several thousand dollars, a portion of that refund can make a real difference in the lives of those we serve. What is God calling you to give? ----------------------------------------------
There is an old parable of the man who had a pond of water on his land. He was always hoarding water, turning every little ditch into his pond, setting tubs and buckets under every eave and spout, and carrying water to put into it. He envied even the birds what they drank; fearing lest someday the pond would be dry and he would perish of thirst. But coming one day with an unusually heavy load of water, he slipped and fell into his pond and was drowned. There are many [of us] who are hoarding and pouring into the pond of our material wealth, who at last will be overwhelmed in its waters. It is not the pond which never gives, but the stream which does nothing but gives and looks as if it would soon run itself away, that is constantly replenished and is kept pure, sparking and bright. -Rev. C. W. Harshman Taken from Gems of Thought on Tithing Compiled by George W. Brown, Indianapolis, 1911
Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation 750 Windsor Street Ste 305, P.O. Box 620 Sun Prairie, WI 53590-0620 1-888-903-9863 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CURRENT MONTH FEBRUARY, 2013 Monthly Income Monthly Expenses Paid Net Income for month Apportionments Paid Unpaid Apportionments
$ 8,618 $ 11,0000 $ <2,382> 1,088 $ 1,088
YEAR TOTALS THROUGH CURRENT MONTH Years Income Years Expenses Paid Net Income for Year Apportionments Paid Unpaid Apportionments
$ 17,570 $ 29,778 $<12,208> $ 2,176 $ 2,176
TOTAL APPORTIONMENTS DUE FOR YEAR $26,112 APPORTIONMENTS DUE PER MONTH $ 2,176
Mission & Outreach News Loose change and Christmas Eve offering given for Goshen Blessing wells in Uganda total: $1,610.35
LOOSE CHANGE FOR APRIL, MAY, JUNE UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Their mission is "Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing."
Cornerstone Party-May 17th 11:30 We will have a sign up for food and volunteers in the fellowship hall in April.
COMMUNITY EVENTS Boscobel/Mt. Zion (BMZ) 4th Annual Leadership Summit April 19-20 Boscobel United Methodist Church Bmzchurch.org or (608)375-4565 to register
.Heart Building 101 A supportive group for anyone with heart problems and their families. Second Tuesday of every month, 4 to 5 pm In cardiac Rehab at Upland Hills Health First meeting – April 9 Call 930-7160 to register
We’ve Got Talent Variety Show & Dinner Friday, April 12 – 5:00-8:30 PM Monfort United Methodist Church Dinner Served from 5:00 to 6:15 PM Variety Show begins at 6:30 PM Cost: Adults $8.00, Ages 6-12 $5.00 and 5 and under are free Menu: Mexican Taco Bar, Dessert and Beverage Come for a night of fun and see some great local talent! (Fundraising event for our Children’s Ministry Programs)
APRIL Anniversaries 5 -George & Jeanne Kapotas 8 - Ron & Julie Symons 11 - Doug & Robin Digman 16 - Rich & Judy Strutt
Please contact the church office if your special day isn’t listed. PLEASE PRAY: Victoria John Oxnem Rosemary Edwards Mark Gehl Scott Tolzman Jackson Stansky Kim Kohn Christine Pastor Charlene Alex Harman Lois McComish
APRIL BIRTHDAYS 2 – Linda Marsh 3 - Jessica Hazlett 4 - Owen Beerkircher 5 - Kevin Kirschbaum 7 - David Olson 8 - Mary Berg 8 - Amber Price 9 - Chip Forrest 9 - Lillian Nye 15 - Julie Athey 15 - Jeff Oxnem 17 - Ben Berryman 18 - Peggy Forrest 20 - Rick Gullickson 20 - Mackenzie Leitzinger 22 - Adam Gullickson 22 - John Houck 22 - Mike Weber 24 - Marilyn Liddle 24 - Maggie Piper 25 - Jan Kirschbaum 27 - Mary Ellen Schultze 27 - Scott Tolzman 27 - Alexis Udelhoven 29 - Maggie Godfrey 29 – Edward Jewell 30 - Molly Weier