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The Cross & Flame

Fr a n k l i n G r o v e U n i t e d MethodistChurch

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Franklin Grove United Methodist Church 223 W. Middle St. P.O. Box 348 Franklin Grove, IL 61 031 phone: 847-722-6357 www.

Pastor Jin-Ho Hong email: Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Church Service 1 0:1 5 a.m.

Franklin Grove United Methodist Church is Gathering Growing Going If your heart is where ours is, come and join us!

Please let us know your Bits of News and prayer requests so we can keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Lately, we started a new movement in our church, called “GTFF. ” The “GTFF” means “Gather Together for Fellowship.” The purpose of this small group, which was suggested by Amy Malm and Tana Spires, is “to get to know one another on a more personal level through sharing a meal and spending time talking with one another.” Anyone can join this small group regardless of age, gender, status, ethnicity, and economic or political standing because we, as Methodists, strongly believe God’s love and favor are extended to all people. We can find a role model of a beautiful faith community through the Apostolic Church. Let us see in Acts, chapter 2. The believers of the Apostolic Church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking Page 1

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of bread and to pray” (Acts 2:42). They tried to practice a holy life as disciples of Jesus Christ day by day. They also worshiped together in the temple courts and had loving fellowship in their homes with glad and sincere hearts. Therefore, I hope our church will be a worship community where we praise God and experience the grace and love of God through the worship. In addition, I hope our church members will be real Sisters and Brothers in Christ, who support one another in faith as well as share a loving fellowship, through the meeting of a small group. At that point, I want to encourage You to participate in the “GTFF.” Paul advised in the Ephesians 4:15-16, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” The Church is not a building, but ourselves. When we share loving fellowship, help one another, and act each’s role, we can build up a beautiful, developing church. Therefore, the movement of the “GTFF” is not an option, but a necessary for us. We have to help one another in faith, share loving fellowship, and encourage one another to be mature Christians through the small group. Loving Franklin Grove’s family, Let us join the “GTFF.” Let us be a faithful community which experiences the grace and love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. May God bless you and your family day by day.

Growing together

in Christ

The Education Committee helped families within our church, kids from kindergarten thru 7th grade, get the school supplies that were needed to start the new school year. On August 19th, the kids were surprised with their new backpacks, as well as supplies. There was a blessing ofthe backpacks for these children, as well as for other children, that already had their school items together. A special thanks to all who helped make this surprise possible for the children! â€

Getting to Know Our Church Family

Gary Cater

How long have you been attending FGUMC?

I began attending FGUMC on a regular basis upon my marriage to my late first wife, Diana, which was in 1964. I have witnessed the arrival and departure of many very capable pastors during that time and have been truly blessed that my second wife, Nancy, has become a very active member since our marriage in 2003.

What outreach programs have you been involved in through FGUMC? Being a member of the FGUMC has provided me with the opportunity to serve as the Financial Secretary for the past 14 years and to serve as a leader/guide of the Adult Sunday Shool Class. Also, it has been a privilege to serve as our church's lay delegate to the Northern Illinois Annual Conference for the past 8 years, which has been a very rewarding experience.

Name one interesting thing about you that people do not know.

Most people do not know that I am a big fan of wilderness camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) of Northern Minnesota. My fellow teacher/friend, Bob Rohr, and I have introduced many students to the joy of camping and the beauty of the BWCA on an almost yearly basis since 1972.

What is Your Favorite Bible Verse?

I would have to say that I have three favorite bible verses which follow: (1) Ephesians 2: 8-9 {"For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. (2) Galations 5: 22-23 {"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law"}. (3) John 14: 27 {"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."}.

What are your hobbies?

I really enjoy working in the yard and gardening and I thoroughly enjoy traveling with and spending quality time with Nancy.

Ifyou could trade places with any other person for a week,famous or not famous, living or dead, whom would it be?

I have a great deal of respect and admiration for my late father. He was an excellent role model for me and there are so many questions that I wish I had asked him. So, I would trade places with him in order that I might have an opportunity for answers to those unasked questions.

Parker, born after picture was taken.

Someofushadmorefun playingthanworking!

Harvest Festival Christopherwassadtosee itcometoanend!

Harvest Festival Root Beer Floats

IthinkHeather mayhavehadtoo manyfreeroot beerfloats!

Gotothe Pastor'slineas hegivesyoulots oficecream! Wehad35piesand made$735.00.

HowdidIever getthisjob as auctioneer?

Thank you to ALL the wonderful pie bakers who took the time to make and bake fabulous pies! I can personally vouch for how delicious 2 of the pies I bought were! I am sure we have made some people very happy who are now at home with a big grin on their faces after enjoying a piece (or two) of the delicious pies they bought. And a thank you to all those who helped at the pie auction with auctioneering, sign-in & money collection, our 'Vanna" Sami Meacham, and the great rootbeer float makers! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Cheri

"Vanna"optedfor shorts, insteadof herlonggown, as itwassohot!

SundaySchool September9 "Kings" and "ArmorofGod"

JoinusSunday, September9when SundaySchoolstarts! Dressup like a princess, prince, orknightandbe a childoftheKing! â€

We Walk Because They Walk Crop Hunger Walk

Please join us on Sunday, September 23rd as we join the Community Church Council for a CROP Walk. Registration will be at 1 pm at the Presbyterian Church, followed by the walk. Not only is this a fun time, but also a chance for us to know what millions of people have to do each day in order to survive. â€


Wehavea newfriend atchurch andPastor Hongis "smoking" himout!

Atourlastchurchpicnicayearago, wehad ababyshowerfortheselittleonesaswellas 3othermembersofourchurch. Howhardit istobelievetheyarealreadyayearold!

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Bishop Dyck Please welcome Bishop Dyckon September23rdat 4:00 pm. Welcoming willbe heldat Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville, Illinois. Allare welcome to join us forthis specialday. â€

SafeSanctuaryTraining Saturday, September18 $20.00perchurch 8:30- Noon CommunityUMC LaMoille, Illinois

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Pleaseconsiderattendingthisprogramasit canbemosthelpfultoacongregation. People learnhowtorecognizepotentialproblems throughthisprogram. SafeSanctuariespolicies includesuchthingsasscreeningandchecking referencesforvolunteers, reductionofchildabuse anddevelopingSafeSanctuaryPolicy. â€

Mission trip to Joplin, Missouri Week of October 21 If interested in participating, contact Gene Erisman from the Presbyerian Church.

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