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Published Monthly (except July) Distributed First Sunday of Month to worship service congregation Mailed the following Monday Ives Chapel United Methodist Church 1018 Miami, Baldwin City, KS 66006 Rev. Jeni Anderson, Pastor 785-594-6555 – Ives Chapel phone Pastor’s Phone: 913-481-4469 E-mail: email@example.com Joy Uthoff, Editor/Publisher 785-594-3623 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ellen Grammer, Care & Concern Reporter Ellen Grammer, Assistant/Production Kathleen Winkleman Mailing Preparation Assistant Deadline for items for monthly newsletter, Week of Administrative Council (3rd Thursday of the month) Final Deadline for events after prior week, Friday before 4th Sunday of the month
Jeni’s Journal We, the congregants of Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, wish to thank our pastor, Jeni Anderson, for the beautiful and meaningful Advent, Christmas Eve and Christmas Sunday Services she provided. This has been a busy time for everyone, and especially for a pastor, so we have fewer items in the newsletter this month, but must go with the printing schedule. Happy New Year to all! Since we have just celebrated Christmas, this piece from Bishop Sally Dyck, President of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church, is timely to share and gives one something to think about. In my local grocery store, there's a Christmas tree, fully decorated with bows and Christmas balls and garland with packages under it. Nothing unusual about that except that it is hanging upside down from the high ceiling! What a perfect symbol for Christmas since Christ was born into the world in order to turn everything upside down! Jesus' birth over 2000 years ago was in the midst of unrest, oppression and violence as the people of Israel labored under the Roman Empire. He brought a message of hope, peace and justice in the midst of a time and place where there was no hope, no peace and no justice. Jesus came to turn the values of the Empire upside down! Every age holds its challenges; some more evident than others. This Christmas we are called to remember that Jesus came to turn the status quo and the values of Empire upside down. It begins by allowing Christ into our hearts and minds turning our despair upside down into hope, violence into peace, sadness into joy, and hatred into love. Come, O come, Emmanuel and turn our lives, churches, communities, nations and world upside down...beginning with each one of us this Christmas!
Conc e rns Let us remember in prayer those listed: Sympathy is extended to the Families of: Family of Donnie Hobson Family of Raymond Dunn Family of Billy Deel Ill, Hospitalized, Unwell, Rehab, and Other Concerns Steve Gastelum Steven Ricki Travel mercies for Willis family and Parker Anderson and Darby Fire victims in Gatlinburg, TN. and area
JOYS Lucy Mooney participated in a contest. Lindsay Toot received First Chair in Violin. Baker U. did well in Football and going to playoffs. Baker Women’s Basketball team doing well. Sunday School kids collected 44 cake mixes and icings for Food Pantry! Cecil Fish celebrated a birthday. Elder’s great grandson thriving and growing. Allison and Gary Stevanus celebrated an anniversary.
Epiphany: Wise men Still Worship Him Epiphany means "manifestation" and is the official Season for proclaiming the identity of Christ. Epiphany begins at sundown the day before January 6, the day commemorating the Wise Men coming to Bethlehem to worship the Baby Jesus (in the Western Church -the Eastern Church commemorates our Lord's baptism on January 6). Epiphany is a season of worship, as the whole world follows the Wise Men to find and honor Jesus. What is it about Epiphany? At the Feast of the Epiphany – and in the season that follows – we celebrate and reflect on Jesus’ manifestation to the world. Indeed, the Magi, those visitors from afar, remind us that Jesus is for the whole world. The gift of the Incarnation is for everyone. And yet, coming out the Christmas season, we see Jesus as a baby. How do we get from infant to leader? The season of Epiphany is the great pivot, bringing us from Jesus’ birth and babyhood into his adulthood. Epiphany is the season when faith takes root. During this Epiphany, as we explore Jesus’ early ministry, let your faith take root. What will grow, when we root ourselves in Jesus’ revelation to the world?
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Senior Mix Celebrates Christmas, Brings Gifts for Food Pantry, Dec. 14 Christmas carols were sung with gusto at the December 14 meeting of the Baldwin City Community Senior Mix sponsored by Ives Chapel United Methodist Women. Joy Uthoff opened the meeting with a Christmas/Advent devotion followed by singing of familiar Christmas carols, led by and accompanied on guitar by Becky McMillen. All agreed it was a “fun” time in singing the carols and everyone sung out and enjoyed. Thanks to Becky’s leadership. Rosann Elder led a sharing time on the entrees brought in the bags for the Baldwin City Community Food Pantry. There were 25 bags prepared for delivery. Fellowship and refreshments were enjoyed as those present shared “goodies” they had brought for the refreshment table.
2017 Mix Program Discontinued UMW members (right) are shown with the bags of entrée items from the Senior Mix in the Food Pantry as Susan Butell met them at First United Methodist Church, and provided some information regarding the Food Pantry. These were delivered Thurs day, Dec. 15 prior to the meeting of the UMW. Pictured: L-R: Rosann Elder, Ellen Grammer, May Gorton, Judy Wagner, Susan Butell and Kathleen Winkleman. Jeroldene Martin had been asked to get the UMW table at the Wooden Spoke while the others were at the pantry. Joy Uthoff took the photo. UMW met at 11:30. Joy Uthoff gave an Advent devotion and the group read the “Christmas Creed” as a prayer for the season. A brief meeting was held to take care of any remaining 2016 obligations. It was decided not to have hostesses at meetings in 2017. Fellowship Hall should be cleared of UMW by 3:30 p.m. for the most part. Meetings will continue to begin at 1:30 p.m. with the program, followed by a business meeting, but will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in 2017. A serious discussion was held on whether to continue sponsoring the Baldwin City Community Senior Mix in 2017. The decision was that it certainly has served its purpose and served it well. It has been a good outreach program in the community. People have gotten acquainted; it has been interdenominational but with secular programs that seem to have appealed to all participating. It was a unique program when we began. We were even covered by the Lawrence Journal World! We have had unique and creative programs with little duplication. We have some attendees that have aged out and no longer are able to participate. We have provided out-of-pocket expenses for programs, refreshments each month, publicity, etc. to have a successful endeavor, but we have fewer UMW members than we began over six years ago and none of us have discovered the fountain of youth! We don't feel like we are just "dropping" something. It has served its purpose to "Love Our Neighbor" and reach out in the community with fellowship for men and women. But we feel the community has picked up senior programs that were not available when we began the project. We have noticed a decline in regular attendance due to date conflicts of events. We have had some great programs and fellowship through the past six years. Rosann Elder has done a great job in coordinating the Mix and spent many hours of time. Ives congregants attending have been UMW members for the most part, and UMW has solely supported the event except for a designated memorial, which was much appreciated. Therefore, other seniors in the congregation are participating in many church events and action of choice so are not without programs and fellowship. Therefore, there is not a need within our church for the Senior Mix to continue. We feel that the community programs have picked up and are providing community seniors great opportunities. Rosann and Joy will be working on program date books. Our January 17 meeting will be at the home of Joy Uthoff
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Sunday School Kids Carol “We had a lot of fun caroling,” Kathleen Winkleman said. “We took kids to five or six places and everyone had a lot of fun. The youngsters were super well behaved! I was proud of them.” Fourteen kiddos, seven adults are pictured below on their caroling trek. We visited Baldwin Healthcare and sang while residents were eating lunch. The children are pictured below. The adults that were fortunate enough to be provided with the Christmas carols from the Sunday School children were Dora Ann Ikenberry, Jean Vratel, Ellen Grammer, Leslie and Gail Guenther and Sam and Alice Gurley. The Sunday School girls and boys had a contest to see who could collect the most icings and cake mixes for desserts for the Food Pantry. The boys won! Their prize was to be first in line to eat the pizza provided for the kids before they headed out to carol. Kathleen delivered the cake mixes and icings to the Food Pantry when the UMW sponsored Senior Mix bags were delivered. She placed a cake mix and icing in each of those bags that did not have a dessert. So with dessert from the kids and entrees or side dishes from the Mix, it was a labor of love for all at Ives Chapel that participated with cake and icing donations and Mix donations. It was a time of sharing at Christmas.
Photo by Christie Willis
Ives Chapel adopted a large family for Christmas this year. The tree above was set up in Fellowship Hall. The Sunday School children made ornaments for the tree. On the back of each ornament was a label stating gifts needed and for what age etc. There were numbers, no names on the label. Each congregant that took an ornament with the need listed on it, purchased the gift(s), wrapped them and placed them under the tree. They were then delivered.
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Submitted by Cheri Armbrister, Treasurer
Excerpts from Administrative Council Meeting was called to order by Rodney Gilges, chairperson, Dec. 15. Minutes of November meeting approved as read. Following reports/action presented: PASTOR'S REPORT--Pastor is working on Christmas Eve and Christmas day services. NURTURE/OUTREACH--The committee is in the process of assembling "care packages" for shut-ins. This outreach will complete the committee's goals for 2016. WORSHIP--Communion will be offered at the Christmas Eve service. FINANCE--The November finance report was approved. TRUSTEES--Work is continuing on texturing the walls in Fellowship Hall. PPR--Paper work is caught up! EDUCATION--Thirteen children and seven adults enjoyed pizza followed with caroling to selected members on Dec. 11. Christmas program scheduled on Dec. 18. UMW—See Page 3 of this issue. NEW BUSINESS--A motion was approved to donate the offering from the Christmas Eve service to the Baldwin City Emergency Fund. The Jan. 19, 2017 meeting will include members of all committees. Soup will be served beginning at 6:00 PM prior to the meeting. Respectfully submitted, May Gorton, Secretary
Errata We apologize if anyone was misled in the December 2016 issue of Ives Chapel News, Page 6. The story was correct but the photo was misidentified. The photo was not that of the bride and groom but of the bride and the officiating minister. Kate Cordes and Dan Jones were wed on Nov.12, but Dan was not in the photo. Sorry, and congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Jones.
Kids with their adult supervisors pose for a photo after caroling in a home. (See story on Page 4). --Photo by Christie Willis
Human Relations Sunday, Jan. 15 General Conference created six unique Special Sundays to help congregations work with communities, rebuild shattered lives, strengthen self-sufficiency, encourage partnerships, nurture Native American ministries, model peace and justice, provide scholarships and loans for U.M. students, and much more. Human Relations Day is Jan. 15. This Special Sunday celebrates the connectional work of United Methodist Churches. It supports the Community Developers Program and U.M. Voluntary Service (UMVS), both of which are administered by Global Ministries, and the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program administered by the General Board of Church and Society. Human Relations Day is celebrated on the Sunday before the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.
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‘Twas the Night AFTER Christmas ‘Twas the night after Christmas, when all through the house, Every creature was searching (both me and my spouse). The stockings, the drawers, we looked everywhere, In hopes the receipts for our gifts would be there. When out on the lawn there arose such q clatter, I sprang from the house to see what was the matter. When, what to my wondering eyes should I see, But my neighbor, too, searching his trash on the street. More rapid than eagles he looked, but in vain, And he shouted his creditors, and called them by name: On VISA! On MASTERCARD! On DISCOVER, I’m appalled! I’ve thrown cash away! Cash away! Cash away—al!” He’d splurged once again; he knew it too well, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself. And then, in a twinkling, I heard in my head, A gentle reminder from what he had said. I, too, was as guilty from my head to my foot, My conscience was tarnished like ashes and soot: I focused, this season, on presents and things, And not on my family, my friends, and my King. I spoke no a word, but went straight to my work, Ran into my house (I’d been such a jerk!) Right up to my wife I came with a hug, And kissed all my kids, right there on the rug. “The nigh after Christmas is better,” said I, “Than never recalling in Christmas is Christ! The best of all gives, which to us has been given, Is Jesus, who died for our sins…and is risen!” --By Wayne Stiles (church newsletter permission)
December Weather Interferes Winter weather caused a cancellation of the morning worship service on Dec. 18 as well as the Sunday School program that evening. Congregation was notified via the prayer chain and phone calls.
Thank You Note to Ives Chapel! Joan Toot shared a thank you from Family Promises: Dear Friends of Ives Chapel: Thank you for the delicious meal that you provided the Family Promises guests Friday. The note contained around 10 signatures from appreciative recipients and staff.
Don’t Forget the Men’s Groundhog Supper, Thursday, Feb. 2, 5:00 p.m. Until “the food is gone!” “Twas the Month After Christmas” Twas the month after Christmas and all through the house Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse! The cookies I’d nibbled, the eggnog I’d taste. All the holiday parties had gone to my waist. When I got on the scales there arose such a number! When I walked to the store, less a walk than a lumber! I’d remember the marvelous meals I’d prepared: The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared, The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese And the way I’d never said, “No thank you, please.” As I dressed myself in my husband’s old shirt And prepared once again to do battle with dirt— I said to myself, as I only can “You can’t spend a winter disguised as a man!” So-away with the last of the sour cream dip, Get rid of the fruitcake, every cracker and chip Every last bit of food that I like must be banished Till all the additional ounces have vanished. I won’t have a cookie—not even a lick. I’ll want only to chew on a long celery stick. I won’t have hot biscuits, or cornbread, or pie, I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry. I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore— But isn’t that what January is for? Unable to giggle, no longer a riot, Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!
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The New Year The celebration of the new year is one of the oldest holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon 4,000 years ago. In 2000 BC the Babylonian New Year began with the first new moon after the vernal Equinox (1st day of Spring). The celebration lasted 11 days. The Romans observed it in late March but their calendar year got messed up and in 153 BC Julius Caesar established the Julian calendar with Jan. 1 as the new year. Although in the 1st centuries AD the Romans continued celebrating the New Year but the Catholic Church condemned the pagan celebrations. As Christianity became more widespread, the early church began having its own religious celebrations concurrently with pagan Celebrations, and the New Year’s Day was no different. During the Middle Ages the church remained opposed to celebrating New Years. Jan. 1 has been celebrated by the Western nations for only about the past 400 years.
Liturgist Tony Ikenberry Joy Uthoff Christie Willis Becky McMillen Danny McMillen Ann Pearson Joy Uthoff Joan Toot May Gorton Tony Ikenberry Gail Guenther
Ushers Fred Toot, Rodney Gilges Sam Gurley, Kenny Elder Joan Toot, Cheri Armbrister Sam Gurley, Rodney Gilges Tony Ikenberry, Fred Toot Rodney Gilges, Jenny Gilges Gail Guenther, Ann Pearson Sam Gurley, Kenny Elder Tony Ikenberry, Rodney Gilges Fred Toot, Sam Gurley Ann Pearson, Joan Toot
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Houses are visible, but homes are not. Churches can be seen, but the fellowship of believers that makes the church is an invisible spirit. Citizenship papers are seeable, touchable, and weighable, but patriotism is not. A marriage license is purchasable, but love is not. Birthday and anniversary gifts can be measured in terms of dollars and cents, but thoughtfulness and appreciation cannot. -- Harold E. Kohn
The Mission Statement–Ives Chapel United Methodist Church
We shall love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and we shall love our neighbors as ourselves. We proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by seeking, inviting, welcoming and gathering persons into the body of Christ through our Sunday services, Christian education ministries, feeding the hungry, caring for strangers, and becoming and being a compassionate and caring presence in our church, our community and beyond.
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New Year’s Day
EPIPHANY SUNDAY Choir Practice, 9:30 a Holy Communion
Choir Practice, 9:30 a Baptism of the Lord
Choir Practice 9:30 a.
Luther King Day
Martin Luther King
Choir Practice, 9:30 a Ecumenical Sunday Final News Deadline!
Trafficking Awareness Day
UMW, 1:30 @
Joy Uthoff’s home
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18-‐25
All Trustees, Committee Members, Leaders 2016 & 2017 6:00 pm-soup & salad followed by Ad Council at 7 p.m.
Korean American Day
14 Don Johnson
News items due after Ad Council ❤ Judy & Roger Wagner
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Traditionally – Ives Chapel Men’s Annual Groundhog Supper, Feb. 2
Thankful Thursday Community Meal, 6 – 7 p.m.
Epiphany of the Lord
Christie Willis Joy Uthoff
Human Relations Day
Open Hands Open Hearts Open Doors The People of The United Methodist Church