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Franklin Grove UMC

Recurring Each Week:

Saturday, January 8 Nancy Cater's Birthday 8:30am DeKalb Leadership Training

Sundays -

Saturday, January 15 Devereaux Davis' Birthday


9:00am Sunday School 10:15am Worship 11:30am Coffee Hour

Mondays 5:30pm Piano Lessons 6:00pm Guitar Lessons

Wednesdays 10:30am Meadows Bible Study (except 1/5, 1/12, 2/9, 2/16)

Monday, February 7 Sylvia Bartlett's Birthday Tuesday, February 8 Max Meacham's Birthday

Tuesday, January 18 7:00am HUB CLUSTER

Wednesday, February 9 Ethan Drew's Birthday 7:00pm Memorial Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 19 Elizabeth Roberson's Birthday

Saturday, February 12 5:00pm Valentine's Get Together

Thursday, January 20 7:00pm Church Council Friday, January 21 Allan Lackland's Birthday Macy Fair's Birthday

Monday, February 14 Gary and Nancy Cater's Anniversary John Payton Hilliker's Birthday Mark and Cindy Tilsy's Anniversary

Saturday, January 22 Brian Runkle's Birthday 6:00pm Winter Jam

Tuesday, February 15 7:00am HUB Cluster

Monday, January 24 7:15pm Community Church Council

Thursday, February 17 7:00pm Church Council

Sunday, January 30 11:30am Sunday School Soup and Sandwich

Friday, February 18 Amy Runkle's Birthday Ashley Kemp's Birthday

Sunday, January 2 Mark Forrester's Birthday

Tuesday, February 1 Amy Malm's Birthday

Thursday, February 24 Walk to Emmaus (Men's) Lorene Coy's Birthday

Monday, January 3 Adam Viall's Birthday

Wednesday, February 2 Dwayne and Nichole (Kemp) Davis' Anniversary 6:00pm 1st Wednesday Worship


Wednesday, January 5 Phyllis Williar's Birthday 6:00pm 1st Wednesday Worship – Unity Service at Lee Center UCC Thursday, January 6 6:30pm Trustees Friday, January 7 Amy Hilliker's Birthday

Thursday, February 3 Shawn Roberson's birthday 6:30pm Trustees Saturday, February 5 Laity Convocation 8:00pm HUB soup & dessert

Friday, February 25 Walk to Emmaus (Men's) Kelly Viall's Birthday Saturday, February 26 Walk to Emmaus (Men's) Monday, February 28 Milton Miller's Birthday 7:15pm Community Church Council

The Cross & Flame

Fr a n k l i n G r o v e U n i t e d MethodistChurch January/February 2011

Franklin Grove United Methodist Church 223 W. Middle St. P.O. Box 348 Franklin Grove, IL 61 031

Making a Joyful Noise

SundaySchool ChristmasProgram

phone: 81 5-456-2456 fax: 81 5-456-2456 www.

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!

Thankyou to the Sunday SchoolClasses forsinging and leading worship on December12th. It was a windy and snowy day but the service was enjoyed. It is always a joy to see ourkids participating in worship. Thankyou to Dennis andCharlene fortheirwonderful performance of"Downtown Live"on this day as well. â€


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Hub Cluster

Soup andDessertSupper Saturday, February5, 2011

The Hub Cluster is hosting a Soup & Dessert Supper on Saturday, February 5th from 4:30 - 7 p.m. at Ashton UMC. There are many spots where volunteers are needed from making desserts to volunteering on either Friday February 4th or Saturday, February 5th. Please see sign up sheet at church to sign up. We are looking for Jr and Sr. High youth to help serve drinks during the meal from 4:15 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. The cost of the supper is $5 per person. In addition to the supper, there will also be a silent auction on fancy desserts this night. †

LookAheadDatesforHub Cluster

Reynolds - Fundraising auction is Sat., Feb. 26th at Mills & Petrie Bldg., Ashton. Will have live and silent auctions, bake sale and lunch stand. Our next meeting for lay representative and clergy is Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Esmond UMC at 7:00 PM †

Winter Jam Christian Concert in DeKalb

Please mark your calendar and plan on coming out to the DeKalb Convocation Center on Saturday, January 22nd for the Winter Jam Concert featuring Newsboys, David Crowder Band, Kutless, Red, Francesca Battistelli, NewSong, KJ-52, Tony Nolan, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August and Chris Sligh. Tickets cost $10 and are only sold at the door on a first come first serve basis as you go through the door. Tickets need to be paid for with either cash or check. Check's can be made out to NewSong Ministries. Seating is on a first come first serve basis as you enter the Convocation Center. The concert starts at 6 p.m. and will end no later than 9:45 p.m. that night. Please let Pastor Karl know if you are interested in coming out for a night of worship and fun. Please see for more information. † D O YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE IN THE CROSS AND F LAME ? S END YOUR SUBMISSIONS TO N ANCY CATER AT OR DROP IT OFF AT CHURCH . Page 3 Issue 1

DeKalb District Leadership Training January 8th is the

DeKalb District Leadership Training Event held at Sterling Wesley UMC at 2200 16th Ave. in Sterling. Registration goes from 8:15 a.m. to 8:50 with worship following.

"Leadership ispracticednotsomuch inwordsasinattitudeandinactions."

Everyone attending will choose one of the following workshops to attend: Staff Parish, Radical Hospitality, Missions, Harvest 2020, Finance, 21st Communication and Laity.

The morning will conclude with a 15 minute closing that will end by noon on this day. Please let Pastor Karl know if you are able to attend so he can register you for this event. There is no cost for this training but they would appreciate registrations by January 5th . â€

Laity Convocation February 5, 2011

You are invited to join our church in attending the Laity Convocation on Saturday, February 5th at Sycamore United Methodist Church. The guest speaker for the day will be Bishop Robert Schnase, author of Five Fruitful Practices of Congregations. The day will be spent looking at the five fruitful practices of congregations: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service and Extravagant Generosity. Please let Pastor Karl know by January 28th if you are able to attend. "GOD UNDERSTANDS OUR PRAYER EVEN WHEN WE CAN'T FIND THE WORDS TO SAY THEM." Page 4 Issue 1

Hearts at Home A Christian Conference for Moms of all Ages

You are invited to join other Moms from all around the world at the Hearts at Home National Conference on March 11th - 12th in Bloomington, IL. Hearts at Home meets the unique, changing needs of moms in every season of motherhood. Because kids don't come with instructions, moms need a place where they can find answers to their questions. Moms need a place where they can find the wisdom they need. Because we live in a "bigger is better" culture, moms are looking for perspective and help balancing work, home, self-care, parenting, marriage, and mothering. You can choose to do one or two days of the conference. If you register by Feb. 9th the cost for one day of the conference is $87. Please see Ann if you are interested in going to talk about carpooling. This is a GREAT conference to attend. You will come home feeling refreshed and ready to face the daily challenges of being a mom. And more importantly, you will hopefully experience a newfound strength through a deeper friendship with God. Bottom line, Hearts at Home has been sucessful because we address the issues today's moms deal with everyday. Revolutionize your mothering journey and register for the conference at Please see Ann or Lynda with questions. â€

Valentine's Get Together

Everybody is invitedto a night ofgoodfood, friends, andfun at Tana andJerry Spires house on Saturday February 12th. Tana and Jerry live at 1115 Pickwickin Rochelle. More details forthcoming as we get closerto February as faras time, menu andfoodsign-up. This is a great opportunity to spenda night with church family and friends. No date neededto come. Just please RSVPto Tana by February 1st so she can plan accordingly. †"WHEN WE PUT OUR CARES IN HIS HANDS, HE PUTS HIS PEACE IN OUR HEARTS." Issue 1

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With Sincere Sympathy

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Arvilla Mae "Susie" Girton who passed away December 5th. May God's love and comfort surround the family at this time of loss. † Sympathy is extended to the family of Mike Ford who died on December 18th. May the grace of God help them through this difficult time. †

Sunday School Soup and Supper

Please plan on staying after church on Sunday January 30th to enjoy a meal together. The Sunday School Classes will host a meal on this day immediately following church in order to raise money for future Sunday School field trips. This is a great way to support our Sunday School kids and let them know that you think they are important. Sunday School field trips are a great way to help build relationships and keep the kids motivated to come back each week to learn more about God. †

With Great Appreciation

Thank you to Karen Fair for organizing the Community Church Council's Christmas boxes. There were 21 boxes delivered throughout the community on December 15th. This was made possible with Karen's help, and the help of the Community Church Council and Mr. Petit's FFA class. † Thank you to Nicole Jungnickel for giving the Praise Band a groove. You can hear some of her drumming A New at by clicking Arrival on Music for Worship by the Praise Band picture. It is a joy to have a talented drummer in worship. †

For Your Information You will find this months newsletter to be for January/February. We have included the calendar for both months. Any new events or happenings not included in this newsletter, will be listed in the church bulletin each Sunday or on the church website. (www. †

Congratulations to Glenda and Al Lackland on the birth of their new grandson Nathaniel Lackland Niggley. Nathaniel was born on Monday, December 6, 2010 to Grayce and Jason Niggley.


Franklin Grove UMC Cross & Flame  

The newsletter of the missional outpost of the United Methodist Church in Franklin Grove

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