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The Prairie View Embrace with Love, Lift Up in Christ & Reach out with Compassion

Rev. Taylor’s Farewell Message. Dear Friends @ Prairie, I want to thank you all so much for the heart felt farewell last week. I will miss you, especially in the weeks ahead as we adjust to a new home. I also want to thank-you for your generosity in your gift. I think I will use part of it to buy a new cowboy hat, as the one I have is great for a Midwest winter, but no so much for a Texas summer. I really enjoyed our dinner at the Red Robin as it is one of my favorite restaurants. You have been a great support to me over the past 18 months and I have felt very encouraged in my ministry having been with all of you. God has some great plans for Prairie in the years ahead, and I pray that you will begin to harvest what you have sewn during the past year. Once again, thank you so much. In Christian Service,

Rev. David Taylor

David’s new address

Sumer Schedule

Church Celebration

8025 Ohio Drive #13109 Plano, TX 75024 Phone # (214) 387-9538

In June we are moving to a single Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. Get all the facts and details. Finally, summer!

June 1st, we will celebrate our music and children’s ministry, recognize our high school graduates & gather for a picnic.

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Suspendisse vestibulum enim in mauris.

Summer! Beginning in the month of June, we are moving to a single worship service. Below are some of the details and areas you can be of help. Worship Service 10:00 a.m.

Hey Prairie Dogs! Are you ready for summer? Well to get ready, Patsy Keeler will need adult and youth help with our Sunday morning Prairie Dog Service. A volunteer signup sheet will be available at church.

The Month that Came to Call

Worship will be relaxed, casual and informal. It is a great opportunity to invite friends. Prairie Dog Worship 10:30 a.m. Children 3 and above exit following the children’s message to enjoy their own worship and activity time. 2


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The Month that Came to Call

Birthdays

Mercurial May - a mischief is she, One morning last week, came calling on me, As I swung wide the door, I heard a rustle Of gossamer silk, or some kind of bustle I closed the door quickly, and turned to look, As she found a mirror in a sunny nook She misered her beauty, and tuzzied her tush, With a slight scent of flowers Rushed past with a whoosh I tiptoed behind her to see where she went, Saw her dent a pillow where last night was spent When I peeked in the guest room,so fresh was the air Though I couldn't see her, I knew she was there While she went on her unguided tour of my home, She deigned to wander and tended to roam Then I suddenly thought, just possibly, My guest might delight in a cup of tea While I reached for a lemon, and looked for a knife, She was having the absolute time of her life First, a door banged shut, and a picture blew down, I figured she thought she was doing the town As I carried the tea-tray, a drape billowed out, Then I realized fully what she was about Not so much a caller was she, on this morn As she was an enticer, from the breeze she was born So I set down the tray so carefully, And swung the door wide, deliberately With a faint hint of mint, my new friend, May

Savannah Vickery May 1 Sylvia Riley May 2 Scott Blocker May 4 Jan Emrich May 6 Henry Jenkins May 8 Melvin Ruhl May 15 Kyle Banks May 18 David Constantine May 21 David Was May 23 Durwood Hafenrichter May 25 Lohman Hafenricther May 27 Jack Hill Thurmond May 28 Anniversary on May 25 Mary & Aaron Fedanzo-Dudley Congratulations to Michael Noggle who entered into the holy estate of marriage last month! It is wonderful to mark the return of Lois Quantock as our resident poet. We are very pleased to have her and her poetry back as a regular feature in The Prairie View.

Escorted me out to enjoy HER day. Lois P. Quantock

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Private Showing of Prince Caspian Show Time is 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 17th at the Kendall 10 Theatre Ticket Prices: Adult (12 & up) $6.50 Children (3 to 11) $5.30 under 3 free

Youth Schedule of Events for the Month of May May 4th, 5:30 p.m. - Organizational Meeting - Pizza, Parents and Planning! May 11th, No Meeting – Mother’s Day – Do something nice for your mother. May 17th, 8:30 a.m. – Narnia Movie Outing at Kendall 10 Theatre Movie starts at 9 a.m. - Invite your friends! Not in the Youth Group? Your invited too! May 18th, Youth Service & Dinner at Oswego Prairie Church 4 p.m. Youth Band Rehearsal – Interested? Come and join in! 5 p.m. Dinner – We are hosting, so we are responsible for setup and the main course. 6 p.m. Worship – Our youth group is going to present the message. May 25th, 5:30 p.m. – Youth Meeting Coming in June: Lock-In at Rush Coply Health Center, June 13-14, friends welcome! 4


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What is so special about the church parsonage? It is a fun and exciting place to gather and meet others. Our Embrace Dinners have been a great success as strangers become friends. This June 1st we will all gather at the parsonage for an all-church potluck picnic. There will be food and games and lots of fun. So place it on your calendars now!

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Annual Conference June 5-7, 2008 Annual Conference is approaching - a time for worship, legislation and coming together from all corners of our conference. Our church is represented by Rev. Mowry and Vinnie Emrich at the Annual Conference.

Join us in June! Fill out your registration form today!

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Prairie Pals Preschool Great Year Our preschool year has been a great success. We began the year with an operating deficit and a need to re-organize. The Foundation Board and Preschool Board have worked diligently and achieved a very positive result, eliminating all debts and providing a reserve for the 2008-09 school year. Congratulations Prairie Pals!

Prairie Pals will be expanding its programs for 2008-09. We will enlarge two of our classrooms to provide an increase of preschool enrollment by 15 students. We are also adding a new four year old afternoon class that will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We also have plans for Summer Programs! 7


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MOCS Library Have you checked out the library in the fellowship hall?

This six week study is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about the meaning of membership and the beliefs and organization of the United Methodist Church.

There are several devotional books and some Christian fiction. We even have the new best seller Mistaken Identity! This is the true story of the 2 college girls whose families were forever changed and how their faith in Jesus Christ helped them to weather the storm. If you are interested in checking out a book , just leave the card from the book with your name and replace it when finished. If you have any books to donate, please see Patsy. Thanks for all who have donated cans to the Rally 'Round the Robinsons.

Other summer small groups are in the planning. More information will be made available soon.

We are no longer accepting cans for the fundraiser. Brian has started another round of chemotherapy so keep him and his family in your prayers.

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The Prairie View HISTORY OF HYMNS: Victorian hymn a favorite at funerals Darrell St. Romain, May 2, 2008 Henry Francis Lyte “Abide with Me” Henry Francis Lyte The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 700. “Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide. When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me.” By Darrell St. Romain Special Contributor Some have cited Henry Francis Lyte’s poem as the quintessential Victorian hymn. It appears in virtually every hymn book in the English language. Lyte was born in Kelso, Scotland, on June 1, 1793 and died in Nice, France, on Nov. 20, 1847. He was educated at Portora, the Royal School of Enniskillen in Enniskillen, Ireland, and at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where he graduated in 1814. During his tenure at Trinity College, Lyte was awarded the English Prize Poem on three occasions. After graduating, he intended to study medicine but instead took holy orders in the Anglican Church in 1815. Lyte served the curacies at Taghmon, Marazion and Cornwell. His longest appointment was perpetual curate at Lower Brixham, Devonshire, in 1823, where he served for 24 years. During Lyte’s lifetime, he published several works that were mainly religious poetry: Tales of the Lord’s Prayer in Verse (1826), Poems Chiefly Religious (1833), The Spirit of the Psalms (1834), and an edition of Poems of Henry Vaughan (1846). Most of the hymn texts that appear in today’s

May 2008 hymnals are taken from the collection The Spirit of the Psalms. There is some controversy to the exact dating of the text to “Abide with Me.” An article in the Spectator, Oct. 3, 1925, says that Lyte composed the hymn in 1820 while visiting a dying friend. However, in 1847, Lyte wrote a letter to his daughter Julia, where he referred to the hymn as “my latest effusion.” There is no clear evidence on when he actually wrote the hymn. According to Raymond Glover, editor to The Companion to Hymnal 1982, Lyte probably wrote the hymn in 1820, and recalled the hymn during the illness that led to his death in 1847. The hymn is based on Luke 24:29, part of a post-Resurrection narrative telling the story of Emmaus: “But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.” Hymnologist J.R. Watson notes, “Lyte’s genius takes the quotation and turns it into a metaphor for human life in all of its brevity. At the same time, by changing ‘Abide with us’ into ‘Abide with me,’ he deepens the feeling by making it speak to the individual, in prayer or meditation.” It is perhaps the personal intensity of the text, the use of the metaphor of evening and the closing line, “In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me,” that makes this hymn a favorite at funerals. Of the original eight stanzas, The United Methodist Hymnal uses five. The second stanza reflects much of the Victorian spirit: “Swift from my grasp ebbs out life’s little day, Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away, Change and decay in all around I see; O thou who changest not, abide with me.” A focus on death and the corresponding 9


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transience of life is characteristic of Victorian hymns. John Bell, troubadour of Scotland’s Iona Community and a liturgical reformer, traces some of the complacency of the church over the years and its inability to change to the theology embedded in the third line of this stanza: “Change and decay in all around I see.” Ian Bradley, a leading scholar of Victorian hymns, names his book on this subject, Abide with Me: The World of Victorian Hymns. He notes, “John Bell, the leading contemporary Scottish hymn writer, has pointed to the damage done to the cause of reform and moving on in the life of churches by the deadening effect of [this line] from ‘Abide with me.’” The text to “Abide with me, fast falls the eventide” first appeared in the famous Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861), but it may be the hymn tune EVENTIDE by William Henry Monk, the musical editor of the hymnal, that has assured its continual use. Mr. St. Romain is a sacred music student of Dr. Michael Hawn at Perkins School of Theology.

GC delegates hear message of hope Robin Russell, Apr 25, 2008 UNITED METHODIST NEWS SERVICE PHOTO BY PAUL JEFFREY Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, president of the Council of Bishops, leads participants in the opening worship 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. By Robin Russell, Managing Editor FORT WORTH, Texas—United Methodists from 50 nations and five continents heard a message of resurrection hope during the opening worship service at their 2008 General Conference.

They gathered April 23 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, on the 40th anniversary of the day the Evangelical United Brethren merged with the Methodist Church to create the United Methodist Church, within 40 miles of where it happened. Basing her sermon on the General Conference theme of “A Future With Hope,” Houston Bishop Janice Riggle Huie told the assembly, “Resurrection hope transforms lives and changes the future. Tonight, through us, the people of the United Methodist Church gather around this table filled with resurrection hope.” Worship leader Marcia McFee and music director Mark Miller led more than 6,500 people for a two-hour worship service that featured special choirs, an orchestra, praise singers, liturgical dance, prayers, Scripture readings and diverse music—from traditional hymns such as “Are We Yet Alive” to contemporary, ethnic-flavored arrangements of praise songs. Through worship, the ordinary things in life—bits of glass, wood and seeds—would be transformed into sacred elements, Ms. McFee said. Wood from historic Gulfside Assembly in Waveland, Miss., destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was used for the pulpit, altar and table. Bishops Huie and Gregory Palmer of Iowa 10


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to feel vulnerable, helpless—even to lose hope.” Indeed, delegates would be sifting through 1,500 petitions in 13 legislative committees before taking final action in plenary sessions through May 2. But Bishop Huie compared their efforts to a woman in labor: There may be “struggle, pain, suffering and brokenness, but new life is going to come.”

led the nearly 1,000 delegates on the floor and thousands of guests and conference officials in the stands in a service of Holy Communion. Preaching from the book of Romans, Bishop Huie said that though Scripture teaches that “in hope we are saved,” today, the word “hope” was becoming more of a “marshmallow word.” “It sounds soft,” she said. “It looks sweet and appealing. Get it close to the fire, and hope melts off the stick and drips on the ground.

“Resurrection hope gives us the courage to stand beside the bed of a loved one with terminal disease,” Bishop Huie told the assembly. “Resurrection hope overcomes the insults of institutional racism. Resurrection hope plants new seed when the rains finally come. Resurrection hope rebuilds homes and lives after a storm. “We are no longer captives to fear. We are heirs to a new covenant—a new future.” rrussell@umr.org

“John Wesley would say that marshmallow hope is the hope of ‘almost Christians.’” By contrast, she added, hope is the very “nerve center” of the Christian life. “Love is the heart. Faith is the muscle. It is impossible to live without hope.” She said she also chose the book of Romans for her text because the apostle Paul was addressing a community filled with special interest groups, much like the United Methodist General Conference. “Many people in our beloved United Methodist Church are anxious,” she said, over declining membership, divisions over social issues and the increasingly complex global nature of the church.

It’s Softball Season Time to get your baseball glove out and oiled up! And for some of you, start limbering up your joints! Softball season is just around the corner, and Lohman wants to hear from you! Please connect Lohman at church or by calling (630) 636-6752 to learn details of pre-season practice and game schedule.

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Oswego Prairie Ministry Leadership Coordinating Council & Committee Chairpersons Council Chairperson: Jeff Miller Recording Secretary: Chris Mang Lay Leader: Vinnie Emrich Church Treasurer: Bob Constantine Financial Secretary: Lohman Hafenrichter Worship & Music Ministry: Patsy Keeler Adult & Small Group Ministries: Nancy Schuler Preschool Board: Kelly Banks Outreach Ministries: Jennifer Thurmond Evangelism Ministries: Karen Mang Finance: Kathy D’Amico Staff-Parish Relations: Stan Keeler Board of Trustee: Nancy Schuler Youth Representatives: Zack Hafenrichter & Mary D’Amico

Oswego Prairie United Methodist Church 1217 Wolfs Crossing Road Oswego, IL60543 www.ThePrairie.org

Karen Mang Bulletin/Newsletter Editor 630.554.1687 karen@theprairie.org Vicay Lauderdale Chancel Choir Director vicay@theprairie.org Brad Nye Director of Contemporary Music brad@theprairie.org Rev. Keck Mowry Pastor (O) 630-554-8274 (H) 630.503.6107 pastor@theprairie.org

Address

May Meetings May 4, 5:30 pm, Youth May 6, 7 pm, Finance May 8, 1 pm, Preschool May 10, 10 am, Trustees May 13, 7 pm, Council May 20, 7 pm, Vision Team May 22, 12:45 pm, Youth May 27, 7 pm, Foundation *Meetings are subject to change

The Prairie View - May 2008  

The monthly newsletter of Oswego Prairie United Methodist Church, Oswego, Illinois.

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