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APRIL 2017 / Volume 51 / Issue 4

Our church staff is here to help each of us live as a disciple of Jesus Christ who transforms the world. Feel free to contact them.


PASTORAL STAFF Dr. Roger Ross | Lead Pastor Rev. Mike Whitaker | Pastor Rev. Nicole Cox | Pastor

MINISTRY STAFF Brennan Pappas | Director of Technical Arts Carli Burton | Director of Adult Education & Senior Ministries Chantel Corrie | Director of Connections Chase Carlisle | Director of Contemporary Music Ministries Elyssa Carlisle | Director of Children's & Youth Choirs Lana Salomonson | Executive Director Matt Cleveland | Director of StudentLife Nancy Angulo | Director of KidLife Ministry Dr. See Tsai Chan | Director of New Life Choir & Handbells Ministries Stacy Kuhlmann | Early Childhood Ministry Coordinator

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Aaron Havard | Information Technology Dennie Canny | Facilities Manager Jenny Hutcherson | Admin. Assistant Molly Bettis | Accountant Sharon Sweeney | Executive Assistant

custodial STAFF Renaldo Gayton | Lead Custodian

When I was in school, I thought distance races were crazy. I loved to run fast – as fast as I could. But the races I enjoyed the most were relays. Track focuses so much on individual performance, but these races could not be won by a single person. Even four really fast runners weren’t guaranteed success. As Coach Nigel Hetherinton says, “The race is about the baton, not the runners. The baton must always remain the fastest member of the squad.” If you’ve ever seen a relay, you know the race is won or lost by the quality of the handoffs. Life is like a relay. Sooner or later, the baton you are holding in your hand right now will be passed. In a relay, there’s a 20-meter stretch where the current runner comes to the next runner and an exchange happens. This handoff occurs in what most coaches call the changeover zone. Over the next few months, our church will move through a changeover zone. I’ll be passing the baton to Roger Grimmett, our new senior pastor. You can learn more about Roger and his wife, Brenda, on page 6. The key to this race is to keep moving through the zone and have a smooth handoff. This is especially important in our case, because the baton is precious to God. It’s our church. I’m committed to do everything I can to give this treasured baton to Roger in the best condition possible. It will give me great joy to see him burst out of the changeover zone with incredible momentum, hope, and unity. You, too, play a big part in a smooth handoff. Your daily prayers for Roger and Brenda Grimmett, your gracious welcome of them into our church and into your life, and your hopeful attitude about the future will make this critical point in the race a huge success. Thank you for running the race and keeping the faith. The best is yet to come,

STAFF emails: First initial and Last

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. 2 G o o d T i d i n g s / APRIL 2017

· Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)

Easter Version:


APRIL 1/2: THE FAMILY PLAN APRIL 8/9 • PALM SUNDAY: CONNECTED FOR LIFE Regular Version (to be used on other weekends after Easter): Option A - Blue

Option B - Green



Holy Week

Thursday, April 13 • Maundy Thursday at 7:00pm We will share in communion as we remember Jesus’ last night on earth and His last supper with His disciples. Friday, April 14 • Good Friday at 7:00pm On this day, we remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us. He willingly suffered and was crucified to pay the costly price for our sins, so we could be forgiven and reconciled to God.


On Easter, we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead by the power of God. Jesus’ resurrection makes forgiveness of sins and an eternal relationship with God possible through our faith in Christ. Please invite your friends, family, and neighbors as we celebrate the hope and joy we have in the Risen Christ! Saturday, April 15 • 5:30pm in the Sanctuary Sunday, April 16 • 7:00am Easter Sunrise (in the big tent by our pond) – led by StudentLife • 9:00am in the Sanctuary and the Community Life Center • 10:30am in the Sanctuary

He Is Risen! 4 G o o d T i d i n g s / APRIL 2017

Palm Sunday Coffee

A SWEET SUNDAY CELEBRATION Sunday, April 9, 8:30am-12:00pm Invite your friends and family for desserts and coffee on Palm Sunday morning. Please sign up in the Atrium to bring in two dozen servings of your favorite cookies or dessert to share with the Springfield First family during our annual Palm Sunday Coffee. Please drop off desserts on the east counter in Atrium 3 not later than Saturday, April 8, at 7:00pm. Please label your containers. Thank you for making this Palm Sunday Celebration extra SWEET! Volunteers are also needed to help us set out the cookies. If this is something that interests you, please contact Irene Salz at or 816-1642.

EASTER TASTY TREATS On April 8 and 9, the OneVoice Youth Choir will be having their annual Palm Sunday bake sale during all of the weekend services! We hope you’ll stop by and grab some baked goods, pastries, and Easter Sunday cakes. All proceeds will go toward this summer’s choir tour to New Orleans, enabling our youth choir to share the grace and love of Christ through music!

EASTER SPECIAL OFFERING We live in a chaotic world. And though we struggle with our own difficulties in America, we’re largely sheltered from the religious persecution and genocide taking place around the world, forcing millions of people from their homes in places like Syria and Egypt. The current crisis is one of Biblical proportions, and the United Methodist Church’s Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is at the forefront of helping these displaced people. As we are talking about “membership” in the family of God this Lent and Easter, and the great love that God has for all His children, we will receive a special offering at all the Easter services that will support the Committee on Relief’s effort to aid our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters and other displaced people around the world. Please prayerfully consider how you can show Christ’s love to those who have lost so much through no fault of their own. Thank you.

Prayer Retreat



AT THE CHIARA CENTER Saturday, April 29, at 1:00-4:30pm

This is an opportunity for solitude, to calm your spirit and satisfy your soul. There are no special qualifications or minimum age requirements, only the desire to have a conversation with God. You may want to walk the beautiful grounds or sit quietly in a peaceful setting. There is no cost; a free will offering will be received. The Chiara Center is located at 4875 LaVerna Road on the northeast side of Springfield. Contact: Sharon Sweeney at or 793-9760 x131

SAVE THE DATE: August 10 & 11

Question: Where are the best leaders found in society? Answer: Trick question. The best leaders are found in our church, at school, in our home, within our social groups, and in the workplace. The

Sunday, April 30 • 11:45am – 12:45pm Atrium 1 Have you been attending worship but want to know more about membership or getting connected into this community of faith? Attend Starting Point! This is your opportunity to meet the pastors and lay

truth is that effective leadership is found in all walks of life. In fact, leadership skills are needed with all our interpersonal relationships. On August 10-11, Springfield First will once again be the host site for

leaders, ask questions, and learn about opportunities to get more out of

the 2017 Global Leadership Summit

your experience. We will chat while we enjoy some pizza and salad for lunch.

(GLS). This year’s faculty will feature

Contact: Chantel at or 793-9760 x126.

some of the world’s most influential

Spring Cantata

My Father's World

“This is my Father’s world, why should my heart be sad? The Lord is King! Let the heavens ring. God reigns! Let the earth be glad.” The New Life Adult Choir, OneVoice Youth Choir, and K-6th children’s choirs will present the Spring Cantata, My Father’s World, accompanied

leaders, including the Founder and Senior Paster at Willow Creek Community Church, Bill Hybels; the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg; best-selling author and founder of The Marcus Buckingham Company, Marcus Buckingham; and many other inspiring leaders. Please consider

by a full orchestra on May 7 at the 9:00am traditional service.

joining hundreds of people from

Come and let your hearts be filled with the joy of our Risen Lord!

our church, our community, and

As we proclaim the grace and glory of God our Father, invite your friends

the surrounding area who want to

and neighbors to experience this reviving and uplifting worship together!

become better leaders. The GLS

If you are interested in taking part in the Spring Cantata, it’s not too late! Rehearsal takes place in Room 22 at 7:00pm every Thursday. You only need to attend the first portion of the weekly rehearsal; it will take about 35-40 minutes. Contact: See Tsai Chan at

is a life-changing event that will provide you with the tools necessary to become the leader God intended you to be. If you need to move individuals from “here to there,” the GLS is the event for you!

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CHURCH LIFE Welcome to Roger Grimmett! Dear FUMC Family, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Roger Grimmett has been appointed as our new Senior Pastor, effective July 1. Roger brings a wealth of experience to us. He is currently the District Superintendent of the Mississippi River District of our conference and supervises 72 churches in that district. He has been an ordained pastor for close to 30 years and received his Doctorate of Ministry degree with a concentration in biblical preaching. He has taught both preaching and worship to pastors in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. All of us play an important part in the transition--through our prayers and positive attitudes going forward. Dr. Grimmett is "all in" to continue our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Let's do our part to continue that mission as well.

The staff of Springfield First enjoyed their opportunity to meet the new Roger!

Sincerely, Greg Riddle · Chairperson, Staff Parish Relations Committee

WHAT’S IN A NAME? My immediate reaction upon having learned that I would become the Lead Pastor of Springfield First UMC was this – I am the third Roger in a row. What is it about Springfield First that can’t seem to shake free of a Roger at the helm? All kidding aside, I am absolutely thrilled to be following in the large footsteps of the two previous Rogers – Dr. Roger Rominger and Dr. Roger Ross. I deeply admire both men for their visionary leadership in the development and growth of Springfield First! In addition, I have known several of your Associate Pastors over the years who have done excellent ministry in their own right. I am very pleased to hear of a strong staff and willing congregation that is deeply committed to the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world! This is, for me, the heartbeat of a loving Heavenly Father that will go to the ends of the earth to redeem fallen humanity. Indeed, the mission statement of Luke’s gospel is found in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” What a joy to be in a church where there is an intentionality and theology of evangelism present!

OneVoice Choir

A BIG Thank You! 6 G o o d T i d i n g s / APRIL 2017

Brenda and I are thrilled with the opportunity to serve such an exciting church. We know there will be challenges, but with new challenges come increased opportunities to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. I believe the ultimate calling of the church is to advance God’s Kingdom here upon the earth so that the kingdom of this world will become the Kingdom of our God. I was ordained an Elder by Bishop Woodie White in 1988. I will never forget the title of his sermon that evening, “What’s in a Name?” The essence of the message was the significance of each of our names given to us by our parents at birth and God at our Baptism and Ordination. God has called each baptized Christian into the ministry of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. I look forward to supporting your ministry even as you support mine. Brenda and I are thrilled with the opportunity of joining an excellent team of laity, staff, and clergy on the next leg of the journey! To God be the Glory! Our God reigns! Dr. Roger Grimmett

The OneVoice Youth Choir would like to send a big “thank you” to our church family and friends for your incredible generosity shown at our Variety Show this year! We feel so deeply blessed by you all. The choir tour has been encouraging to those we have the privilege of serving and life-changing for our youth, as we reach out to serve, love others, and grow deeper in our relationship with Christ. We are looking forward to this opportunity again in June. Because of you, we are able to travel to spread the love of Christ through music! Thank you so much for helping us off to a great start through your gifts totaling over $2,000! We are forever grateful to be walking this journey with you and for your constant generosity and support.

With great love and gratitude, the OneVoice Choir



What God has done through you is amazing! Over the course of the last 10 years, our First UMC family has reduced the debt on our beautiful facility from a peak of $10.9 million to $4.7 million. Praise God!

We have done this through intentional and faithful giving. Here’s a recap of our current journey. Since April of 2014, 338 individuals or families made commitments over and above their regular gifts to our Momentum giving journey to help us pay down the debt. As of March 19, 2017, the total amount received has been $1,918,331! Our Momentum giving journey is now coming to an end April 29-30, and we want to finish strong by having over $100,000 given in these last few weeks. That kind of finish will take faithful participation from four groups: · Many thanks to those of you who made a commitment to Momentum. Thank you for all that you have given so far. Your faithful giving has been fantastic! We invite you over this next month to do your best to finish strong by completing your commitment. · Some of you have finished early. We are grateful for the 163 people who have already completed their commitment. Way to go! Thank you for your faithfulness! We invite you to prayerfully consider if God would lead you to make a special gift to help us finish on a high note. · A third group consists of those who have made faithful gifts to Momentum without making a commitment. Thank you! We invite you to prayerfully consider a gift to help us go over the top. · Finally, some of you are relatively new but have found such life in this church, you want to make a difference by investing in our future. Your gift will take this final month to a different level. Thank you! Please know that every gift, regardless of size, matters to God and makes a difference. Each dollar we pay down in principle releases more money for hands-on ministry that saves and changes lives in our community and world. As our Momentum giving journey comes to an end, you may wonder, “What’s next?” Our leadership has decided to take a 6-month break from giving campaigns. If you would like to continue to give to reduce the debt, it would certainly make a huge difference, but we will not enter a giving campaign as a congregation until the fall of 2017.

Looking for a way to give back? Join us on May 6-7 for a church-wide weekend of service! We are encouraging everyone to serve somewhere in the community for a few hours. We will have some options available for you to sign up to serve a local non-profit, or you can figure out your own unique way to serve others (take a meal to a sick neighbor, offer to mow someone’s lawn, pick up trash in   your neighborhood or at a local park, etc!). Keep an eye out for sign-up sheets to choose a serving opportunity. Find a place that touches your heart! 

For this month’s TLC, we will be serving right here on our own property! We will be getting the Springfield First Mission Garden ready to go for another year of growing! All veggies grown over the summer will be donated to feed the hungry people of Springfield. Check out the weekend announcements for more details coming soon, as get the earth ready and plant some seeds. Sign up online at or at Connection Point!

AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: EASTER LILY DELIVERIES Volunteers are needed to deliver Easter lilies to our members who are in care facilities. The lilies may be picked up following the 10:30am Easter service on Sunday, April 16, or during the

Thank you for the extravagant generosity you have shown in many ways. You are a beautiful reflection of the giving heart of God.

following couple of days. (Note: The church will be closed on

With Joy,

Carli Burton, or 793-9760 x121

Monday, April 17.) If you can help with this important and meaningful ministry, please sign up in the Atrium. Contact: APRIL 2017 7


ATTENTION: Classes, Small Groups, and Bible Studies We have many great studies available for your use. I encourage you to come and check them out in my office! They vary in depth and scope, from Getting Acquainted with Your Bible to Christianity and World Religions. - Carli Burton

Saturday, April 22, at 10:00am-4:00pm, and Sunday, April 23, at 1:00-4:00pm • Room 2 First United Methodist Church and Retirement Peace are offering an interactive 2-day class for all those in or near retirement. Attendees review over forty critical financial and health decisions that shape the success or failure of one’s retirement. Learning to make better choices today guards against financial and health challenges tomorrow. Household enrollment fee is $199.00, with a money-back guarantee. This includes all class materials and a detailed personal retirement plan prepared for you by Retirement Peace Project. Each class size is limited to 20. Sign up in the Atrium or at NOTICE: We have secured 15 “Pay it Forward” Scholarships! Qualifications are: • Complete 5-Minute Retirement Peace Challenge • Qualify for scholarship and complete online enrollment • Attend Retirement Peace University and graduate. Contact: Carli Burton, or 793-9760 x121


1st Sunday of each month at 10:00-10:25am • Room 11 Parents of children in kindergarten through 5th grade – this is especially for you! • Have you been wanting to grow in knowledge of God and the Bible as a family? • Have you wondered how you can make this knowledge relevant in your daily living?

SPRINGFIELD FIRST BELIEVES THAT SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES SUPPORT THE CHURCH IN PRAYER AND RELATIONSHIPS. Benefits of Sunday morning classes #6 Sunday classes give each member the chance to grow, benefit from prayer, and form Christian relationships. From the preschool classes through adult classes, we not only pray for one another but also have the opportunity to respond to those needs. Fellowship and informal conversations flow easily in small groups where people know your name and your needs.

Our KidLife curriculum can help! We are beginning a KidLife Parent Class that launched Sunday, March 5. Our next class will be on Sunday, April 2. This abbreviated class will review the lessons taught to your children, but at an adult level. It will equip you as a family to learn together and to reinforce the lessons with one another. This class is taught by Amanda Carbiener, Contact: Carli Burton at for more information. Testimony about the StudentLife Parents Class that was begun 5 years ago, a model we are following for the KidLife Parents Class: For nearly five years I have been teaching the StudentLife Parents class. It is one of the most important pieces my wife Teresa’s and my spiritual journey. For too many years I talked with families who seemed to be going in all directions regarding their faith and Bible study. What a great idea to have a class within StudentLife ministries that teaches both students and parents the same curriculum. We have been living out our faith with these families since then. We have seen many victories and much transformation along the way. It is definitely an anointed strengthening tool for building Kingdom purpose in the lives of each class member. · Jeff Whitehouse, StudentLife Parents Class 8 G o o d T i d i n g s / APRIL 2017

COUPLES & FAMILIES CLASS Featured this month is the Couples & Families Class. They recently moved to Room 6 and meet at 10:30am. The class is a fun, informative, and interactive group. They once put out an article entitled, “Most Everything We Need to Know in Life, We Learned as Members of the Couples Class”! The class members take turns facilitating topics that are useful to the growth of a Christian walk, such as showing love, how to be a blessing, and commitment to marriage, to name a few.


June 19-23 * 9:00am – 12:00pm Ages 3 through 5th grade Welcome to Maker Fun Factory! This is where kids learn they were created by God and built for a specific purpose. Through personal stories told by children living out their faith, creative snacks, fascinating science inventions, dynamic music, and interactive Bible lessons, children will discover God’s love and purpose for each of them. Are you ready for a wildly creative, inventive, interactive adventure with God? We know you are! SERVING OPPORTUNITIES So that we can make this an awesome experience for our kids and the kids throughout our community, we need lots of volunteers! The following areas are ways you can share your time and talents: Crew Leader/Crew Assistant Lead a small group of children through each daily station. Registration/Check-in team Pass out wristbands and name tags to children as they arrive. Site Assistants Help the site leader with daily activities.


Visit to register your child online, or registration cards are available at the jeep and boat in KidLife, as well as at the ABC donation tables in the Atrium and outside the CLC.

Decorations Help create decorations for rooms, sanctuary, hallways, and atrium. Work days are March 25, April 8, April 29, and May 13 at 9:00am-3:30pm. Lunch will be provided. Donations Pick up a card with a specific item listed at the donation tables. We also need lots of coffee cans and lids, soup cans, paper towel tubes, and old hand tools you don’t mind being painted. Gift cards for Menards, Lowe’s, Sam’s Club, and Walmart will also be a big help. For more information about Adventure Bible Camp, please contact Nancy Angulo at or 793-9760 x227, or Stacy Kuhlmann at APRIL 2017 9

Early childhood contact: Stacy Kuhlmann, 793-9760 x238 or

K-5th grade contact: Nancy Angulo, 793-9760 x227 or



(Kindergarten – 5th Grade)

(Birth – 5 Years)

During the month of March, we had wonderful lessons about how God always keeps his promises. In April, the children will begin a month-long journey with Jesus. They will learn all about his life, death, and resurrection. They will know that Jesus is God’s greatest promise!

During the month of April, kids will take part in “walking with Jesus” as they follow His footsteps from the palm-filled streets in Jerusalem to His death on the cross and His resurrection that followed. Each week, children will experience hands-on activities that teach them about the love God has for them in His only Son Jesus! They will learn what true humility is through the life of Jesus and the ways they can put others first in all that they do, just as Jesus did.


APRIL BIBLE POINTS Nursery: Following Jesus’ footsteps, Jesus loves me, Jesus is my friend Toddlers: Come follow Jesus, walking with Jesus, Jesus is my friend Preschool: Preschoolers have learned about God’s promises. They will follow the KidLife lessons for April (see below)! These lessons will be at their level, and they will learn through hands-on stations each weekend. Preschoolers will be waving palms during services on Palm Sunday. Egg hunts will be on Palm Sunday at the end of services.

Kidlife Easter Ministry Events

April 2: “Come, Follow Jesus!” · Kick-Off Celebration with fun activities and games that teach kids what it means to follow Jesus. April 9: Palm Sunday “Walking with Jesus” experience Kids will experience the excitement in Jerusalem when Jesus arrived as they wave palm branches in the adult worship services. Afterward, kids will return to their small groups and experience the Last Supper, pray in Gethsemane, and learn why Jesus had to die on the cross, collecting special Easter story eggs as they travel through the stations. Immediately following the services, kids will have a fun egg hunt with games and activities. 10 G o o d T i d i n g s / APRIL 2017

April 16: Easter Sunday Celebration “Journey through the Gospel in Color” · Kids will learn the big picture of God’s amazing plan for them through a hands-on, colorful experience of the gospel that they can take home and share with others! April 23: “New Life Celebration Stations” · Kids will learn what it means to live as followers of Jesus, how to tell others about Him, and ways to grow in their faith through celebration activities designed to engage their creative and inquisitive minds. April 30: “Living with a Mission” · Kids will learn about the humble and servant heart of Jesus as they serve others with a hands-on mission project.

CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE AWESOME EVENTS COMING UP IN STUDENTLIFE! PARENTS: If you are new or would like to receive periodic parent email updates, please go to, and under the ‘Youth’ tab sign up for our email list! You can also email StudentLife Director Matt Cleveland at

Inside jokes are awesome, right?


You probably have some with your friends where you can just say one word and have everyone laughing! Well ... everyone on the “inside,” that is. In fact, if you’ve ever been around a group of friends who had an inside joke, you probably learned quickly that being on the outside isn’t much fun. Has church ever felt that way to you: like it’s a bunch of people with inside jokes, language, and words you just don’t understand? Even if you grew up in church, there’s a good chance there are some words you hear where the meaning isn’t clear. And, some of the words most often confused are the same ones that have the greatest impact on our faith. That’s why, during this series, we’re going to dive into two of the most common and most misunderstood words in our vocabulary and see how some clarity on what these words mean could lead to more clarity in how we see our faith. APRIL 9 – WHAT’S THE POINT? | APRIL 23 – FACT CHECK

SUNRISE SERVICE Every year at Easter, StudentLife hosts an Easter Sunrise Service, and we’d love for you to be there! It will take place by our pavilion and is 100% student-led. Come for a time of early morning worship as our students remind us of the meaning of Easter!

BEACH WEEK Beach Week registration has officially begun! You can get a registration packet from the StudentLife hallway or by emailing StudentLife Director Matt Cleveland at We are currently adding students to our wait list, so please sign up soon!

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SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES For information regarding Senior Ministries’ events or trips, or if you or a loved one are moving to a care facility, please contact Carli Burton at or 793-9760 x121.

AROUND THE TABLE ADVENTURE: Senior Fellowship All are invited to this fellowship on the 2nd Thursday of each month, September through June. Date: Thursday, April 13 / Time: 9:30am-12:30pm / Where: Rooms 5/6 Why: Fellowship, fun, food, (card games, board games & dominoes). You are welcome to bring one of your favorite games or join in the card game groups. Hostess: Marge Deffenbaugh / Meal: Ham dinner with all the fixings. Suggested donation is $6.00 for all-you-can-eat or until it’s gone.


BALLGAME Monday, May 29


November 6 to November 9 Excitement is in the air for our 2017 Branson Christmas trip! We have outstanding shows booked and all new eating venues! Monday evening – Grand Jubilee, dinner and show Tuesday – College of the Ozarks and Ralph Foster Museum, Showboat Branson Belle, and Presley’s Wednesday – All Hands on Deck (patriotic), Daniel O’Donnell, & Miracle of

Come and join us on Monday, May 29,

Christmas at the Sight and Sound Theater

for a 1:15pm game, and root for the team of your choice!

Thursday – heading home, with our

Departure from the Springfield First parking lot will be at 10:00am. We will take a break to purchase snacks for then and later. Following the game we will eat dinner at the Maverick Steak House (on our own) in Litchfield. The cost is $64.00 for luxury travel and tickets in the Left Field Porch (under cover for protection against rain or hot sun). Please sign up in the Atrium and deposit your check (made out to FUMC) in the black box. Your check holds your ticket.

The Lion King trip to the Fabulous Fox Theatre on April 20 is SOLD OUT. You may sign up on the WAITING LIST in the Atrium. 12 G o o d T i d i n g s / APRIL 2017

“traditional” stop at the World’s Largest Gift Shop and Redmon’s Candy Factory Cost for travel, hotel, baggage handling, tips, taxes, 7 shows, tour and museum, plus 6 meals is $560.00 for double (2 paying adults per room) or $710.00 for single (1 paying adult per room). Christmas rates are higher, but the prices are “at-cost." OPTIONAL CANCELLATION PROTECTION PLAN that covers shows and meals for a non-refundable $25.00 per person is available. Individuals may then cancel for any reason up to 72 business hours prior to group’s departure for a refund (less a 10% processing fee).

LYDIA AND RACHEL CIRCLE Lydia Circle meets on the 3rd Friday of each month at 9:30am in Room 5. Rachel Circle meets on the 3rd Wednesday at 7:00pm in Atrium 2. Any questions, contact Crystal Russell at 801-2573.



Please invite a neighbor or friend to come for our monthly luncheon. Dona Weddle will give a talk about tea, its history, and her Traveling Teapots. Call Crystal Russell at 801-2573 if you will be attending. Suggested donation for the luncheon is $7.00; new visitors are treated to their first lunch.

21st SPRING FLING, APRIL 22 Mark your calendars! The Beauty of the Earth is the theme and it is also Earth Day! We are so excited to have Christina Krost as our speaker, and we will have special music. This will be a great way to celebrate our earth and spring. Invite all your friends, neighbors, and family. Tickets will be available in the Atrium areas on the weekends of April 1 & 2 and April 8 & 9, or you can call Barb Zuspann at 741-2550 or Crystal Russell at 801-2573.

QUILTING/SEWING/KNITTING/CROCHETING GROUP The quilting group is encouraging anyone with any type of project (sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, etc.) to join them for a fun day full of activity. It’s the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:15am to 2:30pm in Rooms 5/6. Bring your lunch.

Friday, April 7 UMW Board Meeting/Luncheon 10:00am/Noon Room 14/Community Life Center Friday, April 7 Church Women United Human Rights Celebration 5:30pm Elliott Avenue Baptist Church 501 W. Elliott, Springfield Wednesday, April 19 Rachel Circle 7:00pm – Atrium 2 Friday, April 21 Lydia Circle 9:30am – Rooms 5/6 (Help with set-up for Spring Fling.) Saturday, April 22 21st Annual Spring Fling Noon Community Life Center Tuesday, April 25 Church Women United Monthly Meeting 9:30am APRIL 2017 13


It is with open arms we welcome Renaldo Gayton, our new Lead Custodian, to Springfield First. He is a familiar face to many since he has been serving as a part-time custodian through our contracted custodial service. In joining the staff in a full-time capacity, Renaldo brings with him a great deal of knowledge and experience in maintaining and caring for our facility. Before coming to Springfield First, he worked for many years in carpentry and building-related trades services. Renaldo and his wife of 26 years, Dorothy, have two daughters - Delisa White and Tamara Gayton, along with four grandchildren - Aries, Alexis, Adriana and A.K. In his spare time, Renaldo loves fishing, gardening, building and working on custom bicycles, practicing martial arts, and cheering for his favorite sports team - the New England Patriots. When asked what he likes about Springfield First, Renaldo quickly replied, "I just love everything and everybody here. I am thankful and blessed to have this opportunity to work in such a great place with such loving and caring people."


We are excited to welcome Molly Bettis, CPA, as our new Accountant! Molly and her husband Kevin have 3 children - Erin, Brandon, and Ryan. They live in Petersburg where Molly has been a self-employed accountant for the last 22 years. This flexibility has allowed her to focus on her favorite job - being a mom. Molly also serves as treasurer of several volunteer boards and is the treasurer for the UMC of Petersburg. In her spare time, Molly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and baking, entering local and state fair baking and floral competitions, gardening, her book club, traveling, entertaining, and attending her kids' many activities. Molly is excited about joining Springfield First's family as the Accountant. She looks forward to working with the wonderful staff and making each day a great one!

JOB OPENINGS AT SPRINGFIELD FIRST Springfield First is looking for the perfect full-time candidate to lead our children's ministry. A love of God and children and a focus on teaching the Bible to kids are some of the qualities we are seeking in the Director of KidLife. We also have an opening for a full-time financial administrative assistant. Knowing Excel, Word and basic bookkeeping skills is essential. For more information on these openings, go to Resumes may be sent to Executive Director Lana Salomonson at 14 G o o d T i d i n g s /

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Is Jesus in your will?


Our time in this world doesn’t last forever,

Eli John Andrew

but our influence can. As you plan for the future, prayerfully consider tithing 10% of your estate to the church for which Jesus gave his life.

Welcome to God's family: Ingrid Rose Bourne Averly Renae Christin Layton Joseph Victor Dobson Grace Elizabeth Ingersoll


Financial Giving Updates First United Methodist Church In an effort to more effectively serve the church body we are posting our financial report at the following web address. This will permit the church to update our financial information in a more timely manner and provide more immediate access when desired. The financial information can be found at the following address:

If you have or know of a Springfield First student who will be graduating from 8th grade, 12th grade, or college, please contact Jenny Hutcherson at or 793-9760 x231 with their information by May 11. We would like to recognize their achievement

on the weekend of May 20/21. Thank you!

april REAL Scriptures Through Lent and Easter, we are using the Lenten Devotionals in place of the REAL Scriptures. To receive the devotionals electronically, please sign up online at

PSALMS April 17 – Psalm 119:89-104

April 24 – Psalm 121

April 18 – Psalm 119:105-120

April 25 – Psalm 122

April 19 – Psalm 119:121-136

April 26 – Psalm 123

April 20 – Psalm 119:137-152

April 27 – Psalm 124

April 21 – Psalm 119:153-168

April 28 – Psalm 125

April 22 – Psalm 119:169-176

April 29 – Psalm 126

April 23 – Psalm 120

April 30 – Psalm 127

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FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2941 South Koke Mill Road · Springfield, IL 62711

Springfield, IL Permit No. 578

To receive Tidings via mail OR email, contact the main office at 217-793-9760. Connect with us online at for more resources.

Upcoming Events


8/9 – Palm Sunday Open House


– Maundy Thursday Service (7:00pm)


– Good Friday Service (7:00pm)


– Easter Sunrise Service (7:00am)


– Building Closed


– United Methodist Women Spring Fling (12:00pm)


– Prayer Retreat at the Chiara Center (1:00pm)


– Starting Point (11:45am)


6/7 – OneThing Weekend


– Spring Cantata (9:00am traditional service)


– Building Closed

WEEKEND WORSHIP EXPERIENCES Saturday / 5:30PM Sunday / 9:00 & 10:30AM Facebook SpringfieldFUMC Instagram springfieldfumc Twitter SpringfieldFUMC

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