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APRIL 2018 / Volume 52 / 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 Grimmett | Lead Pastor Rev. Mike Whitaker | Pastor Rev. Nicole Cox | Pastor

MINISTRY STAFF Brennan Pappas | Director of Technical Arts Carli Burton | Director of Senior Ministries Chase Carlisle | Director of Worship Arts Elyssa Carlisle | Director of Children's & Youth Choirs Lana Salomonson | Executive Director Matt Cleveland | Director of StudentLife Paige Cooper | Director of Connections Dr. See Tsai Chan | Associate Director of Music Ministry Stacy Kuhlmann | Director of Children's Ministry

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Aaron Havard | Director of IT & Tech Assistant Dennie Canny | Facilities Manager Jenny Hutcherson | Financial Administrator Kristi Osmond | Admin. Assistant Molly Bettis | Accountant Rachel Dempsey | Print Shop Sharon Sweeney | Executive Assistant Zach Pappas | Technical Arts Assistant

custodial STAFF Renoldo Gayton | Lead Custodian

STAFF emails: First initial and Last

You’ve played that game before – tell me three things about yourself, of which two are true and one is a lie. It might go something like this – I have been downhill skiing before, have regularly played tennis, and used to skydive. Well, what do you think? I could let that settle for a while or come out and tell you that I hate heights. You’re so right - I have never skydived before and don’t plan on it unless pushed out of a plane not on my own volition. What about Jesus? He healed every person he met; he died on the cross; and he rose again from the dead. This is a dead giveaway (no pun intended). Jesus didn’t heal every person he met. Not only did every person he met not need healing, but there were also times he chose not to heal because of their unbelief (see Matthew 13:58). In Matthew 28, after Jesus met Mary Magdalene and the other Mary in his post-resurrection state, he instructed them to go and tell the eleven disciples that he will meet them in Galilee. Verses 16 and 17 read, “Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted.” Let’s ponder verse 17 for a moment: “When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.” Have you ever associated resurrection with worship? The gospel writer Matthew is all over this one. We worship the Risen Savior. I grew up with the hymn, “He Lives.” Note verse 1: I serve a Risen Savior, he’s in the world today – I know that he is living whatever foes may say; I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer; and just the time I need him he’s always near. The beautiful thing about our Risen Savior is that he receives us even in our doubt and fear. In this season of Resurrection, we are beginning a new worship series called, “Vertical.” Much of what we do in ministry is done on a horizontal plane – serving, performing, giving, working, sharing, teaching, and preaching. But our worship of our Resurrected Savior is done in a vertical fashion. Even our posture of looking up sometimes with outstretched arms suggests a vertical relationship with God. Try this exercise – sit in your recliner, close your eyes, and lift your hands above your head, then offer praise to God. Worship isn’t simply music; neither is worship one genre or musical preference over the other. Worship isn’t about us – it’s about God. We do not worship our preferences; we worship our risen King. Join us for this series of sermons as we plumb the depths from a Biblical perspective of what worship means, who worship is directed to, and what the outcome or result of worship is. I like what the Westminster catechism says is the primary purpose for humankind: “The primary purpose of humankind is to worship God and enjoy God forever.” I love that! Worship isn’t simply a Saturday night or Sunday morning exercise we enjoy once a week! Worship is at the heart of all that we do. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31). The English word “glory” comes from the word doxa, or “Doxology”: Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise God all creatures here below; praise God above ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Let us worship and adore our Risen Lord! Our God Reigns,

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MESSAGE SERIES April 7/8 Focus April 14/15 The Other 167 April 21/22 The Center April 28/29 Hands and Feet May 5/6 Celebration Sunday APRIL 2018 3

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER THURSDAY, MARCH 29 · 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, MARCH 30 · GOOD FRIDAY AT 7:00pm On this day, we remember Jesus’ sacrifice for our sin. He willingly suffered and was crucified to pay the costly price for our sins, so we could be forgiven and reconciled to God.

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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, MARCH 31 5:30pm in the Sanctuary SUNDAY, APRIL 1 7:00am Easter Sunrise in Room 8, led by StudentLife 9:00am in the Sanctuary and in the Community Life Center 10:30am in the Sanctuary

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EASTER OFFERING We have an incredible opportunity at Springfield First this Easter to be a part of something much larger than our own church. This spring, the Springfield area United Methodist Churches are embarking on a very ambitious project together – building a new house in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. This type of project is not foreign to Springfield First. Our church has partnered with Habitat many times before in building new homes. The major difference this time is that we will be working side by side with sister UM churches in our community to make a difference in the lives of low-income residents. To be sure, we will need people willing to work at various stages in the project – both skilled and unskilled labor will be needed. In addition, monetary resources from our various churches will be required to complete this project. Designated gifts toward our Easter offering will help us reach our goal of providing affordable housing for low-income residents. Thank you for your generosity!



Prayer Retreat

Coming to Springfield First UMC in partnership with The James Project

at the Chiara Center Saturday, April 28, at 8:30-11:30am This is an opportunity for solitude, to calm your spirit and satisfy your soul. There are no special qualifications or minimum age required, only the desire to have a conversation with God. You may want to walk the beautiful grounds or sit quietly in a peaceful setting. If you’ve been trying to hear from God about a topic in your life, this just might be the opportunity you need. Feel free to leave early or arrive late. Whatever time you have available is yours to spend with God. There is no cost; a free will offering will be received.

The Chiara Center is located at 4875 LaVerna Road on the

Come experience practical teachingteaching in a safe and Come experience practical in a supportive safe community as we work to equip families, churches, and and supportive community as we work to equip professionals to better serve children, especially those who churches, professionals to better have families, experienced trauma orand loss, including children impacted by serve children, especially those adoption and foster care.who have

experienced trauma or loss, including children impacted by adoption and foster care.

Tickets are $10 per person. Register at Credits available for foster parents and professionals. Tickets are $10 per person. Register at (Credits for professionals require available additional registration.) Credits for foster Questions? Interested in volunteering? parents and professionals. (Credits for Contact Eden Lindberg at

professionals require additional registrations.) Questions? Interested in volunteering? Contact Eden Lindberg at

northeast side of Springfield. For more information, contact Sharon Sweeney at or 793-9760 x102.

TRIVIA NIGHT AND DINNER • FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Join us for an evening of food and fun - for a cause! Dinner will be served at 6:00pm, and trivia will begin at 7:00pm. Dinner includes soup, salads, drink, and dessert. Suggested donation is $10 per person. All proceeds go to the Springfield First Missions Council. To reserve a table (9 people max), contact Kim Dow at 299-1398 or 6 G o o d T i d i n g s / APRIL 2018



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Hurry! Super Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon! Register Today! Now is the perfect time for you and/or your organization to register for the 2018 Global Leadership Summit (GLS). The GLS is an annual premier leadership training event that will take place on Thursday, August 9, and Friday, August 10. Springfield First will once again be the host site in Central Illinois for this event. Everyone has influence. Your influence matters. Join your peers from Central Illinois and around the world to learn how to maximize your influence with two days of world-class leadership training. • Gain exclusive access to the LIVE HD broadcast of the Summit at Springfield First. • Get a unique blend of vision, inspiration, and practical skills you can immediately apply. • Learn from Bill Hybels and the diverse 2018 faculty. • Leverage the Summit as a resource to transform yourself and your community. • Join a community of like-minded Christians from 135+ countries and 60 languages who attend the Summit around the world. If you have never experienced the power of the GLS or if you participate every year, we ask that you prayerfully consider attending this year’s event. Visit our website at and use priority code 18HSFAMILY to get the super early bird discount rate of $89.

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SPRING CANTATA ~ SINGERS WANTED! The New Life Adult Choir, Handbell Choir, PreK-6th grade children’s choirs, and OneVoice Youth Choir will present the Spring Cantata, accompanied by a full orchestra, on May 6 at the 9:00am traditional service. The musical reenactment of the gospel will make your heart overflow with joy and thankfulness. We will be singing beautiful and exciting music from various musical styles, including selections from J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion, contemporary classics from Keith Getty and Chris Tomlin, energetic gospel music, and favorite hymn arrangements in symphonic style. There will be a lot of congregational singing, and we need a big choir to lead the worship! Choir Rehearsals will take place in Room 22 from 7:00-7:45pm every Thursday. No auditions are required. For more information, contact See Tsai Chan at

Come and serve at the James Project this month. The James Project provides homes and support for foster families. We will volunteer on Wednesday, April 18th. We need people to clean a foster home at 10:00am. We also need people to help cook freezer meals for several families. Sign up online or at Connection Point! 8 Good Tidings /

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CHURCH LIFE ) to our church family for changing lives through our EVERSE A (R big-shout out Unfinished Generosity Initiative. Here are some of the ways your giving is connecting people to Jesus Christ:

LES P M A S Y R E G A IM • 30 people are in attendance in our G6 classes (Glory, Grace, Growth, Group, Giftedness,

• Remodeling and upgrading our KidLife area so we might serve more families and children.

and Generosity) in preparation for Christian discipleship and church membership. • Over 90 students signed up for the StudentLife Beach Week retreat this summer. • Through the Discipleship and Leadership of Staff and Laity, two of our college students will be doing a summer internship with our church. • Several local, national, and international mission immersion experiences are happening this summer and fall. Our God Reigns!

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Watch for posted curriculum information:

FAITH IS A LIFELONG JOURNEY! If you would like to be a part of helping children on their faith journey, contact Stacy Kuhlmann at 793-9760 x106 or


Parents, contact Stacy Kuhlmann at or 217-793-9760 x106 with any questions. Follow us on Facebook at and

WHY CHILDREN’S MINISTRY? The children’s ministry is designed for children to grow in their faith by experiencing God’s Word at an age-appropriate level. We invite all children, birth to 5th grade, to come and check out the area of church designed just for them!


APRIL SERIES TITLE: SPIRITUAL GIFTS The kids will discover how God wants to work through them, how they can serve God by using their gifts, and that God gives us gifts to help others. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR ADVENTURE BIBLE CAMP · JUNE 18 – 22

Registration is open! Register at or pick up a paper form at check-in. ABC is for children ages 3 years through 5th grade.

Each classroom has a small container for our children’s mighty mission offerings, which will go to support clean water missions through UMCOR. We will keep track of this all year in KidLife. Children are understanding that they can make a difference even through spare change each week!

ABC Creation Days are so much fun! No artistic ability required, just a desire to see our ABC backdrops come to life! We invite all to help on these days

(9:00am-3:00pm in the Community Life Center): April 7 and 21 · May 5 and 19 Lunch will be provided on each of these dates. 10 G o o d T i d i n g s /

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CONNECT WITH STUDENTLIFE: Facebook: StudentLife FUMC | Twitter: @FUSION_SM | Instagram: STUDNT_LFE 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

BEACH WEEK STOCK SALE Thank you to all of our 2018 Beach Week shareholders! We’re overwhelmed by your generosity! If you would still like to be a shareholder in what God is doing through our summer retreat: Beach Week, you can go online to or contact StudentLife Director Matt at

SUNDAY NIGHT FUSION SCHEDULE: 5:00-6:00pm - FUSION:Middle & High School Small Groups 6:00-6:30pm - Dinner for all ages! 6:30-7:30pm - FUSION:High & Middle School Small Groups


Who are the people you enjoy hanging out with most? Your friends, right? They laugh at your jokes, reply to your Snapchats, invite you to the movies, and hang out with you, even when you smell bad or show off your terrible dance moves. And whether you have a huge group of friends or just one BFF, they can have a huge impact on who you are now and who you become later. But have you ever thought about how you got those friends in the first place? Maybe their family just happened to move in down the street from yours or you ended up in the same ballet class. Maybe you randomly sat next to each other in Chemistry or you just happened to play the same sport. While none of those are bad ways to make friends, it's strange that we leave such an important part of our lives to chance. Perhaps that's why the Bible has so much to say about how we choose and treat our friends. As we look to the Bible for advice about our friendships, we'll discover that one of the best things we can do for our crew is to be their friend on purpose! *FUSION and the OneVoice Youth Choir will not meet on Easter Sunday, April 1.


Spots are still available for this year’s summer retreat: Beach Week! Contact Matt at ASAP if you or your student is interested in joining us for this life-changing retreat! Spots are going fast, so don’t miss this opportunity! Cost is $250 per student, and registration forms can be picked up just outside the StudentLife room!


Informational meetings regarding the details for this year’s retreat are coming up! Since each meeting is the same, you only need to choose the date that works the best for you. They are: Sunday, April 22nd Sunday, April 29th Sunday, May 6th - all following the 10:30AM service in Room 8. APRIL 2018 11


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 x111.

AROUND THE TABLE ADVENTURE: SENIOR FELLOWSHIP (AGES 55+) Date: Thursday, April 12 Time: 9:30am-12:30pm Where: Rooms 5/6 Why: Fellowship, food, games (numerous card games, board games, and dominoes – you are welcome to bring one of your favorite games) Hostesses: Jan Argenta and Linda Lally Sweet treats and coffee will be ready when you arrive and a delicious hot meal will be served at 11:45am. Our menu is a hot ham dinner with all the sides, drinks, and dessert. Suggested donation is $5.00.

LIFE LINE SCREENING, a leading provider of community-based

preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Springfield First on April 10. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129. Please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441, visit, or text the word circle to 797979.


is partnering with Springfield First United Methodist Church to bring this special retirement income planning course on April 7 & 8. Retirement Peace University is an interactive, two-day workshop for all those over age 50. Attendees review over 40 financial and health decisions that shape the success of retirement. Learning to make better choices today can guard against retirement income and health challenges tomorrow. Springfield First receives pay-it-forward scholarships which include all class material and a personal written retirement plan. Seating is limited to 20 households. Sign up today to reserve your place! On Saturday, April 7, we will meet at 10:00am to 4:00pm; please bring a sack lunch. On Sunday, April 8, we will meet at 1:00 to 4:00pm. For more information call Retirement Peace at 217-498-7700. Enroll at; use scholarship code: umc. We have many “more than satisfied” members who have taken advantage of this great class, learning ways to better themselves in their retirement. I hope you will be another. - Carli

We have a few tickets left for our trip to Wrigley, and they are available to all 18 years and older! On Wednesday, April 18, we will depart at 8:00am to watch the Cubs play the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. We have covered seating in section 215. The cost is $78.00 which covers your ticket, taxes, fees, and luxury travel. Please sign up in the Atrium, make your check out to FUMC and place in the black box by our sign-up sheet. This holds your ticket. Contact: Carli Burton, or 793-9760 x111.

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One of our mission projects.

MARCH Thursday, April 5 Church Women United Human Rights Celebration 5:30pm Cotton Hill United Methodist Church Friday, April 20 Lydia Circle/Rachel Circle

CURRENT MISSION ACTIVITIES • Quilting, sewing, crocheting (3rd Thursday of each month) • Collecting items for 2018 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes • Collecting baby layette items for Kumler Outreach For further information, contact Crystal Russell at 801-2573. LYDIA AND RACHEL CIRCLES The Lydia Circle and Rachel Circle will meet together on Friday, April 20, at 9:30am in Rooms 5/6.

9:30am · Room 5/6 Saturday, April 28 UMW District Spring Gathering Forsyth United Methodist Church Thursday, May 3 Church Women United May Friendship Day 1:00pm St. John AME Church Friday, May 4 UMW Luncheon Noon Community Life Center

MARCH LUNCHEON We thoroughly enjoyed having Roger Grimmett as our speaker, and we’re glad he was joined by his wife Brenda and his mother, Linda Lally. MAY LUNCHEON On May 4 at noon, a master gardener will give a talk about gardening. This will help with our yard and container planting this spring. Please come and join us. Contact Crystal Russell for a reservation at 801-2573. Suggested donation for lunch is $7.00; first-timers are always our guests.




The Springfield First Bookstore is filled to the brim with new items for spring! Come and see the new books, children's games, baby gifts, greeting cards, clay crosses, home accents, and fair trade items!! The bookstore is at the southwest corner of the campus across from the Sanctuary.

NEW ITEMS INCLUDE: Greeting cards You asked for greeting cards and now you have them! All cards are just $2 and include birthday, congratulations, sympathy, encouragement, thinking of you, get well, wedding, and confirmation. Baby items/Children's games Adorable stuffed lambs and banks are among the new things for babies. The store also has a lot of new children's gifts including Bible Bingo, Bibleopoly and picture matching games! Home accents and gifts Want to update or refresh your walls at home or work? The bookstore has numerous ideas that can help! In addition to a huge display of brand new Christian mugs, we also have clay hand-held crosses that are individually handcrafted by artists using a clay caning process. Multiple layers of all-natural clay are used to create the cross, and each individual cross is hand pressed by the artist to provide a unique grip, bringing you comfort as you hold it.

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NEW PHONE SYSTEM You may have noticed that the phone extension numbers for our staff have changed. We have a new phone system which will save us money each month. Please listen carefully to the recording when calling after hours, as the old extension numbers will no longer work.

baptism Welcome to God's family: Julia Audrey Parsons Elias Bennett Schultz



Please hold in prayer the families of: Dorothy Garlo Evelyn Grummon Delores McKinney Gail Savidge Mary Springer

april REAL Scriptures Judges

April 1 – Judges 9:46-57

April 11 – Judges 13:1-8

April 21 – Judges 16:7-12

April 2 – Judges 10:1-10

April 12 – Judges 13:9-15

April 22 – Judges 16:13-16

April 3 – Judges 10:11-17

April 13 – Judges 13:16-25

April 23 – Judges 16:17-22

April 4 – Judges 11:1-9

April 14 – Judges 14:1-9

April 24 – Judges 16:23-28

April 5 – Judges 11:10-17

April 15 – Judges 14:10-16

April 25 – Judges 16:29-31

April 6 – Judges 11:18-22

April 16 – Judges 14:17-20

April 26 – Judges 17:1-8

April 7 - Judges 11:23-33

April 17 – Judges 15:1-8

April 27 – Judges 17:9-13

April 8 – Judges 11:34-40

April 18 – Judges 15:9-15

April 28 – Judges 18:1-6

April 9 – Judges 12:1-7

April 19 – Judges 15:16-20

April 29 – Judges 18:7-13

April 10 – Judges 12:8-15

April 20 – Judges 16:1-6

April 30 – Judges 18:14-21 APRIL 2018 15

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Upcoming Events



Easter Sunrise Service (7:00am)


Building Closed


Big Daddy Weave Concert (7:00pm)


Trivia Night & Dinner (6:00pm)

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Empowered to Connect Conference (9:00am)


Prayer Retreat at the Chiara Center (8:30am)


Spring Cantata (9:00am traditional service)


Mother’s Day


Building Closed for Memorial Day



Saturday 5:30pm Contemporary Sunday 9:00am Traditional · 9:00am Contemporary in CLC · 10:30am Contemporary

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