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AUGUST 2017 / Volume 51 / Issue 8

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 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 Dr. See Tsai Chan | Director of New Life Choir & Handbells Ministries Stacy Kuhlmann | Interim Director of KidLife Ministry

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

custodial STAFF Renoldo Gayton | Lead Custodian

STAFF emails: First initial and Last

First of all, let me say, “Thank you!” to all of you for the warm reception received on the July 1st weekend. It was such an amazing display of support, love, and hospitality! Brenda and I both feel right at home here at Springfield First. We are grateful! After I was appointed here as senior pastor, I began to pray Solomon’s prayer found in I Kings 3: 9-10, “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” The context of these verses is that Solomon has succeeded his father David as king of Israel. God had established the Davidic dynasty, meaning David’s son would be heir to the throne of Israel. Solomon humbled himself, and his first decision was to seek God in prayer. This seemingly small decision brought great satisfaction to God: “It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this” (I Kings 3:10b). Therefore, not only did God grant Solomon his request, but he also gave him riches and honor (I Kings 3:13). King Solomon’s decision to ask God for wisdom led him to author the book of Proverbs, part of the wisdom literature in the Old Testament. They contain “pithy” sayings chock-full of Biblical wisdom meant not to keep us in a straightjacket, but to help us in avoiding moral and ethical pitfalls that have the potential to derail our Christian discipleship and witness. Our August series is entitled, FoolProof. A quick Google search identifies “foolproof” as an adjective meaning “incapable of going wrong or being misused.” Who doesn’t want a firewall of protection when it comes to living a moral and upright life? Wisdom is so important that the book of James says, “If anyone lacks wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you” (James 1:5). August is generally the month that people begin to think about getting back into a fall routine. Why not make this message series a part of your fall routine that will serve to strengthen your Biblical conviction and witness? Our God Reigns!

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Sunday, August 27, at 11:45am-12:45pm • Atrium 3 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 leaders, ask questions, and learn about opportunities to get more out of your experience. It is also a chance for us to get to know you in a laid-back setting. We will chat while we enjoy some pizza and salad for lunch. Questions? Contact Chantel at or 793-9760 x126. AUGUST 2017 3


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Mi ss io n Tr ip June 2017 · By Dennis DeRossett

This year, however, there were no nails, hammers, or saws. Rather, the team was led to a new goal for this mission trip: to build the community spiritually. This required the team to go daily out into the village, door-to-door among the 4’x 8’ mud structures in which most people live; there is no running water or sewers.

For Sims, it was his fourth mission trip to Haiti. When past leaders Mike and Leah Mueller could not go this year, “I knew I had to step up and take a leadership role.” For him and the other team members, it was as much of a transforming experience as for the Haitian people. “The (mission trip) experience drives you to compassion, it drives you to action. We saw God’s presence in such poverty and it made us re-look at our priorities.” The other team members were: Michelle and Zach Buscher; Rob, Abby, and Danny Carney; Kris, Sarah, and Madelynn Barrett; and Casey Adams. Another team member, Cody Miner, could not make the trip due to illness. Sims said the team was so moved by one family with a malnourished disabled child that, after praying, they returned and gave some of their personal funds to the family for them to buy food – enough for many weeks.

Team leader Shane Sims said, “God used us in a different way to help the Haitian people. Many of them had never been exposed to Christianity but, through a simple act of kindness, the people welcomed us, listened, and many received Christ into their lives.”

Sims said he hopes more mission trips will be planned and more Springfield First members can participate. “I guarantee you will have a deeper understanding of who Jesus is through these types of experiences of helping others who have absolutely nothing.”

That “simple act of kindness” was the small gift – a dignity kit—the team gave to each person in each home. Each kit contained personal care items such as soap, comb, toothpaste, toothbrush, a towel, etc. These items are a rarity in rural Haiti and many people had never had these items before.

Special offerings at Springfield First throughout the year are used for local, national, and international mission, such as this Haiti mission. Team members pay their own transportation costs. This year, the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham assisted with providing items for the dignity kits.

“After giving out the kits, we asked the people if we could pray with them. Many people then opened up to us about their needs and concerns,“ Sims said. “There was a supernatural thing going on – the Holy Spirit was definitely present. ”

Sims said the missions trips are important for both the people served and also for the members of Springfield First. “The generosity of this church is making a huge difference in the lives of so many people throughout the world, which is fulfilling what the Scriptures tell us.”

A 10-person team from Springfield First travelled to Haiti on June 15-22, continuing the church’s outreach mission commitment to the School of Hope in the poverty-stricken village of Arcahaie. These annual mission trips to Haiti, which began in 2012, have focused primarily on building and making improvements to the village’s school building where the local children receive free education and a free meal. For many of the children, it is their only meal of the day.

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DAY 1 Session 1 8:30am - 9:45am Bill Hybels 30 Min Break


Springfield First will again be an official simulcast site for the 2017 Global Leadership Summit (GLS) on August 10-11. Today is the day to register for the summit and take the first step to becoming a more effective leader for all that are in your sphere of influence. The 2017 GLS is expected to draw some 400,000 church and business leaders to conference sites in more than 550 locations around the U.S. and many more internationally, where talks from world-class leadership experts will be beamed live via simulcast to Springfield First.

Session 2 10:15am - 12:00pm Sheryl Sandberg Marcus Lemonis 75 Min Lunch Session 3 1:15pm - 2:45pm Fredrik Härén Bryan Stevenson 30 Min Break Session 4 3:15pm - 4:30pm Andy Stanley

DAY 2 Session 5 8:30am - 10:30am Laszlo Bock Juliet Funt Marcus Buckingham 30 Min Break Session 6 11:00am - 12:30pm Sam Adeyemi Immaculée Ilibagiza 75 Min Lunch Session 7 1:45pm - 3:30pm Angela Duckworth Gary Haugen

The faculty for this year’s summit includes: Bill Hybels is senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, a church of more than 25,000 people across eight Chicago-area congregations. He founded The Global Leadership Summit with a commitment to develop and mentor leaders worldwide. Hybels is the best-selling author of more than 20 books, including his video curriculum, Leading From Here to There: 5 Essential Skills. Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the company’s business operations. Prior to Facebook, she was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department. Sandberg is the best-selling author of Lean In. Her 2017 release, Option B, is an inspiring and practical book about finding resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. Laszlo Bock served as Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operations, growing the company from 6,000 to more than 75,000 employees. Google has been recognized more than 150 times as an exceptional employer, including the #1 “Best Company to Work for in the United States” every year since 2012. Bock’s New York Times best-selling book, WORK RULES!, has been published in more than 20 languages and garnered numerous honors. Bryan Stevenson, a highly acclaimed activist and lawyer, has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned through his leadership of the Equal Justice Initiative. He has successfully argued several cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, and his TED talk has more than 3 million views. In 2014, Time magazine listed Stevenson’s best-selling book, Just Mercy, as one of the Top 10 Books of the Year. Other faculty members for this year’s summit include Andy Stanley (Leadership Author, Communicator and Pastor), Marcus Lemonis (Star of CNBC’s The Profit, CEO of Camping World and Good Sam), Juliet Funt (CEO of Whitespace at Work), Marcus Buckingham (Best-selling Author, Founder of the Marcus Buckingham Company), Angela Duckworth (Professor, University of Pennsylvania and Author), Fredrik Härén (Business Creativity Expert and Author), and many more experts on leadership. The church needs effective leaders now more than ever. To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world requires each of us to become a better leader. No one is born a leader. Leadership is a skill that develops only through training and experience. Please prayerfully consider taking the first step in your leadership development by attending the world’s premier Christian leadership event, the 2017 Global Leadership Summit.


GROUP LIFE OUR MISSION: “Help women build friendships, encourage women in spiritual growth, and reach out to women in our community with the love of Jesus.” The Women’s Ministry at Springfield First has events for women to get to know one another while encouraging them to take time for themselves. We also offer studies, small groups, and serving opportunities. For more information on this ministry, visit For other questions about this ministry, contact Chantel Corrie at or text her at 217-714-6078. You can also follow the women’s ministry on Facebook @springfieldfirstwomen.


We are reading Uninvited, by Lysa Terkeurst, for our summer online study. Videos are posted to our Facebook  page each Monday, July 10 to August 14. We will also meet to talk about the book over lunch at 11:30am on Wednesdays, July 12 to August 16, at Bella Milano.

Summer Fun


UNITED METHODIST WOMEN “LET’S GET ACQUAINTED” BREAKFAST FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, AT 9:00am – IHOP Please join us for an informal breakfast. We have a place for you at our table and are just waiting to meet you! 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 in the month at 10:15am to 2:30pm in rooms 5/6. Bring your lunch.

Friday, September 1 UMW Board Meeting/Luncheon 10:00am/Noon Room 14/Community Life Center Friday, September 15 Lydia Circle 9:30am Rooms 5/6 Wednesday, September 20 Rachel Circle 7:00pm Atrium 1


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ADVENTURE BIBLE CAMP What a fantastic week we had teaching and sharing with children of our church and community about the love our God has for them, and that He has a very special purpose for each of them. We may not know what it is yet, but He does, and He is working through us to bring that purpose to light. Children learned that God made us, God is with us always, God is for us, God loves us, and God has a purpose for us. With the help of over 140 volunteers, we were able to enjoy this week-long adventure of bringing children closer to God in a meaningful, active way. 354 children joined us on this adventure! Take a peek at our slideshow on the ABC page on our website at to see some of the fun we had! A big shout-out to all the volunteers and staff who helped make ABC a huge success! Thank you so much! Also, to everyone who donated items, gift cards, and time, thank you! We appreciate it more than words can say. ABC continues to be successful because of your dedication. Our mission collection was a huge success as well! We were all so proud of the children (and parents) who helped us collect $2,305.00 that will go to providing clean water for children in Liberia. Wow, God!!! AUGUST 2017 9

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY Contact: Stacy Kuhlmann, 793-9760 x238 or

(Birth to 5 Years) August will bring summer ministry to an end! We will continue to actively explore God’s Word. Fun activities, catchy songs, and exciting games have made this a great summer adventure! Nursery & Toddlers Theme: We will continue to learn about God’s great creations through a fun, interactive farm theme that has been "cracking” us up! Learning God made cows, chickens, ducks, horses, and sheep makes for a noisy good time. Preschool Bible Points: It has been a great summer learning about how Jesus gives us the power to do right and ignore wrong. The preschoolers will end their summer ministry with learning how to show fairness, praise God, and that all of Jesus’ followers will someday join Him in Heaven.


Watch for posted curriculum information: WEBSITE FACEBOOK KidLife at TotLife at

(Kindergarten-5th grade) This summer we have been using new curriculum: Hillsong Kids! Hillsong believes that teaching children to love God and others takes place in both the home and the church. For this reason, they seek to partner with parents (the greatest teachers of all!) and with church pastors and leaders, equipping them with great resources. Through fun experiences, meaningful music, and ministry that encourages kids to participate, we present Jesus Christ and His Church in a relevant way, creating moments which children will never forget. The simple key is to love God, love His Church, and have fun! August will be part three of the “Supernatural Summer”! It is titled “World-Wide Worship,” where children come to realize they were created to live in worship of their Savior, Jesus Christ. Sound familiar? Yes it does! The theme that “God created everyone for a specific purpose” was the main point of our ABC this year.


BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH We will wrap up our summer ministry with the BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH on Sunday, August 20, following the 10:30am service! You won’t want to miss it as we recreate the Maker Fun Factory for back-to-school! Creation stations for parents and children, an ABC sing-and-dance area, bounce houses, food, fall ministry sneak peeks, and registration for fall opportunities will all be available! Invite family and friends – all are welcome! 10 G o o d T i d i n g s / AUGUST 2017


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.

REMINDER: Senior Fellowship “Around the Table Adventure” will not meet in August but will resume on Thursday, September 14, at 9:30am in Rooms 5/6.



We will depart from the church parking lot at 3:00pm for a 6:15pm game. The cost for a luxury coach and seats in the left field porch (under covering in case of inclement weather) is $65.00. We will stop en route for a light meal, especially for those wanting to save room for a ballpark frank. Your check made out to FUMC will reserve your ticket. If for some reason you cannot go after paying, our policy is that if there is a waiting list, you will be reimbursed the full cost.




Monday, November 6, to Thursday, November 9 COME AND BRING A FRIEND! Excitement is in the air for our 2017 Branson Christmas trip! If you have seen Branson at Christmas you know how magical it is! 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 (a must visit!), Showboat Branson Belle, and Presley’s Wednesday – All Hands on Deck (patriotic), Daniel O’Donnell, (Irish singer; Danny boy/Peace in the Valley/My Wild Irish Rose, etc.), and Miracle of Christmas at the Sight and Sound Theater

Thursday – Heading home, with our traditional stop at the World’s Largest Gift Shop and Redmon’s Candy Factory, and a new stop at the Red Door in Rolla, MO Cost for travel, hotel, baggage handling, tips, taxes, 7 shows (including tour on bus and museum), plus 6 meals is $560.00 for double (2 paying adults per room), and $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 up to 72 business hours for any reason prior to group’s arrival for a refund (less a 10% processing fee).


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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

What a week! We had such

big expectations for what God would do in the lives of these students and leaders during this week … and, once again, God far exceeded our expectations! The following verses capture this perfectly:



Total # of students: 90 # of students who gave their lives to Christ FOR THE FIRST TIME: 26 # of students who recommitted their lives to Christ: 52 # of students who committed to discerning a call into career ministry: 15 It’s hard to summarize all God did in a few short lines, but this gets pretty close! Thank you to everyone who supported us as we prepared for this week. We can’t wait to see where God takes us as a ministry this year!

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(EPHESIANS 3:20-21)

ATTENTION BEACH WEEK 2017 SHAREHOLDERS: Thank you so much for your investment into what God did through in the lives of these students and leaders! We mean this: it could not have happened without you! If you were unable to join us at the Shareholder’s Dinner on Sunday July 9, please know your support is greatly appreciated! God did in fact meet us there and changed lives in very profound ways! So again, THANK YOU!


Choir Kick-Off! We are so excited to kick off another year of singing in worship together! Whether your child is in kindergarten or you’re a senior in high school, whether you sing all the time or sing in the shower, and whether you’re new to church or have been here for years, we invite you to become a part of choir! Note the kick-off times and weekly choir rehearsal times listed here – we would love to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact Elyssa Carlisle at

Pre-K through 6th Grade Choirs (ages 4 to 12) – Kick-Off Party (Dinner provided!): Wednesday, August 23, at 5:30-6:30pm, in Rooms 5/6 OneVoice Choir (7th-12th grade) – Kick-Off: Sunday, September 10, at 5:00-6:00pm in the Choir Room Weekly Rehearsal Schedule – in the Choir Room: OneVoice Choir (7th-12th): Sundays, 4:00-5:00pm Pre-K through 1st Choir: Wednesdays, 5:15-5:45pm 2nd through 6th Choir: Wednesdays, 6:15-7:00pm

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Dear Friends, Thank you so much for the many cards and expressions of support given to us on our first weekend of ministry with you. Brenda and I are elated to be here and to be in ministry with a very active and loving church family! 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Pastor Mike Whitaker is now

God Bless You! Roger & Brenda Grimmett

overseeing Christian Education, including Sunday morning classes, Bible studies, and other classes. This aligns with what he is currently overseeing – Small Group ministries.  If you have questions

or would like to get involved in discipleship opportunities – contact Mike at or 793-9760.



THE NEW ENTRANCE TO SPRINGFIELD FIRST OFF WABASH IS OPEN! GIVING STATEMENTS Thank you for giving to the mission and ministry of Springfield First! Giving statements will be mailed twice each year, in July and January. If you would like to receive an update or printout of your giving statement at any other time throughout the year, please feel free to contact Jenny Hutcherson at 793-9760 x235 or 14 G o o d T i d i n g s /


Is Jesus in your will? Our time in this world doesn’t last forever, 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.

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

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AUGUST REAL Scriptures P R O V E R B S

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August 11 – Proverbs 11

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