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AUGUST 2018 / Volume 52 / 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. Nicole Cox | Pastor Rev. Justin Snider | Pastor

MINISTRY STAFF Amanda Reed | Interim Director of Children's Ministry 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

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Aaron Havard | Director of IT & Tech Assistant Dara Bose | Accountant Dennie Canny | Facilities Manager Jenny Hutcherson | Financial Administrator Jill Musso | Marketing & Creative Director 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


o you remember those Bible stories you learned as a kid? For me, like most boys, the messier and messier, the better, such as David striking down Goliath or Shamgar killing 600 Philistines with an oxgoad (an 8-foot-long wooden tool with an iron spike on the end). Man, that would hurt. How about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace? Or, Daniel in the lions' den, Joseph and his coat of many colors, Joshua and the battle of Jericho. On and on and on we could go. As children, our imagination was stoked by these Biblical characters and human interest stories. As I got older and read more of the Bible, I realized that the stories I remembered as a kid in Sunday School were only part of the overall story of that Biblical character. What do you mean that Jonah was swallowed by the whale because he was running away from the assignment that God had for him to do? Or, Daniel was thrown into the lions' den because he refused to bow down and worship King Darius? How true it is that there is often a larger context to the story than we realize at the time. Sometimes we engage in conversation with people and only later realize there is “another side to the story.” That is true when it comes to the Bible. When we read the Bible, we must consider the context in which it was written. It is always good to ask the why, when, and what questions of the text: Why was this written? When was this written? What is the context of the passage? There is an approach to Bible study that often gets downplayed and overlooked. It is called, "Using your five senses in Bible study.” In other words, as you read the text and you wish for the text to engage you in a playful and imaginative way, ask of the text these questions: What do I smell? What do I hear? What do I see? How does it make me feel? What do I taste? I am “stoked” about this August sermon series called All Grown Up. Though we get older, each of us remains “a kid at heart.” What we learned in Sunday School as a child will always be treasured. That will not change. We don’t want it to change. As we get older, we also want to gain a fuller understanding of the Bible story we fondly remembered as a kid. I like what I Corinthians 13 says, “When I was a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (I Corinthians 13: 11-12). Our God Reigns!

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August 4/5 路 Jonah and the Whale

August 11/12 路 Daniel in the Lions' Den August 18/19 路 Joshua and the Battle of Jericho

August 25/26 路 Creation

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Midweek Connect will be offered again on Wednesdays from September 5 to October 24. Dinner will be available in the Community Life Center at 5:45-6:30pm for a free will offering. Following dinner, there will be opportunities for children and adults


at 6:30-8:00pm. Details will be

Thursdays, beginning September 6

announced soon!

6:30-8:00pm · Rooms 5/6 The one-sentence mission statement of Springfield First – to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of

the world – leads many people to ask, “What is a disciple?” The G6 Class will detail six characteristics of a deeply devoted disciple of Jesus Christ, all beginning with the letter “G.”

Glory – worshiping God

Contact: Sharon Sweeney,

Grace – imparting Christ’s love

or 793-9760 x102

Growth – celebrating spiritual disciplines Group – doing life together Giftedness – serving others Generosity – sharing compassionately

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Note – The G6 class is a pre-requisite for becoming a new member at Springfield First. The next New Members class will take place on Thursday, October 25, at 6:30-8:00pm.

KIDS' AND YOUTH CHOIR KICK-OFFS FOR 2018-2019! Choir kick-offs are just around the corner, and we are so excited for what’s in store this year! Our kids' and youth choirs are a great way to get involved, to be a part of worship, and to engage in the bigger mission of what God is doing both in our church and beyond our own walls! Below you will find a description of each choir, when they kick off, and when they meet. Sign up using the form online at


OneSound Kids’ Choir: Kindergarten through 3rd grade* • Kick-off: August 29th at 5:15pm with a pizza party! • Meets in the Choir Room on Wednesdays from 5:15-5:45pm. *Note this change in grades from previous years.

OneSong Kids’ Choir: 4th through 6th grade* • Kick-off: August 29th at 6:30pm with an ice cream party! • Meets in the Choir Room on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:00pm. *Note this change in grades from previous years.

OneVoice Youth Choir: 7th through 12th grade • Kick-off: September 9th at 4:00pm. • Meets in the Choir Room on Sundays from 4:00-5:00pm.

ALWAYS LIVE IN HOPE, FOR HE WHO PROMISES IS FAITHFUL. ~ HEBREWS 10:23 Cancer is a journey. Through faith, sharing and support there is HOPE. We believe that God is the Master Healer. We are His and His responsibility. Weekly meetings begin Thursday, August 9, 2018. Room 7 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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MISSIONS & SERVING HE SAID TO THEM, "GO INTO ALL THE WORLD, AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO ALL CREATION" MARK 16:15 The commitment of Springfield First members to serve others through external mission projects was in full display in June at the local, national and international levels. In addition to the OneThing weekend mission projects, a team of eight members went to Haiti and a team of nine went to Detroit to serve those less fortunate and to share the love of Jesus Christ. The Haiti team members, led by Kris Barrett, were: Rob, Danny and Abby Carney; Iza Matamoros-Baughman; Molly Knoepfle; Whitney Harry; and Scott Salomonson. The team arrived in Sous Rigol, Archaie, Cabaret, Haiti on June 7th and returned home late on June 12th. “We went out into the community and went door to door to houses to provide a Bible, bag of rice, bag of beans, and school supply kits to people. We asked for prayer requests and addressed those specifically through Jean Claude and Joseph, our interpreters,” Kris explained. “Other time was spent playing and loving on the kids. This relationship/ community building is a huge part of what we do. As a matter of fact, it is the biggest part. This type of ministry gives the people their hope. It gives them great joy to know that someone cares enough about them to travel to their country and love on them.” Rob Carney preached a sermon at a primitive local church that had makeshift walls and tarps for a roof. The team interacted with the people of the church, witnessed to them, “and just shared the love of Jesus Christ.” The group was able to provide the following: the entire curriculum for next school year for 450 students; funds to dig a hole for trash disposal; medical care for several kids – including a trip to the hospital for a girl in desperate need; and 5 scholarships to cover cost of uniforms, school supplies, and shoes. (School is free but students cannot attend without shoes. The group gave out 63 additional pairs of shoes to kids.) The cost for all these items was paid for by each member’s cost of the trip, plus their additional giving to meet all these needs. “This mission trip was spiritually rewarding for each member of the group as we served so many who are less fortunate than we are. The Holy Spirit was definitely working through us,” Kris said. 8 Good Tidings /


The June 10-16 mission trip to Detroit was led by Bill Stephens, and team members were: Kevin Behl, Melanie Barnes, Mark Cullen, Mike Elliott, Ray Ogden, Kenny Stephens (from Texas), Jimmie Treadwell, and Rip Yasinski. The purpose was to help clean up and do repairs to a blighted area of the city. Work included rebuilding steps and porches, cleaning alleys of weeds and garbage, mowing and clearing brush, and minor home repairs. “Our team mission was disciple-making and not the platform or need of our work,” Bill explained. “Every day was an unusual experience due to the fact that we were in such a depressed city with beautiful older homes boarded up and falling down… we were able to experience God’s presence through the people that remain there.” One day the local team was joined by a large youth group. “To be able to bond with them, laugh, and have a good time when you are on hands and knees pulling weeds is, without a doubt, because of God’s presence.” Bill said the trip was spiritually rewarding and added, “If you have never been on such a mission trip as this, you are missing a great opportunity. To be able to help so many people in need, to have morning and evening devotions with mission teams from different states, and to form friendships within your own team is priceless!”


What a great time we had at Adventure Bible Camp! We had an awesome week sharing in fun, fellowship, and faith with the kids of our church and the rest of the greater Springfield community. This year’s theme was "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus," where we learned that no matter who or where we are, Jesus rescues. When we are lonely, when we worry, when we struggle, when we do wrong, and when we are powerless, we can take hope in the fact that Jesus rescues us. In a given day, we went through five different stations. We sang our hearts out with some crazy dance moves, built some awesome creations, experienced Bible stories being acted out right in front of us, got active (and a little wet), and had some tasty bites to eat. As a part of ABC, we had different ways for kids to serve. The kids brought in $1500 for clean water in Liberia. As a part of this, we had a competition between Team Sam and Team Stacy for whose team would bring in the most money and Team Sam won! Additionally, we brought in flip flops for our Operation Christmas Child boxes that we will be filling later in this year. In total, we collected 210 pairs of flip flops! God was moving in miraculous ways in and through the children who attended this year! We cannot even begin to express how thankful we are for our 146 volunteers and staff that served in our crews, stations, registration, childcare, safety teams, and many other ways throughout the week. We also want to thank those within our church that helped set up and create our amazing decorations, those of you who supported us prayerfully and financially, those who gave us our much needed supplies, and the awesome parents of this congregation who support what we do. We love our kids! We love our church! Thank you for your generosity to Unfinished. Through your gifts, 388 children came to Adventure Bible Camp and learned about Jesus and how he carries them through all of life’s storms! Thank you for making a difference!

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PARENTS: If you would like any more information about Kids Ministries, please contact Amanda Reed at 217-793-9760 x106 or


FUMC KidLife

FUMC TweenLife

KIDS MINISTRIES (Birth to 5 Years) During August, the infants and 2 year olds will be finishing up their "God Made the Farm" series. This has been a fun series of songs, games, and of course animal noises! The new ministry year will begin on August 19th with a space theme that will go into September. The kids will be learning how God created the moon, sun, stars, and planets.

(Kindergarten-3rd grade)

In August, we will wrap up our summer series, "Unlikely Heroes." This entire summer, we have been looking at people from the Bible, just as ordinary as you and I, who God has equipped to change the world. This month, we will be talking about how God made heroes out of Jesus’ first followers and the founders of the early church. Despite not seeming like “pastors," God used Peter, a fisherman; Paul, a man who formerly killed Christians; and Timothy, a kid who seemed “too young” to do God’s work. In TweenLife, we will look at how these men were used to be leaders of the new church and how we are to do the same in 2018! This series will be the last one of the school year ending on August 12th.


August 12th will be our final Sunday before the new school year. At 10:00am, we will have a graduation ceremony for kids who will be starting kindergarten in the fall in the preschool room (Room 18). Following the 10:30am service, a graduation for preteens who will be 6th graders in the fall and entering StudentLife, held in the TweenLife room (Room 11). All friends and families are welcomed and encouraged to attend as we celebrate our growing kids! 10 G o o d T i d i n g s /


(4th-5th grade)

UPCOMING KIDS MINISTRIES DATES: August 19 · Promotion Sunday This new school year is upon us! Starting August 19th, all students will move up to the grade they will be entering in the fall. Those starting kindergarten in the fall will move up to KidLife, those starting 4th grade will move up to TweenLife, and those starting 6th grade will move up to StudentLife. August 26 · 4th Grade Bible Presentations On August 26th at our 9:00am CLC and 10:30am services, our pastors and Kids Ministries team will distribute Bibles to kids who are starting 4th grade in the fall! All children must check in at the Kids’ Ministries area before receiving their Bible.

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 Be sure and check out our social media platforms for updates on all the great stuff happening @ StudentLife!

recap BEACH WEEK 2018 WAS A SUCCESS! We traveled for our third year down to South Carolina for our summer retreat. This year, there was a strong emphasis on learning more about the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit, and what can we know about Him? These questions were the focus for the students and leaders during the week. The book Forgotten God, by Francis Chan, was a resource used this year for Beach Week. Between chapel sessions and small group times, our hope was for each student to dive deeper in their relationships with God. It was clear that the Holy Spirit was working through them! Many students gave their lives to Christ for the very first time or recommitted their relationship with Christ. Several want to pursue discerning a call to ministry. Continue to pray over all of the students in the StudentLife ministry as they dive deep with God throughout the summer and school year. To view our Beach Week 2018 Recap video, check out our StudentLife Facebook page! Thank you to Zach Pappas for his technical and videography skills for making this video happen. For shareholders who could not attend our Shareholder Service, the StudentLife team would like to extend our deepest thanks to each and every one of you! We are so blessed by the many ways you help to make Beach Week happen every year. Thank you to our leaders who volunteered their time and efforts during our trip. We are sincerely grateful for your hard work and support of this mission.

UPCOMING STUDENTLIFE DATES: August 19 - StudentLife preview night for Junior High Students at 5:00pm StudentLife students are encouraged to join this preview night to help welcome in our new 6th grade students as well as preview the worship and small group format of Fusion. September 9 - Fusion Kick-Off from 5-7:30pm

For more information about StudentLife and our upcoming events, check out our Facebook page, Instagram, or the church’s website,

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SENIOR MINISTRIES 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.


Mark your calendars for Friday, October 19, 2018 at 6:00pm! Our annual gala will feature Mark Gifford and Damien Kaplan in Dual Pianos. From Broadway to classical, swing to jazz, playing and singing, Mark and Damien treat each song with a combination of deep respect, excellent musicianship, and just a hint that things may not be exactly what they seem. Improvisation is key to the success of their music. There is a mixture of each player’s love for the music, creativity let loose to inspire, and a deep love for surprise and amusement. Comedy runs amuck throughout their programs and no one knows what is going to happen next – including Mark and Damien. Their programs are full of favorites from all genres of music. Some will have you wanting to sing along (and you just may be invited to), and others will have you remembering when you first heard a song and trying to remember the title while humming along. Dual piano is an adventure in sound coming from two pianos, four hands, and two talented and creative brains let loose for an evening of fun. Tickets will be on sale on Saturdays and Sundays, September 29 & 30 and October 6 & 7 before and after the services. The cost is $25.00 which covers the evening’s entertainment and a hot delicious meal. This event is put on by the Senior Ministry’s Council. Sorry, no tickets will be sold at the door – we hope to see you at the ticket table in the Atrium! Dual Pianos History: originally started out as an idea for a fun night of music for the First Night Celebration of the Arts in Springfield on December 31, 2012. Musicians, Mark Gifford and Damien Kaplan, decided to put together a 45-minute program and a new act was created! That night the room was full of friends and family and the rest is history in making. The roar of the applause, the energy of the sing-a-long numbers was fueled with the piano styling of Gifford and Kaplan to the delight of everyone in the room. There was great disappointment when others learned there wasn’t a second performance. The two musicians are very different – yet have found a place together playing, singing, and inviting others to have fun with them. They talk to each other and have a conversation with their music. Gifford is a church musician and theater organist by hobby. Kaplan is a choral director at Springfield High School and is often conducting musicals for the Springfield Muni, Springfield Theatre Center, as well as Springfield High School.


RETIREMENT PEACE UNIVERSITY along with Springfield First will present an interactive, two-day workshop for all those in or near retirement. Attendees review over 40 critical financial and health decisions that shape the success or failure of one’s retirement. Learning to make better choices today guards against financial challenges tomorrow. Attending this workshop will make the retirement transition easier and less stressful. Saturday, September 15, 10:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday, September 16, 1:00 – 4:00pm in Room 2. Sign up in the Atrium or contact Carli Burton, or 793-9760x111. Springfield First members and/or attendees receive a pay-it-forward scholarship which includes all class material and a written retirement plan specifically for your needs.


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SUMMER BREAK No schedule in August

CURRENT MISSION ACTIVITIES • QUILTING, SEWING, CROCHETING (3rd Thursday of each month) COLLECTIONS: · August – School supplies: glue sticks, crayons, markers, pencils, and sharpeners • ITEMS FOR 2018 OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES • CHILDREN’S BLUNT SCISSORS FOR MIDWEST MISSION DISTRIBUTION CENTER For further information, contact Crystal Russel at 801-2573. LYDIA AND RACHEL CIRCLES Lydia and Rachel Circles will resume meetings in September. LUNCHEON We will be taking our summer break from luncheons and will resume regularly scheduled luncheons in the fall. SUMMER BRUNCH Friday, August 3 Come and join us for summer brunch at IHOP, and be sure to invite your neighbors and friends to join us! We meet at 9:00am at the Wabash IHOP location. Call Crystal Russell to reserve your spot at 801-2573.



THANK YOU! Dear Springfield First UMC family, Thank you so much for all of the greetings, handshakes, cards, gifts, and kind words over these past few weeks as I’ve come on board as the new associate pastor. I have felt so welcomed. I cannot thank you enough. As we journey together, I look forward to meeting you and hearing how God has been guiding you in your life. Thank you for investing in this church community. I’m excited about how God will use us in mission and ministry together. Grace and peace be with you,

WELCOME We are excited to announce the addition of Dara Bose to our staff as the accountant for Springfield First. Her job responsibilities include making sure that all of the bills are paid and that all funds are accounted for. She has a passion for uplifting and inspiring others, as well as doing charity work. Dara lives in Glenarm with her husband Bob and their three children, Ryan, Tyler, and Becca. Please join us in welcoming her aboard!

JOB OPENING Part-time IT Position: Are you that person others always go to for help with a computer issue? Do you enjoy working with IT issues? Springfield First has a part-time job opening (10 hours per week) for a computer help desk person. Knowing how to set up computers and printers on a network, work with storage and system issues, and solve problems are some of the things we are looking for in our IT position. If you are interested in some part-time work, send your resume to Executive Director Lana Salomonson at

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BAPTISMS Welcome to God's family:


Our time in this world won't last forever, but our influence can. Luke Ryan Canty GFIELD FIRST | SPRINGFIELD, IL As you plan for the future, OSITY INITIATIVE BRANDING STYLE GUIDE Vivian Rebecca&Canty prayerfully consider tithing 10% of your estate to the church Rolen Truman Totura for which Jesus gave his life. & LOGO Dean Graham Canty



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With the June 17th offering, we passed the $2 million mark and are now at

$2,040,117.55 for our One Fund total! IMAGERY SAMPLES

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August REAL Scriptures Hosea, Jonah, Daniel, Joshua, & Genesis

August C0 M0 Y01 – Hosea K0 12:9-14 August 2 – Hosea 13:1-7 R255 August G255 B255 3 – Hosea 13:8-16 August 4 – Hosea 14:1-9 August 5 – Jonah 1:1-7 C44 M71 Y83 K56 August 6 – Jonah 1:8-17 R84 G49 August 7 B30 – Jonah 2:1-10

AugustY52 22 – Joshua 6:22-27 C88 M47 K23 August 12 – Daniel 6:15-20 August 23 – Genesis 1:1-8 R27 G96 B101 August 13 – Daniel 6:21-28 August 24 – Genesis 1:9-19 August 11 – Daniel 6:10-14

August 14 – Daniel 7:1-6

August 25 – Genesis 1:20-26

August 26 – Genesis 1:27-31 C38 M94 Y81 K60 August 16 – Daniel 7:15-22 August 27 – Genesis 2:1-14 R88 G8August B17 August 17 – Daniel 7:23-28 28 – Genesis 2:15-25 August 15 – Daniel 7:7-14

August 8 – Jonah 3:1-10

August 18 – Joshua 5:13-6:1

August 29 – Genesis 3:1-9

August 9 – Jonah 4:1-11

August 19 – Joshua 6:2-7

August 30 – Genesis 3:10-15

August 10 – Daniel 6:1-9

August 20 – Joshua 6:8-14

August 31 – Genesis 3:16-24

August 21 – Joshua 6:15-21

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august 9/10 –

Global Leadership Summit (8:30am-4:30pm)

12 - Graduation Ceremony for children entering

kindergarten (10:00am) and 6th grade (11:30am)


Promotion Weekend for all children and youth

september 3

Building Closed for Labor Day


Midweek Connect begins


G6 Class begins (6:30pm)


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

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