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DECEMBER 2016 / Volume 50 / Issue 12


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.

PHONE 217.793.9760 WWW.SPRINGFIELDFIRST.ORG

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

I mmeasur ably Mor e

What does a six-year-old boy want for his birthday? Legos. A bicycle. Thomas the Train. A DVD of a recent movie that he will watch repeatedly. The list could be quite long. But what if he could get more than this… more than he could ask or imagine? When Gabriel Hurles turned six, that's exactly what he got. The little boy was so focused on eating his cake, that he hardly noticed the giant package in the corner of the room. When another child pointed out the large gift, Gabriel ran over and began to tear off the wrapping. It wasn't a bicycle or any of the other items a six-year-old would want. It was his dad. Without notice, Army Specialist Casey Hurles came home on leave from duty in the Middle East. Gabriel and his father had been apart for seven months, so when Casey learned his leave would coincide with his son's birthday, he hatched a plan to offer one whale of a surprise. Like Gabriel, the people of Israel had a long list of wants. A conquering King. Political dominance. Freedom from oppression. Lasting peace. They knew what they were looking for — a Messiah who would save his people from their enemies. But they got more. In an unexpected way and in an unexpected place, a baby was born to give them more than they could ever ask or imagine — a Messiah who would save his people from their sins. That’s what Christmas is all about — the unexpected gift of God’s Son. Over the four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas, we’ll take a look at the Scriptures that prophesied the surprise coming of God’s Son, and how the greatest gift of all still comes in unexpected ways. Whatever is on your wish list this year, get ready. Something immeasurably more is on the way. With Anticipation,

Dennie Canny | Facilities Manager Holly Taylor | Accountant Jenny Hutcherson | Admin. Assistant Pam Long | Financial Secretary Sharon Sweeney | Executive Assistant

STAFF emails: First initial and Last name@springfieldfirst.org

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N ow to God who is

able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be Glory … · E phesians 3:20-21a (NIV)


MESSAGE SERIES NOVEMBER 26/27: LONGING FOR A VICTORY DECEMBER 3/4: WISHING FOR PERFECTION DECEMBER 10/11: HOPING FOR A DELIVERY DECEMBER 17/18: DREAMING OF A TRANSFORMER DECEMBER 21 (EVE BEFORE YOU LEAVE) & DECEMBER 24: (CHRISTMAS EVE): BETTER THAN WHAT YOU WISHED FOR DECEMBER 25: UNWRAPPED DECEMBER 31/JANUARY 1: MAGI

CHRISTMAS OFFERING SPILLS JOY Christmas is the perfect time for the joy we experience in Christ’s birth to spill into the lives of others. To honor the Christ Child, we want to give the gift of education to children caught in poverty. Our congregation is deeply connected to 400 children and youth at the School of Hope in Haiti and 800 children and youth at the John Wesley United Methodist School in Liberia. Faith-based education is the key to lift these children out of the cruel cycle of poverty and change their nation for good. This December half of our Christmas offering will go to the children of Haiti and half to the children of Liberia. Amazingly, $1 can send 1 child to school for 1 day. Your support will provide for books, uniforms, and a daily meal. We’ve seen newscasts of Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Haiti and know of the lingering effects of Ebola in Liberia. In each case, they have taken a serious toll on the families in those countries. The joy we can spill into the lives of these children will make a lasting impact on them, on their families and on their country. DECEMBER 2016 3


CHRISTMAS

Ch r istmas C A N T A T A

“Lo, within a manger lies He who built the lofty skies. He, who, throned in light sublime, sits amid the cherubim. Sacred infant, all divine, what a tender love was Thine, Thus to come from highest bliss, down to such a world as this. Sing through all Jerusalem, Christ is born in Bethlehem.” ~ “See Amid the Winter's Snow” by Edward Caswall, 1858

The New Life Choir, OneVoice Youth Choir, and the K-6th Children’s Choir will present a Christmas Cantata, Christ Laid Aside His Crown, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, on December 18 at the 9:00am traditional service. Come and celebrate the incarnation of Christ – the story that God, who created heaven and earth, came to earth in the form of a baby on Christmas night. It’s a grand miracle so thrilling, so humbling, so mystifying; it captures us with wonder and awe. The music draws upon different styles and sources including choral classics, gospels, traditional hymn arrangements in symphonic style, as well as spirituals in contemporary style. As we deliver the message of God’s greatest gift for us all – His begotten Son, invite your friends and neighbors to experience this reviving and uplifting worship together!

CHRISTMAS COFFEE OPEN HOUSE Bring in your favorite cookies and nativity to share with the Springfield First family during the Christmas Coffee on Saturday, December 17, at 5:00-7:00pm, and Sunday, December 18, at 8:30am-12:00pm. This is an annual event for our congregation and is on the same weekend as the Cantata, so we will have many guests in our building. Sign up in the Atrium to bring cookies and/or your nativity. Please drop off cookies and nativities in Atrium 2/3 at any of these times during the week leading up to the Christmas Coffee: Monday through Thursday between 7:15am and 8:45pm, Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm, or Saturday between 8:00am and 5:00pm. Nativities can be picked up at noon on Sunday, December 18. Cards will be provided for you to put your name and info with your nativity. For more information, contact Chantel Corrie at 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org.

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS MUSICAL The Springfield First Children’s Choir will present The Power of the King on Sunday, December 11, at 4:00pm in the Sanctuary. The kids will present a powerful message through music and drama to share the real meaning of Christmas with others. Bring your whole family to enjoy the evening. A cookie reception will follow the presentation. 4 Good Tidings

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W HO'S

ON YOUR LIST?

Who are the friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, and kids you want to invite to a Christmas Eve service this year? Now is the time to make your list and begin praying for them by name each day. Ask God to prepare them for your invitation and to open their hearts to the true message of Christmas — that God is with us. To help you in your planning, here’s the schedule for our Christmas Celebrations.

Eve Before You Leave: Wednesday, December 21st 7:00PM • A traditional/contemporary blend with Holy Communion and candlelight (for those who have other commitments on Christmas Eve)

Christmas Eve: Saturday, December 24th 3:00PM • A traditional/contemporary blend with Holy Communion and candlelight 5:00PM • Contemporary music and candlelight 7:00PM • Contemporary music and candlelight 9:00PM • Traditional carols and candlelight Childcare for infants through kindergarten will be provided at all services.

Christmas Morning: Sunday, December 25th 10:00AM • A traditional/contemporary family service to celebrate this special day

• KIDLIFE CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATION • NEW TIMES

Kids can celebrate the birth of Jesus by coming to a Christmas Eve celebration! Fun activities, games, and a Bible lesson will center on Jesus’ birth and give children a pause on Christmas Eve to remember the true reason we celebrate Christmas. Celebrations will be held at 3:00pm and 5:00pm on Christmas Eve for grades K-3rd. For more information, please contact Nancy Angulo at 793-9760 x227 or nangulo@springfieldfirst.org.

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MISSIONS & SERVING

CHRISTMAS HOSPITALITY Christmastime is our busiest season of the year. We want to offer extraordinary hospitality as we welcome the many guests who will be coming for our worship experiences. Volunteers are needed during the Christmas Coffee Open House and all Christmas services in the following areas: ushers, greeters, Communion servers, KidLife, Welcome Center, and coffee servers.

OP PORT UNITY TO SER V E

Sign up in the Atrium or on our website at www.springfieldfirst.org, or contact Jenny Hutcherson at 793-9760 x231 or jhutcherson@springfieldfirst.org.

We are in need of volunteers to visit our homebound while delivering poinsettias that graced our sanctuary. We ask that the visit and delivery be made during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Please sign up in the Atrium. The information needed to make a visit and deliver the poinsettia will be mailed to you prior to Christmas. The plants may be picked up following the 10:00am service on Christmas day or later that week. (The church will be closed Monday, December 26).

DECEMBER TLC

In December, we will be organizing outings to assisted living facilities to sing Christmas carols for the residents. Keep an eye out for the sign-up sheet in the Atrium - you don't want to miss this opportunity to spread Christmas cheer!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Thank you to everyone who packed a shoebox for a child overseas! This year we sent 319 boxes! Please continue to pray for the children who will receive your boxes and the joy they can experience from the love of Jesus. 6 Good Tidings

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WEE CARE

CHURCH LIFE

Introducing a

new ministry at Springfield First – Wee Care! Wee Care is a way for us to show love to our newest, tiniest members. When a new child is born into our congregation, we have a special gift just for them (well … and their parents). If you know of a new little bundle of joy, please contact Stacy Kuhlman (skuhlman@springfieldfirst.org).

bookstore

Blessings

“What a great place!” · “I need to stop by every weekend to see what’s new.” · “I love this!”

RECAP FOR 2016 Friend of the Family was launched in February 2016 as an opportunity to continue to spread cheer and goodwill to the less fortunate throughout the year. The program partnered with Beerlahai Roi and the James Project to identify single mothers and foster children who could use our support not just during the holidays, but all year long. Friend of the Family would like to thank those who helped make our inaugural year a success! Through your participation, Friend of the Family helped single mothers at Beerlahai Roi celebrate their birthdays and holidays, as well as the birth of their children. We also supported a James Project family with four foster teens through assistance with meals, Bibles, Knights Action Park season passes, birthdays, and school supplies. These individuals continuously expressed their gratitude for your generosity, but most importantly, they all benefited from your example of being Christ’s hands and feet. Contact Stephanie Sapetti at ssapetti@yahoo.com for more information about Friend of the Family.

These are a few things I’ve heard from people who stopped by the Springfield First Bookstore on the west side of the Atrium. It officially opened in October and has been a big hit! The bookstore not only features Bibles and books but has Springfield First T-shirts, hoodies, hats, and backpacks. Also in the store are StudentLife items, water bottles, coloring books, and a whole section devoted to babies and infants. New items arrive every few weeks, so visit as often as you can. Many Christmas items are now available. Everything in the bookstore is marked below retail so we can offer our congregation immediate access to resources that will help them become deeply devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. The bookstore is a non-profit venture. If proceeds exceed expenses, that money will be given to local and global missions supported by our church. The bookstore is currently open before and after services on Saturday night and Sunday morning. · Lana Salomonson, Executive Director DECEMBER 2016 7


EVENTS

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Ever wonder if your prayers really make any difference or if it is possible to have an ongoing connection with God? Whether you are a novice in prayer or a long-time prayer warrior, this 4-week study will help you take practical steps to deepen your relationship with God.   The study is set for Wednesday evenings in January, 6:30-8:00pm, beginning January 4. Childcare is available upon request. Please call the church office. The class will be taught by our pastors, Roger Ross, Mike Whitaker, & Nicole Cox, along with various lay persons. You may sign-up in the North or South Atrium or online at www.springfieldfirst.org. 

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life and times of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley. Next July (2017), let’s discover together our spiritual roots in jolly old England. INFORMATIONAL MEETING:

If you would like to learn more about the trip or meet others who are planning to go, come on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30pm in Rooms 5/6 for a full overview. We will be done by 7:30.   This 9-day guided tour with Educational Opportunities will visit London, Oxford, the ancient Roman cities of York and Bath, the Old Rectory in Epworth where John Wesley grew up, and much more. We will leave from either St. Louis or Chicago on July 11, 2017. Cost is $3,896 which includes international airfare, fine hotels, professional tour guides, a coach bus, and most meals.    To save $50, reserve your spot by Dec. 13 at this site: 

Tuesdays, January 24 to February 27, 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 Grace – imparting Christ’s love Growth – celebrating spiritual disciplines Group – doing life together Giftedness – serving others Generosity – sharing compassionately Contact: Sharon Sweeney, 793-9760 x131 or ssweeney@springfieldfirst.org Note: The G6 class is a pre-requisite for becoming a New Member at Springfield First.

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RETIREMENT PEACE UNIVERSITY

CLASSES

Saturday, December 3, at 10:00am-2:00pm, and Sunday, December 4, 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 www.retirementpeace.org. 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 at cburton@springfieldfirst.org or 793-9760 x121

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Early childhood contact: Stacy Kuhlmann, 793-9760 x238 or skuhlmann@springfieldfirst.org

EARLY CHILDHOOD

(Birth – 5 Years)

K-5th grade contact: Nancy Angulo, 793-9760 x227 or nangulo@springfieldfirst.org

ELEMENTARY

(Kindergarten – 5th Grade) God gives us JOY!

God created every child uniquely WEEKEND We seek and experience joy in many ways. for His glory, carefully forming PROGRAMS During the Christmas season, we especially look every detail before birth. God is for joy in the giving and receiving of gifts. True joy present right now with them and wants to continue goes beyond the feeling of happiness to knowing working on his magnificent creations at every stage of their lives! Your child’s nursery and toddler experience that we are deeply loved by God through Jesus Christ. will be in a spiritual, age-appropriate environment full of When we are grounded on the firm conviction prayer, worship, God’s word, and trust. You are receiving that no matter what happens, God is always with cards to take home and a ring to put them on for the us and we have a purpose in Him, we can face lesson and song your child learned that day. You can any obstacle that comes our way with a deep use these at home to reinforce the lessons and songs contentment that comes from God. Only then of that week. We are so excited to be a part of your can we experience real joy and overflow with child’s journey into a faith-filled life! joy to others. This is God’s greatest gift to us through His Son and our greatest gift that we December Bible Points (Nursery): can share with others throughout the year. God made my eyes, ears, and nose. December Bible Points (Toddlers): During the month of December, kids will learn that God is my creator, my leader, and my provider. we can give to others, not only in tangible ways, Toddlers will also be learning about the birth of Jesus. but by sharing the gift of God’s Son Jesus. Kids will During the month of December, preschoolers will be learning about the birth of Jesus! We will also be doing some acting as we retell the story. Christmas is such an exciting month for children, and even though the presents, candy, and decorations are great, the children will learn how the birth of Jesus is the greatest gift they could ever receive! Main Bible Point: Jesus is special!

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learn that the greatest gift they have been given and should give to others is the true meaning of Christmas: Jesus coming to earth to bring real, everlasting joy to those who put their faith in Him. They will learn to define true “joy” as happiness that comes from knowing God and sharing His love with others. Kids will be challenged to find ways they can share God’s joy this Christmas season.


Parents: If you are new or have not been receiving periodic parent email updates, please go to www.springfieldfirst.org, and under the ‘Youth’ tab sign up for our email list! You can also email StudentLife Director Matt Cleveland at mcleveland@springfieldfirst.org.

What a year 2016 has been! God has been SO active in StudentLife over the course of 2016! Here are a few highlights from this past year: • Sunrise Service: On Easter, StudentLife hosted our annual Sunrise Service which was 100% student-led, with inspiring testimony from Charlotte Crofton, Lucy Boucher, & Jane Ross! • Confirmation saw 18 students brought in as members of Springfield First, with 10 of those students making 1st-time commitments to Christ! • We held our first ever spiritual retreat: Beach Week! We had roughly 60 students and leaders attend, with 16 students coming to know Christ for the first time, 21 students recommitting their lives, and 9 students coming forward to pursue a call to ministry! • At our fall kick-off, we had over 100 students and leaders join in the festivities. We have seen an approximate 50% increase in student participation from last year! • Over 80 students and leaders filled 25 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child! • We launched Small Groups across StudentLife with over 35 students participating weekly!

Dates to remember: Sunday, December 25: No FUSION or Sunday Morning Classes Wednesday, December 28: No Confirmation Class Sunday, January 1: No FUSION or Sunday Morning Classes Wednesday, January 4: No Confirmation Class

CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE AWESOME EVENTS COMING UP IN STUDENTLIFE! This month, in addition to a great new series, we have some fun and exciting things planned for our students! SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18: STUDENTLIFE CHRISTMAS PARTY! It’s that time of year again! This year for the StudentLife Christmas Party, we’re asking all students to bring with them the craziest, lamest, cheapest, weirdest gift they can possibly find/make/come up with! Then we’re going to have a HUGE white elephant exchange and let the craziness ensue! It’s from 6:00-8:00pm! SAVE THE DATE: WINTER JAM is a massive 10-band Christian Rock Concert, and StudentLife will be there! This year, it’s on Sunday, February 12, at the Peoria Civic Center and will feature Crowder, Tenth Avenue North, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Thousand Foot Crutch, and much more! It’s $10.00 per student at the door; StudentLife will be providing dinner. We will plan to leave around 1:00pm and return at approximately 11:00pm. DECEMBER 2016 11


S en ior O pp or t u n i t i e s 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 cburton@springfieldfirst.org or 793-9760 x121.

AROUND THE TABLE ADVENTURE: Senior Fellowship CHRISTMAS EVENT: We will be spreading the JOY by bringing a toy for underprivileged children. This has been a highlight during the last 4 years for the fellowship group. How fun it is to see the toys that come through the door and know we are going to brighten Christmas Day for many children. We invite anyone to this fellowship on the 2nd Thursday of each month, September through June. Toys will be donated to the Asbury Children’s Supper Hour. Date: Thursday, December  8 · 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. Hostesses: Ruth Long and Geneva Anderson Meal: Ham, candied yams, mashed potatoes, green beans, sunshine salad, rolls, and dessert. Suggested donation is $6.00 for all-you-can-eat or until it’s gone.

ENT: ANNUAL SENIOR EV THANK YOU! and dedicated council to whom we say YOU ARE GREAT! 

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W elcome

The world needs United Methodist Women living out their motto:

FAITH, HOPE & LOVE IN ACTION

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday, December 2 UMW Board Meeting/Luncheon 10:00AM/Noon – Room 14/Community Life Center Presenters: First Church Shoebox Band Thursday, December 8 Soup & Cookie Day Noon – Atrium 2 Preparing cookie gifts for homebound

LYDIA AND RACHEL CIRCLE These women’s circles meet once each month: Rachel Circle meets at 7:00pm on the 3rd Wednesday in Atrium 2, and Lydia Circle meets on the 3rd Friday at 9:30am in Rooms 5/6. On Thursday, December 8 at noon, Rachel Circle will be having a Soup & Cookie Day. Come to share a soup lunch and pack cookie gifts for homebound members. For more information, contact Crystal Russell at 801-2573.

Saturday/Sunday, December 10/11 Nut Sales Friday, December 16 Lydia Circle 9:30am – Rooms 5/6

NOVEMBER 4 AND DECEMBER 2 LUNCHEONS Dr. Mac Shotwell was our November 4 luncheon speaker. We enjoyed having him with us. In December, we are fortunate to have Steve Beilstein and Lonnie Lein give us a musical treat with their unusual instruments. We are very excited for this event. Anyone is welcome to attend the luncheon. Ask a friend or neighbor to join you. Suggested donation for lunch is $7.00; new visitors are treated to their first lunch. Contact Elaine Galyon at 793-0533.

NUT SALES - DECEMBER 10/11 The Georgia nuts have arrived. They include pecans, walnuts, cashews, mixed nuts, and almonds for your holiday baking and gift giving. The price is $10 per pound. Contact Barb Zuspann at 483-2285 if you can’t wait until December 10/11. Any profits from the nut sales will fund our missions. We thank you very much.

NOVEMBER 19/20 – WORLD THANK OFFERING Thank you all for your generous donations to our World Thank Offering. The offering was distributed to: Kumler Neighborhood Center, the Ministers’ Discretionary Fund, and the Midwest Mission Distribution Center.

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. They meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 10:15am to 2:30pm in Rooms 5/6. Bring your lunch.

No luncheons scheduled in January or February.

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CHURCH NEWS ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF ELECTRONIC GIVING An increasing number of people have found electronic giving to be an easy way to give their regular weekly or monthly offering. Electronic giving offers convenience for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our ministry by automatically transferring funds from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account. We offer the option of weekly (occurs every Monday) or once/twice a month (1st, 15th, 20th). As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. Authorization forms and additional information are available from Pam Long (plong@springfieldfirst.org) or Holly Taylor (htaylor@springfieldfirst.org) in the main office, or call 793-9760.

IRS SETS 2016 CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION DEADLINE According to IRS regulations, donors must mail checks on or by December 31, 2016, in order to claim a charitable contribution deduction for 2016. Checks received in the church or placed in the offering on or after January 1, 2017, will not qualify for a charitable deduction in 2016, even if the check was dated 2016. All checks that are written, mailed, and postmarked in 2016 may be deducted in 2016. The church offices are closed on December 30/31 so all donations not mailed MUST be received in the office by 4:00pm on Thursday, December 29 in order to be included in your 2016 giving statement. If you have any questions please contact Pam Long, Financial Secretary (793-9760 x235 or plong@springfieldfirst.org) or Holly Taylor, Accountant (793-9760 x130

P oin set tias Forms are available in the

Atrium if you would like to give a poinsettia in honor of or in memory of someone this Christmas. The cost for each poinsettia is $12. If you are paying by check, please note in the memo area “poinsettia.” The deadline to receive requests, either in the Atrium or in the office, is Wednesday, December 7. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Sweeney at 793-9760 x131 or ssweeney@springfieldfirst.org.

or htaylor@springfieldfirst.org).

ACCOUNTING JOB OPENING If you have experience doing bookkeeping and accounting, please visit springfieldfirst.org to view our current job opening for a staff accountant.  This is a part time position, up to 25 hours a week. The right person will love God, teamwork, and numbers! We need to find someone for this spot right away.  Questions and inquiries should go to Lana Salomonson, Executive Director, at lsalomonson@springfieldfirst.org. 14 G o o d T i d i n g s

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HOSPITALIZATION

If ever you are hospitalized, please make sure to tell the person admitting you that you are a member of First United Methodist Church in Springfield. This helps us when we call the hospitals to see who from our congregation has been admitted. You are also encouraged to call the church office at 793-9760 and let Sharon Sweeney know that you have been admitted to the hospital. We appreciate your help on this matter.

Baptism

Welcome to God's family:

Olivia Mavis Winning Kinleigh Grace Fenoglio

Financial Giving Updates First United Methodist Church

DEATHS

Please hold in prayer the families of these precious people:

In an effort to more effectively serve the church body

Wanda Rothermel

we are posting our financial report at the following web

Jim Leezer

address. This will permit the church to update our financial information in a more timely manner and provide more

Is Jesus In Your Will?

immediate access when desired. The financial information can be found at the following address:

https://goo.gl/a1CDjQ

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.

December REAL Scriptures

This month, we will be reading prophecy passages telling of the Messiah and then the birth stories of the Christ Child. Join with us in reading these amazing stories from the Old and New Testaments. December 1 – Isaiah 11:1-10

December 11 – Isaiah 60:19-22

December 22 – Luke 1:67-80

December 2 – Isaiah 9:1-7

December 12 – Isaiah 60:1-7

December 23 – Luke 2:1-7

December 3 – Philippians 2:1-11

December 13 – John 1:1-9

December 24 – Luke 2:8-20

December 4 – Malachi 3:1-5

December 14 – John 1:10-18

December 25 – Matthew 1:18-25

December 5 – Isaiah 52:7-10

December 15 – Luke 1:1-10

December 26 – Matthew 2:1-12

December 6 – Titus 2:11-14

December 16 – Luke 1:11-20

December 27 – Luke 2:21-27

December 7 – Jeremiah 33:14-16

December 17 – Luke 1:21-25

December 28 – Luke 2:28-35

December 8 – Psalm 43:3-5

December 18 – Luke 1:26-38

December 29 – Luke 2:36-40

December 9 – Psalm 27

December 19 – Luke 1:39-45

December 30 – Luke 2:41-46

December 10 – Zephaniah 3:14-17

December 20 – Luke 1:46-56

December 31 – Luke 2:47-52

December 21 – Luke 1:57-66 DECEMBER 2016 15


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Upcoming Events

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— Contemporary Christmas Celebration Weekend — Children’s Christmas Musical (4:00pm)

17-18 — Christmas Coffee Open House Weekend

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— Christmas Cantata (9:00am)

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— Children's Live Nativity (10:00am)

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— “Eve Before You Leave” Service (7:00pm)

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— Christmas Eve Services (3:00, 5:00, 7:00, & 9:00pm)

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— Christmas Morning Service (10:00am)

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— Building Closed

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— Building Closed

january

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— Building Closed

4

— Teach Us to Pray class begins (6:30pm)

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— Starting Point (11:45am)

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— Building Closed

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— Prayer Retreat at the Chiara Center (9:00am)

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— G6 Class begins (6:30pm)

WEEKEND WORSHIP EXPERIENCES Saturday / 5:30PM Sunday / 9:00 & 10:30AM

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December 2016