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FEBRUARY 2018 / Volume 52 / Issue 2


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 Contemporary Music Ministries 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 | Director of New Life Choir & Handbells Ministries Stacy Kuhlmann | Director of Children's Ministry

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Aaron Havard | Information Technology Dennie Canny | Facilities Manager

Restored. Finding Redemption in Our Mess My dad has passed on many things to me, not the least of which is the sense of humor that draws groans from the congregation each Sunday. (You can blame him for that.) One of the more productive skills we share is carpentry and woodworking. My dad has built everything from curio cabinets to display my mother’s expanding plate collection, to the bunk beds my brother and I shared as kids. I always loved working projects with him: learning the tools in the shop, designing the project, and “ciphering” out the details. When I was about twelve, we embarked on our largest build to date, a shed to house the lawn mower and other assorted yard and garden implements. It would be ten feet by twenty feet and nearly 12 feet tall, with a garage door, siding, and a shingled roof. It was a huge project. We made multiple trips to the hardware store and bought as many of the materials as we could before we started. I remember looking at the piles of lumber, plywood, nails, screws, shingles, and thinking, “How is this mess ever going to become a shed?” A week or so later, after hours of measuring twice, cutting once, realizing we’d added wrong, re-measuring, re-cutting, lifting, nailing, dropping, shingling, sweating, bleeding, bandaging, and building… we had a completed shed. Now, ten years later, it still stands! I think the messes in which we find ourselves in life work the same way. Sometimes it’s our own doing that gets us in them. Sometimes we land in messes that life just throws our way. Regardless, we have a tendency to stand in the midst of the piles and say, “How will this mess ever become something constructive?” This Lent, we will take a look at those messes in our lives, the piles of rubble around us, and walk through a process of how God can take that raw material and build something positive, if we let him. We will be using Tom Berlin’s book, Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess, as we cover six weeks of God’s grace working in our lives. Many of our classes and groups will be following a study that coincides with the sermon series. Join one! Or, the pastors will be leading this study on Wednesday evenings during Connect, starting on February 21. We’d love to have you! God’s grace is the perfect building tool to take those messes in our lives and construct something beautiful… way more beautiful than a shed. Let’s get to work.

Jenny Hutcherson | Financial Assistant Kristi Osmond | Admin. Assistant Molly Bettis | Accountant Rachel Dempsey | Print Shop Sharon Sweeney | Executive Assistant Zach Pappas | Technical Arts Assistant

Lenten Study – Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess, by Tom Berlin Many of our existing classes and groups will be following

custodial STAFF

the six-week study by Tom Berlin that coincides with

Renoldo Gayton | Lead Custodian

the sermon series, “Restored.” For a list of those, go to Connection Point in the Atrium. If you don’t already

STAFF emails: First initial and Last

have a class or group, the pastors will be leading the study during Midweek Connect on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm, starting on February 21.

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MESSAGE SERIES February 17/18 This Is a Real Mess February 24/25 Who Left this Mess?

Ash Wednesday Ser vice

On Wednesday, February 14, we will have our Ash Wednesday observance at 6:00 pm in the Community Life Center. Come for the Connect meal at 5:30 pm and stay for the imposition of ashes. All Connect classes and groups will start at 6:30 pm , immediately after the service. (Please refer to Page 6 for more information about Midweek Connect.)

March 3/4 Bless this Mess March 10/11 No Messing Around March 17/18 Address this Mess March 24/25 The Message in the Mess FEBRUARY 2018 3

EVENTS Coming to Springfield First UMC in partnership with The James Project

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

Tickets are $10 per person. Register at Tickets are $10 per person. Register at Credits available for foster parents and professionals. (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

Save the Date: Saturday, March 17

Men’s Conference “AS IRON SHARPENS IRON, SO ONE MAN SHARPENS ANOTHER.” PROVERBS 27:17 Plan to attend this 1-day national men’s conference on Saturday, March 17, at Springfield First. Various seminars will be offered, designed to encourage men in all areas of their lives. Come and learn to be the man God designed you to be! For more information, visit

• No More Perfect Marriages Retreat •

Ready for a getaway just for the two of you? The No More Perfect Marriages Retreat is exactly what you need! Whether you’re in a good place in your marriage and you want to keep it that way or you feel like your relationship is hanging by a thread, the No More Perfect Marriages retreat will help you move the needle in your marriage. This seminar weekend, taught by Mark and Jill Savage, authors of No More Perfect Marriages, will have you laughing while you learn. The Savages are self-described as being married “34 years, 24 of them happily.” They’re honest about both the good stuff and the hard stuff of marriage. Registration information is available at

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MISSION MIDWEST UARY 10TH R B E F , Y A ATURD CENTER ¡ S am 8:30-11:30 ther tting toge u p f o g in a morn yone Join us for uckets! An b g in n a le me kits and c er is welco ld o d n a ld 11 years o at er. Sign up to volunte n Point Connectio t or online a org. gfieldfirst. www.sprin



Are you interested in visiting homebound members of our congregation? Two sessions are available to attend a training for those interested in serving in the area of visitation. Caring Friends (formerly

Are you looking for a place

called Visitation Volunteers) choose a schedule that

to serve? We are in need of

is convenient for them (usually once a month) and

parking partners one Sunday each month at either service, 15 to 20 minutes prior to the service and 15 minutes

are assigned one or two people to visit, or they may choose to visit a friend or acquaintance that has very limited availability to attend church. Visitation training will be held on Sunday,

following the service,

February 25, at 9:00am, and Sunday, March 4,

to park and pick up cars

at 11:40am, in Atrium 1. (Choose the time that

for our members with mobility challenges. Contact: Carli Burton at or 793-9760 x121

works best for your schedule. If neither does, please contact Carli Burton to set up an alternative time.) You will be provided what you need for this ministry (introductory cards, report sheets, etc.). Sign-up is requested but not necessary to attend. The facilitators will be Carli Burton and Rev. Mac Shotwell. Contact: Carli Burton at or 793-9760 x121 FEBRUARY 2018 5

To register online, please visit Midweek Connect will be offered on Wednesdays from February 7 to March 28. Dinner will be available in the Community Life Center at 5:45-6:30pm for a free will offering. Gather together to make new friendships and enjoy a delicious meal. Following dinner, there are opportunities for children and adults. NOTE: Dinner on Ash Wednesday, February 14, will be at 5:30pm, with a service following at 6:00pm, and classes at 6:30-8:00pm. (Please refer to Page 3 for more information.)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN Contact: Stacy Kuhlmann at S.M.A.S.H. (Kindergarten-6th grade) Children will be able to choose activities including sports, music, art, science, and hobbies. Throughout this session, we will be looking at some wild adventures that really are in the Bible! This is a fantastic time for children to make new friends, develop skills, and grow in faith! Bible Buddies (3-5 years) Children will engage in fun activities, make new friends, and learn about adventures from the Bible. Through songs, games, crafts, stories, and snacks, they are growing stronger in their faith! Creative Creations Childcare (0-2 years) Infants and toddlers will have their own age-appropriate activities to begin to understand the Bible.

• To help in children's ministries on Wednesday evenings, contact Stacy Kuhlmann at or 793-9760 x238.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULTS Dates are February 7 to March 28 unless otherwise specified. Contact: Pastor Mike Whitaker at or 793-9760 x122 Bringing It Home: Raising Christian Children • Rooms 19/20 Our KidLife and SMASH programs here at Springfield First are awesome! But you have so much more influence over your children than we ever could. Led by Amanda Carbenier, this class will help you to take the lessons they learn here at church and “bring them home” to create the best environment possible to raise your children in a Christian home. So, drop your kids off at SMASH and join us! Characters of the Bible • Room 1 Ever wondered what the characters of the Bible could teach you? Led by Jim Fries, this class will walk through a few of their incredible stories, and show how you can apply their lessons to your life. Couples Class · Atrium 2 Details coming soon! G6 Class • February 7 to March 14 • 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 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 Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30-8:00pm. Lenten Study – Restored • February 21 to March 28 • Atrium 3 Our lives can be a mess! Led by your pastors, this class will mirror our Lenten sermon series and a take a deeper look at the book, Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess, by Tom Berlin, and his view of how God’s grace can help us redeem the messes we get into! When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box • February 7 to March 21 • Room 2 Oftentimes, our lives mirror board games… Life, Clue, Monopoly. Like these board games, when our game of Life is over, we can’t take the things of this world with us, and it all goes back in the box. Using John Ortberg’s book and led by John Marsaglia, we’ll explore what really matters in life and how to plan for the ultimate win, an eternity with God in heaven. Women's Ministry – Present Over Perfect • Room 7 With all the pressure on women today to be everything to everyone, it’s easy to feel exhausted and isolated. Using Shauna Niequist’s book, Present over Perfect: Leaving behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living, we’ll walk a path from “pushing and proving” to being who God created you to be. Contact: Chantel Corrie at Young Adults Ministry • Room 4 Join the Young Adults (That means “graduated high school” to “mid-thirties.”) for the winter semester of Connect! Led by Cindy Arnold, we’ll start with a series of follow-up conversations to the January sermon series, Adam Hamilton’s Half Truths, and look at common phrases we think are in the Bible, but we usually get wrong!

• To help with dinner set-up or clean-up, contact Sharon Sweeney at or 793-9760 x131. FEBRUARY 2018 7


GRIEF SHARE MONDAYS, MARCH 12 TO MAY 21, 6:00-8:00 pm · ROOM 2 This seminar is designed to help those who have lost someone significant in their lives. Led by a caring team of experienced volunteers, this group offers helpful information, comforting resources, and supportive times with others who have

Christmas Special Offering We are continually blown away by the incredible generosity that this church displays. The 2017 Christmas Special Offering was received and will be directed toward the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church’s “Our Conference, Our Kids” initiative. These funds go to support

experienced a loss.

the spiritual direction of 5 different agencies

Contact: Trish Quintenz at

conference: Chaddock in Quincy, Baby Fold

that serve disadvantaged children in our in Bloomington, Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana, Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood


House in East St. Louis, and Spero Family


to change the lives of children who may

10:30am · ROOM 1 What happened during the last week Jesus was on Earth? What did he do? Why did he do it? He knew what lay ahead, so how did he prepare? In this study led by Milt McClure, we'll prepare our hearts for the joy of Jesus' resurrection by spending time with Jesus during his last 10 days on Earth. Join us as we make the final week of Jesus' life come alive in our world today. Sign up in the Atrium or online at Contact: Mike Whitaker at 8 Good Tidings /


Services in Mt. Vernon. Your gifts will go never have these opportunities in any other setting. Thank you! The total given by Springfield First was $28,430.55!




Please welcome these

service career? If so, consider applying

newest members of Springfield First.

Are you pursuing a full time Christian for a Springfield First scholarship! The Mary L. Grumman Memorial Scholarship is administered by the

Melissa Beard

Trustees of Springfield First United Methodist Church. This scholarship

Tricia Becker

is for persons entering or continuing

Scott, Samantha, Addie,

junior or senior undergraduate level

Frankie, & Will Boston Ally Bradley Stephen & Emma Coyle Dennis & Katie DeRossett Nicolle Fleck

Christian Education Programs at the or at the post-secondary level in preparation for full-time Christian service careers. This scholarship is limited to 2 years for undergraduate students and 4 years for post-secondary students, and will be renewable as long as the recipient continues to pursue a full-time Christian service career and

Jim & Kris Fries

receives a passing GPA. The estimated

Brenda Grimmett

but can be limited based on return on

Debra Hartz Rick & Erin Hollinshead Eric McAdamis Kim Pate Zach Suter

amount of the annual award is $2,000 investments. We hope to award one undergraduate scholarship and two post-secondary scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. The application and directions can be accessed at or by calling the church at 793-9760. Applications and materials are due by March 1, 2018.



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 x227 or


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!



Parents, contact Stacy Kuhlmann at or 217-793-9760 x227 with any questions. Follow us on Facebook at and

SATURDAY EVENINGS AT 5:30 All ages meet in Room 18; K-5th graders then go to Room 14 for lesson. SUNDAY MORNINGS TOTLIFE Infants (not walking) - Room 20 Toddlers - Room 19 2-year-olds - Room 18 Preschool - Room 17 KIDLIFE/TWEENLIFE 9:00am Kindergarten to 5th Grade - Room 13 10:30am Kindergarten - Room 16 1st Grade - Room 15 2nd Grade - Room 14 3rd Grade - Room 13 4th/5th Grade - Room 11

We will collect something different each month to go into the Christmas shoeboxes in November 2018. TweenLife children will also be hosting sorting parties throughout the year to sort items by gender and age. The whole church is invited to be a part of this amazing mission opportunity! February’s collection: small stuffed animals. Please look for the collection boxes in KidLIfe by the Jeep and the Boat and in the Atrium. It will be so exciting to see what we can do!


JUNE 18 – 22

Registration will open in March. 10 G o o d T i d i n g s /


Each classroom has a small container for our children’s mighty mission offerings. All that we collect will go to supporting 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!

Goal for 2018: $2,500.00

Remember: $1.00 gives ONE child clean water for ONE week!

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

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


Have you ever turned on the news only to wish you hadn’t? Or answered a phone call only to wish you could un-hear the news on the other end? Whether it’s a global disaster, a school shooting, our parents’ divorce, or the death of a friend, there is nothing fun about tragedy. It can make us feel like we’re walking around in total darkness—where nothing seems quite right and there are more questions than answers. What do we


say? What do we do? What happens next? And, how long will it take before things go

5:00-6:00pm - FUSION:Middle &

back to normal? At some point, we’ll all find

ourselves in or around a tragedy, but being

High School Small Groups

6:00-6:30pm - Dinner for all ages 6:30-7:30pm - FUSION:High &

Middle School Small Groups

there doesn’t mean having to stay there. There is a way through the darkness to the other side, to healing – and we’ll get there by trusting the One who is leading us!


February 4: No Sunday Night FUSION February 10/11: Student-led services at Springfield First! FEBRUARY 2018 11

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 x121


Date: Thursday, February 8 · 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: Ruth Hutchison and Carole Woodward Sweet treats and coffee will be ready when you arrive and a delicious hot meal will be served at 11:45am. Suggested donation is $5.00 for all you can eat or until it’s gone.

Valentines for Homebound On the weekend of February 3/4, please stop by our table in the Atrium to sign a Valentine Card for our members who are shut-ins. Place them in the container provided. They will then be included in our Valentine packets with other cards, as well as many goodies that are meant to lighten and brighten the day of those who no longer can come out and worship with us. Thank you. 12 G o o d T i d i n g s / FEBRUARY 2018

Volunteers Needed:

We are in need of volunteers to deliver Valentine remembrances to our shut-ins. The VALENTINE PACKETS will be prepared by our Senior Ministry’s Council members on Wednesday, February 7, in Rooms 15/16. You may pick them up any time after February 7, including Sunday, February 11. Information needed to make the delivery will be included on the package. We ask that they be delivered by February 14. Please sign up in the Atrium.



We are Faith, Love, and Joy in action at Springfield First. Come and join us for any activity. This is a good time to get involved with the United Methodist Women; you will find a warm group of women in many activities. Contact Crystal Russell, UMW President, at 801-2573 with any questions.

MARCH SCHEDULE OF EVENTS March 2 Board Meeting/Luncheon 10:00am/Noon Room 13/Community Life Center March 2 Church Women United World Day of Prayer 1:00pm · St. Paul AME Church March 16 Lydia Circle/Rachel Circle 9:30am · Room 5/6

APRIL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS April 5 Church Women United Human Rights Celebration Location TBA

MAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS May 3 Church Women United May Friendship Day 1:00pm · St. Paul AME Church

LYDIA AND RACHEL CIRCLES The Circles will not meet in February. They will meet again in March. UMW MEETING The next UMW Luncheon will be in March. NUTS, NUTS, AND LESS NUTS Contact Barb Zuspann at 741-2550 to place an order for nuts. There are a few pecans, almonds, and English walnuts left. Thank you all for your purchases and for your support of us during the year. This fundraiser helps to support several missions. CHURCH WOMEN UNITED The United Methodist Women are involved with this group of ladies from churches in our community. There are many upcoming activities that will be noted in the schedule. 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. Bring your lunch and meet in Rooms 5/6. FEBRUARY 2018 13

STAFF NEWS I am truly thankful to each of you for your many expressions of support and prayer offered up on my behalf during my recovery from hip replacement surgery. My recovery is going well and I look forward to returning to the pulpit at the end of January or first part of February. Once again, thanks so much!

PAIGE COOPER is our Director of Connections. She welcomes visitors and helps people get plugged into volunteer opportunities and small groups at Springfield First. She came to us from Alton, Illinois, where she provided residential care for the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home. In that position, she cared for pregnant teens, provided transitional and independent living for the girls, and developed educational plans for them, as well as gave emotional support and spiritual guidance. In the past, Paige has worked in Jerusalem and Bethlehem partnering with organizations toward a goal of creating and maintaining a sustainable Palestine-European union. She also has worked on a clean water mission team in Monrovia, Liberia.



is our Print Shop

is our Technical

Technician. She

Arts Assistant and

does all of our

is helping with our

in-house printing

technical needs on

which includes

the weekends. Zach

bulletins, the monthly Good Tidings

is a freshman at Lincoln Land Community

magazine, and flyers and postcards.

College. He has been a long-time member

She also attends Springfield First and

and volunteer at Springfield First, and now

is a student at Lincoln Land Community

will be doing videos, running equipment,

College majoring in communications.

and assisting with stage design and set-up.

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Altar Flowers Do you wish to provide altar flowers in honor of or in memory of a loved one? The cost is $35 and you may take the

Alta Flow r ers

bouquet home after the 10:30am service. Contact Marsha Lewis at 341-5805 or to reserve your special date.

Deaths Please hold in prayer the families of: Berti e Cou mb es J essi e J on es Gl en Lam b Ti m Lan di s Ly n n Ran ey El l a Mae S mit h Lee S pradl i n Ch arl i e Wei shaupt

february REAL Scriptures Hebrews · 1 & 2 Peter February 1 – Hebrews 12:22-29

February 10 – 1 Peter 2:7-12

February 20 – 1 Peter 5:6-14

February 2 – Hebrews 13:1-8

February 11 – 1 Peter 2:13-21

February 21 – 2 Peter 1:1-9

February 3 – Hebrews 13:9-17

February 12 – 1 Peter 2:22-25

February 22 – 2 Peter 1:10-15

February 4 – Hebrews 13:18-25

February 13 – 1 Peter 3:1-7

February 23 – 2 Peter 1:16-21

February 5 – 1 Peter 1:1-7

February 14 – 1 Peter 3:8-12

February 24 – 2 Peter 2:1-9

February 6 – 1 Peter 1:8-12

February 15 – 1 Peter 3:13-22

February 25 – 2 Peter 2:10-16

February 7 – 1 Peter 1:13-21

February 16 – 1 Peter 4:1-6

February 26 – 2 Peter 2:17-22

February 8 – 1 Peter 1:22-25

February 17 – 1 Peter 4:7-11

February 27 – 2 Peter 3:1-9

February 9 – 1 Peter 2:1-6

February 18 – 1 Peter 4:12-19

February 28 – 2 Peter 3:10-18

February 19 – 1 Peter 5:1-5

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Midweek Connect begins


Bringing It Home, Characters of the Bible, Couples, G6,

When the Game Is Over, Women’s Ministry,

and Young Adult Ministry classes begin (6:30pm)


Ash Wednesday Service (6:00pm in CLC)


Lenten Study begins (6:30pm)


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Grief Share begins (6:00pm)


Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference


Maundy Thursday Service (7:00pm)


Good Friday Service (7:00pm)


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

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