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JULY 2017 / Volume 51 / Issue 7

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

On Sunday, May 28, Brenda and I were introduced at all three morning worship services. It felt great! What was so inspiring for me was being with both Dr. Ross and Dr. Rominger at the same time. I knew I was standing on the shoulders of two men who have given a combined total of 40 years to Springfield First! Both pastors started strong and finished well. In a relay race, you want your fastest runner to get out of the blocks quickly so they will have a decided advantage in the rest of the race. Building relationships by getting to know one another will yield a fast start. We establish connections by doing life together which includes the sharing of favorite Biblical passages. What are your favorite Biblical passages? It is likely that many of you learned Bible stories at a young age, and those have stayed with you and even defined your Christian discipleship. They are a compass that gives your life direction. Like the Psalmist said,

“THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET AND A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH” (PSALM 119:105) I have many favorite Biblical passages, but one that immediately comes to mind is Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you as well.” This seems to be the best place to begin in any new ministry. When we place the emphasis upon the right thing – the Kingdom of God and his righteousness – all the other issues and tasks take care of themselves. I have been reading a book called, Canoeing the Mountains. One chapter is entitled, “The Mission Trumps Everything Else.” I believe this is true of Springfield First. Our mission is, "To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” As we do that, we are placing the priority squarely upon the Kingdom of God. I know this is a cliché, but the “journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” This is our first step together. Let’s begin it on the solid foundation of Scripture! Our God Reigns!

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2017 DAY 1 Session 1 8:30am - 9:45am Bill Hybels 30 Min Break 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

THURSDAY–FRIDAY, AUGUST 10/11, 8:30 am –4:30 pm


Now is the perfect time to register for the 2017 Global Leadership Summit (GLS). By registering before July 11, you will save nearly 30% off the normal event registration. The GLS is broadcast live from South Barrington, Illinois, to more than 600 locations across the U.S. Springfield First is pleased to be one of these satellite host locations again this year. Over 344,000 Christian leaders attended last year – more than 134,000 in the U.S., plus 210,000 more in 128 countries around the world as a videocast, using material from the live event. Leadership in the church is one of the most difficult and demanding roles any man or woman can ever play – also the most important. What we do literally has the power to influence human destinies for all eternity. A church that is growing stronger is almost always led by spiritually gifted leaders, fully surrendered to Christ, answering the call of Romans 12:8 – "to lead with all diligence." When we do our jobs well, the Kingdom of God advances.

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

Leadership requires specific skills and fresh infusions of knowledge in order to do the unique roles only a leader can perform: create action, build teams, initiate bold plans, ignite hearts with new vision, inspire, motivate, engineer change, set strategy, achieve God-honoring goals – and then give God all the glory. Please prayerfully consider taking the first step in building your leadership skill and attend the 2017 GLS. Because we are a host site, we have the advantage of attending at a significantly reduced rate. The code you will need for the special $89 rate is PHS17TEAM. Remember, the cost to participate in the 2017 GLS goes up on July 12 (to $119), so you need to act now. To volunteer and receive the $65 rate (by July 11), contact Sharon Sweeney at 793-9730 x131 or


Prayer Retreat at the Chiara Center Saturday, July 29, at 8:30-11:30am This is an opportunity for solitude, to calm your spirit and satisfy your soul. There are no special qualifications or minimum age required, only the desire to have a conversation with God. You may want to walk the beautiful grounds or sit quietly in a peaceful setting. If you’ve been trying to hear from God about a topic in your life, this just might be the opportunity


Invite your friends and connect with other women, ages 19–90+, of Springfield First. We will provide snacks and share lots of laughs. No need to sign-up, just show up!

When: Friday, July 21, at 6:30pm Where: Deidre Rosenberger’s house (524 Circle Drive, Pleasant Plains, IL 62677)


you need. There is no cost;


a free will offering will be received.

The Purpose Filled Women’s Ministry will

The Chiara Center is located at 4875 LaVerna Road on the northeast side of Springfield. For more information, contact Sharon Sweeney at or 793-9760 x131.

have its first Planning Team meeting on Tuesday, June 27, at 6:30pm in Room 4. You are invited to be a part of this fun and creative team! Questions? Call or text Chantel Corrie at 714-6078, or email her at JULY 2017 5

OneVoice C h oir Tour Each year as we leave for our choir tour, I am reminded of the truth found in Proverbs 16:9, “We make the plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” This year was no different. I came back refreshed in the knowledge that when we place ourselves in a posture of surrender, ready to do God’s work wherever He leads, praying in the Spirit daily, and committing ourselves to loving each other and those around us, God shows up in powerful ways. God is so faithful. I believe both the choir and those we served got a glimpse of that this past week. There is not enough room to even begin to tell all the

They attend classes daily at the retreat center in discipleship to begin the healing process so they can break free from those things mentioned above. What we didn’t know was how powerful their chapel service would be! We shared Scripture, sang worship songs, and prayed with them. Zach Buscher, our choir student chaplain, brought the Word – sharing in Galatians 5, reminding us all that we are free in Christ! It was an incredibly powerful morning – one we will never forget. We were encouraged and moved by the way these men were worshipping and praying over

one another. What a beautiful picture of the body of Christ!

stories of how God surprised us on our trip, so I will share just a few. On Wednesday, we got to serve at the Giving Hope Retreat in Lacombe, LA. We knew it was a retreat center for men seeking help from addictions, drugs, homelessness, or some other unfortunate event in their lives that left them needing help, and we knew that they all professed Jesus as their Lord.


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· New Orleans, Jackson & Memphis · On Thursday, we sang at a beautiful nursing home, Chateau de Notre Dame. We were met with a very large audience. The smiles on their faces, and the words shared afterwards were all big


indicators that the Lord used us as vessels to bless them

that day. I was struck by the genuine, deep joy shown on their faces while we sang and greeted them afterwards. They expressed sadness when we ended, so we decided to pull out some hymns, and we all sang together! That’s what it’s really about… coming together to worship our Great God, all generations and all walks of life. At the end, one lady asked if she could pray over us, and she prayed a beautiful prayer, asking the Spirit to move in us and through us and also to protect us. What a blessing these people were to us! We arrived in Jackson, MS, on Friday to serve at the Methodist Children’s Home. We were met with a surprise when we found out that these were not “children” but teens at this home. A few teenage girls, their dorm leader, and a case manager were there. Before we sang, we introduced ourselves to one another, and one of the girls mentioned that she loves to sing. After we sang the first song, she said, “I’ve got chills everywhere! This is the best thing that has happened to me since coming here.” Wow. We sang and praised God together, and then Katie, the girl that liked to sing, asked if she could sing something for us! We said, “Of course!” She proceeded to sing, “Temporary Home,” by Carrie Underwood. So many of us just sat there and wept as we listened to her song. That song took on a new meaning: yes, this is our temporary home as we will one day be with Christ in our new home, but this is also her temporary home because she is between homes waiting for a family to take her in as their own. We prayed with them


before we left, and again were moved deeply by the Spirit. I am immensely thankful to our youth, who showed great flexibility, humility, and love towards one another during this whole trip, and I am eternally grateful to you, Springfield First, for your prayers and support. It is because of you that we can take a choir tour each year, to share the Gospel through music and love to those who need it, and then to come back with our hearts full. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We love you!

Elyssa Carlisle and the OneVoice Choir




Sundays, July 2 to 30 at 10:30am • Room 6 Strengthen, improve, or enrich your relationships through Mark Gungor’s hilarious, practical, and straightforward advice. Through Mark’s insights, guidance, and interaction with one other, you will be able to make real, positive changes in any relationship. Bring your coffee and come to this study with the Couples & Families class, led by Leslie Fotre-Leach.

Benefit #9 of Sunday morning classes (Final Installment):

SPRINGFIELD FIRST BELIEVES THAT SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES AND SMALL GROUPS ARE AN OUTREACH ARM OF THE CHURCH. In a group setting, where warmth and love flow and IBT topics are non-threatening, class members are encouragedto invite peers, friends, fellow employees, and acquaintances. Class socials and activities can focus on community outreach through these events. Getting to know one another and having Christian interaction as we study God’s principles are a growth tool for our spiritual lives and the Kingdom of God. We pray this for you… growth in your spiritual journey and in our church where we make disciples for the transformation of the world. 8 G o o d T i d i n g s / JULY 2017

SUNDAY MORNING CLASS Featured this month is the IBT Sunday Morning Class. It was organized in 1952 and is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. Dr. Pat Eggers and Rev. Mac Shotwell serve as teachers for this class. They are a well-organized group who remain active in the work of the church and enjoy class outings. They meet in Atrium 4 at 10:30am, and they invite you to become a part of their class. We hope you will find a place for yourself among our learning, supportive, caring classes. It is a privilege to make these available for you.


SPRINGFIELD FIRST REPRESENTED AT MEALS-ON-WHEELS IN MAY Many thanks to all those volunteers who represented Springfield First during the weeks of May 15 and May 22. Those two weeks were our church’s commitment to this project. The Senior Services are seeking volunteers to deliver the meals. If anyone would like to volunteer, even one day a week, it would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact Sara Powell at the Senior Services of Central Illinois at 528-4035 x124. Thank you to those Springfield First members who participated this past May:

Parking lot greeters A guest’s first impression does not start at the front door – it starts the moment they drive onto the church property. Parking lot greeters will be able to extend a friendly greeting and answer questions before our guests even get out of their cars. This serving opportunity takes just 20 minutes, but it can make a huge impact. If you would like to be part of this new ministry, please contact Chantel Corrie at ccorrie@ or 793-9760 x126.

Marjorie & Steve Beilstein Les Blain Linda & Max Comstock Mary & Bill Daugherty Darlene Greenwood Bill & LaDonna Hinds Hilda Justison Shirley Major & Dale Schumacher Jim McAlexander Ray & Jan Ogden Marilyn Raney Roger & Phyllis Rominger Art Runge Jim & Kris Stricker Max Webster Nancy Wirth Thanks also to those who helped the volunteers as they delivered the meals. The church’s next opportunity to deliver will be the end of October or early November.

Parkers Needed Are you looking for a place to serve?  We are in need of people to park cars for our attendees with mobility difficulties. You would serve 1 time a month for 15 minutes prior to service and 10 minutes following the same service. We have openings at both the 9:00am and 10:30am services. Please contact Carli Burton at or 793-9760 x121. JULY 2017 9

The Back-to-School Bash will be August 20, following 10:30am service! You won’t want to miss it! Watch for the updates about Adventure Bible Camp in the August Good Tidings!

Contact: Stacy Kuhlmann, 793-9760 x238 or


(Birth to 5 Years) July continues our summer ministry! We will actively explore God’s Word while learning about how Jesus helps us and how much He loves us. Fun activities, catchy songs, and exciting games will make this a great summer adventure!

JULY BIBLE POINTS Nursery & Toddlers Theme: We will continue to learn about God’s great creations through a fun, interactive farm theme! Preschool: Jesus empowers us! They will learn about God’s armor, how to pray for each other, and how to forgive each other.

(4th & 5th Grades) Preteens will experience their own time for meaningful worship and dig deep into God's Word with engaging group Bible teachings and discussions.

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CHILDREN'S MINISTRY Watch for posted curriculum information: WEBSITE FACEBOOK KidLife at TotLife at

(Kindergarten to 3rd Grade)

This summer we will be using a 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! July will be Part 2 of the “Supernatural Summer”! It is entitled, “Passionate Worship,” and the children will learn exactly what that means!

"Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies." Psalm 8:2

CONNECT WITH STUDENTLIFE: Facebook: StudentLife FUMC | Twitter: @FUSION_SM | Instagram: STUDNT_LFE PARENTS: If you are new or would like to receive periodic parent email updates, please go to, and under the ‘Youth’ tab sign up for our email list! You can also email StudentLife Director Matt Cleveland at

Beach Week 2017

is happening the week of July 1st through the 7th! We are so excited for what God has in store for all of our students during the retreat, and we can’t wait to get back home to share that with all of you! If you’re a parent, family member, or just one of our awesome supporters and want to know what’s going on each day at Beach Week, check out StudentLife FUMC on Facebook to see daily video updates on everything that’s happening! If you invested in Beach Week this year and hold ANY AMOUNT of “shares” in Beach Week, we want to thank and honor you for you for supporting us! On Sunday, July 9, at 6:00-8:00pm, we’d like to invite you to our “Shareholders Dinner”! This will be a time for family, friends, and anyone who invested in Beach Week to see first-hand just how your investment paid off! Please RSVP to StudentLife Director Matt Cleveland at if you plan on joining us for what promises to be a powerful night!


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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.

[ WE LOVED IT SO MUCH AND LAUGHED SO HARD WE WANT TO DO IT AGAIN! ] Date: Thursday, July 13 | Time: 9:30am-12:30pm Where: Rooms 5/6 | Hostess: Rosetta Schuette


Thursday, September 28

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 need to cancel, our policy is that if there is a waiting list, you will be reimbursed the full cost. 12 G o o d T i d i n g s / JULY 2017


We will take a break in August and resume Senior Fellowship in September.




We will enjoy a devotional followed by a shortened game time to enjoy our FUN white elephant exchange. It can be funny or something you are ready for someone else to enjoy. Please don't spend any money on it – and you can even get creative with wrapping it (newspaper, brown paper bag – or anything else you can think of). Invite a friend and have them bring a white elephant as well. Following, we will lunch together at MCL.


Special “now extended to July” Fellowship:





Monday, November 6, to Thursday, November 9 Excitement is in the air for our 2017 Branson Christmas trip! 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, Showboat Branson Belle, and Presley’s Wednesday – All Hands on Deck (patriotic), Daniel O’Donnell, & Miracle of Christmas at the Sight and Sound Theater

Thursday – heading home, with our now traditional stop at the World’s Largest Gift Shop and Redmon’s Candy Factory, and NEW stop at the Red Door in Rolla, MO. Cost for travel, hotel, baggage handling, tips, taxes, 7 shows (including tour 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 for any reason up to 72 business hours prior to group’s departure for a refund (less a 10% processing fee).

. summer fun . UNITED METHODIST WOMEN “LET’S GET ACQUAINTED” BREAKFAST SATURDAY, JULY 15, 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! LYDIA AND RACHEL CIRCLE

The Circles will resume meetings in September after Summer Break.


We welcomed See Tsai Chan, her husband Hei Chi, and son Lemuel to our luncheon in June. See Tsai told us how she came to be a part of Springfield First and spoke of her passion for music which has developed over the years through education and opportunities – and is ultimately a love story covering two continents. She also led us in a couple of hymns and a joyful birthday song. Dr. Roger Ross wore his pink checkered apron for his last time with us. We have truly enjoyed our time with him and extend our best wishes to the Ross family in their future endeavors!


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. JULY 2017 13

STAFF NEWS GRATEFUL Goodbyes are often bittersweet, but you have put the accent on the sweet. The worship experiences on June 3-4 were a “Wow!” I am so thankful for our staff and many volunteer servants who gave so much to fill those two days with great surprises. The music, the pictures after the services, the picnic on Sunday, "The Best is Yet to Come" cake, the Krispy Kremes, and, of course, the videos all made my last weekend something I will always treasure. It has been a special joy to hear from so many of you individually. Thank you for your encouraging words, thoughtfulness, and generous gifts. What a blessing you are to our family.

KRISTI OSMOND We are excited to welcome Kristi Osmond as our new Administrative Assistant. Kristi and her husband Mike have two daughters, Jenni and Kati. Before her children were born, she worked as an

Now that we are knee deep in boxes, we’re running across many treasures from our time in Springfield. Each one reminds me of how grateful I am for the gracious way you have ministered to our family over the past 10 years. Our kids grew up here, and they call this church home. After we move, you may see them from time-to-time when they come back to visit friends.

HR manager at a small hospital in

These last few weeks have made me realize on a deeper level how much I will miss this dear family of God. It has been one of the great privileges of my life to serve as your pastor. Your faithfulness and love have changed me for the better, and I will always be grateful.

She feels truly blessed to be given the

I look forward to seeing the incredible ways God will use you in the future. I know you’re just getting warmed up. God has done some great things while we’ve been together, but the best is yet to come! With love, Roger Ross 14 G o o d T i d i n g s /

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Glendale Heights, IL. For the last four years, she has worked as a Reading Aide at Farmingdale Elementary School. Kristi loves spending time with her family, working on home improvement projects, the beach, and all things Disney! opportunity to join the Springfield First staff, and we are thrilled to have her!

NEW SCHEDULE Carli Burton's scheduled days to work will now be Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. She will return your phone messages or e-mails on those days. As always, if you have immediate needs, please call the main office at 793-9760.

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.


Welcome to God's family: Ainsley Grace Johnson

Financial Giving Updates First United Methodist Church

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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

Please hold in prayer the families of:

information in a more timely manner and provide more

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immediate access when desired. The financial information

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can be found at the following address:

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july REAL Scriptures J O H N

July 1 – John 7:1-13

July 11 – John 8:51-59

July 22 – John 11:9-16

July 2 – John 7:14-24

July 12 – John 9:1-7

July 23 – John 11:17-27

July 3 – John 7:25-34

July 13 – John 9:8-17

July 24 – John 11:28-37

July 4 – John 7:35-45

July 14 – John 9:18-27

July 25 – John 11:38-46

July 5 – John 7:45-52

July 15 – John 9:28-34

July 26 – John 11:47-57

July 6 – John 8:1-11

July 16 – John 9:35-41

July 27 – John 12:1-11

July 7 – John 8:12-20

July 17 – John 10:1-10

July 28 – John 12:12-19

July 8 – John 8:21-30

July 18 – John 10:11-21

July 29 – John 12:20-29

July 9 – John 8:31-41

July 19 – John 10:22-32

July 30 – John 12:30-36

July 10 – John 8:42-50

July 20 – John 10:33-42

July 31 – John 12:36-43

July 21 – John 11:1-8

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