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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 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 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 Molly Bettis | Accountant Sharon Sweeney | Executive Assistant

custodial STAFF Renoldo Gayton | Lead Custodian

STAFF emails: First initial and Last

TO MAKE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE WORLD. I love that mission. It has been life-changing for so many people in our church. It echoes Jesus’ words, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), and it gives an outward focus to our world-changing business. But as good as that mission is, it needs some specifics to give it legs. Back in 2008 as I was praying about how to make our mission practical, I heard a whisper from God. We had just been through a period of intense focus on capital assets, and I sensed the Lord calling our attention to spiritual things. The direction I received at the time was:

To Increase the Spiritual Capital of First United Methodist through Prayer, Teaching, Community-Building and Mission to Those in Need. Over several months, I shared this revelation with our staff and leaders. It seemed to strike a deep chord. Not long after, I talked about this in worship one weekend, and we handed out laminated business cards to everyone. The card had our mission statement on one side and this more specific focus on the other. I still have mine. Over time, this focus became a guiding force in our ministry. We began to live into this four-fold vision of becoming:

• A House of Prayer • A Teaching Church • An Authentic Community • A Mission Station

My life has been touched by each part of that vision. Our Prayer Team of 529 people that pray for our ministry each day, our Men’s and Women’s Prayer Partners, and our Tuesday morning prayer warriors have blessed me personally and made countless spiritual breakthroughs possible in our church. I have received some great teaching through the myriad of classes we offer on Sundays and throughout the week, the Global Leadership Summit we host in August, the Iron Sharpens Iron men’s conference we host each March, and our own ReVision Conference we launched just last fall. The growing sense of community has been truly special with 955 people involved in classes and groups last year alone. It is spiritually transforming to be with a smaller group of people where you can know and be known, love and be loved, serve and be served and celebrate and be celebrated. Perhaps the most surprising and powerful change in my life has come through the fantastic mission work, including our one-minute missions, our One Thing Weekends, the many organizations we partner with in Springfield to care for those in need, and the incredible things we have seen happen in places like Guatemala, Haiti and Liberia. It really is true that when we help others, we grow spiritually. Thank you for so graciously ministering to my family and to me over these past 10 years. It has been one of the great privileges of my life be a part of this amazing family of God. Although our paths will part this month, I know the adventure will continue. We may not know exactly what to expect on this wild walk with God, but we do know this: God is good, God loves us, and God has something beautiful planned for us. The best is yet to come. With Love,

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Sunday, June 25, at 11:45am-12:45pm • Atrium 3 Have you been attending worship but want to know more about membership or getting connected into this community of faith? Attend Starting Point! This is your opportunity to meet the pastors and lay leaders, ask questions, and learn about opportunities to get more out of your experience. It is also a chance for us to get to know you in a laid-back setting. We will chat while we enjoy some pizza and salad for lunch. Questions? Contact Chantel at or 793-9760 x126. JUNE 2017 3

EVENTS IT’S TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE DAY 1 Session 1 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Bill Hybels 30 Min Break Session 2 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM Sheryl Sandberg Marcus Lemonis 75 Min Lunch Session 3 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Fredrik Härén Bryan Stevenson 30 Min Break Session 4 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM Andy Stanley

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

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AT SPRINGFIELD FIRST THURSDAY–FRIDAY, AUGUST 10/11, 8:30 am –4:30 pm We are getting ready for another fantastic Global Leadership Summit. This event with world-renowned speakers is for anyone who has a circle of influence, whether it’s a family, a team at work, or a small group. The truth is we are all leaders who influence the lives of others, and we can’t think of anyone who shouldn’t be there. We hope you have saved the date for this life-transforming event and have thought of others outside our church walls you could invite to join you. Although there will be leaders from all over the Springfield area, we are looking for a strong presence of Springfield First members and attendees. This is a perfect time to gather your friends from choir, your small group, or your Sunday morning class, and attend together. The Summit will equip you to better serve Christ in community. Together, you’ll be able to talk over lunch about what you’ve learned and then apply new tools to your area of ministry. We are in need of volunteers! There are a variety of ways to serve at the Summit. You can still attend many of the sessions for a reduced rate of $65. Volunteers, please register through the church office. Contact Sharon Sweeney for more information at or 793-9760 x131. We are ready to take your registration online. Go to and use the link for the Global Leadership Summit. 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. This rate increases to $119 on July 11.


SUMMER WOMEN’S MINISTRY EVENTS Invite your friends and connect with other women of Springfield First. We will provide snacks and share lots of laughs. When: Friday, June 16, at 6:30pm Where: Sheedy Shores (99996-10298 Withers Rd, Loami, IL 62661) When: Friday, July 21 at 6:30pm Where: Deidre Rosenberger’s house (524 Circle Dr. Pleasant Plains, IL 62677) Questions? Call or text Chantel Corrie at 714-6078, or email her at

Mother's Day


We enjoyed honoring and showing our love to the women of our congregation. We also want to thank Ann Capparros, Sandy Walter, Judy Dietsch, and Earl Lawrence for making the yummy

chocolate-covered strawberries!

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EASTER CHANGES LIVES In addition to the dozens of people whose lives were changed when they prayed to invite the Risen Christ into their lives, we also received a special offering on Easter that will change lives both locally and globally. Half of our offering was dedicated to Kumler United Methodist Outreach Ministries to restore their food bank and feed the hungry in our community. The other half will change lives globally as it provides aid for displaced Christian brothers and sisters around the world through our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). We are thrilled to report that the total has now reached $26,304. Praise God! Thank you for your generosity that shows Christ’s love in practical ways to people in need in our community and around the globe. You are a blessing!

MOMENTUM Finishes Strong We have good news! Our Momentum giving journey finished strong on April 29-30 with a special offering of $29,638! Through April and the first weekend of May, we have received a total of $85,242. Thank you for your incredible generosity!

Spring Cantata Thank you to all the choirs and

musicians and Dr. See Tsai Chan for sharing your time and talents in such a wonderful way! The Spring Cantata was beautiful, and we were all moved by this worshipful experience. 6 G o o d T i d i n g s / JUNE 2017

What God has done through you is amazing. Over the course of the last 10 years, our Springfield First family has reduced the debt on our beautiful facility from a peak of $10.9 million to $4.6 million through April 30. Praise God! Please know that every gift, regardless of size, matters to God and makes a difference. Each dollar we pay down in principle releases more resources for hands-on ministry that saves and changes lives in our community and around the world. Now that our Momentum giving journey has ended, you may wonder, “What’s next?” Our leadership has decided to take a 6-month break from giving campaigns. If you would like to continue to give to reduce our debt, it would be deeply appreciated, but we will not enter a giving campaign as a congregation until the fall of 2017. Thank you for the extravagant generosity you have shown in many ways. You are a beautiful reflection of the giving heart of God. With Joy,


Wow! OneThing Weekend was a huge success! Our congregation went out into the community on the weekend of May 6th and 7th and spent some time serving others. From helping to plant the mission garden here at FUMC, to playing board games with care facility residents, to cooking dinner for the homeless, to building a playset for a foster family, there were a variety of ways that Springfield First served the community. Thank you to all who took part in this amazing day of service. We can’t wait to do it again next year! Remember – we can’t do everything, but everyone can do one thing! Let’s continue to work together to change the world!

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May 21 to June 18,

Sunday school gears teaching to specific

10:30-11:30am • Atrium 1

age groups. Deut. 31:12 says, “Assemble

See the New Testament through

the people – men, women, and children…

fresh eyes whether hearing

so they can listen and learn to fear the

these stories for the 1st or

Lord your God…” We also teach to specific

100th time. In this DVD series,

depths and with a variety of lessons. This

Adam Hamilton delivers 1st-person

means a wiggly 4-year-old can discover

stories from the perspective of the Apostle John.

great biblical truths by acting out a Bible

We understand that summer is a busy season,

story, while adults may discuss responses

so if you have to miss some weeks, it will still be worth it to participate in this class. This exciting study will be facilitated by John and Ruth Germeraad.


to daily crises as they reflect on their trust in God. As an adult, are you interested in 1) the Bible as your textbook, 2) familyrelated studies, 3) more biblical knowledge, 4) historical studies, or 5) in-depth studies

June 4 to 25, 10:30-11:30am • Room 6

about characters or events in the Bible?

The Couples & Families Class will be studying this

We offer all of them. For help with choosing

4-part Passion Talk Series and all are welcome!

a class, please contact Carli Burton at 793-9760

Each week will include video and Scripture study.

x121 or

Louie Giglio is the pastor of Passion City Church, located in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a public speaker, author, and the founder of the Passion Movement. This study will be led by John Marsaglia.

LAUGH YOUR WAY TO A BETTER RELATIONSHIP July 2 to 30, 10:30-11:30am • Room 6 Strengthen, improve, or enrich your relationship through Mark Gungor’s hilarious, practical, and straight-forward advice. Through Mark’s insights, guidance, and interaction with one other, you will be able to make real, positive changes in any relationship, whether it be marriage or wherever you fall in your family unit. Bring your coffee and come to the Couples & Families class for this study led by Leslie Fotre-Leach. (This class subject will also be made available beginning in September at the 9:00am hour.) 8 G o o d T i d i n g s / JUNE 2017

CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES CLASS Featured this month is the Christian Perspectives Class. They meet in Room 5 at 10:30am. They participate in historical studies, in-depth studies, and contemporary and Scriptural topics. Their class leader is Terri Hempstead. Visitors and newcomers are warmly welcomed.

June 19 -23


9:00am – 12:00pm • Preschool through 5th Grade


We can’t wait for Maker Fun Factory Adventure Bible Camp! You can still register your child at, or registration cards are available at the Jeep and Boat in the KidLife area and in the Atrium.

SERVING OPPORTUNITIES It is not too late to sign up to help during ABC! Contact Stacy Kuhlmann at

Mark your calendars! ABC Set-Up will be happening Saturday, June 17, at 9:00am to 9:00pm. We will be starting with the hallways and the site rooms during the morning and afternoon hours. The large displays will be constructed in the Community Life Center. We will set up the Sanctuary and Atrium following the Saturday evening service. All hands are needed and appreciated!

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A huge thank you to all the volunteers


Contact: Stacy Kuhlmann, 793-9760 x238 or

who helped make this ministry year a meaningful learning adventure for the

Watch for posted curriculum information:

children! We are blessed to have you!



FACEBOOK KidLife at TotLife at

(Kindergarten to 3rd Grade)

(Birth to 5 Years) June brings the start of 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 start our summer adventure!

JUNE BIBLE POINTS Nursery & Toddlers Theme: Down on the farm with God! Preschool: Jesus empowers us! Christians trust God, serve each other, love each other, and give to 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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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 will 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!

"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

Registration has officially begun! There are just a few more spots left for students, so if you or your student is interested in this life-changing, spirit-equipping week, be sure to grab a registration form either outside Room 8 or online at under the “Youth” tab. All registrations must be notarized and payments must be made in full ($200 per student). The early registration deadline was Sunday, May 21, so it’s now first-come, first-served! Check out some of these pictures and highlights from last year’s retreat! You can also see a video recap online! Congrats to all of our newest members at Springfield First! These students were confirmed on Sunday, May 7! If you happen to see any of them around the church, be sure and congratulate them!

2017 CONFIRMATION CLASS Evan Capps, Christian DeJaynes, Grace Hoppe, Morgan Hubbard, Max Manning, Brady Marshall, Elizabeth Marshall, Kobe Martin, Jimmy McFadden, Samantha Mies, Eli Nehrt, Zach Pappas, Miles Ralph, Hannah Reigle, Parker Tate, and Mason Williams JUNE 2017 11





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.



WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE Date: Thursday, June 8 | Time: 9:30 am -12:30 pm | Where: Rooms 5/6 Special “extended to June” Fellowship: We will enjoy a devotional followed by a shortened game time so we can enjoy our FUN white elephant exchange. It can be a funny gift or something you are ready for someone else to enjoy. Spend no money on it. Please bring it wrapped in newspaper, a brown paper bag, or your choice. Invite a friend and have them bring a white elephant gift as well. Following, we will lunch together at the Village Tea Room.

UPCOMING TRIP: CHRISTMAS IN BRANSON Monday, November 6, to Thursday, November 9 Sign up now 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 (Irish singer), & Miracle of Christmas at the Sight and Sound Theater Thursday – heading home, with our now traditional stop at the World’s Largest Gift Shop

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).

and Redmon’s Candy Factory, and a new stop at the Red Door in Rolla, MO.

Cost for travel, hotel, baggage handling, tips, taxes, 7 shows (including tour and museum), plus 6 meals is $560.00 for double (2 paying adults per room), or $710.00 for single (1 paying adult per room). Christmas rates are higher, but the prices are “at-cost.” 12 G o o d T i d i n g s / JUNE 2017

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The Circles will not meet in June, July, or August as we have summer break.


Friday, June 2 UMW Board Meeting/Luncheon 10:00am/Noon Room 14/Community Life Center


Thank you to all who attended Spring Fling #21. It was very special to have Julia Ehorn and Sam Kauerauf entertain us with music. We are so proud of them. Special guests were Carol Sims, UMW Sangamon River District President, and Leanne Roseberry, District Shepherdess. Our speaker, Christina Krost, spoke of conservation ideas for Earth Day. Thank you for your generous donation to UMCOR’s fresh water project.

The United Methodist Women will meet at noon on June 2 for our monthly luncheon. Dennis Canny will be speaking to us about his role at Springfield First. It will be fun to hear from a former education administrator about his new position. June is also birthday month. The tables will be decorated for the season, and we ask that guests sit at their birthday month’s table. Please invite a neighbor or friend and join us. Call Crystal Russell at 801-2573 for your reservation. Suggested donation for lunch is $7.00; new visitors are treated to their first lunch.



Roger and Leanne Ross and their daughter Jane were special guests, and each had a few minutes to speak. It was a very pleasant event. Many well wishes were given for their new adventure in Missouri.

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 of each month at 10:15am to 2:30pm in Rooms 5/6. Bring your lunch.

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Roger Ross' Final Weekend at Springfield First The time has come and Rev. Dr. Roger Ross is saying goodbye to Springfield First. His last weekend will be June 3/4. A reception in his honor will be held after each of the services that weekend. Roger has been our lead pastor since August 2007 and is moving on to the Missouri Conference as Director for the Center of Congregational Excellence. Roger has touched thousands of lives and hearts during his tenure at Springfield First. The church itself has become mission-oriented under his guidance. To say he will be missed is an understatement. People have grown in the Holy Spirit with Roger’s help and have furthered their walk with Christ. Springfield First certainly will miss Roger, his wife Leanne, and their college-aged kids Zach and Jane. He passes the baton to Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmett who will be the new senior pastor as of July 1. - The Staff Parish Relations Committee

BUILDING & GROUNDS IMPROVEMENTS We are pleased to announce some exciting improvements to the facilities here at Springfield First. First, a highly visible and functional outdoor project will be the addition of a new 3-lane entrance/exit from the south on Wabash Avenue. This will serve as a main inlet/outlet for motorized vehicles off Wabash and will assist in traffic flow both onto and off the property.  The project will begin as soon as weather permits and will hopefully be completed this spring.  Also, our kitchen is in the process of undergoing some much-needed upgrades. Thanks to generous donations, the church was able to purchase a new commercial double-convection oven and to replace our current 6-burner range with a 10-burner unit that includes two standard ovens and two lift-off griddles. These enhancements will allow more productivity and efficiency for our wonderful volunteers to prepare the numerous meals that are served in our facility – including our Midweek Connect dinners, funeral luncheons, United Methodist Women luncheons, FUSION meals for youth, and many other events hosted in our facility.   Special Note: A huge thank you goes to the donors who financially assisted in making the kitchen upgrades possible! If you would like to donate toward a much-needed 2nd commercial refrigerator, you may make a tax-deductible charitable donation with a check made out to FUMC and “Kitchen Upgrades” in the memo field. Drop the check off with Executive Director Lana Salomonson or Sharon Sweeney in the church office. Bon appétit! 14 G o o d T i d i n g s /

JUNE 2017

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: Olivia Elizabeth Hannah Long

Financial Giving Updates First United Methodist Church In an effort to more effectively serve the church body we are posting our financial report at the following web

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Deaths Please hold in prayer the families of:

address. This will permit the church to update our financial

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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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Robert “Rob” Rulison     Virgil "Jack" Smiley    

june REAL Scriptures J O H N

June 1 – John 1:1-9

June 11 – John 3:22-36

June 21 – John 5:31-40

June 2 – John 1:10-18

June 12 – John 4:1-12

June 22 – John 5:41-47

June 3 – John 1:19-28

June 13 – John 4:13-26

June 23 – John 6:1-9

June 4 – John 1:29-34

June 14 – John 4:27-38

June 24 – John 6:10-15

June 5 – John 1:35-42

June 15 – John 4:39-45

June 25 – John 6:16-24

June 6 – John 1:43-50

June 16 – John 4:46-54

June 26 – John 6:25-34

June 7 – John 2:1-11

June 17 – John 5:1-10

June 27 – John 6:35-42

June 8 – John 2:12-25

June 18 – John 5:11-15

June 28 – John 6:43-51

June 9 – John 3:1-9

June 19 – John 5:16-23

June 29 – John 6:52-59

June 10 – John 3:10-21

June 20 – John 5:24-30

June 30 – John 6:60-71 JUNE 2017 15

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Upcoming Events




– Father’s Day

19-23 –

Roger Ross’ last weekend at Springfield First

Adventure Bible Camp (9:00am-12:00pm)



Starting Point (11:45am)




Roger Grimmett's first weekend at Springfield First


Building Closed


Prayer Retreat at the Chiara Center (8:30am)

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