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MARCH 2017 / Volume 51 / Issue 3

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.


When I was traveling home from Africa last


month, we had a layover at an airport in Brussels.

Dr. Roger Ross | Lead Pastor

After the long flight from Liberia, I noticed that my

Rev. Mike Whitaker | Pastor Rev. Nicole Cox | Pastor

phone was dying. There was free wi-fi at the airport, so I was really looking forward to being able to video chat with my kids after not seeing their faces for 2


weeks! In order to do that, I needed to get my phone

Brennan Pappas | Director of Technical Arts

charged. So, I found an outlet, plugged in my phone,

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


asked a teammate to watch it, and went to walk around the airport. (I had been sitting for way too long). After a nice long walk to stretch out, I headed back to FaceTime my kiddos. I couldn’t wait! I picked up my phone, expecting it to be at least 50% charged. It wasn’t. In fact, there was less battery than when I plugged it in. That’s when I realized that the charger wasn’t connected to the outlet. Being connected is important. And not just with phone chargers! At Springfield First, we believe that our lives are enhanced when we are connected to the church. Our faith really begins to deepen and grow when we get connected. During the season of Lent, our sermon series will be called Connected. Each week we will be talking about the important ways that we can get

Aaron Havard | Information Technology

better connected to our church family in order to deepen our faith. This

Dennie Canny | Facilities Manager

series will be based on the book, I Am a Church Member, by Thom S. Rainer.

Jenny Hutcherson | Admin. Assistant Molly Bettis | Accountant Pam Long | Financial Secretary

We invite you to pick up the book (it is a short, quick read) in our bookstore for $8. We will also have several small groups and classes that will be doing a study on the book. We hope you will find one that fits your schedule!

Sharon Sweeney | Executive Assistant

STAFF emails: First initial and Last

Being connected to your church family can change everything. Let’s learn together how we can deepen our faith and our commitment to God and Springfield First!

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L E N T LENTEN DEVOTIONALS Lent is a 46-day period leading up to Easter when we engage in spiritual disciplines to help prepare us for Jesus’ Resurrection. The Lenten Devotionals will be a unique tool to help us with that. Written by members of Springfield First, the devotional will offer a Scripture, a short reflection, and a prayer based on the themes of I Am a Church Member. A free, printed version of the devotional guide is available in the Atrium, or you can receive an electronic version in your email inbox each day. Sign up in the Atrium or online at

ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 The Ash Wednesday service will be in the Community Life Center on March 1 at 6:15-6:45pm. Please refer to page 6 for more details.

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Join us for an evening of food and fun – for a cause! Dinner will be served in the Community Life Center at 6:00pm and trivia will begin at 7:00pm.

Youth Choir Variety Show Saturday, March 11, at 6:45pm OneVoice is going to New Orleans this summer! Mark your calendars for a free evening of food and entertainment to help us raise funds to get there! The Youth Choir will be presenting a variety show with a delicious dinner for you to enjoy in the Community Life Center. Tickets are free, and donations are appreciated as they will help to cover our travel costs. You can get your ticket from the church office or on the weekend of March 4/5 between services. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact Elyssa Carlisle at Thank you for supporting our youth!


SAVE THE DATE: August 10 & 11

As you look ahead on your calendar, be sure to include the Global Leadership Summit as part of your summer plans. Join hundreds of people from our church, our community, and the surrounding area who will attend this life-changing seminar at Springfield First. Whether you serve as a leader in this church, at your work, in a community service position, or in your family, this is one conference you won’t want to miss. 4 G o o d T i d i n g s / MARCH 2017

Dinner includes soup, salads, drink, and dessert. Suggested donation is $10.00 per person. To reserve a table (9 people max), contact Kim Dow at 299-1398 or All proceeds go to the Springfield First Missions Council. 

ATTENTION MEN! We will be hosting the Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference on Saturday, March 18. This first-class one-day equipping conference is an outstanding resource for our ministry to men. Since 2007, over 18,000 men in the Midwest have been blessed, fed, and sharpened by Iron Sharpens Iron. This conference is for men of all ages, 13 and up. Cost is only $47 plus $8 if you want the optional on-site lunch. There will be sixteen different seminars offered for men. Please sign up in the Atriums or, for more information, contact Kirk Laudeman at 899-2775.

BIG DADDY WEAVE CONCERT FRIDAY, MARCH 10 AT 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm ) The contemporary Christian band, Big Daddy Weave, is coming to Springfield First! This group is one of the 10 most played artists in Christian radio over the past decade. Tickets are $20 each and are available in the church office (cash or check) Monday through Friday at 8:30am to 4:30pm. To pay by credit card, or to purchase VIP or early admission tickets, please visit our website at



Morning Shift (8:30am-12:00pm) or Afternoon Shift (1:00-3:30pm) Join us for a fantastic and easy serving opportunity. We will be sorting medical supplies at the Hospital Sister Mission (4930 Laverna Road in Springfield) to be shipped overseas. Minimum age to volunteer is 13. For more info, contact Susan Stitt at

COME AND JOIN US AT HENDERSON SETTLEMENT IN FRAKES, KY! JULY 16-22 It's a perfect opportunity to serve families in Appalachia. We will be doing home repair, as well as spending time with the homeowners and their families. No experience needed! Just bring your love for God and his people. He will use you where you are most needed! Contact Sue Nelson for more information at 691-5903 or

SPRING CANTATA – SINGERS WANTED! The New Life Adult Choir, children’s choirs, and the Youth OneVoice Choir will present a Spring Cantata accompanied by a full orchestra on May 7 at the 9:00am traditional service. We will be singing beautiful and exciting music from various styles, ranging from classical masterpieces and southern gospels to hymns in symphonic style. We need a big choir to lead the worship! If you are interested in singing, come and join us! Rehearsals will take place in Room 22 at 7:00pm every Thursday. You only need to attend the first portion of the weekly rehearsal which will take about 35-40 minutes. For more information, contact See Tsai Chan at

CARING FRIENDS MINISTRY VISITATION TRAINING Two sessions are available to attend a training for those already serving and those interested in serving in the area of visitation. Caring Friends (formerly called Visitation Volunteers) choose a schedule that is convenient and are assigned one or two people to visit. You may also choose to visit a friend or acquaintance that has very limited availability to attend church. You In a totally unexpected fashion, we have now will be provided what you need for this received $44,337.05 for our Christmas special ministry, such as introductory cards, offering! This means we will send over $22,000 report sheets, and more. to both the School of Hope in Haiti that has 400 students, and the John Wesley United Methodist Choose one of these training sessions: School in Liberia that has over 800 students.   Sunday, March 19, at 9:10am, or Sunday, Remember, one dollar sends one child to March 26 at 11:40am in Atrium 1. If neither school for one day, including a meal, books, of these times works with your schedule, and school uniforms. Your generosity is please contact Carli to set up an alternate literally changing lives and giving hope time. The facilitator will be Carli Burton, with to children, youth, and their families our special guest speaker, Reverend Mac Shotwell. on a daily basis. Thank you for For more information, contact Carli Burton at reflecting God’s heart or 793-9760 x121. for the poor.


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Midweek Connect To register online, please visit Connect will continue on Wednesdays through April 5. It’s not too late for you to come! Dinner is 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 all ages.

ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 Dinner will be served as part of Midweek Connect at 5:45-6:15pm in the Community Life Center, followed by an Ash Wednesday service at 6:15-6:45pm, also in the Community Life Center. Classes will follow at 6:45-8:00pm.

EARLY CHILDHOOD · Contact: Stacy Kuhlmann at 793-9760 x238 or Children ages birth through 5 can join in the fun of our midweek programs at 6:30-8:00pm. They will have their own age-appropriate activities while learning about God’s love for them.

Creative Creations Childcare (0-2 years) · Room 18 Children will explore God’s amazing creation. Bible Buddies (3-5 years) · Room 17 We will be using the new DiscipleLand “Discover Jesus” curriculum!

KIDLIFE S.M.A.S.H. WEDNESDAYS · Contact: Nancy Angulo at 793-9760 x227 or S.M.A.S.H. is a fun, informal environment of encouragement and empowerment for kids in kindergarten through 6th grade to become confident in their daily faith experience. Kids engage in activities that appeal to their special interests as they build friendships and are challenged by caring leaders to apply specific Bible principles in the everyday things they do.

SMASH Activities for March 1 to April 5: S – Sports: Group games, teamwork, special skills development M – Music & Drama at 5:00-6:15pm: Kids can participate in the kids’ choir, drama, kids’ worship team, and special music for Easter! (Dinner will be available for kids in Music & Drama at 6:15pm.) A – Art: Watercolor painting, pastel flower creations, tape resistant & watercolor prints S – Science & Technology: Animal science (dissect owl pellets), weather science experiments, STEM engineering activities H – Hobbies: Fun food creations, scrapbooking memories, kids’ gardening, around-the-world games SMASH Weekly Bible Challenge! Each week kids engage in fun challenges and trivia review based on a Bible lesson to help them learn and know God’s Word. Kids are challenged to complete a level of knowledge as they learn God’s Big Story from creation in Genesis to prophecy in Revelation! Along the way, they will memorize the books of the Bible, learn how much God loves them, and discover God’s amazing plan for them through Jesus.

• To help in children’s ministries on Wednesday evenings, contact Nancy Angulo at 793-9760 x227 or 6 G o o d T i d i n g s / MARCH 2017

ADULT OPPORTUNITIES Contact: Jenny Hutcherson at 793-9760 x231 or

STARTING MARCH 1: Lent Study: I Am a Church Member March 1 to April 5 · Room 8 This is one of several opportunities that will be offered during Lent to study I Am a Church Member, by Thom S. Rainer.

ONGOING: Alpha: An Introduction to the Christian Faith February 1 to March 29 · Room 2 Are you exploring your faith, or would you like a refresher course? Alpha is a 9-week, interactive, and practical introduction to the Christian faith. Each session will explore a different question about God and faith and will conclude with a time for open discussion Couples Class: Marriage: Built to Last February 1 to April 5 · Atrium 2 In this DVD series led by author Chip Ingram, 24 couples share real-life stories about their honest questions and struggles as they seek to build a marriage that will last a lifetime. I Never Found That Rocking Chair: God’s Call at Retirement February 1 to April 5 · Atrium couch area Led by Mac Shotwell, this study offers a new vision of retirement – a vision that can be a time of rewarding involvement and deepening spirituality. Class size is limited to 15. Invitation to Romans February 1 to March 29 · Room 4 This 9-week study will provide historical background and an understanding of Paul and his message of God’s love for all people. We will compare what Paul writes in Romans to what theologians like Augustine, Luther, and Calvin say in trying to understand Paul in their time. This study is in-depth and includes homework.

Wednesday Bible Study: 1 Corinthians Beginning February 1 · Room 6 Open to men and women, this study led by Glenna Lein will look at the book of 1 Corinthians in great detail, usually a chapter a session. Bring your Bible, as we will not be using any other study book. Extra Bibles will be available to borrow. Class size is limited to 15. Women’s Study: The Remarkable Women of the Bible February 1 to April 5 · Room 7 Elizabeth George’s book offers an inspiring look at the lives of women in the Bible. Each week, we will study the life of a different woman from the Bible and read her story from Scripture. Young Adults All Wednesdays · Room 22 Meet with other young adults to connect with each other and Christ through study, fellowship, and missions.

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CLASSES SPRINGFIELD FIRST BELIEVES SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES ARE A PLACE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS OF ALL AGES TO GROW IN THE LORD AND LEARN HIS WORD. Benefits of Sunday morning classes #5 With the work, family, and activity schedules most of us juggle, it is easier to come to church one hour earlier or leave one hour later than to arrange another night out during the week. By having it on Sunday, children can be taught during either hour, while the adults are also learning. Sunday morning classes are available at both 9:00am and 10:30am. We take seriously the task of helping you grow in the Lord and His Word.

STUDENTLIFE PARENTS CLASS Featured this month is the StudentLife Parents Sunday morning class, taught by Jeff Whitehouse in Room 4 at 9:00am. Any parent or guardian of a student in 6th to 12th grade is invited to attend. This class helps the family to learn, grow, and be strengthened spiritually. Currently, they are studying the book of Galatians, while the Junior High and High School Sunday morning classes learn from the same Scripture readings.   


Parents of children in kindergarten through 5th grade – this is especially for you! • Have you been wanting to grow in knowledge of God & the Bible as a family? • Have you wondered how you can make this knowledge relevant in your daily living? Our KidLife curriculum can help! We are beginning a KidLife Parent Class which will launch on Sunday, March 5. We will meet on the 1st Sunday of each month at 10:00-10:25am in Room 11 (KidLife area). This abbreviated class will review the lessons taught to your children, but at an adult level. It will equip you as a family to learn together and reinforce the lessons with one another. We will also enjoy meeting other parents, our KidLife Director, and other ministry directors. This class will be taught by Amanda Carbiener,, or contact Carli Burton at for more information.

COUPLES AND FAMILY CLASS We are MOVING! New Room, same time. Beginning March 19, we will be meeting in Room 6 at 10:30am. We hope to seeing you there!

GRIEF SHARE Mondays, March 13 to May 22, 6:00-8:00pm • Room 2 This 10-week 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 experienced a loss. Contact: Trish Quintenz at 8 G o o d T i d i n g s / MARCH 2017




One bracelet = One week of clean water. That’s the idea behind the MudLove bracelets now available in the Springfield First bookstore. For every $8 bracelet purchased, a person in the Central African Republic gets a week of clean water. Several colors and styles are available. Come take a look at our MudLove bracelets, as well as our FairTrade jewelry! 

FUN TIMES AT PAMPER YOU! 108 women and 47 kids enjoyed a fun and relaxing evening full of massage, canvas painting, nail painting, DIY facials, desserts, photo booth, upper cervical testing, essential oils, and LipSense testing.


We are making plans to attend the Hearts at Home Conference in Peoria on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22. Choose to come for one day or both. On Friday night, there is a girls' night out option. It is important as women, wives, mothers, and daughters that we take time for ourselves to be able to pour into others. Register individually at the Hearts and Home link: Conference cost is $105 for one day or $160 for both, and $20 for girls’ night out.  We have hotel rooms reserved, so please contact Chantel Corrie if you are interested or want more details: Invite your friends. Every mom needs a getaway and new ideas for making life better. Looking forward to a fun adventure! MARCH 2017 9

Early childhood contact: Stacy Kuhlmann, 793-9760 x238 or

K-5th grade contact: Nancy Angulo, 793-9760 x227 or



(Kindergarten – 5th Grade)

(Birth – 5 Years)

In February, we had a great time sharing God’s love with people we knew or met during the month. The preschool mission project included making Valentine cards for children at Memorial Medical Center. God created every child uniquely for His glory, carefully forming every detail before birth. They are never too young to begin their faith journey.

Kids are taught to say, “I’m sorry,” from a very early age. They learn how to apologize and ask for forgiveness when they do something wrong to someone else. It is a hard lesson for anyone to learn how to humble themselves and ask for forgiveness. Perhaps what is even harder is to forgive those who have wronged us. Without forgiveness, we cannot be the people God intends for us to be. Kids need to know that when it’s tough to forgive, we can look to the example that Jesus has given us. During the month of March, kids will learn about Jesus’ parables each week and how God forgives us because Jesus took our punishment for sin. God decided we didn’t have to pay for the wrong we have done against Him and we can learn to do the same for others.


MARCH BIBLE POINTS Nursery: God made dogs, cats, rabbits, and monkeys. Toddlers: God is kind, smart, good, and is my Lord. Preschool: The book of Genesis continues this month with Noah, Abraham, and Lot.

ADVENTURE BIBLE CAMP * June 19-23 9:00am -12:00pm

Online registration opens March 1 at! Get ready for one powerful week where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God. If you would like to be part of the AMAZING team of volunteers who share the love of Jesus with the kids during the week of ABC, sign up online or contact Nancy Angulo at 793-9760 x227 or

We are also beginning to collect for ABC decorations. The following items will start us off on some wonderful inventions: coffee cans and lids, soup cans, paper towel tubes, and old hand tools you don’t mind being painted! Drop them off in the KidLife area. Thank you!

Easter in KidLife

• K-5th Grade

PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH – 9:00am & 10:30am Kids sing Hosanna! Kids learn about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and will celebrate with the adults by singing and waving palm branches during the worship services. A special worship time for kids will follow as we walk with Jesus through His days leading up to Good Friday. Kids will learn why Easter is so important through engaging stations and will end with a fun egg hunt. Times as listed below:

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH – 9:00am & 10:30am Kids Celebrate Jesus at the Easter Celebration! Kids continue their walk with Jesus through exciting Easter stations that lead up to the resurrection of Jesus! Kids will take part in a special time of worship as they learn what it means to really follow Jesus!

9:00am WORSHIP EXPERIENCE: Walk with Jesus activities from 8:45-9:45am / Egg hunt at 9:45am 10:30am WORSHIP EXPERIENCE: Walk with Jesus activities from 10:15 -11:45am  / Egg hunt at 11:45am 10 G o o d T i d i n g s / MARCH 2017

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


Science is fascinating. Even if you hate science class, you have to admit that the idea of conducting experiments is cool. It’s amazing how adding just a few drops of one chemical can create a reaction, adding a few drops of another can stop or deactivate the same reaction, and adding a few drops of a third chemical can make the first two glow in the dark or make them explode! What’s crazy is that you can’t tell by looking at something what reaction it will cause. Maybe it’s an activator. Maybe it’s a deactivator. Maybe it’s neither. The only way to know is to keep testing it out and see what happens.


Believe it or not, this is something faith and science have in common. We all experience moments that have the potential to activate or deactivate our faith, and it’s hard to tell at first glance which is happening. This was especially true in the life of one of Jesus’ followers and dear friends, Peter. As we take a closer look at his ups and downs, we’ll discover how sometimes the very experiences that threaten to destroy our faith are the ones that can activate it in a whole new way.

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We have officially begun adding students to our Beach Week 2017 “Wait-List.” Chances are still good for students to come along, but students and parents need to reach out to StudentLife Director Matt Cleveland @ ASAP to sign up today! MARCH 2017 11

Senior Opportunities

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.

AROUND THE TABLE ADVENTURE: Senior Fellowship All are invited to this fellowship on the 2nd Thursday of each month, September through June.

Date: Thursday, March 9 / 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: Charlie Weishaupt and Carli Burton Meal: Corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, vegetable, salad, rolls, dessert. Suggested donation is $6.00 for all-you-can-eat or until it’s gone.

upcoming trips: THE LION KING IS SOLD OUT. YOU MAY SIGN UP ON OUR WAITING LIST IN THE ATRIUM. • Floor tickets on Thursday, April 20 • Depart at 9:00am from the Springfield First parking lot. Stop at the Cracker Barrel in Troy, IL, for brunch. • Show time is 1:00pm. • Cost of ticket and luxury travel is $95.00 with brunch on our own. • Sign up in the Atrium. Your payment holds your seat. Please make checks out to FUMC.

CHRISTMAS IN BRANSON • 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 Museum Thursday – heading home, after our "traditional" stop at the World’s Largest Gift Shop and Redmon’s Candy Factory Cost for travel, hotel, baggage handling, tips, taxes, 7 shows, 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”. OPTIONAL CANCELLATION PROTECTION PLAN that covers shows and meals for a non-refundable $25 per person is available. Individuals may then cancel up to 72 business hours prior to group's arrival for any reason and receive a refund (less a 10% processing fee). 12 G o o d T i d i n g s / MARCH 2017


WE ARE FAITH, LOVE, AND JOY IN ACTION AT SPRINGFIELD FIRST. All women are welcome to come for any activity.

LYDIA AND RACHEL CIRCLE The Circles meet once a month. Lydia Circle meets on the 3rd Friday of each month at 9:30am in Room 5. Rachel Circle meets at 7:00pm on the 3rd Wednesday in Atrium 2. Any questions, contact Crystal Russell at 801-2573.

A LOVE PROJECT FOR ASBURY SUPPER HOUR CHILDREN The Soul Seekers, a Springfield First small group, made pillowcases galore thanks to Shirley Major, Karen Meyers, Carole Ball, Ginny Sanert, Linda Grimm, Sherry Struck, Barb Zuspann, and funds received from the United Methodist Women to help purchase material. Several friends of Soul Seekers members contributed funds also for this Love gift. This community event which United Methodist Women helped with included Susan Vono Cain from Vono Medical Supplies, who provided the fleece and coordinated the blankets being made by four Senior Facilities in Springfield and Jacksonville. This Valentine gift was provided to each child at Asbury Supper Hour and included a new fleece blanket, new pillow, and pillowcase. The precious children of Asbury Supper Hour will be covered in His warm love for some time.

MARCH 3 LUNCHEON Please come as we listen to a speaker from the Midwest Mission Distribution Center’s Twice Giving gift shop. A variety of items being sold at the shop will be available to view or buy. Invite a neighbor or friend. To make a reservation, call Crystal Russell at 801-2573. Suggested donation for the luncheon is $7.00; new visitors are treated to their first lunch.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday, March 3 UMW Board Meeting/Luncheon 10:00am/Noon Room 14/Community Life Center Friday, March 3 Church Women United World Day of Prayer 1:00pm Wednesday, March 15 Rachel Circle 7:00pm – Atrium 2 Friday, March 17 Lydia Circle 9:30am – Rooms 5/6

SPRING FLING, APRIL 22 Mark your calendar for this fun event, and invite your friends, neighbors, and family. If you would like to get involved in the planning, we would welcome anyone to attend the Rachel Circle meeting on March 15 in Atrium 2 at 7:00pm.

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 of each month at 10:15am to 2:30pm in Rooms 5/6. Bring your lunch. MARCH 2017 13



to the many volunteers who made Valentines, sorted goodies and gifts, filled and dressed Valentine bags, and delivered them to our members who can no longer attend services. It was as much a blessing to those preparing and delivering as it was to those received them. Thank you, also, to our congregation and our students and children who wrote and made Valentine cards.

Would you like to give a lily in honor or in memory of someone at Easter? The suggested donation for a lily is $15.00, and we must receive the form and payment (cash or check) by Monday, April 3. Dedication forms and payment box are in the Atrium. Please make checks payable to FUMC. You may also mail the information to Easter Lily Dedication, FUMC, 2941 S Koke Mill Rd, Springfield, IL 62711. Please do not put the dedication or money in the offering plate. For questions or more information, contact Sharon Sweeney at 793-9760 x131 or

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– Carli Burton, Director of Senior Ministries

2016 YEAR-END UPDATE By God’s grace and your generous hearts, 2016 was a good giving year for our operating ministry fund. We expected that 2016 would not be reported as finishing in the black, and we were right. Although our operating gifts were about one and a half percent below 2015, our challenge was a major need for effective ministry. Since our building was built, we have had continuous problems with heating and cooling. It’s been too hot in the winter and too cold in the summer. We’ve also had no control over the temperature in individual rooms. To solve that problem, our Trustees employed a company named ENTEC to completely redo our HVAC system. The fix involved a large, one-time expense of a little under $280,000 that shows up as an operating fund expense. However, a short-term loan of $300,000 was used by the Trustees to cover that expense. Because the loan could not be counted as a contribution, the expense was charged to our operating fund and resulted in a reported deficit. In reality, the cost of ENTEC’s work was covered by the loan. Here’s the good news. ENTEC’s fix will save us at least $66,000 in heating and cooling expenses every year from 2017 forward. In less than 5 years, this fix will pay for itself! Without that large, one-time expense, we were actually in the black by over $105,000. That’s something to celebrate! Many thanks to our Trustees for intentionally making this strategic move in 2016 to save much more in the future. As always, thank you for your faithfulness to the mission and ministry of Jesus through Springfield First.


Due to a lack of response to our monthly blood pressure


check station, our volunteer nurses are going to put their efforts into serving our church and the community in other ways. We thank all the nurses that have served in this ministry over the years.

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.

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 12!


Financial Giving Updates First United Methodist Church In an effort to more effectively serve the church body

Welcome to God's family: Griffin Jay Brantner Jacob Riley Dickerson Leslie Gene Hearn  

Baptism recommitment Kendra Jannell Branch Overbey


we are posting our financial report at the following web address. This will permit the church to update our financial information in a more timely manner and provide more immediate access when desired. The financial information can be found at the following address:

Please hold in prayer the families of: Jonathan Greig Gertrude Mahaffey Hetty Moffet Evelyn Perry Dan Vaughn

march REAL Scriptures Beginning Ash Wednesday and continuing through the season of Lent, we will be using the Lenten Devotionals in place of the REAL Scriptures. If you already receive the REAL Scriptures electronically, you will automatically receive the Lenten Devotionals. If you would like to sign up, you may do so in the Atrium or online at MARCH 2017 15

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Upcoming Events



Ash Wednesday service (6:15-6:45pm in CLC)


Lent Study begins (6:30pm)


Big Daddy Weave Concert (7:00pm)


OneVoice Youth Choir Variety Show (6:45pm)


Time Change – Spring Forward!


Grief Share class begins (6:00pm)


Iron Sharpens Iron (8:30am-5:00pm)


Trivia Night and Dinner (6:00pm)



Palm Sunday Open House


Maundy Thursday Service (7:00pm)


Good Friday Service (7:00pm)


Easter Sunrise Service (7:00am)


United Methodist Women Spring Fling (12:00pm)


Prayer Retreat at the Chiara Center (1:00-4:30pm)


Starting Point (11:45am)

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

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