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MARCH 2018 / Volume 52 / 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.


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 Worship Arts 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 | Associate Director of Music Ministry Stacy Kuhlmann | Director of Children's Ministry

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Aaron Havard | Director of IT & Tech Assistant Dennie Canny | Facilities Manager Jenny Hutcherson | Financial Administrator Kristi Osmond | Admin. Assistant Molly Bettis | Accountant Rachel Dempsey | Print Shop Sharon Sweeney | Executive Assistant Zach Pappas | Technical Arts Assistant

custodial STAFF Renoldo Gayton | Lead Custodian

STAFF emails: First initial and Last

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Recently, Brenda and I went to see the movie, Darkest Hour, on the big screen. The movie depicts the newly elected Prime Minister of Britain, Winston Churchill, being thrust into the foray of leadership and standing tall against the impending threat of Hitler and Nazi Germany. The Nazis are on the offensive advancing in Europe, having overtaken Norway and standing on the precipice of conquering Italy. The Parliament deposes Neville Chamberlain because of his lack of leadership and calls upon Winston Churchill who had his own personal detractors. Though Churchill had many personal struggles himself – he loved his port whiskey and his cigars – he was a brilliant leader who had a keen mind for knowing what needed to be done. You could say Churchill was a decisive leader. There were at least two people in his Cabinet that were outspoken and wanted Churchill to authorize peace talks with Hitler in order to seek a truce. Churchill said, “I will never surrender to that devil!” As tensions were rising, Churchill received assurance from the King of his support not to negotiate and instead to attack. Churchill then went to the people of Britain, and they said, “Don’t surrender.” At this point, Churchill had a deep resolve and conviction. He shared it with his Cabinet and then, in a rousing speech before the British Parliament, he laid out his vision not to surrender in the face of a rising German threat. Churchill and Britain made a wise decision not to surrender. History shows they made the right decision! Think with me for a moment about Jesus’ darkest hour. I don’t believe it was when he stood before Pilate. I don’t believe it was when he was arrested. I believe it was in the Garden of Gethsemane. (See Matthew 26:36-46.)

Though it was Jesus’ darkest hour, it became humanity’s glorious moment as we received grace and mercy, not judgment. Jesus knew what was before him. He knew of his impending appointment with the cross. He took his inner circle of Peter, James, and John with him to the Garden. (I was at the Garden of Gethsemane in February of 2016. For me it was one of the most spiritually moving moments in my trip to Israel.) Jesus asked the inner circle to pray as he went further into the garden. The Scripture says, “And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, yet not what I want but what you want’” (Matthew 26:39). At that moment, Jesus was aligning himself with the difficult choice of dying on the cross for the sin of the world. It would be fair to say that this was Jesus’ darkest hour. Later, the manifestation of that decision was carried out as Jesus died on the cross. Jesus addressed the mess in our lives and the world by freely giving his life for the Sin of the world. Though it was Jesus' darkest hour, it became humanity's glorious moment as we received grace and mercy, not judgment. Join us this Lent and Holy Week as God not only addresses our Mess, but provides a pathway out of our Mess. Praise be to God! Stay tuned because there is more to come! Friday is here, but Sunday is coming! Our God Reigns,


We will share in Communion as we remember Jesus’ last night on earth and His last supper with His disciples.  

MESSAGE SERIES March 3/4 Bless this Mess March 10/11 No Messing Around March 17/18 Address this Mess March 24/25 (Palm Sunday) The Message in the Mess

FRIDAY, APRIL 30 · GOOD FRIDAY AT 7:00pm On this day, we remember Jesus’ sacrifice for our sin. He willingly suffered and was crucified to pay the costly price for our sins, so we could be forgiven and reconciled to God.

EASTER On Easter, we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead by the power of God. Jesus’ resurrection makes forgiveness of sins and an eternal relationship with

LENTEN STUDY Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess, by Tom Berlin Many of our existing

God possible through our faith in Christ.   Please invite your friends, family, and neighbors as we celebrate the hope and joy we have in the Risen Christ!  

classes and groups


will be following the six-week study

5:30pm in the Sanctuary

by Tom Berlin that coincides with the sermon series, “Restored.” For a list


of those, go to Connection Point in

7:00am Easter Sunrise – led by StudentLife

the Atrium. If you don’t already have a class or group, the pastors are also leading this study during Midweek Connect on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm, starting on February 21.

9:00am in the Sanctuary and in the Community Life Center 10:30am in the Sanctuary

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EASTER OFFERING We have an incredible opportunity at Springfield First this Easter to be a part of something much larger than our own church. This spring, the Springfield area United Methodist Churches are embarking on a very ambitious project – building a new house together in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. This type of project is not foreign to Springfield First. Our church has partnered with Habitat many times before in building new homes. The major difference this time will be that we will be working side by side with sister UM churches in our community to make a difference in the lives of low-income residents. To be sure, we will need people willing to work at various stages in the project – both skilled and unskilled labor will be needed. In addition, monetary resources from our various churches will be required to meet our goal of providing affordable housing for low-income residents. Help us reach our goal this spring by contributing to our Easter offering. Designated gifts toward our Easter offering can be given anytime between now and Easter. We also invite you to follow and participate in the 30-day Lenten challenge that begins March 1 and culminates on Easter Sunday. Thank you for your generosity!

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY LENTEN CHALLENGE · Beginning March 1, we are encouraging all families to use this calendar and begin to set aside money for the house our church is helping to build. Each date includes a challenge, and setting aside a little change can make a big change in someone’s life!

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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 conference is one you won’t want to miss.

Coming to Springfield First UMC in partnership with The James Project

Big Daddy Weave and Brandon Heath Concert! Word Vision and Transparent Productions are once again bringing Big Daddy Weave to Springfield First! The Jesus I Believe Tour, featuring Big Daddy Weave and Brandon Heath, will be at Springfield First on Thursday, April 5! Doors open at 6:00pm, and the show begins at 7:00pm. General admission tickets are available at the church office for $20 each (cash or check). Any other ticket type (group rates, early entry, and ministry partner tickets) will be available online at

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

Attention men! We will be hosting the Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference on Saturday, March 17. This first-class one-day equipping conference is an outstanding resource for 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. Please sign up in the Atrium or, for more information, contact Kirk Laudeman ( or 217-899-2775) or Matt Overbey ( or 618-535-2787). MARCH 2018 5

SERVING Caring Friends Training Session Are you interested in visiting homebound members of our congregation? Two training sessions are available for those interested in serving in the area of visitation.

INTERESTED IN SERVING AT SPRINGFIELD FIRST? There are many ways to get involved at Springfield First, including serving opportunities. Highlighted below are a few areas that are currently in need of volunteers. You can serve once each month or more often if you would like.

Caring Friends (formerly called Visitation Volunteers)

Atrium Hospitality Team · Help on Sunday mornings with

choose a schedule that is convenient for them

coffee, snacks, and beverages. You can serve for a specific

(usually once a month) and are assigned one or

length of time so you can still attend your service.

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, February 25, at 9:00am, and Sunday, March 4, at 11:40am in Atrium 1. (Choose the time that works best with your

10:30am Service Team · There are a variety of ways to help out at the 10:30am service! We would love for you try out greeting, passing out bulletins, serving Communion, or ushering.

schedule. If neither does, please contact Carli Burton

Welcome Center/Connection Point · If you enjoy talking

to set up an alternate time.) Sign-up is requested but

to new guests, answering questions, and sharing what is

not necessary to attend. The facilitators will be

going on here at Springfield First, these are the places

Carli Burton and Reverend Mac Shotwell.

for you. Volunteers serve before or after each service.

Contact: Carli Burton at

Safety Team · The Safety and Medical Response team

or 793-9760 x121

Easter Lily Deliveries Volunteers are needed to deliver Easter lilies to our members who no longer are able to come out to services. The lilies may be picked up following the 10:30am Easter service on Sunday, April 1, or during the following couple of days. (The church will be closed on Monday, April 2.) If you can help with this important and meaningful ministry, please sign up in the Atrium. You will receive

is in place to assist in the case of any safety concerns arising within the church. Team members go through various trainings including CPR/AED. We are looking for individuals who want to serve once each month on Saturday evenings, Sunday mornings, or Sunday evenings. Funeral Meal Volunteers · Help to provide the comforting meal after a funeral, allowing grieving families time to relax and share memories. Opportunities include preparing food in our church kitchen, serving the family, and cleaning up,

a letter with the name(s) and address(es) of members

or bringing a salad or dessert to compliment the meal.

to deliver to, along with a card for you to sign and leave

Parking Lot Greeters · Be the smiling face that welcomes

with them. We appreciate your caring about them. Contact: Carli Burton at or 793-9760 x121

people as soon as they drive onto the church property. Bring a friend to serve with you! This will be a great place to serve, especially as the spring weather moves in. If you are interested in trying one of these serving opportunities or learning about others, contact Paige Cooper at or 793-9760 x238.

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MISSIONS Wee Care Wee Care is a way for us to show love to our newest, tiniest members.

SPRING CANTATA ~ SINGERS WANTED! The New Life Adult Choir, Handbell Choir, PreK-6th grade children’s choirs, and OneVoice Youth Choir will present the Spring Cantata, accompanied by a full orchestra, on May 6 at the 9:00am traditional service. The musical reenactment of the gospel will make your heart overflow

When a new child is born into our congregation, we have a special gift just for them (well… and their parents). If you know of a new little bundle of joy, please contact Stacy Kuhlmann at

with joy and thankfulness. We will be singing beautiful and exciting music from various musical styles, including selection from J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion, contemporary tork

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To register online, please visit Connect will continue on Wednesdays through March 28. 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 children and adults.

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 help them to understand the Bible.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULTS Contact: Pastor Mike Whitaker at Bringing It Home: Raising Christian Children Room 20 Led by Amanda Reed (Carbiener), this class will help you to take the lessons that your children learn here at church, and “bring them home” to create the best environment possible to raise your children in a Christian home. Conditioned for Position: 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.

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

Couples Class: Future Family · Atrium 2 Led by Brad and Erin Paris, this study by Andy Stanley provides direction and hope about what your future family might look like.

who have experienced a loss. Contact: Trish Quintenz at

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 will participate in the Lenten study based on Tom Berlin’s book, Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess. MARCH 2018 9


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


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

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!

All ages will embark on an adventure to understand Jesus’ journey leading up to Easter Sunday. Through children’s message time, worship, and interactive stations, children will begin to understand what Easter means for them.


PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 25 Children will be waving palms and walking through the worship services at 9:00 and 10:30am. After both services, children will have the chance to participate in the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt! Ages birth to 2 years will have their hunt on the playground outside Rooms 19 and 20. Preschoolers through 5th graders will have their hunt outside the doors to the Community Life Center. In case of inclement weather, we will bring the egg hunts inside! We would welcome donations of small candy, prizes, stickers, etc. to fill our 10,000+ eggs!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR ADVENTURE BIBLE CAMP · JUNE 18 – 22 Register at or pick up a paper form at check-in. ABC is for children ages 3 years through 5th grade.

Each classroom has a small container for our children’s mighty missions offerings, which will go to support clean water missions through UMCOR. We will keep track of this all year in KidLife! Children can make a difference even through spare change!

ABC Creation Days are so much fun! No artistic ability required, just a desire to see our ABC backdrops come to life! We invite all to come and help on these dates (9:00am-3:00pm in the Community Life Center):

March 10 and 24 · April 7 and 21 · May 5 and 19 Lunch will be provided on each of these dates. 10 G o o d T i d i n g s /

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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! Youcan also email StudentLife Director Matt Cleveland at



SUNDAY NIGHT FUSION SCHEDULE: 5:00-6:00pm - FUSION:Middle & High School Small Groups

Thank you to everyone who helped to make Student-Led Weekend at Springfield First such an amazing weekend! A special thanks to our church family who continually supports and encourages our student ministry by giving them such awesome opportunities as this! Thank you to all of our 2018 Beach Week shareholders! We’re overwhelmed by your generosity! If you would still like to be a shareholder in what God is doing through our summer retreat, Beach Week, you can go online to or contact StudentLife Director Matt Cleveland at

6:00-6:30pm - Dinner for all ages! 6:30-7:30pm - FUSION:High & Middle School Small Groups

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 back to normal? At some point, we’ll all find ourselves in or around a tragedy, but being 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! MARCH 2018 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.

AROUND THE TABLE ADVENTURE: SENIOR FELLOWSHIP (AGES 55+) Date: Thursday, March 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: Darlene Kern and Marguerite Borgman


a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will offer their affordable, non-invasive, and painless health screenings in the Community Life Center on April 10. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening. com/communitycircle or text the word “circle” to 797979.

Sweet treats and coffee will be ready when you arrive, and a delicious hot meal will be served at 11:45am. Our menu is corned beef, roasted cabbage, roasted potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, salads, drinks, and dessert. Suggested donation is $5.00.

RETIREMENT PEACE PROJECT is partnering with Springfield First to bring this special retirement income planning course on April 7 & 8. Retirement Peace University is an interactive, two-day workshop for all those over age 50. Attendees review over 40 financial and health decisions that shape the success of retirement. Learning to make better choices today can guard against retirement income and health challenges tomorrow. Springfield First receives pay-it-forward scholarships which include all class material and a written retirement plan. Seating is limited to 20 households. Sign up today to reserve your place! On Saturday, April 7, we will meet 10:00am to 4:00pm; please bring a sack lunch. On Sunday, April 8, we will meet 1:00 to 4:00pm. For more information, call Retirement Peace at 217-498-7700. Enroll at; use scholarship code: umc. 12 G o o d T i d i n g s / MARCH 2018

TRIP · CUBS VS. CARDS! We are going to Wrigley! 

On Wednesday, April 18, we will depart at 8:00am to watch the Cubs play the Cardinals in Wrigley Field. We have covered seating in section 215. The cost is $78.00 which includes your ticket, taxes, fees, and luxury travel. Please sign up in the Atrium. Make your check out to FUMC and place it in the black box by the sign-up sheet to hold your ticket.

WELCOME 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 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 April 5 Church Women United Human Rights Celebration Location TBA April 6 Board Meeting/Luncheon 10:00am/Noon Room 13/Community Life Center

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

LYDIA AND RACHEL CIRCLES The Rachel Circle and Lydia Circle will meet together on Friday, March 16, at 9:30am in Rooms 5/6. GUESS WHO IS COMING TO OUR MARCH LUNCHEON?! Our very own Dr. Roger Grimmett will be the speaker at our March luncheon! He has graciously agreed to allow us this time and opportunity to learn more about him. This luncheon is open to all women in the church, and we welcome visitors and neighbors to attend. Call Crystal Russell at 801-2573 for a reservation so we can get an accurate count for lunch. Suggested donation for lunch is $7.00; first-time guests are treated to lunch. CHURCH WOMEN UNITED The United Methodist Women are involved with this group of women from churches in our community. There are many upcoming activities 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. MARCH 2018 13


Easter Lily Dedication


Sharon Sweeney at 793-9760 x131

We are always looking to make improvements here at Springfield First, and this includes safety. You may have noticed in the past weeks that there are marked police cars outside of the church building on Sunday mornings: this is a proactive change. We want to make sure that this is a safe and welcoming environment for all, so, in addition to our regular safety team volunteers, we will now have two police officers present as well. Please know that this is not reactionary; we have not received any threats against the church or individuals. Once again, we are just always looking to improve. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact our


Director of Connections, Paige Cooper.

Would you like to give a lily in honor or in memory of someone at Easter? The suggested donation for a lily is $15, and we must receive the form and payment by Monday, March 19. 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

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! Congratulations to all of these students who joined Springfield First through Confirmation on Sunday, January 28! We’re so proud of each of these students, and we can’t wait to see what God does with and through them in the future! Registration for the next Confirmation class will be available at the start of the new school year. For more details, contact Matt Cleveland at

Confirmation Caleb Hamilton

Natalie Morey

Kayla Adkins

Claire Hamilton

Delaynee O’Brian

Jocelyn Allen

Cole Hamilton

Wesley Oliver

Aidann Barrett

Luke Harry

Justin Ping

Bailey Beggs

Damian Heard

Emma Robinson

Larissa Breneman

Nathan Hoerner

Grace Robinson

Madi Coryell

Nathan Hutcherson

Jackson Schaller

Isabella Dossett

Abigail Ledferd

Austin Shaffer

Kevin Ehorn

Amber Mies

Christian Schoeffel

Thank you for your generosity. It is through your giving to Unfinished that these 26 students were confirmed. You are making a difference in the lives of these students! 14 G o o d T i d i n g s /

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HEADED TO THE HOSPITAL? Make sure that you let them know at registration that your church is Springfield First UMC. This helps our pastors and congregational care team to know that you are in the hospital so that we can pray for you and visit you while you are there.



Welcome to God's family: Duke Warren Bradley Wesley Robert Oliver Emma Elizabeth Robinson

Our time in this

Time Change

world won't last forever, but our

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 11!

influence can. As you plan for the future, prayerfully consider tithing 10% of your estate to the church

remembrance of baptism Natalie Sue Morey

Deaths Please hold in prayer the families of: Keith Gibbs William “Bill” Shank Bill Winberg

for which Jesus gave his life.

march REAL Scriptures Judges

March 1 – Judges 1:1-13

March 11 – Judges 4:9-17

March 22 – Judges 7:13-21

March 2 – Judges 1:14-26

March 12 – Judges 4:18-24

March 23 – Judges 7:22-25

March 3 – Judges 1:27-36

March 13 – Judges 5:1-9

March 24 – Judges 8:1-9

March 4 – Judges 2:1-5

March 14 – Judges 5:10-18

March 25 – Judges 8:10-17

March 5 – Judges 2:6-15

March 15 – Judges 5:19-23

March 26 – Judges 8:18-27

March 6 – Judges 2:16-23

March 16 – Judges 5:24-31

March 27 – Judges 8:28-35

March 7 – Judges 3:1-11

March 17 – Judges 6:1-10

March 28 – Judges 9:1-8

March 8 – Judges 3:12-19

March 18 – Judges 6:11-18

March 29 – Judges 9:9-20

March 9 – Judges 3:20-31

March 19 – Judges 6:19-28

March 30 – Judges 9:21-33

March 10 – Judges 4:1-8

March 20 – Judges 6:29-40

March 31 – Judges 9:34-45

March 21 – Judges 7:1-12 MARCH 2018 15

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Grief Share begins (6:00pm)


Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference (8:30am)


Palm Sunday


Children’s Easter Egg Hunts (9:00am & 10:30am)


Maundy Thursday Service (7:00pm)


Good Friday Service (7:00pm)



– Easter Sunrise Service (7:00am)


Building Closed


Big Daddy Weave Concert (7:00pm)

27-28 – 28

Empowered to Connect Conference (9:00am) Prayer Retreat at the Chiara Center (8:30am)


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

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March 2018  
March 2018