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MAY 2017 / Volume 51 / Issue 5


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.

PHONE 217.793.9760 WWW.SPRINGFIELDFIRST.ORG

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 Renaldo Gayton | Lead Custodian

STAFF emails: First initial and Last name@springfieldfirst.org

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t’s one of my all-time favorite movies. In the original, Billy Crystal plays the part of Mitch Robbins, a husband, father, and radio advertiser who has lost his smile. For his 39th birthday, his two best friends take him on a 600-mile cattle drive for “city slickers.” On the drive, Mitch gets paired up with the Trail Boss. Curly is one of the last of the true cowboys—a surly old guy who doesn't like city folk much. While rounding up the herd, Curly turns to Mitch and says, “Do you know what the secret of life is?"

"No, what?" says Mitch. "THIS," says Curly, holding up a leather-gloved finger. "Your finger?" says Mitch. "One thing. Just one thing," says Curly. "You stick to that and everything else don't mean nothing." "That's great," says Mitch, "but what is the one thing?" Curly says, "That's what you've got to figure out."

Curly knew what all people who have the greatest impact and the most joy discover: the secret to life is focus. What is your “one thing”? Jesus was crystal clear on his. He talked about it all the time. In fact, he really only had one sermon and shared it over and over. Jesus’ one thing was the Kingdom of God. He started his ministry by saying, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near” (Matthew 4:17). Just hours before Jesus died, the thief on the cross asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his Kingdom. Following that first Easter, Luke writes in the book of Acts, After his suffering Jesus presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). It was Jesus’ favorite topic. He even taught his disciples to pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. In words and with actions, Jesus did everything he could to paint a picture of what the Kingdom of God looks like. We want to follow his lead in our new series, What on Earth? Our goal is to find practical ways to make Jesus’ one thing our one thing. Once we’ve got that, nothing else matters. By Grace,

P.S. Join in our “One Thing Weekend” on May 6-7 as we find ways to bring God’s Kingdom on earth through humbly serving others. 2 G o o d T i d i n g s / MAY 2017


Option A - Blue

Option B - Green

MESSAGE SERIES

MAY 6/7: PRAY ALWAYS

MESSAGE SERIES

MAY 13/14: THE KINGDOM AND CHILDREN MAY 20/21: THE KINGDOM AND SERVANTHOOD MAY 27/28: THE KINGDOM AND TREASURE MAY 2017 3


EVENTS

HURRY! SUPER EARLY BIRD PRICING ENDS SOON!

REGISTER TODAY! Now is the perfect time for you and/or your organization to register for the 2017 Global Leadership Summit (GLS). The GLS is an annual premier leadership training event that will take place on Thursday, August 10, and Friday, August 11. Springfield First will once again be the host site in Central Illinois for this event. 86% of GLS attendees learned team-building skills that increased their job satisfaction and productivity. The 2017 GLS is expected to draw over 400,000 church and business leaders to conference sites in more than 550 locations around the U.S. and many more internationally, where talks from world-class leadership experts will be beamed live via simulcast to Springfield First.

2017 25% of GLS attendees experienced a revitalized personal relationship with God. Everyone has influence and the potential to spark positive change in our community. 61% of GLS attendees said their organization is more effective because a clearer vision prioritized essential from non-essential activity. If you have never experienced the power of the GLS, or if you participate every year, we ask that you prayerfully consider attending this year’s event on August 10-11. Now, more than ever, we need better leaders in our community! Register by July 11 at www.springfieldfirst.org to take advantage of early registration rates!

Spring Cantata ~ My Father's World “This is my Father’s world, why should my heart be sad? The Lord is King! Let the heavens ring. God reigns! Let the earth be glad.” The New Life Adult Choir, OneVoice Youth Choir, K-6th grade children's choirs, and the Lincoln Land Community College Choir will present the Spring Cantata, My Father’s World, accompanied by a full orchestra on May 7 at the 9:00am traditional service. We will be singing beautiful and exciting music from various musical styles, including selections from choral classics such as Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” exciting southern gospel music in contemporary style, as well as favorite hymn arrangements in symphonic style. So come and let your hearts be filled with the joy of our Risen Lord! As we proclaim the grace and glory of God our Father, invite your friends and neighbors to experience this reviving and uplifting worship together! 4 G o o d T i d i n g s / MAY 2017


OPEN TO ALL AGES! ALL-CHURCH CARDINALS VS. DODGERS

TRIP TO BUSCH STADIUM Monday, May 29, Memorial Day

Bring the gang and join us for a 1:15pm game. Departure from Springfield First will be at 10:00am. We will take a break mid-travel to purchase snacks.  Following the game we will eat dinner at Maverick Steak House (on our own) in Litchfield. The cost is $64.00 for luxury travel and tickets in the Left Field Porch (under cover for protection against rain or hot sun). Please sign up in the Atrium and deposit your check (made out to FUMC) in the black box; this will secure your ticket.  Contact: Carli Burton, cburton@springfieldfirst.org

Purpose Filled Women’s Ministry will be hosting a Paint & Game Night in the Atrium on Friday, May 5, at 6:00-9:00pm.

GROUP LIFE

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IN THE MEN’S FUN LEAGUE

It's that time of year again to break out the clubs, get some fresh air, and attempt not to hit any balls into the pond! All men are invited to join FUMC’s golf league at Brookhills Golf Club (5350 Old Jacksonville Road, Springfield, IL 62711). Tee off times range from 4:00-5:30pm on Monday evenings. Cost is $9 if you walk. We play straight through summer until fall. This is a fun and casual league meant for socializing and building community while attempting to play golf. For more information or to sign up, contact Scot Vogler at BigV2242@yahoo.com or 618-210-8011, or Dr. Les Hohenstein at lhohenstein@comcast.net or 787-9184.

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Connect with your creative side and hang out with your friends

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CHURCH LIFE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! Please welcome these newest members to the Springfield First community. Amanda Carbiener is currently a student with the goal of working in special needs ministry. She is mom to Cameron and Abigail who attend Glenwood HS and Kaitlin and Samuel who attend Glenwood Elementary; you will see them singing in the kids’ choir. She enjoys reading. Amanda is serving as an usher, Communion server, and in GroupLife as the teacher for the KidLife Parents Class. Ryan Reed is a boiler and pressure vessel inspector for HSB Insurance and Inspection Company. Ryan was also in the Navy as a submariner. His daughter Zara attends Glenwood Elementary and sings in the choir here. Ryan enjoys video games and anything outdoors. He serves as an usher. Carolyn Fleischli is the Director of Finance at Midwest Office Supply. Her son Avery attends Columbia University in Chicago. She enjoys theater, singing, dancing, and baking cupcakes.

Amanda Carbiener and Ryan Reed

Carolyn Fleischli

Cameron Ledferd

Cameron Ledferd is a junior at Glenwood HS. He is part of StudentLife and recently preached the sermon at the Saturday night service during the youth-led weekend. Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is a certified financial planner. She has a son, Adam, who lives in Kansas City, and a daughter, Anne, who lives in Chicago. She is awaiting the arrival of her first grandchild. Mary enjoys travel, water exercising, walking, reading, and time with family and friends. Mark Nelson & Megan Hutcheson are engaged to be married in June of 2018. Mark is a program manager at Allscripts, and Megan is a sourcing manager at Memorial Medical Center. Mark and Megan met in Wisconsin where she is from but moved to Springfield where Mark is from. Mark enjoys video gaming, tennis, golf, soccer, skiing, and martial arts. Megan enjoys running, yoga, reading, serving on the board of the Springfield Junior League, and volunteering in the community and KidLife.

Mark Nelson & Megan Hutcheson

Kathy Priester

Katherine “Kathy” Priester is an administrative assistant at US Bank in farm management. She enjoys travel, shopping, and meeting new people. She was encouraged to attend Spa Night by her brother Herb Preister, and then took the Alpha class he taught. Kathy is serving as a greeter, Communion server, and Caring Friend. Nanette “Nan” & Robert “Bob” Reep – Nan is an accountant at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, and Bob is retired from the Illinois Department of Revenue. They have one son, Greg, and two granddaughters. Nan enjoys reading, travel, puzzles, and bridge. Bob enjoys travel and camping in their motorhome.

Nan & Bob Reep

Corey Thompson & Katie Webb are engaged to be married in June of 2017. Corey is a member of the Air National Guard. He enjoys working on computers, fishing, video games, and learning about technology. Katie is a special education teacher at Waverly. She enjoys coaching volleyball and helping children.

Corey Thompson & Katie Webb

Rachel Walker is a cosmetologist. She is mom to Caleb who attends Glenwood HS and Nyah who attends Glenwood Elementary. 6 G o o d T i d i n g s / MAY 2017

Rachel Walker


MISSIONS & SERVING Looking for a way to give back? Join in on on May 6-7 for a church-wide weekend of service!

We are encouraging everyone to serve somewhere in the community for a few hours. We have some options available for you to sign up to serve a local non-profit, or you can figure out your own unique way to serve others (take a meal to a sick neighbor, offer to mow someone’s lawn, pick up trash in your neighborhood or at a local park, etc!). Sign up in the Atrium or online at www.springfieldfirst.org. Find a place that touches your heart!

MISSION GARDEN

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Contact: Chris Baughman, cpbaughman@gmail.com Our Mission Garden is well underway! The garden has been planted with veggies that will help feed the homeless and less fortunate of Springfield! We are looking for people who are willing to give 1-2 hours of time each week to keep the garden in repair. These volunteers will help with weeding and harvesting. If you have a couple of hours a week, we would love to have your help! Produce Deliverers We are in need of volunteers willing to take harvested produce from our Mission Garden and deliver it to Kumler Outreach. If you would be willing to take a trip every other week, please contact Chris Baughman.

SERVING OPPORTUNITIES Want to start serving but don’t have much time? Here are 30-minute-or-less serving opportunities you can take part in before, during, or after service. We only ask that you make the commitment for 1 time a month! Greet: before or after service at one of the many doors around the building. Guest Central: greet, hand out a gift, and get to know our new guests (before or after service). Usher: pass out programs at the door before service and help with the offering during service. Connection Point: help people find the information they are looking for (before or after service). Refreshments: help make coffee or set out treats before service, or clean up after. KidLife Check-in: use our simple system to get children checked in (20 minutes prior to service and 10 minutes into service).

Questions? Contact Chantel Corrie at 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org MAY 2017 7


CLASSES HAPPENING NOW: KIDLIFE PARENTS CLASS

Sunday, May 7, at 10:00-10:25am • Room 11 Parents of children in kindergarten through 5th grade – this is especially for you! • Have you been wanting to grow in knowledge of God and the Bible as a family? • Have you wondered how you can make this knowledge relevant in your daily living? Our KidLife curriculum can help! The KidLife Parents Class launched on Sunday, March 5. We meet on the 1st Sunday of each month. This abbreviated class will equip you as a family to learn together and to reinforce the lessons. This class is taught by Amanda Carbiener, amandacarbiener@yahoo.com, or contact Carli Burton at cburton@springfieldfirst.org for more information.

Benefits of Sunday morning classes #7 Sunday morning classes focus on the Bible. The Bible focuses on Jesus. Sunday morning classes can help with your spiritual journey through one of the most consistent programs of the church. Sunday morning classes do not stop for summer. Each Sunday, dedicated facilitators lead the church in this important ministry. If you need help to find a class, please contact Carli Burton at cburton@springfieldfirst.org or 793-9760 x121.

COMING IN JULY: LAUGH YOUR WAY TO A BETTER RELATIONSHIP Sundays at 10:30am • Room 6 Strengthen, improve, or enrich your relationships 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. This study will be with the Couples and Families Class and led by Leslie Fotre-Leach. (This class subject will also be offered beginning in September at the 9:00am hour.)

DIVORCE RECOVERY Mondays, May 1 to July 10, 6:30-8:30pm • Room 4 This seminar and support group is for those who are separated or divorced, designed to teach you how to heal and rebuild. Come and be with people who understand what you are feeling so that you can learn how to move on and grow closer to God. Contact: Donna Parr at 971-9833 or dippbb@ameritech.net 8 G o o d T i d i n g s / MAY 2017

UP ‘N’ COMERS CLASS Featured this month is the Up ’n’ Comers Class, taught by Mary Jackson. They meet in Room 2 at 10:30am. Their study is from the United Methodist adult Bible studies. The lessons for May are God’s Preserving Love, His Sustaining Love, and His Pervasive Love. You are invited to come for a casual, comfortable atmosphere of study and fellowship.

BIBLE STUDY FELLOWSHIP

Want to know about what Paul taught the Romans? Beginning this fall, take the opportunity to study the book of Romans through the structured format of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). BSF is a worldwide interdenominational organization of over 1,100 classes with the mission of producing a passionate commitment to Christ, His Word, and His Church. Springfield First hosts a women's class on Thursday mornings at 9:10-11:00am.  A structured program for infants through kindergarteners is also available. Registration for the women's class will be on Thursday, May 4, at 9:10-11:00am, in the Community Life Center at Springfield First. Women also have the opportunity to attend a satellite group on Monday evenings at 6:30-8:00pm. A men's class is hosted by Abundant Faith Christian Center, 2525 Taylor Avenue, on Monday evenings at 6:45-8:35pm. The men's class includes a program for school-aged children in 1st through 12th grades. For additional information, contact Mike or Maggie Barton at 629-8382 or maggieweasbarton@gmail.com.


ADVENTURE BIBLE CAMP

June 19-23 * 9:00am – 12:00pm Ages 3 through 5th grade Welcome to Maker Fun Factory! This is where kids learn they were created by God and built for a specific purpose. Through personal stories told by children living out their faith, creative snacks, fascinating science inventions, dynamic music, and interactive Bible lessons, children will discover God’s love and purpose for each of them. Are you ready for a wildly creative, inventive, interactive adventure with God? We know you are!

SERVING OPPORTUNITIES So that we can make this an awesome experience for our kids and the kids throughout our community, we need lots of volunteers! The following areas are ways you can share your time and talents: Crew Leader/Crew Assistant Lead a small group of children through each daily station. Registration/Check-in team Pass out wristbands and name tags to children as they arrive. Site Assistants Help the site leader with daily activities. Decorations Help create decorations for rooms, sanctuary, hallways, and atrium. The final ABC Work Day will be May 13 at 9:00am-3:00pm. Lunch will be provided. It’s never too late to show off your creative side! Donations Pick up a card with a specific item listed at the donation tables. We also need lots of coffee cans and lids, soup cans, paper towel tubes, and old hand tools you don’t mind being painted. Gift cards for Sam’s Club and Walmart will also be a big help.

REGISTER NOW FOR ABC! Visit www.springfieldfirst.org to register your child online, or registration cards are available at the jeep and boat in KidLife, as well as at the ABC donation tables in the Atrium and outside the CLC.

For more information about Adventure Bible Camp, please contact Stacy Kuhlmann at skuhlmann@springfieldfirst.org or 793-9760 x238. MAY 2017 9


Contact: Stacy Kuhlmann, 793-9760 x238 or skuhlmann@springfieldfirst.org

KIDLIFE

TOTLIFE

(Birth – 5 Years) May brings the feeling of the start of summer. Warm weather, no coats, sounds of bugs and birds coming back from a cold winter, more sun, less clouds, and outdoor activities to keep us active, like camping! All ages will be going on a camping adventure throughout the month of May as we strive to learn “S’more of Jesus!”

MAY BIBLE POINTS Nursery: God made grass, flowers, trees, frogs, and bees. Toddlers: Jesus wants us to share, to tell others, to welcome others, and to work with others. Preschool: The Holy Spirit Comes, Helping Others in Need, God’s People Share, Serving the Church.

(Kindergarten – 5th Grade)

At Camp Out! kids will have a blast trekking through an outdoor adventure―minus the bug spray and lack of sleep! They’ll kindle new friendships and continue discovering that Jesus is the light of the world. Kids will experience the Bible in active, hands-on ways, and then circle up with their Cabin Crews for thought-provoking discussions to help bring them closer to understanding Jesus. Kids will run, jump, and even splash through games that connect with the weekly/monthly Bible verse. Dramatic and interactive activities will help every child remember and apply each weekly Bible Point. Kids will love ending each service with singing a fun mix of classic worship songs and brand-new praise songs. So grab your pack and let the adventure begin!

WEEKEND PROGRAMS

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday a spectacular worship experience for the children! We are blessed to have you! 10 G o o d T i d i n g s / MAY 2017

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS MAY 7th!

East Bay will be joining KidLife to kick-off our camping adventure! They will be sharing all about their camp with the children!


PARENTS: If you are new or would like to receive periodic parent email updates, please go to www.springfieldfirst.org, and under the ‘Youth’ tab sign up for our email list! You can also email StudentLife Director Matt Cleveland at mcleveland@springfieldfirst.org.

CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME EVENTS COMING UP IN CONFIRMATION SUNDAY

Springfield First will celebrate and welcome our new Confirmands into membership on the weekend of May 6 and 7! Plan to come either Saturday, May 6, at the 5:30pm service, or Sunday, May 7, at the 10:30am service to see and support these students!

BEACH WEEK

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, at mcleveland@springfieldfirst.org, ASAP to sign up!

NEW FUSION SERIES:

Have you ever had a moment where you knew you needed to step up? Maybe you always sat on the bench during the basketball game, and your coach finally called you in to play. Or maybe you got selected to take a really advanced course in school or an important and high-paying summer job. No matter the situation, you knew that you had two choices: either step up to the opportunity or step back and miss it altogether. While these challenges aren’t just limited to high school, we do have the chance to start becoming a step-up kind of person right now. This was exactly where a man named Joshua found himself in the Old Testament. Joshua was just a normal guy facing some really challenging circumstances. Through his story, we can learn to step up and reach the potential God has for us.

APRIL 30: MINORITY REPORT | MAY 7: WHO AM I? MAY 14: NO FUSION ON MOTHER’S DAY | MAY 21: WALL STREET MAY 2017 11


Senior Oppor tunities AROUND THE TABLE ADVENTURE:

Senior Fellowship

All are invited to this fellowship on the 2nd Thursday of each month, September through May. We will take a break for the summer. Date: Thursday, May 11 Time: 9:30am-12:30pm Where: Rooms 5/6 Why: Fellowship, fun, and food, with card games, board games and dominoes. You are welcome to bring one of your favorite games or join in the card games. Hostesses: Carole Woodward and Fran VanBebber Meal: Pizza, salad, and dessert Suggested donation is $6.00 for all-you-can-eat or until it’s gone.

UPCOMING TRIP: 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!

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 cburton@springfieldfirst.org or 793-9760 x121.

SPRING COMMUNION SERVICE AND LUNCHEON On Wednesday, May 3, we will have our 2nd Communion service and

Monday evening – Grand Jubilee, dinner and show

luncheon for our caring friends,

Tuesday – College of the Ozarks and Ralph Foster Museum, Showboat Branson Belle, and Presley’s

for both those visiting and those

Wednesday – All Hands on Deck (patriotic), Daniel O’Donnell (Irish singer), & Miracle of Christmas at the Sight and Sound Theater

Sanctuary for a short service at

Thursday – heading home, with our now traditional stop at the World’s Largest Gift Shop and Redmon’s Candy Factory, and a new stop at the Red Door in Rolla, MO.

It will include traditional hymns,

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." 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). 12 G o o d T i d i n g s / MAY 2017

being visited. Please join us in our 11:00-11:30am led by the pastors. a short message, and Communion. Following will be a delicious sit-down luncheon made by the ladies of our church, where we will continue fellowshipping with one another. Transportation will be provided if needed. Contact Carli Burton if you are planning on attending and/or if you need transportation.


LYDIA AND RACHEL CIRCLE 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.

welcome A LL WOM EN A R E

TO COM E FOR A NY A CTIV ITY.

Any questions, contact Crystal Russell at 801-2573.

MAY 5 LUNCHEON The United Methodist Women will meet at noon on May 7 for our monthly luncheon. Dennie 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

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Wednesday, May 3 UMW District Personal Growth Seminar 5:30-8:00pm Illiopolis Friday, May 5 UMW Board Meeting/Luncheon 10:00am/Noon Room 14/Community Life Center

position. Please invite a neighbor or friend! Call Crystal Russell at 801-2573 to make your reservation. Suggested donation for the luncheon is $7.00; new visitors are treated to their first lunch.

Wednesday, May 17 Rachel Circle 7:00pm – Atrium 2 Friday, May 19 Lydia Circle 9:30am – Rooms 5/6

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. MAY 2017 13


CHURCH NEWS

Thank You to all of our “caring friends”

and other wonderful volunteers who delivered the Easter Lilies to our homebound. Small acts of kindness

GRADUATE RECOGNITION

like this brighten their

If you have or know of a Springfield

day and bring back fond memories of when they worshiped alongside us. Blessings, Carli Burton

First student who will be graduating from 8th grade, 12th grade, or college, please contact Jenny Hutcherson at jhutcherson@springfieldfirst.org or 793-9760 x235 with their information by May 11. We would like to recognize their achievement on the weekend of May 20/21. Thank you!

JOB OPENINGS AT SPRINGFIELD FIRST Springfield First is looking for the perfect full-time candidate to lead our children's ministry. A love of God and children and a focus on teaching the Bible to kids are some of the qualities we are seeking in the Director of KidLife. We also have an opening for a full-time financial administrative assistant. Knowing Excel, Word, and basic bookkeeping skills is essential.  For more information on these openings, go to www.springfieldfirst.org. Resumes may be sent to Executive Director Lana Salomonson at lsalomonson@springfieldfirst.org.   14 G o o d T i d i n g s /

MAY 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.

HEADED TO THE HOSPITAL? Make sure that you let them know at registration that your church is Springfield First UMC. This helps our

Financial Giving Updates First United Methodist Church

pastors and congregational care team to know that you are in the hospital so that we can pray for you

In an effort to more effectively serve the church body

and visit you while you are there.

we are posting our financial report at the following web address. This will permit the church to update our financial

Deaths

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:

https://goo.gl/a1CDjQ

Catherine Carter Imogene King Jerrie Wright

may REAL Scriptures P S A L M S

May 1 – Psalm 128

May 11 – Psalm 136:1-9

May 22 – Psalm 144:1-7

May 2 – Psalm 129

May 12 – Psalm 136:8-18

May 23 – Psalm 144:8-15

May 3 – Psalm 130

May 13 – Psalm 136:19-26

May 24 – Psalm 145:1-10

May 4 – Psalm 131

May 14 – Psalm 137

May 25 – Psalm 145:11-21

May 5 – Psalm 132:1-10

May 15 – Psalm 138

May 26 – Psalm 146

May 6 – Psalm 132:11-18

May 16 – Psalm 139:1-10

May 27 – Psalm 147:1-10

May 7 – Psalm 133

May 17 – Psalm 139:11-24

May 28 – Psalm 147:11-20

May 8 – Psalm 134

May 18 – Psalm 140

May 29 – Psalm 148

May 9 – Psalm 135:1-9

May 19 – Psalm 141

May 30 – Psalm 149

May 10 – Psalm 135:10-21

May 20 – Psalm 142

May 31 – Psalm 150

May 21 – Psalm 143

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Springfield, IL Permit No. 578

To receive Tidings via mail OR email, contact the main office at 217-793-9760. Connect with us online at www.springfieldfirst.org for more resources.

Upcoming Events

may

1

Divorce Recovery class begins (6:30pm)

5

Women’s Ministry Paint & Game Night (6:00-9:00pm)

6/7

OneThing Weekend

7

Spring Cantata (9:00am traditional service)

14

Mother’s Day

20/21 –

Graduation Recognition Weekend

29

Building Closed

JUNE

3/4

Roger Ross’ last weekend at Springfield First

18

– Father’s Day

19-23 –

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

WEEKEND WORSHIP EXPERIENCES Saturday / 5:30PM Sunday / 9:00 & 10:30AM Facebook SpringfieldFUMC Instagram springfieldfumc Twitter SpringfieldFUMC

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