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WINTER SPRING 2017 Ministry Catalog

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WELCOME TO SPRINGFIELD FIRST ............................ 4 START YOUR JOURNEY ............................................... 5 Baptism / Membership / Giving ........................................ 5 Discipleship Pathway ........................................................ 6

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Table of Contents

UPCOMING EVENTS ................................................... 7 LENT & EASTER ......................................................... 10 KIDLIFE ....................................................................... 11 STUDENTLIFE ............................................................ 13 GROUPLIFE ................................................................ 15 Adult Sunday Classes ...................................................... 15 Midweek Connect ........................................................... 16 Classes ........................................................................... 17 Support Groups .............................................................. 19 Small Groups ................................................................. 19

SERVING ................................................................... 21 Serving Teams .............................................................. 21 Music Ministry .............................................................. 23 Prayer Ministry ............................................................. 24

SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES ........................................ 25

WEEKEND WORSHIP EXPERIENCES: SATURDAY · 5:30pm / SUNDAY · 9:00am & 10:30am 2941 S. KOKE MILL, SPRINGFIELD, IL / PHONE 217.793.9760 / WWW.SPRINGFIELDFIRST.ORG Facebook SpringfieldFUMC

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TO MAKE DISCIPLES

OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE WORLD.

Worship

CONTEMPORARY The contemporary services are on Saturday evenings at 5:30pm and Sunday mornings at 10:30am in the Sanctuary. These provide a welcoming, laid-back, come-as-you-are atmosphere. We offer relevant, Biblically-based teachings, and our praise band provides sincere and heartfelt opportunities to worship Jesus Christ.

WELCOME TO SPRINGFIELD FIRST

Our Mission

First United Methodist Church is a spiritually vibrant, multi-generational community devoted to transforming the world through Jesus Christ. We value building Christ-centered relationships, celebrating God’s goodness through different styles of worship, and deepening our connection to God through prayer, study, and service.

TRADITIONAL Our traditional service is at 9:00am on Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary. You will be inspired by classic hymns accompanied by pipe organ, as well as moving anthems offered by our New Life Choir. These musical elements are blended with relevant sermons, some media content, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. CHRIST. COMMUNITY. COFFEE. This contemporary, coffee-house worship experience is at 9:00am on Sunday mornings in the Community Life Center. It’s a modern service that is community-focused, with a relatable message, coffee, music, and a relaxed atmosphere. Just come as you are!

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Baptism

Are you ready to make a public announcement of your commitment to Christ? Or are you interested in having your infant baptized or dedicated? We would love to share that with you! Please contact us for more information or to schedule a baptism. Contact: Sharon Sweeney, 793-9760 x131 or ssweeney@springfieldfirst.org

Membership

New Members Class Meet others who are new to the church family! This is a great opportunity to ask questions of the pastors and to understand the meaning of membership in this faith community. This informal class shares the mission, vision, and core values of the Springfield First faith community. The New Members class is open to individuals who have completed the G6 class and want to pursue membership at Springfield First. Prerequisite: G6 class (Please refer to Page 6 for more information.) When: Tuesday, March 7, at 6:30-8:00pm Where: Rooms 5/6 Contact: Chantel Corrie, 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org New Member Sunday Welcome and celebrate our new members as we receive them into our faith family, followed by a luncheon in their honor. When: Induction on Sunday, March 12, during worship services, followed by New Member Luncheon at 11:45am Where: Atrium 3 Contact: Chantel Corrie, 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org

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Giving

Generosity changes everything. A life-giving way to show your love for God and extend that love to others is to give through one of these methods: • Give as the offering plates are passed during weekly worship. To receive credit for cash donations, please fill out a pew envelope to enable our Financial Secretary to record your gift. • Enroll in automatic bank transfer. Please contact the church office for a simple form to set this up. • Use the Online Banking/Bill Payment service at your bank. • Text Giving: Simply text “operating” (for normal offering) or “building” (for donations to the building fund), then a space, then $ amount you want to give to 1-855-906-5222 (example: Operating $100). The first time, you will receive a reply with instructions to set up your account. • Give through our website (www.springfieldfirst.org). • Giving Kiosk: Each weekend, a kiosk is available in the Atrium areas in the north and south ends of the building where you can give by debit or credit card. With each of these methods of giving, you will receive periodic statements throughout the year as well as a year-end tax statement. Thank you for your support of the mission and ministry of Jesus through First United Methodist Church. By your gifts, lives are changing here and around the world through Christ’s love. Contact: Pam Long, 793-9760 x235 or plong@springfieldfirst.org


Starting Point

Alpha

STARTING POINT New to Springfield First? Enjoy a casual meal with the pastors, learn about the vision of Springfield First, and discover opportunities available to help you on your spiritual journey with Christ. When: Sunday, January 15, February 19, or April 30, at 11:45am–12:45pm Where: Room 8 Contact: Chantel Corrie, 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org ALPHA: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH 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. When: Wednesdays at 6:30-8:00pm, February 1 to March 29 Where: Room 2 Contact: Sharon Sweeney, 793-9760 x131 or ssweeney@springfieldfirst.org

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GroupLife & Serving

START YOUR JOURNEY

Discipleship Pathway

G6 CLASS 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?” This class will detail six characteristics (or “G’s”) that mark the life of a deeply devoted disciple of Jesus: Glory (Worshipping God) Grace (Imparting Christ’s love) Growth (Celebrating spiritual disciplines) Group (Doing life together) Giftedness (Serving others) Generosity (Sharing compassionately) When: Tuesdays at 6:30-8:00pm, January 24 to February 28 Where: Rooms 5/6 Contact: Sharon Sweeney, 793-9760 x131 or ssweeney@springfieldfirst.org GROUPLIFE & SERVING Please refer to Pages 15-20 for GroupLife information and to Pages 21-24 for Serving opportunities.

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Upcoming Events WOMEN’S MINISTRY EVENT: PAMPER YOU! Women of all ages, pamper yourself while getting your nails painted, experiencing a chair massage, paraffin dipping your hands, and making DIY facial scrubs. Let’s Make Dinner will be here to help you make a healthy meal to take home. Enjoy desserts, door prizes, and time to talk with the gals. Childcare will be provided: kids are encouraged to come in pajamas and enjoy some game and movie time. When: Friday, January 20, at 6:30-9:00pm Where: Community Life Center Contact: Chantel Corrie, 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org IRON SHARPENS IRON This is a 1-day national men’s conference with 16 different seminars designed to encourage men in all areas of their lives. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 Cost: TBD When: Saturday, March 18, at 8:30-5:00pm Where: Throughout the Springfield First building Contact: Max Webster, 787-1714 or webster.charles@comcast.net

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SPRING FLING Bring children and grandchildren as we celebrate the coming of Spring. A luncheon is included, prepared by the United Methodist Women. When: Saturday, April 22, at noon Where: Community Life Center Contact: Barb Zuspann, 741-2550 or blmz@comcast.net

UPCOMING EVENTS

TRIVIA NIGHT Come for an evening of food and fun – for a cause! Dinner will be served at 6:00pm, and trivia will begin at 7:00pm. All proceeds go to the Springfield First Missions Council. Cost: $10 per person When: Friday, March 31, at 6:00pm Where: Community Life Center Contact: Kim Dow, 299-1398 or kimdow1963@comcast.net

ONETHING WEEKEND Serve in the community during this church-wide weekend of service. We will have 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. When: May 6 & 7 Contact: Jenny Hutcherson, 793-9760 x231 or jhutcherson@springfieldfirst.org

SPRING CANTATA The New Life Adult and OneVoice Youth Choirs will be singing the Spring Cantata accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. When: Sunday, May 7, at the 9:00am traditional worship service Contact: See Tsai Chan, schan@springfieldfirst.org

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BOOK STUDY Our congregation will be reading I Am a Church Member, by Thom S. Rainer, during the season of Lent. When the author posted a declaration about church membership on his blog, it started a conversation about the attitudes and responsibilities of church members. Now expanded to book form, I Am a Church Member challenges us to take a new path to become the church members that God called us to be. Plan to read this book during Lent as our sermon series and many classes and small groups focus on this study.

LENT & EASTER

Lent . Easter

ASH WEDNESDAY: MARCH 1 Dinner served at 5:30-6:00pm, followed by the Ash Wednesday service at 6:00-6:30pm in the Community Life Center. A Lent study on I Am a Church Member will begin at 6:30-8:00pm. (See Page 16). HOLY WEEK Palm Sunday Coffee Open House Come for refreshments and fellowship. When: Saturday, April 8, at 5:00-7:00pm, and Sunday, April 9, at 8:30am-12:00pm Maundy Thursday Service When: April 13 at 7:00pm Good Friday Service When: April 14 at 7:00pm EASTER SERVICES Saturday, April 15, at 5:30pm Sunrise Service ¡ Sunday, April 16, at 6:30am (in the big tent by our pond) Sunday, April 16, at 9:00am and 10:30am

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KidLife

K-5th grade contact: Nancy Angulo, 793-9760 x227 or nangulo@springfieldfirst.org Early childhood contact: Stacy Kuhlmann, 793-9760 x238 or skuhlmann@springfieldfirst.org KidLife is a place full of adventure where kids embark on their own journey of faith from the very first time they arrive! Each week, Adventure Leaders guide kids through meaningful and fun activities as they discover the love God has for them and are empowered to bring their faith into everyday life. KidLife offers age-appropriate experiences to develop a foundation of faith from infants through 5th grade. At KidLife, your child will be encouraged to know and understand what the Bible teaches, develop a friendship with God through Jesus Christ, and discover the ways that they can live their faith in their world around them.

WEEKENDS

Early Childhood (Birth-5 Years) Each weekend, staff and volunteers create a safe and loving environment to help promote the spiritual development of your children. The curriculum teaches children that God loves them and Jesus is their best friend! Teaching begins in the nursery rooms with many “look,” “feel,” and “do” activities to start your children on their faith journey to become a disciple for life. All of the lessons and activities are age-appropriate and come with a parent card to help continue the lessons at home. God is always working in wonderful ways, and children are never too young to start that understanding. Saturdays at 5:30pm: Birth to 5-year-old combined class Where: Room 18 Sundays at 9:00am and 10:30am Where: Room 20 (birth to walking) Room 19 (walking to 2 years) Room 18 (2-year-olds) Room 17 (3- to 5-year-olds)

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Elementary Saturdays at 5:30pm & Sundays at 9:00am Kindergarten through 5th grade KidLife’s Saturday 5:30pm and Sunday 9:00am worship experience provides children with a small group environment conducive to building friendships with others as they are taught life applications from the Bible by caring leaders. Kids engage in fun activities that reinforce the Bible lesson and help them discover the ways to live their faith from the inside out each day. Saturdays at 5:30pm · Where: Room 14 Sundays at 9:00am · Where: Room 16 Sundays at 10:30am Kindergarten through 3rd grade KidLife’s K-3rd grade worship experience provides children with both a dynamic large group experience and a nurturing small group environment. During large group time, kids participate in powerful worship, engaging Bible presentations, and games with a purpose. Small groups reinforce the large group experience through fun Bible application activities taught by caring leaders. Kids will build friendships together as they learn how to pray for each other and are challenged to apply God’s Word in every part of life. Where: Community Life Center 4th & 5th Grade KidLife preteens experience their own time for meaningful worship and dig deep into God’s Word with an impactful group Bible teaching and discussion. They also encounter nurturing small groups as they meet with caring leaders and are challenged to apply God’s Word to their daily lives. Twice a month, preteens experience worship with the larger congregation and have opportunities to develop their own gifts as leaders in the younger elementary large group experience. Where: Room 11


When: Wednesdays, February 1 to April 5 Register on-line at www.springfieldfirst.org or at the KidLife Jeep. For more about Midweek Connect, see Page 16. Early Childhood Children ages birth through 5 can join in the fun of our midweek programs. Children will have their own age-appropriate activities while learning about God’s love for them. Creative Creations Childcare (0-2 years) Children will explore God’s creation. When: Wednesdays at 6:30-8:00pm Where: Room 18 Bible Buddies (3-5 years) Children will learn all about Jesus, from when he was a boy until his resurrection. When: Wednesdays at 6:30-8:00pm Where: Room 17

SAVE THE DATE!

Elementary MIDWEEK S.M.A.S.H. WEDNESDAYS · Where: Room 15 KidLife’s S.M.A.S.H. Wednesdays provides kids in kindergarten through 6th grade with a fun, informal environment of encouragement and empowerment 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.

KIDLIFE

MIDWEEK CONNECT

Sign up for any of the following activities (all times are 6:30-8:00pm unless otherwise specified): S – Sports: Kids will be taught a variety of sports skills provided by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. M – Music & Drama at 5:00-6:15pm: Kids can participate in the kids’ choir and other special music and drama presentations throughout the spring. (Dinner will be available for kids in Music & Drama at 6:15pm.) A – Art: Kids who love art can learn how to develop their skills as they make their own special creations through different types of artistic means. S - Science & Technology: Kids will be offered a variety of projects that will engage their young innovative minds including science experiments, inventions, models, Legos, and technology skills development. H – Hobbies: Kids will have a blast creating something that appeals to their special interests including photography and scrapbooking, cooking, sewing, craft projects, and collecting.

Adventure Bible Camp 2017: Maker Fun Factory | When: June 19-23, 9:00 am -12:00 pm KIDS’ CHOIRS Contact: Elyssa Carlisle, ecarlisle@springfieldfirst.org K-2nd Grade Choir When: Wednesdays at 5:00-5:45pm Where: Choir Room 3rd-6th Grade Choir When: Wednesdays at 5:30-6:15pm Where: Room 8 CUB SCOUTS Pack 13 of Springfield First invites all boys in 1st through 5th grades to join Cub Scouts! When: Tuesdays at 6:30-7:30pm Where: Rooms 13/14/15/16/17 Contact: Brad Dow, 299-1399 or fourdowz@comcast.net

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At StudentLife of Springfield First, our mission is to help build students into disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Through programming based on worship, discipleship, service, and outreach, we strive to develop these students into young men and women of strong character and faith!

StudentLife

Contact: Matt Cleveland, 793-9760 x124 or mcleveland@springfieldfirst.org

Sunday Classes Each week, students and their parents/guardians wrestle with the truth of God’s Word in classes designed for their specific stages of life. Our hope is that these classes spark conversations at home about faith, leading to experiences that empower families to follow Jesus together! When: Sundays at 9:00am Junior High Students (6th-8th grade) Where: Room 7 Senior High Students (9th-12th grade) Where: Room 8 StudentLife Parents/Guardians Open to all parents/guardians with at least one student in StudentLife Where: Room 4

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4:00-5:00pm: OneVoice Choir (7th-12th grade) 5:00-6:00pm: Middle School FUSION and High School Small Groups 6:00-6:30pm: Meal (all grades and ages) 6:30-8:00pm: High School FUSION and Middle School Small Groups

STUDENTLIFE

FUSION This is our weekly large group worship and discipleship experience for all StudentLife students. A typical night at FUSION includes a great meal, powerful student-led worship, and teaching designed to help students critically engage with faith in Jesus Christ! This year we are redesigning our Sunday Night experience!

SMALL GROUPS At StudentLife, we believe building your faith and taking steps in your journey is something that’s not meant to be done alone! We offer a time for all of our students to engage in a small group environment to build relationships, talk through their successes and struggles, and strengthen our faith community. Small groups are offered on Sunday nights alongside our FUSION schedule, with High School groups meeting at 5:00-6:00pm, and Middle School groups meeting at 6:30-8:00pm! BEACH WEEK – SAVE THE DATE! It’s that time of year again! We are beginning the registration process for our summer retreat, “Beach Week”! This is a week-long experience for students to build community, learn about and worship God, and deepen or establish a relationship with Him! This year’s retreat will be July 1-7, and the cost is $200 per student. UPCOMING EVENTS Winter Jam: Sunday, February 12 End of Confirmation Classes: Wednesday, February 15 Sky Zone Event: Sunday, March 12 Sunrise Service: Sunday, April 16

Boy Scouts Join Troop 13! This active Boy Scout troop provides a program for boys to build character and to learn responsibility, leadership, and citizenship. When: Mondays at 6:30-8:00pm Where: Rooms 14/15/16 Contact: Brad Dow, 299-1399 or fourdowz@comcast.net

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Group Life 9:00am

ON THE JOURNEY We are all on a journey. Find a class to help you move to the next step in your relationship with God.

Exploring Christ

Growing in Christ

Close to Christ

ADULT SUNDAY CLASSES NEW STUDY: Laugh Your Way to a Better Relationship (Please refer to Page 18 for more details.) When: Dates TBD · Who: Adults of all ages Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org Spectrum Where: Room 6 · Who: Adults of all ages Contact: Heather Behl, 971-7242 or parrot23@warpnet.net StudentLife Parents Where: Room 4 · Who: Parents/guardians of students in 6th-12th grade Contact: Jeff & Teresa Whitehouse, 697-8086 or whouse_2@yahoo.com

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NEW STUDY: Apostles’ Creed (Please refer to Page 17 for more details.) When: January 29 to March 12 · Who: Adults of all ages Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org Berean Where: Room 4 · Who: 50-70 years of age, married or single Contact: Max Webster, 787-1714 or webster.charles@comcast.net Christian Perspectives Where: Room 5 · Who: Adults of all ages Contact: Terri Hempstead, 793-3063 or terri512@netzero.net Couples & Families Where: Atrium 1 · Who: 35-60 years of age, married or single Contact: Mud Meister, 544-4352 or mudman0578@att.net Great Expectations Where: Room 7 · Who: Adults of all ages Contact: Ewing & Rena Harris, 726-9589 or rena.harris1@gmail.com IBT Where: Atrium 4 · Who: 60+ years of age, married or single Contact: Don Kauerauf, 483-2348 or donruthkauerauf@comcast.net The Lord’s Class (TLC) Where: Room 1 · Who: Adults of all ages Contact: Ted Mims, mimsliz@comcast.net

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ChristCentered

Up ‘N’ Comers Where: Room 2 · Who: 50+ years of age, married or single Contact: Gene Apel, 871-8126 or wwjd41751@gmail.com


GROUPLIFE

MIDWEEK CONNECT Dinner Gather together to make new friendships as we enjoy a delicious meal, followed by options for children and adults. Register at www.springfieldfirst.org. When: Wednesdays at 5:45-6:30pm, February 1 to April 5 Where: Community Life Center KidLife Connect Children who are infants through 6th grade will have opportunities to have fun and learn about God. (Please refer to Pages 11-12 for more details.) Contact: Nancy Angulo, 793-9760 x227 or nangulo@springfieldfirst.org

Adult Opportunities After dinner, try out one of the opportunities below! Please refer to other pages for class descriptions. When: Wednesdays at 6:30-8:00pm Contact: Jenny Hutcherson, 793-9760 x231 or jhutcherson@springfieldfirst.org 1 Corinthians (See Page 17.) When: beginning February 1 Alpha: An Introduction to the Christian Faith (See Page 6.) When: February 1 to March 29 Couples Class: Marriage: Built to Last (See Page 17.) When: February 1 to April 5 I Never Found That Rocking Chair (See Page 18.) When: beginning February 1 Invitation to Romans (See Page 18.) When: February 1 to March 29 Lent Study: I Am a Church Member (See Page 10.) When: March 1 to April 5 Men’s Study: Laughing on Purpose (See Page 18.) When: February 1 to March 1 Women’s Ministry Study: The Remarkable Women of the Bible (See Page 18.) When: February 1 to April 5 Young Adult Ministry (See Page 19.) When: All Wednesdays

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Classes

ONGOING CLASSES & BIBLE STUDIES Men’s Studies Monday Night Bible Study When: 7:00-8:00pm Where: Room 1 Contact: Max Webster, 787-1714 or webster.charles@comcast.net Tuesday Morning Bible Study When: 9:30-11:00am Where: Room 4 Contact: Rick Willhoit, 679-0807 or rdwillhoit@comcast.net

Women’s Studies Tuesday Morning Bible Study When: 9:30-11:00am Where: Rooms 5/6 Contact: Jean Webster, 787-1714 or webster.charles@comcast.net Tuesday Evening Bible Study When: 6:30-8:00pm Where: Room 2 Contact: Betsy Hanley, seamstome@att.net, or Rena Harris, rena.harris1@gmail.com Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) BSF is an international, interdenominational organization dedicated to the study and application of God’s Word. This year’s study focuses on the book of John. Springfield First hosts this women’s class, along with a structured children’s program for infants through age 5. When: Thursdays at 9:10-11:00am Where: Community Life Center Contact: Lin Ferguson, 622-3868, or Maggie Barton, 629-8382

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YEAR-LONG STUDIES Jesus in the Gospels Through this 30-week Disciple study led by Matt Franklin, you will discover the names, places, and people of Jesus’ world “and encounter the Jesus who is both hard to ignore and hard to control - an attractive, commanding, morally compelling figure as portrayed in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.” Homework included. Cost: $40 When: Wednesdays at 6:30-8:30pm, September 7 to April 17 (includes time off for holidays) Where: Room 5 Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org SHORT-TERM STUDIES 1 Corinthians Open to men and women, this study will look at the book of I Corinthians in great detail, usually a chapter a session. Class size is limited to 15. When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm, beginning February 1 Where: Room 6 Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth… Led by Milt McClure, this study introduces the Apostles’ Creed and the essential truths about God the Father, the person and work of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. When: Sundays at 10:30-11:30am, January 29 to March 12 Where: Room 6 Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org Couples Class: Marriage: Built to Last 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. When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm, February 1 to April 5 Where: Atrium 2 Contact: Chantel Corrie, 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org


GROUPLIFE

I Never Found that Rocking Chair: God’s Call at Retirement Led by Mac Shotwell, this study by Richard L. Morgan offers up a new vision of retirement – a vision that can be a time of rewarding involvement and deepening spirituality. Class size is limited to 15. When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm, beginning February 1 · Where: Atrium couch area Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org Invitation to Romans This 9-week, in-depth study will provide historical background and an understanding of Paul and his message of God’s love for all people. When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm, February 1 to March 29 · Where: Room 4 Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org Laugh Your Way to a Better Relationship Experience Mark Gungor’s hilarious, practical, and straight-forward advice about relationships in this DVD study. Through Mark’s insights, guidance, and interaction with each other, you will be able to make real, positive changes in your relationship. When: Sundays, 9:00-10:00am, dates TBD Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org Men’s Study: Laughing on Purpose All men are invited to this DVD study by comedian Michael Jr., in which he teaches that “comedy makes us laugh and purpose gives us joy.” If you are looking for a place to connect with other men for food, fellowship, and a fun-filled study, then look no further. When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm, February 1 to March 1 · Where: Atrium 4 Contact: Kris Barrett, kris_1389@yahoo.com

Teach Us to Pray Ever wonder if your prayers really made any difference or if it is possible to have an ongoing connection with God? Whether you are a novice in prayer or a long-time prayer warrior, this 4-week study led by our pastors will help you take practical steps to deepen your relationship with God. When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm, January 4-25 Where: Atrium 2 Contact: Sharon Sweeney, 793-9760 x131 or ssweeney@springfieldfirst.org Women’s Ministry Study: The Remarkable Women of the Bible 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. When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm, February 1 to April 5 · Where: Room 7 Contact: Chantel Corrie, 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org

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Support Groups

Divorce Recovery This 10-week 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. When: Mondays at 6:30-8:30pm, February 13 to April 24 Where: Room 4 Contact: Donna Parr, dippbb@ameritech.net or 971-9833 Grief Share 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. When: Mondays at 6:00-8:00pm, March 13 to May 22 Where: Room 2 Contact: Trish Quintenz, trishquintenz@gmail.com

Small Groups

LTD (Learn, Talk, Do) Purpose: LEARN more about our mission as disciples of Jesus Christ. TELL what we have learned about God and His grace. DO God’s will and reflect His grace in this world. When: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30pm Where: Room 1 Who: Adult singles and couples ages 40+ Contact: Susan Stitt, undba84@aol.com

Sunday Couples Purpose: To grow in community and faith through study and monthly ministry projects. When: Two Sundays each month at 12:00-2:00pm (September through May) Where: Participants’ homes Who: Mature couples, ages 55+/empty nesters Contact: Darlene Weaver, darlene@ distinctivedesigns.net, or Bill Skeens, skeensweaver@yahoo.com

Wednesday Night Adults Purpose: To be in fellowship with other Christians and grow in our understanding of the Bible though lively discussion of Scripture. When: Every other Wednesday at 7:00pm Where: Room 1 Who: Our class is open to anyone interested in spiritual growth. All ages are welcome. Contact: Ed Smith, showtune1@comcast.net

Young Adult Ministry Purpose: To connect Young Adults to each other and Christ through study, fellowship, and mission. When: Wednesdays at 6:30pm Where: Room 22 Who: All young adults, ages 18 to “mid-thirties” Contact: Cindy Arnold, cindymarnold@gmail.com

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GROUPLIFE

SMALL GROUPS FOR MEN Common Thread Purpose: This group studies Scripture and focuses on application of God’s Word in our daily walk. When: Saturdays at 9:00am · Where: 330 Osteen Lane, Springfield Who: Men of all ages seeking to grow closer to God and deepen their relationship through prayer, Bible study, and daily accountability with others in the group. Contact: Jeff Whitehouse, pastorjwhitehouse@ymail.com SMALL GROUPS FOR WOMEN First Ladies Purpose: We are a group of women, single and married, young and more mature, in all shapes and sizes, learning how to follow Christ through Scripture and Bible studies. Be prepared to have a good time and share your life with us. When: Tuesdays at 6:30pm · Where: 330 Osteen Lane, Springfield · Who: Women of all ages Contact: Teresa Whitehouse, whouse_2@yahoo.com God’s Minions: A Non-Traditional Group for Non-Traditional Women Purpose: To explore our uniqueness and use it to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. When: Thursdays at 6:30-8:00pm (September through May) · Where: Room 8 · Who: Women of all ages Contact: Deidre Rosenberger, deidrebeauti1@yahoo.com Hope for All Purpose: To grow in our faith and the knowledge of the Bible. Fun, fellowship, and service! When: 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month at 4:45-6:00pm · Where: 2621 Parsifal Avenue, Springfield Who: Women ages 50+ Contact: Jean Webster, webster.charles@comcast.net Soul Seekers Purpose: Women connecting for food, faith, fellowship, and service. When: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 2:00pm · Where: Various locations · Who: Women of all ages Contact: Sherry Struck, skstruck@att.net OTHER GROUPS FOR WOMEN: United Methodist Women Purpose: We are devoted to knowing God, following His Word, and serving people locally and globally  who need God’s love and aid at special times in their lives. We help women and children through missions, provide meals for families after funerals, plan activities that strengthen bonds between generations in our church, help families in recovery from disaster, provide food for the homeless, and so much more. We invite all women to come for our monthly luncheon or for any of our circle meetings! Contact: Crystal Russell, 801-2573 or russellcrystal@sbcglobal.net, or Shirley Major, 544-5253 or mkalisam@aol.com UMW Luncheon When: 1st Friday of the month, March to June, at noon · Where: Community Life Center Contact: Elaine Galyon, 793-0533, for reservations Rachel Circle – When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, January to May, at 7:00pm · Where: Atrium 2 Lydia Circle – When: 3rd Friday of the month, March to May, at 9:30am · Where: Rooms 5/6

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Serving Teams As disciples of Jesus, we serve others in the church and in the world. If you aren’t sure where to serve at Springfield First, let us help you find a place! We have many opportunities for you to find your best fit. Contact: Chantel Corrie, 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org Adventure Bible Camp Team So that we can make ABC 2017 an awesome experience for all kids, we need lots of volunteers! Help with planning, be a children’s small group leader, assist with check-in, lead games or skits, serve snacks, create decorations, lead music, and share in the excitement of this week! When: June 19-23, 9:00am-12:00pm Contact: Nancy Angulo, 793-9760 x227 or nangulo@springfieldfirst.org

Bookstore Volunteers Help to sell books and resources at the Springfield First Bookstore, where all proceeds go to help missions. Contact: Kelly Bagley, k.bagley1@comcast.net

Care Callers This caring team makes follow-up phone calls after someone has been discharged from the hospital. Contact: Nicole Cox, ncox@springfieldfirst.org

Communion Servers Serve Communion once each month during Sunday morning worship services. Contact: Jenny Hutcherson, 793-9760 x231 or jhutcherson@springfieldfirst.org

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Connections Team · The mission of the Connections team is to ensure that our guests and all who attend feel God’s love and are connected to the faith community of Springfield First. We are looking for volunteers to serve once each month in the following areas: • Greeters – Provide a warm welcome and a friendly face before or after each weekend service. • Ushers – Hand out bulletins, walk guests to their seats, collect the offering at worship services. • Guest Central or Connection Point – answer questions, help guests get connected to this faith community. • Sunday Refreshments – Serve coffee and refreshments on Sunday mornings. • Guest Ambassadors – Guide new guests throughout the church building. • Phone Calls or Writing Cards – Call or write to our new guests to help them get connected. Contact: Chantel Corrie, 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org

Easter Lilies · Volunteers are needed to visit and deliver lilies to homebound members after the Easter services.

Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org

Hands & Feet Ministry · All who enjoy gardening are welcome to join this service group that makes our grounds look beautiful. Contact: Brenda Allan, 414-0574 or handsfeet@springfieldfirst.org, or Kay Evans, kayge_2000@yahoo.com

KidLife Ministry Team · Minister to children in preschool through 5th grade. • Young Elementary Bible Teachers - Make the Word of God come alive to children in K-2nd grades during the large group worship time. • Young Elementary Small Group Leaders and Helpers - Be a mentor to children and lead fun activities to apply Bible lessons to their lives in a small group of 10-15 children. • Preteen Ministry Team - Give kids in 4th and 5th grade a worship experience for their level of understanding. • Youth Ministry Team - Youth can be classroom helpers, worship leaders, or help with large group games and technology needs. • Hospitality Team - Greeters welcome families as they arrive in KidLife, and check-in volunteers sign in children via a computerized system. Contact: Nancy Angulo, 793-9760 x227 or nangulo@springfieldfirst.org

Midweek Connect Kitchen Teams · The delicious meals served during Midweek Connect would not be possible without the dedication of these kitchen teams: • Set-up Team • Food Prep and Cooking • Clean-up Crew Contact: Jenny Hutcherson, 793-9760 x231 or jhutcherson@springfieldfirst.org


StudentLife Ministry Team Serve students in 6th-12th grades at Sunday Night FUSION. Interact with students, help to prepare dinner, participate in worship, and guide small group discussion time.

Nursery Team · Our babies and toddlers need you to help create a loving environment while teaching easy, age-appropriate lessons. Serve one Sunday each month singing songs, reading stories, and doing activities in this special ministry. You can also serve on Wednesdays during Midweek Connect or on-call as needed.

Sunshine Sharers · Send cards to our elderly.

Contact: Chris Baughman, cpbaughman@gmail.com

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

Nuts & Bolts Team · Accomplish small carpentry jobs as needed at the church. Contact: Mud Meister, mudman0578@att.net

Office Volunteers · Help in the office with answering phones and other light desk work.

Contact: Sharon Sweeney, 793-9760 x131or ssweeney@springfieldfirst.org

Parking Ministry · Volunteers park cars on Sunday mornings to help those with mobility issues. Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org

Prayer Shawl Ministry · Knit prayer shawls to provide comfort for those who are ill. Contact: Kaye Brittin, kbrittin@springnet1.com

Recycling Team · Help our environment by collecting recycling throughout the building. Contact: Trish Quintenz, trishquintenz@gmail.com

Safety Team · Help to keep our church, parking lot, and sanctuary safe. Contact: Chantel Corrie, 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org

Special Events Team · Palm Sunday Coffee Open House, Easter Eggstravaganza, and many more. If you love to plan, serve, and bring fun to the church community, this is the team for you. Contact: Chantel Corrie, 793-9760 x126 or ccorrie@springfieldfirst.org, or Nancy Angulo, 793-9760 x227 or nangulo@springfieldfirst.org

Stage Design/Construction Team · At Easter, Christmas, and throughout the year, we build new backdrop designs with the help of many volunteers. Contact: Chase Carlisle, ccarlisle@springfieldfirst.org

Contact: Matt Cleveland, 793-9760 x124 or mcleveland@springfieldfirst.org

SERVING

Mission Garden · Each year, we plant a garden on our property, and all of the produce grown is donated to Kumler UMC’s outreach program for the hungry of Springfield. We need help with planning, purchasing, planting, and harvesting. We also need volunteers to deliver harvested produce to Kumler Outreach every other week.

Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org

Tech Team · Do you know how to use a smartphone? If so, then you already have what it takes to be on the tech team! We help people connect with God through both visual and audio elements during the worship experience.

Contact: Brennan Pappas, bpappas@springfieldfirst.org

TLC (Transform [your] Local Community) Each month, the Missions Council provides easy opportunities for a limited number of people to volunteer at various places in the community. Contact: Jenny Hutcherson, 793-9760 x231 or jhutcherson@springfieldfirst.org

Valentine Delivery · Deliver Valentine packets made for seniors who are in care facilities or homebound. Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org

Visitation Volunteers · Visit members of Springfield First who are homebound or in nursing homes. Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org

Worship Support Team Ensure that the Sanctuary is ready for worship services, including Communion set-up, candles lit, and baptismal water in place. Contact: Eleanor Mack, mackyak@yahoo.com

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Music Ministry CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP TEAM We love to include new people on our worship team, both musicians and vocalists. If you have a passion for music and for leading God’s people in worship, we would love to connect with you! Contact: Chase Carlisle, ccarlisle@springfieldfirst.org TRADITIONAL WORSHIP Be inspired and inspire others through music. Our New Life Adult and Handbell choirs lead worship at the 9:00am traditional service. Contact: Dr. See Tsai Chan, schan@springfieldfirst.org New Life Adult Choir When: Thursdays at 7:00-8:50pm Where: Choir Room New Life Adult Handbells When: Thursdays at 6:00-6:50pm Where: Choir Room KIDS’ AND YOUTH CHOIRS Children and youth bring so much life to our worship experience. Kids are involved in leading worship at both the traditional and contemporary services. We always have room for more, and we would love to meet you! Please refer to Page 12 for details about the Kids’ Choirs, and to Page 14 for details about the Youth Choir. Contact: Elyssa Carlisle, ecarlisle@springfieldfirst.org

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SERVING

Prayer Ministry PRAYER TEAM Over 450 people on this team pray daily for the needs of the church. All are welcome to join the prayer team and receive our monthly updates and prayer requests. Contact: Sharon Sweeney, 793-9760 x131 or ssweeney@springfieldfirst.org PRAYER RETREAT Spend silent time with God, read Scripture, or write in a journal in a peaceful setting. If you’ve been trying to hear from God about a topic in your life, this opportunity is for you. When: January 21, at 9:00am-12:00pm, and Saturday, April 29, at 1:00-4:30pm Where: Chiara Center on the northeast edge of Springfield, 4875 Laverna Road Contact: Sharon Sweeney, 793-9760 x131 or ssweeney@springfieldfirst.org PRAYER GROUPS These small groups meet at various times to pray for the needs of our church. Contact: Trish Quintenz, trishquintenz@gmail.com When: Saturdays at 4:30-5:15pm · Where: Guest Central When: Tuesdays at 8:15-9:30am · Where: Room 1 PASTORS’ PRAYER PARTNERS All are welcome to be a part of these teams devoted to praying for our pastors. Men’s Group When: 1st Saturday of the month at 7:30-8:30am · Where: Room 2 Contact: Kirk Laudeman, kwlaudeman@casscomm.com Women’s Group When: 1st Saturday of the month at 7:30-8:30am · Where: Room 4 Contact: Trish Quintenz, trishquintenz@gmail.com

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SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES

Senior Opportunities

First United Methodist Church has a very active Senior Ministry. We offer many opportunities for senior adults (ages 55 and up) to fellowship and learn together, and we are active in volunteerism in various areas of our church. You will also find our seniors participating at the Asbury Children’s Supper Hour, Kumler Neighborhood Ministries, and hospice care. Contact: Carli Burton, 793-9760 x121 or cburton@springfieldfirst.org Trip to See The Lion King We will travel to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis to see the matinee production of The Lion King. We have floor seating, price section C. Show time is 1:00pm. Lunch will be at Cracker Barrel in Troy, and we will arrive at the Fabulous Fox at around noon. Cost: $95 per person, includes ticket and travel When: Thursday, April 20, depart at 9:00am Senior Fellowship Men and women are invited to this monthly fellowship. The group begins with a devotional, followed by assorted games and lunch. When: 2nd Thursday of the month at 9:30am-12:30pm Where: Rooms 5/6 Friendship Club Ladies meet for fellowship and bridge. Bring a sack lunch and join the group for fun. When: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month at 12:00-3:00pm Where: Room 14 Contact: Evelyn Weber, 698-1937 or lespil@sbcglobal.net Quilting/Knitting/Sewing Guild Whether you are skilled or a beginner, come with any type of sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, or other project for a day full of fun activity. Bring your lunch. When: 3rd Thursday of the month at 10:15am-2:30pm Where: Rooms 5/6 Contact: Helen Greening, 546-2380

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SENIOR SERVICES Van Ministry Transportation is available on Sunday mornings for those seniors who wish to attend the 9:00am worship serve at Springfield First. Contact: Peter Harjes, 331-4804 Parking Ministry The purpose of this ministry is to be of assistance to those who have mobility challenges of any kind or during slippery pavement making unsure footing. The parking ministry will be available 15 to 20 minutes prior to the services and 10 to 15 minutes following the services on Sunday mornings. Just pull up under the east canopy door and exit your vehicle. No prior notice needed.


STAFF

Staff 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 Ministry Nancy Angulo | Director of KidLife Ministry Dr. See Tsai Chan | Director of New Life Choir & Handbells Ministries Stacy Kuhlmann | Early Childhood Ministry Coordinator ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Aaron Havard | Information Technology Dennie Canny | Facilities Manager Holly Taylor | Accountant Jenny Hutcherson | Admin. Assistant Pam Long | Financial Secretary Sharon Sweeney | Executive Assistant STAFF EMAILS: First initial and Last name@springfieldfirst.org

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