CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
December 24 – 3pm
Everyone is Invited to a Family Christmas Eve Service at 3pm on December 24. We will share in the Christmas story through an impromptu Christmas Pageant! We have Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and Wise Men, but we need lots of angels, shepherds, sheep, and other animals for the manger. Please call the church office to let us know you are planning to participate in the pageant and please help us by dressing children in a simple homemade costume. We hope you will come and bring your family!
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT COMMUNION SERVICE
December 24 – 11pm
We’ll also have our 11pm Traditional Candlelight Communion Service on Christmas Eve. Be sure to join us!
ANNUAL NUMC CHRISTMAS DINNER
December 7 – 6:00pm
Our Christmas dinner this year is scheduled for December 7th at 6:00 p.m. Sign up in the narthex to be a host or hostess, or come as a guest! We are excited that Gordon Rea’s son (Galen) and daughter-in-law (Alyssa) will be blessing us with the gift of music for our celebration. Contact Joyce Longbottom if you have any questions or need more information.
Our Annual Cookie Sale is December 14th from 9am until noon! Can you help us out by making six or more dozen cookies or candy for our Cookie Fundraiser? Please have your goodies to the church by Thursday, Dec. 12th by 2pm or Friday, December 13th between 4 & 7 pm. Come over the morning of the 14th and enjoy some biscuits and gravy for $3 an order and purchase your cookies ($5 a dozen) for your holiday parties! It’s lots of fun, don’t miss out!
CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS
We are collecting non-perishable food items for our Christmas Baskets for the families we are blessing this year. Look for the boxes to fill in the hallway. We will be delivering the food baskets on Saturday, December 21st. Contact Mary Harper if you have questions.
December 22 – 3pm / 6pm Lasagna
On Sunday, December 22, everyone is invited for a time of singing Christmas carols. Those who are able will meet at the church at 3pm to go to carol in the area (specifics to be determined). If you are not able to come carol with us, you are welcome to come to the church at 6pm for lasagna, salad, hot chocolate, apple cider, and light refreshments. (We will have gluten free! ;)) If you are planning to come, please sign up in the foyer or call the church.
You may order a poinsettia “in honor of” or “in memory of” a loved one by filling out the order form in the bulletin. Return the form with your check or cash for $11, to Joyce Tracy. The Poinsettias will adorn the Sanctuary until after the 11pm Christmas Eve service.
OUR AMAZING VOLUNTEERS
Serving as December’s ushers are Allen & Dianna Briner. Gordon Rea, Margaret Gehling and Gracie Roberts will be leading us in song. Gail Fritzsche and Monty Newberry will help with the audio/visual. Jenifer Skoklo and Marilyn Chrusciel provide our wonderful music. Thanks to Carol Chappell and Doris Taylor for setting up the elements for Communion and to those who help serve and clean up.
Mayor Ed Hagnauer sends a note of thanks for allowing the City to place roll off dumpsters on our parking lot after the recent flood. “Your patience with the mess and inconvenience is greatly appreciated.”
“Thank you for your generous donation to our school. We appreciate you thinking of our students.” D. Foster Prather Principal
New Hope Academy sends a note of thanks for the generous gift of $36.02.
United Methodist Breakfast Ministry Team
Christmas Day at Niedringhaus UMC
The BREAKFAST MINISTRY is collecting men’s and women’s gently used hooded sweatshirts, thermal underwear, hats and gloves. Please place your
donations in the box in the conference room. The Breakfast Ministry will have two shifts of 3 people to help with the breakfast on Christmas Day at
Niedringhause UMC. The first is from 9am – 11:30 am and them from 11:30am -1:30 pm (or until the clean-up is done.) Please contact Jake Hinterser if you are interested in helping out. Our Nameoki UMC Team’s next rotation to serve will be on December 28th.
We will be “de-greening” on January 5th after service, please join us for lunch and fun following.
Thanks to everyone who helped support our Chili Dinner. We made $651.62 in which we gave $325.81 to the General Fund of our church and $325.81 towards missions that UMW support throughout the year. Our next meeting is Monday, December 9th at 6:30 pm. Please bring 4 dozen cookies to the meeting as we will be assembling our cookie trays to be given to our shutins.
From time to time, Nameoki members bring communion to church friends in the Granite City area who currently are unable to attend church and who would like to receive communion. This ministry consists of visiting, praying, and sharing communion. We would love to have you join our team. Would you like to go with the Gehlings sometime to see if you would like to join our team? If so, please contact the Gehlings through the church office at 877-1936.
NURSING HOME MINISTRY
Would you enjoy helping with a time of worship at the nursing homes? Nameoki UMC has a monthly ministry and would love more people to come help provide a time of worship (music, scripture, devotion, prayer). If you would like to help with any part or all, please contact Jake Hinterser through the church office.
NEWLY FORMED CHILDREN AND YOUTH COMMITTEE
Be sure to Invite Children and Youth on the 2nd and 4th Sundays for Fun, Discipleship, Fellowship, Music and Snacks!
K – 4th Grades – Gospel Light
Linda Wozniak, Donna Kessler & Gail Wyatt
5th – 8th Grades – Bible Lessons for Youth
Gail Fritzsche and Janine Roe
9th-12th Grades – Alpha for Youth
Myna Hedden and Lori Barlow
If you are interested in helping in any way or have new Ideas to share, please call Myna.
Our newly formed Children and Youth Committee is busy planning! We want to include our young people in the exciting things happening at Nameoki UMC! We currently are planning opportunities for fun, fellowship, discipleship, and special events for all ages! We have some great adult volunteers to lead elementary, middle school, and high school age kids, and we would love to add to the team if you would like to help as a backup teacher, plan events, provide snacks, or help with any part of our ministries with children and youth.
The youth in our church have so much to offer—to each other, to the adults in the church, and to the community – and the church and God have so much to offer youth and their families for a full and joyful life. We can play an important role in helping our young people find a solid foundation of faith to help them weather whatever life brings. Please invite children/youth, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, or friends, and help us share the difference a relationship with God makes.
This fall we’re inviting students fifth grade and up, as well as adults, to ring bells. Bell practices will be on Thursdays at 7 pm in the sanctuary. If interested, please contact Margi Gehling through the church office.
BIBLE STUDY AND DISCUSSION
Are you interested in the Alpha Course and exploring questions of our Christian faith?
Would you like to participate in a prayer group that meets regularly to pray for the needs of the church family and community.
Would you like to participate in a Bible study/discussion? There is a group that meets Wednesday nights at 6pm at the church and other groups can form depending on interest.
Please sign up in the foyer or call the church office. We will select a day/time for these opportunities based on interest.
WHAT IS ALPHA?
Got Questions? Alpha is an invitation to explore life’s biggest questions and a chance to look at the life and message of Jesus. Every question is welcome.
Each session of Alpha consists of a 30-minute video designed to engage and inspire conversation around the
big issues of faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, followed by discussion.
Probably the most important part of any Alpha is the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.
Questions addressed include: What is this life about? Who is Jesus? How can we have faith? How and why to read the Bible or pray? Who is the Holy Spirit? Does God still heal? Why is there suffering? And more!…
REAL – Alpha presents the reality of who Jesus is. Those that run Alpha are real and authentic and this allows the guests to be real themselves. People are welcome to
ask questions and look for answers, with no pressure.
RELATIONAL – Alpha is based on genuine friendships that are built up over a few weeks and often last for years afterwards.
RELIANT – On Alpha we are reliant on the Holy Spirit because we realize that it is only God who changes people’s lives; we just introduce Him. Come and see, come and explore your questions, come and hear about Jesus, come and see for yourself.
We will be offering Alpha to adults and older youth. Our older youth will be doing the Youth Alpha during youth group on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.
Alpha for adults will be offered at several times during the week depending on interest. Please call the church office and let us know if you are interested!
If you are interested, please sign up in the narthex or call the church office.
YOUTH AND KIDS FUN, FAITH, FELLOWSHIP
2nd & 4th Sundays after 9:30 service
Youth and Kid’s programs will meet regularly, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays following the 9:30 service, with snacks, fun, fellowship, discipleship, song, and prayer, and periodic special events.
K – 4th Grades – Gospel Light / Linda Wozniak, Donna Kessler & Gail Wyatt
5th – 8th Grades – Bible Lessons for Youth / Gail Fritzsche and Janine Roe
9th-12th Grades – Alpha for Youth / Myna Hedden and Lori Barlow
Everyone is welcome!
If you are interested in helping in any way or have new ideas to share, please contact the church office.
2019 PLANNING DATES
November 24 is Hanging of the Greens.
December 7 is being reserved for the Annual Christmas Dinner
December 14 is the Cookie Sale.
December 15 is the Live Nativity