In light of the concerns about Coronavirus, we have received notice that Bishop Beard has asked us to cease gatherings for the time being.  You can find devotional material on the Nameoki Facebook page Nameoki United Methodist Church.

We have been working to get livestream up. We will share worship and sermons via youtube and facebook by video livestream from the sanctuary, while you worship from home.


Lent Begins

This Sunday, March 1, we will be looking at the last “sign” in the Gospel of John — the raising of Lazarus from the dead. I am really excited as this story has come to life for me in a new way as I have studied it this year! I hope you will join us!

During the rest of the season of Lent, we will be walking through Jesus’ final words to his disciples in the Gospel of John before his arrest and crucifixion, known as the “Farewell Discourse.” These teachings give us an important look at what Jesus most wanted his disciples to know and understand in order to continue in the life he was introducing and making possible through his life, death, resurrection, ascension, and sending of the Holy Spirit. They would not see him in the flesh much longer, and they needed to know how to recognize him in their midst when he was again seated in glory with the Father. We also need to know what inheritance Jesus leaves us and how to recognize him and his work in our midst. So join us for the season of Lent!

Palm/Passion Sunday will be April 5, and that will begin the final journey to the cross. Thursday of Holy Week, we will remember Jesus’ Last Supper with Jesus’ disciples, and Good Friday, we will remember his crucifixion. On Easter Sunday, April 12, we will have a sunrise service as well as our normal service at 9:30 a.m. Please check the April newsletter and Facebook for more updates.

20/20 VISION ~ Do You Want to See Jesus?

There is a song “Day by Day” from the musical Godspell that comes to mind as I think of 20/20 vision. We have lots of dreams and visions on the horizon, all with the hope of seeing God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) more clearly, loving (God, self, and neighbor) more dearly, and following as disciples of Jesus more nearly.

New Bible studies are beginning. We are continuing to develop our children’s and youth ministries and starting a confirmation class for youth. We are listening for interest in starting a new Sunday School for parents and other adults after worship, while the children and youth are meeting for Sunday School. We are making plans for prayer ministry training, prayer walks, and prayer ministry teams, as well as other events for spiritual growth, fellowship, and outreach. If you are interested in these or helping to start any other ministries please call or email the church office or Pastor Susan



Prayer Ministry – Calling all prayer warriors or those who want to learn more about prayer! Pastor Susan would like to form a prayer ministry team. If you are interested, please let Pastor Susan know.


Worship : If you would like to help serve communion,read scripture, help with children’s messages, help with running the slides and sound, or help with worship in any way, please call the church office to let us know or write a note in the pew pad. Thank you!!


Cleaning the Fellowship Hall
March 5
We Need Your Help!
On Thursday, March 5th we will be cleaning the Fellowship Hall.
Please bring your own supplies, buckets, sponges, gloves, etc. and join the fun and fellowship as we tidy up!


Nameoki UMC is a local polling place
March 17
Make a note of it: on March 17th Nameoki UMC is a local polling place from 6am – 6pm.
The Genesis Room and Conference room are reserved for that day.
Please plan your meetings accordingly.


Light the Kids Conference

March 28
Light the Kids Conference is at Troy UMC on March 28th – Ages 1st -5th grade.
See Myna for details.
The Light Kids Conference is a one day event designed for children grades 1-5.
The purpose of the Light Kids Conference is to get kids excited about the faith and the walk with Jesus.


Here are some other things happenings in March!
Finance Committee will meet on March 3rd
Evangelism Committee will meet on March 5th
Spring Forward – March 8th
The Board of Trustees meeting is March 10th
The Breakfast Ministry Team is scheduled for March 21st at Niedringhaus UMC
Game Night is March 28th at 6pm

Be watching the bulletin and newsletters for additional information!


Here’s the exciting events planned for April:

April 5th – A Special Palm Sunday Service — Will be live-streamed

April 9th – Maundy Thursday Service 7pm — Will be live-streamed

April 11th – Easter Egg Hunt — likely rescheduling

April 12th – Sunday Morning Sunrise Service

April 12th – Easter Sunday

April 17th & 18th – BBQ Fundraiser

April 23 – Blood Drive (3-7pm) Give from your heart!

April 24 & 25   EMB Rummage Sale
While cleaning out that winter clutter, remember the EMB’s Annual Rummage Sale is scheduled for April 24 & 25.
(We can not accept large furniture, televisions, computers or computer components.)


BBQ Fund Raisers
April 17 & 18
May 15th & 16th
June 19th & 20th
Sept 18 & 19


May 31st
If you have a young person who has not completed confirmation, we have just started classes. Please contact Pastor Susan right away if you believe your young person is ready for  confirmation.

If you are an adult and would like to understand the Christian faith better, you have questions, want to renew your faith, or join the church, classes for adults will also be available. Please contact Pastor Susan for more information.



Vacation Bible School
July 12 – 16


Church Picnic
October 3rd


Parkinson FUN RUN
and later the same day the
Family Fun Day
October 17th


Hanging of the Greens
November 22nd


Annual Cookie Sale
December 12th


More holiday plans are in the works throughout December! Be watching the bulletin and newsletters for additional information!


United Methodist Breakfast Ministry Team
Please contact Jake Hinterser if you are interested in helping out.

The Breakfast Ministry Team is scheduled for March 21st at Niedringhaus UMC


The next meeting is Monday, March 9th at 6:30 pm.
We meet every 2nd Monday of the month, except June and July in the Fellowship Hall at the church.
Call Ann Dollins @ (618) 210-8201 if you have questions. All women are invited!


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.



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.


Be sure to Invite Children and Youth each Sunday for Fun, Discipleship, Fellowship, Music and Snacks! Everyone is welcome!

K – 4th Grades – Gospel Light
Linda Wozniak, Donna Kessler & Gail Wyatt

5th – 8th Grades – Confirmation Classes
Pastor Susan

9th-12th Grades – Alpha for Youth
Myna Hedden and Lori Barlow
1st and 3rd Sundays are fun and fellowship.
2nd & 4th Bible Lessons and fun.

If you are interested in helping with Children and Youth
Ministries in any way or have new Ideas to share, please
call Myna Hedden @ (217) 883-9807.

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.




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.

Wednesday Night Bible Study 6pm – Wednesday night study is doing a great study comparing some of the characters or people in the Old Testament to Jesus and seeing the ways that Jesus fulfills or makes complete what the Old Testament character represented. No homework is required. We look up the Bible passages and discuss as desired.

Please sign up in the foyer or call the church office. We will select a day/time for these opportunities based on interest.




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.

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