Welcome 2020! There are many events planned for the church, so be sure to keep in touch through Sunday services, bulletins, newsletters and e-mails.

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


Calendaring Meeting
January 14, 7pm

The Calendaring Meeting is scheduled for January 14th at 7pm. The Trustees will meet at 6pm for this month. If you or your committee would like to reserve a date to use the church building, you need to attend this meeting. All events are to be scheduled through the church calendar.


Sermons in January
1/5 John 1:1-18 The Word Becomes Flesh
1/12 John 1:19-34 Baptism and Commissioning
1/19-3/1 The Seven Signs of Jesus
1/19 John 2:1-11 Water to Wine
1/26 John 4:46-54 Healing the Official’s Son

Thank you to all of the volunteers who help with the services each week!



Thank you, Joyce Longbottom and the crew who helped, put together the Christmas Dinner. It was enjoyed by all.

Thanks to all who helped with decorating, and those who lit the Advent candles, to those who played the bells and to those who participated in the church Christmas caroling.

Thanks to Joyce Tracy for keeping the poinsettias watered for us.

Thanks so much to all of you who made and donated cookies to the cookie sale. Special thanks to Randy and Sandy Heuser for supplying and serving the biscuits and gravy. Nearly $1000 was added to the General Fund through this fund raiser!

Thanks for your generous donations to the food baskets. With your help we provided 7 families with enough food for a Christmas dinner and a little more, plus gifts for their children! Thanks again!

Dear Nameoki Family, Thank you so much for your generous Christmas gifts, love, and support year-round!
It is a blessing to serve here with you! ~ Pastor Susan



If you would like a list of the Church Administrative Board members for 2020 please stop in the office during the week Monday thru Thursday, from 9-2 and pick in up.

The Every Member Busy Circle (EMB) meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm. Beginning this month they will meet in the Genesis Room. Call Doris Taylor if you have any questions @ (618) 806-2959.

The Susanna Wesley woman’s group will continue meeting on the first and fourth Tuesdays at 10am. They will be meeting in the Conference Room at Nameoki UMC. If you are interested in this woman’s group, please contact Pat Bernaix @ (618) 877-3395.

Thank you to everyone who helped to support the ministries of Nameoki UMC with your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness! Several people came to Christmas services in response to the invitation cards sent! Thank you, Evangelism Committee, and everyone who invited someone to come! Others have come throughout the year because you are faithful in sharing the good news happening at Nameoki. Thank you for serving and giving in many ways throughout the year!


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.


New Officers this year for UMW are:
President, Anne Dollins
Vice President, Marsha Watson (serving another term)
Treasurer, Mary Rosborough
Secretary, Gail Wyatt

The next meeting is Monday, January 13th 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 on the 2nd and 4th Sundays for Fun, Discipleship, Fellowship, Music and Snacks! Everyone is welcome!

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 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.



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.



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.



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.


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.




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