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
We met in January to discuss dates for this year’s events at the church that we know about so far. Here are some major things you may want to pencil in on your own calendar.

February 26 – 7pm
Ash Wednesday Service

April 11th
The Easter Egg Hunt

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

April 24 & 25
EMB Rummage Sale
SAVE YOUR STUFF FOR US! While cleaning out that winter clutter, remember the EMB’s Annual Rummage Sale scheduled for April 24 & 25.

May 31st
If you have a young person interested in confirmation class, please let Pastor Susan know by the end of January. We will begin in February. If you are an adult and were never confirmed or baptized, please let Pastor Susan know. We can do a separate class for adults!


July 12 – 16
Vacation Bible School

October 3rd
Church Picnic

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

November 22nd
Hanging of the Greens

December 12th
Annual Cookie Sale

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

Sermons in February and March
2/9 John 4 Healing the Official’s Son & Healing of Lame man
2/16 John 6 Feeding the 5000
2/23 John 7 Festival (Living water, Jesus as giver of the Spirit)
3/1 John 9 Healing of the Blind Man
3/8 John 11 Lazarus

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


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
Please contact Jake Hinterser if you are interested in helping out.

The next meeting is Monday, February 10th 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 – 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.


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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