Our Annual Charge Conference is scheduled for November 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Nameoki UMC. Our new superintendent Allynn Walker will be here. We will be celebrating the wonderful ministries and people of Nameoki UMC.
All members of the church are members of the Charge Conference. Administrative Board Members should especially make every effort to attend.
November 9 – 3-6pm
Make your Dinner plans for the UMW Chili Fund Raiser in the Fellowhip Hall, on Saturday, November 9 from 3pm – 6pm. Cost of tickets: Adults $8, Children $5.(Ages 4-12). Dinner includees: Beverage, Bowl of Chili, Hot Dog, and Dessert. Buy your tickets today from any UMW member!
HANGING of the GREENS
SAVE THE DATE: November 24th after the service we will decorate the church for Christmas. Lunch will be available for those who stay to help, please bring finger foods too. The more help we have the sooner we can get it finished. Please come and enjoy the fun and fellowship and lend a hand as you are able.
ANNUAL NUMC CHRISTMAS DINNER
December 7 – 6:30pm
Our Christmas dinner this year is scheduled for December 7th at 6:30 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 blessings us with the gift of music for our celebration. Contact Joyce Longbottom at (618) 210-9214 if you have any questions or need more information.
Save your recipes and stock up on your ingredients, and spread the word, for our Annual Cookie Sale on December 14th! Watch for more information in the upcoming bulletins.
CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS
We will be collecting non-perishable food items for our Christmas Baskets in the coming weeks. Look for the boxes to fill in the hallway.
OUR AMAZING VOLUNTEERS
November’s ushers are Carl and Carolyn Kalkbrenner. Gordon Rea and Margaret Gehling 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 all those helping with Communion as well. Thanks to all who help with our services each week. You are greatly appreciated!
Thanks CAPES Ladies for all of the work to prepare and host the BOOK SALE. The pillows were a hit as well as the book bags! Great idea, and lots of fun!
Thank you Debbie Bivens for stepping up to take over the Church sign in the front yard of the church. Soooo appreciated!!
“I would like to say a big thank you to all who helped with and donated to the Zero Mile Fun Run. It was a big success. We have raised $12,000. Together we can make a difference!” Joyce Tracy
Very nice of you Pat Brown for volunteering to straighten up the books and envelopes in the pews and restock the prayer request cards in the sanctuary each week!
Thanks to the Children and Youth Council for hosting the Family Fun Day! A good time was had by all!
Thanks to Bob & Doris Taylor, Luan Briner, Jerry & Erla Mainer and the kitchen crew who prepare and clean up after the funeral dinners. You are behind the scenes, and we are so grateful!
THANK YOU to anyone who participated in anything connected to the BBQs. Your help, no matter how big or small, was greatly appreciated!
Our sincere sympathy to the Lathrop family on the loss of our fellow brother in Christ, Mervin Lathrop. Mervin left this life on October 1, 2019. He was a tireless volunteer in years past, helping in every possible way, especially with his electrical skills. Mervin has been a member of Nameoki UMC for many, many years and will be missed by all that knew him. Our prayers continue for Thelma and her family at this sad time.
Our sincere condolences to Melissa Finkle and her family on the loss of her husband and our brother in Christ, James “Jim” Finkle. Jim left this life on October 3rd, 2019. He was a faithful Scout leader for 20 years. He will be missed.
Our sympathy and prayer for Michael Greeling and his family for the loss of his grandmother, Iona Mae Lee. Mrs. Lee passed away on October 10, 2019.
United Methodist Breakfast Ministry Team
November 23 at Niedringhaus UMC
The Nameoki United Methodist Breakfast Ministry Team will be serving breakfast at Niedringhaus UMC on November 23rd.
Contact Jake Hinterser (618) 877-6378 to help with the BREAKFAST MINISTRY. The Breakfast Ministry Team from Nameoki UMC rotates with other area churches serving breakfast to the those in need at Niedringhaus UMC about every 6 weeks. See Jake for a schedule or if you would like to help.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Janine Roe for your commitment, and dedication as the President of the Nameoki United Methodist Women for the past 4 years! Going forward, beginning in January 2020, Anne Dollins has agreed to step in Janine’s shoes and replace her as the President of UMW for the next term. Thanks again to both of you! UMW remember your World Thank Donations for our next meeting on November 11th.
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 Pastor Susan Harrison at 252.947.0763.
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