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.
REMAINING BBQ FUND RAISERS THIS YEAR:
October 25 + 26
Many hands make this a great time of fun and fellowship, as well as help our fund raiser. We’ll be working on Thursday prior to the BBQ making the potato salad, cole slaw, and bagging bread, come and join us if you can! Donations of baked goods are appreciated.
Thanks everyone for all you do for the BBQs! Something new for our next BBQ Fund Raiser on October 25 & 26! We’ll be selling pulled pork as well as our other meats; brats, pork steaks and hot dogs. The price will be the same as the brats, $8 for a plate and $5 for a sandwich! Yum!
NEWLY FORMED CHILDREN AND YOUTH COMMITTEE
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.
FAMILY FUN DAY
October 19, 2-4:30 p.m.
Nameoki UMC is hosting a special day for family fun! Saturday, October 19th from 2-4:30 p.m.There will be A BOUNCE HOUSE, Face Painting, Games, Light Refreshments and BUBBLES! The BUBBLE BUS will be here from 3-4pm. Come join the fun!!
PARKINSON’S ZERO MILE FUN RUN
Have you always wanted to run in one of the most memorable races? Now is your chance to help support the National Parkinson’s Foundation and change lives forever, without ever breaking a sweat or taking more than a step. Meet on Saturday, October 19th at the church from 8-9:30 a.m. All sorts of fun and entertainment Registration-muffins, fruit, coffee and juice. Zero Run begins promptly at 9am Donations of any amount are welcomed! Checks can be made payable to National Parkinson’s Foundation. Pick up a registration form in the narthex or see Joyce Tracy for more information.
2019 PLANNING DATES
October 19 is the FUN RUN for Parkinson’s research.
October 25+26 is the last of the BBQs and a Fall Festival is being planned.
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
Christmas Day is on a Monday this year!!