NUMC Nameoki United Methodist Church 1900 Pontoon Rd.
Granite City IL 62040-2339
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Coffee Fellowship - Every Sunday Morning!

Each Sunday there is a Friendly Fellowship in the Fellowship Hall from 10am - 10:30am  Please arrive early enough to participate and to get more acquainted with those we know and to meet new people that we haven’t had a chance to get to know yet.

Need a Ride to Church?

Anyone needing a ride to church can call Vic Gehling at 618-876-8842

The Men’s Group meets every second Saturday and fourth Tuesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.


Baby Quilts

Baby Quilts are available through the quilters for $45 each.  Please talk with Luan Briner if you are interested 877-3556.


Men’s Group

Weekly Communion -

                     Sundays 7:45am

      (in the Pastor’s Office)

Pastor Mike invites everyone to a service of Communion in the pastors office at Nameoki UMC at 7.45am every Sunday morning, with the exception of the first Sunday of the month, which is when we have the whole church communion service.  

It is a simple communion service that does not include preaching, or singing... it's a simple liturgical service of confession, absolution, and communion.

Hope to see you there.

United Congregations of the Metro-East

Sacred Conversations on Race (& Action)

News and Events

The Men’s Group would like to see the younger men in the church join us so that we could get to know each other better and do more things for God and His church. We meet every second Saturday and fourth Tuesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Gordan Rea at (618) 591-8281 if you have questions. All men are invited! Hope to see you there!  


This program has been designed to support congregations and faith organizations as they broach the difficult but necessary conversations centered on racial tensions. These conversations will lead to ACTION led by better-informed and more self-aware persons.

With a community in need of understanding, healing and great systemic change, the conversation must begin. As the conversations begin, it is our hope that we will begin to understand the plight of others, have our stories heard and begin to work together for an undivided community.

This shift should lead to action after every conversation. No matter how large or small the ACTION, we must not sit back and let our interactions and feelings about each other-or the privilege of one group over another-continue to be the norm.

Sacred Conversations on Race (+ACTION) begins with a group meeting where all congregations can come together and begin the conversation as a community.

Next, a pair of volunteer facilitators will work with each congregation to facilitate two conversations within their membership during the weeks following the opening session. The dates and times of these conversations are scheduled by each individual congregation. Facilitators will study and prepare for the activities, collaborate with their co-facilitator, create a safe space for conversations, and attend facilitator training sessions.

Finally, all congregations will join together for a closing session that invites a commitment to follow up conversations with ACTION. Congregations from each community will work together to put their words and thoughts into an ACTION tailored to each community.

Nameoki UMC will be meeting with First Presbyterian Church, 2160 Delmar, on March 9th from 6:30 – 8:30pm for this work shop.

If you are interested, please contact Pastor Mike.

Mississippi River District Spring Meeting

“Come to the Well: Partake of Living Water and Depart for Mission” Featuring, Rev. Mary Katherine Pearce (Nationally known Author and Study Leader)

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Nameoki UMC

Welcoming Remarks: Rev. Mike Rayson


Register Today! Deadline April 22, 2017

Registration Fee: $8 (Includes continental breakfast & lunch) Make checks payable to Nameoki UMW

For more information and to register contact: Gail Fritzsche 931-7331

United Methodist Women

Donations are still being collected for Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House and Cunningham Children’s Home. Items may be placed in the blue UMW bin by the back door/staircase in the education wing or given to members of United Methodist Women by May 5.

Lessie Bates is asking for diapers (sizes 4-5-6), baby wipes, baby oil, and blue ink pens. Cunningham needs single subject notebooks (plastic or hard bound, not metal spiral bound), gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, McDonald’s, Jimmy Johns, Steak n Shake, and Box Tops for Education.

Monthly UMW Basket For May Includes:

(4) St. Louis Cardinal Tickets for September 12th game at 7:15 pm vs. Reds

Section 269 Row12 Seats 1-4

• St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Cards

• St. Louis Cardinals Key Chain

• (1) Box Cracker Jacks

• (2) Budweiser Glasses

Bid starts at $40.00 and the proceeds go towards the General Fund.

Next UMW Meeting: May 8th, 2017, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall

• Susanna Wesley meets every first and third Tuesday at 10:00 am at members’ homes. May meetings are the 2nd and 16th.

Contact Pat Bernaix for more information.

• The EMB Circle will meet on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00p.m. in the fellowship hall.

• Lydia Circle meets every third Thursday at noon. May 18th, is their next get together.



Just can’t say enough about the “kids capes of courage” outreach!

Just recently 7 capes were mailed to a family of seven children after the sudden loss of their father.  Many have been given to hospitals, and individuals.                           

Kids Capes of Courage



The mothers meet every second and fourth Friday from 9 a.m. – 11a.m. Their meetings in April are on the 12th and 26th. The mothers stay at the church for fellowship time while volunteers take care of the preschoolers. Volunteers are desperately needed for child care, see Joyce Tracy if you can help!   

Like us on Facebook, Granite City MOPS - Nameoki UMC.

Every 5th Sunday…

Beginning in January of 2016, each fifth Sunday of the month (January, May, July, October) we will have just one combined Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.!  The idea is to fellowship together at least 4 times a year.


Make a Note of it!

July 30 - 2017

Contact Linda Wozniak at 618-877-5398, or show up on Wednesdays at 1:00p.m. if you would like to be involved in this outreach.  There is a list of items needed in the narthex or financial support is always appreciated.



MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers

Summer months are quiet here at Nameoki UMC! United Methodist Women, EMB Circle, Susanna Wesley, Girl Scouts, the Men’s Group and the Chancel Choir will not meet in June and July. Be sure to watch the bulletin for start up dates in the fall.

We may have a little more time in the office during the summer break so we would like to print a new directory. Be sure to contact us with any changes to your household or new addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses as soon as possible.  

Annual BBQs


Mondays at noon


Under the leadership of Millie Clements, we are beginning a weekly prayer meeting at Nameoki UMC. This prayer meeting will take place every Monday at noon, and last for 30 minutes in the NUMC Chapel.

You are invited to participate in this important part of our churches life. Paul exhorted the church to “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful”. (Colossians 4:2, NIV).

If you would like to see God move more and more at Nameoki UMC, don’t just sit there… pray something! There will be no agenda at these prayer meetings. No sermon, no lengthy bible reading… just a time and space for prayer.

It doesn’t matter if you feel comfortable praying out loud or more comfortable praying quietly to yourself – ALL kinds of prayers are invited to come and pray. Even if prayer is not a part of your daily discipline, come and spend some time relaxing in the presence of God – who knows… you might find yourself to be more of a praying person just by committing 30 minutes of your time each week to prayer at Church.



New Bible Study

Join Pastor Mike and others on Monday mornings at 10am for Bible Study and discussions at KOOL Beanz Café, 1316 Niedringhaus Ave., Granite City. Everyone is invited! Come by and check it out!



Monday’s at 10am


1316 Neidringhaus Ave

Prayer Meeting 2017 Summer Schedule Changes

June 4th is Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is the day on which the Christian church celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and others assembled in Jerusalem. It marks the beginning of the Christian church and the proclamation of its message throughout the world. It is often referred to as the birthday of the church.

June 16-17

We will need volunteers beginning on Thursday to help with peeling the potatoes and bagging the bread. Friday and Saturday we will need helpers through-out both days. And don’t forget we are always in need of desserts!


Memorial Day Service

May 28

Join us for a special Worship Service on May 28th, to honor those who lost their lives protecting our country. We will also be remembering those members of our congregation that have passed away since last Memorial Day.


Nameoki UMC

Lloyd and Ruth Seymour Memorial Scholarship Award

2017 Application

This year Nameoki UMC will grant no more than 3 scholarships of $500.00 each. Scholarships are to be used for post high school education tuition or fees. Funds will be disbursed directly to the college bursar’s office or school business office. Recipients will be notified by July 7, 2017. They will have 6 months from the date of notification to collect the scholarship contribution or it will be forfeited.

Eligibility: Applicants must 1.) Be or have been an active participant of Nameoki United Methodist Church 2.) Be entering their first—fourth year of enrollment in college, two-year community college, or vocational/technical school, 3.) And not be a past recipient of this scholarship.

Deadline: Applications must be received by May 26, 2017, at noon.

Submission: The completed application with the required documents and any additional information to help you receive this scholarship must be mailed or dropped off at the Nameoki UMC office. Attn. Janine Roe, Scholarship Committee, Nameoki UMC, 1900 Pontoon Road, Granite City, IL 62040

Please pick up an application in the narthex.

Raffle Basket

Check out the raffle basket in the narthex each month!

For June the basket is a Memory Basket, and includes a photo album, picture frame, diary and other items.

The money raised will go toward our general fund! If you have items you would like to donate for the baskets or have a basket already made up that you would like to give, see Jen Rayson or Janine Roe.


WHEN: Monday, June 5, 2017

WHERE: Wilson Park Shelter #5

RSVP: Janine Roe 931-5313

Time: 5:30 pm -7:30 pm

Hot Dogs, Potato Chips/ Veggies/Dip, Baked Beans, Dessert will be provided!

Please do not bring any food.

Feel free to bring a chair if you would prefer not to sit on picnic table benches.

4th annual women’s BBQ

Annual Conference

June 8-10

The Annual Conference this year is scheduled for June 8th thru the 10th. Pastor Mike, Vic Gehling and Rachel Schildmann will be attending. Please keep them in your prayers for safe travels.


Boy Scout Car Wash

July 8

Reserve the date! The boy scouts will be hosting a CAR WASH to send the boys to camp. On Saturday, July 8 from 10am – 2pm, for $10 you get your vehicle washed AND everyone in your car gets lunch (hamburger or hotdog, drink and chips) 100% goes to the local Boy Scouts! It will be held at Dempsey-Adam & Granite Glass.


Join us on June 18th as we celebrate dads everywhere!


The purpose of the FISHER HOUSE is to provide temporary lodging for Veterans’ families during a medical crisis. The house offers a warm, inviting, and often calming environment where family members can find encouragement from others experiencing similar circumstances. It’s considered to be a, “home away from home” and provides a sense of comfort while a loved once is undergoing medical treatment as an inpatient at the V A St. Louis Health Care System. There is no fee for families staying at the Fisher House. For more information visit their website - or call (888) 294-8560.