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 third Saturday of the month at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Baby Quilts are available through the quilters for $45 each. Please talk with Luan Briner if you are interested 877-3556.
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 third Saturday 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!
Upcoming UMW Meetings:
February 12th 6:30 pm Fellowship Hall
March 12th 6:30 pm Fellowship Hall
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 Moms & Tots meet every 2nd and 4th Friday. The moms usually make a craft and share Christian fellowship while the tots are being cared for by our volunteers. If you would like to help, please contact Joyce Tracy at 876-2567.
Each Fifth Sunday of the month 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.
A fellowship meal will follow each 5th Sunday service.
April 29, 2018
July 29, 2018
Sept 30, 2018
Dec 30, 2018
Make a Note of it!
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.
Moms and Tots
NAMEOKI UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING.
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.
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
KOOL BEANZ Cafe
1316 Neidringhaus Ave
We now have a 3rd worship service for Nameoki UMC, 4pm on Saturday! Now you have another opportunity to attend worship.
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 - www.fisherhouse.org or call (888) 294-8560.
Every 2nd and 4th Friday
We use the same scripture and sermon as we do on Sunday mornings but the music is more contemporary. We’ll celebrate communion every Saturday service. Children are allowed to be in the sanctuary, they can even bring their toys. “There is no excuses now!” Pastor Mike laughingly says, (He is trying to accommodate everyone.)
So now you have your choice: 4pm on Saturday, or on Sundays at 8:15am or 10:30am! Hope to see you at one of them!
Thanks to our volunteers
Thanks to our volunteers who will be helping with the Worship services for March:
Liturgist: Brandon Kerr
Ushers: Bob and Doris Taylor
March 4 – Jen Rayson
March 11 – Joyce Tracy
March 18 - Youth
March 25 – Linda Wozniak
Dinner with Pastor Schedule:
March 7 Subway
March 14 Long John Silver
March 21 Jack in the Box
March 28 No Dinner with Pastor or Bible Study
SAVE YOUR STUFF! The EMB Rummage Sale this year is Friday, April 13th from 9-4 and Saturday, April 14th, from 9-1. You may bring your donated items to the church after Easter Sunday and place them on the stage in the fellowship hall. The proceeds from the Rummage Sale helps to purchase items for the church and offices that are not included in the budget. (We cannot take large furniture, televisions, computers or computer components.)
April 13th and 14th
We met on January 9th to reserve the church for special events. You may want to add these dates to your calendar as well.
2018 Calendar of Events
Here are the dates so far:
March 29 - Holy Thursday Service
March 31 - Easter Egg Hunt
April 1 - Easter Sunday
April 8 - The Watto Choir will perform
April 13 & 14 - Rummage Sale
April 17 - Red Bird Mission Choir to perform
April 29 - Fifth Sunday & Dinner
May 25 & 26 - BBQ Fund Raiser
June 22 & 23 - BBQ Fund Raiser
July 22 – 26 - Vacation Bible School
July 29 - Fifth Sunday & Dinner
September 21 & 22 - BBQ Fund Raiser
September 30 - Fifth Sunday & Dinner
October 20 - Parkinson Fun Run
November 25 - Hanging of the Greens
December 1 - Church Christmas Dinner
December 15 - Cookie Sale/Santa
December 16 - Live Nativity
December 24 - 3pm & 11pm services
March 3rd is actually the 3rd Sunday in the six Sundays in Lent.
In Pastor Mike’s sermon series, we are studying the time before Christ’s death and resurrection. Please be sure to join us through this series and for our special holy week services and of course Easter Sunday!
“Let us during this Lenten season, in addition to our self-examination and spiritual discipline; turn our attention to the need of extending Christ’s Kingdom in the lives of others. Within the bounds are hundreds, most of them baptized, many of them confirmed, who have drifted away form the Church. They are in our acquaintances. Make the Lenten season a time of special prayer and effort for the indifferent and irreligious. Endeavor to bring them to the Church’s services and within the sphere of religious influence. Make your effort a persistent and continuous one. God will surely bless both you and them.” -copied-
Daylight Savings Times begins on March 11th - remember to set your clocks forward one hour!
THE GREAT ADVENTURE - The Light Kids Conference is an exciting one-day event for kids in first – fifth grades! It’s happing this year in Troy, IL on Saturday, March 24th! Patty Lanz will be taking care of the registrations, please see her for details. The deadline to sign up is March 10th.
(Deadline to sign up - March 10th)
MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR! Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held March 31st for toddlers to 6th grade.
Milk and donuts will be available at 9:30 and the egg hunt will begin at 10! The collection of candy and goodies for the eggs will begin soon. Contact Maureen Gordon if you have questions (618) 823-6181.
March 31 - 9:30am
The Kids Capes of Courage ministry was founded in Akron, Ohio. The purpose of the organization is to provide a fun superhero cape for children who are sick, have special needs, or need encouragement at a difficult time in their lives. The Nameoki United Methodist Church chapter was established approximately three years ago.
Since that time, we have provided capes to the children’s hospitals in St. Louis, the autism center in Belleville, Annie’s Hope (a bereavement counseling service for children), mission trips, and individuals from Frohardt School in Granite City to Egypt. Our chapter has caused the organization to become international by sending capes to England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Haiti, and Egypt.
Our local group is small but dedicated! We meet each Wednesday afternoon to cut out capes and design and create appliques for them. We then take our projects home to sew and complete them. Two years ago, we gave capes to a medical mission team leaving for Haiti. They returned with stories of happy and excited children. But, they also told of children who had no clothing other than the cape they were given. Every child deserves more than a cape to wear, and one of our members designed a pattern for a sundress for girls and a pattern for shorts for boys. Since that time, we have sent dresses and shorts as well as capes with the mission team.
We currently are working on clothing and capes to send with the team when they revisit Haiti in April 2018. We also are sewing 185 capes for the annual camp held by Annie’s Hope in June. We are told that the children at the camp are allowed to write or draw on the inside lining of their cape to express emotions too difficult to put into words during grief counselling session at the camp.
Our work is supported entirely by donations, both monetary and material. With the money we receive, we purchase fabric, thread, elastic, Velcro, and other miscellaneous items needed to complete our projects.
There is no “magic” in our capes. But, if a cape can bring a smile to the face of a sick child, provide hope to a child with special needs, or bring comfort to a child who has lost a loved one, our goal is met. If you know of a child who needs a cape, please ask a member of the group or Pastor Mike, and a cape will be provided to you.
--Submitted by Linda Wozniak