Monthly News — 8/2017

AUGUST  2017

St. Thomas United Methodist Church

 

FROM THE PASTOR:  Dear Children, Sisters, Brothers, Moms, Dads, Grandparents,

May God bless you and give you wisdom as you learn each day about God and the life!

August makes us think about education, everywhere you go you see companies promoting back to school.  All the super stores and office supply stores have back to school sales.  I see parents are already shopping with their children for the supplies they need for the new school year.  What else do they need besides supplies?

United Methodists believe that children have a right to education, and parents and governments have an obligation to provide them with access to an adequate education. There are many ways church members can become more involved, and also advocate for schools and families.

John Wesley was a “unique and remarkable educator (who) gave to the whole Methodist movement . . . a permanent passion for education”. We ought to follow that passion and support our children in our community. I believe preparing one’s heart and attitude are more important than the supplies. I want to encourage all of us to pray for them and support them anyway possible. I have included a “Back-to-School Blessing Prayer” that follows.  Please use that as a guide to pray for them. We will have chance to pray with them on Sunday, August 13. We commit that Sunday as Back-to-School Blessing Sunday and we will have an outdoor worship service on that Sunday.

Wesley believed that persons develop their full God-given potential when they educate their mind as well as nurture their spirit. Let those who have ears say Amen!  I have been looking for Bible study materials and so far have chosen two studies, both written by Adam Hamilton. One from the New Testament, “John: The Gospel of Light and Life” and the second one from the Old Testament, “Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet”. I want you to prepare yourself to join us for these studies and more to come. All are welcome!

One more education opportunity for our youth, we are starting our confirmation class beginning this fall. I believe this education is the most important step for our youth.  To make sure they get the most out of this class, we need your support. First, of course we need your prayer. Please adopt one or two students and pray for them until they complete the course. Our confirmation students’ names are David, Isaac, Peter, and Edwin. Second, we need at least four mentors that are willing to spend some time with them to journey with them. If you are interested in doing so, please let me know.

 Why are we promoting education, because education is the gift of hope.                                       –Pastor Jeremiah

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Back-to-School Blessing

Bless my paper and my pen. Guide my spirit deep within.

Help me think and help me play, This whole school year, day by day.

As I move from class to class, Guide my footsteps; clear my path.

Keep my tongue to speak your words. Let your will for me be heard.

In every subject high or low, May God’s excellence be shown!

Keep me strong to reach the prize, To grow in grace, becoming wise.

Whether far from home or near, May I hold God’s precepts dear.

To do my best at every task; For this blessing, I do ask.

Help my family be a part As I lift my mind and heart.

As I study, work, and pray, Be with them throughout the day.

Of whom much is given, much is required.

May learning be your greatest desire!

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LEADERSHIP TEAM

Planning Continues

The Leadership Team did not meet during July but planning still continues.  Save the date of August 27, 7:00pm for a benefit concert and ice cream social.  The Village Vocal Chords have graciously offered to provide a benefit concert for us to help with financing work on the parsonage roof and interior space that was damaged by a roof leak.  Suggested donation will be $10.  Bring some friends and enjoy some free ice cream sundaes after the concert is over.

The Leadership Team will meet for visioning and planning on August 18 & 19.  Anyone is welcome to join us as we plan events for the coming year.  August 18, Friday, 6:00pm at for a potluck dinner (please bring a dish to share) and August 19, Saturday 8:30-12, at the church.  Suggestions?  Contact Jacquie in the office or Pastor Jeremiah.

–Leadership Team Leader

 

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NURTURE MINISTRIES

Worship

As long as I live, I will sing and praise you, Lord God.  I hope my thoughts will please you, because you are the one who makes me glad.   Psalm 104:33-34

Take time during these hot summer days to praise and worship God.  We are blessed people and we have God to thank for each day.  Come to Sunday 10am Worship so you can sing praises, learn through the scriptures and the sermon and share your prayers with other believers.

We will have Worship outside on August 13.  Bring a comfortable folding chair if you have one or chairs will be available.  Pastor Jeremiah will bless backpacks as our youth will start school the following week.  After Worship we will grill and share a potluck lunch.  Bring your table service and food to share.

Our resident chorus, Village Vocal Chords, will bless us with music during the August 20th Worship.  If you have vocal or instrumental music to share for Worship, contact JoAnn Foss.

See you in church.                                              –Worship Team

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 Nurture Ministries

Family Ping Pong Tournament

 When:  Saturday August 5th, 2017

Time:  Registration:  10 a.m. – Noon

(Food and snacks will be served from 11:00 to noon)

Tournament:  Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Where:  St. Thomas UMC, lower level

Who:   Middle schoolers and up: You may enter a singles Tournament (middle school and high school only) or Family Tournament or Both.

Family Tournament: is doubles game, you have to register yourself and someone from your family or neighbor who is one generation older or younger. For example: Father/Son, Daughter/Father, Son/Mom, Mom/daughter, grandson/grandpa, nephew/uncle etc. (You might want to create a name for your team and register your team name).

For younger children: There will be a Wii ping pong and other games available for Elementary school students during the whole event.  Parents should accompany kids in elementary and younger. Spectators are welcome!

Registration:  Register online at stumc.net – Click the link to Ping-Pong tournament on top of webpage. Fees will be paid on the day of the event during check-in; $3 for middle and high school students, $5 for family tournament.  Food, fun, and fellowship are included.

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OUTREACH MINISTRIES

Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

August is our month to give extra support to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.  The pantry is currently running behind last year’s donations while feeding more people.  Food donations are appreciated but cash donations provide more food since we can order food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  Please make your check out to our church with GE Food Pantry on the item/memo line.  Thank you for your continued support.

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GOING GREEN IN A FEW WORDS…

Use it up, Wear it Out,

Make it do…or Do Without!

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!

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OUTREACH MINISTRIES

Blood Drive Date is Changed: 

Save Monday, Sept. 18th

Our September blood drive had originally been scheduled for September 11th.  Apparently there was such a great demand to hold drives on that date (in remembrance of 2001, no doubt) that all the bloodmobiles were taken before anyone checked our schedule.  Therefore, we’re now set for the 18th, which is probably more convenient for anyone planning to attend the UMW meeting on the 11th.  Remember, there is always a need for blood, no matter the date!  Watch for more information in the September issue of The Word.              –Blood Drive Coordinator

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Shekels for Shingles Update

St. Thomas members & friends have contributed about two-thirds of the money needed toward the parsonage roof repair—a fantastic response to this challenge.  This should cover much of the roof replacement. We still need additional funds to complete the roof and repair interior damage. So, please continue weekly contributions and pledges toward this project.

— Stewardship & Finance Chair

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THE SEASONS OF LIFE

 In the Spring of our lives

what joy to behold,

when the earth opens up

and new life unfolds.

Then peace and contentment

like the Summer breeze,

brings spiritual growth

with comfort and ease.

But it’s time to let go

when fall fills our space,

to bear life’s changes

with the gift of God’s grace.

And when Winter appears

bringing quiet and rest

there’s time for renewal

with our soul at its best.

So rooted in Christ

and standing tall,

the seasons of our lives

have a message for us all.

 

–A St. Thomas member

 

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RESOURCE MINISTRIES

New Medicare Cards

New Medicare Cards Debut Next Year:  Many people who are new to Medicare are surprised to learn that the ID number on their Medicare card is identical to their Social Security number (SSN). After all, we’re constantly warned not to carry our SSN around with us, because lost or stolen SSN information could result in identity theft. But what should you do when the Medicare card itself tells you to carry it with you so that you can present it to administrative staff at a doctor’s office or hospital? Here are some tips and information that you can use to protect yourself.

New Medicare Cards:  For starters, you’ll be happy to know that the government is in the process of removing SSNs from Medicare cards. But with 58 million beneficiaries, it is a huge undertaking that will be implemented gradually. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will start sending the new cards in April 2018, but it will take until December 2019 for SSNs to be removed from all cards. Under the new system, a randomly generated 11-character Medicare Beneficiary Identifier will replace the SSN-based health claim number on your new Medicare card, but your Medicare benefits will not change. You will receive information in 2018 letting you know about the new Medicare card with an explanation of how to use the new card and what to do with your old one. You can start using your new Medicare card and number as soon as you receive it. There will likely be a transition period in 2018 and 2019 when you can use either the old card or the new card.

Protect Your Identity:  Until your new Medicare card is issued, here is what you can do to protect your SSN on your current card. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a national consumer resource on identity theft, recommends that you carry your Medicare card only when you visit a health care provider for the first time so the provider can make a copy for their files. Otherwise, make a photocopy of your card and cut it down to wallet size. Then take a black marker and black out the last four digits of your SSN and carry that with you instead. If your Medicare card does happen to get lost or stolen, you can replace it by calling the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or by contacting your local Social Security office. You can also request a card online at SSA.gov/MyAccount. Your card will arrive in the mail in about 30 days. If your Medicare card containing your SSN gets lost or stolen, you will need to keep an eye out for Medicare fraud. You can do this by checking your quarterly Medicare summary notices for services or supplies you did not receive. You can also check your Medicare claims online at MyMedicare.gov (you’ll need to create an account first) or by calling Medicare at 800-633-4227. If you spot anything suspicious or incorrect, call the Inspector General’s fraud hotline at 800-447-8477. Also, watch for other signs of identity theft. For example, if someone uses your Social Security number to obtain credit, loans, telephone accounts or other goods and services, report it immediately to the Federal Trade Commission at IdentityTheft.gov (or 877-438-4338). This site will also give you specific steps you will need to take if your identity gets stolen. Savvy Living is written by Jim Miller, a regular contributor to the NBC Today Show and author of “The Savvy Living” book.

Source: United Methodist Foundation of the Northern Illinois Conference, Published May 26, 2017. 

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Village Vocal Chords Chorus Benefit Concert &

UMW Ice Cream Social

to benefit the

Parsonage Roof Fund

 Sunday, August 27, 7:00 p.m.

See the Award Winning VVCs in concert,

followed by a UMW sponsored Ice Cream Social, all for just a

$10 donation to the Parsonage Roof Fund.

 

 

 

St. Thomas United Methodist Church

2 S 511 Route 53

Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137

(630) 469-1214

Join us for Worship Every Sunday

10:00 a.m.

 

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