Weekly News — 3/7/2018

St. Thomas Announcements…

Mar. 7th — 14th This Week’s Highlights ….

Edith Rickert’s Memorial Service…will take place on Friday, March 9, at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home

(44 S Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540).  Visitation is from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Danita officiating.

 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS:  DON’T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ONE HOUR ON SATURDAY NIGHT SO YOU AREN’T LATE FOR CHURCH ON SUNDAY MORNING!

 

All Members, please prayfully consider your VOTE:

Special Conference Call – Member Vote Sunday, March 11, 2018

STUMC will meet at 10AM 3/11/18 and GE First UMC will meet the same day at 11:30AM

 

A ‘YES’ vote will allow the two congregations to merge together as one. It means…

  • After April 1, the congregations will be joined to serve the ministry needs of the Glen Ellyn Community, the nation and the World
  • The leadership and transition team members will continue their work to preserve the history, memorials, missions, programs and ministries as a united congregation.
  • All assets (building, contents, designated funds, etc) will become part of the merged congregation.
  • Proceeds from the sale of the STUMC property will be that of the merged congregation.
  • It is the intent to use the proceeds to pay off the Red Door mortgage and debt on the Route 53 property.
  • Remaining proceeds would be available to pay off debt of the merged congregation including mortgage on the downtown property.
  • All designated funds in the STUMC accounts will remain designated for their original intent.

A Yes vote does not obligate you to practice your faith in the new merged congregation downtown. Nor does it prohibit you from transferring your membership to another congregation if you choose. This does allow for the merged congregation to preserve the history and traditions started at St Thomas.

But please consider that…

A ‘NO’ vote will mean that the STUMC will dissolve as of April 1, 2018. All assets (building, contents, designated funds, etc) will become the property of the United Methodist – Northern IL Conference. All proceeds from the sale of the Route 53 property will first go to pay off debt and all remaining proceeds including designated funds will go to the Northern IL conference.                  –GEFUMC & STUMC Transition Team

Pray for this decision:The members and friends of St. Thomas UMC of Glen Ellyn and First UMC of Glen Ellyn are invited to a prayer vigil. You are invited to pray for one hour sometime between 5 p.m. on Friday March 9 and 8 a.m. on Sunday March 11. You could spend the entire hour in prayer at one time or break it up into smaller portions of 1, 5, 10, or however many minutes just so long as the total is 60 minutes. No matter if you’re praying continuously for an hour or praying short 1 minute “breath prayers” please pray. You don’t have to leave your home; you can pray where ever you find yourself. Please pray for the merger votes coming on Sunday March 11 at 10 a.m. (St. T.) and 11:30 a.m. (First) that the outcome will fulfill God’s will for both congregations.

 

Worship Opportunities:  On Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Jeremiah will deliver his 4TH Sunday of Lent Sunday message entitled, “Jesus Mission”. His scripture reference is Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-21.

Each Wednesday we continue to share in a Lenten Study entitled, Three Simple Rules. Our Lenten Study evenings begin with a simple meal at 6 p.m. in the dining room of the downtown (First Church) location. Rev. Diss leads the study. Wednesday, March 14, is the day St Thomas will provide this light meal for the Lenten gathering at First UM Church.  Some food will be purchased but we would welcome contributions from anyone.  Because it is Pi Day, we will be furnishing pizza pie, chicken pot pie, quiche pie, salad & dessert pies.  Please let Martha Blumer or Sally Grenzow know what you will supply and if you are able to come to FUMC at 5pm to help set up.  Thank you!

Missing History:  As we are gathering the St. Thomas history, we find that we are missing one of the early scrapbooks that recorded the early events of the church.  If you know the whereabouts of that book, please let the church office know so that this important part of our history is preserved!

Dining-Out Group…will meet on Friday, March 9th at 6 PM at the Bloomingdale Golf Club (181 Glen Ellyn Road) for the Fish Fry.  They do not take reservations, so please respond by 3 PM that day and reply to all, so the first person to arrive can let them know how many we have.  Our usual coordinator will send an email when she has a final count.  Please contact her by email, phone or text no later than 3:00 p.m. on the 9th.

LAST CHANCE:  Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC):   As we prepare to head to MMDC, we can purchase items in bulk, for very good prices, that they need for their work.  If you would like to give a CASH donation, we’ll apply that to purchases cases of these items at about $35 per case. We currently have cash donations enough to purchase 3 cases of these needed supplies and will continue to accept donations through THIS Sunday, March 11. At which time we will place an order from St. Thomas. If you would prefer, monetary donations can be sent directly to           MMDC, 1001 Mission Drive, Pawnee, IL 60558

Celebrating St. Thomas:  All congregants are invited to use the bulletin board in the narthex to post photos, notes, mementos and messages of gratitude to share with each other in this.  Plan now what you would like to add to this visual celebration!

Our next blood drive–Our next blood drive–the last at St. Thomas–is scheduled for Monday, March 12th, from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.  You can sign up online or call or text Karen L. to get your preferred time slot for donating.   If you go to the Heartlandbc.org site, you will be re-routed to a new Versiti website, but when you click on “schedule an appointment” you will find the familiar Heartland sign-in.  Let’s do as much as we can to make this last drive successful.  And remember to concentrate on those iron-rich foods this week!

Prayer Requests:  If you would like to add someone or be added yourself to our weekly prayer list, just email or call the St. Thomas office 630-469-1214.  This week we pray …

  • For healing and successful treatments for those dealing with health concerns and for those dealing with cancer.
  • For the caregivers, who help and support those needing their assistance.
  • For these dealing with the loss of a loved-one.
  • For the St. Thomas congregation, praying that we will be guided by God’s hand as we move forward, doing His work in the world wherever we are planted.
  • For racial healing and political reconciliation throughout our country.
  • For those dealing with the heartache of addictions, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • For those dealing with natural disasters in their home states.

THIS WEEK AT ST. THOMAS

 

Wednesday, March 7

6:00 p.m.            Lenten dinner and study @ the downtown UMC

7:30 p.m.            Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal @ STUMC

Friday, March 9

6:00 p.m.            Dining-Out Group @ Bloomingdale Golf Club (let Tricia know if you plan to attend)

Sunday, March 11 (last day to make donations for MMDC supplies)

10:00 a.m.          Special Conference Call:  Membership vote on merger of St. Thomas UMC & 1st UMC, followed by Worship Service (w/Children’s Sunday School)

Monday, March 12

1:30 p.m.         UMW Meeting at The Sally’s:   a chaplain at GoodSamaritan Hospital, will share her knowledge about palliative care.

Tuesday, March 13

3:30 p.m.            Covenant Group (St. Thomas parlor)

7:00 p.m.            Trustee’s meeting (Pastor’s Conference Room)

Wednesday, March 14

6:00 p.m.            Lenten dinner and study @ the downtown UMC – St. Thomas preparing and serving the meal

7:30 p.m.            Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 15

8:45 a.m.            Local Mission Opportunity: Phil’s Friends (car pool from STUMC parking lot)

7:30 p.m.            Finance Team meeting (Pastor’s Conference Room)

Saturday, March 17 –St. Patrick’s Day

9:00 a.m.            Leadership Team Meeting (Pastor’s Conference Room)

9:00 a.m.            HOREB Dust Busters

Sunday, March 18

10:00 a.m.          Worship Service (w/Children’s Sunday School):  Staff Appreciation celebration and Children’s Bible Sunday

11:30 a.m.          Confirmation lunch & study

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