Granite City Nameoki UMC has been set up as Disaster Response Shelter for those families in Granite City that have been affected by the recent flooding. Salvation Army and Red Cross have been deployed to provide assistance to those families in need. The Mississippi River District has Disaster Response volunteers ready to assist as needed. Our District coordinators are Jeremy Volkmar and Gina Benesh. Clean up after the floods recede might be needed. Information will be provided as the need arises. Thanks!
Congratulations to Adam and Jessica Penn (Pocahontas and Panama), who are the proud parents of Levi James Penn born December 17!
On Thursday, the Internal Revenue Service issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
54 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 57.5 cents for 2015
19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 23 cents for 2015
14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
The business mileage rate decreased 3.5 cents per mile and the medical, and moving expense rates decrease 4 cents per mile from the 2015 rates. The charitable rate is based on statute.
The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.
Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.
A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.
These and other requirements for a taxpayer to use a standard mileage rate to calculate the amount of a deductible business, moving, medical or charitable expense are in Rev. Proc. 2010-51. Notice 2016-01 contains the standard mileage rates, the amount a taxpayer must use in calculating reductions to basis for depreciation taken under the business standard mileage rate, and the maximum standard automobile cost that a taxpayer may use in computing the allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan.
Over 90 active and retired clergy and spouses descended upon Belleville Union UMC on Friday evening, December 4th for a wonderful and fun-filled evening of food, fellowship and entertainment. A special word of thanks to host Pastor Ed and Nancy Weston who provided the table decorations and hor dóeuvre’s for the evening; to the United Methodist Men for the great food and to the District United Methodist Men who paid for the retiree and spouse meal. Thank you also to the musicians from Union UMC who provided inspirational entertainment.
Both Karen and I wish to thank all the District clergy for your kind words and monetary gifts. It is indeed a privilege to serve in the Mississippi River District.
December 2, 2015
Dear Brothers & Sisters In Christ:
I write to you at this time to alert you of a VERY EXCITING concert opportunity right here in the River Bend. On Wednesday, December 16 at Heartland Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m. Main Street UMC’s – Team Honduras will be hosting FINDING FAVOUR with special guests Bonray on their “City Night Tour” Christmas Concert.
FINDING FAVOUR – well known for their current Chart-Topping Hit, “Cast My Cares On You”, is just back from Brazil where they performed before over 40,000 people. I am sure they will have many stories to share with us. Bonray is a newly signed group with Provident Music Group (Casting Crowns, Matt Maher, Third Day) and consist of 3 brothers and 1 sister.
Tickets are VERY economically priced and I thought that being on a Wednesday when I know many of you have Youth Programming, that this might make an AWESOME Christmas Outing especially for you and your teens. Of course EVERYONE is welcome and will enjoy this awesome night of Christmas Music and Group Favorites. Group tickets are ONLY $8 each for groups of 10 or more, General Admission is $10 each, and for those wanting the VIP/Meet-n-Greet experience, they are available on line at www.riverbender.com/shopping for only $20 each. Tickets will also be available at the Main Street UMC Church Office or at the Family Christian Store at Alton Square.
I am also enclosing a FAQ sheet for reference purposes and bio sheet about the bands for use in your newsletters or communication with your Youth or Congregation. I am certainly sorry that this all has come up SO fast, but their routing and travel schedule opened up and felt that this was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up….our AREA deserves good concerts and HOME and not ALWAYS having to travel to St. Louis. Posters will be available by the weekend and if you want to “reach out” to me by phone at 618-550-9291 or by e-mail at Greg@bluffcitytours.com I will be happy to bring one or two by your church.
Thanks to each of you for ALL that you do in our community. From the SAK program feeding our kids through the summer, to the week-long Revival & Pietown Gospel Music Festival in August, and the Faith In Action event this fall, it is VERY exciting and BLESSED I believe to see our Faith Community, not only coming together, but helping to LEAD our Community. Great things are ON THE WAY!
I hope to see many of you at the concert, but also want to wish you and your congregations a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
With Much Appreciation,
Greg Gelzinnis, Team Leader
Main Street UMC – Honduras Mission Team
Finding Favour FAQ’s
- Concert Date – Wednesday, December 16, 2015
- Concert Time – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Doors 6:30)
- Location – Heartland Baptist Church; 4500 Humbert Road; Alton, IL
- Tickets – Available on line at www.riverbender.com/shopping
Main Street UMC Church Office
Family Christian Store – Alton Square
- Ticket Price
VIP/Meet-n-Greet – $20pp (Limited to 35 & Only Available On Line)
General Admission – $10pp
Group Pricing (10 or more) $8pp
- Checks Accepted – Made out to Main Street UMC (Team Honduras in Memo)
Include Driver’s License # & Phone #
- Information about Groups (Finding Favour & Bonray) on Page 2
- This IS a Christmas Concert but the groups will be singing some of their HITS as well.
- Concert Proceeds benefit Main Street’s Team Honduras on-going Mission Work in Honduras.
- Information at the concert will also be available and sponsorship opportunities will exist for Food for the Hungry
- If questions come up that you can not answer…call or refer the call to Greg at 618-550-9291
Known for their powerful vocals, engaging live show and moving authentic songs, Finding Favour has skyrocketed into the hearts of fans. Finding Favour released their first full album Reborn, June 23, 2015, and the first single “Cast My Cares,” is the group’s fastest rising song to date, charting in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot AC/CHR Chart. Finding Favour was formed in 2005 in Vidalia, GA and consists of band members, Blake NeeSmith (vocals), Allen Dukes (guitar), Dustin Daniels (bass guitar) and Josh Duckworth (drums).
Personally discovered by Gotee Records founder and CCM icon Toby Mac, Finding Favour released their first studio EP, Finding Favour EP, in March 2013 followed by tours with Building 429 and Hawk Nelson. Their first single, “Slip On By,” reached Billboard’s Top 25 Christian AC chart. The song also became a Top 40 Country Radio hit for country artist, Austin Webb. Finding Favour’s second single, “Say Amen,” released in 2014 and peaked Top 25 on Billboard’s NCA chart. The band toured earlier this year with the Newsboys God’s Not Dead Tour, and the Air 1 Positive Hits Tour with Lauren Diagle and David Crowder. Finding Favour will be joining Toby Mac’s Hits Deep Tour in 2016 along side Colton Dixon, Britt Nicole and Building 429.
Well first of all you should know that we’re all best friends.. not really by choice, but by birth. Yup, we’re all siblings, a classic family band. Even if we weren’t related we’d probably be best friends in a band, though. We get to work together and face life together. Everything from song writing to performances are born out of the same pool of inspiration, emotions, and truth.The band consists of Zac, Jesse, Jake, and Morgan Bonner. In addition to these four, best friend and drum hitter Luke Desiato takes the stage.We just finished recording our newest EP with musician and producer Scotty Wilbanks. Scotty is currently with Third Day and worked with various artists such as Colton Dixon, Clay Aiken, Newsong, NEEDTOBREATHE, Matt Maher and many more. The EP is set to be released at the end of August 2014 before a 3 month fall tour across the country!It’s a dream come true for us to play music and do it for a reason. The heart of our band is our relationship with Jesus. He is the inspiration of our lives and music and we’re giving it all back to Him. We love what we’re doing, and want everyone we come in contact with to be encouraged and see the hope and purpose that is waiting for them.
God, Jamming, Surfing, Hanging out with you!
Submitted by: Tim Pate, Alton Main Street
This story is a shared ministry event. Main Street hosted an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Sunday afternoon, November 22, 2015. Godfrey First UMC, Resurrection Lutheran, Godfrey, St. Ambrose Catholic, Godfrey, First Presbyterian, Alton, and Main Street formed a combined choir and sang a moving piece entitled , “A Thanksgiving Tapestry.” The service began with a powerful organ voluntary”Now Thank We All Our God” organist Ray Bentley that included timpani in full volume. The service also included The Wesley Ringers Handbell choir. Pastors Debra Hoertel, Ken Tegtmeier, Bill Kessler, David Crowley, Don Long, Ft Stephen Pohlman, and Tim Pate offered prayers, scriptures, readings, and a sermon by Crowley to offer gratitude together. Of course, refreshments and fellowship followed. It was an amazing event with roughly 150 in attendance, not bad for a Sunday afternoon service.
Just a gentle reminder – Friday is my Sabbath. I attempt to claim that day every week. Unless an emergency, I would kindly ask you to wait and call me on Saturdays or at the beginning of the week. I understand that some times matters can’t wait; so I ask that you use your own discretion and judgment. Thank You.
Christmas holiday schedule:
Cabinet meets December 8-10. I will be out of town December 14-20, 25-26, and January 3-10, 2016. I respond to email, texts and any voice mail you might leave. Thanks!
Pastor Daryl Young of Okawville UMC is in Barnes-Jewish hospital and is in need of our prayers. Please lift up spouse Candy Young as well. Thanks!
Too often churches take a “wait for people to come” approach, or they think ‘invitation’ means standing on street corners or initiating painfully difficult conversations. Not so! This workshop will teach principles which are effective in churches of all sizes that are making new disciples of Jesus Christ. The key to reaching new people is to move beyond the walls of the building and develop relationships with people in the community. This workshop will equip the church to reach out in non-threatening ways. If more people of the church intentionally engage in this invitational model, the church will be more effective in reaching new people. This one-day workshop invites a team (a pastor and at least 3 lay people) to take next steps in reaching new people. The larger the number of people who attend, the greater the likelihood the principles will have a positive impact on a church’s ability to reach new people. Bring a large team!! All workshops are 8:30 am — 3:30 pm. October 10, 2015 at Troy UMC — Click here to register
First of all, thank you to Pastors and Churches for your generosity toward the African-University Scholarship fund. As of May 28th, 31 churches have either given or pledged a total of approximately $62,120 from our District. 31 churches represent 42.5% of our overall number of District Churches (we have 73 total). Even if your church did not pledge, money can be raised in this next conference year. The vision is that $1,000,000 will have been collected by annual conference, 2016. Each District will raise different amounts according to their ability.