Four Pre-Conference meetings are set for Pre-Conference Briefings on the Health Insurance proposal.
The number of meetings and the locations have been limited by the schedule of HealthFlex staff to resource them:
Friday, May 19, 3:00 pm–Mt. Vernon, IL–West Salem Trinity UMC
Saturday, May 20, 10:00 am – Springfield, IL – Conference Office
Saturday, May 20, 3:00 pm – Normal, IL – Calvary UMC
Thursday, June 8, 8:30 am – Peoria, IL (In the Plenary Session hall, prior to Clergy and Laity Sessions)
Student Ministry and Children’s Ministry Leaders (Volunteer or Paid) are invited to mark their calendars for The Well, which will include an equipping gathering, followed by five months of personalized coaching. One event will be hosted in O’Fallon and another identical gathering will be hosted in Normal, IL. Registration is open! https://www.facebook.com/pg/go
The Glen Carbon New Bethel UMC has immediate openings for a Nursery worker ($40 a Sunday morning); Contemporary Worship Song Leader ($100/week); Traditional Worship Song Leader ($100/week) or a Music Director ($ 1000/month).
To apply, please visit our website at www.newbethelumc.org and download the appropriate job description and application. Questions may be directed to Rev. Dr. Penelope Barber at email@example.com or by calling the New Bethel UMC at 618-288-5700.
Bishop Frank Beard has announced the appointment of Dr. Rose Booker Jones as the new District Superintendent of the MRD effective July 1, 2017. I have enjoyed working with Rose on the cabinet and know that she is a highly capable DS. I thank God that the Bishop has appointed her to follow me in this role. Once again, I want to thank all of my clergy and churches for your support of my ministry these past three years. I couldn’t have experienced any fruitfulness apart from your prayers, love, and support. I look forward to my new ministry as Lead Pastor of Springfield First July 1, 2017. Please keep me and Brenda in your prayers. I am humbled by this opportunity. To God be the Glory!
We found out Saturday that Brad needed to be med-evac’d from Bangui, CAR to Johannesburg, South Africa. He had been very sick all week and they didn’t know what was wrong. He had a fever and some abdominal pain and they thought it might be his gall bladder. They finally went to the doctor at a local clinic Thursday and he suggested that they fly to a major medical center if possible. Arrangements were made, but Maria still wasn’t sure if there would be a seat for her on the plane. They only had Tylenol on hand and Brad was in a lot of pain. They went back to the local clinic early Sat. morning and they were able to do an ultrasound – they discovered a blood clot in a vein going to his liver along with an inflamed spleen. They put him on an IV (morphine) and the plane left around 1:00. Maria was able to go with him.
They landed in Johannesburg around 10:00 p.m. that night and were transported to Milpark Hospital where he was placed in the ICU. After running some tests, they confirmed 3 blood clots total – splenic, portal, and mesenteric. They have put him on blood thinners and are waiting for a few more test results. He has a team of doctors: surgeon, pulmonary specialist, vascular specialist, and was also consulted by a lung specialist. The doctors have told Maria that surgery is not an option to remove the clots. They have also said that Brad will remain in the hospital for at least a week. Brad is very uncomfortable but receiving lots of pain meds, and telling jokes to all the staff in the ICU.
Prayer requests from Maria: clear resolution, complete diagnosis, wisdom on long-term treatment, and that the doctors don’t miss anything. Please also pray that Brad remains hopeful and gets some rest.
Tim Pate, pastor
Main Street UMC
Lenten Evening Services; Sunday Special Speakers, Music and Refreshments
March 5 Rev. Tim Pate and the New Life River Band, Alton UMC
March 12 – Mrs. Aletha Weatherall, CLM – Kumler UMC, Springfield, IL
March 19 – Bobby Davis – St. Luke’s UMC, Maryville, IL
March 26 – Rev. Katie Gholsom – St. John’s UMC, Edwardsville, IL
April 2 – Rev. Caroynne Paterson – Keysport UMC, Keysport, IL
Time: 6:00-7:00 P.M.
Where: Greenville First United Methodist Church
310 S. Second St.
Contact for info – 618/664-1566, Rev. Flo Scott
First United Methodist Church of Greenville, IL is hosting Lenten Evening Services. 6-7P.M. Every Sunday during the Lent Season. Speakers, Music and Refreshments!!! Come out as we journey with Christ through the wilderness together.
Rev. Tim Pate and the New Life River Band will be the guest speaker and music for Sunday, March 5, 2017.
Join us for a Lenten study based on Max Lucado’s book: “He Chose The Nails” starting Sunday March 5th at 10:00 am, and again on Wednesday March 8th at 6:30 pm. This is a five week video study. Class fee is $10.00. Includes study guide and snacks. Contact Staunton First at 618-635-3010 or email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.