What's Happening

Region 3 - Tier-1 Mitigation - 10/29/2020

Our church is in Region 3 in Illinois.  On 10/29/2020, it was announced that our region was placed in a “Tier-1 Mitigation” phase.  For churches, this means that all gatherings must be 25 persons or fewer OR 25% of room capacity.  Since our current numbers are below both these thresholds, we will continue to have in-person worship as normal.  All congregational singing has been removed and we reiterate our strong recommendation that all worshippers wear face masks, sanitize their hands often, and social distance appropriately!

Sunday Mornings

Sunday, November 1st – A Season of Saints, Finale.  All Saints Day.  SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 17:1-24 AND Luke 4:24-26.
                                               Today we will read the list of the deaths (necrology), with a ringing of a bell and lighting of a candle.
                                               A sheet is available currently at the church to write down names to be included in the list to be read off.
                                               You have the option of speaking a name aloud on this Sunday OR call or text Jean Bollinger or
                                               Laurie Leuenberger with a name to be included (you may use the form on this website for the Church Office
                                               email.)  Names came be for any person 
connected to you (friend, family, neighbor) who died in the past 12
                                               months.  They don’t have to have 
been associated with our church.
                                               HOLY COMMUNION WILL BE SERVED USING THE PRE-PACKAGED ELEMENTS.

Sunday, November 8th – Reign of Christ Sunday / First Sunday of Extended Advent (with recognition of our veterans). 
                                               SCRIPTURE: Story of Jonah AND Luke 18:10-14.

Sunday, November 15thSecond Sunday of Extended Advent.  SCRIPTURE: 6:1-8 AND Luke 5:4b-10.

Sunday, November 22ndThird Sunday of Extended Advent / Harvest Sunday.  SCRIPTURE: Joel 2:12-13, 28-29 AND Luke 11:9-13.
                                                Non-perishable foods (collected now through this Sunday) will be displayed and blessed for the food pantry.
                                                NO STONINGTON COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE THIS YEAR!

Sunday, November 29thFourth Sunday of Extended Advent / Hanging of the Greens Service
                                                  SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; 31:31-34 AND Luke 22:19-20.
                                                 Special Fifth Sunday offering for our Benevolence Fund (we have withheld all our annual UMC offerings this
                                                  year, but in the final months of 2020, our financial secretary, with help from the pastor, will be systematically
                                                  sending benevolences to those organizations that allow us to retain our 5-Star Mission Church status.  Please
                                                  give generously to this special fifth Sunday offering in order to make this possible!  Thank you!
                                                  **We have been paying our appointments at 100% so far this year; it is the 6 special offerings which we
                                                       decided to set aside in lieu of COVID-19 concerns.  We will be sending checks to these denominational
                                                       ministries by 12/31.


As of 9/30/2020, the Stonington United Methodist Church financial condition is very stable.  Church income and expenses are very similar to this time last year despite COVID-19-related events.  Thank you for your faithful support for our church!  
–Church Treasurer, R. Steiner

Dates & Meetings

(all meetings are open)

Wednesday, November 11th – Ministry Team – 6:00 pm AND Church Council – 7:00 pm

Thursday, November 12th – Tour of Elwin UMC (1:00 pm) and Tour of Mt. Zion UMC (3:00 pm) – for the purpose of compiling ideas for plans and aesthetics of our new building.

Wednesday, November 18th – Building Committee – 7:00 pm (Tentatively rescheduled)




ALL SAINTS DAY – To include a name on our necrology (list of the dead) you can
     (1) write the name down on the sheet available now at the church near the two entrances OR
     (2) call out the name aloud on 11/1 during the service OR
     (3) call or text Jean B. or Laurie L. with the name OR
     (4) use the form on this website under CONTACT US.

HARVEST SUNDAY COLLECTION – We are now beginning our annual collection of non-perishable foods to be displayed and blessed on 11/22 for the Interchurch Food Pantry which service the Stonington area.  Start collecting and bringing them to the church now!

SHOPPING-FOR-SAFETY MINISTRY – Cannot order online?  Having trouble getting out?  Nervous about public spaces and crowds?  Let SUMC do the shopping for you!  Recently, individuals of our church created the “Shopping-for-Safety Ministry.”  If you are even remotely concerned for your health or the health of a loved one in your house, give us a call and we will pick up some groceries or other necessities for you.  We don’t want you making unnecessary risks!  A group of volunteers are making themselves available for you!  This ministry is for any Stonington area resident.  Sam’s Club, Kroger’s, and Walmart are among the places we will frequent on your behalf.  Contact Laurie L. (217-820-7733).

BUILDING USAGE AND FUNERAL DINNERS – On 8/12/2020, our Church Council clarified how our church facilities are to be used during the pandemic.  Until we reach Stage 5 of the Restore Illinois plan, we must observe the guideline of 50 people or fewer (Stage 4) and 10 people or fewer (Stage 3) for any single event.  Fifty persons is over 50% of our downstairs fellowship hall capacity.  While we’d love to extend a formal funeral dinner to all who need (and will continue to do so following the restrictions) for now we must put a hold on potluck/buffet style meals in the church.  

Weekly - Monthly Prayers

Weekly Prayer Requests:

The following are the prayer requests brought forward during the worship service (first names only).
     From 9/20: our farmers moving out into the field for harvest; those affected by the fires out west and the hurricanes in the south; those affected by the riots and for the rioting to stop.  
     From 9/27: farmers in the field; those affected by the fires out West and the hurricane damage along the southern shore; Pastor Ray (losing weight, in hospital, doing a study); Lydia (fluid around the heart)
     From 10/4: prayers for Pat Garrett whose husband, Bill, died in accident on 104 yesterday; farmers in the field; those affected by the wildfires and hurricane damage; social unrest and racial tensions; Lydia; Pastor Ray; JOYS: Jacob made Student of the Month
     From 10/11: (shared verbally)
     From 10/18: (shared verbally)
     From 10/25: Richard Kerns (cancer has spread to the lungs); DeeDee’s nephew Jimmi McKinney is in the hospital with COVID and pneumonia; prayers for Taylorville schools going back with hybrid learning; Brian Bach’s parents driving across the US to a new home in Oregon; continued prayers for Lydia McChristy who is home from the hospital, but her immune system is non-functioning [UPDATE–she is back in the hospital]; Lois Hesse (Swearingen’s housemate) has COVID and pneumonia and is in the hospital.  JOY: Katie O’Brien is living on her own!

Weekly Member:

Each week during the worship service we draw the name of a household associated with our congregation.
The congregation is invited to include this household in their daily prayers for the week.

     From 8/2: Carol
     From 8/9: Linda
     From 8/16: Cody + family
     From 8/23: Austin
     From 8/30: Megan
     From 9/13: Jody + family
     From 9/20: Leslie
     From 9/27: The Rogers family
     From 10/4: (did not draw)
     From 10/11: (did not draw)
     From 10/18: (did not draw)
     From 10/25: Chuck Jr. and Kathy Guthrie family

Churches and World Regions of the Month:

Every month we pray for a collection of churches in our area (equivalent of 1 per week).
     Churches for November:
          1. Old Fountain of Life United Methodist, Buffalo – Rev. Aletha Weatherall
          2. Mt. Davis Memorial, Taylorville – Rev. Bill Kerns
          3. Farmersville United Methodist – Rev. Ellen Dixon
          4. Bethel Baptist, Sharpsburg – Rev. Steven Robinson
          5. First United Methodist Church, Pana – Rev. Amanda Richards

Every month we pray for a region of the world.
     Region for November:
          Easter Asia (China [Hong Kong, Macau], Mongolia, North and South Korea, Japan, Taiwan)

Our Church Family Pictured . . .

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