What's Happening


We are in Phase 4 of Region 3 in Illinois.  This allows for 50 persons or fewer for in-person assembly.

Stonington UMC Membership voted 98% approval
to proceed with our building project! (see ‘New Building Project‘ Tab)

Sunday Mornings

Sunday, May 9th Sixth Sunday of Eastertide. SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 9-10.  SERMON: ‘God in Company’ SERIES: Worthy of Our Trust–Six Fundamental Beliefs of Christianity, Part 5 of 6.

Sunday, May 16th – Seventh Sunday of Eastertide/Ascension Sunday. SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 11-13.  SERMON: ‘Love, Actually’ SERIES: Worthy of Our Trust–Six Fundamental Beliefs of Christianity, Part 6 of 6.

Sunday, May 23rd DAY OF PENTECOST / Heritage Sunday. SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:1-4.  WEAR RED TODAY!
                                     Combined service with Edinburg UMC – at the Ponting Field Pavilion – 10:30 am
                                     Angelo’s to cater meal – Stonington to provide desserts.

Sunday, May 30th TRINITY SUNDAY / Memorial Sunday.  SERIES: ‘My Final Messages to You’, Part 1 of 3

Sunday, June 6th – SERIES: ‘My Final Messages to You’, Part 2 of 3

Sunday, June 13th – PASTOR CALEB’S FINAL SUNDAY (IN THE PULPIT).  SERIES: ‘My Final Messages to You’, Part 3 of 3.
                                      Holy Communion (rescheduled – Revs. Caleb and Brennan will serve)

Sunday, June 20th – STONINGTON SUMMERFEST COMMUNITY SERVICE – 10:30 am – Pastor Brennan will represent SUMC.  Joy Assembly to lead service.

Sunday, June 27thPeace with Justice (special offering)


RSVP Lunch on day of Pentecost (May 23rd)
at Stonington's Ponting Field (10:30 am)

Angelo’s to cater lunch.
MENU: fried chicken, garlic-cheese tortellini, green beans, twice-baked casserole, salad, rolls, tea and lemonade.  Stonington to provide the desserts.
Meal is $11 a plate.  We’re inviting you to offset the cost of the meal via the offering that Sunday.

Dates & Meetings

(all meetings are open)

Ministry Team – 6:30 pm – Wednesday, May 12th (NOTE TIME CHANGE)
Church Council
– 7:30 pm – Wednesday, May 12th (NOTE TIME CHANGE)
United Methodist Women – 7:00 pm – Thursday, April 8th
Building Committee – 7:00 pm – Wednesday, April 28th


MAY COLLECTION – “Midwest Mission Distribution Center” (Pawnee, IL) – PERSONAL DIGNITY KIT ITEMS (specific): 1 bath hand towel (no kitchen towels), 1 bath washcloth (no dishcloths), 1 adult toothbrush (no multipacks), 1 bar of soap (3-4 oz size), 1 shampoo (15-18 oz size), 1 deodorant (2-3 oz stick, roll on or pump), 1-gallon re-sealable plastic bags (used to pack each kit), $2.00 donation for razor and toothpaste (these two cannot be donated).  We are not putting the kits together, nor are we asking anyone to donate a complete kit.  We’ll be collecting these throughout May.

PASTOR CALEB REAPPOINTED TO WISCONSIN.  On Sunday, March 28th, Pastor Caleb announced during the church service that the Wisconsin Annual Conference reached out to him on behalf of a group of close friends of his.  He pursued this opportunity in late fall of 2020.  After a formal letter of request was sent to our Bishop, Frank J. Beard, Beard approved Pastor Caleb to “explore appointments beyond the bounds of the Conference.”  Pastor Caleb was interviewed in late January by representatives of the WI Board of Ordained Ministry and their Episcopal Cabinet.  Two weeks later, they announced that Bishop Hee-Soo Jung (WI Bishop) and the WI Cabinet of District Superintendents had discerned an appointment for him.  On Thursday, February 18th, Pastor Caleb was introduced to the members of the Port Edwards United Methodist Church Staff-Parish Relations Committee in Port Edwards, WI.  This SPRC unanimously approved the bishop’s discernment that night.  Pastor Caleb cannot emphasize enough how bittersweet this move is to him.  He is excited to be moving closer to some of his closest colleagues and friends but is also grieving the separation of the relationships he has developed at Edinburg and Stonington–not to mention his own family in Mount Carmel, IL.  But–he knows well that this is the life and choice of every Methodist ministry.  It is a burden to bear for the Lord’s sake.  Neither the Bishop nor the DS wanted to see him leave, but he has made this choice for the benefit of his own future ministry in a context he believes will enable flourishment on a personal level.  He hopes Edinburg and Stonington will come to understand the depth of this important life decision he has made. 

PASTOR BRENNAN TO SERVE SUMC JULY 1ST.  It was announced on Sunday, March 21st that Rev. Brennan Hurley will be SUMC’s new pastor effective July 1st.  His wife is Jenna and their daughter-to-be is Caroline (due early-to-mid July).  Their four-legged family member is a dog named Max.  Brennan is currently finishing up his Masters of Divinity degree at Duke University’s Theological School (a great United Methodist seminary)!  He is currently serving two rural churches in North Carolina.  He will be returning to Illinois in early June and moving in to the Stonington parsonage around the second full-week of June.  Brennan is from Carlinville and Jenna is from Virden.  Brennan will also be serving at Taylorville First United Methodist Church as their part-time associate pastor even as he is our part-time “senior” pastor.  He writes: “It is a new season at Stonington UMC–a new building, a new pastor, and I hope, a renewed sense of mission and passion for the good news of Jesus Christ.  My family comes to you from North Carolina with hopes, dreams, and a calling to serve God and neighbor alongside you. . . . These are certainly strange times.  However, it is precisely these times in which the circumstances of life knock us off our horses (see Acts 9) that Jesus appears to us and beckons us to chart a new course in faith.  Our world needs good news.  The gospel of Jesus Christ offers that good news, and we get to be a part of it together.  We’ll see you in June! -Brennan Hurley”

SUMC’s Preliminary Architectural Plans can be found on the “New Building Project” Tab of our website.

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).

Weekly - Monthly Prayers

Weekly Prayer Requests:

The following are the prayer requests brought forward during the worship service (first names only).
     From 2/7/21: Linda D. (recovering from knee replacement surgery); Vicky Johnson (from Shadow Home;
                               lost 4 family members in 4 weeks to COVID-19).
     From 2/14/21: Marilyn R.; Linda D.
     From 2/21/21: Ella (hit head hard); Linda D. (in Meadow Manor with blood clot); Audrey D.’s sister’s family; Leslie D.;
                                 Alex C. Family; Brittany C.; Bill T. + family AND Ella L. + family (both received cancer diagnoses recently);
                                 Emma B. Family; 
      From 2/28/21:
      From 3/7/21: Meredith B. (gallbladder surgery); Alan R.
                                (From 3/10 Council Mtg.: Linda D., Alan, Meredith, John C., Dan C., Randy M., Madelyn L., Bob S., Marilyn R.)
      From 3/14/21: Clare C.
      From 3/21/21: Glenna L., Linda D., Cunningham Children’s Home, Bobbie H. and family (COVID difficulties);
                                  Dan C. (broken ribs and punctured lung); Rian E. (broken ankle)
      From 3/28/21: Shawna (Shadow Home – in hospital); Cynthia M.; Laurie’s niece, Alexa; Glenna L.; Ava M.
      From 4/4/21: No prayer concerns shared.
      From 4/11/21: Don M.; Glenna L.; Linda D.; Cynthia M.; Mac M.; for the ladies at Shadow Home;
                                  family members going to court this week; the deadly car wreck on 48 near Willy’s killing 2 teenagers
      From 4/18/21: Mac M.; Baby Marleigh (very critical – premie)
      From 4/25/21: Mallory started a new job at Taylorville Hospital; baby Marleigh (very critical – premie);
                                 Rita – visited Creation Museum and Ark Encounter; prayers for all with COVID-19, especially for India;
                                 Glenna L.; Linda D. (blood clots); the Betty Chapman family (cancer is back).
      From 5/2/21: Mac Mc.; Cynthia Mc.; Rebecca S.; Glenna L.; Linda D.; Andra E.;

Households, Churches, and World Regions of the Month:

In preparation for each month, 4-5 households from our church family are drawn from a jar filled with slips of paper.
The congregation is invited to include these households in their daily prayers for the month (or one household per week).

     Households for May:
           1. Bruce Brauer Household
           2. Beulah Durbin
           3. Cynthia and Mac McChristy
           4. Carol Wickline

Every month we pray for a collection of churches in our area (equivalent of 1 per week).
      Churches for May:
          1. Prairieview Parish: Elwin, Macon, Zion Chapel UMCs – Revs. Terry Evans and Angel Patek
          2. Grace Baptist Church, TaylorvilleRev. Gerald McPhillips
          3. Nokomis United Methodist Church – Rev. Steven Williams
          4. House of the Rock, Edinburg – Revs. Charles & Valerie Portwood

Every month we pray for a region of the world.
     Region for May:
          Southern Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka)

Every month is full of “special observances”; the ones listed below may help you stretch your prayer life.
     May Special Observances:
1st – Stepmother’s Day / Nat’l Fitness / Bladder Cancer Awareness Day
2nd – Baby Day / Nat’l Infertility / Bereaved Mother’s Day
3rd – World Press Freedom Day
4th – Int’l Firefighter’s Day / Nat’l Teacher’s Appreciation Day – MAY THE 4th BE WITH YOU!
5th – School Nurse Day / Nat’l Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy Day
6th – Nat’l Nurses Day / Nat’l Child Mental Health / Nat’l Day of Prayer
7th – Military Spouses Day / Child Care-Daycare Providers Day
8th – American Indian Day / Birth Mother’s Day
9th – Lost Sock Memorial Day / Mother’s Day
12th – Third Shift Workers Day / Donate a Day
13th – Child of Fallen Patriots Day / Ascension Day (40th Day after Easter)
15th – Police/Peace Officer’s Memorial Day / Armed Forces Day
16th – Older Adult Recognition Day
18th – Visit Your Relatives Day
21st – Endangered Species Day / Nat’l Waiters & Waitresses Day
25th – Missing Children’s Day
26th – Nat’l Senior Health & Fitness Day
28th – Amnesty International Day
29th – Composting Day
30th – Neighbor Day
31st – Memorial Day / Visit of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth

Our Church Family Pictured . . .

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