Scroll through the news blog below to learn more about events, outreach ministries,
Bible studies and other important items going on at Arthur United Methodist Church.
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Construction Update: We have a roof!

 
The new addition has come a long way in just a few short weeks! Luckily, the weather has cooperated for the most part. We now a roof on our new building. If you have time, come by and take a look.
 


Making a Difference

 
I shared this at church on Sunday, December 18, 2016. Pastor Bruce asked me to write an account of the incident for the church newsletter. Last Friday (December 16th) Marilyn and I were going to Wal-Mart to get supplies. Usually we go to Champaign or Decatur, but this day we decided to go to Mattoon. Before going to the store we stopped at Steak ‘n’ Shake to get lunch.
 
As we were eating, one of the servers (but not our server) came to the table and said that our bill had been paid by a lady who had already left the premises.
 
She handed me a note from the person which read

“Merry Christmas, from a once single mama, that you & your church helped out many times. Thank you for being a light in my life. I thank God for you truly. May you be blessed.”

I have no idea who this person was or how the church helped her. She may have been served by the food pantry, by God’s Closet, by Community Meals, through the Ministerial Association or by a combination of these.

Sometimes we wonder if what we as a church do makes a difference. Sometimes we question if we are doing any good, or if we are just doing things to make ourselves feel better. Then, out of the blue, we are given a powerful affirmation that what we do does indeed make a difference to someone who is God’s Child.

In the 21st chapter of John, in a post-resurrection story, Jesus and Peter are engaged in dialogue.
Three times Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” Three times Peter answers in the affirmative. Three time Jesus tells Peter to take care of his sheep, to feed them, to love them. We as a part of Christ’s universal church are to care for, love and feed his sheep. We are not asked to care for, love and feed those who do the same for us. We are not asked to care for, love and feed those who agree with us, or even those who are thankful (as we reckon thankfulness), we are commanded to care for, love and feed. After all, we have been cared for, we have been loved, we have been fed. And every once in a while, we are reminded that small gestures are important in the lives of God’s Children.
 

Leroy Allison



God’s Closet: January News

 
 
Happy new year to all of those who have donated to God’s Closet this past year! Thank you for the funding and clothing donations. Without your help, we would be unable to assist those in need. We have helped 32 families this past month and have received donations of clothing, bedding and baby needs.
 
This past month, we also placed a new single mattress in a home of a child the second week it was received. We also placed 18 coats to children this past month. At Christmas, we gave small gifts of toys to children. We want to thank all of those who have donated to the closet in any way this year.

 

In His Service, Iris Ramsey