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.

Food Pantry News July 2018


It is difficult to think of something new each month and then I remembered an interesting phone conversation I had with

Norma Taylor.  She is a member in a group called ECIWCTU (East Central Illinois Woman’s

Christian Temperance  Union).  She had contacted the Visitors Center and wanted to donate food to a food bank.  Long story short,  we connected and she wanted to hear about our outreach activities.  So I proceeded to tell her about  how God’s Closet provides clothing and household items, school supplies in the fall and winter coats, etc in the winter.  Then I explained to her how our food pantry provides food  tofamilies plus delivers 65 Thanksgiving boxes within the community.  I also told her about Wednesday night Community Meals. We as a congregation are trying to answer God’s call to feed the hungry and help those in need because as Pastor Bruce says “because Jesus asks us to!”  So I am going to their meeting on July 2nd to accept their donation of canned goods.    I am anxious to hear about other projects they support. 

I also receive a large donation of salmon, tuna, clam chowder soup, raisins and breakfast bars.  I don’t understand where it comes from exactly.  It is marked “emergency meals” and Andy Bernius shares it with us.  I have this food in the pantry as well as on the table at the community meal.

As always “thank you” for supporting our outreach projects.  The pantry is in need  of shampoo, men’s deodorant and toilet paper.

            In His Service, Jill Strawn


AUMC Weekly Email for July 15, 2018

Arthur United Methodist Church Weekly Email
July 15, 2018

Ecclesiastes 8:15
“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad.
Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.”


Good morning!

I hope that everyone’s week has been going well!… I also hope you have had a chance to enjoy some time at the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair. The fair is a great place to spend time with family and meet up with friends… and sometimes- you might see friends or acquaintances that you haven’t seen in awhile as well. The fair can also be quite nostalgic as it brings back memories from past years – whether is be from our childhood or our favorite visits….

And after the fair is over for the week – there is another chance to spend time with family and friends! The Vine Street Christian Church will be hosting its outdoor movie night on Monday, July 16th. They will be showing the movie, “Wonder.” Bring your lawn chairs, golf cart or walk on over to watch a movie under the stars…

If you haven’t already, be sure to look through the binder when you are in church this Sunday or any other time this week. Pastor Bruce will be beginning the “Disciples Fast Track Bible Study,” on Sunday, August 12 at 4:00 pm. If you are interested in signing up, you can sign up in the binder, call the church at 543-3159 or send us an email at More information about the study is below this email.

Have a great weekend!

Our weekly schedule and announcements are below.

Sunday, July 15

5:30pm: Congregational


Monday, July 16

6:30 pm: Scouts

Dusk: Vine Street Christian Church Outdoor Movie Night—showing the movie, Wonder.”

Tuesday, July 17

1:00 pm: Project Linus

6:30 pm: Scouts

7:00 pm: Crafty Crafters

Wednesday, July 18

3:00 pm: God’s Closet

4:30 pm: Community Meals

6:00 pm: Praise Band

Thursday, July 19

1:00 pm: Community Blood Drive@ Fellowship Hall

Friday, July 13

70:0 pm: AA

Saturday, July 14

7:00 am Music lessons with

Chris K



There is a church council meeting
tonight at 7:00 pm.


Disciple Fast Track Bible study is for busy people who want a comprehensive overview of the Bible from Genesis through Revelation.

It consists of two twelve-week courses, one for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament.

There is absolutely no prerequisite except a desire to learn about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God’s Covenant of Salvation.

Disciple Fast offers a working knowledge of the Bible, but is focused as much on transformation as information.

There is some preparation required, but a very manageable 3-5 chapters a day, and there are no tests! The class consists of a

brief opening video, and then discussion of the theme and theme and information in the study. The focus is not merely knowledge,

but how that knowledge of the Bible impacts our daily lives.

Our Sunday afternoon small group wants to invite you to join us in this adventure, which will begin August 12 at 4:00 pm in the third floor lounge.

If you’d like to join us, sign up in the binder or call the office at 543-3159. Please sign up by July 22.


If you would like to donate blood, be sure to make an appointment at…

It is simple to make an appointment:

–Type in Arthur’s zip code in the “Find a Drive”
–Choose the Arthur Methodist Church by clicking on the
red arrow.
– Then, select the time that you would like to have your appointment.

You may also walk in that day to donate blood as well.




There is a request for Communion Stewards!
We are in need for someone for the 8:00 am. service.

You would be preparing and setting up for two months out of the year.

Communion Stewards are needed for the

months of July and August. If you are able to help, please

contact Monica Miller or call the church at 543-3159


God’s Closet is in need of pots and pans.
If you have any that you are no longer in need of, please donate them to the closet.
Iris would greatly appreciate it!


Arthur United Methodist Church

Weekly email for April 29, 2018



April 29, 2018
I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him. 

Good afternoon…

After much waiting after a really looooooong winter, spring has sprung! The trees and flowers around all of us are in bloom, and warmer temperatures have finally arrived. – We will probably get to enjoy spring for about a month and then I am sure summer will be well on its way!


While spring has finally arrived, there are plenty of things that will be wrapping up for the season. Sr. High UTH will  have their last meeting this Sunday, April 29th, Jr. High Uth ends on May 6 and then K-5 UTH finishes up on Wednesday, May 9th. It has been a fantastic season for everyone… And with UTH ending – that means end of school …and graduation… The graduation breakfast has been scheduled for Sunday, May 20 at 9:00 am. A sign up sheet for those attending has been put in the binder. 

The May edition of the Methodist Memo has been finished and is out on the back table of the sanctuary. Many of you should have received your copy in the email this morning.

Plenty of other announcements and the weekly schedule are below. 

Sunday, April  29

4:00 pm  Small Group

5:30pm:  Congregational Prayer

6:00 pm: Women’s Bible Study: The Best Yes

6:00 pm: Junior High & Senior

                High Youth (last day for Sr. High)


Monday, April  30

6:30 pm: Scouts


Tuesday, May 1

1:00 pm:  Project Linus

6:30 pm: Scouts
7:00 pm Crafty Crafters

Wednesday, May 2

3:00 pm God’s Closet

3:30 pm: K-5 Youth

4:30 pm: Community Meals

6:00 pm: Praise Band

7:00 pm: Choir

Saturday, May 5                          

7:00am: Chris K Music lessons

Next Sunday, May 6, we will be celebrating Cinco De Mayo for First Sunday Lunch.

Are you living with the stress of an  overwhelmed                    

schedule and aching with the sadness of an  underwhelmed soul?

Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying “yes” to everyone and saying “yes” to God. Please join us starting April 29 at 6 p.m. in the Arthur United Methodist Church lounge.  

Study will be held for 6 weeks  total on: April 29, May 6, May 20, June 3, June 10, and June 24.

Please call the church at 543-3159 to order your workbook for the study.

We have had a great time in Youth this season! Sr. High Youth will end Sunday night (April 29). 

Junior High’s last day of Youth will b Sunday, May 6. The last day for K-5 Youth has been scheduled for May 9.

On the first Sunday in May (May 6), we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo 

for our First Sunday Lunch. Hope to see you there!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the weather!

Arthur United Methodist Church