“Hanging of the Greens” Service

One Service at 9:00 am. First Sunday brunch to follow….We will hang our Memorial Poinsettias as well.

Jr. Sr. High Uth Kicks off for the 2018-2019 Season

The Junior High/Senior High UTH kicked off on Sunday, September 30th with a PJ/Trivia party complete with “breakfast for dinner.” The group is looking forward to a fantastic year!

K-5 UTH Kicks off for the 2018-2019 season

K-5 Uth kicked off on Wednesday, September 26 after the kids got out of school.  Upon arrival, they all said a prayer, giving thanks for their time together and then had a snack. 

After snack-time, the children had some fun in the sanctuary learning each other’s names and singing and dancing along to some music. Before their time was up, youth members talked about what they did over the summer and ended their time in prayer.                                                              

                                                                                                                                                Everyone is looking forward to a great year!


October 2018 God’s Closet News


Welcome to Fall & God’s Closet
We have received many large donations of  children’s clothing for fall and winter. We welcome all children from birth to high school at this time, as we are not asking for men’s clothing because of space.  We are in need  clothing from birth to school age. Once it comes in, it goes out fast!
Diapers and laundry soap are also always welcome! If you are  doing any fall cleaning, we will welcome kitchen items—they go out fast too.
Crafty Crafters are busy getting ready for the bazaar in November. What a show with so many craft items! We have had a run on lap quilts. Crafters put the tops together and I put it together. Then Jean Barnhart ties the love knots at Eberhardt Village. The residents enjoy seeing them come and go each week! What a joy!
I am also happy that the children are coming back to start youth on Wednesdays! I have really missed them! “
Do all the good you can.” – John Wesley.         
In  His Service,        
Iris Ramsey  

October 2018 Food Pantry News

The pantry continues to be busy. We have had some unique and exciting donations this month.
First, there was a bridal shower that had food gifted to the shower, and then they  donated it to the pantry. Secondly, our local FFA participated in a 10 –gallon challenge. They purchased 10 gallons of milk to support dairy farmers and then  donated those to our food pantry! The FFA challenged other groups to do the same thing. Their hope was that this challenge would spread in central Illinois.
Last of all, the Oakland United Methodist Church Food Pantry had a surplus of cereal which they generously shared with us. We have been richly blessed with the generosity of many groups lately. The families who come to the food pantry are very  appreciative of all the kindness. The pantry is in need of canned fruit,  toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, toilet tissue and laundry soup. Thanks for supporting!                                  
 In  His Service,                    
  Jill Strawn  

News from God’s Closet: September 2018

Welcome to September & God’s Closet. The school supplies went fast and made many school children excited for the first day of classes. We have just a few things left. Thanks so much to Kathy Oye and Oye’s Hardware for all their help & support! We have had a lot of families shopping for school clothing for their children. There have been lots of excited children of all sizes finding things that they like! 

Our kitchen items have been going out fast!   If anyone is doing any fall sorting at their house, we can help by sharing… We had to post some signs stating that we are not accepting adult clothing for awhile because I want to have some more children’s clothing available.   Don’t forget bed sheets, blankets and pillows go out fast too! If you have some that you would like to share, we will gladly take it. There have been 62 shoppers this month. Our local dentist donated dental supplies for the back to school children. What a blessing! Thank you so much!    

Crafty Crafters have made and sold many beautiful quilts the past few months. Thanks to Jean Barnhart’s crafty knot tying! Thanks to all for helping keep the closet going. We couldn’t’ do it without your help!                   

In His Service, Iris Ramsey  

Food Pantry News: September 2018

We helped 18 families in July.  Many of those families have not asked for help August, but I have had calls from six new families that moved into our community.  They were all very grateful for the food they received.  It seems as though each month is different. I would like to thank you for your continued support of this much need  project.  The pantry is low on toilet tissue, Kleenex, paper towels, canned fruit, fruit juice, grape jelly, and cereal.    
In His Service,                                                                      
Jill Strawn  

Youth Attend Baby Fold Camp (July/Aug 2018)




On Saturday, July 14, six youth went to Baby Fold Camp for the week.  Five of them were seniors  – which means this will be their last year.  For one camper, it was his first year.

Next year—there will be open spots for new youth who might want to experience a week at Baby Fold…
Learn more about Baby Fold at: http://www.thebabyfold.org/


Building Loan Update: August 2018


Our current balance that is owed on the building loan is $176,588. We are still waiting on a Note from Morton Community Bank (previously State Bank of Arthur), which will be a 20-year Note.  The sooner we can pay off the loan—the less money/interest we will have to pay. We have appreciated everyone’s pledges, as the balance would not be where it currently stands.                                                              

Getting to this point has been a wonderful success!


God’s Closet News: August 2018

It’s hard to believe that it will soon be “back to school,” time! AUMC will have school supplies in the center hall of the basement on August 8th from 2:00 pm—5:00 pm or as long as they last.

If any member wishes to donate supplies such as backpacks, small and large crayons, notebook paper, pencils, pens, water-color paints, folders, rulers, or pink erasers, etc, please feel free to do so.

We have had several families shop in the closet this past week with their children and lots of clothing went out which makes my heart smile!


                                                              In His Service,                           
Iris Ramsey