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  1. 1. EA ST ER SU N DAY APRIL 12, 2009 Sunrise Service—6:30 a.m. PA L M SU N DAY Midwest Mission Distribution Center (Please bring your lawn chairs) APRIL 5, 2009 Water’s Edge—8:15 a.m. Living Waters—9:45 a.m. MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE Christian Education—9:45 a.m. Please join us Thursday, April 9th at 7 p.m. at Sugar Creek for the The Odyssey—11:00 a.m. Maundy Thursday Service. This will be a multi-sensory worship PLEASE JOIN US! experience. Rev. Sara Isbel will be delivering the message. A continental breakfast will be served Good Friday Prayer Vigil 2009 immediately following the Easter Sun- What is a prayer vigil? rise Service in the Fellowship Hall. A prayer vigil is a special time and place for our congregation to come together for prayer. What happens at the Good Friday prayer vigil? At the Good Friday prayer vigil individuals, families, The Good Friday and small groups will come to Sugar Creek to pray. There will be Service will take place at the Chatham prayer guides available to use if you like. UMC on Friday, Who should come and pray at the prayer vigil? April 10th at 7:00 EVERYONE! You do not have to be experienced in prayer to p.m. with Pastor participate in the prayer vigil. Even if you have never prayed before, Wes delivering the message. Please the peaceful and sacred setting, along with the prayer guide, will mark your calendar and plan on joining make it an easy and comfortable experience. There is no time us for this special service. requirement or limit. The church will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL p.m., so you can come whenever it fits your schedule. BE CLOSED ON SUNDAY, Can my family or small group come and pray together? APRIL 13TH IN OBSERVANCE YES! This is a great way for a family or small group to experience OF EASTER. prayer together
  2. 2. 14th Betty Vangeison 24th Cami Dowson 1st Harry Deffley 14th Jennifer Ondrey 24th Nicholas Smith 1st Heidi Rickman 14th Sara Henley 25th Kaitlyn Smith 1st Lucas Yagle 14th Kate Perko 27th Denny Dowson 2nd Derek Ewing 14th Zach Perko 28th Ethan Reinwald 3rd Abbie Ledferd 16th Randy Cooke 29th Jeff McDonald 4th Suzanne Daugherty 18th Doris Clifford 29th Laquan Price 4th Cassandra Patterson 19th Kay Rentfrow 3oth Erica King 5th Linda Suchomski 19th Brigetta Ewing 30th Meana Jacobs 7th Tommy Wall 19th Hannah Hedinger 7th Madeline Small 20th Adam Siefert 8th Daniel Ewing 21st Laura Black 8th Bryce Cleeton 21st Parker High 9th Jane Swain 22nd Larry Boblitt 10th Natalie Gregory 22nd Al Rickman 11th Wanda Fosnaugh 22nd Clayton Lott 11th Erik Johnson 23rd Gail Cannedy 13th Lillian Frazee Don’t see your name on the birthday or anniversary list? Please call the church office and let us know. Thanks! 2nd Andrew & Deb Gossrow 8th Lyle & Donna Behl 8th Chub & Holly Hough 22nd Charles & Patty Broers 23rd Tim & Amy Boblitt 28th Pastor Wes & Rinda Osborn APRIL MEETINGS Worship Team—Thursday, April 2nd @ 6:30 p.m. Education Team—Monday, April 20th @ 7 p.m. Mission Team—Monday, April 6th @ 7 p.m. Finance Team—Monday, April 20th @ 7 p.m. Trustee Meeting—Tuesday, April 14th @ 7 p.m. Stewardship Team—Tuesday, April 21st @ 7 p.m. Caregiving Team—Monday, April 20th @ 6:30 p.m. Leadership Team—Tuesday, April 28th @ 6:30 p.m.
  3. 3. UNITED METHODIST MEN The Sugar Creek United Methodist Men will meet on Monday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the SUGAR CREEK Four Season’s Restaurant in Chatham (next to EASTER EGG HUNT County Market). Dinner from the menu. All men are encouraged to come! Saturday, April 4th UNITED METHODIST WOMEN Easter Egg Hunt Mother - Daughter - Friend Dinner Games Friday, May, 1, 2009 Face Painting 6:00 p.m. Attention Ladies—Make sure to join us Friday And a Whole Lot More!! evening, May 1st for this Potluck dinner in the More information will be Fellowship Hall. Our program for the evening made available in the will be a style show entitled “Ages of Our Lives”. church bulletins. Please mark your calendar and plan now to attend this event. All ladies are welcome and are encouraged to bring their mothers, daughters and/or friends. FLIP FLOPS FOR AFRICA My name is Rachelle Matthiesen and while saving the world seems a bit unrealistic for just one person, one night I prayed for God to show me a creative way that I could personally reach out and serve His people. The next day I found myself at Big Lots standing in front of a shelf full of af- fordable flip-flops. Just then I became overwhelmed with the idea to collect flip-flops or shoes for the millions of poverty stricken families in Africa who have never been able to afford shoes. Three quarters of Africa’ s population live in poverty and because of poor sanitation, millions of people who walk barefoot are affected by parasites which often enter the body through the feet and live in the small intestine. Prolonged exposure results in many health conditions including an immune system that no longer functions. Providing people with footwear drastically reduces the chances of transmission. My goal is to collect 1,000 pairs of flip-flops/shoes that will personally be placed on the feet of 1,000 people by my team as a way to share Christ’s love for them. I am asking for your support and donation of any size new flip-flops/shoes for those who have no idea what it’s like to wear shoes. Any amount of shoes or monetary donations to purchase shoes is greatly appreciated and can be dropped off in the Flip-Flop/Shoe Drop Box located in the church lobby. With the help of your dona- tion, the hands of Christ’s will serve thousands. Sincerely, Rachelle Matthiesen (217-412-4662 or achelle16@hotmail.com)
  4. 4. BETH MOORE Prairie Capitol Convention Center November 6 –7, 2009 Beth Moore wa s b o r n o n a n Ar m y b a s e in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during what h er fa t h er d es cr ib es a s t h e wo r s t t h u n d er s t o r m t h e cit y h a d s een in five yea r s . He a ffect io n a t ely s a ys t h e Lo r d b r o u gh t h er in t o t h e wo r ld wit h a d r u m r o ll. Th e fo u r t h ch ild o f a r et ir ed Ar m y m a jo r a n d a h o m em a k er , Bet h wa s r a is ed in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Her fa t h er m a n a ged t h e lo ca l cin em a wh er e each o f h er fo u r s ib lin gs h a d a r o le t o p la y. Bet h ’s jo b wa s t o h a n d o u t s a m p le s o f p o p co r n a n d s o d a . At t h e a ge o f 1 8 , Bet h s en s ed God ca llin g h er t o wo r k fo r Him . Alt h o u gh s h e co u ld n ’t im a gin e wh a t t h a t wo u ld m ea n , s h e m a d e it h er go a l t o s a y yes t o wh a t ever He a s k ed . Bet h gr a d u a t ed fr o m So u t h - wes t Texa s St a t e Un iver s it y wit h a d egr ee in p o lit ica l s cien ce. Sh e wo u ld la t er r eceive a n h o n o r a r y d o ct o r a t e in h u m a n it ies fr o m Ho wa r d Pa yn e Un iver s it y. Sh e m a r r ied Keit h in 1 9 7 8 a n d s o o n a ft er t h e Lo r d ad d ed Am a n d a a n d Melis s a t o t h e fa m ily. As a yo u n g wife a n d m o t h er , Bet h s er ved t h e Lo r d b y s p ea k in g a t lu n ch eo n s a n d r et r ea t s , wo r k in g a t Mo t h er ’s Da y Ou t , a n d t each in g Ch r is t ia n a er o b ics . fo r t h e n ext 3 week s . Bet h fo u n d ed Livin g Pr o o f Min is t r ies in 1 9 9 4 wit h t h e p u r p o s e o f t ea ch in g wo m en h o w t o lo ve a n d live o n Go d ’s Wo r d . Sh e h a s wr it t en n u m er o u s b o o k s a n d Bib le s t u d ies , in clu d in g Brea k in g Free, Believ in g God , a n d T h e Pa tria rch s, Step p in g Up , t h a t h a ve b een r ead b y wo m en o f a ll a ges , r a ces , a n d d en o m in a t io n s . Th r o u gh t h e yea r s , Am er ica n m is s io n a r ies a n d exp a t r ia t e s h a ve t a ken t h e Bib le s t u d ies o ver s ea s , r es u lt in g in Bet h Mo o r e Bib le s t u d y gr o u p s p o p p in g u p a ll o ver t h e wo r ld . Up o n co m p let io n o f a t o u r o f New En gla n d t h is fa ll, Beth’s Livin g Pr o o f Live co n fer en ces will h a ve t a ken h er t o a ll fift y s t a t e s s in ce 1 9 9 4 . Th e even t s h a ve b een a t t en d ed b y m o r e t h a n 6 5 8 ,0 0 0 wo m en . God h a s gr a cio u s ly given Bet h t h e o p p o r t u n it y t o s er ve t h e b o d y o f Ch r is t in m a n y d iffer en t co u n t r ie s , in clu d in g Ireland, England, Singapore, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, India, Angola, Kenya, and South Africa. T his fa ll, Nov e m b e r 6 -7 , 2 0 0 9 . Be t h Mo o r e w ill b e in Sp r in g fie ld a t t he Pr a ir ie Ca p ito l Co n v e n tio n Ce nte r . Fr id a y n ig ht fr o m 7 :0 0 p .m . - 9 :3 0 p .m . a nd Sa t ur d a y 8 :0 0 a .m . - 1 2 :0 0 p .m . T he cost is $ 6 0 .0 0 . T ick e ts a r e g o in g fa st! I w a s n o tifie d b y the o r g a n iz a tio n t ha t w e ca n still g e t tick e ts. If y o u w o uld lik e t o g o a nd sit together leave m one y fo r tick e ts in t he chur ch o ffice a lo ng w it h y o ur n a m e , no la te r t ha n Ap r il 1 9 , 2 0 0 9 . This is a g r e a t o p p o r t unity to se e a nd he a r he r te a chin g s w it ho ut paying the hotel expense. We could eat together after the conference on Saturday.
  5. 5. Pastor’s Pen An Interesting Good Friday by Mike Mather, Pastor, Broadway Christian Parish, South Bend, Indiana Well, we had an interesting Good Friday today. We went for a quot;Stations of the Crossquot; walk. At the sixth Station of the Cross (where a pious woman wipes the face of Jesus), we stopped at a crack house in our neighborhood. As the 45 of us set up the cross and began to pray, we could see the curtains on the door rustling. In just a few seconds, the doors opened and four guys tumbled out. Three stayed on the porch. One, a young man named J.R. (whom I knew), walked toward us. As the prayer was going on, I moved to J. R. and offered him a bulletin, showed him where we were in the service, and invited him to join with us. As we finished and turned to leave, I noticed that not only were more people coming out of the house, but there were a half dozen people beginning to converge on us from across and up the street. As soon as people saw the cross we were carrying, things began to slow down. Jesse, another man I knew, met me in the middle of the street and said, quot;I saw the cross, and I had to come.quot; The cross was a like a magnet to people. Dramatic. Everybody could feel it. About three stations later, Kenny, the ringleader of the house where we had stopped, came hurriedly toward our group. I met him just as he reached us. He had J. R.'s copy of the bulletin in his hand, and he pointed to the words above the address — quot;A pious woman wipes the face of Jesus.quot; He demanded to know what the words said, so I told him. Then I showed him the whole layout, pointing out all the various stops of the Stations of the Cross. He calmed down visibly. I said, quot;Kenny, we stopped to pray at your house, to pray for you and the other guys there. Prayer's a good thing, right?quot; Well, he agreed with that. I invited him to join the walk for the remaining stations. He said he had quot;a job interview.quot; I asked him to stop by and see me the next week. Kenny replied, quot;What about Easter?quot; quot;Sure,quot; I said. quot;When's church?quot; he asked. quot;At 10:30,quot; I told him (figuring there is no way that he's going to make the 5:15 service). quot;I'll see you there Sunday,quot; he said. I wonder what would happen in our community if we took the Gospel into the streets like Pastor Mather and his church did. Would we be received with open arms or glances of suspicion? What kind of impact would such a display of faith have on the people in the streets, homes and offices of our area? What kind of impact would such an act of faith have on us, the bearers of the cross? Holy week is just around the corner. We will travel the streets of Jerusalem from Jesus’ triumphal entry to his time alone with his disciples in the upper room. From the upper room we will gather with Jesus and the eleven in the garden of Gethsemane and at the house of Caiphus, the high priest. We will hear the crowd shout “Crucify Him, Crucify Him” before the governor’s palace and witness the agony of the cross on the Friday we call “Good”. It is only by going through the events of Holy Week that we will be able to shout with true con- viction “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” come Easter Sunday morning. But I was just wondering, how much louder, how much more would be our passion, how much more profound would be our conviction that “He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!” if we would take the Gospel to the streets before we entered into Holy Week? Just wondering out loud.
  6. 6. NON-PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID SUGAR CREEK UMC 1022 New City Road, Chatham, IL. 62629 PERMIT # 36 Phone: 217.483.2270 Fax: 217.483.7022 CHATHAM, IL. Email: office@sugarcreek.org OFFICE HOURS Monday—Friday 9am—3:30pm SUNDAY SCHEDULE The Water’s Edge 8:15 am Cookie, Coffee & Conversation 9:15 am Living Waters 9:45 am Christian Education 9:45 am Cookie, Coffee & Conversation 10:35 am Odyssey 11:00 am Check us out on the web at www.sugarcreek.org INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY ON THE HORIZON Economy have you down? Concerns about where the stock market is headed? Looking for other alternatives to diversify into? The Junior and Senior High Youth have a deal for you! ------- “Youth in Mission” stock. This fund-raising project will help support the Senior High Mission Trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, June 14 - 20 and the Junior High Mission Trip to Henderson Settlement, in Frakes, Kentucky, July 11 - 18. Following each worship service, beginning on Sunday April 19, and continuing each Sunday through May 10, the congregation will have an opportunity to purchase a share(s) of “Youth in Mission” stock at par value of $10 ALPHA HAS BEGUN!! ! We meet Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. The Alpha course consists of a series of talks, looking at topics including 'Who is Jesus?' and 'Why and how do I pray?', with the option of a day away. We meet for supper and each talk is followed by discussion in small groups. Alpha is for everyone; no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. We don’t assume any background knowledge of or belief in Christian- ity and everyone is welcome.