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The Social Action Ministry team has selected “Justice for our Neighbors” and the “Martin Luther King Junior Living the Dream Scholarship” as the recipients of this year’s Advent Offering.
In keeping with the fall focus on immigration justice and reform the UMCOR program Justice for Our Neighbors has been selected as the first recipient. Founded in 1999 by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Justice For Our Neighbors is one way in which churches can walk alongside immigrants as they come out of hiding to seek remedy for their immigration situations. Through interaction with Justice For Our Neighbors, immigrants not only receive immigration counseling, they also find places to belong, ways to contribute, and individuals who care about their lives. Justice For Our Neighbors sites operate in 14 states and Washington, D.C., and include approximately 40 clinics that operate out of United Methodist Churches with 3 in Northern Illinois. Staff attorneys meet with clients in confidential sessions and provide advice about their cases. Staff and volunteers at Justice For Our Neighbors sites also advocate for just immigration reform and educate the community about immigration issues and laws. Their goal is to provide hospitality and compassion to low-income immigrants through immigration legal services, advocacy, and education. For more information visit njfon.org.
The Martin Luther King Junior Living the Dream scholarship is the second recipient of the advent offering and the total raised towards this scholarship will be dedicated on Human Relations Sunday, January 19th, 2014, the day before Martin Luther King Junior Day. The scholarship awards $1,000, renewable up to 4 years, for students entering college who have demonstrated a commitment to Dr. King’s principles in their lives. Since 1988, the committee has awarded over 200 scholarships to students attending the University of Illinois, as well as a number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. These scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors of Centennial and Central High Schools of Champaign as well as Urbana High School. The scholarships are awarded at the Martin Luther King Junior Service of Celebration, which has been held annually since 1986, and features inspirational speakers from around the country who honor Dr. King’s legacy.
The Social Action Ministry team asks you to prayerfully consider making a special offering this Advent Season in support of these worthwhile organizations.
SAM (Social Action Ministry) PRESENTS
The Virtual “MAFTA”* Market: Seasonal Alternative Giving
Abundance Swap, Local Fair Trade shopping, Online gifts that make a difference
The Social Action Ministry will present its second annual “Abundance Swap” market from December 1 to 15. You are encouraged to donate new or like-new gift items that are excess to your own needs, and to take items that you can use personally or as gifts. No “purchase” donation necessary! Children are especially encouraged to shop the “swap or share” table.
Other local opportunities and resources for meaningful gift-giving this season:
• Crisis Nursery Holiday Shop at Lincoln Square Village, Dec. 7-14
• Handmade items by Wesley artists and crafters, available at Hanging of the Greens
Fair Trade gifts:
• Ten Thousand Villages, 105 N. Walnut, Champaign (www.tenthousandvillages.com)
• Coffee, tea, chocolate from Equal Exchange: visit Sue Kiddoo’s table at coffee hour (products offered at cost)
For online shoppers, consider:
• Give Fair Trade: givefairtrade.wordpress.com (This site, which partners with UMCOR and the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, provides links to numerous Fair Trade retailers, such as SERRV, Alter Eco, Equal Exchange, Divine Chocolate)
• Heifer International: www.heifer.org (gifts to end hunger and poverty)
• Tis Best: www.tisbest.org (charity gift cards; you buy the card, the recipient chooses the charity from hundreds of charities)
• Greater Good Network: greatergood.com or GreaterGood.org
*”Methodist Alternative Free Trade Agreement”
Come to West Lounge for the December 4th meeting of Wesley United Methodist Women. Mr. Samuel P. Banks, CEO, will inform the group of the many kinds of support available for youth at Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club. The Club has programs for tutoring, wellness/fitness, healthy lifestyle choices, risk prevention, jobs/career guidance, and scientific concepts, among others. Fellowship is at 9 am; program begins 9:30 am. All are welcome and childcare is available.
You are invited to celebrate Advent and Christmas at Wesley Church
Hanging of the Greens
Sunday, December 8th, 4-6:30 p.m.
Come make ornaments, decorate the tree,
Enjoy dinner and watch the Christmas pageant.
Families of all ages are welcome!
Nativity Musical Worship
Sunday, December 15th, 9:30 a.m.
Join us as the choir and soloists perform beloved carols and seasonal music.
Blue Christmas Service
Saturday, December 21st, 4:00 p.m.
Offering comfort and hope for life’s struggles
Tuesday, December 24th
4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service with a special time for children
7:00 p.m. Candlelight service, with time for children, carols and communion
Wesley UMC is located on the corner of Goodwin and Green in Urbana
For more information visit wesleyui.org
Save the date for Hanging of the Greens, meet the new children’s choir director and more in The Spire.
NOVEMBER 21, 2013 RESOURCE CENTERS
• Information & Referral – Community Services
• Children’s Center – Reading, Books & Coloring
• Health Information – Parish Nurse
• SNAP – Food Stamps
• Money Mentors – UI Extension
• Holiday Helps – Crisis Nursery
• Health Assessments – HeRMES Clinic
• Flu Shot Clinic – Walgreens Pharmacy
• Activities – Magazines, Puzzles, Shopping Coupons
Also see Community Services announcements on bulletin board.
A Prayer Request box is available in the Etc Coffeehouse for any concerns you would like to request confidential prayers.
This Sunday in worship we will be celebrating All Saints Day. It is a time when we remember those people in our lives that have gone before us. Both 9:30a and 11:15a services will have special liturgy. In the 11:15a service, you will have an opportunity to light a candle to remember those who have passed away.
Sunday, November 3rd at 9:30 in the Sanctuary and 11:15am in the Great Hall.
A Community Meeting about the new Health Insurance Marketplace will be held Saturday, November 2, from 11:00-1:00, at the Champaign Public Library, presented by the Champaign County Health Care Consumers. Wesley Social Action Ministry is co-sponsor. A Community Meeting about the new Health Insurance Marketplace will be held on Saturday, November 2, from 11:00-1:00, at the Champaign Public Library. Information will cover what consumers need to know about health care reform benefits and what assistance is available. The session will be presented by the Champaign County Health Care Consumers and co-sponsored by Wesley Social Action Ministry.
For more information see flyer below or contact Judith M Unger email@example.com .
On Wednesday Nov 6 at 9:30 am, United Methodist Women host a speaker from the Center for Women in Transition. We will hear an overview of the problem of domestic violence in our community and learn what we can do to help identify and support victims of domestic violence. All are welcome to join us. Gather in Wesley’s West Lounge at 9 am for fellowship.
All are invited to a Fall Craft Party on Saturday, November 16th between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Great Hall. We’ll be making 4 or 5 unique crafts out of Burlap. Invite a friend, bring a snack to share and come for an afternoon of fun and friends.
Potential projects include a burlap wreath, a pennant banner, greeting cards, an ornament and others. All supplies will be provided for you for a minimal cost of $10 a person. If you can let Pastor Miriam know if you can attend, that will help the team of ladies prepare to have enough supplies for everyone.
All are welcome, regardless of crafting abilities. Experienced crafters will be giving tutorials so everyone will be able to make all of the projects and enjoy their handiwork in their home this season or enjoy giving them away as gifts to friends or family.
Free childcare will also be provided, just make sure to let Pastor Miriam know if you are coming so she can have enough child care providers.
This will be a great event to invite a friend to. If you have been thinking about bringing a friend to church or to a fellowship event, be sure to invite them to this event.
For more info talk with Elizabeth Sullivan, Kristen Dean-Grossman, Allie Jones, or Ruth Sattazahn.
RSVP to Miriam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-390-9964
Wesley United Methodist Church, Urbana, Illinois, announces the following job opportunity available November 10, 2013.
Director of Children and Youth Music
2-5 hours per week, providing music instruction for Preschool-High School students.
Must be able to play the piano. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in teaching vocal music to children and youth and experience in directing a children’s music program.
Conducts weekly singing practice with music directing, teaching, coaching and accompanying; Directs performances at the church, including the annual Christmas pageant, as well as supporting the musical portion of the Sunday School program; Chooses music for the children to learn; Coordinates with Christian Education Director for other occasional programs.
12- Month Salary beginning at: $1652.00
Please send resume, references, and a cover letter addressing your education, experience, and philosophy of Christian music education to:
Rachel Maehr, Director of Christian Education
1203 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone calls regarding the positions will NOT be accepted. Applications are due by 5:00pm November 1, 2013. In the event applications from qualified applicants are not received by the due date, we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.
A Medicare Community Meeting will be presented by the Champaign County Health Care Consumers on Tuesday, October 15,10:00-12:00, at the Champaign Public Library. Wesley Social Action Ministry is co-sponsoring. A Medicare Community Meeting will be presented by the Champaign County Health Care Consumers on Tuesday, October 15,10:00-12:00, at the Champaign Public Library. Information about the Medicare Open Enrollment will be provided, along with clarification about new health care reform provisions. Wesley’s Social Action Ministry is co-sponsoring.
See flyer below or contact Judith Unger for more information. email@example.com
The Wesley Haunted House is the largest student run fundraiser for the Wesley Evening Food pantry. The food pantry is held every month and is the only evening food pantry, they provide to hundreds of families not only food but other supplies they need at a time that many hard working 9-5 low income families can stop by after work. Though it takes fundraisers like this Haunted House to keep it running. Last year, we raised nearly $4000, and we’d like to try and exceed that goal this year! However in order to make this possible we need your help! We need Volunteers!
Volunteers can do both behind the scenes set up work, and also be a part of the haunted thrills and scares: Involvement during the planning and staging periods we need volunteers to help design and build sets, develop their zombie makeup, and assist in spreading the word for more volunteers and show dates. During the House Open hours volunteers can be actors, guides and other scary characters, If you don’t feel up to being in makeup or in the house there are various odd jobs that are also available, from room technicians, concessions, or manning the Coffee House.
We love using big groups that come together to volunteer for a whole night! It is a great way to get community service hours doing something really fun! Need Philanthropy credit? Groups can sign up as a supporter and take over a room or areas and help build, staff, and scare people through the weekend and not only get philanthropy credit but also get their names in the advertisement as groups that helped, also a credit in the fliers after the Haunted House.
So, if you’re interested in being a part of this exciting fun spooky Halloween experience, or if you have any questions, please contact our student director Tim Spohrer!
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Or you can text at: (217) 552-9927
Haunted House Dates: October 24 – 27
You do not have to volunteer every night, but 2 nights would be amazing, also the best positions are available to the most dedicated zombies!
Times we need volunteers from: 5pm – 12am
We open each night at 7pm and close at 11, so we have you come early and stay late to do makeup, get set up, and then clean up a bit. You can volunteer for shifts or for the entire night. You do not need to volunteer for all four nights, but if you do that is great! Help out as much as you can!
We have Zombie training Every Tuesday starting October 8th at 7-8pm and 8-9pm for those that feel their acting skills need a little help and it is also good to meet some of the other cast members. For lead actors and zombies that want to practice or have better roles. While you do not have to come to every night it is very helpful if you do! It makes a lot of consistency and we will have a cast party at the end!
Every day the week before Haunted House we will be building making sure that we can have as many awesome effects and costumes as we can fit in there.
A lot of makeup artists are needed during the initial setup of each performance night. But an artist can still be an actor during performance days. After all other actors are done artists can put makeup on each other and have fun outside in the vending area or help out in other ways during the Haunted House if you are too scared to go in!
Tickets and Coffeehouse
Set up in the ticket area we provide entertainment and food sales to occupy guests waiting to enter the haunted house, Afterword there are fliers to hand out about organizations that helped. The coffeehouse will also be set up for people to relax and watch others get scared in the haunted house and take pictures with some of the actors.”
Resident Bishop – Illinois Area
The United Methodist Church
Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton was assigned to serve as episcopal leader of the Illinois Area of the United Methodist Church September 1, 2012. From 2004-2012, he served as the resident bishop of the Michigan Area, which includes the Detroit and West Michigan Conferences. Prior to Michigan he served as the resident bishop of the Ohio East Area for eight years.
Bishop Keaton was elected to the Episcopacy in 1996 after serving for six years as the district superintendent of the Aurora District in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Prior to that, he was an Associate Council Director in Northern Illinois for eight years responsible for church and society, ethnic minority local churches and spiritual formation. Bishop Keaton also served two local churches: Broadway UMC in Rockford, Ill. and St. Luke UMC in Chicago, Ill. Bishop Keaton was elected to three General Conference delegations with the Northern Illinois Conference and was the head of the delegation in 1996.
An active servant on the general church level, Bishop Keaton served as a member of the General Council on Ministries from 1988-1996. He served as a member of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry from 2009-2012. His past involvement with General Agencies include the General Board of Global Ministry from 1996-2004, and The United Methodist Development Fund from 1996-2004, where he served as president. Bishop Keaton chaired the denominational initiative, Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC-21) from 1996-2008. His service on SBC-21 ended in 2012. Bishop Keaton is serving as a member of the OCUIR Steering Committee and Council of Bishop’s Leadership Team on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations
Bishop Keaton graduated with a Master’s of Divinity Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary where he later received a Doctorate in Sacred Theology. Awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Garrett in 2001, he was also a teaching assistant at Garrett in communications, ethics and society, church and the Black experience. Originally from Fort Smith, Arkansas, Bishop Keaton received his Bachelors of Science degree from Philander Smith College and was awarded the Outstanding Service Award. Philander Smith is one of the eleven colleges and universities supported by The United Methodist Church’s Black College Fund.
Bishop Keaton has co-authored two books, “The Confessions of Three Ebony Bishops” with Bishop Edsel A. Ammons and Bishop Ernest S. Lyght and “Our Father, Where Are the Fathers?” with Bishop Ernest S. Lyght. He also contributed to, “God Delivers Me – a Model from Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century.” Bishop Keaton has traveled the world extensively in support of missions and is a frequent presenter at The United Methodist Women Schools of Christian Mission/Mission U across the United States.
Bishop Keaton and his wife Beverly have been blessed with three children: Jonathan II and his wife Lisa reside in Illinois with the Bishop and Mrs. Keaton’s two granddaughters, Maliah and Amara. Their adult daughters Tandreka and Anaya reside in Lansing, Michigan.
Bishop Keaton may be reached by email at: bishop@ igrc.org.
He also writes a monthly article for the Illinois Great Rivers Conference website and regularly posts sermons and reflections.