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Atlanta Lifeline
Atlanta United Methodist Church
(part of the Prairie Winds Parish)
August 2019
Pastor Carl Johnston Email: Johnstonc58@ymail.com
Pastor’s Cell: 618-614-0658 Peggy Payne, Secretary
Atlanta Church Office Ph 217.648.5002 www.aeumc.org Email: atlantaeb@frontier.com
Carl’s Corner
Dear Church Family,
The month of July has been HOT! There have been times I thought I was going to burn up. Sometimes in our lives we burnout. If we don’t burnout, we do get terribly toasty. When I was a college student, I was taking a full academic load, pastoring two churches and had been married six months and was trying to be the best student, pastor and husband I knew how to be. I was feeling overwhelmed. My health suffered and my attitude was defeated and depressed. There
weren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that needed to be done. Maybe in your life, you have had a season like that.
I talked to a professor who was very helpful to me. First, we made a calendar to help me organize the way I spent my time. Second, we looked at the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19. Elijah was overwhelmed, depressed, tired, hungry, thirsty, had lost his focus and thought he was the only one still being true to God. What we looked at next was how God helped him. Food and water were provided. A cave to sleep in was found. Then when he was rested and nourished,
God asked him a question, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Here is Elijah’s answer from 1 Kings 19:10 10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
The truth was-there were still 7,000 Israelites who had not worshipped Baal. Elijah didn’t know he wasn’t the only one. There were still people who were as faithful as he was. The good news is God gave him a new set of orders and some of the most effective years were still ahead of him.
Burnout can happen in any career or time in life. I believe it can also happen to organizations-like the church. Sometimes it just feels like there is so much to do, attend, correct, give to, and sometimes there doesn’t seem to be any apparent benefit. The old song has these lyrics, “I keep so busy working for the Kingdom, I aint got time to die.”
Perhaps it is time to take some time. Time to get away. Time to stop. Time to answer God’s question, “What are you doing here?”
May God help us as we refocus on what he wants us to do.
Blessings,
Pastor Carl
Challenges in the Church Series
Aug 4- 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Title: “Communion Controversy”
Aug 11-1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Title: “Who’s your favorite?”
Aug 18- 1 Corinthians 15:12-26
Title: “What do you believe?”
Aug 25-1 Corinthians 3:1-8
Title: “How old are you?”
Atlanta Church Building
On Sunday, July 21st, the Administrative Council and other interested persons participated in a “Brainstorming Session” about our building. Next year, it will be 105 years old. Fair wear and tear are a part of any structure. Keeping the building in good repair is becoming challenging. What do we repair first is a good question? Is it good stewardship to spend money on a building this old? What options do we have? The group came up with a list of 23 things.
1. Do what we can ourselves
2. Buy a church
3. Fund the projects
4. Explore working with the NOMADS
5. Disaster – Collect insurance
6. Start a Go Fund Me page
7. Prioritize building needs: i.e. 1 year, 5 year, etc.
8. Corporate help
9. Grow the church
10. Ask the city for help
11. Sell the old church and build a new one
12. Tie in Rt 66 to the church, especially if we build a new church
13. Rent the community hall
14. Inherit a home
15. Share a church
16. Use current building until it falls down
17. Grants
18. Start a fund
19. Inform members of situation
20. Restructure the use of the building – discontinue use of worst areas such as choir room
21. Check the value of the bell
22. Find ways to generate funds through use of the building
23. PRAY!
A very healthy conversation followed. In August, we will evaluate these ideas and keep you informed. If you have any ideas to add please contact Pastor Carl.
UMW News
UMW will have lunch and their meeting at Carol Begolka’s house in August, and from there go to visit shut ins.
In July those who were able to go went to Morton to have our meeting and lunch with Bob and Wanda Billiter . We had a great time, and were shown around the assisted living facility, Hollybrook, where they reside now.
.
NOW COMMITTEE NEWS
Two members of The NOW team will be going to a mandatory meeting at Midwest Food bank August the 12th as we get ready to start the Backpack program again this school year.
UMM News
The Methodist Men will be preparing the meal on Saturday night for the Atlanta Fall Festival. Help and donations of pies and cakes will be needed.
Call ‘Em All
The Call ‘Em All setup is in the testing phase. Soon you will be regularly receiving information by whatever method you designated, either phone call or text. If you have not yet signed up for this service, please contact Pastor Carl or email the church with your information. Email address is: atlantaeb@frontier.com
Charge Conference Date Set
Mark your calendars for Sunday, Oct 20, 2018 from 3-5 pm. We will meet at Bloomington Wesley with about 20 other churches. The paperwork MUST be in the District office 10 days prior. Our deadline to be finished is Oct 1, 2019 Most of this must be approved by the Church Councils.. Expect the September meeting to be full. Start now thinking about who else could serve on committees, boards, etc. Finance folks get ready to start the budget process. Members of PPRC, we have work to do as well. Concentrate on goals for 2020 for the church
Back To School Sales In Progress
Although it seems school just let out, it is time to watch for the Back to School sales. Donated items will be distributed at Oly South. The UMW will again be collecting these items until Labor Day.
ITEMS NEEDED FOR STUDENT SCHOOL BAGS:
Spiral Notebooks (one subject 70 Pages)
Bic Pens (stick style)
Pencils (unsharpened)
Pencil Sharper
Pink Eraser (1” x 2”)
Ruler (12 metric)
Protractor (6”)
Box of Crayola Crayons (place in zip-loc bag)
Pair of Blunt School Scrissors
Additional Items Needed for Teachers:
Box of Paper Chips (50-100)
Package of Rubber Bands
Magic Markers
Red Marking Pens
Funk’s Grove Service
On Sunday August 18, at 11 am the churches of the Prairie Winds Parish will meet for a joint service at Funk’s Grove with a potluck to follow at noon. Mark your calendar and check your cookbooks.
Small Church Networking
Small Church Networking
On Saturday, August 10 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm the Conference will host a workshop at Chenoa UMC. This is for all of the churches with 65 or less in average attendance according to the 2018 Journal. This workshop will be an informal time for small churches to actually communicate with each other and to share the “good” news from their church and to hear the “good” news from other churches and see if perhaps they can learn from each other. All are invited but a special emphasis will be for Pastor, Lay Leader, Church Council Chairperson, SPPRC Chairperson, Trustees Chairperson and Mission Chairperson.
It is with joy and thanksgiving that I can relay my good news that I am currently in remission. Thank you all for the wonderful support, cards & notes, gifts of food, and especially for the many prayers offered for me during the time of my illness and treatments. God is good, and it is wonderful to be a part of a loving church family! Glenn, my family, and I wish to thank each and every one of you.
Ruth Gordon
The Methodist Men will meet on Sunday, August 25 ,
at 7:00 am at the Country Aire.
The Atlanta Church council will meet on Sunday, August 18, at 6:30 pm at the church.
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Communion Stewards Trash Detail
August – Andie Halley August – Bill & Karen Horn
September – Tina Small September – Dyers
Music Selection: August – Dawn Begolka
September – Judy Redemer
JOYS AND CONCERNS
HOSPITALIZED:
FACING OR RECOVERING FROM SURGERY AND/OR HOSPITALIZATION:
LONG TERM ILLNESS: Kert Geldersma, Chris Lantermann, Susan Franz, Carol Begolka, Russell Phillips, Norma Roth, Cliff Atchison, Dennis Tibbs, Harley Dean Beck, Sam Holkar, Brenda Kandaris, Helen Ferguson, Becky Burger, Daniel Knoll, Bob Spits, Val Clayhorse, Scott Smith, Alex Bell, Valerie Weghorst, Woody Williamson. George Sadler, Fran Nollman, Sam Evans, Russell Leesman, Carol Blankenship, Roger Kindred,. Rip Redemer, Kelly Jones, Ronnie Beck, Tad Johnson, Bob Ford. Rick Stevenson, Herman Geriets. Karen Beck Adcock, Mark Letterly, Charles Begolka, Pat Johnson, Pam Venter, Cheryl Scales, Dick Applegate, Marian Thompson, Elizabeth Richardson, Erik Rich, Eric Hill, Earl White, Sarah Shipley, Sarah Speciale, Gloria Wilson, Cheryl Renfrow, Adam Kong, Charlotte Ijams, Jerry Gordon
GENERAL CONCERNS: 6/2, Farmers, floods, snow out west, Dan Billington, Gordon family, Holland driver 6/16 Betty Applegate’s friend fell and broke wrist, Wayne White’s Daughter Brandy, 7/7 Rip & Judy Redemer, Nelda Robinson 7/14 Mary Ann Boyd 7/21 Gene Tabor
OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN; Shawn Green, Brandon McBride, Justin Juracek, Randy Ingram, Ben Wright, Matt Mapes, Eugene Cook, Brannon Harnacke, Kyle Combs, Christopher Williams, Jared Poppe, Zack Gill, Connor Green, Jonathan Stephens and family (Chaplain In Japan), Benjamin Kier, Kayla Green
FAMILIES OF DECEASED PERSONS Family of Robert Lessen, Family of Anita Miller, Family of Marian Adams, Family of Jerry Dabney, Family of Marie Rogers
August Birthdays & Anniversaries
2 Aryssa Birch
3 Gourav Holkar
4 Dave & Pam Venter (A)
Shawn Green
Jessica Beck
Mary Ann Boyd
Michele & Rob Salvator (A)
6 Bill & Karen Horn (A)
Gerald & Dawn Begolka (A)
8 Nikkole & Logan Watkins (A)
10 Doug Graff
Glenn Gordon
11 John & Sue Adams (A)
15 Justin Beck
16 Dennis & Sandy Smith (A)
Sydnee Usherwood
18 Heather Perez
24 Angelina McGinnis
28 Dennis Smith
August 2019
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
28
29
30
31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
10:00 am Small Church Networking Conference at Chenoa 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Midwest Food Bank Meeting
9:00 am UMW
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
6:30 pm Church Council Meeting
September Newsletter Deadline
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
7:00 am UMM / Country Aire
11:00 am All Parish service at Funk’s Grove

(part of the Prairie Winds Parish)

August 2019

Pastor Carl Johnston Email: Johnstonc58@ymail.com

Peggy Payne, Secretary

Atlanta Church Office Ph 217.648.5002 www.aeumc.org Email: atlantaeb@frontier.com

Carl’s Corner

Dear Church Family,

The month of July has been HOT! There have been times I thought I was going to burn up. Sometimes in our lives we burnout. If we don’t burnout, we do get terribly toasty. When I was a college student, I was taking a full academic load, pastoring two churches and had been married six months and was trying to be the best student, pastor and husband I knew how to be. I was feeling overwhelmed. My health suffered and my attitude was defeated and depressed. There

weren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that needed to be done. Maybe in your life, you have had a season like that.

I talked to a professor who was very helpful to me. First, we made a calendar to help me organize the way I spent my time. Second, we looked at the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19. Elijah was overwhelmed, depressed, tired, hungry, thirsty, had lost his focus and thought he was the only one still being true to God. What we looked at next was how God helped him. Food and water were provided. A cave to sleep in was found. Then when he was rested and nourished,

God asked him a question, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Here is Elijah’s answer from 1 Kings 19:10 10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

The truth was-there were still 7,000 Israelites who had not worshipped Baal. Elijah didn’t know he wasn’t the only one. There were still people who were as faithful as he was. The good news is God gave him a new set of orders and some of the most effective years were still ahead of him.

Burnout can happen in any career or time in life. I believe it can also happen to organizations-like the church. Sometimes it just feels like there is so much to do, attend, correct, give to, and sometimes there doesn’t seem to be any apparent benefit. The old song has these lyrics, “I keep so busy working for the Kingdom, I aint got time to die.”

Perhaps it is time to take some time. Time to get away. Time to stop. Time to answer God’s question, “What are you doing here?”

May God help us as we refocus on what he wants us to do.

Blessings,

Pastor Carl

Challenges in the Church Series

Aug 4- 1 Corinthians 11:17-34   Title: “Communion Controversy”

Aug 11-1 Corinthians 1:10-17   Title: “Who’s your favorite?”

Aug 18- 1 Corinthians 15:12-26   Title: “What do you believe?”

Aug 25-1 Corinthians 3:1-8   Title: “How old are you?”

Atlanta Church Building

On Sunday, July 21st, the Administrative Council and other interested persons participated in a “Brainstorming Session” about our building. Next year, it will be 105 years old. Fair wear and tear are a part of any structure. Keeping the building in good repair is becoming challenging. What do we repair first is a good question? Is it good stewardship to spend money on a building this old? What options do we have? The group came up with a list of 23 things.

1. Do what we can ourselves

2. Buy a church

3. Fund the projects

4. Explore working with the NOMADS

5. Disaster – Collect insurance

6. Start a Go Fund Me page

7. Prioritize building needs: i.e. 1 year, 5 year, etc.

8. Corporate help

9. Grow the church

10. Ask the city for help

11. Sell the old church and build a new one

12. Tie in Rt 66 to the church, especially if we build a new church

13. Rent the community hall

14. Inherit a home

15. Share a church

16. Use current building until it falls down

17. Grants

18. Start a fund

19. Inform members of situation

20. Restructure the use of the building – discontinue use of worst areas such as choir room

21. Check the value of the bell

22. Find ways to generate funds through use of the building

23. PRAY!

A very healthy conversation followed. In August, we will evaluate these ideas and keep you informed. If you have any ideas to add please contact Pastor Carl.

UMW News

UMW will have lunch and their meeting at Carol Begolka’s house in August, and from there go to visit shut ins.

In July those who were able to go went to Morton to have our meeting and lunch with Bob and Wanda Billiter . We had a great time, and were shown around the assisted living facility, Hollybrook, where they reside now.

.

NOW COMMITTEE NEWS

Two members of The NOW team will be going to a mandatory meeting at Midwest Food bank August the 12th as we get ready to start the Backpack program again this school year.


UMM News

The Methodist Men will be preparing the meal on Saturday night for the Atlanta Fall Festival. Help and donations of pies and cakes will be needed.

Call ‘Em All

The Call ‘Em All setup is in the testing phase. Soon you will be regularly receiving information by whatever method you designated, either phone call or text. If you have not yet signed up for this service, please contact Pastor Carl or email the church with your information. Email address is: atlantaeb@frontier.com

Charge Conference Date Set

Mark your calendars for Sunday, Oct 20, 2018 from 3-5 pm. We will meet at Bloomington Wesley with about 20 other churches. The paperwork MUST be in the District office 10 days prior. Our deadline to be finished is Oct 1, 2019 Most of this must be approved by the Church Councils.. Expect the September meeting to be full. Start now thinking about who else could serve on committees, boards, etc. Finance folks get ready to start the budget process. Members of PPRC, we have work to do as well. Concentrate on goals for 2020 for the church.

Back To School Sales In Progress

Although it seems school just let out, it is time to watch for the Back to School sales. Donated items will be distributed at Oly South. The UMW will again be collecting these items until Labor Day.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR STUDENT SCHOOL BAGS:

Spiral Notebooks (one subject 70 Pages)

Bic Pens (stick style)

Pencils (unsharpened)

Pencil Sharper

Pink Eraser (1” x 2”)

Ruler (12 metric)

Protractor (6”)

Box of Crayola Crayons (place in zip-loc bag)

Pair of Blunt School Scrissors

Additional Items Needed for Teachers:

Box of Paper Chips (50-100)

Package of Rubber Bands

Magic Markers

Red Marking Pens

Funk’s Grove Service

On Sunday August 18, at 11 am the churches of the Prairie Winds Parish will meet for a joint service at Funk’s Grove with a potluck to follow at noon. Mark your calendar and check your cookbooks.

Small Church Networking

On Saturday, August 10 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm the Conference will host a workshop at Chenoa UMC. This is for all of the churches with 65 or less in average attendance according to the 2018 Journal. This workshop will be an informal time for small churches to actually communicate with each other and to share the “good” news from their church and to hear the “good” news from other churches and see if perhaps they can learn from each other. All are invited but a special emphasis will be for Pastor, Lay Leader, Church Council Chairperson, SPPRC Chairperson, Trustees Chairperson and Mission Chairperson.

It is with joy and thanksgiving that I can relay my good news that I am currently in remission. Thank you all for the wonderful support, cards & notes, gifts of food, and especially for the many prayers offered for me during the time of my illness and treatments. God is good, and it is wonderful to be a part of a loving church family! Glenn, my family, and I wish to thank each and every one of you.

Ruth Gordon

The Methodist Men will meet on Sunday, August 25 ,at 7:00 am at the Country Aire.

The Atlanta Church council will meet on Sunday, August 18, at 6:30 pm at the church.

.

Communion Stewards -  Trash Detail

August – Andie Halley     August – Bill & Karen Horn

September – Tina Small     September – Dyers

Music Selection: August – Dawn Begolka

September – Judy Redemer