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Sermon Series: The Baptizer

September 9 – October 7

MUMC Worship Services: 9:00 or 11:15 am


September 9 – He preached repentance (Matthew 3:1-12) September 16 – He baptized Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17) September 23 – He spoke truth to authority (Matthew 14:3-5) September 30 – He asked for affirmation (Matthew 11:2-6) October 7 – He was executed by a king (Matthew 14:6-12)


Oma Lee Jacobs’ 100th Birthday

September 22

Oma Lee Jacobs turns 100 on Saturday, September 22, 2018! Let’s make her day even more special by showering her with 100 birthday cards from our church family. Her mailing address is: P. O. Box 148, Murphysboro, IL 62966.

Saturday Morning Book Club

September 22 at 10:15 am (third Saturday of every month)

MUMC Church Library

Due to Apple Festival activities on the regular meeting date in September, Book Club will next meet on September 22. The book will be The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams.
The MUMC Saturday Morning Book Club is held the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:15 am – 12:00 pm in the MUMC Church Library. Everyone is welcome!

Breezy Hill Farm JYF/SYF Youth Event

Sunday, September 23

Breezy Hill Farm in Benton

The JYF/SYF youth groups will be going to Breezy Hill Farm on Sunday, September 23. The bus will leave at 1:15 pm and return around 6:00 pm. The youth fund will cover the general admission and hayride fee. Youth will be responsible for other spending at the concessions and gift shop. Please contact Sage Lintner at for more information.

Adult Mission Trip

September 23-29

East Bay Camp on Lake Bloomington

Is a mission trip the next step on your trail? East Bay Camp is a sister camp to Little Grassy. East Bay was founded in 1930 as a place set aside for children and adults alike to experience the wonder of God’s creation, the mission of which continues today. The cost of this trip will be $200 per person. The departure date is Sunday, September 23 and the return date will be Saturday, September 29. The work to be completed will involve demolition of old cabins to make room for new cabins to be built. You may sign up on the attendance pad during worship services. For more information, please contact Gene Schwebel at

Our Neighbor’s TableOurNeighborsTable

September 30 at 12:00 pm

MUMC Fellowship Hall

FREE community meal the last Sunday of each month. Dinner is served with dessert and beverage.

Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 7 at 4:00 pm

MUMC Yard & Pavilion

The 7th Annual Blessing of the Animals is Sunday, October 7 at 4:00 pm in the MUMC church yard by the pavilion. There will be a short service, an individual blessing for each animal, blessing gifts and snacks for all (two-legged and four-legged!). If your pet can’t come, we encourage you to bring tags, a collar or a favorite toy to be blessed for your pet. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. The event is co-hosted by MUMC and St. Francis Community Animal Rescue and Education. For more information, please contact Trina Eaton at

Young at Heart

Tuesday, October 9 at 12:00 noon (second Tuesday of every month)

MUMC Fellowship Hall

Young at Heart is an active group of mature adults that meets the second Tuesday of each month at noon. Please contact Michelle Parker-Clark at for more information about this fun and busy group.

Bible Journaling Your Faith

Wednesday, October 10 (second Wednesday of every month)

7:00 – 8:30 pm in MUMC Room 108

Bible Journaling Your Faith is a recurring class where you can learn the exciting and creative process of making art in your Bible as a way to connect deeper with scripture and with God. Newcomers are always welcome! The class is led by Patti Shields and Rosie Wece. Please contact Rosie Wece at for more information.

United Methodist Men

Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 am (second Saturday of every month)

MUMC Fellowship Hall

All men are invited to attend! The United Methodist Men meet regularly the second Saturday of each month at 7:30 am to enjoy breakfast, devotions, and participate in church and community projects. Please contact Jay Graff at (618) 967-9848 for more information.

“What’s In There For ME?” Women’s Workshop

Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

SIU Student Center Ballroom A

Do you desire to find more life application in your bible reading? Using Psalm 40, Angie Baughman will encourage a deeper connection with scripture by sharing stories and guiding participants in how to personalize the verses. Lunch catered by Panera. $35 for registration. Music throughout the day from Jessica Krongos. Register at For more information, contact Angie at

Pumpkin Painting/Carving – Youth Event

Sunday, October 14

MUMC Fellowship Hall

The CYF/JYF/SYF youth will be meeting on October 14 to carve or paint a pumpkin. The JYF/SYF will meet from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The CYF will meet from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Youth are asked to bring their own pumpkin. As usual, a meal will be provided.

United Methodist Men’s Trip

October 15 – 17

Branson, MO

All men are invited! The United Methodist Men will be traveling to Branson, MO. On the way, they will be stopping at Bass Pro in Springfield, MO to tour the Johnny Morris-Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, then they will go to the College of the Ozarks in Branson. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Rob Williams at or (618) 713-0843.

Men’s Banquet

Sunday, October 21 at 6:00 pm

MUMC Fellowship Hall

All men are invited! Former Saluki & Big 10 football coach Jerry Kill will be the guest speaker for this year’s men’s banquet. Tickets will be on sale soon. Tickets will be limited to 100 so get them early! Dinner is included in the price of the ticket.

Winter Yard Sale to Benefit Murphysboro Food Pantry

October 26 – 27

Downstairs at MUMC

Save the date and start saving donations! Proceeds from this yard sale are directed to the Murphysboro Food Pantry. This sale focuses mainly on winter items. Clothing, bedding, fall and Christmas décor, kitchen items, lamps, towels, bed linens and blankets are specific items needed.
Items may be brought to the Fellowship Hall on October 21-25 during the hours the church is open. We will be working on October 24 and 25 from 9 am – noon, 1 pm – 4 pm, and 6 pm – 8 pm. We will also be working on October 26 from 9 am – 6 pm and October 27 from 8 am – noon. The sale hours are Friday, October 26 from 3 pm – 6 pm and Saturday, October 27 from 8 am – noon. All help is appreciated.

Fall 2018 Ladies Bus Trip to Moss Mountain Farm

November 8 – 10

P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm in Roland, AR (near Little Rock)

Ladies, there is still plenty of time (and room on the bus) to sign up for our Fall 2018 Bus Trip to Moss Mountain Farm. We will depart for our trip Thursday morning November 8, the following day we will tour Moss Mountain Farm, and on Saturday, November 10 we will return home. The two night’s lodging will be at the Rosemont Inn’s Barkley-Hayward cottages in Little Rock. The cost of the tour and lodging is $194.29 (based upon a group of 10). Other costs will be donations toward gas for the bus, food (breakfast on Friday and Saturday included with lodging), and your individual purchases. Please contact Michelle Parker-Clark at or (618) 922-3587 or Rosie Wece at or (618) 559-8167 for more information.
P. Allen Smith is the host of three national, award-winning television shows: Garden Home (which has enjoyed 15 seasons on PBS), Garden to Table, available on Create TV, and Garden Style, now in its 17th season of syndication. During the tour you will visit Allen’s vegetable garden, the rose garden, the terraced gardens, Poultryville and the animals, the Garden Home, and the eHow Cottage. Lunch prepared by the resident chef, featuring the famous buttermilk pecan pie, is included in the tour.

MUMC Caring List

Being part of a church is being part of a family. Many family members we see every week, others only on special occasions, and then there are those that are prevented from coming to church due to health issues or limited access to transportation. The new MUMC Caring List can help us reach out to those family members we don’t see as often. Whether through a visit, a phone call, or a birthday card, staying connected means so much. Pick up a copy of the list as you leave the sanctuary (beginning June 10), and make that important connection.

Stephen Ministry Pew Cards

Stephen Ministers Care! Are you going through a difficult time, or do you know someone who is? To learn how to receive care from — or become — a Stephen Minister, pick up a new Stephen Ministry God’s Love in Action pew card. Give the gift of hope to someone today. Please contact Michelle Parker-Clark at for more information.

Volunteers Needed

Junior High Sunday School Teacher(s) NeededAn opportunity exists for volunteer or volunteers wishing to teach junior high age students. This may be an opportunity to teach weekly, or, if multiple volunteers express interest, an opportunity to rotate teaching. Please consider whether the time is right for you to either singly or partner with a  friend in Christ to contribute to the spiritual growth of our young people.
Co-Teacher Needed for 4th/5th Grade Sunday School ClassThe 4th & 5th grade Sunday school class is looking for a co-teacher. It will be on a monthly rotation and will help cover that classroom when needed. Please express your interest on the attendance pad during worship services, or contact Diane Schingel at for more information.
Drivers Needed for Transportation TeamIs driving a race car on your bucket list? We can help! Fine tune your driving skills by joining the Transportation Team today. You will be helping an important ministry develop and grow and, down the road, we just might see you on the NASCAR circuit. Please mark your interest on the attendance pad during worship services between June 24 and July 8 or contact Michelle Parker-Clark at
Section Greeters NeededAs of July 1, we are consolidating the greeter/hostess position, which means we are providing a new opportunity for service. We are asking for volunteers who are willing to be section greeters. That simply means that if you see a first time visitor, guest, or occasional attendee sitting near you, that you greet them, shake their hand, and make them feel welcome. In other words, just be the hands and feet of Christ. You both will be glad that you did. Please mark your interest on the attendance pad during worship services between July 1 – 15 or contact Michelle Parker-Clark at



Mom’s Group Book Study – Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst

Mondays, September 17 – November 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

MUMC Room 204

Mom’s Group will be meeting September 10th through November 5th. The group will be studying “Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely” by Lysa TerKeurst. Childcare will be provided. For more information, please contact Scarlett Pierson at

Precept Bible Study on Spiritual Gifts

Tuesdays, August 21 – November 13 from 9:00 – 10:30 am

MUMC Room 202

What has God called you to do and uniquely equipped you for? Discover the spiritual gifts God has given you and understand those given to all believers to glorify Himself and strengthen His church. Led by Angie Baughman. 

Youth Groups


Jr. High and Sr. High youth meet every Sunday in the MUMC Sr. High Room 100 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The children’s youth group (3rd – 5th grades) meets with the older groups approximately once per month for special outings and activities. Please contact Sage Lintner at for more information.

A.M. Yoga

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 am

MUMC Basement Room 104S

This is a class suitable for all ages! Gentle stretching & balance work. Supportive, encouraging environment and beneficial social time. Yoga practice can be modified and multiple adaptive techniques are presented. Newcomers to yoga are welcome! For more information, contact Sandy Hostetler, 618-303-0250 or