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Sermon Series: Half Truths
October 1 – 29
MUMC Worship Services: 9:00 or 11:15 am


This sermon series will use Adam Hamilton’s book Half-Truths as a guide: They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways.

OCT 1 – “Everything Happens for a Reason”
OCT 8 – “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It”
OCT 15 – “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”
OCT 22 – “Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin”
OCT 29 – “God Will Not Give You More Than You Can Handle”

Job Opening

MUMC Church Secretary

After nearly four years of outstanding service, our church secretary, Deb Severa, is retiring. Anyone interested in this position may send their resume to Staff Parish Relations Committee, Murphysboro United Methodist Church, 1500 Pine Street, Murphysboro, IL 62966. A complete job description, including candidate qualifications and application instructions, can be found here.


United Methodist Men

Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 am

MUMC Fellowship Hall

United Methodist Men will conduct their regular monthly breakfast meeting on Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 am in the 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.

Faith & Family Day at Saluki Stadium

Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 pm

SIUC Saluki Stadium, Carbondale 

United Methodist Men is again sponsoring the annual Faith & Family Day at Saluki Stadium. $10 tickets include group seating and in-game group recognition. It’s a great time, and SIU offers different ticket packages. $20 tickets include group seating, in-game group recognition, food & beverage voucher, and a 710 Team Store coupon. A flyer is on the bulletin board if you would like more details. To reserve tickets, please call either the church office (618-687-2317) or Jay Graff (618-967-9848).

Men’s Banquet

Sunday, October 15 at 6:00 pm

MUMC Fellowship Hall & Sanctuary

All men are invited to come enjoy food and fellowship with guest speaker Les Winkeler, sports & outdoors writer for The Southern Illinoisan. Les will talk about sports and outdoors activities and share a slide show with many pictures he has taken throughout his time as a reporter. He will share stories and a message about how faith has guided him throughout his life and career. To purchase tickets, please contact Jay Graff (618-967-9848 or, Perry Patterson, or Bob Eaton. Tickets will also be on sale outside the west doors before worship on October 1 & 8. This is a catered event, so please purchase tickets no later than October 10.

Moms Group Small Group Study

Began Monday, October 9 (meets Mondays for 7 weeks)

6:00 pm in MUMC Room 202

The MUMC Mom’s Group will be studying the book The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. This study, for moms in their 30’s and 40’s, discusses vulnerability and courage. The group will meet every Monday beginning October 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, for 7 weeks. Child care is provided. Please come the first night prepared to discuss the Introduction! Please contact Scarlett Pierson at for more information.


Bus Trip to Arthur, IL

Saturday, October 21 (leaving at 7:30 am)

Visiting Yoder’s Kitchen and The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, IL

All middle to senior aged adults are invited on a bus trip to Arthur, IL. We will be leaving the church promptly at 7:30 am on Saturday, October 21. Our first stop will be Yoder’s Kitchen for a delicious lunch in the heart of Amish country. Choose something from the menu or enjoy their lunch buffet. After lunch we will visit The Great Pumpkin Patch, a 200-acre farm featured on Martha Stewart’s website that boasts 300 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds from all over the world. In addition, there are numerous displays, mazes, gardens, shopping, a bakery featuring a full line of Amish baked goods, and musical entertainment by The Gunny Sack Revue (labeled the grinners and pickers of Arthur, IL) playing Gospel, Roots, Country and Bluegrass. We will be leaving the farm late afternoon for our trip home. The admission charge for the farm is $6 for adults and $4 for adults 60 and over. The only other costs will be for lunch, and individual purchases of snacks and gift items, etc. You may sign up on the attendance pad during worship services. Please contact Michelle Parker-Clark at for more information.

Saturday Morning Book Club

October 21 at 10:15 am

MUMC Church Library

On October 21, the group will discuss The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

“Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades…” Read more…

The book for November 18 will be 11/22/63 by Stephen King, and the book for January 20 will be Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance.
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!

The Pilgrimage – Module 5: What is the UMC?

October 26 & November 9 (6:30 – 8:00 pm in MUMC Room 202)

November 15-16 (overnight trip to Nashville, TN)

Led by Pastor Larry Gilbert

This module will focus on “What is the UMC?” and will explore the structure of the church at the local, district, conference and general church level. It will take a quick look into our church’s history and people who helped to shape the life of the early Methodist movement. This module includes an overnight trip to Nashville, TN to visit three General church offices along with the Upper Room chapel, museum, and bookstore.
There are three sessions total, with two regular sessions on October 26 and November 9 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in Room 202 and one session during the trip to Nashville on November 15-16. Over half of the material will be presented during the trip. Attendees will be asked to cover the cost of the overnight trip. You may sign up using the attendance pad. Childcare is available. As with all Pilgrimage modules, participants are not required to have participated in earlier modules.
You can find more information on The Pilgrimage here.

Our Neighbor’s TableOurNeighborsTable

October 29 at 12:00 pm

MUMC Fellowship Hall

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

Candy and Small Toys Needed!

Candy and small toys are still needed for Trunk-or-Treats at both the Murphysboro and DeSoto church sites. Collection bins will be available at both churches through Sunday, October 29. Watch for sales, swing through the candy aisle – often – and help us add something a little sweet to our outreach opportunities this fall. Monetary donations will be accepted also. Just include the word “candy” on the memo line of your check or the “other” line of the offering envelope.

Trunk or Treat

October 31 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm

MUMC Parking Lot

Save the date! This year’s trunk or treat will be held in the MUMC Parking Lot on October 31. You are invited to host a trunk this year! Starting October 1, you can sign up to host a trunk for either the Murphysboro or DeSoto Trunk-or-Treats. Check out the Youth Bulletin Board for sign-up info.


Youth Groups


Regular youth group meetings began August 27. Jr. High and Sr. High youth meet weekly in the MUMC Sr. High Room 100 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The children’s youth group (3rd – 5th grades) meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month in the North Fellowship Hall from 3:00 – 3:45 pm. Please contact Sage Lintner at for more information.

Volunteers Needed

Children’s Church Leaders: 
There is a great need for volunteers to lead children’s church in both Traditional and Praise Service. Please consider becoming a part of this vital ministry. For more information, please contact Emily Hargraves at 618-559-0329 or
Substitute Teachers for High School Sunday School: Substitute teachers are needed for the Senior High Sunday School class. To find out more, please contact Emily Hargraves ( or Diane Schingel (
Praise Team Vocalists: The MUMC Praise Team is recruiting vocalists to be a part of the team. Vocalists can be either volunteer or paid positions. Rehearsals are weekly on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm and Sundays at 10:15 am. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Angie Baughman at or 618-201-0139.

Fall/Winter Yard Sale

November 3 & 4 (Friday 3:00 – 6:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am – noon)

MUMC Fellowship Hall

This sale will feature fall/winter clothing, footwear, coats, bedding (sheets, pillow cases, blankets), and towels. We hope to have Christmas decor items, kitchenware (pots and pans, dishes), small appliances, etc. Please do not bring computers/printers, phones, picture frames, furniture, misc. home decor, or any summer items.
Workers are needed to put items in place on Wednesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 2, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm; and also Friday morning starting at 9:00 am. Items may be dropped off prior to the work hours by leaving them in Room 102A after Sunday School or during work hours, but no later than noon on Thursday. Please find some time to help with this sale with your donations and your presence. Proceeds will help the Murphysboro Food Pantry assist recipients with holiday meals. If you have questions, please contact Lynn Pierson at (618) 684-3601. 

Cross & Flame Ministries Annual Charge Conference

November 2 at 6:00 pm

Marion 1st United Methodist Church

You are invited to attend the Annual Charge Conference for Cross & Flame Ministries (including both sites) on November 2 at 6:00 pm at the Marion 1st United Methodist Church.

Good News Sunday – Sermon Series

November 5, 19, & 26

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

2017 will feature a number of “Good News Sunday” sermons spread throughout the year. These sermons will remind us of God’s character qualities that uplift, encourage and heal us. The sermons will be tied with contemporary Christian hits that feature the same message and the music videos will be shared prior to the message. Good News Sundays: Feb 5, Feb 12, Apr 30, May 7, Jun 25, Nov 5, Nov 19, Nov 26.


Bible Journaling Your Faith

Wednesday, November 8 (and 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. The class is led by Patti Shields and Rosie Wece. Please contact Rosie Wece at for more information.

Young at Heart

Tuesday, November 14 at 12:00 noon

MUMC Fellowship Hall

Young at Heart will fellowship on November 14 at noon in the 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.

Women’s Study Weekend

April 7 & 8

Little Grassy Camp in Makanda, IL

A women’s study weekend will be held at Little Grassy Camp on April 7-8, 2018. Angie Baughman will lead the group through the book of Ruth. Details can be found at All women and their mothers, sisters, and friends are invited to attend.
Our lives are filled with responsibilities and demands. We often desire to spend more time with Jesus and
yet it seems impossible with all the things we are juggling. This study weekend is designed to bring women
together who need to press pause on their daily lives in order to quiet their hearts and hear His voice. Through the Old Testament Book of Ruth, learn how Jesus serves as both our redeemer and defender and gives us an opportunity to rebuild from our brokenness.
Cost includes overnight accommodations, four meals, and the Ruth participant book. Up to four people can be in a room. Each room has one bathroom.
1 person in the room – $144/person
2 people in the room – $100/person
3 people in the room – $86/person
4 people in the room – $78/person
Please visit for full details and schedule, or contact Angie Baughman at




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

Precept Bible Study on Jeremiah Part 1 (Ch 1-24)

Tuesdays: September 12 – November 14 from 9:00 – 10:30 am in MUMC Room 202

Led by Angie Baughman


Jeremiah, a prophet appointed by God, spoke a hard message to the people of his day. It’s still God’s message today – a call to listen to His Word. Heeding Jeremiah’s message can bring healing and hope to all.

For more information, please contact Angie Baughman at 618-201-0139 or


High School Sunday School Study – Gospel Journey

Began July 2 at 10:10am

MUMC Room 100 (off the Fellowship Hall)

Seven Strangers, Six Days, One Unforgettable Journey. An expedition that will change teens’ lives! GOSPEL Journey follows seven teenagers on a six-day wilderness adventure with Greg Stier. Amid the rugged Colorado mountains, Greg takes the participants on a deeper spiritual journey to Jesus using the GOSPEL story. This DVD-based curriculum uses the compelling power of story to explain the gospel message through word pictures and group activities. It will move hearts and souls and change lives. Each entertaining and engaging session contains real-world training based on real-world discussion.

God’s Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions by Rick Warren

Faithful Friends Women’s Sunday School Study

Began May 7 (for six weeks), 10:10 am in MUMC Room 204

Women of all ages welcome! Life’s difficult questions have answers – answers from the Bible that can change your outlook and your life. Rick Warren takes you inside the Scriptures to see what they reveal about 12 of the most pressing questions people ask. They are questions you yourself either have been asked or most likely will ask. This book provides simple, straightforward answers you can begin to apply right away to move past your worst sticking points and enjoy a life of purpose, peace, and significance.

Stephen Ministry Training

Began May 4 (runs Thursdays for 20 weeks)

6:30 – 9:00 pm in the MUMC Library

Stephen Ministry training classes will begin May 4. You may sign up on the attendance pad during worship services in the month of April. Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers – called Stephen Ministers – to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. For more information, please contact Michelle Parker-Clark at (618) 922-3587 or