MURPHYSBORO EVENTS

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Click here for the MUMC Calendar of Events.

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Sermon Series: Destructive Desires

April 15 – May 27

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

 
All of us do things that are not really good for us in some way. We don’t exercise enough, maybe we don’t eat right or we just worry too much. But the Bible helps us to understand that some things we do are just destructive to us; physically, emotionally and spiritually. Through April and May we will take a look at seven of these destructive behaviors and how allowing them into our lives robs us of the joy of living.
 
April 15: “Envy – I want what you have”
April 22: “Gluttony – But it tastes so good”
April 29: “Greed – Never enough”
May 6: “Lust – The ring of fire”
May 13: “Pride – Lord, it’s hard to be humble”
May 20: “Sloth – I would love to, but…”
May 27: “Wrath – I am so mad I could spit”

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Bus Trip to the AQS Paducah Quilt Show

Saturday, April 21 (bus departs MUMC at 7:00 am)

Paducah, KY

 
We will depart MUMC at 7:00 am and arrive in Paducah at 8:30 am. We will start the day off right with breakfast at the Gold Rush Cafe featuring specialty items such as Bread Pudding Waffles and Scotch Eggs, as well as Old Fashioned Omelets and Biscuits and Gravy. After a hearty breakfast, we will travel to the Schroeder Expo Center for a fun-filled day at the AQS Spring Paducah Quilt Show where we will view quilts from all over the world ranging from traditional designs that everyone knows, like Lone Star and Log Cabin, as well as Modern Art quilts that reach outside the box with new designs and techniques. After indulging our creative interests, and browsing through displays of 100’s of vendors, we will depart by 4:00 pm ready to share ideas for our own quilting projects. The cost of admission for the quilt show is $14.00. Other costs are for breakfast, individual purchases from food and craft vendors, and donations toward gas for the van. You may sign up on the attendance pad during worship services. Please contact Michelle Parker-Clark at mpclark@siu.edu for more information.
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Saturday Morning Book Club

April 21 at 10:15 am (third Saturday of every month)

MUMC Church Library

 
The book for April 21 will be Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. The book for May 19 will be Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.
 
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!
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Our Neighbor’s TableOurNeighborsTable

April 29 at 12:00 pm

MUMC Fellowship Hall

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

Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm

MUMC

 
As a church family we reach out to our sick and shut ins through cards, Christmas gift bags, phone calls, visits, etc., all to insure that they are included in the life of our church. Please help us as we seek to further our outreach by extending the sacrament of holy communion to those unable to be part of our weekly worship services. On Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm, we are offering training for the sharing of in home communion. Please consider being part of this important outreach team.
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Adult-Teen Challenge Choir at DeSoto UMC

Sunday, April 29

DeSoto UMC

 
Don’t miss this second chance opportunity to see the Adult-Teen Challenge Choir out of Cape Girardeau, MO. Join us on Sunday evening, April 29 for this rescheduled event. Come early at 5:00 pm for a meal and stay for the 6:00 pm music and ministry of the Teen Challenge Choir. A love offering will be taken to benefit the Adult-Teen Challenge Choir.
5:00 pm: BBQ meal
6:00 pm: Music & ministry of the Adult-Teen Challenge Choir
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My Own Bookcase Project

Ongoing from March through May 6

 
This project will provide 37 children in the Murphysboro Head Start program who will be entering Kindergarten this fall with their very own bookcase and a starter set of books. Each bookcase will be handmade by volunteers in our community and will be given to the children in a special Presentation Ceremony on May 6.
 
When children have their own books in the home and their families have easy access to books, parents are more likely to read to their children. Our mission is to encourage parents to read to their children by providing them with the opportunity to do so. Please help us achieve our goal of presenting each of these 37 children with their very own bookcase and books by becoming a “My Own Bookcase” Project sponsor. The cost of sponsorship is $50, and will cover the cost of materials for a bookcase and a starter set of books. If you cannot sponsor a bookcase at this time, any monetary donation you can make would be appreciated. Your generous support will make a positive and everlasting difference in the life of a child. If you would like to help support this ministry, please pick up one of the flyers that are located either at the back of the sanctuary or by the doors to the education wing. For more information, please contact Trina Eaton at trina.eaton1@gmail.com.
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Tenth Annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast

Saturday, May 5 at 9:00 am

MUMC Fellowship Hall

 
Ladies, prepare to be pampered at the Tenth Annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast, “Take Me Away,” on Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 -11:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. Enjoy a light breakfast and other fun spa experiences, fellowship with other ladies, door prizes, and a time to recharge by resting and relaxing listening to God’s Word. The guest speaker will be Angie Baughman. Child care will be available. Tickets will be for sale in the Fellowship Hall before and after Sunday School beginning Sunday, April 8, or you may contact Rosie Wece at (618) 559- 8167 or rwece50@gmail.com to reserve your ticket(s).
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My Own Bookcase Presentation Ceremony

Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 pm

Murphysboro Elks Banquet Hall

 
The Fourth Annual My Own Bookcase Presentation Ceremony will be Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 pm at the Murphysboro Elks Banquet Hall. Please join us as we will present over 30 children with their own bookcase and starter set of books. The look of excitement on the children’s faces as they receive their bookcases and books is something that you won’t want to miss!
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Young at Heart

Tuesday, May 8 at 12:00 noon (second Tuesday of every month)

MUMC Fellowship Hall

 
Young at Heart will fellowship on April 10 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 mpclark@siu.edu for more information about this fun and busy group.
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Bible Journaling Your Faith

Wednesday, May 9 (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 rwece50@gmail.com for more information.
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United Methodist Men

Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 am (second Saturday of every month)

MUMC Fellowship Hall

 
United Methodist Men will conduct their regular monthly breakfast meeting on Saturday, May 12 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.
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Ice Cream Social

Sunday, June 3 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

MUMC Fellowship Hall

 
Calling all homemade ice cream makers — we need your expertise. On Sunday, June 3, 2018, MUMC Fellowship Ministries is hosting an Ice Cream Social. Please join us from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. If the old ice cream machine is broken, or packed away in the attic, pick up a gallon of your favorite ice cream flavor or bring cookies, brownies, or other treats to share. And, be looking forward to a fun skit courtesy of our own MUMC Youth. Hope to see you there!
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Mission Peoria

July 23-28

 
Sign-ups for Mission Peoria are on the Youth bulletin board. A group of youth and adults will travel to Dream Center Peoria to participate in this program that ministers to children and families living in poverty. For more information, please contact Sage Lintner at mumcchildrenyout@gmail.com. Youth must sign up by MAY 7.
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Men’s Main Event – LifeWay’s Conference for Men

August 10-11

Nashville, TN

 
All men are invited! This year’s Main Event conference will be held in Hendersonville (Nashville), TN on August 10-11. When it comes to being a disciple of Jesus in every domain of their lives, men often simply do not know what to do. The Main Event will call men to live a life of discipleship in fatherhood, marriage, work, and every domain of life. This is a nuts‐and‐bolts conference that equips men in every area of their lives to ACT LIKE MEN. To register for the event, please see Jay Graff or Rob Williams or sign up on the attendance pad during worship services by May 14.
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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 mumcchildrenyouth@gmail.com for more information.
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Volunteers Needed

 
Transportation Team – Drivers NeededDid you know that we have a Transportation Team? Every week we bring people to church who would not otherwise be able to attend because of lack of transportation or because they can no longer drive. Volunteer drivers pick people up at their homes and take them back either after the church service or after Sunday School. We are looking to expand this ministry to include some of our local assisted living facilities. So many of our seniors have the desire to worship with their church family, but they have no way to get here. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone who wanted to attend our church had that opportunity. Please consider joining this important ministry team. If you can drive, you can help!
 
Food Volunteers for Sunday Youth GroupsEvery Sunday evening, the Junior and Senior High have youth group from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are trying to fill the schedule with individuals who are willing to prepare a simple meal. If you are willing to help, please contact Sage Lintner at mumcchildrenyouth@gmail.com or 889-7320.
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ONGOING STUDIES & EVENTS:

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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 shostet@siu.edu.
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Jewish Feasts & Festivals Study

Tuesdays, April 17 – May 15 from 9:00 – 10:30 am

MUMC

 
This study is taught by Angie Baughman. Here is a message from Angie:
What Christians Can Learn By Studying Jewish Feasts: When I first began studying Jewish life and culture during the time Jesus was on earth, I was humbled by my lack of understanding. I had been a bible student for years and had read countless stories that mentioned Jewish feasts and festivals without ever pausing to ask myself about their relevance to me and my spiritual journey today. What I have learned over the past few years has made my heart so tender to the significance that lies within the feasts. As I have come to understand them better, I also see how over and over again God used these celebrations to pull His people back to Him and to point them to the Messiah who would someday come. I am excited to offer five weeks of teaching on this fascinating subject and my hope is that through our discussions we, too, will feel God pulling us in closer connection with Him. I also pray that we will see the story of Jesus unfold in the meaning of the feasts in a way that will deepen our understanding of Christ’s passionate love for us.
 
Participants will need to acquire their own books and be prepared for the first session by reading the introduction and first chapter. I hope you will pray about joining us for this five-week class.
 
Required Book: Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts by Dr. Richard Booker
Session One – Jewish Calendar, Christian Calendar, Psalms of Ascents
Session Two – Passover ~ Session Three – Pentecost
Session Four – Tabernacles ~ Session Five – Purim and Hanukkah

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