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Chosen By God Sermon Series

December 3 – 24

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

(Note special schedule on Sunday, December 24)
This sermon series will take a closer look at the women listed in the lineage of Christ found in Matthew 1. By society’s standards, all of these women were unlikely candidates to be used by God to fulfill His promise to send a Messiah. What does their place in Christ’s heritage tell us about what it takes to be Chosen By God?
Dec 3 – The Burden
Dec 10 – The Disgrace
Dec 17 – The Tagalong
Dec 24 – The Distraction (9:45 am combined Sunday morning service)
Dec 24 – The Embarrassment (5:00 or 7:00 pm Christmas Eve services)


December Worship Services

MUMC Worship Services: 9:00 or 11:15 am (except December 24 special schedule)

DEC 3: First Sunday of Advent
DEC 10: Children’s Christmas Program (during the Sunday school hour at 10:10 am)
DEC 17: March to the Manger
DEC 21 (Thursday): Blue Christmas service at DeSoto UMC
Sunday, DEC 24 (Christmas Eve)
9:45 am: combined morning service (no Sunday school)
5:00 pm: Christmas Eve Service (music led by Praise Team)
7:00 pm: Christmas Eve Service (traditional hymns/organ music, hand bell choir)
DEC 31: Celebration Sunday

Celebration Sunday

December 31 at 10:10 am

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

This year’s Celebration Sunday is scheduled for December 31. As we worship on the last Sunday of 2017, we would like to spend some time reflecting on the past year. But we need your help. If you have pictures from the various church events, please get them to Troy Brown. Either send your digital photos by email to or put them on a USB drive and bring to church by December 17. Thank you!

Young at Heart

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

MUMC Fellowship Hall

Young at Heart will fellowship on December 12 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.

Bible Journaling Your Faith

Wednesday, December 13 (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.

Blue Christmas Service at DeSoto UMC

Thursday, December 21 at 6:00 pm

DeSoto UMC

Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease that puts a question mark over the future, and any number of other human situations makes the holiday season painful for many people in our congregations and communities. The Blue Christmas Service will include music, words of encouragement, a candle lighting ceremony, and a time of fellowship. Through this service our desire is to share the love of Christ with our hurting brothers and sisters, so that they may feel comfort in their pain and hope for the future. Everyone is encouraged to invite family members, friends, and members of the surrounding communities who may be lonely or hurting during this season of the year.

Our Neighbor’s TableOurNeighborsTable

December 24 at 12:00 pm

MUMC Fellowship Hall

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

Epiphany Sunday School Study

Sundays: January 7 – February 4 at 10:10 am


All adults and teens are invited to join together during the Sunday School time for an Epiphany study written and taught by Angie Baughman. The title is A Journey Worth Taking and the content will focus on the significance of the gifts the wise men brought to Jesus. Books will be distributed at the first session and will cost $10. Please contact Angie Baughman at (618) 201-0139 or for more information. 

Precept Bible Study on Acts

Tuesdays: January 9 – March 6 from 9:00 – 10:30 am at MUMC (Room TBA)

Led by Angie Baughman


Join ladies from different churches and backgrounds for a study on Acts. In this book, we will stand in awe of the power of God and be encouraged by faithful servants who held to truth in a dark world.

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


Youth Groups


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.

Anticipated Job Opening

MUMC Discipleship Coordinator

Murphysboro UMC anticipates there will be an opening for a Discipleship Coordinator position, approximately 20 hours per week, in early 2018. 
Job Responsibilities:
• Coordinate and lead discipleship ministries for participants of all ages
• Lead and/or assist in launching new ministries in the life of the church
• Assist pastor with development of semi-annual leadership retreats
• Supervise and mentor program and ministry staff
• A deep and abiding love for Jesus Christ, and a desire to serve others.
• Prefer Bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ experience working in a faith-based organization in a leadership capacity.
• Currently active in a United Methodist church.
• Basic knowledge of the United Methodist denomination and structure.
• Good organizational, project management, and detail-oriented skills
• Good communication and people skills.
• Basic computer skills, including internet, email, facebook, Excel, Word.
• Valid drivers’ license; ability to travel locally and occasionally long distance
Submit resume and letter of interest to: SPRC Chair, Murphysboro United Methodist Church, 1500 Pine Street, Murphysboro, IL 62966 or email to


United Methodist Men

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

MUMC Fellowship Hall

United Methodist Men will conduct their regular monthly breakfast meeting on Saturday, January 13 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.

Chili Cook-off and Variety Show

Sunday, January 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

MUMC Fellowship Hall


Are you ready for a night of fun?! Everyone is invited to the Chili Cook-off and Variety Show! A $5 entry fee is due on the day of the event, but please sign up in advance using the attendance pad during worship services. The audience will get to judge and choose the “Chili Champ” by monetary donations. A variety show featuring members of the congregation will immediately follow the chili cook-off. All proceeds will go to MUMC Youth Groups and their spiritual development. Please contact Sage Lintner at with any questions.


Saturday Morning Book Club

January 20 at 10:15 am (third Saturday of every month)

MUMC Church Library

The book club will not meet in December. The book for January 20 will be Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. The book for February 17 will be Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.
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!

Volunteers Needed

Communion Servers: Typically on the first Sunday of each month, the church participates in the sharing of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. For the past two years, a dedicated team has served the bread and juice to the congregations each month. It is now time to invite new servers to share in this wonderful ministry. If you are interested in learning more about being a Communion server for 2018, please mark the attendance pad during worship services and you will be contacted by Lacey Brown.
Prayer Volunteers: Would you be willing to pray with someone occasionally after church service on Sunday morning? The Adult Spiritual Formation Ministry Team is looking for volunteers who could stay for a few minutes after service on Sunday morning and spend time in the prayer chapel with someone who is requesting prayer. This would be a rotation schedule. Please mark the attendance pad during worship services if you’re interested and someone from the team will contact you with more information.

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.

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

Men’s Study: Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph

Began Monday, November 13 at 7:00 pm

MUMC Room 110

The men’s group will be starting a six week study by Adam Hamilton, Faithful: Christmas through the Eyes of Joseph. All men are invited. You may sign up on the attendance pad during worship services. Contact Richard Tierney at (618) 684-8847 or for more information.

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.

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.

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