In-person worship continues WITH ONLINE OPTION
We are currently in Phase 4 in Region 3 of Illinois. That allows for 50 persons or fewer for in-person worship.
Sunday, May 9th – Sixth Sunday of Eastertide. SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 9-10. SERMON: ‘God in Company’ SERIES: Worthy of Our Trust–Six Fundamental Beliefs of Christianity, Part 5 of 6.
Sunday, May 16th – Seventh Sunday of Eastertide/Ascension Sunday. SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 11-13. SERMON: ‘Love, Actually’ SERIES: Worthy of Our Trust–Six Fundamental Beliefs of Christianity, Part 6 of 6.
Sunday, May 23rd – DAY OF PENTECOST / Heritage Sunday. SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:1-4. WEAR RED TODAY!
Combined service with Stonington UMC – at Stonington’s Ponting Field Park Pavilion – 10:30 am
Angelo’s to cater meal – Stonington to provide desserts.
Sunday, May 30th – TRINITY SUNDAY / Memorial Sunday. SERIES: ‘My Final Messages to You’, Part 1 of 3
Sunday, June 6th – SERIES: ‘My Final Messages to You’, Part 2 of 3.
Sunday, June 13th – PASTOR CALEB’S FINAL SUNDAY (IN THE PULPIT). SERIES: ‘My Final Messages to You’, Part 3 of 3.
Holy Communion (rescheduled – Revs. Caleb and Randy will serve)
Sunday, June 20th – EUMC worships with Midland UMC (Kincaid, IL) – 11:00 am (Pastor Randy to preach)
Sunday, June 27th – Midland UMC worships with EUMC (9:00 am) (Pastor Randy to preach). Peace with Justice Sunday (special offering)
RSVP Lunch on Day of Pentecost (May 23rd) at Stonington's Ponting Field (10:30 am)
Angelo’s to cater lunch.
MENU: fried chicken, garlic-cheese tortellini, green beans, twice-baked casserole, salad, rolls, tea and lemonade. Stonington to provide desserts.
Meal is $11 a plate. We’re inviting you to offset the cost of the meal via the offering that Sunday.
Dates & Meetings
Ministry Team – Wednesday, May 5th – 6:00 pm
Church Council – Wednesday, May 5th – 7:00 pm
MEETING OF THE HOME GROUP SHEPHERDS – Wednesday, May 19th – 7:00 pm
Fellowship Class – Saturday, May 15th @ 9:00 pm @ the church
United Methodist Women – Saturday, April 10th – 10:00 am
Choir Practice – every Thursday – 6:30 pm
Farewell Potluck for Pastor Caleb – Sunday, June 13th at noon (Pastor Caleb’s final Sunday in the pulpit)
Pastor Caleb moves out of Stonington Parsonage – Monday, June 14th
MAY COLLECTION – “HOMEWARD HANGOUT CLUB” of Decatur, IL. We are collecting general hygiene products (such as): TOOTHBRUSHES/TOOTHPASTE, DEODORANT, BARS OF SOAP/LIQUID SOAP, HAND SANITIZER, SHAMPOO-CONDITIONER, FACE MASKS == (all ages; men and women). From their website: “We provide today’s youth, young adults, and low-income families with training, opportunity, leadership, and discipline which will form educational, social, and economic partnership through focused coordination of community resources.” They also provide meals to the children and families, including helping with hygiene products for those in need. Bring them to church during the month of May.
PASTOR CALEB REAPPOINTED TO WISCONSIN. On Sunday, March 28th, Pastor Caleb announced during the church service that the Wisconsin Annual Conference reached out to him on behalf of a group of close friends of his. He pursued this opportunity in late fall of 2020. After a formal letter of request was sent to our Bishop, Frank J. Beard, Beard approved Pastor Caleb to “explore appointments outside the bounds of the Conference.” Pastor Caleb was interviewed in late January by representatives of the WI Board of Ordained Ministry and their Episcopal Cabinet. Two weeks later, they announced that Bishop Hee-Soo Jung (WI bishop) and the WI Cabinet of District Superintendents had discerned an appointment for him. On Thursday, February 18th, Pastor Caleb was introduced to the members of the Port Edwards United Methodist Church Staff-Parish Relations Committee in Port Edwards, WI. This SPRC unanimously approved the bishop’s discernment that night. Pastor Caleb cannot emphasize enough how bittersweet this move is to him. He is excited to be moving closer to some of his closest colleagues and friends but is also grieving the separation of the relationships he has developed at Edinburg and Stonington–not to mention his own family in Mount Carmel, IL. But–he knows well that this is the life and choice of every Methodist ministry. It is a burden to bear for the Lord’s sake. Neither the Bishop nor the DS wanted to see him leave, but he has made this choice for the benefit of his own future ministry in a context he believes will enable flourishment on a personal level. He hopes Edinburg and Stonington will come to understand the depth of this important life decision he has made.
PASTOR RANDY BURWELL TO SERVICE EDINBURG JULY 1ST. On March 14th, it was announced that Bishop Frank J. Beard has discerned the appointment of Rev. Randy Burwell to Edinburg UMC, effective July 1st. Randy is currently serving the Midland UMC in Kincaid, IL. He will continue to serve them and Edinburg, while remaining in the Midland parsonage in Kincaid. His words: “Blessings, I would like to take an opportunity to introduce myself and my family. My name is Randy Lee Burwell, Jr., and I will be blessed in marriage to my wife, Crystal, for 13 years this coming August. We have two children: the oldest is Alivia (11) and Randy III (8). I have called the Midland area home for the last 8 months and before that the Mt. Vernon/Centralia area for a little over 15 years, but I was born and raised in Biloxi, Mississippi. Last July, I was appointed and began serving as pastor at Midland United Methodist Church. . . . The one thing I have learned these last few years is this; God doesn’t call the equipped, God equips the called. With an anointing hand, great things can come to our area and for God’s Kingdom. I am excited to see and be a part of those blessings and I invite you to come and be a part as well. I cannot wait to meet all of you in the community and serve as pastor in the area. Peace be with you, Rev. Randy Burwell.” NOTE: His wife, Crystal, is becoming a Certified Lay Ministry (CLM) and will be serving the Owaneco United Methodist Church. Randy has been authorized to supply the Sacraments there (Communion and Baptism). Therefore, once a month, Crystal will be preaching at Edinburg while Randy serves Communion at Owaneco UMC.
SHOPPING-FOR-SAFETY MINISTRY – Cannot order online? Having trouble getting out? Nervous about public spaces and crowds? Let EUMC do the shopping for you! On 9/2/2020, our Ministry Team created the “Shopping-for-Safety Ministry.” If you are even remotely concerned for your health or the health of a loved one in your house, give us a call and we will pick up some groceries or other necessities for you. We don’t want you making unnecessary risks! A group of volunteers are making themselves available for you. This ministry is for any Edinburg area resident. Sam’s Club, Kroger’s, and Walmart are among the places we will frequent on your behalf. Contact Debbie S. (217-820-4394).
Weekly - Monthly Prayers
Weekly Prayer Requests:
The following are the prayer requests brought forward during the worship service (first names only).
From 2/7/21: Helen B. (Sandy’s mom, broke her hip); Jim. S.; John M/ (Randy’s brother – in hospital with COVID-19); Tammy (Maggie’s cousin – final stages of pancreatic cancer); Blanche L.; Aimee (difficult pregnancy); Glenn L. (shingles in eyes).
From 2/14/21: Emma B.; Kathy F.; Helen B. (Sandy’s mom)
From 2/21/21: family of Tammy R. (Maggie’s cousin); Randy M.; prayers that our family and loved ones will stay loving
and kind in this time of need on this earth; Flanagan family (sinus); Emma B. Family; Bonnie’s niece’s newborn;
Helen B.; Adrienne O. (surgery); Family of Suzi H (died last Sunday of COVID-19); the Jessie A. family;
Dale C. (very sick after stem cell transplant)
From 2/28/21: Tammy R.; Laura H.; family of Michelle W.; Brenda S. (Bill’s sister-in-law); co-worker who lost sister and father
in one week due to COVID-19; Dawn T. (surgery on ankle)
From 3/7/21: Ben P. (Nancy’s niece’s husband, in hospital); Dale C. (home from hospital, still very weak and in need of prayer)
From 3/14/21: Charlotte J.B. (cancer treatments); Ava M. (11-month-old with cancer; 5% of survival); Bob R.; Clare C.
From 3/21/21: Blanche L.
From 3/28/21: Charlie R., Blanche L.
From 4/4/21: no prayers were shared
From 4/11/21: Carlotta’s sister Carolyn (thyroid surgery); John C. (COVID-19); Blanche L.; Treva S.; Charlie R.;
From 4/18/21: B. Grisham’s parents (moved to assisted living); Charlie R. (heart procedure on Friday)
From 4/25/21: D. Clarke (stem cell transplant, is now cancer free! Strength slowly returning); Brenda (Bill’s sister-in-law);
D. Williams (Bill’s neighbor); Linda H. (struggles with M.S.); Bill C. (good medical report);
Family of Beth Fasero; Lee B. fell while mushroom hunting; Margaret’s forthcoming surgery.
From 5/2/21: Betty D. (spots on liver, cancer?); Margaret L. (knee replacement surgery – Tuesday);
family of Vicky Reed Beatty (Nancy’s niece); Lee B.; Charlie R.
Households, Churches, and World Regions of the Month:
In preparation for each month, 4-5 households from our church family are drawn from a jar filled with slips of paper.
The congregation is invited to include these households in their daily prayers for the month (or one household per week).
Households for May:
1. Nicholas Baranzelli
2. Donna and Charlie Requarth
3. Douglas Willis (Boadens’ son)
4. Karen Kerber
Every month we pray for a collection of churches in our area (equivalent of 1 per week).
Churches for May:
1. Prairieview Parish: Elwin, Macon, Zion Chapel UMCs – Revs. Terry Evans and Angel Patek
2. Grace Baptist Church, Taylorville – Rev. Gerald McPhillips
3. Nokomis United Methodist Church – Rev. Steven Williams
4. House of the Rock, Edinburg – Revs. Charles & Valerie Portwood
Every month we pray for a region of the world.
Region for May:
Southern Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka)
Every month is full of “special observances”; the ones listed below may help you stretch your prayer life.
May Special Observances:
1st – Stepmother’s Day / Nat’l Fitness / Bladder Cancer Awareness Day
2nd – Baby Day / Nat’l Infertility / Bereaved Mother’s Day
3rd – World Press Freedom Day
4th – Int’l Firefighter’s Day / Nat’l Teacher’s Appreciation Day – MAY THE 4th BE WITH YOU!
5th – School Nurse Day / Nat’l Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy Day
6th – Nat’l Nurses Day / Nat’l Child Mental Health / Nat’l Day of Prayer
7th – Military Spouses Day / Child Care-Daycare Providers Day
8th – American Indian Day / Birth Mother’s Day
9th – Lost Sock Memorial Day / Mother’s Day
12th – Third Shift Workers Day / Donate a Day
13th – Child of Fallen Patriots Day / Ascension Day (40th Day after Easter)
15th – Police/Peace Officer’s Memorial Day / Armed Forces Day
16th – Older Adult Recognition Day
18th – Visit Your Relatives Day
21st – Endangered Species Day / Nat’l Waiters & Waitresses Day
25th – Missing Children’s Day
26th – Nat’l Senior Health & Fitness Day
28th – Amnesty International Day
29th – Composting Day
30th – Neighbor Day
31st – Memorial Day / Visit of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth
Food Pantry Needs
EUMC TO LEAD THE FOOD PANTRY IN JUNE! 4 Saturday – 4 volunteers! 9:30 – 11:00.
IN 2021, EUMC WILL BE LEADING THE FOOD PANTRY IN JANUARY, JUNE, and NOVEMBER.
Our Church Family in Pictures . . .
Enjoy our gallery . . .