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Sunday, June 13th – PASTOR CALEB’S FINAL SUNDAY (IN THE PULPIT).  SERIES: ‘My Final Messages to You’, Part 3 of 3.
                                     Holy Communion (rescheduled)
                                      (farewell potluck at noon)

Sunday, June 20thGuest Speaker: Tim Manard, representative of Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana.  Father’s Day.

Sunday, June 27thNo service at EUMC.  You may go to any other church of your choice this Sunday. 
                                      A group will be attending the Midland UMC in Kinkaid (600 Tower Plaza, Kincaid).  We recommend this.       
                                      Their service is at 10:00 am.

Dates & Meetings

Ministry TeamWednesday, June 2nd – 6:30 pm
Church Council –
Wednesday, June 2nd – 7:30 pm
Fellowship Class – Tuesday, June 8th @ 9:00 pm @ the church
HOMEWARD HANGOUT CLUB VISIT (in Decatur) – meet at the church at 9:00 am
United Methodist Women – Saturday, June 19th – 10:00 am
Choir Practiceevery Thursday – 6:30 pm

Edinburg 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

Announcements

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.

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.
     From 5/9/21: Ron C., Brenda Sch., Baby June is having surgery on the 14th in Chicago, Margaret had a successful knee surgery,
                              prayers for a complete and speedy recovery for her.  Bishop Frank J. Beard (severe blindness in both eyes).
     From 5/16/21:  opening hearts for new church change; the Paul R. Family; Brent C.; Dick D.; Jim C.; our bishop
     From 5/23/21: Margaret L. (continued healing from knee surgery)
     From 5/30/21: Margaret L. (continued healing)
     From 6/6/21: Betty D (liver cancer); Brenda S.; J. & B. Cornel; Jim C.; D. Ring (lymphoma); The Glenna Lawson family;
                               B. Cofflin (medical issues)

 

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 June:
          1. Bill Chapman
          2. Connie Busonic
          3. Caren Munjoy
          4. Karole Watson

Every month we pray for a collection of churches in our area (equivalent of 1 per week).
     Churches for June:
          1. Mt. Zion and Bethany United Methodist Churches – Rev. Rob Roy
          2. Grace Memorial, Edinburg – Rev. Wes Bartek
          3. Decatur-Area UMCsSharon UMC – Rev. Wally Carlson; Christ-Lathan UMC – Rev. Braden Parks
                                                       Wesley UMC – Rev. Buzz Swett; First UMC – Rev. Camilla Hempstead
                                                       Grace UMC – Rev. Sig Bjorklund & Beth McLauglin; Graver Brick UMC – Rev. Donald Long, Sr.
       4. First Baptist, Stonington – Rev. Scott Parks

Every month we pray for a region of the world.
     Region for June:
          South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay,
                                         Venezuela, and dependent territories)

Every month is full of “special observances”; the ones listed below may help you stretch your prayer life.
     June Special Observances:
2nd – Nat’l Gun Safety and Violence Awareness
4th – Int’l Day for Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
5th – World Environment Day
6th – D-Day Remembrance / Children’s Awareness Memorial Day / Nat’l Animal Rights Day
8th – Best Friends Day / World Pet Memorial Day
10th – Race Unity Day
12th – World Day Against Child Labor
13th – Abused Women & Children’s Awareness
14th – Flag Day / World Blood Donor Day
15th – Nat’l Nature Photo Day / Nat’l Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers
16th – World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
19th – Juneteenth / Int’l Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
20th – World Refugee Day / Family Awareness Day / Father’s Day / Longest Day
23rd – Int’l Widows Day / Public Service Day
26th – Int’l Day in Support of Victims of Torture / Forgiveness Day
27th – PTSD Awareness
30th – Disabled Veterans Day

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 . . .

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