Our Ministries

"Strive not to be an almost Christian
but An altogether Christian,
not only outwardly but inwardly,
the same in heart and in life."

John Wesley, cofounder of Methodism

"watching over one another in love,
building up one another with love."

The Purpose of Home Groups is "to engage and strengthen its members through intentional, spiritual, unconditional fellowship as a form of mutual care
and growth in spirituality and discipleship."

We currently have 3 Home Groups:

1. Sunday mornings – 9-10 am – Janell Courtwright (leader)
2. Tuesday mornings – 9:00-10:00 am – Bill Chapman (leader)
3. Tuesday evenings – 7-8 pm – Carlotta Wayman (leader)

The gatherings are structured loosely and are largely guided by what matters most to you as a group member.  The gatherings are designed to help each member feel heard and known by the group, to apply Scripture to life and relate life to Scripture, and to offer prayer partners.  The Groups are about maintaining fellowship and care in the congregation in creative ways.  Contact any one of the group leaders, the pastor, or the church office for more information and ways to join.

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Fellowship Class

This group gathers the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am, often in the church's downstairs fellowship hall. They also meet in group member's homes and local restaurants. This group focuses on sending greetings cards to people for a variety of reasons and situations. They also perform some acts of membership care and plan social events for the congregation.
Contact Sandy or Carlotta, the coleaders of the class, for more information.

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Sunday School

10:00-11:00 am

Adults meet upstairs in the office and nursery where they often utilize book studies in their pursuit to grow in the spirit and knowledge of our Lord.
Contact Bonnie, who leads the class, for more information.

Children meet in the classrooms between the office and nursery. There, adult leaders lead creative Bible lessons that are age-appropriate.
Contact Nancy, who leads the class, for more information.

UMW meets every third Monday at 6:30 pm in the downstairs fellowship hall.

UMW's Purpose: We are a "community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church."
Contact Debbie, the UMW president, for more information.

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Bible Studies and Small Groups

Other short-term studies and groups, often led by the pastor, are scheduled throughout the year. Each study is often between 4-6 weeks and sometimes utilizes a book or study. Sometimes the theme is focused on the Bible, Jesus, or modern life issues.

    This is a series of teaching units called “modules” which can be taken as a whole series or individually (according to one’s availability).  There are nine modules covering general Christian topics.  The course is led by the pastor and satisfies the requirements for Confirmation (youth confirming their baptisms) and adult membership (adults seeking professing membership).  The course begins in September and ends in May.  Each module is associated with a single month and involves reading material (and/or YouTube videos of the same material), and 2 to 4 in-person sessions. 

    The modules are:

Worship, Communion, Baptism, The Bible, Methodism I: History and Practice, Methodism II: Major Beliefs, Spiritual Giftedness and Call, and the Church.

    The use of modules makes it possible to begin mid-year and is gracious to changing schedules.  In-person sessions are scheduled at the convenience of the participants.

    Contact the pastor for more information about the Discipleship Pathway modules.  The videos can be found on our YouTube channel under the Discipleship Pathway playlist.

OTHER IMPORTANT MINISTRIES

Intercommunity Seasonal Cantatas: "God's Choir"

    At Easter and Christmas, our church hosts the Edinburg-area cantata.  Friends from a variety of communities and denominations come together to perform a Brentwood-Benson musical which lasts approximately 30 minutes followed by refreshments.  A new one is performed each year appropriate the Easter and Christmas Seasons.  The performances are the Sunday before Easter and the second Sunday in December.  Both performances are at 4:00 pm.  

    Interested in joining the group?  We begin practicing 5 weeks before the performance, every Thursday at 7:00 pm in our sanctuary.  There will be no Christmas 2020 cantata due to COVID-19.  Sorry!  We’ll try for Easter 2021!

Labor Day Food Stand

    Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Tenderloins, Chicken Strips, Egg Rolls, French Fries, Traveling/Walking Tacos (Tacos-in-a-Bag), Chili, and drinks.  Oh, yeah–and Walleye!  This is a huge endeavor for our church and it is made possible by the many workers who keep it running through the lunch and dinner hours and even until the early morning.  We are open during the 4-day Labor Day Weekend Festivities, and is the product of the hard work of Max and Carlotta W.  It’s not so much a money-maker (prices haven’t gone up in years!) but it is a witness to our community.  As long as the beer tent is open and serving, we are open, too.  Nobody will drive home on an empty stomach on our watch!

Annual Bunco Party

    Usually on the last Sunday evening of January each year, we host an exciting evening of Bunco.  Bunco is a fast-paced dice-rolling game-of-chance.  It takes no skill and is enjoyed by people of all ages!  Children are welcome to come play!  Dinner is always provided!  We play for approx. 2 hours or until the prizes are gone!  Check out the Wikipedia page for bunco.

Missional Giving

     Being a United Methodist means giving beyond the local community to spread the message of Jesus around the world.  In the past, we have helped support the Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana, the Veterans Affair in Danville, and Asbury UMC’s Children Supper Hour, Wooden It Be Lovely, and Washington Street Missions all in Springfield, The Baby Fold in Bloomington, and Loving Arms and Shadow Home in Taylorville, Midwest-Missions Distribution Center in Chatham, and Chaddock School for Boys in Quincy.  Periodically through the year, we will collect items for a worthy cause in the area, like the food bank (Souper Bowl Sunday) and our local school (Back-2-School Sunday).  

     We pick up several denominational offerings every year to help support regional, national, and global ministries like scholarships, work among the marginalized, Native American ministries, humanitarian and disaster relief efforts through UMCOR, among many other worthy ministries.  We also proudly pay 100% of our Conference apportionments every year which helps support the ministries in our area like camps and family services.

Fifth Sundays & Other Game Nights

  We like to eat, drink (coffee & tea), and be merry! With the help of the Fellowship Class, we usually find ourselves having a cookout, potluck, evening of musical entertainment, or game night on the months with a Fifth Sunday. (We do not serve alcohol at any church function or anywhere on church property.)

Edinburg Food Pantry

     The Edinburg Food Pantry is open every Saturday from 9:30-11:00 am at the House on the Rock Church (just west of the community park).  We participate regularly in this amazing ministry as a collective effort between the local churches.

Financial Assistance

     Our congregation maintains funds to help those associated with our church who are struggling financially.  The contact for access to this fund is Sandy or Maggie.

    Our congregation also helps support the Edinburg Ministerial Alliance fund which is a community effort and is maintained for the benefit of transient persons and all residents of Edinburg.  The contact for access to this fund is The Rev. Gaylord Spilker of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Edinburg.