OPEN HEARTS, OPEN MINDS, OPEN DOORS

F I RS T
MARCH, 2013

N O T ES

Sunday Worship Schedule
9:00 am
Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary

O U T O F M Y M I N D — Helpful Tips for a Holy Lent
by Dr. Dyton L. Owen

10:10 am
Sunday School Time

11:00 am
Contemporary Worship in the Fellowship Hall
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:

Making Disciples …...Changing the World

A couple of weeks ago, someone asked me how she could make the season of Lent more meaningful. So, I thought I’d offer some insights I hope are helpful as we continue our journey toward the cross. Below are some thoughts I’ve put together. Are you searching for something more? Tired of running in circles, but not really living life with direction, purpose or passion? It's pretty easy to get caught up in the drama of classes, relationships, family, and work. Our lives are filled with distractions that take us away from living a life with Christ. We try to fill the emptiness inside us with mindless TV, meaningless chatter, stimulants, alcohol, too many activities or other irrelevant stuff. We run away from life and from God. Lent is a great time to

"repent" -- to return to God and re-focus our lives to be more in line with Jesus. It's a 40 day trial run in changing your lifestyle and letting God change your heart. You might try one of these practices for Lent: FASTING: Some people have been known to go without food for days. But that's not the only way to fast. You can fast by cutting out some of the things in your life that distract you from God. Some Christians use the whole 40 days to fast from candy, TV, soft drinks, cigarettes or meat as a way to purify their bodies and lives. You might skip one meal a day and use that time to pray instead. Or you can give up some activity like worry or reality TV to spend time outside enjoying God’s creation. What do you

need to let go of or "fast" from in order to focus on God? What clutters your calendar and life? How can you simplify your life in terms of what you eat, wear or do? SERVICE: Some Christians take something on for Christ. You can collect food for the needy, volunteer once a week to tutor children, or work for reform and justice in your community. You can commit to help a different stranger, co-worker or friend everyday of Lent. Serving others is one way we serve God. PRAYER: Christians also use Lent as a time of intentional prayer. You can pray while you walk, create music or art as a prayer to God, or savor a time of quiet listening. All can be ways of becoming more in tune with God.
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We uphold the United Methodist Church by our PRAYERS, PRESENCE, GIFTS, SERVICE & WITNESS
9 am 11 am 44 25 50 37 Sunday School 75 73 73 69 2013 Monthly Budget Needs— Needs—$24,323 February Total Gifts Received to Date $26,389 January Income *$22,051 Year-toYear-to-Date Income *$22,051 January Expense *($24,901) Year-toYear-to-Date Expense *($24,901) January Net Gain *($2,850) Year-toYear-to-Date Net Loss *($2,850)

Attendance for February 2013

10th 17th 24th

86 75 86

Gifts for February 2013

3rd

85

3rd 10th 17th 24th

$6,888 $5,181 $9,458 $4,862

* As of the end of January 2013

FIRST NOTES

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Holy Week Schedule
SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH: Palm Sunday. The Palm Sunday Egg Hunt will
be held at 10:45am.
Joe McMillen Darian Rubow Helen Cloke Ella Ranz Jean Armstrong Kathy Bercaw Ruth Farmer Gary Manbeck Jan Ray Cinda Krenzin Bill Carter Serving in the Military: Spc. Logan Klein
(son of Tammy Owen)

SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH—WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27TH: ACCL Holy Week
Services will be held here at FUMC each evening at 7:00pm.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28TH: A Maundy Thursday Seder Meal & service
will be held here at 6:00pm.

FRIDAY, MARCH 29TH: ACCL Good Friday service will be held at noon
at the Grace Episcopal Church. A Good Friday service will be held at 6:30pm here at FUMC

Cody Klein
(son of Tammy Owen)

Larry DeWeese
(grandson of Phyllis Deweese)

SUNDAY, MARCH 31ST:

Easter
(Will be held in Fellowship Hall in case of bad weather.)

Josh Genzer
(nephew of Alicia Fickel)

9:00AM SUNDAY AT THE CROSS 9:30AM SUNDAY SCHOOL 10:30AM COMBINED WORSHIP
All are welcome and what a great way to begin your observance of Easter!

Jon Cook
(Brother-in-law of Dan & Lisa Mildfelt)

PLEASE NOTE: NAMES SUBMITTED FOR THE PRAYER CONCERNS LIST
WILL BE REMOVED AFTER TWO WEEKS. PLEASE CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE @ 431-4240 OR E-MAIL

fumcronda@cableone.net
IF YOU NEED TO ADD OR CONTINUE A NAME ON THE

Message from the Missions Committee:
The goal for the Lenten Offering is $2,000 to benefit God’s children in two Methodist ministries in Newton, Kansas. 50% will go to Asbury Park’s Benevolent Care Fund to help God’s oldest children. Asbury Park takes its ministry seriously—on numerous occasions care has been offered to the oldest children of God after they were turned away by other retirement facilities. The Benevolent Care Fund supports residents who have outlived their financial resources and require charitable care. 50% will go to Youthville’s BIG HEARTS Campaign to help God’s children who live or attend school there because they have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Youthville uses all BIG HEARTS Campaign Funds to directly support the needs of these children of God.

PRAYER LIST. THANK YOU!

“Christ beside me,
Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.”
~St. Patrick

OPEN HEARTS, OPEN MINDS, OPEN DOORS

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This year’s Palm Sunday Egg Hunt will take place on Sunday, March 24th! Donations of individually wrapped candies are needed! (No chocolate please!) THANK YOU!

Palm Sunday
Children are invited to wave palm branches at both services.

The Jelly Bean Prayer
Red is for the blood He gave, Green is for the grass He made, Yellow is for the sun so bright, Orange is for the edge of night. Black, white, brown, yellow and red is for the children He made All of these colors receive the grace He gave, Purple is for the hour of sorrow, Pink is for the new tomorrow. Give a bag full of jelly beans, Colorful and sweet, Tell them it's a Prayer.... It's a promise.. It's an Easter Treat!

Maundy Thursday, March 28th

The Worship Committee will once again be hosting a Seder Meal on Maundy Thursday evening, March 28th. Scripture says it was at a Passover meal with his disciples that Jesus shared the first Communion. Through this meal we can see the manner in which Jesus reinterpreted the Passover in light of his life and mission. During this meal, Jesus showed the disciples that he represented a new covenant, one which delivers us from slavery of sin. The Worship Committee is asking for help to defray the cost of providing this meal. Donations should be marked “Seder Meal” in the memo line of your check or on the contribution envelope.

Register Now for Camp Chippewa!
No matter what grade you are in, Camp Chippewa has a camp for you! Register on or before APRIL 1st to receive the EARLY BIRD Discount. Camp Scholarships are available to those needing assistance. Church scholarship are also available. You can register on-line now at www.campchippewa.org and click on the "Summer Camps" page. You'll find all the registration materials and a link to online registration for your convenience. The Kansas East Conference web site www.kansaseast.org will also have a link to the site, and online registration. If you need a Summer Brochure mailed to you, please contact the Camp Chippewa office at 785-242-6797 and a full copy of registration materials will be mailed out to you.

Get to Church

Any Way You Can!

IN OTHER NEWS.....

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OUR CHURCH
Mission Committee
February Mission Pennies were designated for the "Imagine No Malaria" state wide campaign. Bishop Jones has a goal for 100% participation in the Great Plains area that every church will do something to contribute to this life-saving initiative. Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa - mostly children under 5 and pregnant women. Malaria is 100% preventable, treatable and beatable! We collected $276.95. March Mission Pennies will be given to the Cherry Street Youth Center. bath soap, and shampoo for Faith House. These items can be left in the collection baskets around the church. March 5th. We will need desserts and help. Please contact Charlene at 4314560 (work) or 431-4023 (home) or at charlenemr@hotmail.com if you can help or donate a dessert. The Another Tuesday Evening Meal is for anyone wanting to come. We ask for donations only to help with the cost of food.

Dough for Dough
The F.I.S.H. (Fellowship Is Sending Help) Committee reminds you to stop by the parlor and pick up a homemade treat on Sunday, March 10th. All members are welcomed and encouraged to help with this effort through purchasing or baking treats. Money collected goes towards helping other churches in need. Another Tuesday Evening Meal! The meal is served from 5—6pm. Our church’s next time to serve will be

Thank you to all the church members who sent me birthday cards. I appreciate it very much. Tommy Thompson

Pantry Sunday
Our local pantries continue to have difficulty keeping up with the ever increasing demand. Your help through the donations of food or cash is immensely appreciated! Sunday, March 24th Don’t forget to bring a sack with you for the food pantry collection!

FUMC Family, Thank you for your scholarship for college. It has helped a lot with expense. I appreciate all your kindness and prayers. College is great! Danielle Rubow

Faith House Collection
In March the Missions Committee will be collecting towels/washcloths,

E A S T E R L I LY MEMORIALS
With Easter soon to be here, you may want to consider purchasing an Easter Lily for the altar in memory of a loved one. Please be sure to contact the office about who the plant is to be dedicated to so that your loved one’s name may be included in the memorial insert on Easter. These flowers are a beautiful addition to the altar as well as a symbol of remembrance.

Thank you for the cards and prayers for me. A special thank you for the Christmas music sang outside our home. It touched our hearts with love and the caring of our church family. Cindy Krenzin

Congratulations go out to Angie & Richard Haslett on the birth of a daughter,

Etta Rae Haslett
Born February 18, 2013
She joins big brothers Easton & Rhett. Proud grandparents are Cliff & Sidney Haslett

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SNOW ANGELS WHO SHOWED UP AT THE CHURCH TO MAKE SURE WALKS AND PARKING LOT WERE CLEARED!!!!

OPEN HEARTS, OPEN MINDS, OPEN DOORS

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OBITUARIES 33 AD
Jesus Christ, 33, of Nazareth, died Friday on Mount Calvary, also known as Golgotha, the place of the skull. Betrayed by the apostle Judas, Jesus was crucified by the Romans, by order of the ruler Pontius Pilate. The causes of death were crucifixion, extreme exhaustion, severe torture, and loss of blood. Jesus Christ, a descendent of Abraham, was a member of the house of David. He was a son of the late Joseph, a carpenter of Nazareth, and Mary, His devoted Mother. Jesus was born in a stable in the city of Bethlehem, Judea. He is survived by His mother Mary, His faithful Apostles, numerous disciples, and many other followers. Jesus was self educated and spent most of His adult life working as a Teacher. Jesus also occasionally worked as a Medical Doctor and it is reported that He healed many patients. Up until the time of His death, Jesus was teaching and sharing the Good News, healing the sick, touching the lonely, feeding the hungry, and helping the poor. Jesus was most noted for telling parables about His Father's Kingdom and performing miracles, such as feeding over 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish, and healing a man who was born blind. On the day before His death, He held a Last Supper celebrating the Passover Feast, at which He foretold His death. The body was quickly buried in a stone grave, which was donated by Joseph of Arimathea, a loyal friend of the family. By order of Pontius Pilate, a boulder was rolled in front of the tomb. Roman soldiers were put on guard. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that everyone try to live as Jesus did. Donations may be sent to anyone in need.

O U T O F M Y M I N D — Helpful Tips
for a Holy Lent
6. Give up soft drinks, fast 10 THINGS YOU CAN TRY food, tea or coffee. Give FOR THE LENTEN SEASON the money you save to help 10. Try an electronic folks in Haiti or others in fast. Give up TV, Guitar crisis. Hero, texting, tweeting, 5. Create a daily quiet e-mail and all things time. Spend 30 minutes a electronic for one day every day in silence and prayer. week (or everyday of Lent!). 4. Cultivate a life of Use the time to read & pray. gratitude. Write someone a 9. Start a prayer thank you letter each week rhythm. Say a prayer every and be aware of how many time you brush your teeth, people have helped you hear an ambulance, or check along the way. your e-mail. Before you text 3. Be kind to someone someone, pray for him/her. each day. 8. Read one chapter in the 2. Pray for others you Bible each day. (Matthew's a see as you walk to and from good book to start with. classes or drive to and from Psalms, too.) work. 7. Forgive someone who 1. Volunteer one hour or doesn't deserve it (maybe more each week with a even yourself.) local shelter, tutoring program, nursing home, prison ministry.
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FOR THE IRISH IN US….
Muldoon lived in the Irish countryside with only a pet dog for company. One day the dog died, and Muldoon went to the pastor and asked, “Pastor, me dog is dead. Could ya be havin the church to offer up some prayers for the poor creature’s soul?” Pastor Patrick replied, “Are ye daft, man? We canna be offering up prayers for an animal in the church. Go on with ya to the Catholics down the lane. There's no tellin' what they believe. Maybe they'll do something for the dog.” Muldoon said, “I'll be goin’ right away, Pastor. Do ya' think 5,000 pounds is enough to donate to them for offering up prayers?” Pastor Patrick exclaimed, “Sweet mournin’ Mary! Why dint ya tell me yer fine dog was Protestant?”

NURSERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Due to recent budget cuts, we are now seeking some kid friendly volunteers to help out in our church nursery each Sunday. A sign up schedule will be posted just outside the nursery for those who are willing to help out with this important ministry. It is important to remember that when you serve in the nursery, you are being entrusted with the most important members of our church family. "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16) Your help in the church nursery will allow young parents attending church to focus on worship rather than worrying about their children. Please contact the church office @ 431-4240 or fumcronda@cableone.net to schedule a date and time when you will be able to help.
(Volunteers will need to have gone through the Safe & Sacred Spaces Training or be willing to attend a session.)

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
202 S. LINCOLN CHANUTE, KANSAS 66720
OFFICE HOURS: 8:00AM—5:00PM CHURCH PHONE: 620-431-4240 WEB SITE: www.fumcchanute.org CHURCH STAFF: Pastor: Dr. Dyton L. Owen drdytonlowen@hotmail.com Director of Adult Ministry & Parish Visitor Linda Arnett fumclinda@cableone.net
In-Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Mornings

First United Methodist Church 202 S. Lincoln Chanute, KS 66720 620.431.4240

U.S. Postage Paid Non-Profit Org. Chanute, KS 66720 Permit #13

Return Service Requested

Youth Director: Sharon Fritch ykics@hotmail.com
In-Office Hours: (Yet to be determined.)

Director of Children's Ministries: Madison Wendt fumcmadison@cableone.net Secretary: Ronda Phillips fumcronda@cableone.net Treasurer: Parrian Hatch parrianh@gmail.com
In-Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Mornings

Custodian: Karen Shields fumcronda@cableone.net Maintenance: Jim Schoenberger Music Director: Russ Vallier rvchoir@hotmail.com Organist: Terri DeGeer jdegeer@erieks.net

UPCOMING EVENTS Sunday, March 24: Palm Sunday—Children will wave branches during both worship services and a Palm Sunday Egg Hunt will be held on the church lawn. 24— Sunday, March 24—Wednesday, March 27: ACCL Holy Week Services will be held here at FUMC each evening at 7:00pm. Thursday, March 28: A Seder Meal will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00pm. Friday, March 29: Ministerial Alliance Good Friday service will be held at noon at the Grace Episcopal Church. Good Friday Worship will be held at 6:30pm here at FUMC. Sunday, March 31: A combined service will be held at 10:30am to celebrate Easter . Sunday School will be held at 9:30am.

How to become a member....
You are welcome to attend worship services, member or not. For that matter, you can attend any activity of the church and are invited to do so. Becoming a member is, in faith, saying you want a deeper commitment to the church. Our vows ask us to faithfully participate in the life of the church with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness. We hope you will be a part of the ministry of the First United Methodist Church. If you would like to become a member, please give us: Name(s), address, phone number, e-mail address, anniversaries, birthdays and if you are already a member of some other church or not. If you are, we also need the name of the church and, if possible, the address. Please give this to the pastor, or leave in the church office.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE WHEN SCHEDULING MEETINGS OR EVENTS IN THE CHURCH BUILDING!
(Be sure to check inside for more details on these events!)

March 2013
Sun Mon Tue Wed
* Regular Sunday Worship Schedule:
9:00 am
Traditional Worship Time (Sanctuary)

Thu

Fri

Sat

1
6:00 am Prayer Group, 107

2

11:00 am
Contemporary Worship Time (Fellowship Hall)

10:10 am
Sunday School

3 Communion 4
2:00 pm Worship Service held at the High-rise Apartments 4:00 pm KICS 8:30 am Needle N Yarn Group, Parlor 9:30 am Genesis to Revelation Bible Study, 112 11:00 am Walkercize, FH 6:00 pm Cub Scouts * See Regular Sunday 6:30 pm Quilt Guild, FH Schedule

5
9:30 am Ladies Bible Study, 107 5:30 pm Ladies Bible Study, 107 5:30 pm Men’s Bible Study, 112 6:00 pm Cub Scouts 7:00 pm Trustees, 103 7:00 pm Compassionate Friends, 102

6

7

8

9
10:00 am Cub Scout Encampment Mtg., 215

6:00 am Prayer 11:00 am Walkercize, 5:30 pm Worship FH Mtg., 107 Group, 107 6:00 pm Cub Scouts 6:00 pm Choir 6:00 pm AWANA 6:30 pm Media Mtg., 103

10

9:00 am Ministry of Yarn Group, Parlor Caring, 103 4:00 pm KICS 9:30 am Genesis to 9:30 am Ladies Revelation Bible Bible Study, 107 Study, 112 5:30 pm Ladies 11:00 am Walkercize, Bible Study, 107 FH 5:30 pm Men’s Bible 6:00 pm Cub Scouts Study, 112 6:00 pm Cub Scouts DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME 7:00 pm Church * See Regular Sunday Council, 107 Schedule

Dough for 11 8:30 am Needle N Dough

12

13
11:00 am Walkercize,
FH

14

15
6:00 am Prayer Group, 107

16

6:00 pm AWANA 6:00 pm Cub Scouts 6:00 pm Choir

17
4:00 pm KICS

18
8:30 am Needle N Yarn Group, Parlor 9:30 am Genesis to Revelation Bible Study, 112 11:00 am Walkercize, FH 6:00 pm Cub Scouts 7:00 pm Boomer Link

19
9:30 am Ladies Bible Study, 107 1:30 pm Today’s Concerns, Parlor 5:30 pm Ladies Bible Study, 107 5:30 pm Men’s Bible Study, 112 6:00 pm Cub Scouts 6:30 pm Church & Society, Applewood

20
11:00 am Walkercize,
FH

21

22

23

6:00 pm AWANA 6:00 pm Cub Scouts 6:00 pm Choir

6:00 am Prayer 4:00 pm Wedding: Group, 107 Sheerer / Reed 5:00 pm Wedding Rehearsal: Sheerer / Reed

* See Regular Sunday Schedule

24

Palm Sunday

25
8:30 am Needle N Yarn Group, Parlor 9:30 am Genesis to Revelation Bible Study, 112 11:00 am Walkercize, FH 6:00 pm Cub Scouts 7:00 pm ACCL Holy Week Services

26
9:30 am Ladies Bible Study, 107 1:00 pm Newsletter Crew, 107 5:30 pm Ladies Bible Study, 107 5:30 pm Men’s Bible Study, 112 6:00 pm Missions Committee Mtg., 112 6:00 pm Cub Scouts 7:00 pm ACCL Holy Week Services

27
11:00 am Walkercize,
FH

28 MAUNDY 29 GOOD
THURSDAY
6:00 pm Seder Meal, FH

30

FRIDAY
6:00 am Prayer Group, 107 NOON Ministerial Alliance Good Friday Service held at Grace Episcopal Church 6:30 pm Good Friday Service

4:00 pm KICS 7:00 pm ACCL Holy Week Services * See Regular Sunday Schedule

6:00 pm AWANA 6:00 pm Cub Scouts 6:00 pm Choir 7:00 pm ACCL Holy Week Services

31

Easter Sunday

* See Easter Sunday Schedule

March 2013
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

Please contact the office if your Birthday has been omitted or misreported. We don’t want to forget you! 431431-4240
3 Communion 4
Numbers 26—28 Mark 8 Numbers 29—31 Mark 9:1—29 Zayne Bridges Linda Hill Danielle Rubow

1
Numbers 20—22 Mark 7:1—13 Joshua Dudley Steve Krenzin Marcia Lickteig

2
Numbers 23—25 Mark 7:14—37 No Birthdays

5
Numbers 32—34 Mark 9:30—50 David Martin ManDee Nogle

6
Numbers 35—36 Mark 10:1—31 Steve Huebert Sally Manbeck
Jacklyn McReynolds

7

8

9
Deuteronomy 7—9 Mark 11:19—33 Lester Harrison

Deuteronomy 1—3 Deuteronomy 4—6 Mark 10:32—52 Mark 11:1—18 Jessie Myers Leslie Collins Barrett Alonza Don Phillips

Johnny Lawrence

Alan White

10

Dough for Dough

11
Mark 12:28—44

12
Mark 13:1—20

13
Matthew 26:51—75 Linda Arnett Sarah Boline

14
Mark 14:1—26 Jim Uhlig

15
Mark 14:27—53 No Birthdays

16
Deuteronomy 28—29

Deuteronomy 13—15 Deuteronomy 16—18 Deuteronomy 19—21 Deuteronomy 22—24 Deuteronomy 25—27

Deuteronomy 10—12 Mark 12:1—27 Cecelia Wilson

Mark 14:54—72 Natalie Burns Donna Willis

Craig Buckley Chloe Caldwell Mary Ellen Potter Brent Wilson

Joe McMillen

17

18

19
Joshua 1—3 Mark 16

20
Joshua 4—6 Luke 1:1—20 Kay Coombs

21
Joshua 7—9 Luke 1:21—38 Dale Myers

22
Joshua 10—12 Luke 1:39—56 Mason Beck Alice Rowan

23
Joshua 13—15 Luke 1:57—80 Kinzey Tiegreen Rebecca Harman

Deuteronomy 30—31 Deuteronomy 32—34 Mark 15:26—47 Mark 15:1—25 Cindy Finley Marilyn Mishler Nicci Wiltse Ruth Brown

Virginia Friedrich

24 Palm Sunday 25
Joshua 16—18 Luke 2:1—24 Ron Gericke Cliff Haslett Joshua 19—21 Luke 2:25—52 Tom Cloke

26
Joshua 22—24 Luke 3
Diana Pattinson

27
Judges 1—3 Luke 4:1—30 Kevin Richard David Carpenter

28 MAUNDY 29 GOOD
THURSDAY
Judges 4—6 Luke 4:31—44 Mike Healy Michael Luellen

30
Judges 9—10 Luke 5:17—39 Heidi Bolt Matthew Pennington Matthew Stutt Barbara Uden

FRIDAY
Judges 7—8 Luke 5:1—16 No Birthdays

31

Easter Sunday

Charlie Thornton JoAnn Westhoff

Judges 11—12 Luke 6:1—26 Brynna Peter Trent Vallier