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OPEN HEARTS, OPEN MINDS, OPEN DOORS

F I RS T
FEBRUARY, 2014

N O T ES

WOLF TRACKS Sunday Worship Schedule
9:00 am
Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
There is a stillness in the air today, a far cry from the howling winds that punctuated our sleep throughout the night, and it is bitterly cold. It is a good day to stay indoors and drink something hot; but if you’ve got to be out doing chores or feeding cattle, breaking the ice in ponds or water tanks in order for the livestock to get a drink, it’s a day to wear as many layers as needed in order to fight off the cold. Spring doesn’t seem anywhere in sight. But it’s coming. That leads me to this--in a staff meeting two weeks ago I heard that some souls at FUMC were upset at the length of my appointment here. It has been clear from the first conversation our District Superintendent, Rev. Kim, had with our Staff Parish Team last spring that I would have the high privilege of serving this historic congregation for an entire year--an an entire year! Praise the Lord! We still have five whole months to serve God together here in Chanute. One of my central aims in ministry, as it is in every appointment I’ve served, is to preach the gospel and love the people. I’ve reminded this congregation of our deep identity in Christ, challenged us all to ‘remember who we are!’ and live according to the high calling Jesus invites us to walk as disciples: to live out the gospel in our daily lives no matter what. It is also important that we pray together and intentionally prepare the way for another servant of God who will succeed me. That servant is, even as I write, being discerned by Bishop Scott Jones and his cabinet. You see, this is the time all the United Methodist churches in Kansas and

Pastor Paul Wolf

10:10 am
Sunday School Time

11:00 am
“Celebration” Worship in the Sanctuary
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:

Making Disciples …...Changing the World

Nebraska are being prayed over and all the pastors in Kansas and Nebraska are being prayed over. It is a solemn and holy season in the process of appointmentmaking, during which the team of souls led by our Bishop is seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We need to earnestly draw alongside them in our hearts and prayers, asking God to be with them as they match pastoral families with congregations in the Great Plains. It so happens that this year is the culminating year of my ministry--my final year serving Christ as the appointed pastor of a church in our conference. When I complete this journey with you, I will retire to join my wife in Overland Park, Kansas, where I will enjoy getting
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We uphold the United Methodist Church by our PRAYERS, PRESENCE, GIFTS, SERVICE & WITNESS
9 am 11 am 7 42 35 35 Sunday School 2014 Monthly Budget Needs— Needs—$25,303 February Total Gifts Received to Date $20,063 December Income *$25,879 YearYear-End Income *$291,308 December Expense *($24,405) YearYear-End Expense *($282,853) December Net Gain *$1,474 Year End Net Gain *$8,455

Attendance for January 2014

12th 19th 26th

109 105 103

87 88 85

Gifts for January 2014

5th

100

31

5th 12th 19th 26th

$4,026 $7,144 $6,225 $2,668

* As of the end of December 2013

FIRST NOTES

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Tommy Thompson Francene Johnson Suzan Caldwell Glenda Jones
(friend of Carolyn Block)

FEBRUARY 6TH

Richard Groves
(brother of Sherrolyn Webb)

Zenovia Weaver Ann Smith Cinda Krenzin Dodie Noland Carl Roush

LeAnn Wolf Euegene Solomon Brenda Rowe Gary Manbeck Sympathies to the family & friends of: Carol Solomon
(sister-in-law of Eugene Solomon)

(brother of Elmer Roush)

11:00AM—7:00 PM / Soup ~ Pie ~ Drink @ The Masonic Temple
Tickets are available in the Church office or though Benny Robbins

Sunny Erickson Leon Brewer

(father of Sarah Osborn)

Serving in the Military: Jon Cook
(brother-in-law of Lisa & Dan Mildfelt)

PIE DONATIONS NEEDED
WE HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED TO PROVIDE 80 PIES!!!!
If you haven’t yet done so and are willing to help us reach our goal through the donation of a pie or cash, you may contact the church office or add your name to the sign up sheet posted on the Bulletin Board in the downstairs hallway.

Joshua Hatch Jack Martin

(Both are in training at military facilities .)

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

PLEASE BE SURE TO LABEL LABEL YOUR PIE SO THAT THE SOUPLINE VOLUNTEERS WILL KNOW WHICH KIND YOU BROUGHT. BROUGHT.

fumcronda@cableone.net

IF YOU NEED TO ADD OR CONTINUE A NAME ON THE PRAYER LIST. THANK YOU!

W O L F T R A C K S - Continued
to be with her every day and see our daughter much more often than we have for the past twenty years. Nevertheless, to paraphrase the poet Robert Frost in his timeless ‘Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening:’ ‘we have promises to keep, and miles to go before we sleep‘! It is my deep hope that we will not let up in our efforts to be all that Christ is calling us to be in the days of blessing that remain to us. I will be preaching from the Sermon on the Mount each Sunday in February. Jesus’ world-changing message is as startling, dynamic, challenging, fresh, and life-giving today as it was twenty centuries ago. If you want to get a head start, you’ll find it in the Gospel of Matthew, chapters five through seven. See you in worship! Grace and peace, Pastor Paul

“We love because He first loved us.”
~1 John 4:19

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Kids Define Love
A group of professionals posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, “What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

“IT’S IT’S CHURCH…JUST FOR KIDS!” KIDS!
Time: During 9 a.m. service Age: 3 y.o. (toilet-trained) to grade 5 Goal: Spiritual development and dynamic worship experience in an age-appropriate, participatory setting Mission: Making little disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world How Do Kids Get There? Children will start in the sanctuary with their families. After a brief Children’s Time, children will be dismissed to go upstairs. Current Leaders: Shari Wendt & Audrey Spurrier What’s going on up there?? (Kids’ Own Worship curriculum from Group Publishing) *Sing worship songs with lyrics on our TV *Read & discuss scripture *Interactive Bible story: kids participate w/hands-on activities *Occasional video clips How Can We Help? PRAY for this ministry JOIN US: Loving youth/adults to *Offering *Prayer

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” – Rebecca – age 8 “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” – Karl – age 5 “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” – Chrissy – age 6 “Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” – Danny – age 7 “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” – Bobby – age 7 “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.” – Nikka – age 6 (we need a few million more Nikkas on this planet) “Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.” – Chris – age 7 “You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” – Jessica – age 8

assist smaller children with projects
Messages for Upcoming Sundays: Sundays February 2: “Jesus draws us to Himself”; Matthew 4:12-25 February 9: “A humble heart pleases God” ; Matthew 5:1-12 February 16: “We can help others praise God” ; Matthew 5:13-16 February 23: “God cares even when we doubt” ; Matthew 14:22-33

WARNING: FUN WORSHIP

IS

CONTAGIOUS!!

MEMBERSHIP CONVERSATIONS!
Informal, Face-to-Face Sessions led by Pastor Paul

SUNDAYS
10:15— 10:15—10:45 AM IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL

IN OTHER NEWS.....

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OUR CHURCH
Mission Committee Updates
Mission Pennies for December totaled $180 for the Fire Escape Coffee House. The Advent Offering designated for Fellowman International of Honduras totaled $2,394. Thank You! For January, February and March, the Missions Committee is collecting paper products (toilet tissue, paper towels, facial tissue, etc.) for Faith House. Please place items in baskets at church entrances designated for Faith House.

Pantry Sunday
Sunday, February 23rd Don’t forget to bring a sack with you for the food pantry collection!

AGAPE— AGAPE A Greek word
for self-giving love. It is time once again, to make an AGAPE plea. The Agape Fund is a ministry that allows the participant to give $5.00 or more, four times per year. This money is used to help a specific area person or a family in need. If you would like to be added to our participants list, please contact the church office @ 431-4240 and talk to Ronda. Participants are kept secret and confidential.

to go? Well, do we have a job for you! Put your awesome skills to work at church each Sunday as a greeter or usher. Better hurry though, these positions won’t last long! Give Bryan Rehmert (ushers) or Tamara Slane (greeters) a holler to take advantage of this awesome opportunity.

Dear FUMC Family, Thank you so much for the scholarship for college. I really do appreciate it. Thank you for all the prayers! Love, Darian Rubow

Needle N Yarn Ministry
Will begin Wednesday, February 5th at 9:00am in the parlor. We are in need of funds to purchase yarn to make Prayer Shawls and Lap-ghans. The cost for each gift is around $15.00. If you have a desire to help fund this ministry you may write in the memo line on your check “Needle N Yarn” or bring your donation to the office and mark the envelope “Needle N Yarn”. Many have been blessed through this ministry. Many more will be blessed.

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, February 9th. 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.

Dear FUMC Family, Thank you very much for the scholarship for college. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thank you for all your prayers and support through the years. Love, Danielle Rubow

Ushers and Greeters Needed
Do you know how to shake hands, give high fives or pats on the back? Do you possess the skills to offer a bulletin to a fellow member? Can you count beyond your fingers and toes? Are you talented at directing people on where

On behalf of everyone at Safari West Apts. I would just like to tell you how much we all enjoyed the delicious meal and the gift cards. It was really a surprise and a blessing. Greatly needed by everyone. We had a wonderful time. God bless you and thank you. Wilda Shilales(sp) Brian & Cindy Eustice

OUR COMMUNITY
Bible Study Leader Needed
Diversicare (previously known as Chanute Healthcare) has contacted the church to see if we may have any members who might be interested in leading a Bible study there. They have approximately 3 or 4 residents who are interested. This could be done once a week or once a month. Anyone interested in filling this need can call Shelly Green @431-4940.

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Thank you so much for your donation to the Faith House. Your support helps make a difference in the lives of the homeless. Your support is an important part of the Faith House Homeless Shelter, and again we thank you. God Bless, The Faith House Homeless Shelter A BIG thank you for your donation to Otterbein Food Panty. It will be a big help to us. Charles Follmer, Director Dear Friends, We are writing you to express our deep appreciation for the recent donation to Hope Unlimited. We are so grateful for your generosity and your continued support of our organization. Your willingness to give enables us to continue to help those in need in our community. Thanks again for your kindness. With Sincere Thanks,
Staff of Hope Unlimited, Inc.

JESUS IS MY VALENTINE

Kids In Christ's Service
Shari Wendt and I took 7 high school girls and two middle school girls to The OneEvent on January 4th & 5th. We had a wonderful time bonding as a group and memories to share and keep. There were three great speakers and three outstanding bands. The youth got to go to whatever seminar they felt lead to go to. Their choices were: Sharing Your Faith, Art & Soul, Leadership, Faith for All of Life, Acting 101 and What’s Your Passion. It was an AWESOME Conference! It was great to see Amee & Natalie reconnect with friends they met for Camp Chippewa. Sharon Fritch FUMC Youth Director

Save The Date

February 14th
6:30—9:30 pm
All youth and a friend are welcome for a Dinner and a movie

February 9th
4pm—6pm
This will be our Community Service Project

To: The Congregation From: Committee on Staff Parish Relations
As we approach a season of obtaining a new pastor please be in prayer for: + Pastor Paul and Peck Kam for blessings in retirement + Our new pastor coming in June + Our congregation in transition + Bishop Scott Jones + The leadership team of the Great Plains conference of the United Methodist Church as they make pastoral assignments + Our church staff as they transition to new leadership

Jesus is my Valentine; I talk to Him each day. He never, never leaves me; and always listens when I pray. Yes He is my Valentine; there is no love like His. He is the heart of all that is; for Him I breathe and live. He’s a Valentine that never lies; never hurts or breaks. He always has forgiven me; for all my past mistakes. If you only knew my Valentine; you would love Him too. For His love is always perfect; His love is always true. So if your heart is longing; for a love that never ends, for someone that is faithful; You know you can depend. Call upon my Valentine; He’ll wash away your sin. He will be your Valentine; and your dearest, dearest friend.
~Susan Y Nikitenko

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: Rev. Paul Wolf pastorpaul@cableone.net 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 Director of Children's Ministries: Shari Wendt fumcshari@cableone.net Secretary: Ronda Phillips fumcronda@cableone.net Treasurer: Parrian Hatch parrianh@gmail.com
In-Office Hours: Monday am All Day Tuesday

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

UPCOMING EVENTS
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.

Thursday, February 6: Soupline will be taking place from 11am—7pm at the Masonic Temple. Wednesday, March 5: Ash Wednesday Sunday, April 13: Palm Sunday Sunday, April 20: Easter Monday, June 2 thru Friday, June 6: Vacation Bible School Sunday, June 22: Pastor Paul’s last Sunday with us.

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!)

February 2014
Sun Mon
* Regular Sunday
9:00 am
Traditional Worship Time
(Sanctuary)

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

1

11:00 am
Contemporary Worship Time
(Fellowship Hall)

10:10 am
Sunday School

2 Communion 3
2:00 pm Worship Service held at the High-rise Apartments 4:00 pm KICS

4

5

6
Soupline 11am—7pm
6:30 pm Evangelism

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6:00 am Prayer Group, 107

8

9:30 am Gen.—Rev. 9:30 am Ladies 9;00 am Needle N Bible Study, 107 Bible Study, 107 Yarn, Parlor 11:00 am Walkercize, 5:30 pm Ladies 11:00 am Walkercize FH Bible Study, 107 11:00 am Ministry 5:30 pm Men’s Bible Study, 103 of Caring, 103 6:00 pm Missions 6:30 pm Quilt Guild, FH 7:00 pm Trustees,
103 7:00 pm Compassionate Friends, 102

* See Regular Sunday Schedule

9 Dough for
Dough

10

11

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9;00 am Needle N Yarn, Parlor 11:00 am Walkercize,
FH

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6:00 am Prayer Group, 107

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9:30 am Gen.—Rev. 9:30 am Ladies Bible Study, 107 Bible Study, 107 4:00 pm KICS 11:00 am Walkercize, 5:30 pm Ladies FH Bible Study, 107 5:30 pm Men’s Bible Study, 103 6:15 pm Education Team 7:00 pm Church Council, 107 * See Regular Sunday Schedule

6:00 pm AWANA

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9;00 am Needle N Yarn, Parlor 11:00 am Walkercize,
FH

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6:00 am Prayer Group, 107

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9:30 am Gen.—Rev. 9:30 am Ladies 4:00 pm KICS Bible Study, 107 Bible Study, 107 11:00 am Walkercize, 1:30 pm Today’s FH Concerns, Parlor 7:00 pm Boomer Link 5:30 pm Ladies Bible Study, 107 5:30 pm Men’s Bible Study, 103 * See Regular Sunday 6:30 pm Church & Schedule Society, Applewood

6:00 pm AWANA

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Pantry Sunday

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6:00 am Prayer Group, 107

4:00 pm KICS

9:30 am Gen.—Rev. 9:30 am Ladies 9;00 am Needle N Bible Study, 107 Bible Study, 107 Yarn, Parlor 11:00 am Walkercize, 1:00 pm Newsletter 6:00 pm AWANA Crew, 107 5:30 pm Ladies Bible Study, 107 5:30 pm Men’s Bible Study, 103

* See Regular Sunday Schedule

February 2014
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

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Exodus 27—28 Matthew 21:1—22 Jamie Oatman

2 Communion 3
Exodus 29—30 Matthew 21:23—46 Bill Armstrong Alan Johnson Sarah Osborn Chelsea Pennington

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Leviticus 4—5 Matthew 24:29—51 Jacob Caldwell Chelsea Reed Mark Wendt

Exodus 31—33 Exodus 34—35 Exodus 36—38 Exodus 39—40 Leviticus 1—3 Matthew 22:1—22 Matthew 22:23—46 Matthew 23:1—22 Matthew 23:23—39 Matthew 24:1—28 Hazel Blair Rose Mitchell Sara Fogle Devin March Brady Alonzo Linda Funk Todd Lickteig Jessica Cagle Wesley Roecker

Mackenzie Leroy

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Dough for Dough

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Leviticus 17—18 Matthew 27:27—50 Terry Cathers Staci DeGeer Bryan Rehmert

Leviticus 6—7 Matthew 25:1—30 Tyler Dillow Alicia Fickel Tommy Thompson

Leviticus 8—10 Leviticus 11—12 Leviticus 13 Leviticus 14 Leviticus 15—16 Matthew 25:31—46 Matthew 26:1—25 Matthew 26:26—50 Matthew 26:51—75 Matthew 27:1—26 Kelsi Jackett Frank Brazle Debbie Carpenter Matthew Willis Brenda Krumm Peggy Myers Isabella Baughn Diann Young

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Leviticus 19—20 Matthew 27:51—66 Seth Martin John Mishler Cynthia Springer

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Leviticus 21—22 Matthew 28

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Leviticus 23—24 Mark 1:1—22 Roy Myers Judy McCready

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Leviticus 25 Mark 1:23—45

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Leviticus 26—27 Mark 2 Sidney Poitier

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Numbers 1—2 Mark 3:1—19 Barbara Helton Virginia Solomon

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Numbers 3—4 Mark 3:20—35 Bob Geiger

Michael Jordan

Christopher Hatch

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Numbers 5—6 Mark 4:1—20 Earl Morgan Anthony Wendt Numbers 7—8 Mark 4:21—41 Carlie Almond

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Numbers 9—11 Mark 5:1—20 Ralph Stanley

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Numbers 12—14 Mark 5:21—43 Natalie Mildfelt

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Numbers 15—16 Mark 6:1—29 Mary Hansen Randy Jenkins

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Numbers 17—19 Mark 6:30—56 Ann Hutchison