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Rochester United Methodist Church

P.O. Box 467
555 South Walnut

Rochester, IL  62563


The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
and good news refreshes the body.
-Proverbs 15:30
Happening this week at RUMC:

Monday, December 10
7am Gym Walkers
9am Seniorcise

Tuesday, December 11
7pm Trustees

Wednesday, December 12
7am Gym Walkers
9 am Seniorcise 
3:30pm Kids ROC
5:30pm WOW Meal - Italian Beef
6:30pm Prayer in the Chapel
6:30pm Adult Choir

Thursday, December 13
8pm Adult Volleyball

Friday, December 14
7-10:30am Gym Walkers
9am Seniorcise

Saturday, December 15

Sunday, December 16
9am Worship & Choir Program "Night of the Father's Love"
10am Adult Christian Education
11am Worship & An Adoption Story by the McCafferty Family
12:15pm Youth Group

Advent & Christmas Worship
During Advent Pastor Brian will present a sermon series "Be Not Afraid."
December 16th - Choir Cantata "Night of the Father's Love"
December 21st - A Longest Night service
Christmas Eve Services 7pm & 11pm
Advent Prayer Vigil
Our Advent Prayer Vigil this year is from the Praying advent series. We are asking that one person sign up each day to say a prayer. The sign-up and prayers are on a table at the main entrance.
Seniors Plus
All seniors, PLUS whoever wants to join us, are welcome December 14, at 11:30am for a potluck, devotion and a Holiday celebration with Christmas songs shared by musician Ed Gelbach.
Parents Night Out
Friday December 14 from 6-9pm we are hosting a space for kids to come hang out while Mom & Dad go shopping, have a date night, or just have a few kid free hours. A sign-up will be available this Sunday or you can contact April Patek.
Longest Night
A Longest Night Service is for people/families that have had a significant loss in their past.  It could be a short a time ago as months or as long ago as decades; a death of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, employment, a home, property, what have you.  Folks who have these experiences sometimes have a difficult time in this season - the happiness of the season - feel alone and that they are somehow broken because of how they are feeling.  This service gives space for them to acknowledge their sadness and concern; to know that they are not alone.  It's called the Longest Night mainly because it's usually held on Dec 21, the winter solstice/longest night of the year.
Toys for Kids
In partnership with Brandon Court we are asking that you bring in new & unwrapped toys for young boys & girls this Sunday. A basket is available in the main entrance.
United Methodist Women News
UMW are collecting new items for the the kitchen. Anyone may donate.
Suggested items: dish rags, dish towels, butcher steel for sharpening knives, cooling racks for cookies, cookie sheets, pizza pan, bib aprons
Holiday Open House at Pastor Brian’s house
All are invited to a Holiday Open House at the home of Pastor Brian and Francie on Sunday December 30 in Edinburg, IL. Maps will be available that morning at worship.

Joys & Concerns
Concerns: Those impacted by the storms in Taylorville IL; the family and congregation of Rev Dick Piscateli; Jerry Robertson- minor surgery; Tish McCafferty - surgery
Joys: Hick’s son-in-law Brandon Blough final successful surgery on broken foot.

Winter Break
The last WOW meal for the fall is December 12. Keep watching this space for ways you can help in the Spring!

The last Kids ROC for the fall semester is December 19. Kids ROC will start again January 9, 2019!
Kids ROC
Our after school fellowship for kids in grades K-6 happens most Wednesdays from 3:30-5:15pm. This is a free event for all kids. Contact April Patek for more information. Registration is availble on the Kids ROC page. Friends welcome!

Prayer Requests 
Prayer request forms are available in the attendance books. We are asking that you write your requests down so that we don't miss or missell any names that need to be added to the prayer list. 

Tuesday Bible Study
We are taking time off until January 8, 2019 and we will start back with Receiving God’s Love from the Women of Faith series. For more information talk to Sue Endsley.


Service Helpers:
If you would like to be a Greeter, Usher, Communion Server, or Acolyte, please sign up to do this. Schedules are posted outside the office or you can sign up online by clicking one of the following links:  

2018 9am Service Helpers
2018 11am Service Helpers

2019 9am Service Helpers
2019 11am Service Helpers

Thank you for serving! 


December Alms will go to the Salvation Army

$110 can sponsor a Wesley Foundation Student for 1 semester at Illinois State University. Mark your check for ISU and you will make a difference. 

McFarland Center is asking for the following thing for residents: travel sized soaps, body washes, and shampoo/conditioner.

There are boxes outside the office for items for: Sojourn Shelter, Contact Ministries, and the Sangamon County APL

We collect printer cartridges for recycling. 

The Congregational Care Team is asking for unused Christmas Cards to send to our shut-ins. These can be dropped off in the church office. 

Reach, Unite, and Minister for Christ!

Finance - November

Blessings in: $28,992.05

Blessings out: $31,534.27


Picture of the week:

THANK YOU to all the volunteers who made the Kids program possible. And THANK YOU to the Kids who did a fabulous job bring the message at the 9am service yesterday!

The 3 Simple Rules
1. Do no harm.
2. Do good. 
3. Stay in love with God. 

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