July/August Newsletter 2018

Prospect United Methodist Church

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Our Mission: Growing DEEPer in Jesus…to Reach WIDEr for Jesus.

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How will we attain our mission? One aspect of our Discipleship Path includes a renewed focus on our life as a worshipping community. To that end, we have a 20/20, future looking vision of regularly reaching 250 in worship by the end of 2020.

How do we hope to realize this vision?

Through a lot of prayer…and by continuing to strive for excellence in our early (9:00) worship service while also adding a later, alternative style worship service to our Sunday morning schedule. We believe that offering this 2nd Sunday morning worship service will help us reach people who (a) would find a later morning service more convenient for their schedules and (b) who might be looking at a different style of worship than we currently offer in our 9:00 “traditional” service.

To that end, we are VERY excited to announce that Brett Strasma has been hired to help lead this new worship experience. Brett, as many of you already know, grew up as part of our Prospect family. Over the past 2 decades, he has led worship at Northwoods Community Church, Northminster Presbyterian Church and Heaven’s View Christian Fellowship, in addition to leading community worship events throughout the Peoria area. Brett, his wife Rebekah, and sons Skyler, Jaden and Ethan are going to help us REACH more people for God’s Kingdom purposes while helping many of us GROW DEEPer in our faith as a worshipping community.

Brett will be leading our July 8th worship service, to give us all another glimpse of the vision we have for the 2nd service that will officially launch in September. We are also working on plans for a community worship event, likely to occur one evening during Dunlap Days (August 23-25).

I know that you will all be anxious to join me in welcoming the Strasmas (back) into the Prospect family! In the meantime, keep praying for our efforts to answer all of the remaining logistical questions related to our soon-to-be 2 service schedule and our efforts to “get the word out” within the community about this exciting opportunity!

Great things are happening for God’s Kingdom purposes, Prospect, and I hope that you are feeling the energy!

<><, Pastor Steve

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July & August calendars below!

You can also download the printable version by clicking on the link!

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Treasurer's Report

Summer is finally here even though we have had such warm weather. Hope all of you are having a good time with longer days, vacation, and such.

Our financial picture looks good at this time, but please remember PUMC during these summer months when you may not be here due to traveling.

The parsonage bathroom redo has been completed thanks to Bob Stewart.

The parking lot repaving is a go thanks to those who have so generously contributed to this project. We should see that work done this summer while we have no Purple Panda and not during VBS. Thanks Trustees! I have heard that the profit from the rummage sale will be going to the parking lot as well.

The mission budget has been paid in full, the last being paid at Annual Conference. $l00.00 to the Wiley College Fund and $400.00 to Our Conference Our Kids. It was reported that over $400,000.00 has been paid toward the 2.5 million goal.

The adult mission team raised $821.00 at their breakfast for the trip. Thanks PUMC!

We have been able to pay extra on the mortgage each month due to generosity of some members and for this we are thankful.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer and enjoy it while we can as the time passes so swiftly. -Bonnie Mankle, Treasurer


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Last year the Mission Team decided to change the SUKKAH to July-when our supplies are pretty low, because in November and December, more donations are received from the schools and local groups.

SUKKAH is set for Sunday, July 9th and Sunday, July 15th.

Donation lists will again be grouped by your LAST NAME initial.

You can download the lists below or pick up a copy in the gathering area!

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HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP: July 28th and August 25th.

Highway Clean-Up Needs your Help!!!

For all of you new members and friends, PUMC is responsible for cleaning Cedar Hills Dr. From Knoxville/Rt. 40 to Bland Rd. (See map below.)

We need 6-10 people meeting in the Banner School parking lot at 9:00 a.m. for approximately 1 hour on usually the last Saturday of the month. If there is a Sunday School class or family that would like to do it as a group but at a different time/day, that is great -- just get in touch with Lois Yoches (243-5062).

The county supplies the neon, reflective vests and trash bags; each person should bring working gloves and sturdy shoes. The cleanup works best if one person stays on the top portion of the ditch and one covers the lower part so no one has to walk up and down the steep ditch.

Next date of the season is Saturday, July 28th and August 25th! See you in the Banner School parking lot at 9:00 am!

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Vacation Bible School is set for July 30 - August 3. More information below in the Children's Ministry Section!
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Ministry Is Relationships! (August 18th from 8:30-12:30 @ PUMC)

PUMC! Have you ever wondered what ministry in your life looks like? If you have a pretty good program, but would like to have a great ministry--then you need to experience Ministry Is Relationships! Developed by Cadre Missionaries, this workshop takes you back to the heart of authentic ministry and life change—relationships! More of a learning experience than a passive workshop, you will encounter these sessions:

  • An out of the box learning experience will get us started and explain why relationships are the heart of ministry—and God’s mode of operation for impacting and changing the lives!
  • Learn the biblical motivation for building relationships.
  • Learn the three key relationship skills for connecting with the heart of others.
  • A listening experience you will never forget—and be able to use in your ministry to build relationships.
  • Learn to use God's relationship cleaning supplies.
  • In addition, the $15 registration tuition per person includes a training manual complete with practical application pages and the One Another Living Guide. The One Another Living Guide is 25 biblical adventures in loving God and loving people. It’s perfect for personal application and ministry implementation long after the training is over. The church will cover $8.22 of the fee for the first 50 members to register!

This workshop will be run by Bill Allison, a veteran in ministry, and the head of Cadre Ministries. Cadre Ministries is a ministry that is obsessed with Jesus-like disciplemaking. Cadre fulfills this obsession best through Disciplemaking Learning Communities and training trainers to take training back to their local ministries. Please join us for this awesome event that will have you excited to share your faith with others in a relaxed way!

Click the link to the website below to learn more about Cadre's Ministry.


Join us in the PUMC parking lot on Saturday, August 25th for a morning full of fun! All activities are free!

10:00am—Blessing of the Animals

10:00am-Noon—Fire Truck


10:00am—Bicycle Decorating & Rodeo

11:00am—Bicycle Parade led by the Fire Truck

We look forward to seeing you there for this fun (and free) event!

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Backpack Sunday will arrive sooner than we think, and PUMC will again be collecting supplies for our local grade schools. Below is a list of the school supply list. We will once again be donating to Dunlap Grade School. We will be collecting school supplies in the gathering space starting July 15th and the missions team is asked to help sort items and stuff backpacks after service on August 5th. We will look to have separate totes for each supply like last year. Thank you all in advance for all your help and donations!

Below is a list of supplies we are collecting:

*Regular Sized Book Bags (no wheels)

*Clorox Wipes

*Hand Sanitizer with a pump

*Small Scissors (blunt end)

*Spiral Notebooks (wide ruled)

*4 oz. Elmer’s Glue (White only)

*24 count boxes of Crayola Crayons (brilliant colors)

*Plain two pocket folders with clasps (no plastic)

*Large box of Kleenex

*Plain yellow #2 pencils (already sharpened)

*Large erasers

*Yellow highlighters

*Box of 8 washable markers

*Box of 12 colored pencils (sharpened)

*Ruler (standard and metric combined-not bendable)

*Fine tip black Expo markers (preferably washable)

Wilder -Waite has asked for donated Wal-Mart gift cards for students who need a change of clothes or clothing items. Unfortunately this has become a great need and usually teachers go and buy clothing items with their own personal money. If you are willing to get a Wal-Mart gift card or give money for this you can give to Corey Campbell or drop off in the office. Thank you!


Your skills may be exactly what's needed for the July 2018 Adult Mission Trip to Chaddock Children's Home in Quincy, Illinois.

The small maintenance staff always finds work opportunities to match our skills. We often don't know what jobs we'll be doing, however, all that we do demonstrates God's love to the children in residence and the staff. We plan to travel to Quincy July 22 and return on July 27th.

Reservations have been secured, but it is never too late to join! Some of us stay all week, others a couple of days. Please contact the office if you are interested in joining us!

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The Red Cross will be hosting a whole blood drive here on Friday, August 24th from 9:00am-2:00pm. Contact the office to reserve your time slot!


Because of your continual support, the pantry is able to meet the year-round needs of our guests from the community. There will always be a constant need for some items, though.

We could still use the following items: carrots, paper towels, chili beans, flour, sugar & Jell-O.

Thanks again, for coming to the Pantry's rescue, regularly! -Gloria & Nancy

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Miss a Sunday?!

No problem! Our Sunday sermons are now posted on-line! You can find them on our website and Facebook page!

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Each summer we rely on the talent in our congregation to provide us with excellent musical selections. In the past, we have had members sing, play piano, play a solo instrument, dance, read poetry… anything you can think would be worshipful. This would be a great way to get involved if you are too busy to be involved in choir or a regular group.

Special music for July and August still needed!

Call or text Kirsten if you (or anyone you know) is interested in playing for the offertory this summer. All Sundays in July and August are still available.

-Kirsten (309-361-5200)


As Prospect works towards launching a 2nd Sunday morning worship service, we will be also be looking to build a praise band and logistical team to help lead worship. Please contact Kirsten if you are feeling called to help serve this service that we believe will help us Reach WIDE(r) for Christ! Our worship planning team will be visiting several area churches this spring to glean from their offerings and discern a vision for our 2nd service.
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Our kids aren’t (or shouldn’t be) the only ones still in school. As a church that wants to help you grow deep in Jesus so that we can reach wide for Jesus, we believe that Bible study and small groups are essential for our individual and corporate lives. You can join at any time, there is always room for you!

KYLE SMALL GROUP at PUMC, 6:00PM every other Monday, open invitation, CO-ED

CAMILLA SMALL GROUP, Wednesday evenings @ 7:00 PM - Camilla’s house, women's group.

ADULT GROUP 10:15(-ish) Sunday mornings - Conference room, open invitation

BIBLE STUDIES: Breakfast with Jesus

Tuesday mornings from 8:30-9:30 (more details below)

(Feel free to contact the church if you're interested in starting/hosting a group at another time and/or location.)

Breakfast with Jesus: the Book of James

Our Tuesday morning Bible study is in the midst of a 12-week study of the Book of James. There’s no homework to do between sessions (although many choose to “read ahead”) and nothing to purchase. Each week we will read the text for the day, study it as a group, watch a short video led by Pastor Francis Chan, and close with some more discussion and prayer. And, just like the early disciples, we’ll eat together as we study together! Even if you have to miss a week, the videos are available to watch at home through the RightNowMedia website. (Contact the office if you need help accessing our church account.) We would love to have you join us!


The United Methodist Men is on summer break! We will gather again on Monday, August 6th. We will announce more information on location and time when the is closer.

Please consider joining us when we return from break. All are welcome-young and old!!! Enjoy the good food & company! If there are questions, let Perry Camp know @ 309-678-5767 or pcamp1960@yahoo.com.


Next Meeting: Monday, August 27th at 7:00pm.

*And mark your calendars for our fall bake sale on September 9th!

We chose the name Mary-Martha after we remembered the story in Luke 10: 38-42. Some of us in the group feel we’re like Martha moving from task to task. But we aim to be like Mary too, able to be still and learn from Jesus.

We give to Crittenten, Lessie Bates Neighborhood House East St. Louis, Cunningham Children's home, Silent Auction, Chaddock Christmas Child, 100% of our funds are given to mission.

We welcome all ladies to join us!


Everyone is welcome to join us as we talk about the PUMC book of the month. You don’t have to say anything if you’d rather not. You don’t even have to read the book!

Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lounge. We will discuss the nonfiction book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance, 2016, 272 pp. In this book, Vance tells the story of his own family, some of whom moved from Appalachia to Ohio to work their way into the middle class. Members of his family and many other working-class Americans feel they’ve lost their culture and any chance to claim the American dream. Instead, they suffer from social, regional, and class decline.

We will meet again on Thursday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lounge to discuss the nonfiction book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, 2017, 400 pp. In the 1920s, members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma became wealthy by selling oil from beneath their land. But one by one, more than twenty-four Osage members died, killed by unknown persons. The newly formed FBI took on the case, its first major homicide investigations, and at first failed to make progress. Finally J. Edgar Hoover assigned a former Texas Ranger, who organized an undercover team to expose a chilling conspiracy.

Questions? Suggestions for books to discuss? Contact Nancy Varness at 274-8124 or


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Congregational Care is becoming the “Reach” team!

Congregational Care is ever-evolving! Our goal is to embrace a wide umbrella with two distinct roles: reaching in to care of our members and reaching out to show Christ’s love to the community.

Some such ministries reaching out to our community include the Graduation Breakfast and serving drinks at the Homecoming Parade.

This dual vision takes many hands and hearts! If you are interested in serving in either of these two roles, please let us know!

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A big thanks to all who helped support the church rummage sale in some way-from pricing, moving tables, moving items, helping the days of the sale, and of course, bringing all your “treasures” from home to sell.

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Youth News

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Hey Prospect!

As for Fuel, we’re working towards helping our youth grow into disciple-making disciples at their schools. We are doing this with intentional discipleship, while gearing up for the fall, when we will be going through the book “In The Name of Jesus” by Henri Nouwen.

Every Sunday morning, however, we will be doing our Summer Snippets series, which talks of what it might mean to be a minister at our schools. We will also be going to a Chief’s Game and Six Flags, so stay on the lookout for updates on that!

Thanks and God Bless! Evan Penn


July 8th: 5:30-7:30pm COMBINED (WITH A MEAL!)

July 29th: 5:30-7:30pm COMBINED (WITH A MEAL!)

August 5th: 5:30-7:30pm COMBINED (WITH A MEAL!)

Peoria Chiefs

Friday, July 27 we will be going to see the Peoria Chiefs! Talk to Evan Sunday to sign up!

Children's Ministry NEWS

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To follow Pastor Steve’s sermon series on prayer this summer, Kingdom Quest will also focus on the importance of prayer. All kids are welcome to join us on Sunday morning following the children’s message.

We are planning a new curriculum for Kingdom Quest this fall – SeedBed Kids. Stay tuned for details of our Fall Sunday School Kick-Off Celebration in early September.


Plans and preparations for Vacation Bible School, July 30 – August 3 are in full swing! Rolling River Rampage is coming to Prospect! Our kids will take a white-water rafting adventure to experience the ride of a lifetime with God. Along the river, they will discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise, and that they can trust God to be with them through anything. Action-packed songs, exciting science, creative crafts, fun recreation, and memorable Bible stories will help the kids know that God is always with them as they ride the rapids of amazing grace.

Download a copy of the registration form below! Hard copies available at the Welcome Center and church office.

Please contact Pat Campbell if you have any questions (309-253-3979).


Everyone is invited to a PUMC Pool Party! Come out and join the fun on Friday, August 3rd, from 6-8 p.m. at the pool in Princeville. Children, youth, and adults of ALL ages are invited! Admission is free. Can’t wait to see you out there!


Purple Panda Preschool is spending the summer making preparations for the next school year. Our staff will remain the same for the 2018-19 school year with Jamie Hafele and I continuing in our teaching roles in the Pre-K classroom and Cheryl Wolfe and PJ Hagerdorn and Missy Utley teaching our three year olds. We do still have a few openings for 2018-19 in our two day a week (Thursday-Friday) 3 year old class. We have also started a waiting list for afternoon Pre-K as of this writing, if there is enough interest there will be both a morning and afternoon session of Pre-K. We are also busy adding new materials to our library and some new toys and manipulatives for the classrooms.

We are also adding new equipment and activities to the after care classroom.

Please contact me through Dani in the Church Office at 243-7300 or e-mail me at pollard724@comcast.net if you have any questions or you would like a tour or if you are interested in enrolling a child in preschool.

Nikki Pollard—Director, Purple Panda Preschool & Prospect After School Care

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Right Now Ministry (online small group and devotional resources)

Prospect subscribes to the RightNowMinistry (“the Netflix of Christian Bible study”) resource, which provides all of our members with access to 1000’s of video led curriculums including offerings specifically geared towards books of the Bible, Parenting, Marriage, Single Living, Men, Women, Teens, Children, Leadership and Finances from a Christian perspective, and more.

Contact Pastor Steve if you do not have access to the rightnowmedia.org site (or have forgotten your log-in).


Click the link below to download the 52-week Bible reading plan!

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Prospect UMC

Lifting Up Christ; Looking In to meet one another’s spiritual and physical needs; Reaching Out to love and serve others.
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