June 2019 Newsletter

Prospect United Methodist Church

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Summer Worship @ Prospect

Memorial Day is in the rear-view-mirror. Another school year is in the books. Summer has arrived (even if the Spring rains haven’t yet abated). And many of you will be hitting the road on weekends throughout the summer months.

So…we’re gearing up for summer here at Prospect, too!

How? By moving our 525 Worship Service from Sunday mornings to Thursday evenings!

Why? We don’t want anyone to miss the opportunity to enjoy the Spirit-filled worship experience Prospect has to offer simply because of other weekend commitments.

What (is the plan)? Our 8:45 worship service will stay at 8:45. Kirsten Jones will continue to coordinate our accompanist schedule and special music for this service. We’ll still gets lots of Judy, Linda, Nancy and Ginger on the organ, piano and keyboard. We will also be blessed by the musical offerings of other members of the church and community, including the Strasma family at the 8:45 service. Our nursery will be fully staffed. Children will be dismissed to Kingdom Quest after the Young Prospectors’ Message. Youth Fuel, Adult Bible Studies and Soul Cafe will still be held at 9:45.

Only our late service will be moving to Thursday evenings.

5:25 Food and Fellowship - Everyone is invited to arrive at 5:25 for Dinner Church. A

meal/discussion/relationship building time before worship.

6:00 525 Worship - Our Praise Team will lead us into worship at 6:00 each Thursday.

7:00 Outreach and Fellowship - We are planning intentional opportunities to help us grow

closer together as a church family AND reach more members of the Dunlap community. Planned/Proposed activities include: prayer walks through the village, bike rides on the trail, Chief’s games, extended cookouts at the Central Park pavilion.

The Thursday evening 525 Worship service will be filled (we hope) with powerful worship and praise, intercessory prayer for one another, Kingdom Come testimonies and a shorter message.

Who? (i.e. Who are we praying for this change to bless?)

We are praying that the Thursday evening 525 Worship Service will become a viable option for those whose travel and activity schedules will keep them from getting to Prospect on Sunday mornings during the summer months.

We are also praying that a Thursday evening 525 Service can help us reach more members of the 61525 area code.

We are praying that this “mid-week worship fill-up” will become a both/and experience for many Prospect members, and that we will see many of the same faces on both Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.

How (can you help)?

Come…join us and help us build Spirit-filled momentum.

Invite Others…to experience the Spirit-filled presence of worship with us.

Serve…“sponsor” or help prepare a meal; volunteer as a greeter, musician or in the

sound booth.

Pray…for a Galatians 5:25, Spirit-led, mindset to permeate our Thursday evenings and

all of our summer ministry activities at Prospect.

It’s a sun and Son filled day, friends. I think summer has arrived!

<><, Pastor Steve

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June 2019 calendar below!

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

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Treasurer's Report

Spring is here if you look at all the shades of green, the trees with leaves, and the many flowers. God is so good!

May has been a good month. Mary Martha sent a check for $1000.00 to Critttenten and their cookie sale netted $599.35 which will also go to mission. Thanks to all of you for making this a success. The youth fund raiser made $918.00 for their mission trip this summer. $637.00 was raised on One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday which was sent to the Conference.

The Mary Martha Circle hosted an evening with the Center for The Prevention of Abuse. This was enjoyed by all and Cory Campbell presented them a check for $1000.00 which was part of the mission budget. The Easter Brunch raised $364. Thanks for all that helped.

I read this quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, ”Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." This is so true and as we face this summer we need to keep the church in our thoughts as our work here goes on. We do not take a break there is always needs to be met.

Have a great month, God Bless, Bonnie Mankle, Treasurer

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The 2019 Annual Conference will be June 6-8 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria


This year, we are collecting supplies to create 'tornado tubs' that will be brought with us to annual conference. Kits contain the following items:

The truck will be at Annual Conference from 8 am Thursday to 6 pm Friday.

$9 donation for two totes

2 pair of work gloves

2 boxes of gallon-size resealable bags

2 permanent marker (i.e. Sharpie)

1 roll of duct tape (preferred colored) to label household items

2 dust masks (no surgical masks)

24 heavy-duty trash bags, rolled (35-45 gallon) for trash removal

24 clear trash bags (20-33 gallon) for larger personal items that need containment

Supplies can be collected and brought to Annual Conference and/or contribute to Advance Special #6620 and indicate "tornado totes."

If you would like to donate any of the above items, you can drop off your supplies or monetary donation to the church office anytime before June 6th.


The Brett Strasma Family will be hosting a free worship concert at Tower Park in Peoria Heights on Pentecost Sunday June 9th at 6:00pm. We will pray for the unity of believers in the heartland, teach an overview of the Feasts of the Lord, have the children sing and dance with Kinisi 424 movement ministry. Bring friends, family, lawn chairs, hearts and voices ready to sing His praise! Rain or shine.
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"Fore the Lord" Golf Scramble

FUMC Peoria is hosting a Fundraiser and Fellowship Event on Monday, June 10th. The outing will feature a 12:30 shot-gun start at Washington's Pine Lakes Golf Club. The $80 registration fee includes golf with cart, boxed lunch, water, dinner, prizes and a chance to hear guest speaker, Rev. Dr. Steve Pichaske.

Contact FUMC Peoria at 673-3641 to register as an individual player or group.

Highway Clean-up Needs your Help!!!

The good weather means that Highway Cleanup time is upon us. 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 is Saturday, June 29th! See you in the Banner School parking lot at 9:00 am!

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Father’s Day Carnations are due June 9th!

In celebration of Father’s Day, June 16, 2019, all friends and members of Prospect are encouraged to help build the glorious bouquet.

Each carnation purchased at a cost of $1.00 will create the bouquet.

If you wish to order carnations, please download an order form from the link below. Copies will also be available in the gathering area on Sundays.

Last chance to order carnations is Sunday, June 9.

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Dunlap Senior Center at Prospect UMC!

PUMC is the proud host location for the new Senior Citizen Activity Center here in the Village of Dunlap.

Located in church Fellowship Hall, the Senior Activity Center is open every Tuesday and Thursday (except for holidays) from 9:00am-3:00pm for men and women 50 years old and older.

The Senior Center provides a warm & free setting where you can meet people, join a card game, put together a puzzle, play Mexican Train dominoes, or just sit and chat with a cup of coffee.

Eventually they will also be offering classes such as easy exercise, line dancing, sewing, women's and men's crafts and other activities that may interest you.

Questions? Please email the coordinators at dunlapscac@gmail.com.

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The American Red Cross will be hosting a whole blood drive here on Friday, June 28th from 1:00pm-5:00pm. Contact the office to reserve your time slot!


Blood Program Leader Volunteer: The Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help recruit donors for the upcoming June 28th drive.This would involve contacting and scheduling donors for appointments, as well as distributing promotional materials and looking for opportunities to recruit more donors to the drive. Our local Red Cross Account Manager will help you along the way. The Red Cross has found that drives often do much better when someone local and connected in the community works on recruitment rather than leaving it to general calling done by the Red Cross.

If you are interested in this volunteer position, please let Dani know!


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 14th and the missions team is asked to help sort items and stuff backpacks after service on August 4th. 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!


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 7th and Sunday, July 14th.

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

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

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Vacation Bible School is set for July 29 - August 2. More details will follow, including registration information and opportunities to volunteer!

Turkey Dinner 2019

We are also looking for 2019 Turkey Dinner Chairpersons. Please prayerfully consider being a part of this year’s Turkey Dinner Team, and contact Pastor Steve (and/or Jim Durand) if you would like to learn more about serving as a chairperson (i.e. chief organizer) for this event.

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Your Giving Makes Possible the Proclamation of Christ’s Peace

Will you continue to support Peace with Justice Sunday? Will you empower local Christians—in Pennsylvania and Arizona and Liberia—to build the kingdom of peace that Jesus ushered in?

In Jesus’ inaugural address, standing in his home synagogue in Nazareth, he detailed his game plan,

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

Through your giving good news is proclaimed to—and experienced by—the poor.


Join us for our annual Adult Mission Team Brunch with a free-will offering on Sunday, June 30th, following our 8:45am worship service. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!. All proceeds will go towards our mission trip in July. All friends and family of PUMC are welcome!


The Adult Mission Trip team is headed back to the Chaddock Children's Home in Quincy, IL the week of Sunday, July 21st-Thursday July 25th. All are welcome to join us! Come for the entire week or for a couple days. If interested, contact the office and we will get you connected.
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A huge thank you to Lisa Leitner and the cafeteria ladies at all the Dunlap schools. They brought a great donation to the pantry last month. Just in time to help us restock after the Easter baskets were given out. We depend on donations.

We still need: paper towels, toilet paper, peas, peanut butter, jelly, chili, canned pasta, tuna helper, cake/brownie mix.

Thank you for your support! -Gloria & Nancy


We will be rolling bandages for Global Health Ministries on June 19th at 3:30pm. Global Health Ministries sends containers of medical supplies to mission hospitals all over the world. We would love to have you join us!!!

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New Members and Baptism

We know how difficult it is to get everyone together on the same Sunday, so are excited to announce that we will work to welcome new members/schedule baptisms based on the best options for your family schedules. Please contact Pastor Steve (or the church office) if you are interested in learning more about membership and/or baptism (for yourself or your children).


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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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!

SENIOR LUNCHEON: Meets on the last Tuesday of the month at Noon; potluck, open invitation

CAMILLA SMALL GROUP, Wednesday evenings @ 7:00 PM - Mary Pietreniak's house, women's group, open invitation. Small Group on Wednesday evenings will resume on Wednesday June 12, 2019 @ 7pm @ Mary Pietreniak’s house. We will be starting the book “Inspired” by Rachel Held Evans described as follows: Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bible’s most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture’s mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God’s loving and redemptive work in the world.

DEEPER STILL 10:00 Sunday mornings - Conference room, open invitation

BIBLE STUDIES: Breakfast with Jesus

Tuesday mornings from 8:30-9:30, open invitation (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

Our Tuesday morning group meets at 8:30 am in the church’s conference room. Contact the church office if you would like more information about either group, or would like to talk to Pastor Steve about forming your own midweek or Sunday morning small group for intentional Bible study, Christian discipleship and fellowship!


Methodist Men are on summer break! Regular UMM meetings will resume on August 5th.

*We are also in need of church monitors for each Sunday starting June 2nd. Please have anyone interested in filling in a date contact me. (309) 370-5023, randaljday@yahoo.com.

Thank You, Randy Juskiv

Please consider joining us for our meetings and events. All are welcome-young and old!!! Enjoy the good food & company! If there are questions, let Randy Juskiv know @ randaljday@yahoo.com. See you in August!


Mary Martha is on summer break! Please consider joining us this fall! We give to ministries that include 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!


The next gathering will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29, to talk about Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick. Award-winning journalist Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il (the father of Kim Jong-un), and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. North Korea is perhaps the most repressive regime today, and citizens there are kept ignorant of the rest of the world as they struggle to support their families.

We will also meet at 6:30 on Monday, September 23 to discuss a book to be announced later.

Our last 2019 gathering will be in November to discuss We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time by Jose Andres. Led by Chef Andres, a team of volunteers, including other chefs, fed hundreds of thousands in Puerto Rico after the terrible devastation of Hurricane Maria in the fall of 2017. Many of the Americans living on the island were without clean water, food, electricity, gas, and means of communication or travel. They were desperately in need of assistance in order to survive (and, sadly, many did not survive the hurricane and aftermath).

Questions? Suggestions for books to discuss? Contact Nancy Varness at hvarness@mchsi or call 309-274-8124.

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Congregational Care would like to say thank you to everyone who helped make this years Easter Breakfast & DHS graduation meal successful. We served approximately 175 students which is a bit higher than last year. Several volunteers stated their “eyes were sweating” due to seeing so many joyful & polite youth being present for the breakfast.

Any questions? Please notify Mary Pietreniak 309-258-4941 or Camilla @ 309-264-3569


We would just like to thank everyone who signs up to help with Soul Cafe, whether it be bringing treats/drinks or serving it is VERY appreciated. Many have truly been enjoying the fellowship in between the services!


Please see Mary Pietreniak if you are interested in serving or receiving home communion.

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Children's Ministry NEWS


We are gearing for an exciting summer of Kingdom Quest. Beginning on Sunday, June 2 through Sunday, September 1, Kingdom Quest will meet during the 8:45 service following the Children’s Message. Our Bible lesson each week will be based on kids’ favorite cereal. Please consider taking a Sunday to lead our children in Kingdom Quest. All lessons will be prepared. All we need is your leadership. Please get in touch with Pat if you are interested.

*Mark your calendars – Vacation Bible School will be July 29 – August 2.*


Our Illinois Great Rivers Conference United Methodist Summer Camp brochures have arrived! Camp brochures are available in the church office and at the welcome center (under the tv screen in our gathering area). A variety of camps are once again being offered around the state for children and youth in grades 1-12. Register soon before camps fill up. Prospect is once again offering to help cover the camp registration costs for the children of our congregation. Contact Pat Campbell for more information about summer camping programs!


Congratulations to all our 2019 Pre-School graduates!

Registration is currently underway for the 2019-20 school year, we still have some openings for three year olds in our 3 day (M-Tu-W) and 2 day (Th-Fri) program (child must be potty trained). Pre-K is currently full with a waiting list for fall 2019 but we are considering adding an afternoon class if there is enough interest.

Please contact me through Dani in the Church Office at 243-7300 or e-mail me at purplepandapreschool@gmail.com 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

After Care is winding down, and we are currently accepting applications for new students for the 2019-2020 school year. Contact Dani if you would like to register your child for after care!

2019 Purple Panda Graduates

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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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