March 2014

The Church Guide

Sound the Alarm


If you are like me, whenever you return home from being on vacation, there is a small sense of relief when you pull up to your house and see that it is still standing.


A few years ago, Brenda and I came home from vacation to the sound of the smoke alarm screeching in our house. As we were pulling up the driveway and the garage door was opening, we started to hear a noise coming from the house, but we couldn’t really tell what it was. As we pulled into the garage the noise got more intense. We looked at each other and in unison said, “That’s the smoke detector!”


I ran to the door and felt the doorknob to see if it was hot. It was not. I slowly opened the door expecting smoke to pour out. There was no smoke. I quickly went through the house looking for a reason for the shrieking alarm. Everything looked OK – no smoke, no fire. We got a ladder and went from smoke detector to smoke detector to figure out which one had been triggered so we could silence the alarm.


We have no idea how long the alarm had been sounding. It was wired into the household electric current, so it was not dependent on battery power. It could have been going for days. Upon inspection, it was determined that “cobwebs” had triggered the mechanism, and all the smoke detectors got a thorough cleaning.


There is an urgency to the blaring of an alarm. Alarms are meant to get our attention, to wake us up, to cause us to act quickly. The image of an alarm is an important part of our observance of Ash Wednesday and Lent. We often read from the prophet Joel on Ash Wednesday, as he conveys this sense of urgency and calls upon the people to sound an alarm:


Blow the trumpet in Zion;

Sound the alarm on my holy mountain!

Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,

For the day of the LORD is coming, it is near. (Joel 2:1)


Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent should carry with them a sense of urgency. They are meant to be wake-up calls for our spiritual lives. Quite honestly, it is spiritually dangerous for us to ignore the Lenten call of self-examination and repentance. Complacency within our spiritual lives breeds self-righteousness.


Ash Wednesday, this year, is March 5. We will have two worship opportunities on Ash Wednesday at UMCNL; 9:00 am (with breakfast hosted by the UM Women) and 7:00 pm. Both services will have opportunities for the imposition of ashes and the sacrament of Holy Communion. Join us as we heed the alarm sounded by the prophet.


~ Jay



Ash Wednesday and Lenten Events

“Ballet 5:8” Appearing at March 9 Worship


As We Pray is a contemporary ballet inspired by our human need – seemingly rooted in the very the depths of our souls – to reach up and be in communication with God. In the ballet, the choreography of Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager takes us through living, moving, emotion-filled pictures of many different kinds prayer.


The centerpiece of As We Pray is a song by Shane & Shane that weaves The Lord’s Prayer, the prayer Jesus’ instructs his disciples to use as a basis for all their prayer, into music and song. From that basis, the ballet explores prayers of thanksgiving and praise, prayer motivated out of difficulty and sorrow, and much more. Brought to life by the acoustic sounds of Shane & Shane and All Sons and Daughters, As We Pray is a call to the Christian community toward a deeper prayer life where prayer without ceasing, day in and day out, is a crucial part of each individual’s and each church’s walk with Christ.


“Taking the Form of a Servant”


The topic for the March 16 10:20 service will be “Taking the Form of a Servant”. It will be the 2nd Sunday of Lent. Throughout Lent we will be exploring the topic of being a servant, beginning with the idea that Jesus came “taking the form of a servant” as recorded in Philippians 2:7.

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United Methodist women will host a Ash Wednesday Worship Breakfaston Wednesday, March 5, at 9:00 a.m. All women of the church are invited. There will be a worship service and communion followed by breakfast. A sign up sheet will be posted by the church office. Please sign up by February 24th.

Evening Ash Wednesday Service


For those unable to attend the Morning Ash Wednesday Worship Breakfast by the UMW, please consider attending the Evening Ash Wednesday Service at 7 p.m. There will be dispensation of ashes at this service as well.


Power, a Lenten program for 5th through 7th graders, will start Wednesday, March 12 from 5 – 6:15 p.m., (those who want to go JAMUTC can leave at 6pm. Also those who are in majestic bells can leave at 6pm), and will continue each Wednesday through April 16. We will meet in the Rev. William G. Johnson Fellowship Hall or the Narthex. The program includes games, Bible learning, supper, and spiritual growth activities. We hope you can come and bring a friend! Please register by Monday, March 3rd at the church office. Questions? Contact Pastor Sarah at 815-485-8271.





Empowerment to Wholeness

A Service of Healing, Anointing, & Prayer


On the second Sunday of every month at 10:00a.m. in the chapel the UMCNL Care Team holds a worship service that includes hymns, prayers, scripture readings, reflections. individual prayers, laying on of hands, anointing with oil for people suffering pain, broken relationships, difficult times, grief and other loss.


The next service will be Sunday, March 9!


This service is open to members and the public.


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Additional Worship Opportunities


On the third Sunday of the month, we are worshipping Christ in a new and exciting way at our 10:20 service! Through contemporary music, a relaxed environment, fellowship and of course, Jay’s relevant and impactful sermon, people felt uplifted and energized, renewed by the Body of Christ.


The goal of this service is to spread the promise of Jesus Christ to others outside of our UMCNL family who are or may be seeking their belonging place in God’s Kingdom but don’t know where to find it.


“I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.” – Romans10:20


It is known that people are more likely to attend church if they are invited by a friend. As a community of faith and as disciples of God, we ask you to invite a friend, colleague, or neighbor to this new worship service so that Jesus Christ can reveal Himself.


We have a new addition to our worship staff – Worship Leader Tom Burns – who will be leading our Praise Team in a variety of contemporary music. Come have your spirit lifted in praise through music to start your week off on a “good note!”


Our next service will take place in the chapel on Sunday, March 16 at, of course, 10:20A.M.! We hope to see you and new faces there.

















CONTACT BOB FIELD 815.462.9033





(worship is held at Building 1023)



Have you been divorced?


Are you struggling with divorce issues?


If you would like to attend the nextDivorce Caregroup, please give your name and number to the church office.


Some weekly topics include:



The new 13-week program will start Wednesday Evenings

beginning January 8, 2014 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the

Mary Phillips Library.


You may sign up in the office. If you have any questions, you may

Contact Debbie Speicher at


Facing my anger and depression

Financial survival



Moving on, Growing closer to God

Our next “Friendship Group” Luncheon will Thursday March 20 at the UMCNL in the Rev. William G. Johnson Fellowship Hall. The Sponsors are Mark Batson, Pam Bloom, Bob and Janet Stasiowski. If you have any questions contact one of the Sponsors. All are invited 55+. Bring a friend.


Friendship Group


Cancer Support Group


The next Cancer Support Group meeting will be Saturday, February 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference

Room. This is for cancer patients, survivors and their family members.

Special Ministries and Support

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2014 Grief Support Group


May our Lord comfort you as you walk through the valley of grief on the loss of loved ones. We will have a Grief Support Group on Friday afternoons 1 ~ 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel. January 8 through February 14. It will is a six-week program of support, prayers and friendship in our Savior. Contact Bonnie Ulstad or Pastor Sarah (leaders) for more information.


Prison Ministry


If you know of someone in prison, our Prayer Team will pray for them and send out cards. Please let us know the person’s name and address. We will keep the information confidential. Contact Ruth Johnson or Pastor Sarah with any information. If you would like to join this ministry, come to our next meeting on Wednesday, February 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel.




During March we will have nursery care and Sunday School classes for preschool thru 6th grade at both services. We will begin preparing for Easter this month. Join us March 5th for our Lenten Dinner and service.


Remember to keep our teachers and children in your prayers.





Daily Devotions for Children Available


LAKELAND, Fla. (UMNS) ~ The Florida Annual (regional) Conference of the United Methodist Church now offers daily devotions for adults to share with children. The devotions include Scripture and a conversation that takes less than a minute to read online, on a mobile phone or on an iPad or other tablet. Vist the site below for these devotions!

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Barbie’s Book Review




The book to be reviewed this month deals with something we’ve all dealt with at some point in out lives.

Questions Kids Ask About God is written by New Lenox’s own Pastor David Hedlin, the pastor at Peace Lutheran Church. The wonderful illustrations were done by Lillian Krieger, Jacob Brown, and Courtney Paarlberg. The answers Pastor Dave gives are very thoughtful and will satisfy any young one. That is, until they think of another question!


Stop by and visit Mary’s Garden downstairs. Relax and read a book there or check one out to enjoy at home.


Peaceful Reading,





Youth News for February


Wildside will be held on Thursdays from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Come join us for games, fellowship and devotions.


Cornerstone will be held on Sundays from 10:30 thru 11:30 a.m. in the Youth Room. Join us for worship, discussion and small groups as we dive deeper into the sermons.



“Youth (& Young Adult) Sunday Experience” is every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel. Come join the Sunday morning “together” experience for high school youth and young adults. Enjoy the games, contemporary songs, and devotion. Contact Pastor Sarah or Michael Johnston for any questions.


Thank you for all chaperones (Mrs. Deneen, Mrs. Wainwrihgt, Mrs. Loichinger, Mr. Day, Mr. Marchert, Mr. & Mrs Myotte, Mr. & Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Spalla, Mrs. Hesslau & Ms. Alexander) for the Confirmation trip to St. Mark’s.


Our Youth Group is interested in working for the adults in our church who may need help with their house or yard (light household chores, yard work or window washing). If you need any extra muscle from our young teens, please contact Mrs. Lynne Lamparski, Teen Small Group Leader) or Chuck Kozielski, Friendship Group Chair).

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JAMUTC (Jesus and Me Under the Cross)

JAMUTC (a youth group for grades 5 – 8) will meet on Wednesday, March 5 and 19 at 6-7 p.m. in the Chapel. Come join us for fun and fellowship! Bring your friends!

Jesus and Me Under the Cross junior high youth group will be working with Toy Box Connection to collect items for children in homeless shelters, foster homes, orphanages, hospitals and special needs groups. This organization is located in Orland Park and donations are kept in our own communities. We will be delivering the items on Saturday April 12 along with 100 handmade prayer boxes made by our youth. Please support our efforts to make a difference in children`s lives. We will have a donation box in Rev. Bill Johnson Hall. They accept toys that are in good condition with most parts included. The following is a list of items we will be collecting.


-any and all new and gently used toys

-monetary donations (tax deductible)




-video games and systems

-gift cards ($5 and $10 only)

-teen gifts highly desired (jewelry, purses,

backpack, sport equipment, water bottles etc)



-puzzles, crossword books

-stuffed animals


-card games

-and just about anything else kids might like





The time for applying for scholarships is here! Our church has FIVE different scholarships available! They are The Art Nelson Scholarship sponsored by the United Methodist Men, The Reverend & Mrs. Louis Teague Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Teague family, The Thomas H. and Ruth J. Loverude Scholarship sponsored by the Loverude family, The Richard Swanson Scholarship sponsored by the United Methodist Men, and our newest addition – The Rev. William G. and Ruth R. Johnson Scholarship sponsored by the United Methodist Men. Applicants do need to be members in good standing of the United Methodist Church of New Lenox. The scholarships are awarded to students attending or planning to attend a four year college or university, a two year college or vocational school, or graduate school. For at least one of the scholarships, awards can be granted to the same person more than once through reapplication. There is one form to complete to apply for all four of the scholarships. The criteria and application form for the scholarships are available through the church office. Completed application forms for consideration will need to be returned to the church office by 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 16, 2014.


Youth Sunday Morning Experience for 7th Grade through High School are encouraged to join in this energy-filled worship experience every Sunday at 9 A.M. in the Chapel!



Remember to purchase your gift cards on Sunday from the Youth and help raise money for the youth mission trip, Great-Escape and other youth events throughout the year at the same time!


A percentage immediately goes to the church for youth ministries! Order forms are available outside the church office at the information center.


2014 Youth Summer Mission Trip

has been scheduled for June 8 – 13 to Louisville, Kentucky. Sign up now! Total cost will be $279 (non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at the registration). Any youth 8th grade this school year through High School may go.

Please pray for our

New 8th Grade

Confirmation Class.

We have 19 wonderful students.

Nick Alexander, Emily Bonebrake, Jessica Danielson, Jessica Day, Megan Deneen, Ryan Gearman, Briana Keogh, Nick Krohn, Paige Malecky, Alex Marchert, Nathan Myotte, Brandon Power, Alec Redman, Jamie Sargent, Andrea Skinner, Christian Spalla, Jack Taylor, Jimmy Wainwright, Garett Warning.

Rev. Sarah Hyejin Hong

Associate Pastor of UMC of New Lenox

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Wildside (Youth Game night) will be held every Thursday 7pm. We will need more parents helpers. Contact Judy Selby if you (or your parent) can volunteer. Come and bring a friend to join in the fun and fellowship of this exciting event.See you all there!

Any youth looking for community hours??

Our neighbor church, Manhattan UMC started “Homework Club” (Tues. & Thurs. 3:30-4:30) and they are looking for teen helpers. If you are interested in helping, see Pastor Sarah.


If anyone is interested in joining the “Big Sister Little Sister” program, contact Lynne at (815) 545-4609 or the church office at (815) 485-8271.


Feeding the Hungry…


The New Lenox Township Food Pantry is experiencing high numbers of residents who are visiting the pantry. The pantry is having difficulty keeping up with the demand. Please continue to bring donations to our “pantry cart” that can be found in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.

beans,corn, peas

instant mashed potatoes

instant flavored rice

peanut butter

breakfast cereal

spaghetti sauce spaghetti noodles

noodle side dishes like

pasta or noodle roni

These are the food items the pantry is most in need of…

chicken noodle soup

tomato soup

tuna fish, canned meats



ravioli or spaghettios

green beans,corn, peas


instant mashed potatoes

instant flavored rice


peanut butter

breakfast cereal

spaghetti sauce


The Pantry is in need of COOKIES. The New Lenox Food Pantry is having a “Cookie Drive”. Because the kids are off for the summer, the New Lenox Food Pantry would like to donate cookies for all the needy families with children. Please help fill the cart with cookies.

Thank you for your generosity!

Missions at UMCNL


Thursday, April 3rd from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on our mobile coach

One Great Hour of Sharing – Sunday March 9


One Great Hour of Sharing delivers hope to those that need it the most. Families and communities that survive disasters such as the tornadoes in Illinois in 2013 needed help and hope. One Great Hour of Sharing allows UMCOR and the United Methodist Church to respond with the most impact. The offering from One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday covers the costs of doing business. 100% of all other funds raised for UMCOR can be used then for specific causes.


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Thank you for supporting the Birthday in a Bag Project! The New Lenox Food Pantry has reported it to be a very successful and helpful program. Hannah Circle will continue to assemble the bags and will appreciate any of the following donations: a cake mix, a can of frosting, a small bottle of vegetable oil, and/or a box of birthday candles. There is a Birthday Bag receptacle under the grocery cart in the Narthex. Happy Birthday!

Joliet Ridgewood Food Pantry

UMCNL has been volunteering at this site (Joliet Trinity

UMC Aux. building) the 1st Wednesday of every month

from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

We are looking for more volunteers as well as prayers &

support from our congregation. Please see Martha Nelson

or Aija Bjorklund if you can help.

We are looking for 4 volunteers for serving at Morning

Star Mission Dinner Program on the first Sunday of every

month from 3:45 – 6 p.m. To sign up for 2014, contact Pastor

Sarah or Lisa Tullos if you can help. We are grateful for your

service in this ministry.


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What’s Happening in Worship This Month?


Worship Music in March


2 9:00 a.m. Chancel Choir

10:45 a.m. Celebration Bells


9 9:00 a.m. Herald Bells

10:45 a.m. Special Music


16 9:00 a.m. Quartet

10:45 a.m. Chancel Choir


23 9:00 a.m. Majestic Bells

10:45 a.m. Youth Choir


30 9:00 a.m. Celeste Choir

10:45 a.m. Cherub Choir




Attention Members…


If you have lost your name tag or never received one, please contact Dennis Lamparski for a new one.


The United Methodist Church of New Lenox




(Your Name Here)

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Liturgists Needed!!!


If anyone would like to be a Liturgist, please contact Janet Madarik.



If you are interested in being a greeter on Sunday mornings before the 9:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. service, please contact Patty Wakey.


Coffee Hour in March


2 New Member Class and

Membership Committee


9 Finance Committee and Girl Scouts


16 Kids & Company Pre-School


23 Stewardship and Missions Committees


30 Staff Parish and Trustees Committees


The Next UMM Breakfast Meeting March 1st. in The Rev. William G. Johnson Fellowship Hall at 8:00 a.m. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Salim James of Joliet. He will speak of his life as a Christian growing up in a Muslim World. You are always welcomed to bring a friend and your sons and grandsons are always welcomed.

Aluminum Can Recycling Bin


Everyone is urged to save your aluminum cans and drop them off in our new recycling bin to help raise money for various funds within our church. The attractive Aluminum Can Recylcing Bin, located at the southeast corner of our parking lot next to the paper recycling bins.

The Mens’ Ministry in Milling is selling firewood in the near future. The wood will be sold in small bundles ($5) as well as face cords ($100).Contact Bill Christiansen or

Michael Johnston for more details on how you can purchase the firewood for your summertime campfires!


The United Methodist Men would like to offer shirts for sale to our congregation. These shirts make wonderful gifts for those that already “have everything.”

Both Polo Shirts are available for $27 each. One polo shirt has the picture of The United Methodist Church of New Lenox and comes in white ~ the other is for The United Methodist Men with the Cross and Flame, with the option of adding personalization for an additional $5.

To order, please fill out an form that can be found at the information table or welcome table turn in to the church office.



Black with

White with Picture Cross and Flame

of Church for United Methodist Men

Quantity Quantity *Personalization

(fill out below)

____ Small ____ Small _______________

____Medium ____ Medium _______________

____ Large ____ Large _______________

____ X Large ____ X Large _______________

____ 2XL ____ 2XL _______________

*Personalization = additional $5 (please personalize with the following)

Name __________________________ Phone # ___________

Address __________________________________________

City ______________________State _____ Zip___________

Total Number Shirts ordered ____ Total Cost $________

Paid by: ____Cash ____ Check # __________

Thank you for supporting The United Methodist Men of New Lenox.

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Methodist Men Do!!!


The UMM are selling United Methodist Cross plaques, with the proceeds going to support their Scholarships. Please, if you haven’t already done so, find a UM Man and purchase one. Details can be had by contacting any UMM member.















(Working, Useable, NO junk)




Jim Speicher



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Women’s News


Lydia Circle will meet on on March 11th, NOTE this is the second Tuesday only for this month, meeting at the church, Patty Wake is the hostess, no program as we are meeting with the Pastors and Kay Green has the prayer.


Ruth Circle will not be meeting March 5, as it falls on Ash Wednesday. Please try to attend the morning or evening Ash Wednesday service.




Women interested in joining a Women’s Circle who aren’t sure which one they may enjoy the most, please contact June Miller, Dolores Barenz, Nancy Jarosik or Wendy Miller at the church office (815) 485-8271. They will be able to explain the age groups and meeting times of the various circles and the contact names of the persons for those circles.

United Methodist Women

Putting Faith, Hope and Love into Action


As UMW members, we support one another and walk with one another through life’s difficulties and joys. In addition to being a part of this warm fellowship, we are participating in missions with women, children and youth through our gifts and hands-on work, both locally and around the world. We invite all women of the church to join us by participating in any of these Circle meetings.


Mary Circle will meet March 18, 2014 at Norma Kollman’s home. Vernette Manzi will present a program and Anna Melton will have devotions.



Hannah Circle graciously thanks all who purchased “Animal Pants” for Valentine’s Day! All proceeds–$136—have been donated to the Emergency Fund.

Aurora District UMW Mission Team


As Aurora District UMW Secretary, I would like to extend this invitation from the District Nomination Chair for the Aurora District UMW Mission Team. This is a wonderful group of women throughout the Aurora District that meet about four times a year to plan the District meeting and training events. I joined this team as Treasurer back in 2008 through 2012, then was asked to be Secretary for the 2013-2014 term. I was apprehensive at first, but the work really is not as intimidating as one might think, and you extend your circle of friends and UMW connections to a wider group of women throughout the district instead of just your own unit or circle., as well as open your eyes to even more of what UMW is all about and has to offer.


As we move forward it is very important for us to know who we are, who needs encouragement and who would like to join us. Please consider saying yes when called or contact/call Donna Petersen at or 708-349-0150.


Please, prayerfully consider joining the Aurora District Mission Team. We would love to have some new faces and ideas join the team!


~ Wendy Miller

Aurora District UMW Secretary





Hannah Circle will prepare a meal for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn Saturday, March 15. The meal will be prepared at church at 9 a.m. We will take the meal to RMH at 2 p.m. and serve at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to cook, serve, or both! Questions? Contact Judy Brower at



3/1 Charles Clark

Ryan Hesslau

Brian Kelly

James T. Pitcairn

Richard Predl

Susan Reyelts

Paul Smith


3/2 Susan Heaton

A.J. Jasurda

James Spalla

Tracy Theodour


3/3 Donna Kickert

William Krohn

Adeline Normand

Rosemary Stazak


3/4 Paul Blom

Megan Grant

Henry Schroll


3/5 Debbie Speicher

3/6 Jay Carr

Ashley Hopper

Nicole Veerman


3/7 Elizabeth Clark

Pam, Everts

Charles Matesi


3/8 Dave Johnson

Matthew McCarthy

John Vandenbergh


3/9 Lori Bader

Kim Ingram

Will Jennings

Cody Vogler


3/10 Diane Bucksath


3/11 Cynthia Cook

Danielle Delaney

Gary Fritz

Heather Goewey

Dakota Lorenz

Cole Silha

Paige Veihl


3/12 Natalie Gnade

Deborah Harvey

Ken Klug

Mitchell Mitera


3/13 Alyssa Alberico

Emily Gross

Suzanne Hammond

Joan McKune

Alec Redman

Sydney Swanberg


3/14 Kristin Burnier

Jane Ingmire

Kenzie Neubauer

Nicholas Pyles


3/15 Jo Anne Born

Tony Darin

Caleb Hong

Matthew Harvey

Gale Murphy


3/16 Don Bensema

Betty Hoyt

Danica Johnson

William Lorenz

Patrick Phillips


3/17 Gavin Gleason

Zoe Sullivan


3/18 VIolet Higgins

Laura Olewinski


3/19 Sherry Maurer

Larissa Olewinski

Paige Prochaska

Brendan Sauriol


3/20 Georgina Koenig

Samantha Larson

Frances Pease

Alex Smith


3/21 Brett Gustafson

Sara Gustafson


3/22 Jacob Bodenchak

Chris Borchert

Kelly Bufford


3/23 Melissa Clark

Mark Hendrickson

Michael Mitera

George Neill





3/24 Jill Ishii

Fredrick Manzi

Alexzandra McQuen

Christopher Pyles

Jill Ramirez

Richard Redman

Julie Rhodes


3/25 Jill Murphy

Rose Shamonski

Ray Trent, Jr.


3/26 James Haring

Michaella Johnston


3/27 Alex Adler

Allison Danielson

Cheryl L:arson

Gwen Vandenbergh


3/28 John Harvey

Bryce Pitcairn

Kristine Loverude


3/29 Jennifer Nelson


3/30 Josh Bodenchak

Marianne Dewey

Margery Ellis

Kim Kosmatka

Patsy Loverude

Mitchell Olewinski

Joathan Petyuko

McKenna Williams


3/31 Caryn Bath

Ellen Haas

Harriet Koller

Alkexandria Marchert

Katherine Pacetti

Connie Petyko



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March Birthdays




Jim Pitcairn and Dave McCune were honored for their service at the Annual Charge Conference November 4, 2013, and in worship January 19, 2014.


Jim joined the UMCNL in 1964. He served on the building committee in the 70s which resulted in our current building on this property which was completed in 1976. He and his wife Kathryn sponsored the MYF in the late 60’s and early 70’s. He served on SPRC as well as Trustees and was Trustees chair. He was the Chair of the Together We Grow Building Committee.


Dave joined the church in 1993. He served on SPRC and on Trustees two terms and was the chair of Trustees for the majority of both terms. In 2001 and 2002, he was involved in the early planning aspects of strategic planning for our ministries and building expansion. He was the Together We Grow Steering Committee Chair and co-chaired Together We Grow. His leadership continued through construction and the follow-up financial campaigns.


Jim and Dave were presented with the Flame of Inspiration Service Award. This award was selected because of the flame and how that flame relates to our church.


The traditional symbol—the cross—was linked with a single flame with dual tongues of fire. The resulting insignia is rich in meaning. It relates The United Methodist church to God through Christ (represented by the cross) and to the Holy Spirit (represented by the flame). The flame is a reminder of Pentecost when witnesses were unified by the power of the Holy Spirit and saw “tongues, as of fire” (Acts 2:3). The two tongues of a single flame may also be understood to represent the union of two denominations: the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The elements of the emblem also remind us of a transforming moment in the life of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, when he sensed God’s presence and felt his heart “strangely warmed.”


When we look at the flame and the cross on these service awards, let us remember why we serve: to glorify God and the edify others. Jim and Dave are two very deserving servants of our church who stepped up and said, “Here I am Lord, use me.” May their examples of service inspire us all to serve our church to the very best of our ability so that we, too, may do all that we can to deepen our faith, our love for our church, and our love for our Lord and fulfill the mission of “making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”


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A1C Michael B. Cleary

(New address to come – has been re-assigned to Afghanistan)

Eric Wheeler

741 Cherokee Rd.

Eglin AFB, FL 32542

Darren Thews

5 EAMS/01-B

APO, AE 09855


Darren is Gluten intolerent if you are sending a care package.

Write to our Military Men and Women and let them know how thankful you are for their service to this country!






Church Calendar On-line


We are moving all our calendar information to our on-line calendar so that anyone with a computer can have instant access to our calendar at all time. No longer will you have to go looking for an old bulletin or old newsletter to see what day or time a church event will take place.


Beginning immediately, you can access the church calendar through the church website. Go to (the church home page), and click the “UMCNL Calendar” tab on the left column to get the list of church activities.


You can also request a day, time and location for your event through our church website. To request being on the calendar, go to and click on the “Contact Us” tab on the left column. That will take you to a form to fill out on-line. Once you submit your calendar request you will get a return email acknowledging your request.



Follow us on twitter


and keep up with what is happening at our church!


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UMCNL is on Facebook! If you have a Facebook account, search “United Methodist Church of New Lenox.” Make sure you get to the right page – it has a picture of our sanctuary as the profile picture. Be sure to click on the “like” button on top of the page so you get our updates. And be sure to refer the page to your friends!



Communications is on the UMCNL Website!


Communications Committee now has an online form for all committees and event holders to use to inform the central core of Communications of what needs to be advertised when, where, by what means and for how long. The Communications Committee is hoping that, by everyone on the committee having access to the same information that each “hub” of the Communication “Wheel” to will be able to perform its duties as per their assignments without one of the balls getting dropped along the way. Each Committee Member is assigned certain types of Communication from the following choices: Happenings, Guide, Postcards, e-mails, free webnews sites, published ads, signage for events, Route. 30 sign, and church website, twitter, facebook accounts. Just visit us on the web at, click on the Communications Request tab, fill out the online form and hit “submit.” Everyone on the committee will have the information and the areas in which you wish to have it communicated. It’s that easy! No more lost notes on the office desk! No more dropped balls! Each committee member that is assigned your specific request of communication will respond with an e-mail to you that they have the information and are handling their specific task. In this way, you will know who is in charge of newspaper ads, for example. If the ad doesn’t appear in the paper, you will know who to speak with as to what happened and why.


Visit and make them your search engine BEFORE trying Google. Register through them so that your searches credit back to the United Methodist Church of New Lenox, IL and the church will earn 1¢ for each search you do! Make them your home page and you don’t have to worry about remembering to use them first, before trying Google!






If you feel that you are falling behind in your pledge giving at any time during the year due to the inability to attend and would like an option to catch up by other than dropping off your offering or mailing it in, you may also give via Paypal online at


This way, if you wish to catch up, you do not have to wait until the end of the year during the busy Holy Season of Christmas to do so.



The Columbarium Committee would like to remind you that columbarium niches may be purchased in the church office. Selection of niches will be on a first-come-first-served basis. See Wendy or Jackie for details.

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Volunteers Needed to assemble the Guide every month on the Wednesday after the third Sunday at 9:00 a.m. every month. This is a great help to the office staff and a great time to fellowship with other members.


Cleaning for a Reason


If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning – once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It’s our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along. Visit get more information and/or sign up for this service.



Altar Flower Dates Available

There are many opportunities to sign up for flowers for the altar for the 2013 worship year. Please sign up by picking up an envelope from the desk of the church office, fill out the front, place payment inside and turn in either in the offering plate or in the church office.


Your flower donation will show up on your giving statement as part of your gift to the church for tax purposes.


Shop & Share at Berkot’s

Remember to participate in the monthly Shop & Share at Berkot’s. The first Monday and Tuesday of the month (March 3 and 4, 2014). Use one slip and give one to a friend!


2141 Calistoga Dr., New Lenox, IL 60451


Store #300 Checker #_____


United Methodist Church of New Lenox


Berkot’s Community Involvement Days are good for:

March 3 and 4, 2014 (Mon/Tues)


Total amount of purchase ___________________________

(Excluding tobacco, cigarettes, liquor, or tax)


Date of Shopping ___________________


Customer’s Signature ___________________________________



2141 Calistoga Dr., New Lenox, IL 60451


Store #300 Checker #_____


United Methodist Church of New Lenox


Berkot’s Community Involvement Days are good for:

March 3 and 4, 2014 (Mon/Tues)



Total amount of purchase ___________________________

(Excluding tobacco, cigarettes, liquor, or tax)


Date of Shopping ___________________

Customer’s Signature ___________________________________


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Call the church office and have us add you to our e-mail list for the Guide or

e-mail us with the e-mail address you would like us to use at


I would like to thank everyone (especially Hannah Circle) for all their prayers, cards, e-mails, and well wishes during my recent hospitalization, recuperation and related therapy. I will be returning to work (part-time) this week.

~ Linda Borgman



Dear Church Family,


I would like to thank the congregation for the cards, thoughts and prayers during my recent bout with breast cancer. I am currently undergoing radiation treatment and am doing remarkably well. A special thank you to Hannah Circle for the “Praying in Color” book and journal I received in the mail. That gesture touched me deeply and I thank God for each and every one of you.


I still feel the love of this church with me two years after our move to Pennsylvania. May God continue to bless this church, the pastors, staff and the entire congregation. This church will always feel like “home” to me because of the wonderful people God has placed here.


With my love to my Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


Robin Sommers



Bulletin Board Postings


The bulletin board in the Fellowship Area is a great way to let the church family know what is going on within our church and community. The posted information needs to meet the following 4 criteria so that there is a consistent guideline to follow in approving those items that are posted on the bulletin board and that these guidelines adhere to the values of our church and the advancement of our ministry purposes:

Postings should include these 4 core values of belonging, growing, reaching and serving. By meeting these four criteria, we hope to further the Kingdom of God and one’s growing in Christ.


To have an item posted on the bulletin board, please bring it to Jackie or Wendy in the church office.


Remember to bring your newspapers, magazines, and old phone books to the recycle bins located at the southeast corner of the church parking lot. Tell your friends and neighbors about our recycling program, too. It benefits our Together We Grow Fund.


The Church Guide is published monthly for the United Methodist Church of New Lenox. The deadline for the submission for the April 2014 issue is Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Articles for the Church Guide should be submitted via the website form under the “Communications Request” tab. If you are unable to access the web, please leave your article in the Business Office Mailbox in the office. Articles may be edited for content and/or space. Questions should be directed to Wendy Miller by calling the church office at (815) 485-8271 or by e-mailing the above address.