Message from our Consistory President
Dear Congregation –
As we leave 2019 behind, I want to thank the congregation of St. Mary’s for their support during the past year. We have had a challenging year! Without the dedication of you the congregation, the members of a very dedicated Consistory, and the chairs and members of the Ministry teams, we would not have been able to move forward in the manner that we have. The great work of our staff also needs mentioning. Special thanks go to Revs. John and Rebecca Shillingburg for filling our pulpit during this time of transition. You, the members of St. Mary’s, should be proud of the traditions that you have kept during this time. Now we look forward to a new era of hope and promise beginning February 1st with our new settled pastor Rev. Sam Chamelin.
Peace & Blessings
Consistory President 2019
Be sure to check out the Pastor Page link above, updated to include a message from Pastor Chamelin.
January 2020 Highlights & Quick Reads
January 5th - 2020 Consistory Installation
January 5th - Communion
January 5th - Brief Worship Meeting following church
January 12th - Annual reports and directory updates due to the office
January 26th - Annual meeting
At our congregational meeting on December 8th we elected two elders and two deacons to serve two year terms on our consistory beginning in January 2020. The individuals that were elected are as follows:
Gene B – Elder
Tommie M – Elder
Joe B - Deacon
Melissa H - Deacon
The following members were elected to our nominating ministry for 2020:
Mary Ann D
Thank you to these nine members who agreed to serve in these capacities.
Our 2020 Consistory
*indicates serving 2nd of two year term
New Consistory to Be Installed
The new members of Consistory for the year 2020 will be ordained and installed during our morning worship on Sunday, January 5th, at 10:30 AM. Worship of God is the first duty and responsibility of all of us as the members of Christ’s body. As we start our new year together, let us all resolve to be present for worship at every opportunity.
The Annual Meeting of St. Mary’s United Church of Christ is scheduled for Sunday, January 26th, at 12 Noon following our morning worship service and Table Fellowship. All members of the church are urged to be present at this event that is so important in the life of our congregation. Copies of the Annual Report will be available on the prior Sunday.
At this meeting we will:
Receive annual reports
Have a time for questions and answers
Share ideas on Congregational focus in 2020
2019 Annual Report Changes Deadline
Please have your ministry’s annual report in to the office by January 12th 2020. This helps us ensure we are able to make the printing deadlines and have the reports ready for you by the annual meeting.
Please also have updates to the Church Directory submitted to the office by January 12th.
Christian Education and Spiritual Formation News
Children & Youth Sunday School
Children’s Sunday School resumes Sunday, January 5th at 9:30 AM. We hope to see you there!
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
As we move into a new year, we would like to thank everyone who helped with Outreach Ministry this past year. Help came in the form of time, donations of items, and/or money for many different Outreach projects including: clothing for clothing drives, school supplies, gifts for Homewood and Springfield Hospital, supplies for Disaster Buckets, books for the Little Library. These are just a few ways we at St. Mary’s UCC have given back to the community. As we enter a new year let us strive to continue to be a shining light in the community.
Thanks to your support and generosity, we had another successful year of fundraising in 2019. Here are some tentative/planned dates for our 2020 activities:
EASTER CANDY SALE—Orders from March 15th through March 28th. Delivery on April 5th (Palm Sunday)
DESIGNER BAG BINGO—April 18th (more details to follow later) at North Carroll Community School
COOKIE WALK—December 12th 2020
Thanks to all and wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year
Little Library Update
This year we passed our one-year mark for our Little Library located at Brewer’s Market. The library continues to be well used. Stop by some time and take a look at the comments and see the impact on our community. We are always in need of young children books and for youth appropriate books. A special thanks to Barb B and Mike Mc who have served as our librarians.
Pastoral & Congregational Care
Pastoral Care During the Transition: Please call the church office if you are in need of pastoral care or a hospital visit for a serious illness. The office maintains a list of local pastors to call until an interim or settled pastor can be called.
The Congregation and your pastor would like to be available to visit and help during times of personal stress, loss, and hardship in ways that are most beneficial to you. Pastoral and Congregational care can be provided in many ways, but here some common ways:
Visits (hospital, nursing home, home)
Placing your name on the prayer chain and prayer list
To help us provide excellent care, we kindly ask that you consider the following:
Hospitalizations: if you or a loved one are taken to the hospital or having surgery, hospitals will no longer call churches and pastors to inform us. They also cannot reveal personal information to us. We kindly ask that you reach out to the Church office.
Nursing home/Home visits: Please let the Church Office know directly if you or a loved one would like to have a visit. It is our goal to visit shut-ins regularly every few months.
Deaths/Funerals: We recognize the death of a loved one is very stressful. We kindly ask that you let the Church/pastor know as soon as possible. If you would like to have a funeral at the church or a funeral luncheon, we kindly ask that you coordinate with the Church Office or Tommie Mayo while you are making arrangements to ensure the church and volunteers are available to help.
Pastoral Care: An important part of pastoral ministry is soul care. If you or a loved one are experiencing a time of personal stress, loss of a loved one, or hardship, and would like to speak with someone, please reach out to the Church Office. Strictest confidences are kept.
Congregational Meals: If you know someone who might benefit from a few meals or you might benefit from a few meals during a period of hardship, please contact St. Mary’s meal coordinator, Bonnie.
Prayer Chain: if you would like your name placed on the prayer chain, please contact Belinda, St. Mary’s Prayer Chain Coordinator.
We recognize that stressful times are that, stressful. But we kindly ask that you consider the above to help the Church and Pastor serve each of our members in loving, caring, and beneficial ways.
When the weather outside is frightful, enjoy the convenience of Electronic Giving
We’d like to remind you that we offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular offering. Electronic giving offers convenience and consistency and has been proven secure. You may choose direct debit giving from your bank account or use a credit or debit card. The plan is flexible; ranging from a 1-time gift to a regularly recurring transaction at your discretion. Online giving allows you to access our church website – www.stmarysucc.org – at any time to set up a donation plan, change an existing plan, make a 1-time donation or view your donation history. As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. Additional information is available by contacting Sabrina, financial secretary.