April Newsletter from Marceline UMC

April 2021

From Pastor John...

Christ the Lord is Risen!
He is Risen indeed!

This is the traditional greeting on Easter morning, and it is a powerful statement that we can make. One that follows that at the end of the service is the call to go and live as Easter people. It's one thing to say that Christ is risen, but it's another to say we should live as Easter people. That one is much more of a challenge.

>>Read more here

Pastor John

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Monthly Calendar


7am-7:30am Scripture Reading on KDWD 99.1


4pm Centering Prayer Live on our Facebook Page
5:30pm Prayer Group in the downstairs Sunday School classroom

7am-7:30am Scripture Reading on KDWD 99.1

Online Worship on our website (click on the link for Sunday's date)
9am Facebook Worship
10:10am Worship in the Sanctuary

Other Church Events
4/1: Maundy Thursday
4/2: Good Friday
4/4: Easter!
4/5: 3pm-5pm Food Pantry in the Fellowship Hall
4/11: After 10:10am worship, Anyone interested in gardening or putting together a community garden
4/14: 1:10pm Orpha Circle in the Fellowship Hall
5pm Green Space Committee
4/19: 3pm-5pm Food Pantry in the Fellowship Hall

Community Calendars
Marceline School Calendar
My Country 99.1 Community Calendar

Office Hours
Beth: Thurs-Fri, 8am-1pm

Pastor John: Monday all day,others by appointment (or just stop in)

2021 Graduates!

Graduation time is almost here!
Please email the church or let Andrea Vandeloecht know if you have a graduate this year.

Orpha Circle will meet April 14th at 1:30 in the church Fellowship Hall. Eleanor Ravens has the program and Cheryl Cavanah has the devotion. Janice Yates is the Hostess. All ladies of the church are invited to join us for Faith & Fellowship. Please wear your mask.

Big thank you to everyone who donated for our Lent Giving this year! There's a lot of diapers up there, and a good amount of formula too. We also raised just over $2300 for the Pregnancy Resource Center. If you missed out and would still like to give, you can send a check to the church (just put Lent Giving in the note) or you can give online. Every little bit helps.

The Backyard!

Above is the beginning of an idea. If you remember from several years ago, there used to be a house behind the church. For a very short time it made a great haunted house, and now it makes a great place for grass.

Back when this was done, the hope was that we would do something with all of that space that would take the ministry of our church outside. In the last year we've seen that we can reach out in ways that we didn't know we could do before. This is our next opportunity to do that again by making our backyard a ministry space for us, and for our community.

The image above isn't to scale, but is meant to give you an idea of what we're thinking. There is a storage shed for tables, chairs, grill, firepit, outdoor equipment, etc. The pavilion is set to have a stage on the west end to help with worship, weddings, concerts, VBS, family gatherings, and so on. The evergreen trees which will top out at about 8-10ft will help frame our backyard and provide a nice backdrop our anything that is going on. We're looking at a playground set that might look something like the one at this link. That will both give our kids someplace to play, and give us another option for ministry and storytelling. We've got group that is working on a community garden setup close to the road. That opens up all sorts of possibilities for vegetables, herbs, fruits, and whatever else we can find. They will be in raised beds for easier upkeep also. We still have more ideas like a volleyball court, gaga ball (ask the kids), permanent firepit, and others.

We already have many funds that have been set aside for this project, but will need to raise some more. We also need your help. We need your prayers, questions, ideas, concerns, and hopes for what we can do with this space. As we move farther into this project, we'll have times set aside to talk through these things, but please feel free to ask about this project at anytime.


4 - Jackson Gordon
4 - Shelley Lake
6 - Josie Gullett
7 - George Coe
7 - Tyler Malins
8 - Sarah Heller
13 - Emma Heller
19 - Allegra DeWeese
20 - Melinda Renshaw
22 - Kassidy Huffman

22 - Zach Shoenfelt
23 - Mark Robinson
23 - Alyssa Moore
24 - Kim Groman
27 - Raechel Lindbloom
29 - Kyndal Stallo
29 - Bill Daniels
29 - Dawn McKinstry
30 - John Wellman
30 - Kloee Friedley

Prayer List

Breakthrough Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, come show us how we can be the spiritual heart of this community

Goals: Grow in faith, Understand our role in the community, Listening for God's voice daily

Groups: Church: Denomination, Conference, Area UMC's, Area Churches
Schools: Students, Teachers, Administrators, Employees
Young Adults, Newcomers, Unchurched
Government: Leaders, Local, County, State, National

Situations: Covid-19 Pandemic, Racism, Economic Disparity

Individuals: Jennifer Gau Family, John Moore, Linda Sterbenz, Leona Schaefer, Pam Epperson, Gary Carlson, Janet Barter, Kyle Lake, Bryant Dunn, Linda Ewigman, Kenny Mauzey, Gene Taylor, Kara Robinson, John Christy, Colt Parris, Johnny Helton, Gary Taylor, Kenny Bailey, Angie Builder, Bob & Pat Magee, Pearl Miller, Zoe Tolliver, Amber Carmichael, Nathan Cook, Sarah Cavanah (married to Brad), Joan Sportsman, Shane Cavanah, Dan Brooks, Wayne Heins, Ruth Farris, Linda Korte, Mary Sayler, Lynn Fellmann, Mark Ewigman, C.A. Lain, Thomas Wellman

Pioneer: Mabel Worley, Marilyn Mears
Bristol Manor: Annie George
Lenoir Woods: Ed McLachlan

Military Service
Patric Munson, Nick Cain, LTC John Casey Welch, Tyler Nanneman, Jeffrey Tucker, Kelly Tucker, Brandon Wellman, Heath Floray, Steve Graves, Michael Pyrtle, William Leukenotte, Kerry Lowrey

Parting Shots

Below are pictures of what's been happening in the last month
These are pictures from Easter, Holy Week, and some others.