Email Newsletter for the week of August 20, 2017

Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church


Last Minute Reminder

Fundraiser Dinner for Neighbors Helping Neighbors Saturday, August 19

Cooper Lodge #36 will be hosting a pork steak dinner at the lodge (717 Main Street) 11 AM – 2 PM, to help raised the funds needed to purchase a walk-in freezer for our local food pantry ministry.  Tickets are $10, with children under 6 free.  Come to eat and enjoy the meal and company; but if you can’t come, carry-out is also available!  For information and tickets call Billie Sullivan 660-537-0929; Roy Cary 660-882-6440; or Kenny Swope 660-888-6255.


Work Day for Habitat House 919 Locust Saturday, August 19

Come at 9 AM, and be prepared for either cleaning or demo work!


Preparing for Worship

Gathering Music “Walking in the Sunshine” Dale Hopkins Espey


Scripture Matthew 15:21-28

21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.


Sermon “The Light in the Darkness”



UMH 553              “And Are We Yet Alive”                                 UMH 690              “The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, is Ended”

UMH 452              “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”                      UMH 549              “Where Charity and Love Prevail”


“By These Signs” Methodist Moment “Battle of the Northern Pastor”


Choral Benediction (vs. 6, #117 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come;

Be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.


Visitors who signed the attendance register at Worship Last Week

Francesco Bona.  Invite a friend, neighbor, or co-worker to come to worship with you this Sunday!


Calendar for the Week



4:30 4:12 Youth


21 Total Eclipse Day




6:00 Lay Leadership





Birthdays This Week

20        Leslie Reardon, Teresa Graham

21        Morgan Baker

23        Wiley McVicker

24        Christine Schmidt

25        Justin Wood

26        Elvin Farquhar

27        Becky Fredrich, Charlotte King


Prayer Requests

Long-term requests: Doc & Florence Banion, Virginia Brownfield, Wade Davis, Nellie Gingrich, Wes Gingrich, Marjorie Harman, Bart Riley, Martha Schrader


Health or other issues: Karen Barnette, Dorothy Bell, Dakota Cassenberry, Mark DeLange, Matt Donovan, the Farquhar’s daughter LeAnn, James Farris, Sharon Fleming, Jeff Green, Roger Hinck (Jo Parker’s father), Terry Kleeman, Cindy Koch, Nick Korte, Mac McGruder, Jennifer Metzger, Dan Nash, Sawyer Quinlan, Noah Rogers, Tommy Schnell, Karen Schnetzler, Julie Schupp’s father, Scott Shumaker, Marilyn Robb Siebert’s son Charley and daughter Carol, Pam Taylor, Sue Vanderhoff (Linda Gordon’s mother), Tim VonEngeln’s nephew, Chloe Wassman, James Young


Military Personnel: Adam Hartmann, Lt. Cdr Jimmy Fuemmeler, Lt. Col. Jeremy Gettings, Robert Mike Grissum, Sgt. Nickolas Haller, Lt. Will Parker, Nathan Powell, Travis Thebeau, Kyle Hunter, Lindie Adair


Our Covenant Mission Partner:  Gondola, Mozambique; Pastor Domingos Algineiro Quembo


Local Pastors: Rev. Marti Byers, Christ Episcopal; Rev. Glenna McVeigh, retired UM; Rev. Bridget Mitchell, St. Matthew’s AME


Persons stay on the list for as long as prayers are needed for them.

Contact the church office or reply to this email when that need for prayer has passed.


“Embrace Love” Resources Available

After the simmering issues of racism erupted once again, our denominational offices are reminding us of resources which can be downloaded for free to use in families, Sunday school classes, and other settings.  Go to to find articles, videos, and ideas!


Solar Eclipse August 21

You can see the eclipse from anywhere in Boonville, and there will be events at the airport and at Kemper fields.  In you are in Columbia, you can stop by the Missouri UM Conference office, where snacks and glasses will be provided.


Volunteers Needed for Habitat for Humanity House Renovation!

The house at 919 Locust (across the street and up the hill from David Barton Elementary) has been purchased, and a work schedule is taking shape.  The approved Habitat family is already working towards their “sweat equity” requirement by maintaining the yard.  Volunteers will be needed for: cleaning (house has been empty for a while), tearing off the back deck and replacing with new steps, new tile and flooring in bathrooms, rebuilding an exterior wall (formerly a garage entrance) and installing a new door; painting rooms; sealing the basement; and some exterior work.  There will be work days at the house on Saturday, August 19; Saturday, August 26; and several days the week of September 11-16.  If you can work one of these days, or has a group which could work another day, please contact Audrey Phelps or Pastor Nick.


Kids Hope News

Our mentors will be back in David Barton Elementary working one-on-one with a child in need of a reliable adult presence in their lives.  We are grateful for our continuing mentors, and welcome aboard 5 new mentors!  The first week in the school will be the week of September 5.  Please pray for our mentors and their children!


Looking Ahead – Dates for Your Calendar!

September 11-15             Community Service Project

September 17                    Community Service Project Celebration Sunday

September 24                    Laying of Wreath at grave of Margaret Nelson

October 1                            “Circuit Rider” Rev. Cleo Kottwitz at the 10:20 AM service

October 8                            Annual Church Conference at Hallsville UMC

October 15                          Bishop Bob Farr will preach at our 200th Anniversary worship service, 10:20 AM


7th Annual Fall Festival for Missions October 7

The annual Fall Festival for Missions is nearly here!  Our congregations past prayers and participation have been an important part of the success of this project.  We need your help again this year.  The Festival will be held on Saturday, October 7th, 9AM-2PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Through donation of items for the  silent auction,  gently used seasonal items and home decor, crafts, toys,  baked/canned goods, clean, nearly new handbags and jewelry or by providing needed items for the soup/sandwich lunch (on the Giving Tree), you can support this important fund raiser. 


Silent Auction Items should be donated by Oct. 1.  Please bring all other donated items October 2nd - 4th.  Please place them on the serving table in Fellowship Hall.  If you are unable to bring the item yourself, contact Diane Gettings (888-9612), Judy Peters (651-9976), Sharon Tiff (882-2080) or Carol Harris (537-2113).  They will be glad to pick up your donations. 


The Outreach Committee receives its funding primarily from three sources—The Fall Festival, the Sunday Brunch, and the Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner.  During the past year, those funds have been used for donations to the Boonslick Ministerial Alliance, the Pastor's Discretionary Fund, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Harvest House, the Youth Group's Mission Trip, and Baby Grace Summer Camp.  Funds were also used to purchase diapers and wipes for Baby Grace, Food and Paper certificates (given to persons in need by the church office), items to finish boxes for the Festival of Sharing and for the Family Food Boxes that were sent with Pastor Nick to Conference, shoes and socks for children who needed them at Hannah Cole and David Barton schools, food and gas cards for the adopted Christmas families, and two Buddy Packs.  Expenditures for these projects totaled $7,888.00.  The Outreach Committee also leads in preparing and serving funeral dinners, but due to the generous donations by family members, no Outreach funds have been needed.  The members of the Outreach Committee graciously give of their time, effort and money to make these missions possible.


Pray for the success of this event and those putting in the hours to prepare for it. 


Eyes and Ears Needed!

If you notice something around the church that need the attention of the Trustees (lights, fans, leaks, noises, etc.), please contact the church office immediately (leave a message on the answering machine if after hours) or contact Matt Parker, Trustees chairperson.  We want to keep our facilities safe, inviting, usable, and active!


Did You Know . . .

. . . You can make all or part of your giving to the church through an automatic electronic fund transfer?  We have an agreement with Vanco Services, officially authorized through the General Board of Church Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church, to make automated transfers to the church from your selected bank account in the amounts and times designated by you.  You also can change or stop the transfer by simply calling the church office, even after you have signed up for the service, if your circumstances change for any reason.  The church pays for the service (25 cents per transfer), so there are no hidden or extra fees added to your account.  You can pick up the enrollment form in the church office, or download it from our church website,, click on “My Gifts”, and scroll down to “Electronic Fund Transfer” to download the form.


“Celebration of Life” Form Now on our Church Website

You can help your family be prepared when the time comes for you to join the Church Triumphant.  We have a form which can help you organize your thoughts, history, and preferences for your service.  Go to our church website,, click on the “Worship” link on the home page (or “Sunday Worship” link on the menu), then scroll down to find the form.  Download the form, print it out, and then keep a copy where your family can access it.  You can also place a copy in the church office, where we will keep it in a permanent file.