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Goal Setting Meeting

On Saturday, 11 January, all Council members and church members are encouraged to help take the Christmas decorations down at 9:00 am.  Following will be a Goal Setting meeting at 11:00 am. Lunch will be served after the meeting. Please join us!

2020 Schedule of Lay Servant Ministries Classes

All Classes are open to anyone. For those on the lay servant or lay speaker tracks, “Basic” is required as a first class. After “Basic”, there are 6 specific classes required to become a certified lay speaker. Those classes are noted and are also open to anyone. A lay servant needs to take one advanced class after the “Basic” to receive certification as a lay servant.

Contact Claudia Emken, Spoon River District Lay Servant Ministries Director at cemken@mymctc.net with questions or to register for these classes.

All classes will be posted on the IGRC calendar on the Lay Servant Ministries page at the conference website, igrc.org.  <!–split–>

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 8 am to 6 pm. Deadline to register: 1/18/20 Galva Grace, 108 SE 2nd St, Galva, IL.  CLASS TITLE:  “Life Together in the United Methodist Connection” (Polity; this is one of six required classes toward certified lay speaker).

Saturday, April 25, 2020 8 am to 6 pm. Deadline to register: 4/4/2020 Kirkwood UMC, 215 S Kellogg St CLASS TITLE: “Leading Worship” (open to anyone. This is one of six required classes toward certified lay speaker).

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 8 am to 6 pm. Deadline to register: 8/29/2020 Maquon UMC, 322 East Street, Maquon. 3 classes are offered:

CLASS TITLE: “Called to Preach” (open to anyone. This is one of six required classes toward certified lay speaker).

CLASS TITLE:  “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts” (open to anyone. This is one of six required classes toward certified lay speaker)

CLASS TITLE:  “Public Prayer” (open to anyone. This is one of six required classes toward certified lay speaker)

More classes, including “Basic”, “Living Our UM Beliefs”, and alternate advanced classes will be added to the calendar as plans are finalized. All classes will be posted on the IGRC calendar on the Lay Servant Ministries page at the conference website www.igrc.org.

Never Too Late

If there was just one word that would frighten any person, I think that word would be “Dementia”. Many of us have witnessed family members or friends afflicted by dementia in one of its many forms, including Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, recent research is showing that adopting healthy lifestyle habits can reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. <!–split–>

It is now recommended that DAILY:

  • Break a Sweat: Daily exercise that raises the heart rate increases blood flow to the brain and body.
  • Hit the Books: Daily work at learning new things. It keeps your brain active.
  • Butt Out: Smoking increases risk of dementia. By quitting, the risk for dementia decreases to levels of non -smokers.
  • Follow Your Heart: Risk factors for heart disease and stroke, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes increase the risk of dementia. Be proactive in caring for your heart and body.
  • Heads Up: Brain injury can raise your risk of dementia. Protect yourself, wear your seat belt, use a helmet for sports and cycling, and take steps to prevent falls.
  • Fuel Up Right: Eat a healthy balanced diet, with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit to reduce the risk of dementia.
  • Catch Some Zzzzzz’s: Poor sleep, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, or just not having a regular sleep schedule can result in problems with thinking and memory.
  • Take Care of Your Mental Health: Depression is linked to dementia. If you are anxious, depressed or overwhelmed by stress, seek medical attention.
  • Buddy Up: Staying socially connected supports brain health. Become a volunteer, participate in social activities, attend church functions (as well as worship), call your friends, and spend time with your family.
  • Stump Yourself: Challenge your brain by trying a new hobby, assembling furniture or children’s toys, do a jigsaw puzzle, create art, do word puzzles, and play games such as bridge and trivia. Keeping your brain active has short- and long-term benefits for cognitive health.

Today and every day, start (or continue) adopting these healthy habits for your brain and body.

Your Parish Nurse, Kara Ade

Recipe for a NEW YEAR

Take 365 days, trim off all the old memories of hate and discord.

Soak and wash thoroughly in plenty of love and courage.

Cut these days into 12 parts, cooking only one day at a time.

Be sure the fire is hot with enthusiasm and your kettle is bright with hope.

Season each kettle-full with some kindness for others and add patience, for small trials that come up every day.

Add a little earnestness and willingness.

Serve with smiles, praise and plenty of heartwarming joy, with your chin up.

-Author Unknown

Christmas Events

CHORDBUSTERS CHRISTMAS SHOW (fundraiser for Churches United Food Pantry) —  Friday, 6 December, 7:00 pm, Activity Center.

PRISCILLA CIRCLE CHRISTMAS PARTY- Lunch at Noon on Monday, December 9 at Riverfront Grille, 4619 34 St. Ct., Rock Island. Meet at 11:30 in the church parking lot to car pool .

COOKIE WALK (sponsored by UMW) —  Saturday,December 14, 8:00 am – Noon, Activity Center.

EVANS’ OPEN HOUSE  —  Sunday, December 15, 3:00-5:00 pm, Activity Center.

CALLAHAN FAMILY CHRISTMAS RECITAL – Sunday, December 22 – 3:00 pm – In the Sanctuary

Angel Child

December 1 & 8 we will have our fireplace in the hall with angel child names on it. Please take an angel or two and bring your wrapped gifts back to church by December 8th (for the Learning Center) December 15th for other. Thanks so much for your support!

On-Going

Pecans for Sale – $10 a bag – (this season’s crop)

Dining Club Books:  $35 (the church receives $10 of this amount) – Save money at local restaurants!

Christmas Poinsettias—$8.00 per plant (red, white and pink). (Order forms in bulletins.)