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1 APRIL 2012 Geneseo Voice Geneseo United Methodist Church INSIDE THIS ISSUE: WORSHIP ASSISTANTS 2 BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES PRAYER REQUEST 2 CHILDREN S PAGE 4 SUMMER CAMP 5 NEWS FROM THE BOARDS CALENDAR 9 SCRIPTURES April 1 Mark 11: Corinthians 13:6-7 April 5 Maundy Thursday Luke 13:1-17, 31b-35 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 April 6 Good Friday John 18:1-19:42 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 April 8 John 20: Corinthians 13:8 April 15-Humor Sunday Luke 24:36b-44 April 22-John 20:19-31 April 29-John 10: WHERE IS HE? As I write this, we are preparing for the high point of the Christian year the center of our faith the Good News which echoes through the ages as we celebrate a little Easter each Sunday morning Jesus is not here! Jesus is not here? How is that good news? Well, it does sound a little odd, unless you know the context. Some women followers of Jesus - came to Jesus tomb on the first day of the week, the day after the Sabbath. On Friday Jesus had been crucified a horrible form of Roman execution saved for the most despicable offenders. Jesus body was then quickly laid in one of the caves in the area used for tombs. Unfortunately there wasn t time to properly prepare the body for burial before the Sabbath began at sundown and such work was not appropriate for the seventh day. So after waiting a day, the women came to the burial cave with the traditional spices and herbs to perform their last sad but loving act of kindness for their Lord. When they arrived at the tomb, they found it empty and they were shocked and heartbroken. Had someone stolen the body? They went into the tomb and saw a young man wearing a white robe. He is not here, he told the women, he has been raised again! Jesus is not here - was indeed an angel s glad tiding on that first Easter. But the Good News of Easter that we carry into the world today is that Jesus is very much here! Because Jesus has been raised, Jesus is here with us, loving and strengthening us, even when we suffer and sorrow. Because Jesus has been raised, Jesus is here with us, loving and laughing with us when we sing and dance. Because Jesus has been raised, Jesus is here with us, giving us grace and strength as we proclaim the joyful news that death does not have the last word that God s desire for peace and restoration is being worked out in our broken and battered world, that Jesus calls us to join him in making God s justice, mercy and love a reality in our homes, our workplaces, our community and our world. And because Jesus has been raised, we will live in communion with him forever! Jesus is not here he is risen! Jesus is risen and he is here! Allelulia! Your Sister in Christ, Pastor Christie Special April Fool's Edition! Just for fun, we've included 2 "fake" articles in this edition of the Geneseo Voice. Can you spot them or any other misprints? The first person to correctly call the church office and identify the fake articles will win a $5 gift certificate from the Waterloo Dairy Queen - no foolin'!

2 GENESEO VOICE PAGE 2 WORSHIP ASSISTANTS April Ushers: Joe and Sheryl Brandt April Greeters: Clay and Palyn Mitchell April Acolytes: Madison Howard April Coffee Servers: Sheryl Brandt Aniqa Prouse Jean Beenken Sandy Boomer Flowers: Sheryl Brandt Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I ll forgive Thy great big one on me. -Robert Frost CELEBRATION DATES BIRTHDAYS Sean Mitchell Kendall Putz Drew Mitchell Kit Chiu Julie Miehe Clay Mitchell Jenna Klein Mercedes Morris 3rd 4th 7th 9th 10th 10th 11th 13th Deb Reding Ed Whitmore Dennis Kersten John McQuilkin Kasey Stanek Dick Green Mary Jaquith Nathan Ferguson Rylee Sash 13th 13th 15th 16th 16th 17th 18th 19th 21st Will Mitchell 23rd Guy Mitchell 30th ANNIVERSARIES Don & Kalyn Putz David & Diana Sash Mike & Shellie Morrison Brian & Mary Jaquith Dennis & Donna Kersten 4th 19th 21st 23rd 30th PRAYER REQUESTS Bob Minkel, in hospice care at Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer Norman Mitchell, father of Craig Mitchell, living in Friendship Village in Waterloo Deloris Moffitt, stepmother of John Moffitt, living in a care center in Cedar Rapids Deb & Kelsey Mumm, recovering from injuries sustained in an auto accident Judy Vaughn, member of Geneseo living with her son in Illinois Keith Bader, recovering from kidney related issues at covenant Living With Cancer Inga Pickett, niece of Drew & Wade Mitchell Nola Piepergerdes, daughter of Norma Owens Bill Wells, brother of Diana Sash

3 PAGE 3 OPERATION OVERBOARD With Vacation Bible School approaching fast there are lots of ways we could use your help. Before and during. Planning, decorations, set-up, preparations, gathering supplies, registration, helping with meals, working with the kids. Also looking for helpers for the VBS Sunday event help with set up, games, food, clean-up. And much more. Help is greatly appreciated! In this action-packed adventure, your kids will swim with humpback whales and seahorses, scuba through a vibrant coral reef, and take a personal submarine to the ocean floor, where eels and octopi play. Through interactive lessons that are easy for kids to apply to their lives today, they will go deep into God s Word, exploring Bible stories of people who revealed deep faith by knowing how to: Depend on God Dare to care Claim Jesus Choose to follow Change the world Please come help make an impact on our kids with the best VBS yet. Evenings on July 16th 19th If you are interested in helping in anyway please notify: Jana Ryan We re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. -Japanese Proverb Did you happen to find any funny misprints or article? Keep your eyes out- WHY IS PASTOR CHRISTIE LIKE A OREO because some people think she s a lot better after she s been dunked! You will have an opportunity to test that theory on VBS Sunday, July 22 nd. During worship we ll enjoy songs by our VBS participants, find out about the lessons they learned, view photos and artwork from the week and enjoy a picnic celebration with games and fun following worship including a dunk tank (to highlight our VBS theme: Operation Overboard.) Get your pitching arm warmed up to dunk the Pastor and plan now to bring your family and friends for an awesome day! Remember, VBS is July 16-19!

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5 ARE YOU READY FOR ADVENTURE? Overnight Adventure Camp is specifically designed to be a 6 to 9 year old child s first significant overnight camping experience without Mom or Dad. All campers enjoy traditional camp activities and learn about Jesus at Pictured Rocks United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center in Monticello - just an hour and forty minute drive from here. Pastor Christie is excited to be the volunteer pastor for this camp and would love to hang out there with kids from our area! Cost of the camp is $98 and there are plenty of campership funds available through the Endowment Fund and UMW to help with the cost just let Pastor Christie know that you re going. Sign up with a friend and have a great time! There are loads of other United Methodist camp experience for kids of all ages check out a camp brochure at iacampsandretreats.org. If everything seems under control, you re just not going fast enough. Mario Andretti RELAY FOR LIFE Pastor Christie is excited to be part of the Dysart-Geneseo Ministerial s ecumenical team of walkers for this year s Relay for Life. Thanks to contributions to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Society is saving lives and creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. Watch for more details about how you can help by sponsoring Pastor Christie or walking as a part of Team Ag-meth-eran! SPECIAL OFFERING Native American Awareness will be April 22. It recognizes and supports the contributions of Native Americans to the church and society. The observance, approved by the 1988 General Conference, is one of six special churchwide Sunday offerings. The funds collected will allow The United Methodist Church to partner with existing native ministries and create programs on behalf of Native Americans. Money collected also supports seminary scholarships for United Methodist Native Americans.

6 PAGE 6 THANK YOU We wish to thank everyone who sent cards and helped us celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary. This poem says it all. Love Jean and Orville What s a greeting card? It s a little piece of paper That tells someone how you care, It can be a ray of sunshine- It can be a wish or prayer. GOLDEN AGE BANQUET Share in the Love of Communi-Tea With the Golden Age Banquet on April 18, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. It can simply say, I love you Or just say, I understand. It can be a little visit, Or the clasp of someone s hand. It can be a word of comfort When somebody s heart is sad, It can be a smile or chuckle Making someone s heart feel glad. It can keep folks close together Even though they re far apart; It can show someone you re thankful There will be a guest speaker, entertainment, door prize, tea, catered meal and enjoy the company. Come and look at the different tea cups and beautiful Christmas tree. For all retired From the bottom of your heart. It can travel any distance In all kinds of weather, too, And it has the magic something That some big things never do. Yes, it s just a piece of paper And it costs no big amount, But it proves that old, old saying: It s the little things that count. -Author Unknown ages with a desire for Communi-Tea. Call for reservations: For fools rush in where angels fear to tread. -Alexander Pope FROM TRUSTEES As you know we have had some problems in the past with rodents coming and enjoying church services and getting in touch with God, well it appears there is a squirrel loose now. We have been finding nuts stashed in parts of the church. Please know that we are doing what we can to locate where these animals are coming in and prevent any further animals joining the congregation inside.

7 PAGE 7 NEWS FROM THE BOARDS Church Council Summary, February 27 Pastor Christie and nine members were present. Pastor opened the meeting with a prayer of invitation and intercession. Marlys Mitchell presided. Ministry of Management: Pastor s Report: The Iowa Conference Board of Ministry recommends ordination for Pastor Christie, June NE District Superintendent, Jackie Bradford sent a letter of thankful acknowledgement for payment in full of the 2011 apportionment responsibilities. UMW: NE District Mission Study Day is at Nashua UMC on March 15. Volunteers will prepare and serve lunch at the Salvation Army on March 21. The Golden Age Luncheon will occur in April. Ministry/Work Areas: A donation of $50 will be given to the Union Prom Committee. The annual Highway #21 Walk is scheduled for April 21. [ This date has been changed to the 15th.-ed] The Nurture Committee has begun plans for VBS to be held July Endowment Committee: Earnings from the Endowment Fund may be used to support individual Summer Camp fees. College scholarships will continue to be offered to high school graduating seniors with a connection to Geneseo UMC. Lay Leadership: Heather Chingren was elected cochairperson of the Staff/Parish Relations Committee. Dennis Mitchell was elected to a three year term as chairperson of the Finance Committee. Ministry of Leadership: Pastor Christie led the study of Acts1: 1-14 with emphasis on Easum s Basic Law of Congregational Life: Churches grow when they intentionally reach out to others and churches die when all they do is take care of themselves. A Power Point/Slide presentation focusing on the Conference Call to Action was included. DEAR NEWSLETTER April Fool s has never been anything that I have ever done before, but I sure have heard some great stories of things others have done. Like making a sandwich for someone and leaving the wrapper on the cheese or switching the keyless remote on the keychain. How many of you have played a April Fool s Joke? Please come by the office and share your joke with me and check out the office. It s not finished but it s underway! Enjoy the weather! Jana Ryan For fools rush in where angels fear to tread. -Alexander Pope Find anything yet? WOLF CREEK PLAYERS If you haven t seen the Dysart Community Theater Wolf Creek Players in a play yet, your chance is fast approaching. They will be having a 4 days showing of Leaving Iowa A few from Geneseo are involved- Director - Tony John Sis Jana Ryan Park Ranger, Desk Clerk, and Wanda Heather Chingren Mike Chingren sound control Please come and support these guys and the community April 19,20,21 at 7:00 p.m. With the 21st a optional dinner before play and April 22 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets $10 or Saturday for meal and play it s $25. Let anyone involved in play know if you would like to purchase tickets in advance. Thank You Wolf Creek Players

8 GENESEO VOICE PAGE 8 GETTING READY FOR IOWA ANNUAL CONFERENCE The term Iowa Annual Conference actually refers to two related things. First, it refers to the annual meeting of pastors and lay representatives from all Iowa United Methodist churches. Second, it is the name of the organization which continues to exist throughout the year to support the congregations and other ministries of the United Methodist Church that are represented at our yearly meeting. This year s Annual Conference (the meeting) will be held June 2-5. At this conference we worship, celebrate what God is doing through the ministries of our local churches and church agencies, and take care of administrative matters like the conference budget and potential changes to our organizational rules and procedures. For the last several years United Methodist congregations bring items to the Conference which are used to support ministries near and far. Place these items on the mission table in the fellowship hall and Pastor Christie and Diana Sash will bring them to Conference. Here s what we have an opportunity to share this year: Quarters which will be used to support Stop Hunger Now, a Raleigh-based international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 13 years. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 25 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of five years and transports quickly. Due to the ease of assembly and transport, meals can be shipped to areas in crisis. Meals are distributed primarily through partnerships with school feeding programs in hungerstricken regions. Shampoo and toothpaste, which will be used in our own Northeast District for our Chinese Outreach Ministry. This ministry offers tutoring, ESL, assistance with basic needs, spiritual support (including bilingual Bibles), and help in navigating a different culture to non-english speaking restaurant workers and their children. Eye glasses, sun glasses, glass cases and extra lenses for Dr. Gideon Avar, UMC Eye Surgeon in Nigeria through the Iowa Nigerian Partnership. He is able to re-use our old glasses to benefit the lives of the patients that he is working with there. The glasses that the Iowa Conference sends to him are the only glasses he has to work with through the year. Pop tops from aluminum cans for the Ronald McDonald House, a place where families live together and share their concerns while their children are hospitalized. The Ronald McDonald House sells the pop tabs for scrap metal and earns anywhere from $5,000-$6,000 each year. New women s underwear and socks for the Women at the Well, a United Methodist Church located within the walls of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa. The underwear can be in all sizes and preferably not white. It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor. -Max Eastman NEW CLASS OFFERED IN FALL Pastor Christie is pleased to announce that in the fall she plans to lead a new class called The Joys of Sanskrit. Although she is technically not yet fluent in Sanskrit, she has purchased a Rosetta Stone module and is confident that she ll pretty much know some of the alphabet by September. I ve always loved learning ancient languages, Pastor Christie enthused, and it s been nearly two years since I had to parse verbs and memorize vocabulary words. I can t wait! Keep an eye out for dates and times, and as they say in Sanskrit: צ!!! ʄŧڃ

9 Newsletter The deadline for the May 2012 newsletter is Wednesday, April 18th. Please have all articles to the secretary by 9:00 that morning. Thanks. Save the Dates: Sunday April 1 Palm Sunday Children waving branches Sunday April 8 Easter 7:30 Sunrise Service 8:30 Breakfast 9:30 Traditional Service 10:30 Easter Egg Hunt for Sunday School Children April 15 Adopt a Highway and church cleaning 3 p.m. April 18 Golden Age Banquet at Geneseo April 29 Last day of Children s Sunday School Delores Moffitt s Address Meadowview Care Canter 3005 F Ave Cedar Rapids, IA Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 7 Sun 1 9:00 a.m. Wor- Mon 2 Tue 3 Wed 4 Thu 5 Maundy Fri 6 Good Friday Sat ship w/communion 6:30 p.m. SPRC 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Choir Thursday Service 7:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. UMM 1 10:00 a.m. 2 Meeting 3 Worship Meeting 4 5 Service 7:00 6 p.m. 7 Bible Study Fellowship 8 7:30 a.m. Sunrise Service 6:30 p.m. 8 8:30 a.m. Breakfast 9 Nurturing :30 a.m. Traditional Service Meeting 10:30 a.m. Egg Hunt 8:30 a.m. UMM Bible Study Golden :00 a.m. Worship 16 6:30 p.m Age Banquet :15 a.m. Sunday Outreach 12:00 p.m. School Meeting 3:00 p.m. Adopt-A -Highway 8:30 a.m. UMM Bible Study :30 p.m :00 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday School :30 p.m. Church Praise Band Council Meeting 8:30 a.m. UMM Bible Study 9:00 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday School 6:30 p.m. Lay Leadership Meeting

10 Geneseo United Methodist Church Geneseo United Methodist Church th Street Buckingham, IA Phone: Web-site: This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four. -Mark Twain THE MISSION STATEMENT OF THE GENESEO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Our Christ-centered mission/purpose weaves God and persons together in an on-going journey of reaching out, receiving, relating, nurturing, and sending out to live as faithful disciples. As children of God, we embrace this mission in forgiveness, friendship, community, and love. Geneseo United Methodist Church th Street Buckingham, IA RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED