IT IS GOOD TO GIVE THANKS

Our church prints a weekly Prayer Bulletin. Many pray for those listed, whether or not they know much about exactly why the prayers are requested. Our church member Larry Jones works with Stacie Bushong and asked us to list Stacie and her husband Greg on the bulletin. Stacie sent a

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“It Is Well With My Soul”

This hymn has been going through my mind in preparation for Pastor Andy’s upcoming sermon series entitled “Good Grief.”  I looked up the story of this hymn in the book Then Sings My Soul, 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stories.  Here is a synopsis of what is written in that

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ROCKS

The 8-25-2017 “Upper Room” devotion spoke of using a small, smooth pink stone as a daily reflection reminder. It helps the writer remember to thank God for her blessings. On my desk is a small, smooth rock painted like a red ladybug. It is a “worry stone”- holding it reminds

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GOOD GRIEF – Message Series

September 3 – September 24, 2017  GOOD GRIEF Everyone experiences transitions, loss, pain and tragedy in life. Grief is our natural response. Everyone grieves, but there is a difference between grieving in a way that promotes health and healing, and grieving in a way that creates more suffering and pain.

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CHOIR SEASON STARTING!!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23rd is the start of the choir season!   There are spots for you! Children’s Choir will go from 5:15-5:45pm in Rehearsal Room, (226).  This group is for young singers from 1st grade through 5th grade.  They will learn more about Jesus through song, and learn basic music

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RISE UP – Message Series

July 30, 2017 – August 27, 2017 To be the leader God is calling you to be, you must Rise Up as a faithful follower, in courage, without excuses, with a heart for God and desire to help others look toward heaven! Worship is at 8:00, 9:00, 10:15 and 10:45

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Next Generation Worship Teams

There are two next generation worship teams at Troy UMC: Sr. High Worship Band (begins August 16) This group practices each Wednesday evening at 5:15 pm then leads worship for the student ministry meeting at 6:30 pm.  The Sr. High Worship Band is comprised of students in 9th – 12th

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New Sunday Worship Times Begin August 20

The Church Council has announced a new Sunday Worship Service Schedule beginning Sunday, August 20.  In order to allow for live preaching and connection at all four services, the new schedule will be as follows: 8:00 am – Sanctuary 9:00 am – Family Life Center 10:15 am – Sanctuary 10:45

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THE CHOIR SEASON!

everything YOU need to know to participate in worship arts! Summer has flown by, and we are ready to start up again with worship arts (fancy name for choirs, praise bands, drama, audio-visual…) Praise Ringers– this handbell group rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm, and plays once monthly at the 10:15am traditional

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VOICES AND WORDS

The Gift of Voice ministry in Edwardsville held a Pastor Resource Day this week. I attended and learned a lot about mental health resources. Did you know that the Illinois Warm Line provides free proactive wellness support to anyone in IL, 8 am- 5 pm M-F? (866-359-7953) We were united

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“Gentle Gardener”

So many have asked for the lyrics to the “Gentle Gardener” song that was sung at Pastor Dennis’ last Sunday.  Here they are! Gentle Gardener,  Dr. Alan Stein Once upon a fabled time, as many now have heard, There came to us a gentleman, who came to spread the word.

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HIDDEN TREASURE AND PRIZE

I won’t tell you where it is, but we have a hidden treasure on our church property. It is a labyrinth, a long circuitous path for prayers and meditation. Ours is marked by a sign that explains it is a “quiet place of meditation dear to the heart of Sue

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2017 Music and Drama Camp

31 children, representing 5 elementary schools, participated in Music and Drama Camp this week at TroyUMC.   In addition to the campers, 12 middle school and high school students, all previous campers, spent the week helping the elementary students and honing their singing and acting skills.   All of the

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