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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SUNFLOWER PROGRESS

On Easter Sunday everyone who came to church was offered a little packet of sunflower seeds. The seeds are resurrection symbols: they look small and dead but when planted will grow into 9-12 foot plants with blooms up to 1 foot across. Pastor Dennis chose the verse from John (12:24)...

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“My Country ‘Tis Of Thee”

This hymn was written by Samuel Smith  while he was a student at Andover Seminary in Boston in 1831.  Because of his fluency in German, he had been asked to translate some German songs and materials into English.  As he sat in his room on a cold February afternoon, he...

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I WAS A STRANGER, AND SHE INVITED ME IN

One of my favorite Bible passages is Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in.” A friend of mine followed Matthew’s words but would have read:...

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Quest Camp FAQ’s

Hello! Quest Camp is coming up very soon and I don’t want anyone to miss out!  June 4-6 Troy UMC Children’s Ministry will be teaming up with Harvest and heading to Lake Sallateeska! There will be bonfires, fishing, swimming, canoeing, and worship.  Our departure time on Sunday, June 4th is...

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LISTS

I love lists. They help me gather my thoughts and focus on what to do next. I like to write them in the order the tasks should be done. I like to group “like” things together on the list. Lists gladden my heart. As a teacher, I learned that not...

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More Transition Information

When we sent out a letter a few weeks ago announcing my retirement in July, I indicated that Bishop Frank Beard had given us permission for a transition period to be negotiated where I will be on staff in some capacity here until October 1, 2017. The Staff-Parish Committee and...

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Two Special Student Events!

Seventeen girls from Troy UMC and Worden UMC enjoyed the Super Hero themed Beautiful U Girls Conference hosted last Saturday, 22 April, by Harvest Ministry.  Students were inspired and encouraged with messages from Sue Busler, Luann Warren, and Elizabeth Grant.  Girls participated in a variety of workshop including greeting card...

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