Advent Series – “The Light of Bethlehem Shines On”

Advent, 2019 @ Wheeler United Methodist Church
“The Light of Bethlehem Shines On”
 

Pastor David announces his sermon series for Advent, 2019 – “The Light of Bethlehem Shines On.” In one of the more familiar passages foretelling Jesus’ birth from Isaiah 9:2, we read, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”[1]  Jesus came to earth to bring the light of salvation and hope to a dark world.  This year during Advent, Pastor David will help us discover once again the promises offered to us in Jesus’ birth, bringing us out of the depths of despair to the promise of a brighter tomorrow.  We’ll look at the various places of darkness that reside in many of our lives; and see how the promise of Jesus’ birth can help us get through them.  The weekly messages for Advent are:

  • 1st – In the Darkness of Despair, There Is the Light of Hope.
  • 8th – In the Darkness of Suffering, There Is the Light of Life.
  • 15th – In the Darkness of Oppression, There Is the Light of Salvation.
  • 22nd – In the Darkness of Fear, There Is the Light of Joy.
  • 24th – In the Darkness of Anxiety, There Is the Light of Peace.
  • 29th – In the Darkness of Uncertainty, There Is the Light of Wonder.
  • 5th (2020) – In the Darkness of Suspicion, There Is the Light of Devotion.

Make plans now to worship with us and make this a life-changing Advent Season.  We worship each Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  Worship is followed by a time of gathering for good food and conversation.  We look forward to worshipping with you and celebrating the light that comes into the world – Jesus Christ our Messiah! And for the first time this year, let me greet you appropriately – Merry Christmas! [1] Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.



Wheeler UMC Campus Renovation

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New Parking Lot

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Wheeler United Methodist Church is pleased to share the exciting news of our new PAVED Parking Lot.  No more dredging through deep packed snow, or tripping on loose gravel.  We would also like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed funds and time to make this project a reality.  Thank you especially to the Building & Grounds representatives on the Ministry Table, Ken White and Steve Gierke, for their diligent and arduous work on this project.
 
We invite you to come this Sunday and check out the new parking lot for yourselves.  See you in Church Sunday!


Revelation Bible Study Course

Have you ever been intrigued by the symbolism contained in the Book of Revelation? Have thoughts about what happens at the end of time ever crossed your mind? With the way our culture seems to be going, have you ever wondered if we are living in the final days? Does it seem like the Apocalypse is inching ever closer to becoming a reality?
 
Now’s the time to learn and, just maybe, have some of your questions answered.
Beginning on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, (what a unique timing of the date being September 11 and all!), at T.O.W.N. Square Adult Bible Study, we will be starting a Bible Study on the Book of Revelation. We invite you to come and be a part of this engaging Bible Study. T.O.W.N. Square begins with a family meal for everyone at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday. At 6:00 p.m., everyone convenes in the sanctuary for a brief time of worship (1 song & prayer); then the various age groups are dismissed to go to their respective classes.
 
From the online Bible Study Courses… The Book of Revelation Bible Study is designed as an expository study of the Book of Revelation, taking the student through the entire book with cross references to other portions of Scripture. The purpose is to assist the student in gaining a greater comprehension of the biblical teaching contained in the Book of Revelation with an emphasis on practical application.
This study presents introductory information about the Book of Revelation followed by twenty-six lessons devoted to an in-depth study of the biblical text.
 
The student will begin by exploring a portion of Revelation with the help of a series of exploratory questions. There will then follow an in-depth study of the passage, guided by an expositional commentary on the text. The student should prepare for his study by asking the Holy Spirit to enlighten his mind and open his heart to receive not only the teaching of Scripture but Christ Himself as He is presented in the Scriptures.
 
To prepare in advance for the first class, we also invite you to visit the Bible Study Course on Revelation by clicking this link. Each week, we will be advancing through the courses set out in this website.
 
We look forward to seeing you at this engaging Bible Study next Wednesday. Please call me at the church number (219.759.1108) if you have any questions.
 


2019 Ministry Table

Wheeler United Methodist Church is pleased to announce the results of our elections for the 2019 Ministry Table.
 
The following members were elected to serve a three-year term (2019-2021) on the Ministry Table:
Marv Brickner
Barb Pauley
Bill Kane
 
Lois Naillieux was elected to serve a two-year term (2019-2020) to fill a vacated seat at the Table.
 
The following members were elected as Alternates to serve if one of the seats at the Table is vacated:
Ken White
Jackie Banning
 
Matt McGinley was elected for a one-year term as Congregational Lay Leader,  The Lay Leader also has a voting seat at the Ministry Table.
 
We welcome the new members of the Ministry Table to serve alongside the following seated members of the Table:
Les Buchanan (2018-2019)
Steve Gierke (2018-2019)
Debbie Kane (2018-2019)
Becky Gierke (2018-2020)
Kit Runion (2018-2020)
 
May God bless these individuals and fill them with the Holy Spirit as they guide the Wheeler UMC in doing God’s will in our community.


April, 2018 Ministry Table Minutes

April 10, 2018 Meeting Minutes Members in attendance : Marv Brickner, Patti Stout, Jeremy Banning, Shiloh Banning, Pastor David Banning, Steve Gierke, Becky Gierke, Matt McGinley, Debbie Kane, Kit Runion, Les Buchanan, and Jackie Banning Call to prayer and praise by Pastor David and Marv. Radical Hospitality​: Fun Committee, Congregation care, UMR, Building and Grounds

  • Congregation care (Patti): Shut-in List current :No shut ins currently, helping Ed H and Jack C to church
  • UMW (Patti): Currently enough money has been raised for the freezer in the basement, women are going to Plymouth for the spring district meeting this Saturday, will be having guest speaker April 17, Mother Daughter banquet May 15
  • Fun Committee (Debbie): Meeting next Sunday at Tate’s in Portage, Spring clean up day May 19th
  • Building and Grounds (Jeremy and Steve): Church Van in the shop (new tires this week and body repairs will be done at a later time), sanctuary ceiling, outside light at NW corner needs repaired, gravel needs to be raked back into parking lot from plowing, front steps are tilting may need to be repaired, front lawn has sunk next to sidewalk needs to be filled with dirt, boiler repaired this week

Passionate Worship​: Worship Team

  • Worship (Steve): Still working on greeter teams and liturgist for month long commitment

Intentional Faith Development​: Adult Education Team, Children Ministries Team

  • Adult Education (Matt and Pastor Dave): Invitation to the New Testament is all finished, will start Invitation to John on the 15th materials are ordered
  • Children’s Ministries (Pastor Dave):VBS theme Shipwrecked- Rescued by Jesus, Ryan and Katie still deciding on dates

Risk-taking Mission and Service​: Mission Team

  • Missions (Patti): discuss smart 911 with congregation and community

Extravagant Generosity​: Treasurer’s Report, Staff Parish Relations, Memorial Report, Lay Leader Report

  • Treasurer’s Report(Les, Becky, Pastor Dave): report discussed and introduction of church monthly budget
  • Staff Parish Relations(Kit): none
  • Lay Leader Report (Matt): Matt, Kit, Patti attending Lay Servant academy in Michigan City, Annual Conference is June 7-9
  • Memorial Report: none

Date for next meeting May 8th, at 7:00 pm



February 28, 2018 Minutes

February 27th, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Members in attendance : Marv Brickner, Patti Stout, Jeremy Banning, Shiloh Banning, Pastor David Banning, Steve Gierke, Becky Gierke, Matt McGinley, Debbie Kane, Kit Runion

Call to prayer and praise by Pastor David and Marv.

Radical Hospitality: Fun Committee, Congregation care, UMR, Building and Grounds

  • Congregation care (Patti): Shut-in List current : Myra
  • UMW (Patti): Discussion about purchasing small chest freezer for basement to hold food for food pantry
  • Fun Committee (Debbie): Meeting at Four Fathers last Sunday 15 people attended, functions set up with people in charge of each sub group, Spring clean up community and church May 19th work suggestions needed, inviting Fire Department and Motorcycle Club to participate, sending postcard mailers to townspeople, possible dumpster rental for the day
  • Building and Grounds (Jeremy and Steve): different maintenance tasks brought up to be done such as coffee bar faucet, lights on 130 sign, and floor moldings, bigger tasks such as ceiling in sanctuary

Passionate Worship: Worship Team

  • Worship (Steve): Greeter and Liturgy teams are evolving, March greeter team Kit and Linda, Liturgy reader Lisa Zandy, discussion of church safety

Intentional Faith Development: Adult Education Team, Children Ministries Team

  • Adult Education (Matt and Pastor Dave): Current small group 24 hours that changed the world, Invitation to New Testament on Sunday morning, Serendipity on Wednesday night, upcoming classes Teaching in the UMC Tradition, A Disciples Path, Creed to be offered as needed
  • Children’s Ministries (Pastor Dave): VBS to be lead by Ryan and Katie Buzanowski, theme picked out, date TBD

Risk-taking Mission and Service: Mission Team

  • Missions (Patti): none

Extravagant Generosity: Treasurer’s Report, Staff Parish Relations, Memorial Report, Lay Leader Report

  • Treasurer’s Report(Les, Becky, Pastor Dave): report passed out
  • Staff Parish Relations(Kit): supply list of church wide supplies made and people assigned to monitor each category, Kit to purchase supplies based off list
  • Lay Leader Report (Matt): none
  • Memorial Report: none

New Business: discussion of hosting Red Cross Blood drive led by Matt M, men’s breakfast for Easter Sunday led by Matt

Date for next meeting April 10th 7:00 pm



Ministry Table Minutes – January 9, 2018

January 9th, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Members in attendance : Marv Brickner, Patti Stout, Jeremy Banning, Shiloh Banning, Pastor

David Banning, Steve Gierke, Becky Gierke, Les Buchanan, Matt McGinley, Debbie Kane, Kit Runion, Kenny White

Opening by Pastor Dave with agenda with explanation of new format that follows fruitful congregation outline for meetings here on out. 

Reading of Psalm 118, prayer of thanksgiving, followed by scripture lesson. 

Pastor’s report: Request for each member to submit a report for each committee prior to each meeting so agenda can be made prior to the monthly meeting. Motion to approve last months minutes along with this month (January) at February meeting.

Radical Hospitality​: Fun Committee, Congregation care, UMR, Building and Grounds

  • Congregation care (Patti): hospital visits the past few weeks, church wide birthday list along with anniversary list, meals for sick, injured, or shut in congregation members, discussed getting committee together to help visit with and make and deliver meals
  • UMW (Patti): approved first book of the year, new speakers coming this year, trying to focus on local missions
  • Fun Committee (Debbie):discussed coordinating committee for decorating and taking down decorations after holidays and events, discussion of what events throughout the church are within the Fun committees scope and if they need committee members, relating events to church vision statement, discussion on getting out list of current email address for members
  • Building and Grounds (Jeremy and Steve): discussion of formulation of team or committee to help with work around church, discussion of current list of things that need to be done around the church such as removal of projectors in sanctuary, status of sanctuary ceiling, snow removal and yard work, collection of past work (dates and costs) that has been done on the church and when future work should need to be done

 

Passionate Worship:​ Worship Team

  • Worship (Steve): working on new roles throughout the worship service such as new greeters and ushers for 2 week periods at a time or longer, training class for interested people to discuss roles and duties, also reading of liturgy during service, schedule of communion stewards

 

Intentional Faith Development:​ Adult Education Team, Children Ministries Team

  • Adult Education (Matt and Pastor Dave): discussion of growing intentional faith development at times other than Sunday morning service to help grow disciples, ad board previously approved two classes last year (Creed is a pre-requisite to join church,

Disciples Path is a pre-requisite to serve on ministry board)

  • Children’s Ministries (Pastor Dave): Chili cook-off February 10th hosted by youth group

 

Risk-taking Mission and Service​: Mission Team

  • Missions (Patti): Men’s shelter next dinner is Feb 11th will be provided by youth group

 

Extravagant Generosity​: Treasurer’s Report, Staff Parish Relations, Memorial Report, Lay Leader Report

  • Treasurer’s Report(Les, Becky, Pastor Dave): January bills all paid, online account for church has been activated, new signature cards have been signed at bank, Pastor Dave has been teaching Becky and Les about banking and deposits, Phil to provide breakdown of savings account money, addition of church debit card to use for supplies and van gas, switching to electronic payment for bills and pastor salary, stable sub-committee to help with accountability for distribution of money, explanation of December balance sheet done, discussion of budget needs for each committee
  • Staff Parish Relations(Kit): no new reports
  • Memorial Report :no new reports
  • Lay Leader Report (Matt): getting information from Steve on duties and email list

 

Motion to move February meeting to Feb 20th at 7 due to scheduling conflicts, motion approved.

 

Closing prayer by Pastor David.