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Upcomming Events/Happenings

  • May 7, Saturday – Saturday Night Worship – Food and Fellowship at 5:30pm and Contemporary Worship 6pm
  • May 8, Sunday – Worship 11am *****Happy Mother’s Day*****
  • May 9, Monday – Ad Board Meeting 6pm
  • May 14, Saturday – Saturday Night Worship – Food and Fellowship at 5:30pm and Contemporary Worship 6pm
  • May 15, Sunday – Worship 11am
  • May 21, Saturday – Memorial Service at 11am for Terry Lautzenheiser’s parents and sister.   
  • May 21, Saturday – Saturday Night Worship – Food and Fellowship at 5:30pm and Contemporary Worship 6pm
  • May 22, Sunday – Worship 11am
  • May 28, Saturday – Saturday Night Worship – Food and Fellowship at 5:30pm and Contemporary Worship 6pm
  • May 29, Sunday – Worship 11am
  • May 30, Monday – Memorial Day – office closed
  • June 1 – 4 – Annual Conference
  • June 2, Thursday – UMW meeting at noon/please bring a dish to pass
  • June 2, Thursday – Zion Community Dinner @ 6pm – Help needed call, Kathy Jackson, for more information
  • June 11, Saturday – Saturday Night Worship – Food and Fellowship at 5:30pm and Contemporary Worship 6pm
  • June 12, Sunday – Worship 11am
  • June 13, Monday – Ad Board Meeting 6pm
  • June 16, 17, 18 – Rummage Sale
  • June 18, Saturday – Saturday Night Worship – Food and Fellowship at 5:30pm and Contemporary Worship 6pm
  • June 19, Sunday – Worship 11am ****Happy Father’s Day****
  • EUMC Rummage Sale – June 16, 17, 18 –Please contact relatives, friends, and neighbors to see if they have anything they want to donate.  We cannot accept TVs or large appliances.  Donations can be dropped off at the church fellowship hall downstairs beginning in May on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3pm.   More information to follow.  Any questions please call the Church or Kathy Jackson at 616-523-6339. 
  • Zion Community Dinner – Easton is scheduled to serve on the 1st Thursday of every month.  3 to 4 workers are needed each month.  We need helpers for Thursday, May 5.  Please see the sign-up sheet in the back of the sanctuary.
  • MISSIONS -. 2022 –  2nd  quarter(April, May, and June) Mission Pot donations will go to UMCOR for disaster relief in Ukraine.   
  • RAVE (Relief After Violent Encounters) in Ionia needs the following items: Underwear for all ages, Cleaning products, Silverware, Towels, New Pillows, Hair Ties, Tampons, Hairbrushes, Nail Clippers, Journals, Pens, Razors, Plastic Food Storage Containers, and Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, etc. There is a tote on the pew by the stairway to put items in the front gathering room. 
  • ZION UMC FOOD PANTRY – we are collecting non-perishable food items.  A collection box is in the east entryway.   If you have any ideas or would like to serve on the Mission Committee, please contact Nancy Raymond at 616-902-2702.
  • Opportunity to Serve – We give praise for the strength to step up and serve God with spiritual gifts of leadership.  We have an opening for a Finance Chair and a Staff Parish Relations Chair, and we have other openings for other duties and leadership positions. Please get in touch with Pastor Donna or the Church Office. We want to welcome Airel Sherwood to the SPRC Committee.

Easton UMC Community Garden

News, News!  We are planning a community garden this spring near our cross in the churchyard!  This garden, in its infancy, will grow squash and pumpkins, maybe some cucumbers, but yes viny, Bind us Together, vines.  This garden needs you!  Pastor Donna has worked for the past 5 years on her Doctorate Degree in Ministry and this garden is the culmination of her work.  Buzz Possehn will be tilling up the garden soil this month and we will need help planting at the end of May.  After that we need help maintaining the garden, fertilizing, watering, weeding, etc., and of course harvesting in the fall. 

This garden will be an open invitation to all of the community to come anytime to share in its fruition.  It will connect city and country life as we learn about and grow vegetables while growing spiritually as nature provides us the means they connect with God’s great creation.   A work in progress, down the road, together we will share recipes, cook, can, and even pick pumpkins together to take home and enjoy.  If you have already joined this project, thank you, and if you read this announcement and hear God calling on you to help, please contact Pastor Donna at 586-255-6228 for more information.

Pastor Donna gratefully thanks the leadership team for their support and encouragement to make this possible.  God Bless all, and may His hand be placed on this endeavor so as to make it real in His name. 

Pastor Donna

2022 Lenten Bible Study

Greetings

This Monday, February 7th we will share together our last and final chapter 10 in The Pursuit of God.  We have had an intriguing and challenging time learning and growing closer to God and one another.  My prayer is that this study has been fruitful for you and we continue to dialog and care for one another as we move into the season of Lent.

With Lent in mind, I wanted to reach out with some suggestions for our Lenten Bible Study and invite everyone back for this 6-week journey through Lent.  Ash Wednesday is March 2nd and the following Monday, March 7th through April 11th we will study and share together what the Bible teaches us and how we might be part of the road Jesus walked.  We will continue to meet at 10 am.  I am attaching a document with 5 different ideas for Lenten Bible Studies, and I would love you to review them, pray about them, and reply to this email as to the one or ones that may interest you, or any other 6-week study that God may be calling on you to be part of.  In addition, please share this information with others who do not have this email. 

During our time Lenten together, we invite you to be part of Sherwood’s celebration of life as Ariel and Craig welcome a new baby into their family expected near the end of February or the first of March.  We will celebrate with a Baby Shower.  This shower celebrating the birth of their new baby will be Monday, April 4th following Bible Study.  More information to follow.  Watch for updates and of course keep all of the family in your prayers.

Looking Forward and Grateful for Your Love and Kindness

In Him

Pastor Donna

A 6 week Lenten Study  

March 7th -April 11th

Monday’s 10 am

Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus, A Lenten Study, Perfect Paperback – November 1, 2008 by John Indermark.

A provocative study focusing on both the positive and negative responses of people who encountered the living Christ and his offer of good news.  Stories of the people who met Jesus. 

Lent in Plain Sight Paperback – January 14, 2020

by Jill J. Duffield (Author)

God is often at work through the ordinary: ordinary people, ordinary objects, ordinary grace. Through the ordinary, God communicates epiphanies, salvation, revelation, and reconciliation. It is through the mundane that we hear God’s quiet voice.

In this devotion for the season of Lent, Jill J. Duffield draws readers’ attention to ten ordinary objects that Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem: dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towels, thorns, and stones. In each object, readers will find meaning in the biblical account of Jesus’ final days. Each week, readers encounter a new object to consider through Scripture, prayer, and reflection. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, Lent in Plain Sight reminds Christians to open ourselves to the kingdom of God.  

Journey to the Cross: A 40-Day Lenten Devotional – January 5, 2021

by Paul David Tripp  

“During our forty days together, may your mourning increase so that your joy may deepen.”―Paul David Tripp

Lent is a time in the yearly Christian calendar when we mourn our sin and let go of worldly things that keep our hearts from experiencing God more fully. But how do we reevaluate and recalibrate the values of our hearts to match those of our suffering Savior?

In this forty-day Lenten devotional, best-selling author Paul David Tripp invites us to set aside time from the busyness of our lives to focus on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus. Each of the short readings encourages us to abide in the abundant joy found in Christ as we encounter the Savior more fully and follow him more faithfully during this Lenten season.

Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple Hardcover – December 18, 2018

by Adam Hamilton  (Author)

He left everything to follow his teacher and possessed a passion that would change the world. That’s one way to describe Peter. Here’s another: poor, uneducated, quick-tempered, and full of doubts and fears. Doesn’t even sound like the same man.

And that’s the point of Simon Peter, a new book and six-week adult Bible study by Adam Hamilton. Peter was just an ordinary guy who heard and followed God’s extraordinary call. Discover how you, too, have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference today. In addition to the Leader Guide and DVD components for adult studies, corresponding youth and children’s resources, sold separately, can be used to create a churchwide study.

Chapters Include:  Call of the Fisherman, Walking with Jesus in the Storm, Bedrock or Stumbling Block? “I Will Not Deny You” From Cowardice to Courage, The Rest of the Story

Seven Words: Listening to Christ from the Cross Paperback – December 15, 2020

by Susan G. Robb (Author)

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While many of us naturally wish to avoid the reality of the cross, it’s from the cross that Jesus speaks and shows his deepest love for us. It’s from the cross that Jesus’ full humanity draws us closest to him. It’s from the cross, as Jesus breathes his last breath and speaks his last words, that his deep trust in the Father and his divine glory are revealed. Those who listen to Jesus’ last words from the cross will discover what he most wants them (the world) to hear and will experience an intimate and divine awe only available to those who are willing to draw near his cross.

In Seven Words, Susan Robb looks at the seven last words of Christ on the cross through a lens that finds life and hope in his final sayings, while exploring each from a biblical and historical perspective. The book brings a hopeful and contemplative take on the cross during the weeks of Lent.

Additional components for a six-week study include a DVD featuring Susan Robb and a comprehensive Leader Guide.

EUMC Presents Katy Kinard

Sunday, June 13, 2021 – 11am

Easton United Methodist Church
4970 Potters Rd.
Ionia, MI 48846

Singer/songwriter, pianist, and guitarist Katy Kinard is a faith-driven lyricist, puzzle-piecing the space between trust and doubt. Simplicity vs cynicism. Her influences range from the vocal and lyrical styles of Nichole Nordeman and Natalie Merchant, to the conversational style of David Wilcox, within the pop/rock and folk genres.
Katy attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where she studied Commercial Music and Music Business.  She is a winner of the 2013 International CWIMA contest, the ’09 Independent Music Awards Popular Vote, and Embassy Music’s regional pick.  Katy’s song “World’s Largest Peanut” took first prize in the 2009 International Acoustic Music Awards folk category; her song “Sunshine,” second.  She has co-produced and toured four albums: “Headed Back” (2005), “You’re Still Better” (2007), “Lullaby Hymns: the weary soul” (2010); and her latest: “God of Fireflies” (2016)

EUMC Blood Drive

Saturday, June 5, 10am to 3pm. in the downstairs Fellowship Hall. All donations are used locally, and donors receive an email as to how their blood was used if desired.

Please click on this link to sign up online. https://donate.michigan.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/137601

You do not have to create an account. If you are having trouble signing up; please email (eastonoffice@gmail.com) or phone(616-527-6529) the church and leave a message and we can sign you up.

Roast Beef Dinner 2020

Roast Beef Dinner 2020- It is with heavy hearts that we are making this announcement to cancel the 2020 Annual Roast Beef Dinner. The decision was based on the safety of our community and church family in regards to COVID 19. Anyone wishing to contribute during the month of September in lieu of items normally donated during this time will find a donation basket in the back of the Sanctuary. We are grateful for your support and prayers. We are looking forward to next October with the hope we can all gather together again for our Annual Roast Beef dinner and thank you everyone for your support.  God Bless, your Ad Board.  

Charitable Gift Annuity – Gift Planning

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        If you are like many wondering about the economic road ahead, consider the security of a charitable gift annuity. By creating a gift annuity, you not only provide fixed payments for yourself, but may also benefit from a charitable tax deduction this year.  

Benefits of A Gift Annuity-



Receive fixed payments to you or another annuitant you designate for life

Receive a charitable income tax deduction for the charitable gift portion of the annuity

Benefit from payments that may be partially tax-free

Further the charitable work of United Methodist Foundation of Michigan and your local church



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A charitable gift annuity is a way to make a gift to support United Methodist Foundation of Michigan.

If you are like many wondering about the economic road ahead, consider the security of a charitable gift annuity. By creating a gift annuity, you not only provide fixed payments for yourself, but may also benefit from a charitable tax deduction this year.  

Benefits of A Gift Annuity-


Receive fixed payments to you or another annuitant you designate for life

Receive a charitable income tax deduction for the charitable gift portion of the annuity

Benefit from payments that may be partially tax-free

Further the charitable work of United Methodist Foundation of Michigan and your local church


How a charitable gift annuity works-


A charitable gift annuity is a way to make a gift to support United Methodist Foundation of Michigan.

Easton UMC Huge Rummage Sale

Thursday, August 6, 9am – 4pm

Friday, August 7, 9am – 4pm

Saturday, August 8, 9am – 12:00pm

Clothing for all ages, books, electronics, bath and kitchenware, home décor, linens, toys, sporting goods, holiday, and crafts.  Plus, computer desks, hutch, and many more items. Handicap accessible.

Come and stop by!!   Reasonable donations accepted.

Social distancing and CDC guidelines should be followed

Password for Easter Zoom Service

Greetings All

You recently received an invitation to Easter worship. Please add the password 211046 after clicking on the link to join the meeting. This is an additional step with Zoom added this to assure security and will be used for all future meetings.

Pastor Donna Sperry is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom worship meeting.

Topic: Worship Service
Time: Apr 12, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Apr 12, 2020 11:00 AM
Apr 19, 2020 11:00 AM
Apr 26, 2020 11:00 AM

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Current Prayer List

  • Janet Jones
  • Linda Brown
  • Sondra Ward
  • Val Carigon
  • Ernie Stauffer
  • Roy Jackson
  • Jim Hauter
  • Dave Seidelman
  • Jim Rowley
  • Matt Jackson
  • Gloria Baylis
  • Wayne Scott
  • Theresa Rowley
  • Irene Andres
  • Jill Hagen
  • Sarah Bowen
  • Zack and Kayli Moore
  • Roberta Briggs
  • Dick Rowley
  • Melisa McKendry
  • Mike Rolfe
  • Bill Whorley
  • Linda Clements

—If you you would like to add a name to prayer list, please email the church at eastonoffice@gmail.com

Zoom Worship Recording 04/05/20

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy….. I have included a Zoom recording of Worship Service, a Prayer Update, and an email update.    Thank you and God Bless!!!!!

Zoom Worship Recording – Please click on the below link to watch Worship Service from Sunday, April 5  – scripture, special music, and Pastor’s message.
Topic: Worship Service
Date: Apr 5, 2020 10:02 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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April 2020 Liturgy

April 3, 2020

Greetings to All in the Name of Christ Jesus

I hope this letter finds you safe and staying connected to each other through your phone calls, cards, emails, Facebook and much more.  I appreciate you keeping in connection with me also. 

Let us begin in prayer.  Dear God, our one and only Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.  Thank you for water, for running water, for fresh clean drinking water.  Thank you for sunshine, for electricity, for heat and for the air we breathe.  Thank you for farms, for gardens, for stores to buy food and the necessities for our sustenance.  We pray fervently for the safety and security of our first responders and all who are working to keep our lives on track, and those who have been and are at risk of being infected with the COVID-19 virus.  We lift up to those who have lost loved ones during this time that they may find peace and comfort knowing that you were with their loved one as you received them into your loving arms embracing them so as to not be alone. We pray for all to remember your promise to provide and deliver us from this and all which threatens your creation.  Let us hear your words of assurance from Isaiah 41:10, So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Amen.

On Sunday, March 29th 2020 we shared together our first Zoom on-line worship.  We had a joyous time together with many joining in from different places and stations.  It was our first time ever so we will continue to work on sound and lighting to improve our experience.  One of the most connected moments was signing together We Are the Church in various keys, timing, voices and words as it came across due to the time lag in technology. John Wesley didn’t have to contend with technology in 1761, but here is one of his directions for singing in our hymnal which rang true, “Sing lustily and with good courage.  Beware of singing as if your half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength.”  There was not a worry in the world that each us, alone together, lifted our voice in praise to the Lord our God when we sang this song.

Today, I invite you to join with us for the month of April in worship.  You may find the date, scripture, message title and summary below for each week.

4/5/2020 The Right-and-the Left-Side of Power     Matthew 26: 14-27:66   NRSV   Palm Sunday

Jesus invites us to use what power and privilege we have to say “no” to dominant and oppressive systems.

4/12/20 Easter Through Two Sets of Eyes   John 20: 1-18     NRSV    Easter

Peter and the beloved disciple both see the same empty tomb, but they seem to have different responses. The beloved disciple believes, but the Gospel of John does not say that Peter does. In the same way, some who come to Easter service believe and others don’t. Peter serves as an example of those who do not yet believe, but who continue on the path to believe nonetheless.

4/19/20 From Frightened Disciples to World Changers   John 20:  19-31    NRSV

Jesus appears to his disciples, and later to Thomas, but there are questions: Why didn’t the disciples go looking for Jesus? Why did they lock themselves in this room? How did this band of frightened disciples change the world?

4/26/20 Handling Great Sorrow      Luke 24:13–35    NRSV

Losing by death a dear relative or good friend is cause for great sorrow. The two men who were disciples of Christ walking on the road to Emmaus were “looking sad.” They had lost their best friend, Jesus. The hopes and dreams seemed to be crushed. They did three things that helped: They took action, they shared their grief and they invited Jesus to stay with them.

Please join in by telephone using the member ID below, or by clicking on the link below.  These are the same ones we used on March 29th 2020, and they will be used for the entire month of April.  Remember to invite friends, family and strangers to join in.

Pastor Donna Sperry is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Worship Service from our Living Room with George Sperry and Chris Moore from his home.  On Sunday, April 5th, we welcome special music by Greg and Val VanderMark and Cory Smith.

Date/Time: Sundays – April 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, 2020 @ 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Here are some announcements to keep us up to date and share with others. 

Belding United Methodist Church.  No community dinner April 14th.  Community dinners will resume May 12th.   Cal’s place remains open as a non-profit organization providing the necessities of life including but not limited to food and clothing to the economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals. 

Turk Lake United Methodist Church. April’s mission giving is for the No More Malaria campaign.  We are hoping be able to give our Easter boxes to the children at Eight Cap as a May Day gift.  Along with grass and candy, perhaps each person could buy one or two cans of play dough. Children always like to play with it, and they can play together with their family. Remember, to save a can of food for the local food pantry.

Easton United Methodist Church.  1st Sunday mission speaker scheduled for April 5th, Tammy McCracken, from RAVE (Relief from Violent Encounters) is rescheduled for May 5th.   If you become aware of someone who is unable to procure toilet paper or hand soap, please call the office at (616) 527-6529. 

Everyone is encouraged to reach out to a friend you have not heard from in a while, call someone you know who lives out of state, write a note, send a card or check in on Facebook.  As always, please let us know of any and all prayer requests.  Let’s stay together, caring for the world, loving one another with the vim and vigor in which He first loved us.

As we join together united in Christ Jesus.  Looking forward to seeing or hearing you soon, and for your continued support.

Pastor Donna Sperry

Zoom Worship Sunday, March 29 @ 11am

It is with great joy that I am sending this information to all of our congregation tomorrow who have email and posting it to FB. Also, I please call those who do not have access to the internet so they can join in the audio part of worship this Sunday, March 29th at 11 am.
If you have internet access and also an I pad, I Phone, Laptop, etc.  you will be able to join both the video and audio portion of worship, just click on the link below and follow the instructions (make sure both your audio and video are on).  If you don’t, you may still join the audio portion of worship by calling one of the listed phone numbers below.   This is my very first time hosting a worship meeting so please be patient as we help each other through the process and learn as we go along.  
Dear God, our Creator, give us grace that we might breathe in the breath of eternal life during this time of stepping away from our normal life, of its means and ways, so as to more fully follow in your Son, Christ Jesus’ footsteps and return even more a faithful follower.    Amen

DONNA SPERRY is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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