From: Pastor Kevin Drane,
309-525-3863 Date: June 13, 2021
Channel 13 Broadcasts are
still on hiatus due to delays in the work being completed in the TV studio
area. We will let you know when we are able to resume broadcasting on Channel
13. Thank you for your patience.
THE CHURCH ELEVATOR is
still out of order. The repair attempts were not successful, and our Insurance
Carrier has authorized us to seek replacement bids. We appreciate your patience and understanding
as we work through this issue.
THE AWAKENING SERVICE has
resumed. Join us at 11:30am in Fellowship Hall.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL is
meeting on Sunday beginning at 10:30am in The Sanctuary. It will run until
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL HAS
RESUMED on Sunday at 10:30am in the Gym. It will run until
THE POTTERS MEN’S GROUP will
meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 6pm in Jonah Room.
Contact Don Hendrick with questions.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
will be held Wednesday, July 28th – Sunday, August 1st. More
information coming next week! If you are interested in volunteering, please
contact the Church Office.
BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH will
be held on Saturday, August 14th. More information coming soon! If
you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Church Office.
Dates have been for July 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd.
More information and registration information will be published within the next
couple weeks! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Church
WE ARE HIRING! Kewanee First UMC is
searching for a Youth Pastor to lead our Children’s and Youth Programs. Check
out our job posting on Handshake, our website, or contact the Church Office for
JOB OPENING: Kewanee First UMC has begun to search for candidates to fill a
custodial position. If you are interested, please check out our posting on the
church website or contact the Church Office for an application packet.
The 2021 CROP Walk will
be held Sunday, October 3. More information to come.
would like to thank everyone for all the prayers on his behalf as he has worked
through his health issues over the past month. He is improving and would like
to let his church family know the prayers are appreciated.
Pastor Bruce Rushing
has announced his retirement after 45 years of ministry. Wesley United
Methodist Church in Canton has extended an invitation to a Retirement Open
House and Reception being held in his honor on Saturday, June 26th
from 2-5pm. If
you would like to send cards, please send them to Wesley UMC, 120 North
Avenue A, Canton, IL 61520.
Not a Fan Book Study: Sessions
meet on Tuesday at 6pm, Wednesday at 9:30am, and Sunday at 3:30pm. NO
class Sunday 6/20/21, Father’s Day. You need only attend one session
per week. E-mail recaps are being sent out after the class sessions. If you do
not receive one, please contact the church office to verify your e-mail
Assignment: Please read Chapters 13-14
Upcoming Saturday Night
You are invited to join us
in the Chapel beginning at 5:30pm Saturday Evening.
June 12 – Linda Orr
June 19 – Linda Bolls
June 26 – Donna Boardman
Media Update #10
From Media & Technology
Program Facilitator, Linda Orr
Change is coming…
Construction dust will be
floating around KFUMC in short order. Construction will begin on the studio
area next week as things really start to ramp up.
As they start to pick up,
once again I am asking for those interested in being part of the AV program to
contact the Church Office. Now is the time to start assembling our team and
start preparing for how things will look when everything is completed.
However, we can’t neglect
the other projects around here. Dan Kirtley and the Building, Grounds &
Maintenance Team have been working diligently handling bids for other projects
that go alongside the Media and Technology renovation project. Currently, they
are looking at bids for work on having the gutters cleared to eliminate water
issues and looking at repairs in the nursery. Previously, they handled bids for
several small jobs around the church and projects at the Parsonage.
Additionally, we are
looking at the elevator project and working toward a resolution. Over the past
two weeks, KFUMC has met with five different contractors to discuss the
required modifications that will go along with replacing our elevator. We are
in the process of waiting for bids and working with the insurance company to determine
coverage amounts. Once we have specifics from insurance, we can proceed with
determining how we are going to move forward with the elevator replacement.
This is going to be
another large-scale project at Kewanee First. 2021 is turning out to be a year
of change around here… stay tuned!
Thoughts from my burrow to yours… A Prairie Dog Blog… 06.13.21
desires love, compassion and unity…
Debbie Drane, posted this Nelson Mandela quote on Facebook: “Our world is not
divided by race, color, gender or religion.
Our world is divided into wise people and fools. Fools divide people by race, color, gender or
We are NOT
united. There are so many divisions in
our country, our community, sadly, even in our churches. Think of the divisions we experience so
frequently. Issues like; social
justice, racial, ethnicity, politics, gender, and the economy… all causing
injustice, strife and divisions.
would appear we are coming out of COVID restrictions, yet another divisive
issue. Divided by those working and
those not working, those infected and those unaffected, those wearing masks and
those refusing to wear masks, those that could afford to purchase protective
equipment and sanitizer and those that couldn’t afford it or even find it. We all have had divisions thrust upon us.
Kewanee; we have all the above divisions… as a community we are kind of
normal. I’m amazed at the school
division that exists in this community.
It appears that the students are not passionate these divisions. They seem willing to look past where someone
attends school. That division seems to
infect those that are out of school, later in life. Why have we stopped doing some of the joint
activities that used to be in place a decade or two ago?
churches are divided by theology (the study of the nature of God and religious
belief). We have division based on what
this group wants or that group wants and the differences between those desires. Sadly, often in the church, we focus on the
differences and forget to consider our common beliefs and desires. Desires that should prioritize such as;
worshipping God, believing in Jesus Christ, loving God and one another,
listening for the Holy Spirit, promoting social justice, helping the down
trodden in our society… the list could go on and on, couldn’t it? I wonder what the Bible says about all this
1 Corinthians 1.10
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what
you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly
united in mind and thought.
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither
slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ
By this everyone will know that you are my
disciples, if you love one another.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain
conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
So, Christ himself gave the apostles, the
prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for
works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all
reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become
mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Mark 3.24-25 (Jesus said) If a kingdom is
divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided
against itself, that house cannot stand.
Is this indicating
our country, our community or our churches will not stand if we remain divided.
I, in my opinion, believe that’s exactly what it means. Our God is not about chaos, strife and
division. Satan spreads strife, chaos
and divides. God is a God of love, grace and unity. May God’s love fill us all and may
the brokenness of this world be healed by our loving, grace filled, forgiving,
merciful and compassionate God.
is the AT prayer list for the week of June 13th – June20th.
If you would like to participate, contact Linda or Donna in the office to sign
up. Feel free to sign up for multiple days!
June 13 -
June 14 - Prayer Posse/Unity/Lisa Washburn/Jay & Annette DeValkenaere
June 15 - April Calhoun & Jill Wager
June 16 - Linda Bolls
June 17 -
June 18 - Pat & Jr. Brown
June 19 -
June 20 - Mike Haptonstall
First UMC Prayer List & Prayer Community
Our prayer list for the
week: E mail or call us with updates and requests.
You, God!!! WE praise your Holy &
- For a God that never leaves us or forsakes us!!!
- Less COVID restrictions
- Praises as our worship continues to grow
in your mercy, hear our prayers…
- Pray for our country to seek justice for ALL…
- Essential workers; love, service, and care. (Pray for their
safety & their family’s)
Shimmin as she continues to be monitored after Cancer treatment
- Everly (three-year-old
great-niece of Rich & Kelli Murphy) is currently in maintenance treatment
- Dan Fairbanks has been on dialysis for two and a half years
and is now in need of
a kidney transplant.
- Ralph Senteney as he continues with home chemotherapy
- Harold Anderson, wife Pat, and family. He has been diagnosed
with cancer. Pray for Harold and family as they minister to him.
- Lee Lehman and wife Gladys as Lee undergoes chemotherapy
- Kerinda Mercer – open-heart surgery.
- Jay DeValkenaere as he deals with some physical issues.
- Jena Young and her family as she recovers in the hospital from
complications after surgery.
- The family and friends of John Pence
- The family and friends of Gloria Pemble
- The family and friends of Teresa
- Ken Vincent as he recovers from an illness.
- Carrie Washburn as she travels for progress tests. Pray for
- Pray for a young child battling cancer, and his family.
- Please lift up a young lady dealing with a difficult
lift up an anonymous family that is struggling with dissension between parents
and older sibling(s).
& friends with addictions.
- All our service men & women
- Heidi, Everly, Drew, Harley, Janet, Nancy,
Ralph, Lee & Harold
Those who grieve:
Coronavirus losses, Other
deaths, lost freedom, jobs, income, routines, social health…
Last Week’s Sermon
6.6.21 Mark 3.20-35 When the Spirit Moves:
(me-us) There are parts of the Bible
that are hard for me to read… sometimes I wish they were not there. Within God’s word, we can read about how
Jesus preached and because of what he was saying people began to turn away from
him. Suddenly he wasn’t doing the
miracles and he wasn’t feeding people with miraculous free food. He began sharing how they needed to rely on
the Son of Man, the Messiah, referring to himself. His ideas were quite radical for the culture
at that time. That wasn’t a message they
wanted to receive.
the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can
this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell
you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have
no life in you.
54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is
real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my
blood remains in me, and I in them. 57
Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one
who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down
from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread
will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in
Capernaum. 60 On hearing it, many of his
disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling
about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend
to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.
The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. 64 Yet
there are some of you who do not believe.”
For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and
who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one
can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.” 66
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed
some way shape or form all of us are like the people that decided to turn away
from Jesus and head back home… they stopped following him. They were fans of Jesus, but, not followers
of Jesus. Let’s look at today’s scriptures.
(God says) Mark 3. 20-35 (NIV) Then
Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples
were not even able to eat. [People were following, crowds were so large that
Jesus and the disciples couldn’t even eat.
This was a culture where meals and hospitality were very important. When his family heard of the crowds and his
lack of food and hospitality they probably wanted to save him; from the crowds
and himself.] 21 When his family heard about this, they went to
take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” [Greek
terminology used here could have easily been translated as he needed arrested…
arrested for his own protection.]
22 And the teachers of the law who came down
from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by
Beelzebub! [Lord of flies or Lord of
filth] By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” 23 So Jesus called them and spoke to them in
parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan?
24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25
If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan
opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions
unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house. 28 I
tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven
them. 29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven;
he is guilty of an eternal sin.” [This is a scary scripture. Who wants to commit an UNPARDONABLE
sin?] 30 He said this because they were
saying, “He has an evil spirit.”
[According to RK Hughes’ commentary Mark:
Jesus, Servant and Savior; “The question is: what is this unforgivable sin,
this unforgivable blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? First, let us note what it
is not. It is not cursing the Holy Spirit. It is not taking the Lord’s name in
vain, though that is certainly a vile sin. It is not adultery or sexual
It is not murder, even multiple murders, or
genocide. Very simply it is is the ongoing,
continual rejection of the witness of the Holy Spirit to the Divinity and
Saviorhood of Christ. It is the perversion in the heart which chooses to call
light darkness and darkness light. It is continuing rejection of the witness of
the Holy Spirit, whether that witness be a quiet witness in the conscience, the
rational witness of the Word, or even miracles and wonders. The scribes here were at the very brink of
committing this sin, because they were saying that the Holy Spirit’s witness to
Christ through his exorcisms and miracles were really the work of Satan.”
Cranfield stated it this way: It is not the
ignorant blasphemer on the street who is in danger of committing the
unforgivable sin, but the man or woman in the Church who knows the Scriptures,
has heard the Word held forth with accuracy, has seen something of the
miraculous power of God in changed lives, and yet rejects it all, even
identifying what he has seen with the power of Satan. He calls light darkness
and good evil, in testimony to a massive perversion of spirit (cf. Isaiah
31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived.
Standing outside, they sent someone in
to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around
him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for
you.” 33 “Who are my mother and my
brothers?” he asked.
34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle
around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and
sister and mother.”
did Jesus mean when he said this? Did
Jesus mean our biological families are not worth worrying about? Absolutely not! What he did mean was that there is
a deeper kinship than flesh and blood,
a spiritual kinship which is characterized by obedience to God the Father.
For this reason he said, “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and
mother.” Obedience does not originate relationship with God, faith does that,
but obedience is a sign of faith in God. Jesus was saying that there is
a new family which is far superior to the
human family, for it is eternal. Its ties are far stronger. It is far more satisfying.
It is far more demanding. Those who
are in his spiritual family are far more
dear to him than his human family, with whom he lived
for thirty years! What Jesus said here has
Maclaren paraphrased this: “Whoever does God’s will is [and feels himself to
be] my brother and sister and mother.” It is no wonder that in the Lord’s
Prayer Jesus commanded us to pray, “Your will be done,” for in obeying God we
open our souls to the fullness of being his family. Obey the Lord, and an
unparalleled family experience awaits you.
there is, especially among Christians, another reason why the family is in
trouble: its worship. In a valiant
effort to stem the tide of family decline in this country, many Christians and
non-Christians alike have made the family everything. Every moment of every
day, every involvement, every commitment, every engagement is measured and
judged by the question, “How will this benefit my family?” While this is
generally commendable, it can degenerate into an idolatry of family… we, in
essence, begin worshipping family instead of worshipping God. This is an immense tragedy.
The tragedy is
this: every earthly loyalty, if it is made central, if it becomes more
important or a greater focus than we have on God, becomes idolatry, and all
idolatries eventually destroy their worshipers.
What can we do to
preserve and elevate our families? The answer begins with the family putting
love and obedience to Christ above everything else. What does this mean? For
example: none of us can love our spouses as they ought to be loved. Only Christ
can do that. However, “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Thus,
we are able to love him and appropriately love others as we respond to his
love. Most of us need to be better lovers, but being a better lover begins, for
the believer, by loving God the most. Christ must be first! And all God’s people said. Amen.
May God keep you
firmly in the grip of His GRACE!!!