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The Children’s Ministry mission for Tuscola United Methodist Church is to guide the children of our church and our community to learn, believe, accept, and share God’s word. We have Children’s Church available each Sunday during service for children in PreK-5th grade. All children are welcome to join us when we exit the sanctuary after Children’s Time. Children’s Ministry is under the direction of Kaylee LaPenas and the Children’s Council. This council plans for programs, education, and activities to meet the needs of all children and to help them grow in their Christian faith.
Youth Group is hosted at the church on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8pm. Anyone ages 6-12th grades are welcome to join us as we play games and have social time and a lesson. There are also lots of other activities that are available for youth to participate in. Kaylee LaPenas is the youth director along with some volunteer leaders from within the church congregation. We hope that youth will join us to begin, deepen, or strengthen their faith as they move throughout their teenage lives.
MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers)
MOPs was created as a space for moms of young children to connect in fellowship and share in the journey of motherhood. We know, as moms, there are struggles, challenges, and also great joys that we experience as we raise our children. MOPs of TUMC meets the second Thursday of each month, September through May, from 9-11:00 AM. At each meeting, we discuss topics important to us as mothers, share our joys and concerns, pray with each other, make crafts, build relationships, and eat a hot breakfast uninterrupted! We host guest speakers as well as participate in local community service projects and support organizations in other countries. We also provide opportunities to connect with each other outside of our regular meeting times at Kids Day, play dates, and Moms Night Out events. Here at MOPs, our mission is to share the love of Jesus as we navigate this journey of motherhood together. Here, we become a tribe of women who support, encourage, and love each other. We’d love to see you at our next meeting – we’ll have the coffee on for you!
SAM (Social Assistance Ministry) Food Pantry
- Open to all households in Douglas County, Illinois.
- Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 to 10:00 AM (doors open at 7:30; last number handed out at 9:50)
- You are eligible to be served from the full pantry only once per calendar month. However, you may come every Wednesday and Friday that the pantry is open for bread and produce.
- On bad weather days, the Pantry will be closed if the schools are closed.
- The SAM Food Pantry is staffed by friendly, welcoming persons, who are all volunteers. We look forward to serving you!
Manna Cafe was started for the outreach and fellowship of the church members and public. The meal is prepared and served on the first Wednesday of each month. We serve from 5-6:30 PM. All preparation and service is done by volunteers. We hope to see you there. This is a free meal and a great time of fellowship!
The TUMC Sanctuary Choir is an adult choir directed by Jeannie Craddock. They welcome all singers ages high school to 100! The love of praising God through music is something that this group truly enjoys. This fun-loving group sings everything from Gospel to Contemporary Christian to Classical. Weekly music fellowship (rehearsal) happens every Wednesday at 6:00 PM in the choir room. All are welcome, but prepare to laugh and enjoy the fellowship of this group all while making beautiful music that we share with the congregation 2-3 Sundays per month.
“Come, Now Is The Time To Worship” – The TUMC Praise Band is a contemporary music group directed by Jeannie Craddock. While some praise bands “rock the house,” our band rocks playing familiar praise worship songs 2-3 Sundays a month. Two guitars, keyboard, a couple of singers, and a great drummer make up this dedicated group. They are always willing to make room for more musicians (especially a bass player!) to help them continue to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” They rehearse at 9:30 AM on the Sundays they play.
United Methodist Men
The ministry of Tuscola United Methodist Men is defined as a group of men, partnering with their pastor to invite and initiate spiritual growth opportunities for all men of the church. Everyone has different gifts, graces, and areas of interest. Therefore, opportunities for participation would include diverse ministries of the church.
Our mission is to support spiritual growth among men to help men to mature as disciples as they encourage spiritual formation in others.
Our goal is to empower the ministry of Jesus Christ through men within the congregation of the Tuscola United Methodist Church.
We meet at 6 PM on the third Wednesday of the months of January through May, September, and October.
United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women are a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.