March 2015 - First United Methodist Church


March 2015 - First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church
MARCH 2015
Volume 19, Number 3
From the Colemine
Joel 2:12,13 "Even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning." Rend
your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger
and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
“I’m sorry”. How many times have we said those words? Quite a few I imagine. We say them to our family, our friends, acquaintances, and even at times to strangers. Sometimes we even mean it, but at times it is just the polite thing to do. We might
say “I’m sorry” for little things, like blocking the aisle when shopping. We say it when we forget to get something at the store,
when we make a rude comment, when we hurt someone’s feelings, and so on.
We may even say, “I’m sorry” to God. The good thing is, if we truly mean it, God will forgive us. 1 John 1:9 says, If we
confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Often times the
word for saying I’m sorry in the Bible is the word repent. The word repent means more than just saying, “I’m sorry”. It means
to change direction, to go the other way. It doesn’t do any good to say, “I’m sorry” and then go back and do the same thing all
over again. If we are truly sorry, we will stop doing it all together.
This is what the season of Lent is all about, a time to repent and change. Often times someone will give something up for Lent
and then after Lent is over take it up again. It is kind of a sacrifice, hopefully to bring us closer to God in the process.
How would it be if we gave up something for Lent and then didn’t do it again after Lent. Something like saying hurtful things
to another person, bearing a grudge, gossiping, or some other thing we probably shouldn’t be doing anyway. Maybe during Lent
we could go to another person we offended or has offended us and try to mend fences. Forgive or ask for forgiveness.
As we go through this season of Lent, let us look to God to help us live our lives in a way that is honoring to him.
Pastor Steve
Mission Statement
“The mission of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Scott,
Kansas, is to share the good news of the life, death and resurrection
of Jesus Christ and to exemplify the love of God by knowing Christ,
growing in Christ, serving Christ and sharing Christ.”
First United Methodist Church
301 S. National, Fort Scott, KS 66701
(620) 223-1950
March Birthdays: - 3-Margie Majors; 6-Steve Cole; 7-Alice Ramsey, Ryan Hunziker; 10-Curtis Shankel; 11-John Mowrey, Elizabeth
Grantham; 14-Gary Camp, Morgan Regan; 15-Chris Allen; 16Marilee West; 17-Amber Hunziker, Christa Chaplin; 18-John Clayton, Jim Stevens, Jill Fritter; 19-Brent Tegethoff; 20-Shannon
Fletcher, Noah Wolf; 22-Don Tucker; 23-Phil Hammons, Charlotte
Swaim; 25-Chuck Russell, Steve Denton; 28-Janet Braun, Susan
Foster; 29-Ron Sharp, Charlie Springer; 30-Lisa Ward; 31-Keith
March Anniversaries: 4-Bill and Margie Majors; 8-Trenton and
Sarah Moots; 9-Steve and Stephanie Denton; 13-Doug and Tracy
Altic; 27-Perry and Peggy Bloesser.
Italian Bow Tie Bake
Susan Cole
8 ounces uncooked bow tie pasta
1 jar (16 ounces) garlic and onion spaghetti sauce
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a bowl, combine the
spaghetti sauce and salad dressing mix;
add pasta and toss to coat. Transfer to
a greased, shallow two quart baking
dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 15-20
minutes or until heated through.
Fun for the Family
Meet Nolene Whiteside
submitted by Jan Hedges
Nolene Louise Stump Whiteside was born February 11, 1927, in the family home in Pawnee County, Kansas to Walter and Esther Stump. Nolene
is the youngest of four children having two brothers and one sister. Her
parents and siblings are deceased.
Nolene grew up on a farm located between Pawnee Rock and Larned,
Kansas during the depression. She remembers that often they did not
have school because of the bad dust storms. One evening returning from
a visit to relatives just a few miles away, her father stood on the running
board of the car and told her brother where to steer the car so they could
stay on the road the dust storm was so bad.
When Nolene was growing up there was a country school about every
four miles or so as the students either walked or rode a horse to school.
She was lucky to have Sunny School, where she attended first through
eighth grade, just across the road. She attended Larned High School
graduating in 1945. She then attended KU for two years in accounting.
While attending KU, she lived in Miller Hall and also played softball. After
a game in the fall, walking back to the Hall, a ball was thrown and went
over a wall. She jumped over the wall to retrieve the ball, fell and
sprained her ankle, which resulted in a trip to the hospital and crutches.
This turned out to be a life-changing event for her.
It seems, that “dandelion digging day” was a yearly event at KU. The students were charged with the task of digging dandelions on the campus yards. Often the dandelion digging turned into more fun and games than digging. Because of her
sprained ankle, Nolene was confined to sitting on the steps and watching the activities. A handsome young man from Fort
Scott, Ed, came over to sit by her and talk. Later he called a friend he knew and said, “Who is the blond with the sprained
ankle, I want to ask her out on a date?” Shortly after, Ed returned to Fort Scott to work in the family grocery store but he and
Nolene continued to date. They were married on November 7, 1947, at the Methodist Church in Larned, KS.
Ed and Nolene lived in an apartment above the grocery store at 3rd and Crawford for about a year, and then moved to a
house on 2nd Street. In 1950, they built a house on Horton Street. In 1980, they built their house at 406 Lee’s Circle Drive.
Nolene still lives in the home. Ed always liked to have a big yard and Nolene loved to garden. She said people would ask
why she had such a big garden when she had a grocery store full of food. Her response to them was, “You can’t take the
farmer out of me.” Ed passed away in May 2008.
The Whiteside family was in the grocery store business as early as 1896 when Ed’s grandfather started a store in Uniontown. At some time, the store was moved to Redfield, KS. In 1921, Whiteside Grocery opened at 3 East Oak Street. A new
store was built in 1962 on East 6th Street. The store was sold in September 1993 and is now the location of Gene’s IGA.
After moving to Fort Scott, Nolene worked at the National Farm Loan Association as a secretary and then stayed home for
20 years raising a family. She then went back to work in the office at the store for 23 years.
The Whiteside’s, have three children: Sheryl Louise Bloomfield - a retired teacher, Marilyn Sue Bailey - a diabetic counselor
for Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and Edward Lee Whiteside - an electrical engineer for the Phoenix Power and Light Company.
There are four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Over the years, Nolene has belonged to a number of different clubs including: Kansas Federation of Women’s Club, Progressive Mothers Club, Pieran Club and church circle. She was a leader for both the Campfire Girls and Cub Scouts when
her children were involved. Her hobbies include crocheting afghans and potholders, gardening (vegetables and flowers),
and reading. She used to sew a lot, but gave that up a number of years ago. She laughingly remembers the Siamese cat
that would follow her around when she was planting things and dig them up right behind her.
Travel was something Ed and Nolene enjoyed doing together. Through the grocery store business, Ed won several trips including trips to South America, Brazil, Hawaii, Kiewia Island off the South Carolina coast and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Once
retired they took several trips with the Fun Seekers to locations including: Vancouver and Victoria Canada, Europe, Prince
Edward Island and Niagara Falls.
Shortly after moving to Fort Scott, 68 years ago, Nolene joined the First United Methodist Church. She has served in a number of different roles in the church from Sunday school teacher, VBS director, Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, Administrative Board, Young Mother’s Circle leader, UMW Treasurer and President.
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Nolene has always worked in the church and has had many wonderful experiences. She still remembers three especially ornery boys in the third grade Sunday school class she taught. One said to her, “Oh, it’s you again.” Her favorite hymns are “He Walks With Me” and “How Great Thou Art”. Her hope for the church is for more people to come
and be involved.
The yearly Lenten soup and scripture luncheons have started and if you
are interested in attending the schedule is listed. The luncheons are being held on Thursday’s this year during the lunch hour. A light lunch is
provided with free will donations accepted. The schedule is as follows: March 5-First
Christian Church; March 12-First Presbyterian Church; March 19-First Christian Church;
March 26—First United Methodist Church; April 2-First United Methodist.
Camp Chippewa
School will soon be out and it’s time to start thinking about attending summer
church camp. Camp Chippewa offers a variety of camps to choose from, Kids
and Parents, Faith & Fun, Boots ‘n’ Bible, Survivor Camp, Living Waters, just to
name a few. The 2015 Summer Camp schedule is posted on the bulletin board
where you will find the entire listing of camps and you can read more about each
of them. The website is
We Express Our Sympathy and Support To…
~Glenn and Carol Newcomer, upon the death
of Carol’s sister, Deanna
~Garland and Norma Sellers, upon the death of
Cindy Sellers (Paul’s wife)
~Steve and Susan Cole, upon the death of
Steve’s aunt
“We believe in the resurrection of the body
and life everlasting…”
March is Beacon Month One ministry of the
Mission Committee and the First United Methodist
Church is to help the needy. Thereby, we continually
support The Beacon. March is one of two months during the year we collect items for The Beacon. We ask
for your help to line the sanctuary the five Sundays in
March with the needed items. Items needed include:
 Non food items—paper towels, toilet paper, diapers
 Canned goods—vegetables, fruits, soups, tuna
 Breakfast cereal / Cornbread mix
 1 pound bag of dried beans or rice / Spaghetti
 Macaroni and cheese / Peanut butter / Spaghetti
 Cash is also welcome.
Silk Easter Lilies
If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by having their name
listed in the bulletin for Easter Sunday please complete the information
below and return it to the church office or place it in the offering plate by
March 29. This year we are asking that you make a monetary donation
toward the silk lilies that have been purchased.
We are no longer using live lilies in the sanctuary.
In honor/memory (circle one)
of _____________________________________________.
Your name: _____________________________________.
To the Congregation:
It is a privilege to be a member of
the First United Methodist Church
— such a caring congregation. We
express a sincere appreciation to
all of our members and friends for
their acts of kindness, prayers,
thoughts, food, visits, and cards
during my rehabilitation after my
stroke. We are forever grateful.
Love, Curt and Gloria Shankel &
World Service gift in honor/memory (circle one)
of ______________________________________________.
Your name: ______________________________________.
Many congregations enjoy gathering for potluck dinners — meals largely
unplanned, when people bring food to share. Usually, the main dishes, salads and desserts balance out. The fun is the variety mixing together on a plate and the surprise factor
of what’s contributed.
Churches and communities — even families — are potlucks of a sort, too. When groups
assemble, each person contributes something unique and sometimes unexpected. When
all is mixed together, the whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts. A beautiful balance often results: One is a good singer, the other writes well; some are strong leaders,
others dependable team members; some are traditional, others innovative. Together, it’s
Potlucks are sometimes called covered-dish dinners. But don’t keep your gifts “covered”!
Share them because you’re a valued part of the whole.
The Faith Builder’s Sunday school class will
sponsor the Friendship
Soup lunch on Friday,
March 20th, from 11:30
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Delicious
soups and desserts will
be served. Plan to attend and bring a friend,
co-worker, or your family and treat them to
lunch for a free will donation.
Faith Builders Class
During March, we explore John’s testimony concerning Jesus and his baptism, and the significance of the Holy Spirit and
how it works on our behalf. We will discuss John’s testimony about Jesus’ post-resurrection appearance to the disciples,
and on Palm Sunday, we look at Mark’s Gospel about Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Come join us for discussion
and fellowship. Come add to our group.
Submitted by Ron Wood
March 2015
1 Beacon Sunday
Scholarship application deadline
9 a.m. Fiber FellowshipParlor
*Each Wednesday-9:00 to Noon-Work session at
the church
>5:30-7:00 p.m. (FFiHN) Feeding Families in His
Name meal served in Fellowship Hall
4 *Work Session
1:30 Book Group-Parlor
Noon-Soup & Scripture
Lenten lunch-First Christian Church
9 a.m. F.S. Manor
Sandwich sales fundraiser after worship
20 First Day of Spring
4 p.m. First Thursday
8 Beacon Sunday
Daylight Saving time
10:30 Congregational
Care Team-Pastor’s
Fundraising meal after
9 a.m. Quilts to ComfortParlor
1:30 Book Group-Parlor
9 a.m. F.S. Manor
1 p.m. XYZ ClubFellowship Hall
6-8 p.m. Blue & Gold
Banquet-Fellowship Hall
11 *Work Session
Noon-Soup & Scripture
Lenten lunch-First Presbyterian Church
7 p.m. Board of Trustees
7 p.m. HOCROC meeting-Parlor
17 St. Patrick’s Day
18 *Work Session
9 a.m. Fiber FellowshipParlor
1:30 Book Group-Parlor
4 p.m. Study GroupParlor
15 Beacon Sunday
One Great Hour of
9 a.m. F.S. Manor
6 p.m. Memorials & Gifts
Committee meetingPastor’s Study
4 p.m. Study GroupParlor
April newsletter
articles are due
Noon-Soup & Scripture
Lenten lunch-First Christian Church
NO T.A.S.K. today
7 p.m. Administrative
Board meeting-Parlor
22 Beacon Sunday
1:30 Nursing Home
Worship servicesbeginning at Medicalodge
1 p.m. XYZ ClubFellowship Hall
25 *Work Session
9 a.m. Quilts to ComfortParlor
1:30 Book Group-Parlor
9 a.m. F.S. Manor
7 p.m. VBS Planning
meeting-St. John’s UMC
29 Beacon Sunday
1 p.m. D.A.R.
Noon-Soup & Scripture
Lenten lunch-First United Methodist Church
9 a.m. Fiber FellowshipParlor
9 a.m. F.S. Manor
Lily paperwork due in
office today
11:30-1 p.m. Friendship Soup LunchFellowship Hall
Dates, times and
activities may
change. Watch the
bulletin for updates.
First United Methodist Church
301 South National
Fort Scott, KS 66701-1397
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Open minds
Open doors
Here’s your March, 2015 Newsletter from….
First United Methodist Church
301 South
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Phone: (620) 223-1950
Fax: (620) 223-6802
E-mail: [email protected] OR
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Uniting for ministry through the Bourbon County Cooperative Parish
Church Office Hours:
8:00 a.m.-Noon and 1:00-3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m.-Noon
During June, July and August 8:00 a.m.-Noon Monday through Friday