Ministries

Ministries

Ministries

 

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Mission

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About Us

About Us

About Us

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Welcome!

Welcome to the Lena United Methodist Church website. Thanks for visiting with us. Guests are always welcome. Whether you visit in person or via the Internet, we hope you will find something here to encourage you in your spiritual growth. We invite you to drop in for a personal visit. Our doors and arms are opened wide to those who want to discover the joy of loving and being loved by God.

 

Keri Rainsberger

Please join us at the church for services

 

9 AM Sunday Morning

10 AM Fellowship

10:30 AM Sunday School for all ages (Sept. - May)

The Friendship Adult class continues year round. There will be childcare for those parents wishing to attend the Adult SS Class.

 

118 W. Mason Street
Lena, IL 61048
Office: 815-369-5291

umclena@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Please Note! The church has changed the email to 

umclena@gmail.com

 

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God's blessings to Pastor Brian LeBaron and Kathy as they start their new ministry in Polo IL. We will miss you both.



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Keri Rainsberger

Consistent with our mission: “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping its local churches for ministry”, Bishop Sally Dyck and the NIC cabinet are pleased to make the appointment of Pastor Keri Rainsberger to Lena UMC and its community, effective July 1, 2017, for the following missional reasons:
• Strong preacher
• Experienced in children’s ministries
• Relational leader; ability to meet people where they are at
I was born and raised in the Columbus, Ohio region and moved to Illinois in 2003 when I was matched with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago for a year of service through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. I loved it so much I stayed for a second year and then never left! I have family scattered from New Jersey to Washington State. I was baptized as an infant at Summit Station UMC and have been nurtured by UMC congregations ever since. I come from a long line of preachers (a great-grandpa, a great-great uncle, two grandpas, and a dad!) but avoided my own call to pastoral ministry for several years. Instead, I ministered as a data analyst/database manager and by serving in my local church, Broadway UMC, Chicago, as an active lay member. Finally, the call to pastoring grew too loud to push off and I jumped in. While in seminary I served as a student intern with Fisher Memorial AME Zion/Interfaith Action of Evanston and then with First UMC, Evanston. I worship with my whole body so you are likely to see me dancing to the hymns or at least vigorously bobbing my head and tapping my feet. I also like to praise God for creating beautiful days by riding my bike, Jazz, while smiling from ear to ear and occasionally letting out a whoop of pure joy. I like to knit, quilt, and sew and cannot get out of a fabric store without feeling every bolt of fabric. Throughout exploration of my call to pastoral ministry I have had the image of water. Sometimes I saw my ministry as a bridge over troubled water, other times as clinging to a raft on rapids, or other times on the shoreline as the adventure outfitter equipping those in the raft. I look forward to seeing how the waters of Lake Le-Aqua-Na and the congregation of Lena shape and change my call!

 

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Our bulletin board, created by our 3rd - 5th grade class. Thanks to Roberta Rogers, Chloe, Morgan, Casey and Makalah.

Great job everyone. 


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Hymnal



 

  UMC provides music for a monthly hymn sing at Lena Living Center. Although   it is a ministry of the church, members of other area congregations also help out on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Residents seem to enjoy the singing and  the friendly conversation between hymns.

 

   From Lena UMC, those who sing or help residents during the hymn sing include, as work and travel allow, Vera Kempel, Carol and Bob Buss,
Wayne Benson, Rose Black, Gary Rich, Jackie Edler and Larry Nelson. Vera, Judy, and Carol usually have devotional material to share with the residents.

 

   Other area residents who make the ministry possible include Judy Rampenthal, who always has a story to share. Her mother, Joyce Scheider, is the accompanist. Jerilyn Strohecker has helped so much by stepping in to accompany the singers when Joyce is unable to attend the hymn sing.

 

 If you can find 45 minutes of time one morning a month to help with this music ministry, please contact Vera Kempel or call the church office. We have a good time, and so would you.

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After School Program at the Hangout

Every Wednesday, 

3:15 - 5 PM.

We break for Summer months.

If you are a 4 - 8th grade student, come join all the fun.

We have a Devotion, play games and eat Pizza.

You won't want to miss it, see you there!!!


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Children’s Worship Services
A portion of the Sunday morning worship services, offered the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month, Open to all students. Students will be dismissed part way through the Sunday morning worship service to attend a worship time geared more towards young people.
Participate in music, activities, and discussions about
faith with other kids your age.

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Time with God.

Did you know that a Devotion is just a click or a dial away? You can get a Daily Devotion by clicking on the link below, or you can call the Church at 815-369-4411 to have one read to you on the phone. Either way,  you are connecting with God and getting a
Spiritual Uplift for the day.


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Please check out ALL our events and activities in our newsletter.
May Newsletter 2017.pdf

June 2017 Newsletter.pdf



 

       

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Mission Statement

Rooted in Christ, Growing Towards God, Producing the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, Spreading Seeds for the Future.

 

 

Look at Our Photos

Come see a slideshow of our wonderful community, and get a glimpse of some of the many activities that take place at Lena UMC.

 

 

 

 
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