Antioch United Methodist Church
Sunday, March 29, 2020
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT ANTIOCH? 
 

I'm sure you are aware of what's happening with COVID-19. You may also know that Greene County and the City of Springfield have a "Stay at Home" ordinance, effective March 26, 2020, that prohibits us from having church services at our church building. You can read the press release here: https://greenecountymo.gov/files/PDF/file.pdf?id=35369

So unfortunately we will not be able to open our doors on Sundays for a while.

The good news is that MIRACLES are still happening, and we can meet online together on the Antioch Facebook page at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. I will ask for prayer requests while I am live online, I will pray for all prayer requests, lead us in the Lord's Prayer online, and then preach my timely message from God's Word. Please give your offering online by check thru snail mail or on the front page of our website. You can find the Antioch Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/antiochunitedmethodistchurch/

 

Remember, whether we meet in our church building or not, we are still a church family and God is still on the throne, and we will deal with this by living by FAITH, not fear. We will get thru this together and 2020 will become a victory lap for Antioch!

God said in 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.”

See you online at 8:30 or 11:00 Sunday as we get excited about what God is doing in the midst of the world's chaos! 🌞 🙏

Love and blessings!
Pastor Kevin

 

BUMP DISAPPEARED! At the end of February, the pastor was asked to pray for a young woman who suddenly noticed an abnormal growth on her neck that was hard and getting bigger. Her doctor had scheduled a CT scan. Pastor Kevin and church members commanded the bump to wither, shrink and go away, in the authority of Jesus' name! On Sunday February 23, it was announced that the bump was GONE and that the doctor cancelled the CT scan! All glory to God! Faith still moves mountains!


CANCER HEALED! On Sunday January 26, 2020, church member Pat shared that she was diagnosed with cancer after a lumpectomy. Pat was told that the cancer had spread throughout her body. A few of us prayed for Pat at the Circle of Prayer. She woke up Monday morning, God spoke to her and told her there was no cancer. She had a CAT & PET scan the next week. She got the results on Thursday January 30th — NO CANCER! Faith still moves mountains! (Acts 3:16)

 

PRAISE REPORT: After almost three weeks of hearing problems, a church member received prayer at church. Three days later, hearing problem GONE! All glory to JESUS! 

 
 

 

PRAISE REPORT: A church member had such pain in his knee that he couldn't walk. The clinic said he had no cartilage and fluid on the knee. He prayed, and one morning he woke up and pain and problem were GONE instantly! All glory to GOD!! Healing still happens! 

 

PRAISE REPORT: The pastor was recently asked to pray for a friend's mother who was diagnosed with lung cancer. On Monday December 17, 2018 she said the cat scan showed the two tumors are GONE! She said, "Thank you, God works in mysterious ways." All glory to GOD!! Healing still happens! 

 

 

PRAISE REPORT: A church member asked the pastor to pray for her husband's excruciating back pain at the circle of prayer at the altar last Sunday. On Monday December 17, 2018 his wife shared, "PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! Steve's back is a whole lot better!!! In fact, he said the pain is gone! He is still sore, but he's able to get up and move around some. Thank you for praying with me." All glory to GOD! 

 

PRAISE REPORT: Optic nerve stroke greatly improved after laying on of hands and prayer! Lung pain was healed instantly, pain in lung and torso almost completely gone! 

 
PRAISE REPORT: 

 


"After church today we had a prayer circle. We prayed for each other and our families. I have said before I believe in miracles and here is why. I not only witnessed pain being removed from others. Praise God! I also was in terrible pain this morning. I am used to daily pain, but today was hitting me hard. I felt some relief from pain after prayer, so we all prayed again for more relief. I felt a little more relief. I am now home and although not totally pain free, my pain levels are even less than they are on a daily basis. Again Praise God. Took me a little longer to feel the blessing, but I did."

So far we've got gout pain healed, back pain healed, shoulder pain decreased, osteoarthritis pain decreased! Thank you Lord! Jesus is still on the throne!

 

PRAISE REPORT: 

A few weeks ago, the pastor's friend said: "My husband is very sick. I am asking for prayer warriors. He has had the flu but it has compromised his immune system. Thank you."


A few hours later, that same friend wrote: "It is amazing how blessed we are to have so many wonderful friends. My husband was really having trouble breathing when I asked for prayer warriors. As I began getting comments of prayers back, he started breathing well. He wanted me to thank all of you and tell you how much he appreciates your prayers. God definitely intervened... Praise His holy name. I watched a miracle happen."
 

 

To say that WE ARE BLESSED is an understatement!
 
 

Tuesday class is Kundalini yoga, led by Yoga Instructor Christine Rogers, which is an all levels yoga. Meaning whether you are a beginning yoga student or advanced, with modifications the class will be beneficial. Several of the exercises are seated. A chair if desired would work well.

Kundalini yoga consist of yogic exercises, breathing practices, mantra (chanting), and some meditation.  Kundalini yoga works not only works on the physical body, it also promotes emotional and spiritual healing. Kundalini yoga is referred as the yoga of awareness as it raises consciousness.

We have two classes on Tuesday, one 4:45-5:45pm and the other at 6:00-7:00pm.


The New Moon Sound Bath Meditation is on March 21st from 5:30-8:00pm. There will be a few very gentle exercises just to release any tension from the day. She opens with a breathing practice and guided meditation. There will be approximately 31-45 min of gong playing and chimes.  She will end with a meditation that includes a mantra. This and the chimes is for
grounding purposes as well as to promote healing.

 

We blessed a family in December 2019 that lost everything in a house fire with a car load of gifts and canned goods. Great job, Team Antioch! 

We laid hands and prayed for a church member on Sunday November 3rd with bad back pain. On a pain level scale of 1-5, she said her pain was a "6". After we commanded the back to be healed in Jesus' name, her pain level went down to a 3, on a scale of 1-5. Thank you Lord! 

 
If you are interested in baptism and/or becoming a member of this awesome church family, please contact the pastor at 417-833-6171.

Romans Bible study and dinner at 6:00 resumes Wednesday January 8th. If you would like a five dollar meal at Neighborhood Pizza Cafe, call the pastor at the church office at 833-6171. Choir practice at 7:15.

Prayer Walk at local high school on Saturday February 29, from 9:00-9:30 a.m. Prayer is changing this school! 

PRAISE REPORT: We've been praying for our local high school for the past few months. Last year at this time, there were thirty-five (35) physical altercations broken up by school resource officers. At the beginning of this school year, there's been only one! The power of prayer is working to make our high school blessed!! Come this Saturday September 28 to pray with us from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. 

 

PRAISE REPORT: A church member went into the hospital on a Tuesday with blockage in abdomen. We prayed on Wednesday June 26, and on Thursday the blockage is GONE and he went home that day. All glory to JESUS! 

 
 
Our church broke the record for the number of families given food, 209 families served on Friday May 3, 2019! Way to go, Team Antioch! All for the glory of God. 
 
If you have prayer requests, please email them to Pastor Kevin at antioch.methodist@mchsi.com. 
 
 
 
 
RECAP OF SPECIAL CALLED SESSION OF GENERAL CONFERENCE: February 26, 2019 ST. LOUIS-- Right at the cusp of 5:00 p.m. central time, the 864 delegates of the 2019 Called Session of General Conference voted to affirm The United Methodist Church’s current ban on the ordination of self-avowed practicing homosexuals, having United Methodist ministers conduct ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions and conducting those unions in United Methodist churches. General Conference, which usually meets every four years, is the only body that can speak for the denomination. After moving through legislative committee, the Traditional Plan moved to plenary and passed in a vote of 438-384. The three other plans considered in harmony with the purpose of the called session—the One Church Plan, the Connectional Conference Plan and the Simple Plan—failed to move forward from legislative committee by either dismissal or defeat. A minority report was submitted to bring the One Church Plan back to the floor of the General Conference, but the report was defeated in a vote of 449-374.

General Conference began Saturday, February 23 in a dedicated day of prayer where delegates and United Methodists around the world continue the journey of praying our way forward. During this time, participants were invited to pray for the delegates and leaders of General Conference and everyone involved. The Council of Bishops released a congregational prayer to be shared throughout the connection and prayed during worship service Sunday, February 24.

The second day of General Conference and the first day of business sessions began with opening worship and shortly thereafter moved into the morning business session, which proceeded with several administrative reports. After lunch, business continued with a process to prioritize petitions and their related plans. This means that they were grouped together and then voted on. For example, all 15 petitions of the One Church Plan were considered together, rather than each petition related to that plan being considered individually. Delegates prioritized the grouped petitions and then voted on the order in which they should consider the petitions. The Wespath recommendation on benefits passed through legislative committee to the next day’s plenary. The Traditional Plan was passed through to plenary. The One Church Plan failed to pass through to be considered at plenary on the last day. The Traditional Plan was the only plan moving forward to the plenary. There was a request for a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council—The United Methodist Church’s highest judicial body. Two disaffiliation plans did move forward and shortly thereafter, a motion passed to group together several other petitions—including the Connectional Conference Plan—to be dismissed. The Simple Plan was also voted down. Although General Conference adjourned and the Traditional Plan was selected as a way forward, some petitions of the plan were deemed unconstitutional by the Judicial Council and will need further action.

The General Conference meets every four years and will meet again for their regularly scheduled gathering May 5-15, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The assembly meets at the beginning of each quadrennium to consider revisions to church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs for the next four years.
 
 

A young boy prayed to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior on Sunday December 2nd, 2018. Thank you Lord! We garnered the applause of Heaven!

 

We gave out food to 183 people and 108 families at the Crosslines Food Distribution on Friday April 6th! We also gave out food to 152 people and 48 families at the Crosslines Food Distribution on Saturday March 10th! THANK YOU JESUS! 

 
We pray after both 8:30 and 11:00 worship services. We prayed for several church members throughout October. One lady had her gout pain gone in her knee instantly. The gout pain decreased in her foot, from a level 7 to a level 2 on a scale of 1-7. This lady walked into church with a cane, and walked out of church WITHOUT her cane. One the same day, one man's back pain decreased and his brother in law's knee pain was gone instantly.

 

Do you need prayer? Email Pastor Kevin with your prayer requests at antioch.methodist@mchsi.com. Let us stand with you in faith!

If you know of anyone in the church who is hospitalized, homebound, on hospice, or deceased, please call the pastor at the church office at 833-6171 immediately. Thank you.