Antioch United Methodist Church
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Reach UP, reach IN, reach OUT for the glory of God!

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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT ANTIOCH? 
 

Thanks to all who attended Sunday, in-person or online. If you didn't attend, please check the Sunday videos on our Antioch Facebook page at www.facebook.com/antiochunitedmethodistchurch or go to our Antioch YouTube channel (which you can find on our homepage) and catch Pastor Kevin's message, and please mail in your offering or click the donate button on our homepage.

 

Thanks to all who brought to the church the glue sticks, notebooks, composition books, and folders for Watkins Elementary School. 


Pastor Kevin sends out inspirational emails every weekday morning. Would you like to receive them? Please email Kevin at antioch.methodist@mchsi.com and let him know you want 'word of the day'.


WE NEED YOU: As mentioned, we have church information flyers which contain our service times, email, address, Facebook, Instagram, and website information. Please continue praying about neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family members that you can give these church flyers to and invite to church. It takes all of us!


Wednesday Bible study at 6:00. Praise Team at 6:30 and choir practice at 7:15. Awesome Antioch Youth will resume this Sunday night @5:00-7:00.  


This Sunday September 19: Ladies from Adult and Teen Challenge will be at the 11:00 service sharing music and testimonies of their lives changed by the grace of God and their unique program that helps people overcome addictions and live lives glorifying God. 


Lay Leadership Team also meets Sunday September 19 after 11:00 service to nominate new team members for 2022.


This Sunday is Pastor Kevin's 50th birthday, so please give him the gift of attending church at either the 8:30 or 11:00 service. Kevin wants your presence, not presents. A good friend of Bob Snow's, Kathryn Moore, will provide the special music at this Sunday's 11:00 service. 


So have a blessed week and plan to join us 8:30 or 11:00 this Sunday as we worship the King of Kings! 

 

We gave out free Crosslines food to 140 families and 411 people! Wow!! Excellent job!! We also celebrated Betty's 89th birthday and sang to her. Team Antioch...ooRAH!!

 

 

We packaged nearly 600 food boxes tonight that will feed the needy in 20 counties of Southwest Missouri. They said we were the best group, second only to the National Guard, in number of boxes. We worked with other volunteers. Way to go Team Antioch...ooRAH!!


THIS Saturday is the Men's Breakfast at Kad-E-Korner, just a few miles north of the church, at 8:30 a.m. All men are invited for food, laughter and fellowship.

On August 30, the news proclaims that the war in Afghanistan is over, but it may not be that simple. We continue to pray for our troops, our leaders, and Americans in Afghanistan. No matter what happens, remember Psalm 20: 6-8, “...the LORD saves His anointed; He answers him from His holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand. Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” Some trust in people and some in the government, but we trust in the LORD our God.

 

LOOKING BACK AT SUMMER 2021:

On Friday August 6, 2021, we worked with Open Hearts UMC in Bolivar and gave out free Crosslines food to 113 families and 276 people! Way to go Team Antioch...ooRAH!

 

On Friday July 2, 2021, we gave out free Crosslines food to 100 families and 273 people! Many families invited to bring their kids and grandkids to our Vacation Bible School. Way to go Team Antioch...ooRAH!

 

REGARDING MASKS AND COVID-19: As you probably know, the Springfield-Greene County mask ordinance ended on Thursday May 27. After two weeks of receiving feedback via written surveys about what we will do with masks in church, the Church Council met last Sunday and we have made a change to our 11:00 worship service mask policy.


We still require mask wearing at the 8:30 service. After 9:30, we will wear masks as we enter the church, throughout the building, and on our way to our seats. 

 

Once seated, mask wearing at the 11:00 service is optional, as long as you are seated or standing in the sanctuary. If you need to exit the sanctuary at any time during the service, we need you to please put the mask back on until returning to their seat. This is how restaurants have been operating for months.


If you prefer to worship with masks required, no worries. Again, the 8:30 service will continue to be masks required for the whole service.


If you have any questions or concerns about this, please do not hesitate to email the pastor at antioch.methodist@mchsi.com.


 

Awesome Antioch Youth group meets Sundays @5:00-7:00 p.m. Faith, food and fun with Sarah and Michael Forrester, certified with Safe Gatherings child abuse prevention program.

 

 

Email Pastor Kevin with prayer requests to antioch.methodist@mchsi.com.

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

Psalm 34:17-19 (TPT), "…when holy lovers of God cry out to him with all their hearts, the Lord will hear them and come to rescue them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to all whose hearts are crushed by pain, and he is always ready to restore the repentant one. Even when bad things happen to the good and godly ones, the Lord will save them and not let them be defeated by what they face."

In June, the Church Council decided to bring back hymnals, offering plate, and the Bibles into the sanctuary, and to open up all the pews in the sanctuary for seating, since we are now in the "yellow phase" of the Springfield-Greene county 'Road to Recovery'.

 
 
 
LOOKING BACK AT MAY AND APRIL 2021:
 
We had a great fishing tournament on Saturday May 8. Big thanks to Scott, Randy and Crystal for helping to organize, and thanks to everybody who participated.
 
We gave out 270 people and 100 families at the Crosslines Food Distribution at Robberson Elementary School on Friday May 7th. What a blessing to give out free food and to be the hands of Jesus for the community!
 
We gave out Crosslines food to over twenty families and over fifty people on Saturday May 1st at Silver Springs Park.
 

The AAY garage sale will be postponed to later in the year. Thank you to those who donated items and offered to volunteer their time. Unfortunately we didn't meet our goal of volunteers to have the event. We will have more events coming up this summer and probably a Fall garage sale, so stayed tuned!


We gave out free food to 300 people and nearly 100 families at the Crosslines Food Distribution at Robberson Elementary School on Friday April 9th! Thanks to Team Antioch...ooRAH!!

 

EARLIER IN 2021: 

Thank you Scott, Dallas, Dianna, Bob, Pat, Sharol, Malachi, Janece, and Pastor Kevin packaging 1,101 pounds of food on February 2, 2021 at Ozarks Food Harvest. Team Antioch...ooRAH!
 
Our building is OPEN for in-person worship services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Pastor Kevin and Stephanie are experienced in keeping people safe, as we enforce mask wearing social distancing on church property. We have Communion on every first Sunday.

If you're uncomfortable with attending church, join us ONLINE. Our online worship services are available on Facebook live at 8:30 and 11:00 am, and include live worship, sharing joys and concerns, and prayer time, along with Kevin's message; that way if you stay home you feel like you are getting more of the full service and hopefully feel more connected to the church family.
We are happy to announce that Sarah Cawley has accepted the position as Youth Director. Sarah has been a member of Antioch since 2007 and belonged to the Antioch youth group during her middle school and senior high years. Sarah and her fiancé Michael will be leading the Youth Group together. Michael has been a member since March and they have been Praise Team singers for about a year and have been teaching the youth Sunday school class for several weeks; We have no doubt that Sarah will grow into the job and do it very well.

LOOKING BACK AT 2020:
MISSION NIGHT! We assembled 70 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes! Way to go, Team Antioch! 

Fantastic turn out for Trunk or Treat on Saturday October 30!! Check out our pictures page. 

We gave out food to 100 families at the Crosslines Food Distribution on Friday September 23, 2020 at Deliverance Temple Ministries! Thank you Andy, Dallas, Dianna, J.R., Jean, Kathy, and Pastor Kevin! Team Antioch...ooRAAHH!! 

 

We gave out food to 226 people and nearly 90 families at the Crosslines Food Distribution on Friday September 4, 2020! Thank you Andy, Dallas, Dianna, Pat, Cynthia, Dennis, Kathy, Stephanie, and Pastor Kevin! Team Antioch...ooRAAHH!! 

 

PRAISE REPORTS: Stroke victim church member had successful left eye surgery; and has been getting better since March stroke. Another church member Rick had several tests for prostate cancer and they all came back negative. Another church member Sam tested negative for covid-19 and had nothing in his esophagus. Another church member Carol had successful back surgery. Another church member Mary Lou went in for an MRI on cysts on kidneys and no cancer. Call Pastor Kevin at 833-6171 me if you would like to hear and be encouraged!


Eight adults and five teenagers gave out food on Wednesday July 22nd, 2020 at the Crosslines Free Food Distribution in Springfield. The weather was hot but so was our Outreach, and we love being the hands of Jesus for our community! Way to go, Team Antioch, ooRAH! 

 

We give out free food on every first Friday of the month at Robberson Elementary School in Springfield and on the fourth Wednesday of every month at Deliverance Temple Ministries in Springfield, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. 

 

PEOPLE ARE BEING MIRACULOUSLY HEALED left and right in our church. Come and join a Spirit-filled, Christ-centered church family! 

 

2020 PRAISE REPORTS: We have had several members healed of hip pain, back pain, knee pain, in some cases cancer and insomnia and covid-19 recovery! PRAISE GOD! 

"One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple." - Psalm 27:4.

 

Check out the PRAISE REPORTS down below. But first...

 

Thanks to all tune in on the Antioch Facebook page on Wednesday's online Bible study and Sunday's online services, and for sending in your offering. We are seeing HEALING MIRACLES even thru our online connection. Hip pain HEALED. Back pain HEALED. Knee pain HEALED INSTANTLY. Successful surgery! New job for our second service piano player! Fever HEALED. Covid-19 HEALED! Everyone we are praying for are doing well!

Please continue to give your offering to 3614 N. State Highway H. Springfield 65803 or at: 
www.antiochumc.info. Our treasurer still pays bills so thank you.

 

PRAISE REPORT: A church member's 94 year old father had successful hip surgery!

PRAISE REPORT: A man was healed in his back and hip. 

NEW JOB: Our second service pianist got a new job! She will be teaching Freshman level Science next school year at New Covenant Academy!

KNEE HEALED: Pastor commanded a woman's knee to be healed on  prayed for Jonele’s knee Wednesday and it started feeling better immediately. By the next day the pain was completely gone. She could lift her foot!


PRAISE REPORT: Two church members had tested positive for covid-19. They are healed and no further spread in our church!  

 

BUMP DISAPPEARED! At the end of February 2020, 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."
 

 

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! 
 
 
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. 
 
 
 
 

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.