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SUN
Worship
9:15 AM to 10:15 AM
Sunday School for All Ages
10:40 AM to 11:30 AM
Staff Appreciation Luncheon
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
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Pastor & Staff
Pastor

Shelly Forrest

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Pastor Shelly Forrest

I have been married to Mitch Forrest for 18 years. We met in seminary, but instead of pastoring, God redirected his path to work as a social worker. He currently works at the Central Illinois Agency on Aging in Peoria. Our faith in God is the cornerstone of our marriage, and we balance each other well. We have two children, Garrett (14) and Cece (11), and most of our energy is spent raising them.

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I grew up in Minnesota. Both sets of grandparents are farmers. My parents own a metal fabrication shop. I attended Hamline University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. I served in Johnston City for seven years, Monticello as an associate pastor for four years, focusing on children and family ministries, and most recently served in El Paso for seven years.

 

If you had 2 weeks of vacation, how would you spend the time?  We have always taught our children "it's not about where you are, it's about who you're with" when it comes to vacations. So, when we get time away, we try to see grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and other friends.

 

Having a daughter with asthma, we haven't been camping much as a family, but Mitch and I would probably go find a quiet lake at Glacier National Park and enjoy the quiet. With Cece, we enjoy city-themed vacations where there are museums and malls that are indoor! Our favorite vacation was to Washington D.C.

 

If were preparing to go to a deserted island, what would you request for your "last meal?" It would definitely be an Indian buffet! It's the only place you can get all of the interesting flavors all mixed together!

 

How have you seen God at work lately? I try to find joy in the small things because if it takes big things like wedding days and births to make us happy, we will not be happy much of the time.

 

I think the same is true in seeing God. I really should keep a list, because God is at work in so many little ways.  God is like that still small voice, not the raging wind! God's presence is constant.

 

 I see God at work in the love of brothers and sisters in Christ who carry each other's burdens which we do weekly in worship. A man I know is waiting to have his leg amputated, and he has that peace that passes understanding right now. That is God's Spirit comforting him. As I am writing this, there is a blood drive going on outside my office, and the person organizing it is doing so in memory of a man of faith who died of a rare blood disease. It is God who is at work in her heart to do something positive to impact the lives of others and give them the gift of life.

 

God works through our musicians to enliven our worship. God provides everything our family needs. God is good...all the time!

 

What is your favorite season of the year and what family activities do you enjoy during that season?  I love autumn. I enjoy the cooler weather that comes after a long, hot summer. I like sweatshirts and going to apple orchards. Fall festivals are fun.

 


Youth & Family Director

Lori Carlson

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Lori grew up in Henry, Illinois.  She and her husband Dan have three school-age children:  Mitch, Nick and Colby.

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Lori Carlson:  Youth & Families Director

 

As a teen I knew that I wanted the opportunity to work with kids.  I became a teacher and started off teaching 6th grade and then moved to 2nd grade.  When it came time for my husband, Dan, and I to have kids of our own, I chose to stay-at-home full time.  Our 3 kids are much older now and I have been employed by MUMC for over 12 years.  My favorite part of working with the youth is the chance to see students find their gifts and figure out how they can use those gifts serving God in ways that they love.

 

If you had 2 weeks of vacation, how would you spend the time?  The Carlson motorhome rambles down the road pretty much anywhere we can go.  Most recently the entire family took a month to drive to Alaska in the motorhome, which was the adventure of all adventures.  Two weeks could definitely get us to Maine and back.

If were preparing to go to a deserted island, what would you request for your “last meal?”   I am a real planner, so first I would make sure that there wasn’t a mix up in my reservations.  I am sure I would have asked for the “desserted island.”  Upon confirmation that it was indeed going to be a deserted island, I would start packing the camper with chocolate pie, key lime pie, brownies and can’t leave alone bars.  Then I would remind my hubby that the camper will need to float and that he should get right on that.  I have no intentions of going alone, nor having a last meal. 

How have you seen God at work lately?   It quite common for me to be pondering over a situation, whether it be a home struggle or a work struggle, only to have some wisdom pop up on my You version app in a daily devotion.  Lately, though, I have watched God place people directly in the path of others who need them at that time----a person who needs a skill is connected to one who does that very thing for a living. 

What is your favorite season of the year and what family activities do you enjoy during that season?  For the first 8 years of our marriage Dan and I lived in Daytona Beach, Florida.  I had no idea how much I would miss the changing of the seasons until we didn’t experience the drastic changes from one to another.  I have always loved fall as it is back-to-school, harvest, bonfires, apple picking and a time to truly enjoy the land before winter arrives.


Children's Coordinator

Deb Lamb

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Grady and I have been married for 28 years and have 3 sons, 2 daughter in laws, and 4 grandchildren.  We raised our family in Morton but have planted ourselves in Mackinaw the last 6 years.  I retired from Morton Buildings and Grady from Caterpillar.  Our days are filled with watching our grandchildren for their working parents, checking out garage sales, working part time at IGA and enjoying Mackinaw.  

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My name is Debbie Lamb.  I am the Coordinator of Children's Ministries at MUMC. I enjoy sharing time with my husband, Grady, helping with our children and our 4 grandchildren (even though some are further away now.)  I have always known it takes a village to raise a family, because I had good people around me.

We need each other. That is why it is so important to have church and God in our lives; so we can support them in theirs.  

 

 

If you had 2 weeks of vacation, how would you spend the time?

Ideally, I would gather all my family and go to a beach/resort area.  I would get a little pampered (massage), enjoy some different foods, take a boat ride, sleep in, and watch the family ride go-carts. Everyone would get along!!!!  All expense paid too!  I know I am dreaming.

 

 

If were preparing to go to a deserted island, what would you request for your “last meal?”

First, I would not want to even think about preparing to go to a deserted island.  I am just not that adventuresome.  But, if I had no choice I think I would want my son to grill me a perfect steak and add a side of baked potato with butter and sour cream.  Let's not forget the A-1.  I better have some chocolate, too!  Not sure bugs, beetles and berries can take the place of that.

 

How have you seen God at work lately?

Just this week a new baby was born to my cousin's son.  I just continue to see God help families to grow and bless them with such a priceless gift. 

Also, while grocery shopping, I heard two men discussing God and how to get to heaven.  It was refreshing to see them so boldly express their love for the Lord.

 

What is your favorite season of the year and what family activities do you enjoy during that season?

My favorite season is Spring. Not too hot and not too cold.  Open windows and beautiful flowers. Going to the park, watching a game, taking a walk, enjoying a cookout or just sitting around the yard at night.  Throw in some garage sales, too.


Church Secretary

Delaine Platt

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More about Delaine:
 

Hello Church Family.   I retired from Caterpillar in 2002, and I’m loving my job as church secretary.  I enjoy spending time with my son, Jim, who visits often from Champaign, and my daughter and son-in-law, Jen and Troy, and of course, the grandchildren, Brendan, Maia, Cora and Connor.   

 

If you had 2 weeks of vacation, how would you spend the time?  I’m a bit of a homebody, so I would probably just stay home, but I would like to go to Hawaii again.

If were preparing to go to a deserted island, what would you request for your “last meal?”   There is nothing better than a steak, baked potato, and salad!

How have you seen God at work lately?  I see God at work every day, in the wonder of nature and the goodness of people all over the world.  I see Him in my church family every day!

What is your favorite season of the year and what family activities do you enjoy during that season?  Summer is my favorite season, and we love to cook out, go to the children’s ball games, and enjoy the parks.


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