United Methodist Men Spring Concert 

Come and enjoy a performance by Cathy Reynold. She will be performing on Saturday, March 25th at 7 p.m.

She will be singing from a selection of inspirational and

patriotic songs. Cathy’s motto is, “He died for me,

so I will sing for Him.”  There will be a free will offering after the performance.


On March 26th we will be asking for your contributions to help The United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR, formerly known as One Great Hour of Sharing.. Your generous gifts ensure UMCOR’s response in times of crisis anywhere in the world.

Please consider to give on March 26th to support UMCOR.

Membership Class
So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
(Romans 12:5)

Are you (or someone close to you) interested in becoming a member of Morton UMC? Join us for 2 membership classes on Sunday, March 26, and Sunday, April 2. We’ll meet in the Youth Room (NW corner of the building) from NOON to 1:30 p. m., beginning with a light lunch! In the first session, we will review basic biblical Christian beliefs and the story of the United Methodist Church. In the second session, we will explore the mission of our own congregation and what it means to be a member. If interested, please call the church office or contact JoAnn Kraft

Seder Meal Sign Up-Deadline is April 10

 Last Name _________________________________

 Number in our Group _______________________

Seder Meal will include celebration of Holy Communion within the Jewish Passover Feast.  This year we will also pause (as is the Jewish custom) and have a full meal together before concluding the Seder.  PLEASE BRING CHILDREN who are able to understand and read along.  This meal is designed to pass the Good News of the Messiah from the older generations to the younger ones!


XYZXtra Years of Zest


March 31– Arthur Trip

Call Kerry Brenkman to reserve your spot

April 2Outing

Plain & Fancy @ MHS at 3:00 p.m.

followed by Dinner @ Culver’s 


Run for God/Christ Walk
Use this Lenten time to be physically active and at the same time grow in your faith.
Resources are available from Pastor Lori. If you need a group to help you be accountable, meet at noon on Sunday, March 5th in the gathering area.

UMW – Book Club-

UMW Book Club meets Monday, April 10, in the Gathering Area at 6:30 p.m.

Our book:  The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Please read and then join us to discuss this inspiring story!


Crayola Marker Drive
We will be collecting used markers to help support a recycling, fueling mission. There is a drop off box located in the Welcome Center.


Children’s Ministry’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt needs individually wrapped candy to stuff the Easter eggs! If you are able to donate, please drop it off in the office by April 12! Thanks!



Lost and Found

 Please check the lost and found before we donate the items that we have collected. There is also a large number of items in the kitchen that have been left behind.

 Adults Night Out

Don’t forget to make your reservation for Saturday, April 28. Reservation forms are available on the welcome desk and on the tables on Wednesday nights. Reservations will be taken from 5:00 to 7:15 p.m.  Please let Eric know if you’re up for helping.  Brian Wraight is our chef.  We will have live music, child care, a pretty room, warm service, and great food.



Holy Week Schedule: in brief—April 10-16!

       Prayer Service  6:30 a.m April 10-14

Maundy Thursday Service– April 13

       Seder Meal   6:00 p.m. Sign up by April 10

      Good Friday-April 14

6:30 a.m. Prayer Service

Noon Good Friday Service

Easter Sunday-April 16

6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at Ackerman Farms

8:00 a.m. Celebration Easter Service

9:30 a.m. Celebration Easter Service and Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt!

10:45 a.m. Cross Connections Easter Celebration


Spring/Summer group bike rides

May 7                           Morton to East Peoria

June 4                         Peoria Riverfront trail
July 9                          Normal, Constitution trail
August 13    TBD

Everyone is welcome. Helmet is highly suggested.
Bring money for a sweet treat at the end of the ride.
For more information, talk with Pastor Lori.


 Come to the Holy Land  and Sing

Pastor Lori and David, her husband, will share their experiences of traveling to Israel on Sunday, April 30 at 2 pm.

Our time  together  will include a hymn sing, led by Kerry.

Pastor Lori went to Israel in February with Bishop Beard and others from our conference.  While there, scripture was shared as the group visited many of the Biblical towns, including Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee area.

Save the date:    April 30, 2 pm       in the Sanctuary



Relay for Life

Tazewell county Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer  Society.  It serves as a way to help raise awareness of how many have battled cancer—in their own lives, or by  loved ones.  Join us on Saturday, April 30 from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m.  East Peoria Civic Plaza which is the green area attached to City Hall at the Levee District.

You can purchase a luminary for the remembrance walk, in Honor or Memory of a loved one. You can make a donation for those who walk or you can be one of the walkers.  Sign up for an hour or more.  Stop by the table in the Gym or go online to donate/sign up at Relay for Life.