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Pastor's Note

It's good to be back. I have been back in Goodland for about a week now after my trip to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. All I can say about it all is that it is quite a unique place. The size and number of people is mind boggling. 

Many have asked what I found out and how I feel. Here's the short version of what I know from my last day at Mayo. We will have to wait a couple weeks for some of the tests related to infections and fungus. They started a culture to see if I have an active fungal infection still. They confirmed I did indeed has extremely high numbers for histoplasmosis but don’t have evidence yet of whether it’s still active and causing my systems or not. 

The CT of my lung showed a growth of the largest module in my right lung from my last scan in May. Which was not expected. After pulmonary and infectious disease consulted together, the only way to truly know what is going on with that nodule is to surgically remove it and study it. That option has been left to me at this point. I opted to recheck the size by CT in 3-6 months and see if it grows again. Then we will re-evaluate he surgery option at that point.

It's hard to believe it is already November, but I guess I lost most of October to my doctor appointments. We have lots going on in our church and community in the coming months, so look for news about these events in our newsletters and online. 

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Zach
 
Community Thanksgiving Service

Sunday, November 18th at 6:00pm
First Baptist Church



Please join us as we come together to celebrate and give thanks to God for what He has done in our lives this year! We will also take a free-will offering to support the local Genesis Ministry. 
 
Northwest Kansas Poverty Education Training Event

On November 12th, communities from Northwest Kansas will gather for a one-day training event to better understand poverty in our communities. This training is offered on November 12 at the Colby United Methodist Church. The event is from 9am-4pm Central Time and cost $30, which includes the book and training certificate. Lunch is also provided. Register today by contacting Melinda Fikan at melindafikan@essdack.org or 785-465-7900.

Download Flyer Here
Congratulations to the 2018 Confirmation Class
Pictured with District Superintendent Don Hasty are: (L to R) Gentry Deeds, Jaxi Mitchek, Olivia Lehman, Strid Loudon, Witton Peter, and Allyson Sheldon.
 
Church Conference set for November 11

Our annual Church Conference will occur on Sunday, November 11th at 6:00pm at GoodlandUMC. Again this year we will be joined in a Network Conference by churches from Kanorado, Sharon Springs, St. Francis, Bird City, Brewster, and Goodland. Due to a unavoidable scheduling conflict, Oakley and Winona will meet at another time with the District Superintendent, but are also members of our network. 

We will begin at 6:00pm with worship and then move to our meeting with District Superintendent Don Hasty. Agenda items include approving pastoral compensation, yearly membership reports, and a proposal for a single administrative board for church governance.

We will also have a time of refreshments and fellowship between the churches. 
 
Praying Together 
For the rest of 2018 you are invited to join as an entire church to be in prayer for the future and mission of our church. We have provided a calendar that lists a daily Scripture reading and prayer focus from now until the end of the year. You can find the calendar on our website. The calendar can also be downloaded here
Announcement from Church Council Re: Thanksgiving Dinner

At the October 18th Church Council Meeting our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner was discussed. After advertising for volunteers to organize and plan the dinner, and even inquiring with potential hired chef options, it was decided that the 2018 Thanksgiving Dinner would need to be cancelled. It was a decision not made easily, but became necessary with the business of schedules by so many and the realization that so many of our usual volunteers would be out of town this year during the dinner. We are hopeful that the dinner will be back for 2019. Any questions can be addressed to Pastor Zach when he returns on October 30th. 
Help Decorate for our Advent and Christmas Worship Theme

This year we have a special series planned for Advent and Christmas. Our theme is "Calm and Bright". This year is the 200th anniversary of the debut of "Silent Night, Holy Night." This hymn has become the best-loved worship moment of many Christians–even those who only come to church once a year. Something mystical occurs as we light our candles and sing the hope of "all is calm, all is bright"–peace and light for the world. This worship series will celebrate the carol's message over the entire season of Advent and highlight its call for our lives that can guide us all year long.

To make our church festive with the theme we are looking for items to help make this transformation. The items needed are:

1. White Candles  

2. Black Lanterns 

3. Soft White Lights 

4. Greenery/Wreaths with no decoration 
Online Giving Available Through Facebook
If you visit the church Facebook page you will notice a new feature. You can now donate directly to the church through Facebook. At the top of the page you will see a "Donate" button. This will guide you to processing a payment. Since the church is a qualifying nonprofit, there are no fees charged for this giving! Go to https://www.facebook.com/goodlandumc/ if this is a feature you would like to use. 
Pianos Available
We have 2 pianos available to a good home. They are on display in the Meeting Room on the 1st floor of the main building. The are free of charge. If you are interested, please contact the church office. 
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Thank you to all who volunteered during October to deliver "Meals on Wheels." It wouldn't be possible without everyone pitching in. Also a big "Thanks!" goes out to Jim Wedermyer for coordinating our efforts on this project. We will be up again in April, so look for signups in the spring!
Life @ Goodland UMC
Monday, November 5
5:00pm Genesis
6:00pm SPRC

Wednesday, November 7
10:00am Wheat Ridge Stars
12:00pm Ministerial Alliance- Gambino's
4:00pm Bell Choir
6:00pm Women's Study
6:30pm reNEW Youth

Sunday, November 11
9:15am Adult Sunday School
10:30am Worship
10:45am KidZone
6:00pm Church Conference
Prayer List
Jeanne Harding, Alberta Hayden, J.B. McClure, Lois Sieck, Marsha McGillivray, Alvin Zimbelman, Marsha Smith, Iris Irvin, Gordon Colip, Fern Hawks,
Shania Johnson, Elmarie Nelson, Dianne Merz

Weekly Worship

Sundays:

Worship 10:30am 
KidZone 10:45am (Sundays during worship)

Wednesdays:

reNEW Youth Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm
      (7th-12th Grades)

Daily Radio Devotion

Radio devotions are broadcasted through KLOE 730AM and KKCI 102.5FM here in Goodland each weekday at 6:10 a.m. (MT) They can also be found on our website and Facebook page.
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