Important Upcoming Events

 Lay Servant Basic Course

REQUIRED TEXTLay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3).  Individuals are expected to read and complete this text and the following assignments prior to the first class. 


1.  An overview of your Spiritual journey that brought you to this place to begin Lay Ministry program. 

2.  Answer the questions at the end of each chapter the course book. 

3.  Write a 5-10 min. sermon using your favorite Bible passage. 

DATES:   Friday, March 17, 2023, 6:00-9:00 pm

Saturday, March 18, 2023, 8:00am – 4:00pm.  Both days are required.

LOCATION: Stewardson UMC, 216 S Cedar St, Stewardson 62463

COST:  $30.00 (bring your own lunch / drinks and snacks provided)

INSTRUCTOR:  Rev David Ducommon

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Monday, March 6, 2023

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Lori Sparks, ERD Lay Servant Ministries Director,



2023 Special Sundays - 

Human Relations Day (Sunday before the national observance of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday) strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth.

One Great Hour Of Sharing (fourth Sunday in Lent) enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace.

Native American Ministries Sunday (third Sunday of Easter) nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians. 

Peace With Justice Sunday (first Sunday after Pentecost) enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. 

World Communion Sunday (first Sunday of October) provides scholarships for U.S. racial- and ethnic-minority students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

United Methodist Student Day (last Sunday of November) furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities.

Don’t forget that you can celebrate these Special Sundays at any time of the year.

Please remember these people in your prayers:

  • Sheila Ducommon, spouse of Rev David Ducommon (Five Pt Parish), health issues
  • Rev Carroll Lewis (retired), health issues
  • Rev Fred White (Oak Ridge, Pearl Chapel) and his wife, Brenda, health issues