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Please note that the UMRC will be closed Dec. 19 - Jan. 3.

Wishing you all a safe and blessed Christmas season!


The UMRC is here to help support your church in its various ministries!Please forward this newsletter to church leaders and Sunday school teachers in your church.


There is no rental fee to borrow these items; the only cost to churches is to mail resources back to me.


 The UMRC is located in the United Methodist Center in Springfield.
If you're here for a meeting during the week, come in and look around!
        Contact me in advance and I'll have resources ready for you to pick up.

The UMRC has a wide variety of materials for teachers of
adult, youth, and children's classes!
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments; my contact information is listed below, near my signature.
Lent and Easter resources that may be of interest to teachers of children and youth
Sharing the Easter Faith with Children

Books for adults

Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life
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This six-session DVD study by Rick Warren and The Daniel Plan Team of doctors and fitness experts offers an innovative approach to creating a healthy lifestyle by focusing on five life areas:  faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.  Each participant will need a copy of the study guide/workbook.  DVD segments are approx. 25 minutes long.  Includes sample study guide.
The Daniel Plan Five Essentials Series.  Each study has four DVD sessions and includes a study guide.
Daniel Plan: Faith -- Nurturing Your Soul
In this four-session DVD study, Gary Thomas and Dee Eastman discuss the first Essential of the Daniel Plan: Faith.  Sessions:  1) Every body matters (28 min.);  2) Magnificent obsession (22 min.);  3) God's power, not willpower (29 min.);  4) Your soul's path to God (24 min.).
Daniel Plan: Food -- Enjoying God's Abundance
Dr. Mark Hyman and Dee Eastman discuss the second Essential of the Daniel Plan: Food.  Sessions:  1) Learning to live abundantly (27 min.);  2) Jumpstart your health (28 min.);  3) Cravings, comfort foods, and choices (21 min.);  4) Designing your eating life (31 min.).
Daniel Plan: Fitness -- Strengthening Your Body
Sean Foy, Basheerah Ahmad, and Dee Eastman discuss the third Essential of the Daniel Plan: Fitness.  Sessions:  1) Becoming Daniel strong (31 min.);  2) Discover movement you enjoy (28 min.);  3) Get a metabolic makeover (26 min.);  4) Breaking through the wall (34 min.).
Daniel Plan: Focus -- Renewing Your Mind
Dr. Daniel Amen and Dee Eastman discuss the fourth Essential of the Daniel Plan: Focus.  Sessions:  1) Brain health (33 min.);  2) Mindset matters (30 min.);  3) Breaking through barriers (27 min.);  4) Don't mess with stress (33 min.).
Daniel Plan: Friends -- Encouraging Each Other
Dr. John Townsend and Dee Eastman discuss the fifth Essential of the Daniel Plan: Friends.  Sessions:  1) The power to transform (23 min.);  2) Honesty -- the real deal (30 min.);  3) Moving through grief and loss (23 min.);  4) God's purpose for living (26 min.).

Mark Your Calendar
The United Media Resource Center will be closed the following dates:


December 19 - January 3
Monday, January 18
Monday, February 15
DVD studies
Easter Cross

Additional DVDs
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Martin Luther King Jr. for Armchair Theologians
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Martin Luther King Jr This book provides a basic introduction to the theological and ethical ideas and practice of Martin Luther King.  Chapter titles: Our racist history; Ideas from home; Ideas from the academy; Montgomery; Christian love and Gandhian nonviolence; The power and persuasion of youth; Against racism, economic exploitation, and war; Women capital punishment, and homosexuality; The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.  Includes index.

New Books
Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way
Chapter titles:  The Creator's presence among Native people;  The colonization, evangelization and assimilation of First Nations people;  Sweating with Jesus -- stories of the Native experience;  A view from the hill -- emerging Native expressions of the Jesus Way;  From colonization to contextualization;  Looking down the road -- the future of the Native Church.  Includes discussion questions, glossary, and bibliography.

Gratitude Path: Leading Your Church to Generosity
A five-session study designed for use by churches, leadership teams, and small groups that helps congregations grow in generosity by focusing on gratitude for God's blessings.  Chapters:  1) Just to say thanks;  2) Give thanks in every situation;  3) Give and it will be given to you;  4) God loves a cheerful giver;  5) Expect a miracle.  Includes a 12-step plan for pastors and other leaders to conduct their own Gratitude Campaign in a church of any size.

Chosen?  Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Chapters:  Reading the Bible amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict;  God's chosen people -- claim and problem;  Holy land?;  Zionism and Israel;  Q&A with Walter Brueggemann.  Includes glossary and study guide for four-session study.
Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World
by Desmond Tutu
Chapter titles:  Why forgive?;  What forgiveness is not;  Understanding the Fourfold Path;  Telling the story;  Naming the hurt;  Granting forgiveness;  Renewing or releasing the relationship;  Needing forgiveness;  Forgiving yourself;  A world of forgiveness.  Each chapter includes a summary, meditation exercise, stone ritual, and journal exercise.
Speaking Well: Essential Skills for Speakers, Leaders, and Preachers
Adam Hamilton offers 19 tips and tactics that lead to excellent public speaking in any setting:  Ask three questions;  Think less me, more we;  Find the right starting point;  Include the key ingredient;  Humor me;  Crowd-source your content;  Ditch the extra points;  Invite participation;  Put a reminder in their hands;  Skip the slides (or at least use them well);  Show the pictures;  Get the little things right;  Write it out;  Say it with your eyes;  Answer the 'So what?;'  Address the hot topics;  Put your heart into it;  Eat,pray, sleep;  Deliver the most important message.  Also includes a postscript for pastors -- resources for preparing excellent sermons.
If you have questions or wish to request resources, please contact me at 217-529-2744 (phone), 217-529-4155 (fax), or [email protected] (e-mail).


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Jill D. Stone, Director
United Media Resource Center