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April 13, 2016

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.


 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.
Pentecost and Holy Spirit resources for all ages
Forgotten God

John: The Gospel of Light and Life
In this six-session DVD study, John Hamilton explores the major themes of the Gospel of John.  Sessions:  1) The Word made flesh (13 min.);  2) The miraculous signs of Jesus (15 min.);  3) The 'I AM' sayings of Jesus (17 min.);  4) The farewell discourse (12 min.);  5) The arrest, trial, and crucifixion of the King (14 min.);  6) Eternal life (16 min.).  Includes leader's guide and hardback book.  CLOSED CAPTIONED.

Seated with Christ
Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison
#816047 book
Expounding on Ephesians 2:6, Heather Holleman encourages us to stop comparing ourselves to others and live a free and contented life seated with Jesus.   Chapter titles:  Something missing;  A single verb;  Where you never sat;  Imagine the round table;  From appearance to adoration;  From affluence to access;  From achievement to abiding;  Four hard but great questions;  Available living;  Seated and sent;  Moment by moment.  Includes questions for reflection or discussion.

Passing It On
Passing It On: How to Nurture Your Children's Faith Season by Season
#815174 - book
Providing plans for four units (Advent -- preparing to receive the gifts of Christmas, Lent -- living in the awkward season, summer -- turning ordinary into extraordinary, and back-to-school -- growing fruit of the Spirit) this book provides plans for weekly family gatherings with age-appropriate activities.  A leader's guide for parent groups using the book together is also provided.
I Wonder: Engaging a Child's Curiosity about the Bible
I Wonder #816064 - book
Elizabeth Caldwell empowers leaders, teachers, and parents as they talk to children about the Bible, offering advice on what translations may be best for children, which passages and stories of the Bible are age-appropriate, and what methods are best to help children learn as they read scripture.  Chapters:  What story does the Bible tell?;  How can we use children's natural curiosity to help them read the Bible?;  What Bibles and Bible storybooks do we read with children?;  Stories that form us for a life of faith;  How we support families with children;  A wondering model of questions;  Evaluating children's Bible storybooks;  Bible storybooks for children -- a recommended list.


Mark Your Calendar
The United Media Resource Center will be closed the following dates:
Monday, May 30
Half Truths
Half Truths God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn't Say
In this five-session DVD study, Adam Hamilton explores common Christian sayings that capture some element of truth yet miss the point in important ways.  Half truths confuse, discourage, and often alienate people from God.  Each session opens with the half truth, then discusses the whole truth that gives hope and encouragement and draws people to God.  Sessions:  1) Everything happens for a reason (15 min.);  2) God helps those who help themselves (11 min.);  3) God won't give you more than you can handle (13 min.);  4) God said it, I believe it, that settles it (14 min.);  5) Love the sinner, hate the sin (16 min.).  Includes leader's guide and hardback book.  CLOSED CAPTIONED.

What Are We Fighting For?  Coming Together Around What Matters Most
What Are We Fighting For #123086
In this six-session DVD study, Thomas Bickerton offers us a way to move beyond discord within the church to a hope-filled future by exploring how we can come together around what matters most so that the gospel of Jesus Christ becomes a vibrant part of our lives and witness.  Sessions:  1) Getting to the heart of the matter (12 min.);  2) Three reminders for the journey (12 min.);  3) Discerning what matters most (12 min.);  4) Filling in the blank with the essentials (13 min.);  5) Paddling in the same canoe (14 min.);  6) Finishing with love (14 min.).  Includes leader's guide and paperback book.

Counterfeit Christianity: The Persistence of Errors in the Church
Counterfeit Christianity #103118
This five-session DVD study is a conversation between Roger E. Olson and Adam Hamilton.  Modern-day versions of historic heresies continue to plague churches and undermine the good news of Jesus.  In user-friendly language, Roger and Adam remind viewers that heresy is not about judging or condemning people for failing to have perfect theology.  Instead it is about defending the good news of God's saving love in Jesus by identifying teachings that undermine the gospel by spreading distorted or knockoff versions of genuine faith.  Sessions:  1) Understanding heresy and orthodoxy (15 min.);  2) The mother of all heresies and messing with divine revelation (15 min.);  3) Doubting the deity of Jesus Christ and contesting the Trinity (19 min.);  4) Setting grace aside and making God a monster (15 min.);  5) Reducing God to manageable size and using God for personal gain (15 min.).  Includes leader's guide and paperback book.

Causes, Evils, and Cures of Heart and Church Divisions: Study Edition
#816099 - book
Abridged and updated.  Originally written by Francis Asbury, this book was recommended for study to early Methodists as a spiritual cure for the human tendency to love self and ideas more than we love others: our colleagues, our neighbors, and our enemies.  The study questions found throughout this book are suitable for cultivating spiritual formation within individuals and among a community.  As you read about these causes and evils that divide our hearts from each other, nearly every individual will recognize the need for personal improvement in thoughts, words, and deeds.
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