Feeding the Sheep

On the first Sunday of each month, the congregation is invited to bring nonperishable food items. These are then added to other food and household items collected by other Hudson churches. Once a month, a group of Hudsonites from various churches packs food boxes with the donated items and additional food from the Midwest Food Bank, to be distributed to Hudson area families in need. Hudson UMC members are excited to be part of this effort to care for our neighbors. Thanks to all who have contributed or helped with food packing!

Children Helping Children

Thank you to the children for passing the baby bottles and all those who have contributed their change each week to the Joy Jar collection.  This baby formula was recently purchased and delivered to assist babies whose parents who have difficulty affording formula, and represents $746.75 worth of formula. Since October of 2016, we have purchased $2,568.76 of baby formula for the Crisis Center.

We Welcome Our New Pastor, Rev. Dr. Curt Keller

Rev. Dr. Curt Keller began his appointment as the new pastor of Hudson United Methodist Church on July 1, 2017.
He comes to us from Forrest Hill United Methodist Church in Peoria, Illinois. A graduate of Wabash College and Vanderbilt University, Dr. Keller has served the Illinois Great Rivers Conference as the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Director and as Director of Pastoral Care and Counseling.
Dr. Keller currently lives in Pekin with his wife, Kathleen, and looks forward to being in ministry with this vibrant community. He will move to Hudson when the new parsonage purchase is finalized later this summer.

A New Parsonage – Church Conference & Capital Campaign

Church Conference–

With a new pastor soon arriving, it was time for our church to find a parsonage. A parsonage committee viewed several houses, and with the goal to balance affordability, the stringent United Methodist Church standards and keep the home in Hudson, has now located a suitable home.

The district committee came to Hudson to see the home and approved it. They found that the home was beautiful, two years old, meets the standards perfectly, and is accessible. Trustees and Pastor-Parish Relations Committee brought the proposal to all church members at a church conference meeting on June 5 at 7pm. The members voted to authorize the Trustees to purchase the home.

Capital Campaign Underway–

The church is fortunate to have several funds that the Trustees will use to make this purchase, but it is also expected the church will take on about $85,000 in debt. Over the next few weeks, the Trustees and Finance Committee request that the congregation consider giving generously and thus reduce the amount of debt the church will have to take on. Gifts can be mailed to the church or placed in the offering plate with “Parsonage” in the memo. When mailing a check please indicate, ATTN: Parsonage on the outside envelope as well.

2017 Annual Scholarship

Hudson United Methodist Church is committed to students and their success: in faith, life, and career. We wish to contribute to the success of each student who is active in the life of our congregation through an annual scholarship.  The Pastor Parish Relations Committee is pleased to announce that we have opened the application process for our 2017 Scholarship.  All students who are preparing to enter or are attending an institution of higher education and have not yet received a scholarship from this church in the past, are encouraged to apply.  Applications must be completed and submitted by Sunday, May 7, 2017 for a student to be considered.  You may download the form here.  Scholarship guidelines are also available, here.

Community Good Friday Worship

The churches of Hudson have come together to plan a Good Friday worship event for April 14 at 7pm.  On this special night we will hear the story of Christ’s death as a multi-church community. Come be a part of this night of scripture readings, prayer, and music which tells the story of Christ’s love for us!

This year the service will be at Hudson Baptist Church at 312 East Walnut

If you are a part of the Hudson community or an active part of the Hudson churches we invite you to take part as a scripture reader, join our community choir, or offer your musical talent in the form of special music.  Contact the pastor if you are willing to offer up your talents.

Community Good Friday Worship Service
Hudson Baptist Church  –  April 14, 2017  –  7:00pm

Mission | Safe Harbor Dinner Spring 2017

We will provide the meal at Safe Harbor on April 22  Come be a part of this mission!  If you would like to help get ready, come anytime after 5:00, if you would like to just help serve, come before 7:00 and if you just want to have pizza with us, meet us at Monical’s on Main St around 7:30!

All people young and old are invited to be a part of this night of ministry!


Lent Collection for Neville House

This Lent the people of Hudson UMC are not just growing in faith, but we are also taking action.  Each week, worshipers are invited to bring items to support Neville House.

Neville House is a 24 hour a day emergency shelter that provides safety and care to women who are victims of domestic violence and their children.  Although you may bring any of these items on any week, we encourage the people of Hudson UMC to bring:

March 19
Disinfectant sprays (aerosol), soaps and wipes

March 26
Laundry & Dishwasher detergent

April 2
Garbage Bags, Dish Soap, Bleach

April 9
Diapers, Wipes, , Feminine Hygiene Products


This mission is led by the evening Women’s group: WMW.

Each person is invited to bring their offering of love to the chancel area, as able, or leave them with the ushers if you prefer (and ushers will bring them forward leading up to service and during the opening song).  We will collect these items around the Lord’s Table and watch the donations grow leading up to Easter!

Mission 24 | East Bay Camp

The United Methodist Churches along the Route 24 corridor will join together on Saturday, March 25 for a mission day at East Bay Camp. There will be jobs for everyone, but it will help us if you contact Steve Lampert if you are able to help. We will meet at East Bay camp at 8:00am, have lunch at camp and conclude in the mid-afternoon.  We have jobs for anyone with skills or a willingness to do: maintenance, cleaning, construction, or organizing.

Mission Trip: Wesley Foundation Students to Baton Rouge

Four of our college students, Blaire, Maren, Megan and Ryan are going on a mission trip over Spring Break.  This mission trip is with the United Methodist Wesley Foundation (campus ministry) at ISU and Hudson United Methodist Church is going to support them.

The church leadership gathered in January and immediately committed to supporting this mission trip with a special collection on Feb. 5 and 12.  They guaranteed, however, at least $800 from our mission fund if we fell short of that amount during the February collection.

Though this is a mission trip in which college students will, directly, participate.  It is a mission trip that can be a part of our ministries, here, at Hudson United Methodist Church and when they come back with remarkable stories: we can take pride in the work done by (and faith grown in) these remarkable young people!


To date we have raised over $1400 and well on our way toward fully funding our four students, but of the 30 students participating in this trip, many of them have need of scholarship.  On Feb 12 we will conclude our campaign and hope to not only fully cover our students but to assist others with small scholarships!  Please continue to give generously.


Miracles | A message from the lay leader

Do you believe in miracles?  Have you ever witnessed one?  Perhaps you’ve known someone whose illness was miraculously healed.  Or perhaps you’ve known someone who was inexplicably and miraculously saved from certain death following an accident or disaster.

Some miracles may not be as visible as these miracles.  Some miracles happen very slowly over a period of time.  They happen when God works all things, both good and bad, together, for those who love Him.  It happens when we experience the unexpected death of a loved one, when tornadoes leave us homeless, or when we lose our jobs and we’re left wondering how we’re going to make ends meet.  These miracles happen as we cling to God for comfort and deliverance and He, in turn, transforms our lives.

In Matthew 25, Jesus encouraged us to care for each other by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, helping the homeless, and visiting the sick and in prison.  Through these words Jesus gives us the awesome privilege to join Him in these miracles.  When we walk with those who are suffering and offer our time and talents, we bring hope.  And when we listen to their stories and lend our faith, we bring healing and help transform their lives.

Our college students, Ryan Litchfield, Blaire Lotz, Maren Anderson, and Megan Gustafson, have taken Jesus’ words to heart.  Over ISU spring break they will be joining other ISU students in traveling to Baton Rouge to help residents recover from devastating floods.  Through their efforts, God will use them to bring about His miracles in the lives of these residents by bringing them hope and healing as they travel down the long road of recovery.

Even though you may not be able to travel with these students, you too have the awesome privilege of joining in this miracle.  Monetary donations are needed to help these students cover the cost of the trip, supplies, and spending money.  The Administrative Council has voted to take a collection for this mission trip on Sunday, February 5, and Sunday, February 12.  Please give thoughtful consideration of how you can assist God in bringing about His miracles.

Carol Dabbs, Lay Leader

Death of Anna Downen

Anna Downen died suddenly this week.  Her life will be celebrated with a visitation on Saturday 1-4pm.  We extend sympathies to Stephen, Stephanie and Mary Ann.


Anna K. Downen, 59, of Normal, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 24, 2017) at her home.

Her celebration of life visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington.

Anna was born Sept. 8, 1957, in Bloomington, the daughter of Phillip and Ruth Ann Potter Emery. She married Stephen Downen on Nov. 25, 1979, in Bloomington. He survives.

She is also survived by a daughter, Stephanie Downen, River Forest; a grandson, Kaleb Downen, and his mother, Ashley Downen, of Washington; her parents, Phillip and Ruth Ann Emery, Bloomington; her mother-in-law, Mary Ann Downen, Bloomington; and two brothers, Phillip Emery, Mackinaw, and Tim Emery, Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by a son, Benjamin Downen, and her father-in-law, A. Wayne Downen.

Anna graduated from Bloomington High School. She was a cook at the Parkview Inn for many years, owned and operated the Velvet Freeze in Normal and was a Realtor for Brady Realty for many years. Anna was an active volunteer during her children’s school years. She loved her pets and feeding the birds.

Anna will be remembered as the nicest person we knew. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend who will be dearly missed.

To express condolences, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com.

Thank You From Kirsten

The church recently received a Thank You card from Kirsten B, for whom we have been praying. The front of the card appears to be colored by Kirsten and the card will be posted outside of the office.  The card reads:

Dear HUMC Family,

Thank your supporting my family and I through my dramatic encounter.  I have felt your guys love!

Extra hugs & kisses to Steve and Judy Lampert for being loyal messengers.  I am appreciative  to be able to walk, run, think well, and (almost) play some guitar chords.

Love you all ~

Kirsten B.

Kiss A Goat!?

A few months ago the children and adult Sunday School classes began collecting money for Heifer International.  The Sunday school teachers told the kids that they could choose an animal for which to raise money.  They also told the kids that the pastor would kiss that animal if they could raise enough money for it!  The kids chose goats.  Rev. Carnes kissed a goat from Hospelhorn Farms after church on November 27.

See the front page of the December 15th Quill: