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!

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!


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.

Christmas Caroling


December 18, 2016  –  4:30pm

Whether you will sing along or spread cheer with your presence: come join us for the church’s annual Christmas Caroling!  We will meet at the church at 4:30pm and make several stops in Hudson & Bloomington-Normal and visit Heritage Health.  After caroling we will return to the church for gondolas, chips, cookies and hot chocolate.

Youth are invited to go caroling in place of regularly scheduled youth group.

All-Church Weiner Roast & Hay Rack Ride 2016


2016 Weiner Roast & Hay Rack Ride

We will enjoy hot dogs, games, s’mores, and a hay rack ride on Sat., September 10!  Wanda gladly welcomes you for games & fishing as early as 3pm and we will eat at 4:30pm, at Wanda Sutter’s farm (25790 Hospelhorn Ln, Hudson, click here for a map).  The church will provide hot dogs, drinks & table service. Anyone who wishes may bring a side dish to share!

Depending on your interests and needs, please bring:  lawn chairs, flashlights, fishing poles & bait, bug spray, blankets (hay rack ride), sports equipment (baseball, frisbee, etc), and/or musical instruments to play around the fire.

Directions from the South

Driving from Bloomington-Normal or Hudson, go North on I-39.  Turn West (left) toward Evergreen Lake on Lake Road (E 2500 North Road).  Just past the Interstate, turn North (right) on Hospelhorn Lane.  Their home is at the end of the lane.

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Faith Formation 2016-’17

We have a team working diligently (and creatively) to revitalize our Sunday School program!  In fact, it is going to look less like Sunday School than ever before and engage our children in a whole new way.  Max Lampert told his grandmother (who is on the team) that he sits in church and then sits in Sunday School and he wants to do something.  The team is preparing to keep our kids moving, get them involved in missions, and develop faith within them!

A parent and teacher night is planned for August 29 (6:30pm) so that families can learn more about what is planned and help shape the direction of the program!

We will begin faith formation activities on September 11 at 10:20am.  One new aspect of the program is a mission component.  Children are encouraged to bring weekly offerings to ‘buy an animal’ for Heifer Internation.  They will also collect clothing and toys to help others in the fall!

Come out for the orientation meeting (August 29) and be a part of the Sunday morning program (September 11)!  Also, don’t forget about our All-Church Back-to-School kick-off for all ages on September 10!!!

Mission: Safe Harbor | Mar 12


Mission on March 12, 2016

We will provide the meal at Safe Harbor on March 12.  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!

Celebrate 90


On Sunday, November 22, 2015 we invite you to be a part of a special morning of worship and a “birthday” brunch to celebrate the people of this congregation who are 90 years or older.

Celebrate 90:  Worship

We will turn to the story of Abraham & Sarah which reminds us of the remarkable ways God can use, even, the oldest among us.  Abraham & Sarah acted on faith, the best they knew how, and would experience great blessings in their older age.  It is a story that models faithfulness to the young of our congregation and a story that empowers the oldest among us.

Celebrate 90:  Birthday Brunch

The WMW group is working to plan the event.  Details should be forthcoming over the next two weeks.  We hope that you will mark this day on your calendar and be a part of this momentous occasion  (There will be no Sunday School that week, but people of all ages are invited to the celebratory brunch)!

90 to ‘Celebrate 90’:

The hostesses have created a goal:  90 people in church on this Sunday. If everyone who attends monthly, will come on this one week we can easily make this goal.  We hope that you will make plans to attend!

A Great Night! | Weiner Roast & Hayride 2015

weiner-roast001The church thanks Wanda & Steve Sutter for their generous use of their farm and weeks of work as they prepared for the weiner roast and hayride.  It was a fun night with over forty people involved!

We also thank Alan Compton who drove the tractor for the hayride and others who helped provide food and leadership!


Worship in the Park



May 31, 2014, 10:00am at Prairie Shelter
Comlara Park (Evergreen Lake)


We have postponed our time in the park, due to weather.  HOWEVER, we will still worship at 10am, as planned and continue our celebration with an indoor picnic and potluck in the fellowship hall to follow.  The church has ordered plenty of fried chicken and will provide place-settings and drinks.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share (the details are the same as below, but we will worship and eat indoors).

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“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” – Psalm 105:6

We are taking our worship outside to join with all of creation as we consider a new image of God:  God as vine (John 15:1-8).  The congregation will gather at the prairie shelter for worship at 10:00am and continue with a picnic following worship and activities for the children.

The church is providing the entree (Fried Chicken), potato chips, drinks (lemonade & water), and table service.  Regular attenders are encouraged to bring a side or dessert to share (with serving utensils for your dish).

Dress comfortably and those with a fishing license are welcome to bring fishing poles!  In case of inclimate weather we will hold church at 10am in the sanctuary with a potluck to follow.

Watoto Orphan Choir Coming!


Watoto Orphan Children’s Choir
in concert at Normal First United Methodist Church
April 30, 2015, 7pm

Poverty, disease, and war has ravaged the countries of Africa.  Imagine, now, losing your parents and having no where to go and no way to support yourself!  The Watoto Orphan Children’s Choirs tour the world in order to raise awareness and provide relief.

The community is invited to a remarkable concert which is part of the choir’s “O What Love” Tour.  All are welcome and the people of Hudson United Methodist Church are especially encouraged to support this group and a sister church.  A freewill offering will be taken to support these and other orphans in Africa.


Hudson Luau


OnFebruary 14 we will gather at 5:30pm for a Luau in the fellowship hall at the church.  Please sign up after church services or call or email Wanda Sutter to RSVP so that we have an approximate number for planning.  The church will be glad to assist with transportation, as well.

Polynesian Pork and Grilled Beef Shish-Kebabs
Mixed Veggies (maybe w/ some type of lite cheese sauce)
Lettuce Salad w/ dried fruits and nuts w/ Hawaiian salad dressing
Dinner rolls w/ honey butter
Drinks (coffee, water, tea)
Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Frozen Pineapple/Banana Supreme

More updates to follow (on this page)!

Perfect Weather for a Fun Day of Sledding!

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We wanted to share some photos from last week’s very fun day of sledding at the Sutter farm.  There are also some large photos from the weekend on the wall at the church which we hope you will stop and admire this week as you walk through the entry way.  Here, too, is a thoughtful note from Wanda Sutter:

Church Friends,
If you missed the sledding:  It was a beautiful day, not much of any wind to speak of, cold enough to keep the snow from melting, and we had a beautiful light snow fall, which set the mood!  Appears everyone had a wonderful time.  There was the perfect amount of snow to make the hill slick, but not so much that it was hard to move about in to get back up the hill. Kids and adults alike agreed that the hill was really fast!  We had about 55 show up to enjoy the afternoon.   -Wanda Sutter

Movie Party!


A Showing of A Christmas Carol 

Nov. 30, 2014  –  1:30pm
in the Fellowship Hall 


“Some of my favorite memories come from the time I spent with my family, at home…and at church (I was a church that felt like family).  Some of the most vibrant memories are times when I spent time with my family at church:  breakfast between Sunrise worship & the 9am service at my home church, an annual all-church (Christmas) variety show where all the adults and kids participated…  the list goes on.  I can almost see, hear, taste, touch, and smell those moments.  Being with my family at church formed me into who I am today.”     -Rev. Scott Carnes


Some of the most important moments in the life of a church are those times when parents, children, grandparents, and other friends come together to be a true family of faith.  Coming on Nov. 30 we will have just such an opportunity.  After Hanging the Greens in worship that morning all are invited back to the church at 1:30pm for a showing of A Christmas Carol.  It is a family favorite that is sure to please.  Best of all:  we will have time together as a community of faith.  This is just the first in a big line-up of Advent Activities as we prepare for Christmas!

There will be popcorn and drinks.  Adults and children are encouraged to come ‘comfortable.’  You may even wish to bring blankets and/or pillows to get comfortable in the fellowship hall.