Welcome to

Manteno United
Methodist Church


9:30 am Sunday Morning
9:30am Nursery/Sunday School available for all children

Recent Sermons

  • April 31, 2024 Easter Service

  • March 17, 2024 Sunday Service

  • Jan. 28th Worship Service

  • Jan. 21, 2024 Sunday Service

  • Jan. 7th Sunday Worship

  • Dec. 17th Sunday Service – Children’s Program

  • Dec. 10th Sunday Worship CANTATA

  • December 3, 2023 Service (Chamber Choir Performance)

  • Nov. 5th Sermon

  • Oct. 29, 2023 Sermon

  • October 22, 2023 Sermon

  • October 15th Sermon

  • October 8th 2023

  • October 1st 2023

  • September 10th Worship Service

  • September 3rd, 2023

  • August 20th 2023

  • August 13th, 2023

  • August 6th, 2023

  • July 30th, 2023

  • July 23rd, 2023

  • July 16th, 2023

  • July 2, 2023

  • June 18th, 2023

  • Easter Service

  • March 5th Service

  • February 26th Service

  • February 12th Service

  • Christmas Day Service 2022

  • Christmas Eve Service of Light and Life

  • Week 4

  • Week 3

  • Week 1

    Welcome to the Church

    Dear Manteno UMC friends, I’ve had many great opportunities to get to know people at the Meet and Greets. If you missed them, don’t worry…we’ll have more. I really want to get to know all of you. Several common themes came out of the “Meet…

    May 2024

    Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    • Loving Stitches
    • UAreU Panera Fundraiser
    • Praise Band Practice
    • Loving Stitches
    • Praise Band Practice
    • Loving Stitches
    • Praise Band Practice
    • Terrific Tuesdays
    • Loving Stitches
    • Praise Band Practice
    • Terrific Tuesdays
    • Loving Stitches
    • Praise Band Practice


    The purpose of the U Are U Preschool, a mission of the Manteno United Methodist Church, is to provide a learning experience in a Christian atmosphere that aids in the academic, social, emotional, physical, intellectual, moral, and spiritual development of preschool age chidlren.

    Meet Our Pastor

    Hi! I am Pastor Lana.

    I moved to Manteno UMC in July 2022, returning to Illinois Great Rivers after 20 years in extension ministries. Most recently, I served as a missionary for 2 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Before that I was a Wesley Foundation director and campus pastor at Purdue University for 18 years and part-time associate pastor at First UMC in West Lafayette IN for 14 of those years. I started my ministry at Hindsboro, Mt. Gilead, Windsor, and Zion Hill UMCs. I graduated from University of Illinois in history, Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis with an M.Div. and Master of Theological Studies. Before I headed to Africa, I was working on my doctorate in history at Purdue and hope to finish it someday.

    I have two grown children. Isaiah recently graduated from George Washington University in international development. Ella is a student at Purdue University in elementary education. My parents live in Mahomet and my grandma in Tuscola.

    I want to get to know you at a deeper level! I am available to meet for coffee, food, a walk, or pastoral care by appointment.

    🎉 Fun Facts!

    Favorite hymn/s: “Hymn of Promise” and “This is Our Song,” unless it’s Easter or Christmas. Then they are “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

    Favorite praise song/s: “Oceans,” “Give Me Your Eyes,” and “If We Are the Body.”

    Hobbies: I love to go out in nature—bicycling, hiking, kayaking or canoeing, taking pictures, gardening, swimming, etc. I love reading and studying!

    How I prepare sermons: Sometimes I will do a short series on a theme. However, I usually follow the Revised Common Lectionary, which covers much of the Bible in a three-year cycle. It includes readings from the Torah (first five books), the Psalms, Prophets, the Gospels, and the Epistles (letters). I love the Wesley Quadrilateral – I study the scriptures, study the historical context and translations, and consider what these have to say to us in light or reason and experience today. I take the scripture very seriously (not literally) and try to be authentic and honest about how I interpret and apply them. I don’t avoid tough and controversial topics, and like anybody, I have opinions. I do not expect you to agree with me. If my opinions ever offend you, or confuse you, please come talk to me about it. I love discussing theology, the Bible, history, culture, and I look forward to hearing your opinions.

    Contact Info

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    Thank you for visiting us
    We hope to see you soon!