Please pray for Becky Elcan as she recovers from knee replacement surgery.
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CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK:
Sat- Basement reserved
Sun- Adult Bible class 8:15; Worship 9:30; Sunday school and Bible class 10:45; Elder's meeting noon
Organist- Barb Dreyer
Acolyte- Addie Hoelscher or Savannah Masters
Ushers- Don Turnure, Don Nolte, Brent Davis, Larry Schulze
Altar- Set up- Marilyn Foster; Clean Up- Sandy Robine
Communion assistant- Jason Cluver
Greeters- Ken and Marilyn Foster
Projectionist- Terry McKenzie
Lay Reader- Marcia Sevier
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: What happened to Nebuchadnezzar after his dream? Daniel 4 33: Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles' feathers, and his nails were like birds' claws.
TODAY'S QUIZ: Was Jehoiakim a bad king or a good king?
DISCIPLE MAKERS AND SUNDAY SCHOOL CHANGE UPDATE
Back at the beginning of June we started an activity on Wednesday nights called "Disciple Makers'. It was received well, but because of summer schedules and several other factors, it was not well attended after the first couple weeks. There were also some things that a few commented on that they didn't enjoy very much and so some suggestions were made along the way to make it more enjoyable and user-friendly. I have made the suggested adjustments and am ready to get it going again so that it can be the successful program we all want it to be. .
Also, since many of your schedules are such that you can't make it on Wednesday nights during the school year, we are going to offer it on Sundays at 10:45 as well. It will be a combination of Sunday school and worship with lots of FUN stuff. It will take the place of the current Sunday school program so you can either come on Sundays or Wednesdays and get the same thing.
I love your kids so much, and I want them to know the Bible as well as they are able, so that they can be positive influences in the world and react to the devil's schemes with the confidence that comes from knowing God's will. To put it simply, if you want your children to be good, strong, confident Christians they MUST be at Disciple Makers WITH you!
I know how tight your schedules are. While you should be in both regular worship and Disciple Makers, I understand where that might not be possible all the time. Understanding this, I have incorporated a bit of worship time into the Disciple Makers weekly schedule. So if you find that you can't make it for two hours on a Sunday or one hour on Sunday and one on Wednesday, try as hard as you can to make it to at least one hour of Disciple Makers with your kids.
SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADERS: this is your confirmation class for this year. Every other year we go through the Scriptures, so this is simply taking the place of "The Story" that we had been using the last several years.
HIGH SCHOOLERS: it's never too late to learn the Scriptures like you should, and because many of you are planning on going to the National Youth Gathering in July of 2019, I am expecting you to participate in your faith and be at Disciple Makers as much as possible.
PRESCHOOLERS-SIXTH GRADERS: Confirmation really begins the moment your child is baptized, as from little on they need to know the Scriptures. Disciple Makers is a prime opportunity and tool to grow your kids in the faith. Your kids need to know their Bibles and so do you! Get them into it!! Decide that this is going to be the year that you begin a new discipline of learning the Scriptures TOGETHER as a family.
Here's a sample schedule so you know what to expect.
5-10 min- Opening with songs or videos or both
20-25 min- Lesson of the Day, this will include all different sorts of learning tools: songs, skits, games, etc.
15-20 min- age appropriate activity, craft, or game ending with- Family Faith5 and Free time
Always remember that I love you and my only goal is to make sure you're all in heaven with me some day!
National Youth Gathering-- July 9-15, 2019-- Minneapolis, MN
Summer isn't even over yet, and I'm already getting excited for next Summer and the National Youth Gathering!! It's still 11 months away, but there are already things that need to happen and information that I need to gather from all who want to participate.
Why should you go to the National Youth Gathering?
1. Faith- This once in a lifetime experience will help you grow tremendously in your faith and
2. Fellowship- Seeing 30,000 other Lutheran Christian youth just like you and growing with your immediate church family is something you'll take with you the rest of your life.
3. Fun. So much fun you'll be exhausted at the end of each day and you'll need a week to recover. (Mass events, Mall of America, Seeing where pastor grew up, downtown Minneapolis is awesome)
If you want to go, Please fill out the necessary worksheets and get them back to me prior to Wednesday, October 17 along with a $100 nonrefundable deposit per individual going. It is $365 each for registration. The total cost is going to be $925-$1,000 per person depending on a few variables. Only those who are ages 14-19 (going into 9th grade-high school graduates) and only those who have helped with fundraisers or have paid their own way are eligible to go.
Dates to Remember
September 5- First NYG meeting at 6:30pm—Bring your forms filled out so that Pastor can begin entering information online. At the meeting I will give you a good idea of what a day at the gathering looks like.
October 17- Official Postmark date for Deposit and official forms (Information for all Gathering Participants plus $100 nonrefundable deposit MUST be in to Pastor. If you can't afford the whole $100, I will accept five $20 payments.) We must have the correct numbers of people going so we can get the correct number of hotel rooms and so that we don't lose any money. Hotel choice is first come, first served.
January- Confirmations sent out to churches
March 2- registration rate increases.
Early Spring- Hotel info sent out
Early April- Hotel deposit is due
May 1- Full registration payment is due for express registration at gathering
May 29- Last day to add any late registrations
Please make this as easy on me as possible. I don't want to have to chase you down or continually remind you to get your forms in. If I don't hear from you about these things and I don't get the necessary form in on time, I will assume that you aren't going and I'll be very sad. Always remember that Jesus loves you and so do I and both of us want you to grow in your faith as much as possible! The Gathering is the biggest and best way to make that happen!
NEW DIGITAL SIGN AT CHURCH
You may have noticed that as you drive south on 47 and look at the sign, the top portion of it isn't working. A part broke during shipping, and we are working on getting a new part to replace it.
Otherwise, tell me what you think. I'm still working on figuring out how to program all the cool features on it.
LITTLE LAMBS IS MAKING A BUDDY BENCH OUT OF RECYCLED PLASTIC CAPS
Please save your plastic bottle and jugs caps They will need 30 pounds of them. (water, soda, Gatorade, milk jugs, etc. are accepted.) There is a receptacle in the narthex or you can just bring them down to the preschool teacher's table in the preschool room.
MEN'S RETREAT AT MARK TWAIN STATE PARK, SEPTEMBER 28-30!!
Registration is $5 ($50 after 9/10. Golf tourney is $35. To go up a day early is an extra $15. Forms are on the counter in the narthex or go to t3mensretreat.org.
TURNING POINT IS HOSTING A WORK WEEK AUGUST 26-SEPTEMBER 1
They are asking for volunteers and donations to help keep their shelter going. Please contact Lora Mayor at 456-1186 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a sign up sheet in the narthex.
VENDORS NEEDED FOR THE NOVEMBER 3 VENDOR FAIR!!
If you'd like a table or know someone who would call Terry @ 456-2888 or Marilyn Foster who is in charge of the event at 456-4195 to reserve your spot!
YARD SIGNS FOR THE PREGNANCY OPTIONS CENTER
Would you like to have a sign in your yard promoting the pregnancy options center?
It simply says:
Please sign the sign up sheet on the counter in the narthex or reply to this email and I will sign you up.
DO YOU HAVE A THRIVENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNT OR POLICY?
You may be eligible to receive money for Little Lambs or Good Shepherd!! Go to www.thrivent.com/choicedollars to check it out!
For AL KOSTERS, who is dealing with some heart troubles and dialysis.
For CAROL BOEGER, as she is recovering from knee replacement surgery.
For BETTY TAMELER recovering from knee replacement surgery.
For BUCK HAMPTON, AND MARY WILLIAMS who are all on hospice care.
For JEANNIE SIEBOLD, DENISE HOOKER (Betty Tameler's daughter), GEORGE HOESCHER, as they continue to deal with cancer.
PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL:
For CONNER FIGURA going through tech training in the Air Force.
For both DAN DREYER and SAM HARGROVE as they adjust to civilian life and await their next assignments.
For COLTON FIGURA deployed to Turkey for five more months.
For DAVID TATE stationed in Japan, and ALEX WALTERS, stationed in Tennessee. That God would bless their service to our country and keep them safe as they all await possible deployment.
For CALEB FIGURA AND VINCE MASTERS who are both serving our country in the National Guard and take time out of their lives, jobs, and families to go on duty several times a year.
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