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Weekly Newsletter for the                          Week ending Jan 17, 2020 

Scripture to study for upcoming week: Matthew 14:22-31

Serving Schedule 

Our Community Dinner Volunteers:

Jan 18:   Skippy, Gary, Becky   Jan 25:  Rev. Sheri, Phyllis M

If you want to help with Community Dinners contact Sheri Jackson

Our Church Service Volunteers:

Jan 19: Liturgist: Brenda Staggs  Diaconate: Pam Bray, Gary Bray, Stephanie Borchers, Ann Brewer

Trays: Pam Bray  Elders: Diane Fieler, Tom Norwood  Donuts: Rambo

W & W:   Hilde, Hailey  Children’s Moment:  Rev. Sheri

Jan 26: Liturgist: Elinor Rambo Diaconate: Pam Bray, Gary Bray, Stephanie Borchers, Ann Brewer

Trays: Gary Bray  Elders: Diane Fieler, Tom Norwood  Donuts: McKay

W & W: Hilde, Hailey  Children’s Moment:  Sheila Iott


Jan 18 Community Dinner 5:30-7:30pm

Jan 19 Sunday Night Live 3:30-6pm 

Jan 20 Panorama Bible Study 4-5pm

Jan 22 Warming Hours 9am-noon Panorama Fiber Arts 3-4pm Ivy Knoll Bible Study 3-4pm Ivy Knoll Service 6-7pm 

Jan 24  Warming Hours 9am-noon

We recently welcomed Jamie & Juliana Loveless, Jen Joplin and Janie Joplin as guests in our worship.  

Please be sure to learn their names and welcome them back next time they visit.

Warming center

Last Wednesday, we began hosting guests during warming hours.  We are open Wednesdays and Fridays 9 am to noon for people to escape the weather.  It hasn’t been very cold so we haven’t had many guests. But, it will be getting cold and we need your help.  If you’re interested in showing up for a shift, please let Pastor Tracy know.


What:   Where the Crawdads Sing

When: January 26, after service

Where:  Sheri Jackson’s home 

Where the Crawdads Sing is part bildungsroman and part crime drama, centered around Kya, a wild and unkempt girl. The book follows the ups and downs of her life. She lives a lonely life, but her story is a hopeful one as well. With a little help, she’s able to survive and even learn to read.

Despite her status as an outcast, her natural beauty catches the eye of two men in town. However, when the body of Chase Andrews, the local hotshot, is discovered in the marshes, she quickly becomes a prime suspect. The fragile life she has struggled and fought so hard to build is at risk.

Souper Bowl Lunch

Sunday, February 2nd

Following service

Bring your best soup or chili for lunch.  We’ll enjoy your entries into the Souper Bowl.  The best way to sample entries is to bring a muffin tin.  You can ladle a sample into each muffin slot. Then, we’ll vote for our favorite.  Votes are cast by placing a donation in the mason jar in front of your favorite soup or chili.  The entry that collects the most donations wins the Souper Bowl. All proceeds benefit community outreach projects.

A new Sunday school class started this past Sunday.  Alex Gallenstein is leading a discussion based class following the Nooma video series by Rob Bell.  If you haven’t found a class that fits your faith formation presence, please consider the class meeting in the conference room during the Sunday school hour.

Pastor Tracy is signed up for the below webinar.  

If you are interested in participating, please let her know.  

We will gather in the conference room in the Arnold House and watch the webinar on the big TV.

2019-2020 Webinar Series

Lexington Theological Seminary

Practical Strategies for Church-Based Community Transformation

Date: January 25, 2020

Where: Online

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Alexia Salvtierra

We know that Jesus’ mission goes beyond eternal life to include abundant life not only for his individual followers, but through them and the communities where they dwell. However, most churches have a very limited relationship with their communities. This webinar will focus on how to deepen that relationship for greater impact. It will include both internal mechanisms and structures (how to better organize the church) and external strategies (faith-rooted approaches that allow the church to contribute its unique gifts to broader collaborative partnerships).

Rev. Dr. Alexia Salvatierra is the co-author of Faith-Rooted Organizing:  Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. She has 30 years of ordained ministry experience in the ELCA. She has over 40 years experience in church-based community development, community organizing and advocacy.