“A Place of Grace, sharing the Love of God with each other

And the Community”

August 2, 2020
AUGUST CALENDAR: Boards, committees, and study groups, we are getting the August calendar together. Some of the events existed before COVID-19. So, if you are not wanting to have your boards or committees meet or the dates/times have changed, please notify your members, and email the church office to eliminate as much confusion as possible. Thank you for your help in this matter.
CONFIRMATION NEWS: Our 8th graders, who are now 9th graders will be confirmed on a special confirmation service to be held on September 6th at 1:00 p.m. Their question with the elders will be held at 6:00 p.m. on August 6th.
PRIVATE COMMUNION: Pastor will be holding 10-minute private communion services at church on August 8th for those not yet comfortable with public worship. If you are interested, please click on the link on the church’s website to register. If you so desire communion and the time nor format work for you, please call the church office where a time and comfortable format can be arranged.
BOARD OF ELDERS: Your elders will be meeting August 6th at 6:30 p.m. If you have any church concerns regarding their responsibilities, you are welcome to share them with them. Your elders are Tom Batchelor, Craig Cates, Gary Thompson, Steve Schiemann, Chester Juroska, and acting head elder, Michael Graf. Two elders, John White and Lance Berg have resigned. Feel free to contact any elder, even if they are not your assigned one.
PRAYER CARDS: Keep in mind, that in our desire to follow CDC guidelines, prayer cards will no longer be collected during service. The reason for this is that prayer cards have three contact points in short time (writer, usher, pastor). Something the guidelines do not recommend. Attendance cards have only one (writer) and are touched by another after significant time has passed. If you wish to request prayers, please do them via text message or email. Please continue to fill out the card and place it an offering plate on your way out so that we can register you as attending that service. Thank you.
WEARING OF MASKS: Sometimes as a Christian we are called to make sacrifices for others. In this time, consider making the sacrifice of wearing a mask in church where social distancing is not possible. If you wish not to do it for yourself, at least thinking of doing it for others. Thank you.
RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITIES: We plan to move ahead into Fall at normal speed beginning in August. Confirmation Orientation will be held August 9th at 5:00 p.m. Classes begin August 16th. The Confirmation rite of last year’s 8th grade class will be held September 6th. The blessing of backpacks will be held on August 9th. Men’s Retreat will be held October 16-18th. If there are men that would like to join us and have not paid a registration fee of $65.00, you may still get in as long as you register before September 30th. Small Groups will resume in October.
UNDERSHEPHERDING PROGRAM: We are thankful for the twelve people volunteering to be Undershepherds. A training session for this position will soon be held once more of the pandemic settles down. Three more Undershepherds are needed, please let pastor know if you would be willing to serve. Our training session will be held on August 9th at 6:30 p.m.
THANK YOU! To all who helped, with Operation First Day, a great big thank you is given. These pencils are being dispersed by pickup, instead of the normal routine of handing them to a student and their parents. Hopefully, COVID-19 will subside and we, as a church, will be able to be more involved in our outside mission work. Again, you are deeply appreciated and this could not have been done without your contributions. Our DCE, Allison Daniels, purchased the majority of these pencils and has taken them to be assembled with supplies given by other participants. Blessings to you all, Donna Boyd, Board of Outreach and Social Ministry
Sunday, August 2
8:00 a.m. Communion Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Communion Service
10:45 a.m. Board of Trustees
12:00 p.m. Board of Social Ministry
12:00 p.m. Children’s Choir
4:00 p.m. High School YOUTH
Tuesday, August 4
7:00 p.m. Praise Team
Wednesday, August 5
7:00 p.m. YOUTH High School Hangout
Thursday, August 6
6:00 p.m. Confirmation Questioning
6:30 p.m. Elder’s Meeting
8:00 a.m. Communion Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Communion Service
12:00 p.m. Children’s Choir
4:00 p.m. Jr. High YOUTH
5:00 p.m. Confirmation Orientation
6:30 p.m. Undershepherd Training