Announcements — February 23, 2014

love enemiesBelow are announcements distributed during the February 23rd service.

WELCOME TO NEW BEGINNINGS LUTHERAN CHURCH: We are glad you are worshiping with us today. Restrooms are located on the left side of the hallway and a nursery for children under 5 is located on the right side of the hall.

COMMUNION: The center section of each Communion tray has two types of glasses. There are glasses with white grape juice, and also glasses with a lesser amount of wine. Please feel free to take which ever will best meet your needs. The communion bread is gluten-free.

PLEASE STAY FOR FELLOWSHIP: After worship you are invited to join us downstairs for refreshments and fellowship. An elevator is located at the end of the hall.

BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY AT NOON. We are studying the book of Acts, the early Church, and the message that the early church proclaimed: calling people to faith and discipleship in Jesus. We will see how the early Church grew, and the boldness in their witness for Jesus. Plan to come! Plan to grow in Christ!

“AMPED” (Active Ministry Producing Energized Disciples) is our Wednesday evening Christian Education program. We begin with supper at 5:45. The main dish this week is Hot Dogs. Classes for preschool-K, 1st-5th grade, Confirmation, High School, and adults start at 6:30. Please plan to attend.

ON TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY, MARCH 2, WE WILL BURN LAST YEAR’S PALM SUNDAY PALM FRONDS. The palm fronds are burned in preparation for Ash Wednesday, March 5th. There is a short service for the burning of the palm fronds. We will have the burning of the palm fronds at 9:00 a.m. at church on March 2nd. Plan to participate!

LADIES, ITS NOT TOO LATE TO COME TO CAFÉ CHOCOLAT! OUR FIRST WOMENS RETREAT WAS RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY MARCH 1ST FROM 8:30-4:30. Café Chocolat: Where Women Delight in God’s Grace, is a great opportunity to get to know other ladies. Snacks, lunch and everything you need for a great experience is provided. So come delight in God’s grace! Registration forms are downstairs or you can register online at

CARPET REPLACEMENT: The cost of replacing the carpet in the basement activity room is about $5000. It is not a budgeted item so we would like to accumulate the funds as was done with the new windows, by designated contributions. A donation progress board will mark off the contributions in $25 increments and will be displayed in the Narthex. When all 200 squares are marked off, arrangements will be made to have the carpet installed. Please make your donations payable to NBLC and indicate Carpet in the memo line of your checks. So far, $2,425.00 has been donated.

SOUND SYSTEM UPGRADE: The Buildings and Grounds Committee would like to let the congregation know that in the next couple of weeks we will be working on upgrading the sound system. We will now have the organ and all the microphones running through the same system. We are also adding two microphones for the reader theaters and other performances in the sanctuary. This will help the sound be uniform throughout the sanctuary and will hopefully let us have a better worshipping experience.

THERE WILL BE THREE NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE IN THE CONGREGATION, THERE WILL BE THREE NEW AREAS OF SERVICE: a fellowship committee – which will work on planning and organizing fellowship opportunities for the congregation; a stewardship committee – which will work on the stewardship of the member’s time, talents, and treasures; and a helping ministry committee – which will seek ways that NBLC can reach out to members of the congregation, the Mahomet area, our region, nationally, and internationally when and where needs arise. If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees please contact Pastor Oman or Bobbie Schnitkey. Be in prayer as to how you can serve the Lord.

PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH IN ST. JOSEPH INVITES ALL LOCAL NORTH AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH CONGREGATIONS to a party at Skateland tonight from 6-8 p.m. The whole facility will be ours for the evening. Skateland is located at 208 W. Curtis Road, Savoy. Costs are $4 for admission, $3 for regular skates, $4 for speed skates. Laser tag will be available for an additional fee. Bring money for snacks and games. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, and come, have a great time!

ILLINI FIGHTING HUNGER will hold a food-packing event at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Saint Joseph on Saturday, March 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Our goal is to pack 50,000 meals, to be distributed to needy families in the central United States. Please invite friends and come participate. Once you have an idea of how many are coming in your party, please contact Prince of Peace at 217-469-7422 to help us know how many to expect. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is located at 802 East Douglas St., Saint Joseph, IL 61873. Thank you!

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, February 16th was 67. General fund offering was $1,684.00. The general Building fund offering was $300.00, $40.00 was designated to repairs and $450.00 was designated to carpet replacement.

Money is one of God’s gifts to people.

“Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions,
and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot
and be happy in his work — this is a gift of God” (Eccl. 5:19).

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