Below are announcements made at the February 15th service.
HEAVENLY GROUNDS (VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION) It has been two years since we started a tradition to help stock our kitchen pantry with coffee. It was very well received and our supply is exhausted. Once again, we are suggesting to bring in a large can of FOLGER’S classic coffee – regular or decaf, for use during our fellowship hour or any other church function. Thank you for your support.
LIFETREE CAFÉ TONIGHT: The program, titled “Why, God? When Personal Tragedy Doesn’t Make Sense,” features an original film depicting the true story of Thomas Vander Woude, who found his son struggling for his life after a backyard accident. According to Lifetree Café representative Craig Cable, “When tragedy strikes, many people question how God could allow such suffering. This Lifetree program addresses this question head-on.”
THE SUNDAY MORNING CLASS IS STUDYING THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. xWe have learned much about Jesus during this study, not the least of which is His great love for us, love we will see in its fullness as He willingly goes to the cross to redeem us. We always review, so feel free to join the class at any time. We meet upstairs in the Adult Sunday School Room.
FEARLESS CONVERSATION ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL MEETS AT 8:45 IN THE CAFÉ. Join us next we as we discuss “If God forgives me, then why do I still get punished for my sins?”
THE WEDNESDAY 12:30 PM BIBLE STUDY/THE BOOK OF ROMANS, This is a great time to join the study! Come with ideas and a desire to learn more about the Lord and to grow in faith!
AMPED (Active Ministry Producing Energized Disciples) MEETS WEDNESDAYS FROM 5:45-7:30 PM. The AMPED evening begins with an inter-generational meal at 5:45 followed by small groups for preschoolers-1st, 2nd-5th grade, Confirmation, High School, and adults.
THE DOCUMENTARY “DROPBOX” will be shown at the Savoy Theater March 3, 4 or 5th, 2015 @ 7 pm (run time 120 minutes). It’s about one man’s mission to save 100s of babies. You can see the trailer on YouTube. Lisa Schwarzentraub is buying a block of tickets. If you would like to go, contact Lisa at 217-493-4107, before February 18th at 5 pm.
LENT BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY FEB. 18TH with a light supper at 5:45 p.m., and the Ash Wednesday worship service at 6:30 p.m. We will have the imposition of ashes and Communion. The Lenten series this year will be based on the armor of God, which the apostle Paul wrote about in Ephesians 6:10-20. Several of the NALC pastors in our area will be participating in a round-robin, like we did last year, during the Wednesdays of Lent. Plan to come and to be equipped with the armor of God.
Our Lenten schedule is:
- February 18: Ash Wednesday – The Belt of Truth
- February 25: Rev. Dennis Meyer – The Helmet of Salvation
- March 4: Rev. Deb Domeier – The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
- March 11: Rev. Jay Johnson – The Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God
- March 18: Rev. James Lehmann – The Breastplate of Righteousness
- March 25: Rev. Cindy Bisser – Prayer
- April 2: Maundy Thursday – The Shield of Faith
LENTEN MEALS: There is a sign-up sheet in the church kitchen for the meals before the Lenten services. This week’s meal is a Sandwich bar. The following is the schedule for the meals:
- February 25 – casserole potluck
- March 4 – baked potato bar
- March 11 – soup
- March 18 – breakfast for dinner
- March 25 – taco bar
LADIES JOIN US FOR GARDEN GETAWAY ON FEBRUARY 21ST! “There is a time and season for everything,” said the writer of Ecclesiastes. He might as well have been thinking of women when he wrote this, because our lives are always changing from one season to the next! Some of these seasons are full of daisies and roses…and others feel more like a mess of thorns and weeds. But the good news is that God is here to walk with us through every new phase of life, and we have each other to share the journey. Registration and check in is from 8:30-9:00 am. We will begin at 9:00 and finish by 4:30 pm. The cost of the retreat is only $10 per person and covers delicious snacks, lunch and fun and refreshing activities. Register today and invite a friend!
BALARUS FUNDRAISER: On February 21, the Lutheran Church of Mahomet will have a fundraiser to raise money to continue helping sister churches in Belarus. It will also be a great opportunity to socialize with family and friends in a fun setting. So please mark your calendars.
Here are the details for the Belarus Mission Fundraiser: Date: Saturday, February 21; Time: auction starts at 5pm; meal approx. 6:15pm. Meal Ticket Price: $17.50 per adult; $8.50 per child. A silent auction will be held. A pie/cake/other baked goods call/out auction will be held. Fundraising goal: $6,000. Tickets are on sale on the Lutheran Church of Mahomet website – lcofm.org. You may also contact Pete Farm (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cindy Erickson (email@example.com)
ATTENDANCE for Sunday, February 8th was 74 and total offering was $3,506.00.