Announcements — May 10, 2104

PASTOR OMAN AND KATHI will be visiting family Thursday the 7th through Tuesday the 12th. Feel free to call Pr. Oman’s cell phone if need be, 217-621-8697. Also, Pr. Jim Lehmann (217-417-4156) and Pr. Cindy Bisser (920-979-5673) are available for emergencies.

THANK YOU TO CONRAD RUPPERT AND ANDY BUSCH for leading worship today.

THE SUNDAY MORNING CLASS IS STUDYING HEBREWS. We always review, so feel free to join the class at any time. We meet upstairs.

FEARLESS CONVERSATION SUNDAY SCHOOL MEETS AT 8:45 IN THE CAFÉ. Everyone is invited to join in the conversation as we delve into the scriptures and apply them to our lives.
PENTECOST SUNDAY WILL BE SUNDAY MAY 24TH. The last couple of years we have had parts of Acts 2 read in various languages; we would like to do so again this year. If you are willing to read part of Acts 2 in a different language, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.

LIFETREE CAFÉ WEDNESDAY NIGHTAT 6:30 PM: The author of the best-selling book “The Shack” will weigh in on whether God loves imperfect people at Lifetree Café. The program, titled “Can God Love a Mess Like Me?” features an filmed interview with William Paul Young, author of “The Shack” and “Cross Roads.”
“The Shack” has sold 18 million copies, though Young never intended to publish it. “I wrote to communicate to my kids about the character of God, to make asking questions about God’s kindness and goodness OK.”
THE GREAT RIVERS WALK FOR WATER IS RAFFLING an afghan to help raise funds for this year’s walk for water. The cost of the tickets are: 1 ticket for $1.00, or 6 tickets for $5.00. Thank you to Richey Vanderspool for making the afghan again this year!
THE GREAT RIVERS WALK FOR WATER IS COMING ON JUNE 6TH! Gather a team together, and/or give a pledge to someone who is walking! The walk for water will help support Water Missions International, a non-profit organization which brings water treatment plants to areas of the world in need, such as Nepal after the earthquake, and WMI also shares Jesus, the Water of Life, with those who receive the water treatment plants. We can be a blessing by helping others!
HELP PROVIDE RELIEF FOR VICTIMS OF THE NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: Water Missions International has mobilized response to provide safe water for those in need. In the aftermath of this earthquake, the need for safe water grows more perilous as supplies run short and existing water sources become compromised by debris and unsanitary living conditions. Safe water access will be critical as the people of Nepal begin to rebuild. Would you pray with us for the people of Nepal and other regions affected by this disaster who have been left with nothing? In collaboration with partners, Water Missions is sending water treatment equipment capable of providing up to 75,000 people with safe water. The equipment includes chlorination devices and five Living Water™ Treatment Systems. WAYS TO GIVE: • Online: http://www.watermissions.org/disaster • Mail a check: PO Box 31258 Charleston, SC 29417 • Call: (843)769-7395 GET THE LATEST UPDATES /watermissions blog.watermissions.org @watermissions
APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY BUNCO! Men and women alike are invited to join us for an evening of dice, delight and desserts! Thursday, May 14 @ 7 pm join us for Bunco (no experience is necessary) in the café’. Feel free to bring a dessert and stick a flower in your lapel in celebration of May flowers. If you have specific questions please contact Lisa Schwarzentraub, 217-493-4107.

THE NEXT RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will be Monday, June 15th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Plan to come and help those in need!

THE NEXT NORTH AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH CONVOCATION will be held this August in Dallas, TX. The dates are: Wednesday August 12 through Friday, August 14th. The theme is a very timely theme: Martyr, Life-giving Witness; and is based on Acts 26:16-18. Many of our brothers and sisters in the faith are facing martyrdom for the Name of Jesus; this will be a time to hear their witness, to keep them in prayer, and to be strengthened in faith as the world becomes increasingly hostile to the message of Jesus. This is also the business meeting of the NALC. We need a voting delegate to attend. If you would like to attend, or would like more information, please contact Pastor Oman.

LET’S GET HEALTHY BY WALKING AS AN INDVIDUAL OR A TEAM (ON YOUR OWN TIME) TO BETHLEHEM.
• Record miles on Sunday at church and see how many mileS we have gone.
• Form a team – family, friends or co-workers
• Youth challenge – sports, band, and other outdoor activities will count for miles toward our goal to reach Bethlehem by Advent
• If you do the Walk for Water we will count those miles.
• If you exercise, then every 20 minutes will count as a mile
• Biking, running and using a treadmill/etc count as the miles done for that activity
• REMEMBER 6,296 MILES FROM MAHOMET TO BETHLEHEM

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JULY 14-16 (TUE-THU) FROM 9:30-12:30. VBS will be SonTreasure Island and held for children 3 y/o thru 6th grade. Watch for sign-up sheets for helpers.

HELPING HANDS SPRING AND SUMMER CLOTHES DONATION. A box has been placed under the coat rack in the Narthex to collect spring and summer clothes for infants to adults. If you have cleaned out your closets or dressers and have things you would like to donate her is your chance to get rid of those things.

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, May 3rd was 100 and total offering was $5,563.00.

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