Announcements — October 18, 2015

Untitled1WELCOME TO NEW BEGINNINGS LUTHERAN CHURCH: We are glad you are worshiping with us today!

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. 

COMMUNION:  All are welcome to receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life & salvation.

WHY IS GRACE SO AMAZING? We will not meet this morning. Thanks to the Fearless Conversations members for helping get ready for the Barn Party!

WEDNESDAY 12:30 BIBLE STUDY has decided to study 1 Corinthians. All are invited to join the study. We always review, so come join us.

THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION will be Sunday, November 8, 2015, following the worship service. The agenda will include election of council members, the budget, and action on an amendment to the NALC Constitution.

ADVENT IS SOON HERE.  There will be a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 27th, at 7:00 p.m. to plan for Advent/Christmas decorating.  Plan to come and bring your ideas!

RESTORING BROKEN TRUST EXPLORED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ THIS WEEK. How to make the most of life’s transitions will be discussed at Lifetree Café on Wednesday 6:30 pm and Thursday at 11:30 am. The program, titled “Reboot Your Life: The Art of Turning Your Life Around,” features a filmed interview with Vinh Chung, a Vietnamese immigrant and author of “Where the Wind Leads.” After their empire of rice mills in Vietnam was confiscated by a communist regime, Chung’s family made a risky decision to leave the country in search of a better life.   “If we stayed behind, my parents saw there would be no future for their children,” says Chung. “With oppression from a new regime and being forced to live in a little place with no electricity or running water, my parents realized they had to do something about it.” Chung visited Vietnam 20 years after his parents’ departure and shared his experiences with Lifetree during the filmed interview.

YOU’RE INVITED TO A BARN PARTY! Today at 4:30 pm at the Schnitkey’s. Join us at 4:30 for barn games, worship at 5:30 followed by dinner and more fun! Drinks, table service, hot dogs and s’mores will be provided. Bring a chair and a side dish. We will be in the barn and pasture so wear suitable clothes and shoes. The Schnitkey’s address is 570 County Road 2425 N, Dewey. Call Bobbie if you have questions, 898-0358.

WALK TO BETHLEHEM UPDATE: We have now walked, swam or cruised 5,670 miles.  There are about 630 miles left to get to Bethlehem.  We are passing thru Turkey now so on Nov 1 we will have Turkish food for luncheon.  We will celebrate arriving in Bethlehem on Nov 22 with traditional Jewish food.  Nice job everyone.  I’m pretty sure we will make it to Bethlehem before the beginning of Advent.

TRUNK OR TREAT: October 31, we will be offering trick or treaters the goodies found in the trunks of our cars or trucks.  Decorate your car trunks or back of your trucks, the young at heart can dress in costumes, and give out candy or snacks for the kids.  The kids will have an opportunity to vote on the best decorated, the scariest and the funniest decorated vehicles.  There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.  If you don’t get many trick or treaters at your house join us in the church parking lot.

THE FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE is sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, November 15, following the church service. The dinner will help raise funds to benefit the Helping Hands Ministry located here in Mahomet. A free will offering will be taken for the meal which will assist in filling their shelves with food for those in need.  Spaghetti, meat balls, Italian sausage, salad, and bread will be served. Volunteers are needed for desserts. We would like to bless this area ministry, especially as holiday time approaches, so your participation is encouraged. Please sign up if you plan to attend and if you can bring a dessert to the meal. We need to know if you will attend to determine how much food we should prepare. The sign-up sheet will be in the narthex.

HELPING HANDS is collecting winter clothing for needy people in our community.   Please put items in the box in the narthex

 THE ANNUAL AREA REFORMATION SERVICE, sponsored by the Martin Luther Men’s Chorus and North American Lutheran Church congregations in the area, will be held this year on Sunday, October 25, at 7:00 followed by a time of fellowship. Pastor Jay Johnson will preach. This year’s location is St. John Lutheran Church in Royal, IL.

THE GREAT RIVERS MISSION DISTRICT CONVOCATION is meeting this year at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Flatville. There will be an informal discussion Friday evening, October 30, starting at 7:00 p.m. The Mission District Convocation will be Saturday, October 31, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., also at Immanuel Lutheran. If you would like to attend, please let Pastor Oman know so that lunch plans can be made. The speaker will be Pr. David Wendell from the NALC, and his topic will be the Threat of Religious Freedom in America. This should be an informative meeting, plan to attend!

THE TOTAL OFFERING for October 11th was $3,771.00.

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