Announcements on October 26

UntitledWHY IS GRACE SO AMAZING? Join us Sunday mornings at 11:30 in the Café for an hour of discussion and discernment of grace. This Sunday’s topic is “Is my pastor better than your pastor?” For more information, contact Bobbie Schnitkey, 898-0358.

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!

PRIME MINISTER’S “GOD ENCOUNTER” AIRED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ
Former Ethiopian prime minister Tamrat Layne tells about his controversial “encounter with God” in a filmed interview at Lifetree Café.
After serving as prime minister, Layne was convicted of corruption charges and served 12 years in prison. During his incarceration, Layne claims he experienced a supernatural visit from God.
“This compelling story raises questions we’ll consider at this program,” says Lifetree representative Craig Cable. “Did God appear in an Ethiopian prison cell to Layne? Are such encounters real? If so, why doesn’t God appear to anyone who asks him to do so?”

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.

WE ARE MAKING THANKSGIVING DINNER BAGS FOR FAMILIES at Lincoln Trail school again this year. Watch for the tags for items needed for the dinner bags. Monetary donations are also welcome just place in offering plate marked for SOC dinner bags. We are planning on 10 bags.
LAST CHANCE to sign up for the TRUNK or TREAT on Saturday, OCT 31, 6pm-8pm. Come have fun with the neighborhood and community families as they trick or treat.
HEALTH KITS ARE BEING MADE FOR HELPING HANDS. These bags will be for men, women and children. There are lists for items needed in the kits on the bulletin board in the classroom hall. We have placed a flowered plastic bucket by the coat rack to place these items in. If you save grooming items from hotels when you travel these make perfect items for the kits.

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 evening 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!

3RD QUARTER OFFERING STATEMENTS ARE READY FOR PICK-UP in a basket on the table upstairs.

THE TOTAL OFFERING for October 18th was $2,368.

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