Announcements for the week of August 14th

WE WILL BE STARTING A ROOTS OF OUR FAITH CLASS– if you are considering joining New Beginnings, or would like to learn more about the Lutheran Church, please contact Pastor Oman

IMMIGRATION CONTROVERSY DISCUSSED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ The debate over national policies and practices regarding illegal immigration will be explored at Lifetree Café on Wednesday at 7:00pm in the café and Thursday at 12:30pm in the Pool House at Candlewood. The program—titled “Border Wars: Is There a Compassionate Response to Illegal Immigration?”—features filmed interviews with a border patrol agent, Mexican nationals, and former U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo, an outspoken critic of immigration policy. “Immigration is happening all over, but it is problematic in some areas because there is immigration—both legal and illegal—of people who don’t want to assimilate into the U.S.” Tancredo says. “Many have no desire to become Americans when they come here.” During the program, participants will examine various sides of the issue and be given an opportunity to share their own perspectives.

UPCOMING EVENTS WITH SOC August 27- Sangamon River Music Festival Parade and Booth. Social Outreach Committee is using the opportunity to make our community and surrounding area aware of the need for clean water supplies in third world countries. Our Walk for Water is being planned for September and we want to provide information and encourage participation by individuals or teams to not only raise money for this project but to increase awareness of this important need. Sign-up sheets will be in the narthex for both the River Festival as well as the Walk for Water.

A Mission trip is being planned for summer 2017. SOC will also have a bake sale during the River Festival to start raising money to help support members of our congregation that want to be part of this wonderful outreach opportunity. We will also have a sign-up sheet and packaging information required by the CCPHD in the narthex for baked items.

Help will be needed to prepare a “float” for the parade and be in the parade, set-up a booth and work in it, and help with the bake sale. These important outreach projects are an opportunity for everyone in our congregation to share of their time and talents to help others in need in our congregation, community and the world.

There is also a special event coming up in October for the congregation. Watch for more information in the future.

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, August 7th was 66 and total offering was $4,408.26.

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