Announcements for the week of September 4th

THANK YOU TO REV. BARB BUSBOOM for leading worship today. She enjoys coming to be with New Beginnings. Welcome Rev. Busboom, and thanks for leading worship!

STUDENT WHO LIVED IN DUMPSTER FEATURED IN LIFETREE CAFÉ FILM Perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles will be discussed 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 “‘I Lived in a Dumpster’: How a Homeless Teenager Rose to the Top of Her Class,” features a filmed interview with Karina Sanchez, a woman who overcame multiple obstacles, including homelessness, to graduate from high school with a 4.3 GPA and receive scholarship offers from some of the America’s top universities. “I remember feeling so terrible; no one wanted me,” says Sanchez, who completed her high school career while secretly living in a Dumpster behind the school. “But I thought I could do it and I would be okay.” During the program, Lifetree participants will have the opportunity to consider times they have faced obstacles and how they responded.

WALK FOR WATER TEAMS – The Walk for Water is October 1 starting at 9am. It is time to get your team together. The teams can be family, co-workers, club or team members or your friends. You can ask a business to sponsor your team or ask people you know to donate. There will be prizes for the team and individual with the most donations collected and the biggest team.

AFGHAN AND QUILT RAFFLE – This year we will have a quilt donated by the quilting ladies and an afghan made by Richie Vanderspool to raffle for the Walk for Water. Tickets are 1 for $1 and 6 for $5 and will be sold between services and at the Walk for Water on October 1.

UPCOMING EVENTS WITH SOC There is a special event coming up in October for the congregation. Watch for more information in the future.

WEDNESDAY EVENING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM Our Wednesday evening children’s program will begin on September 14 from 6:15 to 7:30 pm. We will be sharing a bible study, activities, crafts and a snack with the kids from kindergarten thru 5th grade. Each month we will also have an outing that could include a service project, bowling, mini-golf or in-house movie. Anyone that would like to spend time with the kids in our church family is welcome to visit and help out.

NEW BEGINNINGS IS CALLING LEADERS FOR THE 2017 LEADERSHIP TEAM. The Nominating Committee would like your input on the search for President, Secretary and Financial Secretary. Please spend time in prayer for the leadership of our congregation and how you and others may serve. If you are interest in serving, would like more information or have suggestions, please contact any member of the Nominating Committee or email . The members are: Mike Feigl, 369-5078, Jim Heinold, 202-1253, Nichole Jessup, 621-2693, or Bobbie Schnitkey, 898-0358.

NOTES FROM PASTOR OMAN Pastor Oman will be on vacation, attending the wedding of his nephew, through September 9th. He can be reached by cell phone: 217-621-8697. Pr. Jay Johnson, St. John, Royal, will be available in the case of emergencies. His cell is: 217-552-0011; church: 217-583-3110.

The Wednesday 12:30 Bible study will resume on September 14.

Confirmation classes for 6th grade and older youth will resume on Wednesday September 14. Because of scheduling conflicts, our first class will be at 7:15 p.m. We will study the Old Testament during this unit.

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.

OFFICE MANAGER POSITION Effective as of September 30th, Melissa will no longer be in the position of office manager. If there is anyone interested or you know anyone who may be interested please contact pastor Oman.

SCAMS- Have you recently gotten telephone calls from the IRS or US Dept. of the Treasury? We all have to be aware of scams and we all need tips to be protected from telephone scam artists. The IRS has issued a consumer alert about theses scam calls. The alert they have issued is on the table in the narthex if you would like to take a few minutes to read thru it or take a copy. These con artists can sound very convincing and may know a lot about you so it is important to be educated on these things.

EIFB HUNGER ACTION MONTH – September is Hunger Action Month at Eastern Illinois Food Bank. On Friday Sept 23 is Operation Orange – 12 hour repack – so grab a group of family friends or co-workers for a 2 hour shift to repack bulk products into family sized portions to be distributed to more than 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in the 17 county region. Our congregation will be signed up from 2-4pm on Friday afternoon for those who can volunteer for repacking. Anyone that is registered by September 9 will receive an Operation Orange t-shirt. Contact Cheryl Heinold, 586-4794, if you are able to volunteer for Operation Orange. We can register after Sept 9 but will not receive the t-shirts.

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, August 28th was 80 and total offering was $2138 .00

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