Announcements for the week of September 11

THANK YOU to Conrad Ruppert for preaching today! It is a blessing to have members of the congregation deliver sermons. Thanks.

THE WEDNESDAY 12:30 BIBLE STUDY will resume this Wednesday, September 14th.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES for 6th grade and older youth will resume this 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.

MEDIA BIAS QUESTIONED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ Bias in the news media 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 “Bias: What’s the Media’s Agenda?”–features filmed interviews with three current and former news journalists discussing the current state of bias in the media. “I would say this is the most unprofessional period of American journalism I can recall in the last 30 years,” says David Aikman, a former correspondent for Time. “It’s just been extraordinarily unquestioning and dismissive of opposition viewpoints” During the program, participants will have an opportunity to discuss what level of tilt they see in the news media.

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.

COOKIES OR BROWNIES NEEDED We will be providing lunch for the Walk for Water participants and need cookies and brownies for dessert. If you can make either one that would be very helpful. Drop them off at the church anytime Fri, Sept 30. Have you gotten your team together yet? The Walk will be here before you know it!

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

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.

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 nblc.nominating@gmail.com . The members are: Mike Feigl, 369-5078, Jim Heinold, 202-1253, Nichole Jessup, 621-2693, or Bobbie Schnitkey, 898-0358.

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.

ACTIVITY BAGS All the children’s activity bags have been refilled with new crayons and books so grab one for your child during worship.

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.

THE MEN’S LUNCH will be meeting at the Mahomet Family Restaurant at 11:00am on Monday September 12th.

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, September 4th was 57 and total offering was $2540 .00.

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