Announcements for the week of October 2nd

PRESIDENT’S FAITH EXPLORED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ The importance of the U.S. president’s religious faith 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 “The President’s Faith: Does It Matter?”—features filmed interviews with Michael Gerson, columnist for The Washington Post and chief speechwriter for George W. Bush, and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners and spiritual adviser to Barack Obama. “Religion in America has always had a part to play in politics,” Wallis says. “The founders wanted to separate church and state, but they also wanted to make it easier for religion to have a positive impact on society.” During the program, participants will examine how their own faith influences their political views.

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.

THE GREAT RIVERS MISSION DISTRICT CONVOCATION will be Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Zion Lutheran Church in Philo, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. See Pastor Oman for details. Mr. Ryan Schwarz, the treasurer of the NALC, will give a taped presentation for our discussion and consideration.

OKTOBERFEST IS COMING! On October 30 from 4-6pm the SOC will be hosting a dinner of German food and music at the church. Tickets are a donation of $15 per couple or $7.50 for a single. This dinner is for everyone in the congregation and their guests. The seating is limited to 80 so get your tickets early. The tickets will be available after church starting Oct 9.

SIGHT AND SOUND THEATRE Starting on October 16th and continuing once a month, the American Lutheran Church in Rantoul will be playing shows from the Sight and Sound Theatre on our screen in the Sanctuary and would like to invite all local churches to attend. There are flyers out in the Narthex that has all of the information. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Pastor Oman.

GRACE CHURCH’S M.O.M.S MINISTRY (MOMS OFFERING MOMS SUPPORT) NEEDS CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS. We meet on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month starting on September 15th, 2016 through May 4th, 2017 from 9-11 am and ask that our volunteers arrive at 8:30am. If interested to help for just one morning or several please contact Chelsie Elmer at or (217) 390-3288 or Ashley Quach-Ye at or 412-328-3440. Thank you for your time and doing God’s work with MOMS! M.O.M.S Ministry is a group I (Melissa Hunsinger) recently joined and they sent out an email talking about their need for more childcare volunteers. Please consider volunteering some of your time to help the wonderful moms in this group!

OUR FAMILY IS CELEBRATING OUR MOTHER’S, EVA COLLINS, 89TH BIRTHDAY with an open house on October 9 from 3-6pm at the church. We invite everyone to stop in and celebrate the day with us.

BUNCO!!!! Don’t miss out – Thursday, October 6th at 6:30 pm: BUNCO!!!! All (man, woman, dog or fish (okay no non-humans this time) are invited – NO experience needed just the desire to have fun, laugh and roll some dice.

MEN’S LUNCH The next men’s lunch will meet on Monday, October 3rd at the Mahomet Family Restaurant at 11am. All are welcome and encouraged to join!

OFFICE MANAGER The office manager position is still open if you or someone you know is interested please contact Pastor Oman as soon as possible.

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, September 25th was 77 and total offering was $2,302.00.

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