Announcements for the week of Oct. 30

WEDNESDAY EVENING LIFETREE IS TAKING A BREAK. Please consider coming to Lifetree in the Pool House at Candlewood on Thursdays at 12:30 pm and meet some new friends. Contact Bobbie Schnitkey, 898-0358, if you have questions or comments.

How to cope when it seems nothing is going right will be explored at Lifetree Café on Thursday at 12:30pm in the Pool House at Candlewood. The program, titled “Enough Already! When Bad Things Keep Happening,” includes a filmed interview with a woman who has experienced a string of disasters—and yet found a way to move forward. Over several years she has lost two children, a husband, and her house.“I got a phone call in the middle of the afternoon at work saying my house was on fire,” the woman says. “I flew out of the office, not really believing what had happened. I got to our house, and flames were coming out of the roof.” During the program, participants will have an opportunity to discuss times they’ve faced misfortune in their own lives and how they managed it.

OKTOBERFEST IS TODAY Today, 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.

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.

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 their 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.

QUARTERLY OFFERING STATEMENTS are available in the narthex on the table in the wicker basket in alphabetical order.

THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION is scheduled for Sunday, November 13, following worship. Plan to attend!

WATER MISSION We have been hearing of the devastation from hurricane Matthew. One avenue to help is through Water Mission. Please view the video sent out in an email and see how Water Mission is gearing up to help. If you would like to help through Water Mission feel free to contact them directly, or make a check to Water Mission and put it in the offering plate or drop it off in the office, we will send the checks to Water Mission. Prayerfully consider how you might help.

YOU ARE INVITED TO CONSIDER BECOMING ONE OF THE NBLC “POP” LEADERS! “POP” or more traditionally called the Prayers of the People is a time during our church service when we have the opportunity to pray for specific needs in our church, nation and world. As God’s children, He delights in hearing us call upon him at any time. Each Sunday, the tradition at New Beginnings has been to have a person prepare and lead each of us during this portion of the service. The prayer recited is also shared on our church website. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please contact Pastor Oman or Lisa Schwarzentraub.

VETERANS DAY ASSEMBLY The students and staff at Lincoln Trail Elementary School will host their annual Veterans Day Assembly on November 11, 2016. We would like to show our appreciation to the veterans and active duty personnel who have made, and are making sacrifices for our country. The assembly will include music performed by the students as well as recognition of veterans and active duty personnel in attendance. Join us at 9:15 in our cafeteria to enjoy coffee and cookies with fellow veterans. The ceremony will begin at 10:15 in the Lincoln Trail Gymnasium. Please join us for this special tribute to our veterans!

THANKSGIVING BASKETS We will sharing Thanksgiving baskets with local families again this year. The items we will collect are canned vegetables and fruit, dessert mixes, canned pumpkin with pie crust mix, stuffing mix, etc and IGA gift card for turkey or ham. See the display in the narthex and pick up a post it note for the items you can purchase to fill the baskets. Last year we delivered about 20 baskets in our community and they were greatly appreciated by the families. We will be packing the bags on Nov 17 and delivering them on Nov 21 & 22.

MISSION TRIP MEETING We have been blessed by God through Jesus. One of the ways we can share the blessings of God with others is through participating in a mission trip. We will have a planning meeting for a mission trip on Sunday November 20th, after worship. Come with ideas and a willingness to share God’s blessings!

BUNCO HOST NEEDED BUNCO for November and December 1st is planned but both nights are in need of a host! The host(s) will coordinate snack and prizes for Most Buncos, Most Baby Buncos, High and Low Score = low expense for high fun. This is a casual yet fun fellowship time open to anyone. Please contact Lisa Schwarzentraub if you would be interested in hosting the event (6:30 pm in the Lifetree Café room).

NOVEMBER 6 SUNDAY IS DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME Remember that next Sunday Daylight Savings Time ends, set your clocks BACK one hour before going to bed, or you will be early for Bible study and worship!

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, October 23rd was 69 and total offering was $2,856.80.

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