Announcements for Week of March 12

LENTEN SERIES CONTINUES The Lenten series on the Penitential Psalms continues this Wednesday evening. The supper will be at 5:30 with Taco Bar as the menu. Please feel free to bring desserts. The worship service will be at 7:00 p.m. The Psalm for this Wednesday will be Psalm 102, worship being led by Pr. Chris Thorson, Zion Lutheran Church, Philo. Plan to come and worship the Lord!

PSALM/PASSION SUNDAY Palm/Passion Sunday will soon be here. We would like to have a group of people read the Gospel for that Sunday. We need about 12 readers. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex; and remember, it doesn’t matter which part you sign up for, we aren’t typecasting! Thanks.

LENTEN OFFERINGS The Lenten offerings Wednesday evenings will be designated for the North American Lutheran Seminary of the NALC, and empty tomb of Champaign/Urbana. Thank you for your generosity to these two organizations. The total amount for Wednesday, March 8 was $124.

SOC WALK TO JERUSALEM We will soon be in Dublin, Ireland so the SOC (Social Outreach Committee) is planning a St Patrick’s Day lunch for you on March 19 during fellowship time. We’ll be serving corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and special desserts. Keep up the walking and exercise! You are doing great!

NBLC MOVIE AND LUNCH DATE SOC next movie and lunch date will be on April 30. The SOC will be preparing a pasta bar for your enjoyment during fellowship time. We will be showing the movie “RISEN” which is the story of the Resurrection throgh the eyes of a non-believer. Movie time will be planned for 11:45. Remember you can bring a friend. Watch for a sign-up sheet in the narthex.

DREW McCOWEN IN AFGHANISTAN Carol Tempel’s brother Drew is deployed for his 5th tour. SOC decided to make a “care” package for him. We will be collecting things to send him and his unit. Carol Tempel gave some ideas to send to her brother: Mike & Ike candy, Good & Plenty, Gummy Lifesavers, coffee (K-cups or instant), individual powdered drink packets for water bottles, gum, chapstick, baby wipes or disposable/flushable wipes (small pkgs), small books such as puzzle books. No chocolate items. Homemade cookies are always appreciated by the troops. Please place items on the table in the narthex. Last day will be Mar 26 so we can mail the package by the end of March.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE CENTRAL ILLINOIS I recently saw this article in the Mahomet Citizen and wanted to share it with all of you. ITAV is a non-profit organization that provides clothing and household items for people in Central Illinois. It is located at Rusk Storage on Lake of the Woods Road and is open for weekly giveaways on Thursdays from 12 to 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to noon. They also accept donations during these times. The only contact I found was PO Box 245, Mahomet or I looked at the Facebook page and there wasn’t any further information. I will visit their location and get more information for our congregation about donations and giveaways. SOC – Cheryl Heinold

FINANCIAL FREEDOM DISCUSSED AT LIFETREE CAFE Practical strategies for overcoming debt and achieving financial independence will be discussed at Lifetree Café on Thursday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m. at the Candlewood Pool House.The program, titled “Financial Freedom: Practical Advice From a Man Who Had It All—and Lost It,” features a filmed interview with Matt Bell, a financial advisor who learned money management partially due to a personal financial fiasco.“I was blind to what was happening to the money I had, and I was acclimated to the lifestyle I was leading,” says Bell. “I literally woke up one day and I realized I was in trouble.”

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, March 5 was 73 and total offering was $6,382.

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