Announcements for Week of July 16

VBS SET FOR JULY 31 – AUG. 4 VBS will be here before we know it. VBS “The Mighty Fortress” is scheduled for July 31 – Aug 4 from 6 – 8:15pm. There are many exciting and fun activities for members of the congregation to help with! See the sign-up sheets in the Narthex. VBS is for ages 3y/o thru 5th grade. There will also be movies offered again for high school thru adults if there is an interest shown. There will be a special congregational/neighborhood outreach activity on Friday night of VBS. Watch for more details.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Greeters, Ushers, Scripture Readers, Communion Assistants and Offering Counters needed for July and August. Please sign up in the Narthex.

SANGAMON RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL The festival is August 26 this summer. We would like to have a booth and float as part of the celebration again this year with the focus being on the Walk for Water on October 7. Watch for more information and sign-up sheets to be part of our outreach activity.

FLAG DISPLAY We have been given an American flag which was with Carole Tempel’s brother Drew in his helicopter on a mission. We would like to display the flag with a list of those in our congregation who have served in the Armed Forces. If you have served please give us the dates of your service and your branch of service, which will be included in the display.

BUNCO NIGHT BUNCO is on vacation! During the months of July and August, there will be no BUNCO nights. Just like some of you, BUNCO needs a vacation but looks forward to seeing MANY of you again in September. Mark your calendars for a “return to school” BUNCO night on Thursday, September 7th at 6:30 pm.

WALK FOR WATER The SOC is looking for people to serve on a committee for the Walk for Water on October 7. Some of the opportunities to help include publicity, recruitment, sponsorship or fund raising, activities, finance and logistic. This is a great outreach to our community and other NALC churches. Rich Gegg recently saw one of these water systems in person and he can share with everyone the need and appreciation in the community that he visited. If you feel called to help with our Walk for Water this year contact Pastor or Cheryl Heinold. Last year was successful but with more involvement from our congregation we can make it great this year!

JH AND HS YOUTH COORDINATOR The education committee is looking for an energetic adult with exciting ideas to engage the JH, HS, and College age members of our congregation in activities. If you think you could be the person to do that contact Pastor or Laura Campbell.

CANDLEWOOD LUNCHES During the summer local churches help with lunches at Candlewood. Our week this year is August 7 – 11. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! Please sign up to help on the sheet in the narthex. These meals especially help children and youth who don’t receive school lunches in the summer, and they are also a way for residents of Candlewood to get together for visiting with their neighbors.

LIFETREE CAFÉ Research revealing people’s common perceptions of Christians will be explored at Lifetree Café on July 19th at 12:30 pm. The program, titled “What People Really Think of Christians…and Why,” features a filmed interview with Gabe Lyons, co-author of unChristian. “We wanted to know what people’s top-of-mind reaction was when they heard the word Christian,” Lyons explains. “When the research came back, it was pretty devastating.” During the program, Lifetree Café participants will have opportunities to share positive and negative experiences they’ve had with Christians.

YOUTH ROOM Lisa Slade has been working this week to make our youth room more homey and inviting. Take a minute and stop by to see what her hard work has accomplished so far. She has a lot of other ideas to make it a welcoming area. Thanks Lisa!! The Youth room is in the hall that goes from the kitchen to the sanctuary.

QUARTERLY GIVING STATEMENTS are in the basket in the narthex.

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, July 9th was 75 and total offering was $4,490.00.

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