Announcements for the week of Feb. 18

LENT IS FAST APPROACHING. This year the NALC congregations in the area will again be doing a Lenten round robin of the pastors. The theme for the Lenten round robin will be: Citizenship Has Its Privileges, and will look at some of the saints and martyrs of the Bible. Plan to come and worship the Lord as we hear about His faithfulness to keep His people in His care, even through persecution and death. This week Rev. Chris Thorson, from Zion Lutheran in Philo, will speak about Samson. The Lord is faithful, come and worship Him! Lenten light suppers are planned for each Wednesday at5:45 pm, except for March 14th; if you are willing to host the supper on March 14th, please sign up in the narthex; hosting would include announcing what food to ask people to bring, setting up and cleaning up. The Lenten services will be at 7:00 p.m each Wednesday evening. The Wednesday Lenten offerings have been designated to the C-U at Home Homeless Shelter and Water Missions.

C-U AT HOME The local ministry to the homeless, CU at Home, needs help with volunteers to help out at the Phoenix during this cold weather. They have been open every day from 8 am to 8 pm as a warming center during the day after the overnight shelters close. If you can help out, even for an hour, they would appreciate the help. The plan is to stay open throughout the day and evening through Friday, when the temps are supposed to go up. For more information call 217-819-4569 .

SOCIAL OUTREACH COMMITTEE Looking for Social outreach committee members – if you are interested in helping with planning the Candlewood summer lunches, the Walk for Water, Helping Hands or Sunday’s Movie and Lunch dates then join us on the Social Outreach Committee! We are looking for a “few good men and women” that would like to work on these projects. If interested contact Cheryl Heinold or Marilyn Feigl.

MEN’S REPAIR MINISTRY M25:40 The Home Repair Team will have a meeting following the service on February 25. Please contact Rich Gegg or 217-621-4288 with any questions.

PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH in St. Joseph will be packaging meals to help hungry people through the Illini Fighting Hunger program on Saturday, March 3rd. They are planning to package over 60,000 meals for the hungry. If you would like to help, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex by February 23. This is a great way to help alleviate hunger!

LADIES MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 10TH, AND JOIN US FOR SEASIDE ESCAPE! This year’s women’s retreat is SeaSide Escape where women bask in God’s presence. This beach-themed retreat includes Bible study based on the stories of Sarah and Hagar, uplifting worship, a time for Christian service, and relationship-building activities to help us discover the depth of God’s love, strength, and compassion. Registration begin Sunday, January 28th and is $20 for materials, lunch and snacks. For more information or to volunteer to help, email

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, February 11th was 69 and total offering was $1,363.00.

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