Announcements for the week of Sept. 8, 2019

FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH MEN’S LUNCH GROUP will meet Monday, Sept. 9 at 11:00am at the Mahomet Family Restaurant.

THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE is responsible for seeking out members of the congregation to serve on the Leadership Team. We are in need of three members of the Congregation to serve on the Nominating Committee this year. If you are interested in serving, please contact Jeremy Jessup at 621-9344 or jmj872@gmail.com.

FALL 2019 B.O.B. We are making plans for the fall B.O.B. After School program. The starting date will be September 11 from 3:15 – 4:45 (1:15 – 4:45 early dismissal days), the time will stay the same as previous years. We again will provide snack, Bible study, games and other activities plus outings at our program.
If you are interested in working with the B.O.B. (Better Off Believing) program this year contact Cheryl Heinold. We have a great time interacting with the kids each week.

B.O.B. will be planting seeds again this winter so if you have any 2 inches flower containers you would be able to donate please talk to Cheryl Heinold.

GREAT RIVER MISSION DISTRICT During the Great Rivers Mission District meeting, held at Lutheran Week, Pastor Waktola Dufera of Life Stream Oromo Evangelical Church (an NALC CGS Ministry partner) spoke to the group about their dire need for financial aid. We at New Beginnings currently sponsors them with monthly donations of 1% of our congregational giving. Their congregation consists almost exclusively of Oromo Christian immigrants from Ethiopia. The Oromo are churchless & have space-hopped no fewer than four times. They have an opportunity to purchase a church building in which to worship but despite being able to maintain a mortgage, have been unable to raise the total amount for the down payment required by the lending institution. While New Beginnings cannot sponsor the fund gap entirely, the church council made the call to appropriate $2000 of the congregations’ reserves to LSOE to give assistance, effective immediately. Through Sunday, September 28th, additional donations will be collected to send to LSOE to help with the building acquisition. If you would like to help, please write LSOE as the designee in your contributions. Contact Rachel Busch Jones for more information.

THE WALK FOR WATER will be on October 5 at the River Bend Forest Preserve starting with check-in/registration at 9am. The walk will start at 10am and lunch will be served at approx. 11:30 either at the pavilion at River Bend or at the church, depending on the weather. We will need volunteer help with registration and with the meal. Bourbon Smoke BBQ will be providing the meat and there will be chips, drinks and cookies.
Register your team or individuals at watermission.org or look for the link on NBLC website. T-shirts will be available for purchase at the time of registration. Let’s work together by asking friends, family, co-workers, employers and businesses to support our efforts to raise money for this worthwhile event.

IMMANUAL LUTHERAN- FLATVILLE MISSION FESTIVAL You are invited to our Mission Festival Service on Sunday, September 8th at 7:00 p.m. Our preacher will be Pastor Barbara Busboom. We hope to see you there and join you for refreshments after the service.

HURRICANE DORIAN NALC Disaster Response is tracking Hurricane Dorian, a Category 4 hurricane, as it moves toward the United States. We stand ready to deploy emergency relief supplies, volunteers, and assistance in support of our congregations. Your prayers and support are needed. Please pray for the thousands of families in harm’s way. Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response coordinator, will post daily updates as the storm progresses. For more information, contact Mary at 740-509-1132 or disasterresponse@thenalc.org. To donate, please send your donations to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr., Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.

MESSAGE FROM WATER MISSION ABOUT HURRICANE DORIAN: Since Sunday, our disaster response team has been working to provide emergency safe water solutions to people in dire need in the Bahamas.
Thanks to our generous partners — the Turner Foundation Inc. and the Jane Smith Turner Foundation — all gifts to support these relief efforts will be matched, up to $75,000. Please pray for the communities recovering in the wake of Hurricane Dorian and for our response team in the Bahamas. Learn more on how to pray and support our efforts by visiting watermission.org/hurricanedorian.

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 was 55 and offering was $6,184.00.

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