Growth Group starting in October
This fall we will be launching “Growth Groups”. The purpose of these groups is to help us grow in our friendships with one another, as well as to grow in our relationship with Jesus, with the help of other people on the same spiritual journey of discipleship.
We want to encourage everyone to participate in one of these groups. The groups this fall will last 6 weeks. The topic for the groups will be “Not A Fan” our fall preaching series. We will be exploring our relationship with Jesus, asking: “Am I a fan of Jesus or a fully committed Follower?”
Each week the group will view a DVD (that’s kind of like a continuing mini movie each week with some commentary mixed in) and then spend some time discussing it.
There will be three meeting times offered:
Sundays 5:00-6:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 8, and meeting at Tim & Carol DeVoe’s house. It will be led by Pastor Deb.
Thursdays 6:00- 7:30p.m. Beginning Oct. 12. Weeks 1-3 will meet at Patrice and Mike Flock’s house, while weeks 4-6 will meet at Randy and Jamie Myers house. Patrice & Randy will co-lead the group.
Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 p.m. beginning October 10. The group will meet at the church and will be led by Connie Schmeiser. (This includes the “Sister in Faith” group which is normally a women’s group but will open up for men during this series.
Fill Your Mug with Equal Exchange Coffee and Smile!
Like coffee? Fill your mug with some equal exchange free trade coffee and not only help small, local coffee growers but also helping “Smiletrain” put a smile on a child’s face. With the help of a small grant our church has been able to purchase $250 worth of coffee. All proceeds from the sale of this coffee will be donated directly to “SmileTrain”, with a goal of raising $500, enough to cover surgery costs for two children suffering with a cleft palate.
So, purchase a bag of coffee, put a smile on your face and a smile on a child’s who hasn’t been able to smile.
Stop in the church library and check out the books, DVD’s and music that are available. A new DVD has arrived called “Soul Surfer”. It was released in 2011 and is a true story about Bethany Hamilton. “Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. The film features an all-star cast, including Anna Sophia Robb and Helen Hunt, with Carrie Underwood in her film debut, and Dennis Quaid. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others.”
Check out the movie trailer and more at: http://bethanyhamilton.com/product/movie-soul-surfer-dvd. It is rated PG and would be a great family film. Watch it for the first time, or watch it again with the whole family. The library is open to anyone anytime the church office is open or on Sunday mornings before and after worship.
Need a Ride?
Do you or do you know anyone needing a ride to church? If so, please let the church office know. We have a system in place that will provide a ride for anyone in need of one. Kyle Crum will be notified by the church when someone is in need of a ride. Kyle will then call a potential driver from his list of volunteer drivers. He will continue to call drivers until one of them can take the person to church on that particular day. Thanks to Kyle and to those who have volunteered to provide rides. PS don’t be afraid to ask. We want to give you a ride.
Willing to give someone a ride to church?
If you would be willing to put your name on the potential driver list, please sign up in the church narthex or just let the church office know. By putting your name on the list, you may be called and asked if you could provide a ride for a person needing a ride on a given day, and if it works for you, you say “okay. If it is inconvenient for you on that particular day, you simply say “it won’t work today”. You probably won’t be called more than a couple of times a year. So please add your name to the list.
Mailing or email address change?
We would like to keep our email address list current. If you have a change in your address or new address that you would like us to use please contact the church office or fill out a green form found in the back of the pews and place it in the offering plate.
Visit from the Pastor
If you would like Pastor Debbie to stop and visit, please call her or the church office. We would be happy to make arrangements. If you know of someone hospitalized, please let us know.