Oct 26, 3:00-5:00pm -- Come join the fun!
Games, Bounce houses, Candy and the Balloon Lady... Join us for fun, safe Halloween activities right in our church parking lot!
Congregation members are asked to decorate their trunk as simple or elaborate as they want and bring treats to hand out to the kids.
Oct 16 -- Meet us at the Pumpkin Patch!
All members are invited to meet us at Vala's Pumpkin Patch, Campsite #20 for hotdogs, smores and good family fun!
You must pay for your own entrance fee ($12.95 + tax per person) but the church will cover the food expenses. Dinner starts at 6:00 pm.
This event takes the place of other youth meetings -- we hope to see you there!
RSVP to Anna at email@example.com so we will know how much food to provide.
Sep 29 - Oct 15 -- Please go through your closets and pull out coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, caps, gloves, socks, blankets, and sleeping bags you are no longer using and bring them to their church. We are an official drop-off location for the 3rd Annual Gretna Community Coat Drive sponsored by the Gretna Knights of Columbus. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Lewis.
October 2, 6:30-8:30pm - Looking for a fun way to spruce up your front porch? Join us for our DIY doormat workshop! Select a design from our gallery. We provide all the materials and instruct you step-by-step to create a beautiful piece for your home or for a gift. Choose from 28 designs and customize for your family/location. Cost for a workshop is $40 and pre-registration is required. Sign-Up by October 1. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Friday, Sep 13, 6-9pm Join us for a fun and relaxing evening as we travel to Soaring Wings Vineyard & Brewery in Springfield NE. Need a little “girl” time?! Listen to some music and connect with the gals of the church.
$5 cover charge and $ for your beverage. Bring a chair and a snack if you wish.
Hope to see you there!
Thurs, Sep 12, 9-11am Open Door Missions President/CEO Candace Gregory will be at our church speaking about the mission and needs of her organization. Brunch will be served. As part of our outreach, please bring food, especially boxed cereal or boxed/complete meals (i.e., tuna helper with a can of tuna) or toys.
Toy suggestions include: toddler toys, art sets, lego sets, sports balls, board games, puzzles, dolls (single and sets), playdoh sets, toy cars (matchbox and hot wheels), ear buds for teens.
Hosted by the Women's Ministry but open to men and women of the congregation and community.
August 18: Young and old students are invited to bring their backpacks and leave them on the alter to receive a blessing for the start of the new school year. During the service, we will also present Bibles to our 3rd graders and 1st year acolyte pins to those who were new last year. The event continues after the service as we move to Peterson Park for our annual picnic. The picnic is sponsored by our Men's Group and members of the congregation are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Hope to see you there!
Aug 28 & Sept 17: New studies begin for both our Wednesday morning and Tuesday evening Women's Bible Studies.
Wednesday mornings (9-11 am) beginning August 28: We will be starting a 6-week study, Defiant Joy, by Candace Payne.
Do you feel tempted to give up on your dreams? Joy stays the course. Do your knees knock when thinking about the future? Joy hopes for what can be. Do you feel unseen and unnoticed? Joy is content whether backstage or center stage. Do you feel crushed under the weight of regret? Joy loves you enough to weep with you, but also enough to help you move on.
Join Candace to learn about the gift God has given us all to lead us into the full life you were always meant to live. All you need to do is answer yes when joy, who Candace personifies as a friend, calls you to come and play. When life punches you in the gut, it can be difficult to muster a smile--much less a laugh. But Candace believes we need to take off our masks and re-discover the simple joys of life. With humor and power, wit and wisdom, Candace lights the way forward to a life that is free indeed.
We will be meeting in the Fellowship hall and all women of the congregation and community are invited to attend. Please feel free to invite a friend and join us for this study. Study guides will be available for purchase at the first session.
Please let Joann Berggren know (contact information available in the August newsletter) if you have any questions, would like to attend, and if you would like a study guide.
Tuesday evenings (6-8 pm) beginning September 17: The Christ-centered Woman: Finding Balance in a World of Extremes by Kimberly Reisman.
In this six-week study for women, based on Ephesians 3, Kimberly Reisman provides a guide to finding balance at every age and stage of life. She leads us to the biblical answer to stress and imbalance: living a Spirit-filled and Christ-centered life. Using a wheel as a metaphor for the journey, she identifies barriers to balanced living and explores what the Bible teaches about Christ-centered living,
All women of the congregation and community are invited to attend. Please feel free to invite a friend and join us for this study. Study guides will be available for purchase at the first session. Please contact Aprile Snyder (contact info available in the August newsletter) for additional information. Looking forward to seeing you there!
August 21 & Sept 4: Please plan to attend the parent meetings as appropriate for the programs your child(ren) are in. These meetings are designed to provide you with information for the upcoming year along with volunteer opportunities and other ways you can support the program.
August 21 at 6:00 pm: Mission Possible Kids (grades 1-5)
August 21 at 6:30 pm: Team 4:12 Open House (grades 6-8)
September 4 at 8:00 pm: SWAT (grades 9-12) following youth meeting
August 12 at 5:30: 4th through 8th graders interested in serving as an acolyte (candle lighter) during our Sunday and special services, please plan to attend this one-time training. Each acolyte will be scheduled to serve one or two Sundays in a 3-month period or as needed/available. Please contact Carol Doolittle if you're interested or need additional information.