October 2017 Newsletter
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September 28, 2017
This October 31st will mark the 500th
anniversary of one of the most significant moments in church history. In
Martin Luther didn’t ask to be made into a hero. He
wasn’t looking to have a movement or a church body named after him. He
just wanted people to know the grace of God found in Christ Jesus as
revealed in Scripture. He just happened to be the right man in the right
place at the right time. His heart was for the gospel and the comfort of
sinners in distress and full of guilt on account of
This October we will be doing the 3rd
part of the Bible study “A Man Named Martin.” Where the first two
focused on “The Man” and “The Moment,” this study will take a deeper
look at “The Movement.” Over these five studies, we will see “how the
Reformation accelerated the transformation of a world already in flux.
While armed conflicts, theological disputes, and heated controversies
marked segments of society throughout medieval
But even that doesn’t capture it all. What
started as a purely theological dispute ended up giving fruit to ideas
that made their way to the
As those who belong to the church body that bears his name, we owe a great debt to the work of Martin Luther. But as we celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation, as we look at what it accomplished, we do so not to worship or glorify Luther himself. Rather, we give thanks to God for what he has revealed to us and the world. Because ultimately the Reformation isn’t about a man and what those inspired by him accomplished. The gift of the Reformation is that it turns the focus of our faith away from ourselves and toward the cross of Jesus Christ. In Christ alone we find our hope. By grace alone are we saved. Through Scripture alone are we made able to know the greatness of our mighty God.
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Confirmation classes continues on Wednesdays, 6:15 – 7:30 PM.
Something to think about----this
coming year there will be a need for three elders. Give it
some thought and pray about it, could you serve in this capacity?
If so, contact
Our thanks to those who delivered Peace Meals the
month of September. All of the recipients greatly
appreciate your efforts. Those that delivered
meals include: Judy Rhoda, Nancy Nylander, Jim
Raymond, Fred Rhoda, Darwin Rhoda,
Chenoa Peace Meals is a nutritional program for those 60 and over. We would like to invite you join our weekly parties. We host parties themed around holiday, games and birthdays. So please join us for some amazing company and a great meal. Home delivered meals are an option for those individuals unable to get out of the house. Please call 815 945-5701 [Barb Vanhouten] to answer any questions. There are still some spots on the September calendar for delivering meals, if you could serve in this ministry.
We have received a ‘Thank You’ from our adopted seminary student thanking us for our continued support in prayer and finances; and telling us we are blessing to them as he enters his final stretch at the seminary.
Jonathan, Dana, Asher and Eva McCall
Please keep the Preschool – Second Grade teachers
and students in your prayers during the month of October. For our
Growing in Christ for Preschool – Seventh Grade
9/10: “The Wisdom of Solomon” served as the focus for the first Sunday of School. Solomon, though wise, needed what we and all sinners need: Christ, Wisdom Himself, and the forgiveness He brings. Something to consider: How has God shown you His wisdom?
9/17: This Sunday School lesson focused on “Solomon
9/24: For the final Sunday in September, the Sunday School lesson studied, “God Provides for Elijah.” Just as God provided food and life for Elijah, the widow, and her son, so He provides food, forgiveness, and life eternal for us in Christ. Something to consider: In what ways does God provide for you today?
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is an opportunity to connect students to the events, times and teachings that rooted Lutheranism. During Sunday School on October 29, preschool-7th grade students will come together as one class to learn about the life, influences and teachings of Martin Luther. To learn more about the Reformation go to: https://lutheranreformation.org/
This year, Preschool – High School will send our Sunday School offerings to LCMS World Relief and Human Care, Disaster Response. The LCMS Disaster Response responds to immediate and long-term needs following natural and man-made disasters. Working through LCMS districts and congregations as well as with international Lutheran churches and other partners, LCMS Disaster Response builds capacity of the church’s partners to respond to needs with Christian care. The ministry reaches out to LCMS congregations and their communities with services that include on-site assessment, emergency relief and development grants, pastoral care for LCMS church workers and members, and other resources. The goal is to raise $500 for the year. For the month of September, we reached 9% of our goal. To learn more about LCMS Disaster Response go to: https://www.lcms.org/disaster-response
From Our Parish Nurse Pam Norris
Blood pressure checks will be done after worship on Sunday, October 1st.
It’s that time of year for donations for our blanket ministry.
Every fall our church contributes and makes fleece blankets for the patrons of the food pantry.
Prayerfully consider contributing coordinating pieces of fleece for these blankets.
One and one-half yards of two contrasting materials is needed for each blanket. Usually we contribute 15-20 blankets.
Anyone that would be interested in helping with cutting and/or tying the blankets, please contact Pam Norris.
If you are not able to shop for the fleece, any monetary contributions would be appreciated.
Medications are used to maintain a certain level of health, prevent an illness, or cure a physical condition. For example when you healthcare provider orders a drug for blood pressure of diabetes, a specific level of that drug needs to be in your system to attain the desired outcome. Therefore in order to reap the most benefit, it is important to understand why you need the medication, how to take it, how to store it, and what to expect from it.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions because the more you know, the more compliant you will be with your treatment. Consider some of these questions. Why are you taking drug? How will it affect you? Are there any side effects? Should you drive when you are taking the medication? How quickly will you see results? Do you need to take the entire prescription? Can you take the pill with something other than water? If you have difficulty taking pills you might ask if the medication comes in another form.
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I am continuing to visit and interview members of our congregation and those interviews appear in this newsletter. If you would rather not be interviewed, please tell me when I call you.
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Coming in October—St. Jude’s Garage Sale here at our church, October 6th & 7th with set up on the 4th and 5th.