January 2019 Newsletter
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January 10, 2018
Friends in Christ,
We live in challenging times. Some are even calling this point in history a post-Christian world. As Christians this should be no surprise. After all, Jesus taught us that Christians would have days of suffering saying, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.” (Matt. 5:11-12).
When times are good, it’s easy to rejoice. When times are
tough, rejoicing is a difficult task. Currently our circuit congregations are
facing difficult times. Washburn and LaRose, Wenona and
As we are all well aware our strength is given to us through Word and Sacrament ministry. Thus, we strive to ensure that we can always have the Lord’s gifts readily available to us.
As the culture around us changes, in turn, those changes impact the church-at-large and local congregations, it behooves us as member congregations of the LCMS and the Bloomington North circuit to take notice and respond.
It seems as though it’s time for us to collectively look at how our congregation together with our circuit parishes can be good stewards of the gifts God gives us, individually and collectively. Together, we must look ahead to determine our future course to have the Word and Sacrament available to us. Right now we are blessed to be able to maintain our church and facilities by ourselves. But will that always be the case? And if the answer is “No,” even if that day might not be within the next 10 or 15 years, it’s still good to ask, “What do we do then?”
Churches, across all denominations are being faced with questions of self-reflection. Thankfully, our denomination, The LCMS, has put time and effort into future planning. Significant research has been undertaken to assist local parishes and circuits to begin a goal setting process together. The pastors in our circuit have requested a joint meeting of our congregations to address this issue together. Rev. Heath Curtis, who has directed our Church body’s research, will address our circuit on Monday 18 February 2019 at Trinity El Paso beginning at 6:30 p.m. He will lead us by exploring current trends in our Synod’s congregations and assist us in the goal setting process as we look forward to the next several years. The presentation will last approximately 2 hours. We are encouraging all of our members to take the time to listen to this presentation.
I am extremely confident that our Lord will guide and preserve His flock who seek to be nurtured, strengthened and fed at His pulpit and altar. I am also excited to see how He actually will do that.
Please join me and our area pastors to listen to Rev. Curtis and begin to formulate a plan for the future.
From Our Adopted Seminary Student—
To Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ at
Greetings and Peace from
Your outpouring of support has been more than generous to my family and I. We count ourselves as blessed by the LORD in many and various wways. Our Christmas includes a trip home to NY where all the kids will be with us. I emailed the Pastor, according to your website, recently to perhaps come on a visit some weekend. I may have not emailed it correcting so I will include my email below for you. Four months from now we will find out our vicarage call and prepare to move again. We are open to anywhere and “anywhere” will likely happen!
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Julia Golden and familyDaniel.Golden@ctsfw.edu
December Perfect Attendance
Preschool – High School has collected $150 of our $300
goal this year. Offering is designated for LCMS World Relief and
Human Care, Disaster Response. LCMS Early Response Teams were on hand in
The following students celebrated baptismal birthdays in January: Adeline Potter (1/10), Chase Beitz (1/19), and Ethan Latzke (1/24).
Please keep the Eighth Grade – High School teachers and students in your prayers during the month of December. For our teachers: Mr. Norman Beitz and Mr. Tom Norris, pray that God may grant them wisdom, strength and knowledge to share His Word with the children and to help them grow spiritually. For our students: Clayton, Chase, Elijah Beitz, Natalie and Amber Graf, Madison McBride, Hannah Norris, Jacob and Addison Raber, Nathan Reed, Ben, Daniel, Megan, and Nic Rhoda, Sophia Schuler, Aaron Shrewsbury, Nolan Verdun, Danielle Vogel, and Paige Weber that they may understand the depth of God’s love for them as they grow to become strong men and women who live for God’s Glory.
From our Parish Nurse Pam Norris
January is cervical cancer prevention month.
While no women enjoys having this testing done, it has proven to reduce the #1 cause of cancer in women as this screening is picking up pre-cancer cells & treatment started much sooner so no progression to cancer
The American Cancer Society has the following guidelines for cervical cancer screening:
Women ages 21-29 need have a pap test every 3 years
Women 30-65 need to have either a pap with HPV test every 5 years or pap only every 3 years.
Women over 65 who have had regular screenings for the past 10 years and no serious precancer cells detected x 20 years, no longer need to have pap testing
If there are abnormal cells detected, will need to have testing done yearly.
Make sure you discuss this further with your GYN or primary care provider
With the New Year starting, many of us are looking at eating healthier. We need to include our children as well. Childhood obesity is rapidly becoming epidemic in our nation.
Avoid using the word “diet”. Many people focus on what they can’t have instead of what they can have.
Have the entire family follow the same guidelines-we can all eat healthier-right?
Having 5 servings for fruits/veggies per day. A serving size is about the size of a tennis ball. If wanting 2nds-get more fruits & veggies
Work on drinking more water instead of drinking soda, sports drinks, and tea. There are many empty calories in these drinks
Eat 3 meals a day with 1 snack & eat as a family as much as possible.
Make sure to limit screen time. 2 hours/day for children. This will allow time for being physically active-at least 1 hour/day
School age children need 9 hours of sleep/night. Stop all screen time at least 1 hour prior to bedtime. The computer/phone/iPad screens emit a blue light & this shuts off the production of melatonin. Melatonin is a normal hormone our body makes –this is what helps us fall asleep. Stopping screen time 1 hour prior to bed will allow melatonin to do its thing
ould someone be willing to play the piano [or organ or guitar] for the hymns during our worship service sometime? Contact Diane.
The Chenoa Food Pantry 2018 Annual Report
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Thank you to ALL who make contributions to help those in need! God Bless You!
Prairie Centralis again offering Preschool Screening which is a free developmental screening and open to children from birth to 5 years of age. They are sponsored by Livingston County Special Services Unit, the Livingstone County Member Districts,
Screenings will take place at Prairie Central West @ Chenoa on January 16 and 17, 815 945-2971; at Prairie Central East @ Chatsworth February 7 and 8, 815 635-3555; Prairie Central West @ Fairbury on March 19 and 20, 815 945-2971. You are asked to call the school the week prior to the screening date to make an appointment.