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Communion: No US vs. THEM at Christ’s table

The act of communion is a personally sacred way of connecting with our savior; it’s also a profound act of community. In the United Church of Christ, we proclaim that Christ’s love is big enough for everyone, no exceptions. And by practicing communion, we are practicing love. We love our neighbor by sharing a common meal with a shared purpose: to become the body of Christ. Communion tangibly connects us, every blessed one of us, to whom we belong. There is no us vs. them at Christ’s table, and that sense of belonging informs the way we move through life and interact with others.

Join this act of radical hospitality and spiritual connection this Sunday at 10am! Children will be dismissed for Sunday School and Bell Choir following Faith Lab.

Calendar at a Glance

Sun. Sept. 5: 10am worship & Communion
10:15am Sunday School & children’s bell choir begin!
11:15am Worship & Music Committee mtg.
Tues. Sept. 7: Flooring installation begins in Bradford Hall
Wed. Sept. 8: 10am Altar Guild
5:30pm Deacons & Trustees Mtg.
6:30pm Executive Council Mtg.
Thurs. Sept. 9: 1:15pm Women’s Fellowship Board
Sun. Sept. 12: 10am Worship & Sunday School
Mon. Sept. 13: 5:30pm Christian Ed. Mtg.
Sun. Sept. 19: 10am Worship & Sunday School
Sun. Sept. 26: 10am Worship & Sunday School
Choir Begins: Musical Send-off for Jamie Myers deploying
Wed. Sept. 29: 7pm Parent & Student Confirmation Orientation
Sun. Oct. 3: 10am Communion & Children’s Bell Choir
Wed. Oct. 6: 5:30pm Messy Church: Harvest

Sunday School & Bell Choir Begin in September

Invite the young ones in your life to be a part of something truly special. The connections, music, and learning during Sunday mornings are a gift for the children, youth, and adults alike.

Confirmation and Messy Church Begin in October

Confirmation orientation meeting for parents & students Sept. 29 at 7pm. We’ll discuss the expectations, general timeline, selecting a mentor, and answer any questions. If you are interested and willing to serve as a mentor for a confirmand, let Pastor Emily know soon!

Messy Church is set to BEGIN AGAIN Wed. Oct. 6th at 5:30pm. We’ll make great use of our newly renovated fellowship hall. Our October theme is Harvest

The Apostle Paul says, I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. -1 Corinthians 3: 6-8

Community Connections

Thank you for the gift of meals

THANK YOU for the tremendous show of support w/ freezer meals last week. A meal shared is a (yummy) form of communion as the body of Christ. This is church at its best, showing up for each other in a moment of need.

Painting Party Success

Thank you Thank you Thank you to this crew who rolled, brushed, wiped, and sanded their way to a shiny new look downstairs! We are close to completing the downstairs renovation, with flooring due to be installed next week.

Stay tuned for our dedication Sunday plans, when we’ll celebrate the Wosepka’s gift during the worship AND downstairs in our brand new space.

Kate Nelson is a Nurse!

Congrats to Kate as she began her first full week as a nurse at Avera! Kate has pursued a courageous career shift and we are thrilled to celebrate her new journey caring for folks in a variety of settings at the clinic as an LPN.

We Love Special Music- Add Your Voice!

Frank & Shirley Halligan blessed our worship last Sunday, and we’re inviting anyone who’d like to add their voice to be in touch with Pastor Emily or Larry Lyngstad about getting involved in our music program! Special music, duets, choir ensembles, instrument and voice alike are welcome!

Photos from Last Sunday

Prayer Requests

We affirm the desire for church members and friends to receive prayer both publicly and privately. Together, we pray for…

Jim Hansen gaining strength at Maryhouse TCU, hoping to return home in 4 weeks.

Avery Vanden Bos, Chris, Vicki, and Asher as they welcome baby girl into the mix- soon and very soon!

Students and Educators who continue to deal with added stress of a new school year and continuing unknowns.

All
who continue in journeys with cancer and other serious health conditions, spoken and unspoken alike within our community.

Neighbors in our community and around the world
experiencing the heartache of natural disasters, war, unjust systems, and abuse.

“All together, holding on to one another, lifting each other up, we ALL begin to rise in the name of our risen Christ.”

Celebrations

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September Birthdays

Gary Hartman September 02
Tom Selland September 03
James Evans September 05
Larry Christiansen September 05
Kay Tieszen September 06
Pearl Myers September 07
Sherri Anderson September 09
Taylor Evans September 10
Linda Cruse September 10
Gail Lyngstad September 11
Sarah Jennings September 12
Bernie Stars September 13
Bill Palmer September 14
Amber Gloe Rosenoff September 15
Vicki Nafus September 19
James Hansen September 21
Arlene Krueger September 21
Frank Halligan September 21
Justin Evans September 22
Brian Jennings September 26
Rick Rowen September 26
AJ Munger September 28
Phyllis Petersen September 28

September Anniversaries

Mary & Robb Heaton September 07
Kerry & Valerie Kelly September 08
Keith & Patti Jennings September 12
Gary & Jeanie Hartman September 16

Supporting Our Mission

Financial Report Aug. 29, 2021

Weekly offering: $4,635.19
TOTAL GENERAL GIVING: $4,644.46
Weekly receipts needed to meet budget: $3,097.93

Love Fund: $325.00

General fund receipts Year-to-Date: $106,156.78
General fund expenses paid Year-to-Date: $99,729.69
Budgeted Expenses Year-to-Date: $108,244.56

Our mission is entirely funded by member and friend contributions. THANK YOU for your tremendous support.

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