Community Requires YOU!

This church NEEDS YOU to form a more complete foundation in Christ’s loving community. Our personal families are a definite priority, AND so is our faith family. This month we are focusing efforts to re-engage building community through our table groups. These small groups form Christ-centered community with consistent engagement and thoughtful conversation. That’s all Spirit needs to work toward bonding us in faith and strengthening our sense of belonging to a purpose larger than ourselves. Small group settings are often where we best show up in one another’s lives. This is what our table groups are all about, building trust and authenticity that lead to transformation one conversation at a time. We need YOU to be involved for table groups to be effective. If you’re interested in joining a table group this fall (and haven’t yet reached out) please fill out our invite online using this link.

And if you’re interested in learning more about HOSTING a table group, join Pastor Emily and family for a backyard picnic this Sunday at 5:30pm. Email Pastor Emily for details.

Song of the Month

Your music and worship committee meets regularly to discern creative and faithful ways of engaging us all in worship. This past Sunday we decided to share a bit of history along with each song of the month. If you have a song you’d like for us to highlight in the future as the song of the month, please let Larry Lyngstad, Gloria Merriam, Jack Horner, or Pastor Emily know!

September’s song of the month is Thy Word. Written by Amy Grant in 1984, Thy Word formed during a recording season Amy Grant shared alongside Michael W. Smith in the Rocky Mountains. The melody originated with Smith, and the refrain is based on Psalm 119. One evening as Grant made her way back from the recording studio to her cabin, she lost her way. Alone and unsure of her path, Grant began praying. Eventually, a small beam of light emerged, the lantern shining from her cabin window. As she made her way back from the woods that night, Thy Word emerged as one of Grant’s most enduring worship anthems.

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
When I feel afraid; Think I've lost my way; Still you're there right beside me
And nothing will I fear; As long as you are near; Please be near me to the end

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
I will not forget; Your love for me and yet; My heart forever is wandering
Jesus be my guide; And hold me to your side; I will love you to the end

Nothing will I fear as long as you are near; Please be near me to the end
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
And a light unto my path; You're the light unto my path

Calendar at a Glance

Sun. Sept. 12: 10am Worship & Sunday School
Mon. Sept. 13: 5:30pm Christian Ed. Mtg.
Sun. Sept. 19: 10am Worship & Sunday School:
Pat & Jen Baker Special Music
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: Free Meal & Harvest themed worship

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
AND the meal will be a potluck to kick-off the year.

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

Welcome Alaya Lou Vanden Bos

Miss Alaya Lou Vanden Bos was born just hours after last week’s e-news went out! She and mom Avery are doing well with lots of love from family Vicki, Chris & Asher, along with great-grandma Patti & best friend Izzy.

Congrats to Cash Anderson!

Cash passed the bar exam and was sworn in by Chief Justice Jensen. Congratulations to Cash and his entire family on this major accomplishment.

Walk of Hope

Join the 10th annual
Walk of Hope — Coming Together for Suicide Prevention
to provide hope, build awareness, and ignite change.

Saturday, September 18 | 9 a.m. | Capitol Lake Visitors’ Center

The event will be in person and virtual. Registration opens and fundraising begins on July 12. To register, visit
For more information, visit the Foundation of Hope Facebook page.

With Help Comes Hope Because You Matter

Crisis Hotline 800 273 8255 or
text “START” to 741-741

Placerville Camp’s Fall Youth Event

RISE: Restored. Inspired. Sanctified. Everlasting.

November 5—7, 2021
7th—12th Grade
Each group needs chaperones
$100 per camper
$80 per chaperone
Masks required indoors

Keynote speaker:
Rev. Matthew Richards

Due to schedule, we will not be making mission fleece tie blankets this year.

Sign up with Pastor Emily by October 22
if you’d like to attend! We’ll coordinate rides and chaperones with those who are interested.

Prayer Requests

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

Gail Neumann recovering from a fall at Lincoln Apts.

Bree, Jamie, Pearl & Helena as they prepare for Jamie's deployment to Iraq end of September.

Larry Christiansen as he prepares for another knee replacement on Sept. 16th

Jim Hansen, Kay Swenson, Lloyd Kannegieter and all beloved elders in care centers.

Bethke, Evans, & Vanden Bos families as they continue to create new family routines with their babies.

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


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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 Sept. 5, 2021

Weekly offering: $4,450.00
Other Income: $0.50
Weekly receipts needed to meet budget: $3,097.93
Love Fund: $0.00

General fund receipts Year-to-Date: $110,588.74
General fund expenses paid Year-to-Date: $102,354.68
Budgeted Expenses Year-to-Date: $110,957.48

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

Support our Mission: Give Online Today!

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