The Church Council is happy to announce that Pastor William Weidenbach, Jr. will serve as our interim Pastor. Pastor William studied at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He has served parishes in Florida, North Dakota, Minnesota and Illinois. Prior to becoming a pastor, he was a tax accountant. Pastor William and his wife, Linda will be residing in the parsonage. Linda is the chaplain at Pleasant View in Ottawa. We are thankful that God has brought Pastor William to us as we begin the process of searching for a new pastor. He will be serving as our primary preaching pastor, giving leadership to our small group ministry and assisting our staff and Church Council in providing leadership to the congregation. We know you will extend your gracious welcome to Pastor William and Linda as part of our church family and support them with your prayers during this transition time.
Just in time for Thanksgiving! BUTTER BRAIDS! The youth group is once again selling Butter Braids as a fundraiser for their mission trip in 2019. Pick up a form on the table in the narthex and place your order by calling Robert Malerk at 815-228-2230. You may also place your order form and payment in the provided envelope and drop in the offering plate. Last day to order is Wednesday, October 24. Delivery date is Friday, November 2.
Children’s Spiritual Life & Education Committee meets Sunday, October 21st, following worship in the Liefeld Lounge.
The annual Senior Party to honor our members who are over 80 years of age will be held on Friday, October 19, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to work and/or bring donations. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.
We invite all members to come and celebrate with our “golden” members. This year’s theme is “Remembering Grandma’s Apron”. Entertainment will be by Wally & Marilyn Antas. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.
Sunday Oct 21st Food Pantry Sunday. Make yourself a note on shopping day to pick up a few extra items for the pantry. The pantry can always use Mac & Cheese, peanut butter, tuna fish, instant potatoes, canned fruit, canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, Hamburger Helper, cereal, soup, noodles, rice, Jell-O, sugar, flour, coffee and large paper bags.
Blessing Box donations are welcome at any time. Some suggestions for donations – individual pasta meals, soup, applesauce, fruit cups, jello, tuna kits, instant potatoes, snack crackers. Donations may be placed directly into the Blessing Box, in the box near the Sunday school entrance or left in the church office. Monetary donations are also accepted.
The Call Process of the Northern Illinois Synod
Here is what you can expect in this transition time for your congregation:
1. The bishop, with your council’s approval, will appoint an interim pastor to serve you.
2. Your council will review a job description, make decisions about compensation, seek input from you, and address concerns within the congregation.
3. A call committee will be established according to the guidelines of your constitution.
4. The council and/or the call committee will compile and submit a Ministry Site Profile, which is a description of your congregation, to the synod.
5. The call committee will keep you informed of the progress of its work until a candidate has been recommended to the council.
6. The call committee will meet with a member of the synod staff and receive coaching on how to conduct an effective interview.
7. The call committee will receive the name(s) of potential candidate(s).
8. The call committee will interview, check references and hear the candidate preach.
9. After the call committee has made a decision, it will meet with the congregation council to share information regarding the recommended candidate.
10. Your council will have the opportunity the meet and speak with the candidate. The council will discuss compensation and benefits with the candidate.
11. The council will vote to recommend the candidate to the congregation and call a meeting.
12. Members of the congregation will be given the opportunity to meet the pastoral candidate.
13. The call committee chair and president of the congregation will formally recommend the candidate to the congregation.
14. A vote of the congregation takes place according to your constitution.
15. If the congregation votes “yes,” a Letter of Call is signed and forwarded to the bishop and sent on to the pastor.
16. The pastor has 30 days to consider the call.
17. If the candidate accepts the call, an installation date is set. If the candidate declines the call, the call committee goes back to work with the synod staff.
In the Women’s Fall Bible Study we is studying “Twelve Ordinary Men” by John MacArthur. We will read the book chapter by chapter, working through the workbook in class. (There is no video.) When you take a fresh look at the disciples, you’ll be faced with a stunning fact: The men the Savior chose were ordinary. Hopelessly human. Remarkably unremarkable. But they were available and obedient to the Master’s call. And, under Jesus’ teaching and touch, they became a force that forever changed the world.
“Twelve Ordinary Men” represents a directed study of the biblical passages that introduce us to the twelve men whom Jesus chose to be His constant companions. Join us for this journey. We meet every Thursday, beginning October 4th. For your convenience the same session will be available at 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions, contact Jan Delvallee at 815-228-0252.
Teachers & Helpers 2017-18
Preschool & Kindergarten - Thelma Martin
First & Second Grade - Janice Hammer
Third Grade - Missy Pinter
Fourth & Fifth Grade - Don Anderson. Katelyn Lamps, Helper
Sixth Grade - Paul Baker
Seventh & Eighth Grade - Maxine McQueen. Sasha Bruins, Helper
High School - Jane Krysiak
Adult Class - Mac McQueen & Shanon Edwards
Sunday School Office Helpers - Clarence & Carole Wenzel
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