February 14, 2019
- WEEKLY NEWSLETTER -
As We Prepare For The
The Sixth Sunday After Epiphany
May our ministries bring the new life that you
intend for all people. We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen
There’s an old saying that some of you may have heard.  It goes -  God is good all the time.  And of course the response is,  all the time God is good.   But  w hat about those times when we’re struggling through something in our personal lives or we watch the news and see the suffering in the world around us? If God is good all time, then why do bad things happen? How could a good and loving God allow my loved one to die? How could a good and loving God allow my home and business to be destroyed by a wild fire? How could a good and loving God allow my child to be diagnosed with cancer?  We ask “why God?” And when we can’t find the answer we want, we’re left wondering whether God really is good after all. Or even worse, is there a God at all.
This week we’re continuing a sermon series on Questions of Faith. And the question we’ll be looking at is,  why does God allow bad things happen for no good reason?
I know the weather is forecast to be snowy again on Sunday morning. If you can get to church safely, I hope you’ll join us as together we unpack this question of faith.

Blessings,
Are you getting notifications for the cancel of church activities? Do you want meeting reminders? If so please take a moment and look at the below file and sign-up for any "group(s)" that you belong to.
Click HERE
World Day of Prayer :
March 1st, 2019
at 1:30 pm at the Coon Rapids Annuciation Catholic Church

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - Tuesday, March 5 th —5:00-6:30 pm Check out the signup sheet to donate items and/or time to help make this meal a success. 
To sign-up online click HERE and enter your name in a box under the item you are donating or the time you can help.


Please be sure to scroll down
and check out the
Who?, What?, When? & Where?
on both the inside and outside
of our church.
Lenten Bible Study Opportunity
In a few weeks, we’re going to be starting a 6 week Lenten study called Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple.
  It’s video based, contemporary, relatable, and provocative. We’re in the process of putting together some study groups. The hope is that each person will sign up to participate in one of these Lenten study groups.
Here’s what we need you to do in the next few days…
We would like to have you fill out a participation survey. This can be done online, via email answering the below information, or filling out a form this Sunday and put in the offering plate.

Online Response Form: Click HERE

Email to: mandy.smouse@coonrapidsmethodistchurch.org t he following information-
Read through the options listed on the insert and check all that apply. 
    o   I will lead/co-lead a group Name:_________________
    o   I will host a group            Name:_________________
  o  I will participate in a group
These days/times work for me:
o    During the day on _______________________
o    Weekday evenings on ____________________
o    Sunday mornings
o    Sunday evenings
o    On-Line Study Group
o    I am not able to participate in a group at this time. 
THANK YOU!

We are in need of Worship Volunteers!
Please consider helping fill the calendar of open worship duties.

Offer a friendly "Good Morning", "Welcome to Our Church" or "Happy You Could Join Us For Worship Today"...Being a Host for a Sunday simply is providing a greeting with a bulletin and helping with offering-time, or hosting fellowship time.
It is a great feeling to know that we have the spots filled before Sunday mornings so that we have someone ready to do each thing and we are not looking around for people to do so.

If everyone took one of the worship duties every few months we could fill the calendar.
Fellowship time, is what YOU want to make it, it is totally up to the individual and what they want to serve. If you need help with making coffee, etc please feel free to ask and we will find the right person to show or help you.
We have split up the Hosts to Greet and Ushers, due to some people have expressed they are able to stand to greet but don't feel they can help with offering.

please check the following links for each sign-up list

Fellowship Time: click here
Worship Hosts to Greet: click here
Acolytes: click here
Liturgists: click here
Ushers: click here

Let's fill in more dates for 2019!
If you would like to recieve your future church
Giving Statements via email place send Mandy an email stating: Please send my giving statements to my email address.

Mandy's Email

Getting Connected
How can the church help you accomplish your goals for 2019? Do you have ideas forasermonseries,smallgrouporservice/missionproject? Areyouinterestedin joining a visitation team? Let’s talk about it! Contact Josh Smouse- email: jsmouse@me.com or call/text: 712-790-0682 
Prayer Groups

Thomas Rest Haven- Mondays, 10:30am
Doris Meshek's- Fridays, 11:30am
Mary Cretsinger's- February 18th, 3:00
(every other Monday)
Prom time is coming up and
The Prom Closet is OPEN for free shopping by appointment. 
Please call Dona Tuel at
712-830-7825 or email
at  donatuel448@gmail.com  for appointments. Also, we are definitely still taking donations, especially sizes 14 & up at the following locations: Iowa Savings Bank, Carroll, Glidden, & Coon Rapids locations, People's Bank in Guthrie Center. Thanks!!  
This week we wrapped up our rotation Bible theme of Fruites of the Spirit. Absolultely amazing to hear some of the little kids remember some of the things we had been talking about even after the consecutive weather canceled Wednesdays. We will be starting the new rotation on February 20th, the Bible lesson theme will be "Jesus Feeds the 5000".

The Dynamite Disciples will sing and play bells again on Sunday, February 24th during worship, so save that date; we would love to have all the kids and families at worship, that can make it!

Reminders:
-Youth should not be arriving before 5:00pm on Wednesday evenings.
-Parents please pick-up your kid(s) at 6:30 pm. The kids are in music from 6:15-6:30pm and will be dismissed after that portion of their evening
with us .

Dynamite Disciples Yearly Calendar - Click Here

Those that signed up to bring supper treats on Wednesday
click HERE to see the dates you signed up.
Parents, Grandparents, Congregation Members, etc.
March 6, 13, 20, 27 & April 3, 10, 17 are open for helpers to join us!
Click this link for dates for the extra helper sign-up. click here
Email: mandy.smouse@coonrapidsmethodistchurch.org Call/Text: 712.790.9020
Save the date: End of the Dynamite Disciples church school year will be April 24th, we will have our potluck supper that evening.
Prayers
Darlene George
Karen Colbert
Dave Wiemers
Ron Brower
Charles Nepple (Glen & Janet Knight’s son-in-law)
Allia Janning (Gloria Dahl’s daughter)
Luann Headley
Sue Oliver
Rich Wiskus
Bill & Katherine Howell - mission trip
Those whom are not listed here but need healing and prayers
The Family & Friends of Jeanine Bowman
The Family & Friends of Marian Tate
Our Church
Our Community
The Family & Friends of Jeanine Bowman
The Family & Friends of Marian Tate

TRH and Parkview Assisted Living Residents:
Merlin Sievers
Rich Wiskus
Connie McPherson
Lyle Knight
Betty Knight
Evelyn Long
Ron Barker
Sam Cretsinger
Darlene Bowman
Marilyn Taylor
Bethel Carpenter

Shut-ins:
Dorothy Blanchard

Praises
Birth -

Baptisms-

Joys -

(please include name and relevent information)
Prayer requests will be listed for 2 weeks unless asked to keep on the list due to other reasons.
You may submit requests or changes to Pastor Joyce or Mandy Smouse . 
This Week's
Birthdays
8 Stacy Muench
13 Joe Posada


Anniversaries


Tuesday, February 19th 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Worship Service
Sundays at
10:30 am
119 4th Ave., Coon Rapids