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                                                                           -Your Immanuel Family 
October News and Happenings

Immanuel Baptist Church Survey

Your thoughts matter to us. As your staff and church leadership prepare for planning next year's church calendar, we need your input. Would you please fill out our brief church survey? It is available online here or there will be copies available at the Welcome Desk. 
Knock, Pray & Conversations
Tomorrow Afternoon

We want everyone to know about Jesus and be saved. Join us as we go door to door tomorrow, Oct. 3rd from 2:30-4PM, to offer prayer and to share our story with others. 
Amazing Family Race
This Saturday 10am-Noon

Spend some fun, free, and quality time with your family as you race around town on a photo scavenger hunt. Be sure to bring a mobile device that can take pictures! It's not too late to sign-up at ibcbenton.com/events.

Journey through a Book of the Bible

We are excited to encourage you to both invest and be invested in by other fellow believers. During the month of October and November we are encouraging individuals to journey through a book of the Bible (John, James, Luke, Ephesians, 1 Peter) with two other individuals, 
a D-group. D-groups meet for five or six weeks during October and the first part of November to dig into the Word, memorize scripture, pray, share life, and make disciples of Jesus who can invest in others. Would you pray about two others that you could approach to form a group?You won't regret taking this initiative as it will encourage and engage your faith in a unique way.
We keep this time simple and ask two questions of each chapter: "Who' s Jesus/God?" and 
"So What?" Those that take part would be encouraged to consistently spend time reading their chosen book of the Bible prior to each meeting as well as memorizing a couple of verses each week.
Our hope is that we learn from each other while walking in the Word together. As Proverbs 27:17 states, "As Iron sharpens iron so one man [or woman] sharpens another." Your pastors, who are also in D-groups, will be happy to answer any questions you might have and help you find a group. Please let Pastor Michael know if you have any questions.
A Plan to read through the book of John (or James)
Intro (optional) - meet and game plan                     Memorize -
Week 1 - John chapters 1-5 (or James 1)                Ro. 3:23 & Jn 3:30 or a vs. in James
Week 2 - John chapters 6-9 (or James 2)               Romans 6:23 and Joh n 6:35
Week 3 - John chapters 10-13 (or James 3)            Romans 5:8 and John 12:25
Week 4 - John chapters 14-17 (or James 4)            Romans 10:9 and John 13:35
Week 5 - John chapter 18-21 (or James 5)             Romans 10:13 and John 14:21

This Sunday, Oct. 6th at 5pm, we will be having a brief informational meeting regarding the trip to Israel in January 2021. This trip will be the trip of a lifetime which will explore 30 biblical and archeological sites. The #1 reason for going to Israel is that it will change how you "see" the Bible and understand Jesus' life. This trip will be led by Pastor Michael with a travel date of January 18-27, 2021. The cost is $3997. There is an early bird savings with an initial deposit of $500 per traveler by October 18th - RegisterNow.ittworld.com [tour code: Kramer 21]. So whether you are curious about details of this trip or know that you want to go to Israel, please join us. We will be meeting at Eddie Paul's room across from the sanctuary.
Upcoming Youth/Children Events
5th Quarter Returns Oct. 11th
End of game-10:15PM

We will meet  after the Massac Co. game  at Immanuel for a time of games, food and fun. 
Transportation will be available from the game 
to the church. Parents can pick kids up at IBC. 
All youth are invited to attend. Bring your friends!

Upcoming Fall Retreat 2019
November 9-11th

Join us at Camp Ondessonk, near Ozark, IL
for Reign: "Awakening a Young Generation to King Jesus." 
Cost: $69 per student 
         Families of 2 students: $60 per student
         Families of 3+ students: $55 per student
You can register at ibcbenton.com/events. 
Youth Community Groups

October 6, 13, 20, 27 and  November 3
Time: 5:30-7:15 pm

Locations:  High School-The Johnstons Home, 
6 Coachlite Estate
Middle School-The McCanns, 9595 Hillcrest Lane

Bible Study: Forensic Faith-"Explore what you believe, why you believe it, and why God calls you to communicate the Bible's truths to others as a Christian case maker."
Written by J. Warner Wallace (veteran cold-case detective)

Adopt a Rend Lake Lady Warrior Player

Being away from home as a college student can be difficult, and we want to Live Love to our Rend Lake Lady Warriors (RLLW) basketball team this year. We're looking for families that are interested in "adopting" a player for the upcoming season. There are numerous ways we can serve our RLLW basketball team! If you are interested in adopting a Rend Lake Lady Warriors basketball player, or if you would like more information, please sign up at Sign-up Central or email Pastor Casey at casey@ibcbenton.com.
Primetimers (50 & Over)
Fall Outing to Pere Marquette

Primetimers will be going to Pere Marquette Lodge for lunch on Thursday, Oct. 24th. We will leave the church at 8:30am. Hopefully beautifully fall foliage and seeing some eagles will be part of our trip. 
Sign-up at Sign-up Central.
Soup Potluck ~ Pastor Appreciation
Sunday, October 20th
After the Evening Service

Bring your favorite pot of soup and enjoy a wide variety of wonderful soups. This is a great opportunity to connect with other families. We will also be honoring our Pastors with cards and letters 
of appreciation. 
Discovery & Kidz Zone
Sunday School Teacher Meeting
Rescheduled for October 27th at 5PM

Preschool & Children Sunday School Teachers: Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 27th for a meeting in the Connection Point room. The meeting will cover updates in the ministry, teaching tools, and a special time of prayer for the children.
Pray for our Puerto Rico
Mission Team

Please pray for our team as they prepare to leave Oct. 12th and return Oct. 18th. Team members are: Kim Followell, Jennifer Webster, Steve Neal and Pastor Ryan. 

Preschool Volunteers Needed

The Discovery Zone could use your help with serving during one of the Sunday worship services. The commitment is only once every other month. If you are willing and interested, please contact Pastor Ryan at: (217) 343-2964 or email  ryan@ibcbenton.com . Training will be provided. This is a great opportunity for families or couples to serve together.  
WOM October Collections for Operation Christmas Child

This month the WOM are requesting help with postage.