October, 2018
We see a welcoming family, living the Gospel of Grace. We see a family where people can safely seek, question, and be revived.  We see a family energized by the Spirit alive in our midst.
" So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you."
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT)
In this Issue of the Spirit Alive Newsletter: notebook_coffee.jpg

  • Pastor's Post
  • October Thank-You's
  • Needs for the ELCA Outreach - Socktober!
  • Thank You from ELCA for coats
  • Animal Blessing 2018
  • "Messy Spirituality" Small Group
  • Women's Retreat 2019
  • ELCA Disaster Relief - Hurricane Florence
  • Hurricane Florence Relief Opportunity - Thrivent
  • Sound Team Opportunity
  • Sunday School - Fused and Fusion
  • Women and Children's Horizon Support Group
  • St. Olaf Band Event
  • "There Shall Be Peace" - Carthage Christmas Festival
  • Calling All Bowlers
  • Small Groups and Teams
  • Youth Group Information
Pastor Cindy's Hours

 For the month of October Pastor Cindy will be in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please feel free to stop in. 

We appreciate you and everything you do!!! This month, Spirit Alive would like to thank the following people:
  • All our our hard-working media volunteers -  Dave Jordan, Shawn DeVore, Jenni DeVore, Anne Pientock, Nicki Slye, Ryan Oldani, Cameron Jeffson and Steve Doherty.
  • Donna Johnson for running two small groups - Koinonia and Messy Spirituality.
  • Carl Johnson for providing pulpit support when needed.
  • Our communion assistants - Corlis Hatcher, Jenni DeVore, Denise Maki, Corkey Munsen, Donna Johnson, and Jenni Parkinson.
We truly would not be Spirit Alive without you!
Hoorah! It's Socktober Again!!! 
This morning I could feel a chill in the air, so I put on my nice, soft, warm socks. This made me realize the simple blessing a cozy pair of socks makes.
Once again Spirit Alive, along with St. Paul's, will be collecting socks for the ELCA Outreach Center. Last year our generosity brought in over 900 pairs of socks.
Can we beat this total? Only with your help. A collection basket is in the Narthex. Please bring your socks in during the month of October. 
Messy Spirituality Book Club Looking for Members

Being a Christian isn't always easy. It is often "MESSY". This group is here to let us all know that the mess is OK!!! Currently we will begin reading the book by Nadia Boltz-Weber Accidental Saints.
We meet the second Tuesday each month 6:30 p.m. at Donna Jensen's home. Contact Donna at 262-496-2214. WE NEED YOU!
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SAVE THE DATE - January 25-27, 2019 for the Women's Retreat! It will be held at the Siena Center in Racine. Private accommodations and delicious food. Only a few spots remain. Sign-Up with a $50.00 deposit towards the retreat cost of $185.00, with the balance due December 23.
Contact Jenni Devore jennidevore@gmail.com
ELCA Disaster Relief for Hurricane Florence - Please Pray
Hurricane Florence has devastated our neighbors in  North and South Carolina, leaving millions without power, thousands of homes damaged or destroyed, hundreds of road closures and 37 reported deaths.  Rising rivers kept displaced communities away from their homes for days, and the extent of the damage is not yet fully known.    

For more information see their website/blog.

Click here to learn more
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As we pray for those who have been affected by Hurricane Florence, Thrivent, a membership organization of Christians, is mobilizing its financial resources and members to help those in need. Thrivent members and others who want to help with recovery efforts, are encouraged to visit Thrivent.com to learn more about the organizations commitment to match individual personal donations and other ways to help.

Coat Drive for ELCA Outreach Center

A big thanks to everyone that participated in our coat drive for the ELCA Outreach center. Together with St. Paul's we collected just over $460 toward the purchase of men's coats sizes XL-XXXL, which allowed us to buy 8 brand new coats. In addition, we collected 19 coats: 4 children's, 5 ladies, and 10 men's, for a grand total of 27 coats! 
Executive Director, Karl Erickson was very appreciative of our efforts to bring in these coats. For the large-size men's coats, they have individuals in mind and will match the coats up with them. Thanks again for your generosity! 

Animal Blessing  
On October 14 we will have an animal blessing. All are welcome - on a leash or in a cage. The blessing will begin at 1 p.m. in the church parking lot. 
You care for people and animals alike, O LORD. How precious is your unfailing love, O God! Psalm 36:6  
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Are you looking to get connected at Spirit Alive? The Sound Team needs you! We are looking for someone who can commit to running sound once a month on Sunday mornings. Training is provided so sound tech experience is not required. The only requirement is being able to listen to the band and adjust sound levels during worship. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Christina Oldani at croldani1@gmail.com or 262-909-8469.

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Sunday School:
  • Fused - Through grade five, will be held in the classroom on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays at 10:15 a.m.
  • Fusion - Intergenerational Sunday School is open to all ages and will be held in Fellowship Hall the 1st and 2nd Sundays of each month, also at 10:15.
To get involved, or with any questions, please contact Jenni Parkinson, jennidawn2729@gmail.com

Women and Children's Horizon Support Group 
Women and Children's Horizons offers a weekly support group for women in mid-life and for women with disabilities of any age who are or were in a controlling relationship. This group nurtures beyond what friends and family can do. Creating relationships with others whose experiences have been similar to their own can fill the gap and meet the need for understanding. Keeping a person isolated is a tactic used by controlling people. This group helps break that isolation, educates about the dynamics of a controlling relationship, and highlights sharing when ready, safety planning, exploring options and enhancing self-esteem. The group meets at a wheel chair accessible sight. Services are free and confidential.
Please call Women and Children's Horizons for more information at 262-656-3500, ext. 104.

St. Olaf Band Event

The St. Olaf Band will perform in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Pius XI Catholic High School on Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m. as part of its 2018 national tour. The St. Olaf Band, conducted by Dr. Timothy Mahr, is the oldest music organization at St.Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, a campus internationally renowned for its high caliber of musical ensembles. This tour's program, Celebrating the Human Spirit, will feature Mahr's Symphony No. 1, which received its world premiere in 2016.

Tickets $10.00 Adult, $5.00 Students
Tickets: stolaf.edu/tickets or 800-363-5487.

Carthage Christmas Festival - There Shall be Peace

Celebrate the holiday season with the annual Carthage Christmas Festival! "There Shall Be Peace: A Festival of Readings and Carols" will be performed Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 in A. F. Siebert Chapel.  
Concert times:
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 
  • 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 
Featuring the sounds of the majestic Fritsch Memorial Organ, the Carthage Christmas Festival follows an age-old tradition of sharing the celebration of the birth of Christ through readings and music. Three identical programs are presented on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Reserve your tickets anytime after Oct. 1 through our online box office, www.carthage.edu/tickets

Do You Like To Bowl?

Spirit Alive is looking for additional adult bowlers for a non-sanctioned league every other Sunday Sep-May from 5-8 pm at GRC on Hwy 31 in Kenosha. Pre and post bowling allowed, cost approx. $15-20/time.  Contact Mike Crabb 262-412-0589 or mcrabb1@wi.rr.com
Small Groups and Teams 
Consider joining one of our on-going small groups that are always open:
Wine and Women  - Leader Roxann Crabb, Meets the 3rd Thursday of every month, at 7:00 p.m.
Koinonia Book Club meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 6:30 p.m., Donna Jensen's home. Donna Johnson (262.605.4830) for details. (Koinonia means "Christian fellowship.")  
Messy Spirituality study group meets 3rd Tuesday each month, 6:30 p.m., Donna Jensen's home. Donna Johnson (262.605.4830) for details.
Fab 50 Fellowship  - Leader Corlis Hachey, 
Fab 50 Fellowship meets the second Thursday of each month at a local restaurant at 6 p.m. for food and fellowship.  For information, contact Corlis Hachey at chachey5744@gmail.com or on Spirit Alive! website under small groups.

Quilt Club -The Quilt Club is currently taking a break. Questions:  
see Corlis Hachey after church service, or email at chachey5744@gmail.com. 
Care Team -
A big part of our walk with God is caring for each other. The Care Team visits members in their homes, the hospital and wherever they need us to offer spiritual support, prayer and communion. Are you interested in learning how to care for others in a Christian Community in this way? Maybe God is calling you to this ministry but you don't know how to start. Join US!  Your care team members are ... Carl Johnson, Donna Johnson, Donna Jensen, Joan Hisel, Karen Thomas, and Becky Tucker. For all spiritual care requests please call Donna Johnson at 262.605.4830 or admin@spiritalivechurch.com.    
Youth Group Information

BREW: Meets Sunday at 9:15 @ Starbucks on 39th Ave.

The Youth of Spirit Alive are invited to join St. Mary's Youth Group  FUSION!

High School - Adultish:  Wednesday from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.                        ( 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. snack hour and hang out)
Middle School - ChAngent:  Monday from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
BREW:  Every Sunday at 9:15 a.m. at Starbucks on 39th Avenue.

Questions: contact   Andrea Buskirk or  admin@spiritalivechurch.com

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