Weekly Evotional
You're invited to Sunday worship ...
January 20, 2019 at 9:30 AM
with Rev. Dr. Mark McDonough

From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!
Psalm 113:3
The time of transition from one called pastor to the next is a time for thoughtful exploration and experimentation. We can ask, "What has worked well in the past that we might want to try again?" or, "What are some best practices that other congregations have implemented that we might try here?"

Sun., Jan 20th, we are going to experiment a little. We will move the announcements to the beginning, before the Prelude and Call to Worship. This will allow us all to greet one another as we enter, take off coats, hear the announcements, and settle in for worship while the ushers welcome visitors. At the conclusion of the announcements, the Liturgist will invite us to prepare our hearts and minds for worship. That will be our cue to end conversations and enter into a time of silence. As the Liturgist sits down, the prelude will begin and the acolytes will light the candles in the chancel. At the conclusion of the prelude, the Pastor will fill the font and lead us in the Call to Worship and the rest of worship will continue as usual.

We hope this change in the order will allow us to both greet members of our church family and, as we say in the bulletin, "as we listen to the beauty of the music in this sacred place of sanctuary, let us silently prepare ourselves for worship."
… lay the groundwork for purposeful
education—for both adults and children ?
 
We ask that all adults and children join us in Ihrman Hall this coming Sunday the 20 th , directly following worship. At that time, we will brainstorm on ways that we all can have purposeful education in our church and beyond.

Following are some questions we ask you to reflect on over the next few weeks:
  • Who, in addition to you, can lay a prayer foundation for extending ministries for adult and children?
  • What passions and gifts do you and others have to create new opportunities for adult learning?
  • Where do you see God already at work? Can that be expanded or developed for more intentional adult learning?
  • Who is good at generating excitement for learning among children and adults?
  • What strategies can you include that will help adults move to classes or groups with increasing faith maturity so that they grow and do not just attend for a season and move on?
Please pray for Peggy Wagner, Jen Seversen, Peggy Taylor, Darrell
Sutton, Nancy Tobias, Nancy Ritter, Bill Blandford, Ed Hunt, David & Cathy Perkins, Larry Cardwell, Mary Jane Johnston.
 
As they go through difficult times, we ask for continued prayers for all
who have lost loved ones.
 
Prayers for Sandy—friend of Kathi Wilson, Shawn—friend of Denise
Park, Anita—mother of Georgia Herrera, Mary—sister of Carrie Massey, Christi—friend of Music & More, Evie—granddaughter of Bill & Lissy Blandford, Autumn—granddaughter of Bev Eifert, Dave—brother of Patt Reitsma, Lucille—mother of Diane Lehmann.
 
And continued prayers for our military—Kyle Sondergaard, Lt. Col Jay Brooke, Chad Lawrence, Jordan Smith, Mary Workman.
 
And healing prayers for all those individuals going through rough times—emotionally, physically or spiritually.
 
Remember that you can contact the church office any time with prayer requests, and our church secretary, Shelley, will pass them along to our faithful and confidential Intercessory Prayer Group and/or publish the names of those needing prayer here and in the Sunday bulletin. bulletin.


We are in need of cereal
- hot and cold!

And thank you for your continued generosity!