Newsletter — September 20, 2022

Join us Sunday mornings for worship at 10:00 am, with the option of in-person or on-line worship. masks optional for all activities in the church building, including worship. All are welcome!

You may also join us online:

Find worship live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spiritoflifeav
Join us live on Zoom by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83600960782
You can stream the service later either on Facebook or on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-G31isag0NKhIT0cat91qA

COFFEE and CONVERSATION Join Pastor Rob and others on Mondays, 9:20-11:00am. CC is available in person at the church and via zoom. Come as you are. This is a gathering online and in person. It is open for you to pop in and out any time so feel free to drop in and say hello. *Note, same time and same login, recurring meeting each week. Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/286584190
One tap mobile +13126266799,,286584190# +19292056099,,286584190#

GriefShare Program Meets Thursdays, 6:30 pm at Spirit of Life Church, Apple Valley. This program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed. Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them. Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Too often people, including Christians, tend to bury their grief instead of allowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended. Don’t allow fear of what others may think to keep you from what could help you. Confidentiality is very much a part of this program. Please contact Bob Shepard or Jacqui Hicks for more information or to sign up.

Back to Church Fall Schedule:
Children’s Sunday School will start Sept. 18 and go through Dec. 18th from 9:30-10:15, upstairs in the SS room. Curriculum is Spill the Beans, theme is Colors of the Covenant. There will be one class with a teacher and a helper. We will have a laptop in class so that kids can Zoom in for SS if they can’t attend in person.

Confirmation Class will be for 7th and 8th graders, on the 2nd Sunday of the month after church beginning October 9th. It will be held every 2 years. Talk with Pastor Rob to get your 7th & 8th graders enrolled.

Adult Class Sept-Oct 2022
Topic: God in America (2010 PBS Frontline Series) An engaging and informative review of religion in American history, highlighting many issues that are very relevant to today.
Leader: Steve Braden
Timeline: Sundays following worship September 18 – October 30. The class will meet following worship and will be available online via Zoom, by clicking the link at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84136883066; or you are welcome to gather in the conference room.

Format: Video-based. There are six approximately hour-long sessions, available for free on YouTube. However, to permit watching and discussing during the class, we will divide these in half. This will limit us to the first half of the series in these six sessions.

Study Guide: A study guide from PBS with much helpful information will be distributed and is available online. Schedule:

God in America Class
The New Adam 2: Doctrine vs Experience 25-Sep
No Class – CROP Walk 2-Oct
A New Eden 1: Religious Freedom & Constitution 9-Oct
A New Eden 2: Catholicism in America 16-Oct
A Nation Reborn 1: Slavery & Bible 23-Oct
A Nation Reborn 2: Civil War & Lincoln 30-Oct

M&M will begin Wednesday, October 5th, and go for 7 weeks. Curriculum will be Holy Moly. Time together will begin at 4:30 and include snacks, group guitar lessons for older kids /playing for younger kids, singing, Holy Moly video and lesson, and conclude with dinner for kids, youth and adults 6:00- 6:30 dinner. Monetary donations for dinner appreciated. M&M – Please sign up on the sheet in the back of the sanctuary to provide a snack and/or dessert for M&M. If you have questions, please see Loretta Hunt.

South of the River CROP Hunger Walk, October 2! St. James Lutheran Church in Burnsville. This is a BIG deal this year, because it is the 10th Annual Walk, and Spirit of Life has been a strong supporter for all of those years: We’ve hosted 3 times, we always field a good-sized team and do some awesome fundraising, and we are actively engaged in the planning of this event every year. How can YOU get involved?

Consider joining the team! By joining the team, you are agreeing to either fund-raise, walk, or both. Here is the link that will take you to the Spirit of Life team page: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/team/spirit-of-life-presbyterian-church By clicking on this link, you can join the team, or donate to the team. To donate, you can also make out a check to Spirit of Life, with “CROP Walk” in the memo line. More details can be found at the CROP Walk display at the back of the sanctuary. If you bought a t-shirt, plan to wear your shirt every Sunday in September to promote the walk.

Participate in the food drive, by picking up a plastic bag at the back of the sanctuary at the CROP Walk display, and return it filled with non-perishable food items by October 2.
Support the multi-church bake sale on the day of the Walk, at St. James Lutheran Church, from 1:00 to 1:45 pm. BAKERS! You can support this part of the walk by providing some of your favorite baked goods to sell! Please sign up to let Denise know what you might provide. EATERS! You can support this part of the walk by coming to check out the bake sale on October 2 and purchasing what looks good to you; cash only, or checks made out to CWS/CROP; items will be priced in increments of $5. There are 4 churches and one neighborhood group selling their baked goods, all in support of the CROP Walk. You don’t have to walk to support the South of the River CROP Walk — you can browse the bake sale or provide baked goods to sell. Sign-up sheet for bakers at the CROP Walk display.

Second Harvest Heartland will receive 25% of our total fundraising effort. If you have any questions, talk to Denise Lewis.

How are CROP Walk funds used? For an example, here is a recent update from CWS: A CWS staff worker, Rebekah Belase, is in Moldova right now – seeing CWS programs to support Ukrainian refugees. She is observing at a food distribution center in Balti, Moldova which YOU made possible with your Walk funds last year. Rebekah reports that the teams on the ground are really worried about the coming winter and how the extreme costs for fuel will hinder families’ ability to buy food. Refugee families often flee with little notice and even fewer supplies, so getting groceries in their new home can be a challenge. Tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees are now living in neighboring Moldova, and many are staying with Moldovan families. This can also strain household grocery budgets among host families. That’s why CWS is making sure newly arrived refugees and local communities have access to food. Because of you, CWS partnered with a local food bank and donated a forklift to facilitate the work being done by volunteers, shipping food out to local organizations across the city that were suddenly serving refugee clients. Through the ongoing food distribution program, thousands have been able to fill their pantries with the food they need and have one less thing to worry about.

Keep up the great work with your Walk fundraising – your efforts will save lives in the months to come!

What about the frozen, bake-at-home Swedish apple pies that have been a feature of our CROP Walk? Well, the church that has made them in the past is NOT doing it this year. There will be a limited number of them available at the CROP Walk bake sale on October 2. However, the Spirit of Life apple harvest is robust this year, and Denise is willing to make a limited number of these pies for Spirit of Life members from our apples. All proceeds will go to the CROP Walk; they are $10/pie. They will be made with the regular recipe, which includes flour and nuts. Contact Denise directly if you want a pie.

It’s time to think about Christmas! Greens, Poinsettias, and plant cards will be sold to raise funds for our community garden. The ONLINE ONLY sale begins September 25 and ends October 20. Becky will be available after services 10/9 and 10/16 to help with how to order. To access the site and place an order for your fundraiser group:

1. Go to www.gertensfundraising.com

2. Enter the Store ID code provided into the text field and click ‘Enter ID to Continue’.

Store ID code for Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church: 149 (remember to note on your order if it is for the sanctuary or home). Please contact Becky via email if you have any questions.

Trunk or Treat!
When: Date- 10/30/2022
Time- Immediately after worship (approximately 11am)
Where: Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church, 14401 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley
Who: Anyone of any age!
How (what do you need): If you want treats come with a Halloween bucket and a costume, if you want to distribute candy come with your car, some candy and some decorations.
-Prizes will be awarded to best trunks and to best trick-or-treat kids costumes!

From Community Service: Garden Update: by the end of this week, we will have surpassed 1,000 pounds of fresh produce delivered to RFRC!

Our Little Free Pantry continues to be of great service to our hungry neighbors. We would appreciate donations to keep our cupboard full. Preferred items at this time include jars of spaghetti sauce, any pasta, bags of plain white rice, any canned vegetables or fruits, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, Spam, dry milk. These items and any other non-perishables can be placed in the driveway pantry or left in the cabinet inside the front door to the church. Members of the Community Service committee will refill items when needed and thank you very much for your support and donations. We can make a difference in preventing hunger in our neighborhood!

The Justice Works borrowing bookshelf is up and running, so check it out.

If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email our deacon, Chris Sachs. Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

2022 Per Capita is $36.50

Newsletter — September 13, 2022

Join us Sunday mornings for worship at 10:00 am, with the option of in-person or on-line worship. masks optional for all activities in the church building, including worship. All are welcome!

You may also join us online:

Find worship live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spiritoflifeav
Join us live on Zoom by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83600960782
You can stream the service later either on Facebook or on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-G31isag0NKhIT0cat91qA

COFFEE and CONVERSATION Join Pastor Rob and others on Mondays, 9:20-11:00am. CC is available in person at the church and via zoom. Come as you are. This is a gathering online and in person. It is open for you to pop in and out any time so feel free to drop in and say hello. *Note, same time and same login, recurring meeting each week. Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/286584190
One tap mobile +13126266799,,286584190# +19292056099,,286584190#

GriefShare Program Meets Thursdays, 6:30 pm at Spirit of Life Church, Apple Valley. This program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed. Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them. Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Too often people, including Christians, tend to bury their grief instead of allowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended. Don’t allow fear of what others may think to keep you from what could help you. Confidentiality is very much a part of this program. Please contact Bob Shepard or Jacqui Hicks for more information or to sign up.

Back to Church Fall Schedule:
Children’s Sunday School will start Sept. 18 and go through Dec. 18th from 9:30-10:15, upstairs in the SS room. Curriculum is Spill the Beans, theme is Colors of the Covenant. There will be one class with a teacher and a helper. We will have a laptop in class so that kids can Zoom in for SS if they can’t attend in person. We won’t have classes on Oct. 23 (MEA weekend), Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving weekend), Dec 25. (Christmas weekend) or Jan. 1 (New Year’s weekend).

Confirmation Class will be for 7th and 8th graders, on the 2nd Sunday of the month after church beginning October 9th. It will be held every 2 years. Talk with Pastor Rob to get your 7th & 8th graders enrolled.

M&M will begin Wednesday, October 5th, and go for 7 weeks. Curriculum will be Holy Moly. Time together will begin at 4:30 and include snacks, group guitar lessons for older kids /playing for younger kids, singing, Holy Moly video and lesson, and conclude with dinner for kids, youth and adults 6:00- 6:30 dinner. Monetary donations for dinner appreciated. M&M – Please sign up on the sheet in the back of the sanctuary to provide a snack and/or dessert for M&M. If you have questions, please see Loretta Hunt.

South of the River CROP Hunger Walk, October 2! St. James Lutheran Church in Burnsville. This is a BIG deal this year, because it is the 10th Annual Walk, and Spirit of Life has been a strong supporter for all of those years: We’ve hosted 3 times, we always field a good-sized team and do some awesome fundraising, and we are actively engaged in the planning of this event every year. How can YOU get involved?

Consider joining the team! By joining the team, you are agreeing to either fund-raise, walk, or both. Here is the link that will take you to the Spirit of Life team page: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/team/spirit-of-life-presbyterian-church By clicking on this link, you can join the team, or donate to the team. To donate, you can also make out a check to Spirit of Life, with “CROP Walk” in the memo line. More details can be found at the CROP Walk display at the back of the sanctuary. If you bought a t-shirt, plan to wear your shirt every Sunday in September to promote the walk.

Participate in the food drive, by picking up a plastic bag at the back of the sanctuary at the CROP Walk display, and return it filled with non-perishable food items by October 2.
Support the multi-church bake sale on the day of the Walk, at St. James Lutheran Church, from 1:00 to 1:45 pm. BAKERS! You can support this part of the walk by providing some of your favorite baked goods to sell! Please sign up to let Denise know what you might provide. EATERS! You can support this part of the walk by coming to check out the bake sale on October 2 and purchasing what looks good to you; cash only, or checks made out to CWS/CROP; items will be priced in increments of $5. There are 4 churches and one neighborhood group selling their baked goods, all in support of the CROP Walk. You don’t have to walk to support the South of the River CROP Walk — you can browse the bake sale or provide baked goods to sell. Sign-up sheet for bakers at the CROP Walk display.

Second Harvest Heartland will receive 25% of our total fundraising effort. If you have any questions, talk to Denise Lewis.

From Community Service: Garden Update: by the end of this week, we will have delivered over 900 pounds of produce to RFRC! There’s a chance we may go over 1,000 pounds for the year, for the first time ever.

Our Little Free Pantry continues to be of great service to our hungry neighbors. We would appreciate donations to keep our cupboard full. Preferred items at this time include jars of spaghetti sauce, any pasta, bags of plain white rice, any canned vegetables or fruits, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, Spam, dry milk. These items and any other non-perishables can be placed in the driveway pantry or left in the cabinet inside the front door to the church. Members of the Community Service committee will refill items when needed and thank you very much for your support and donations. We can make a difference in preventing hunger in our neighborhood!

The Justice Works borrowing bookshelf is up and running, so check it out.

“Change for change” bucket offering this Sunday, September 18! Some are familiar with this, others may have questions. With the help of our children, we will continue collecting change in our metal buckets but going forward we’ll give on a monthly basis. Throughout the month, collect your change and bring it on the third Sunday! This is a great teaching tool to help us show each other and the younger generation how fun it is to give when we hear the change drop in the buckets!

If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email our deacon, Chris Sachs. Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

2022 Per Capita is $36.50

Newsletter — September 6, 2022

Join us Sunday mornings for worship at 10:00 am, with the option of in-person or on-line worship. masks optional for all activities in the church building, including worship. All are welcome!

You may also join us online:

Find worship live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spiritoflifeav
Join us live on Zoom by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83600960782
You can stream the service later either on Facebook or on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-G31isag0NKhIT0cat91qA

COFFEE and CONVERSATION will resume on September 12th. Join Pastor Rob and others Mondays, 9:20-11:00am. CC will be available in person at the church and via zoom. Come as you are. This is a gathering online and in person. It is open for you to pop in and out any time so feel free to drop in and say hello. *Note, same time and same login, recurring meeting each week. Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/286584190
One tap mobile +13126266799,,286584190# +19292056099,,286584190#

GriefShare Program Starting Thursday, September 8, 6:30 pm at Spirit of Life Church, Apple Valley. This program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed. Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them. Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Too often people, including Christians, tend to bury their grief instead of allowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended. Don’t allow fear of what others may think to keep you from what could help you. Confidentiality is very much a part of this program. Please contact Bob Shepard or Jacqui Hicks for more information or to sign up.

Back to Church Fall Kick Off Sunday:
Children’s Sunday School Kick-off: Join us Sunday, September 11, 2022 for our Children’s Sunday School Kick-off! We’ll meet the teachers and get acquainted. Cupcakes and lemonade will be served following the service.

Children’s Sunday School Starting Sunday, September 18, from 9:30-10:15 am. Class will meet upstairs, and also be offered through zoom. Please contact Karen Johnson for more information.

M&M will begin Wednesday, October 5th so mark your calendars! More information coming soon. Please sign up on the sheet in the back of the sanctuary to provide a snack and/or dessert for M&M. If you have questions, please see Loretta Hunt

From Community Service: GARDEN UPDATE: After the Wednesday harvest, last week 188 pounds were delivered, bringing the total for August to a whopping 563 pounds, and total for the year so far is 711 pounds – with more to come! Many thanks to the garden helpers: Karen Johnson, Loretta Hunt, Chris Sachs, Gladys Mbonifor, Marge Braden, and Denise Lewis. This ministry wouldn’t happen without people showing up to do the work.

South of the River CROP Hunger Walk, October 2! St. James Lutheran Church in Burnsville. This is a BIG deal this year, because it is the 10th Annual Walk, and Spirit of Life has been a strong supporter for all of those years: We’ve hosted 3 times, we always field a good-sized team and do some awesome fundraising, and we are actively engaged in the planning of this event every year. How can YOU get involved?

Consider joining the team! By joining the team, you are agreeing to either fund-raise, walk, or both. Here is the link that will take you to the Spirit of Life team page: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/team/spirit-of-life-presbyterian-church By clicking on this link, you can join the team, or donate to the team. More details can be found at the CROP Walk display at the back of the sanctuary. If you bought a t shirt, they will be available at church; plan to wear your shirt every Sunday in September to promote the walk.
Participate in the food drive, by picking up a bag at the back of the sanctuary at the CROP Walk display, and return it filled with non-perishable food items by October 2.
Support the multi-church bake sale on the day of the Walk, at St. James Lutheran Church, from 1:00 to 1:45 pm. There are 4 churches and one neighborhood group selling their baked goods, all in support of the CROP Walk; cash or checks (made out to to CWS/CROP) only. You can browse the bake sale or provide baked goods to sell. Sign-up sheet at the CROP Walk display.
If you have any questions, talk to Denise Lewis.

Our Little Free Pantry continues to be of great service to our hungry neighbors. We would appreciate donations to keep our cupboard full. Preferred items at this time include jars of spaghetti sauce, any pasta, bags of plain white rice, any canned vegetables or fruits, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, Spam, dry milk. These items and any other non-perishables can be placed in the driveway pantry or left in the cabinet inside the front door to the church. Members of the Community Service committee will refill items when needed and thank you very much for your support and donations. We can make a difference in preventing hunger in our neighborhood!

The Justice Works borrowing bookshelf is up and running, so check it out.

It’s Back! Who remembers the “Change for change” bucket offering? Some are familiar with this, others may have questions. With the help of our children, we will continue collecting change in our metal buckets but going forward we’ll give on a monthly basis. Throughout the month, collect your change and bring it on the third Sunday! This is a great teaching tool to help us show each other and the younger generation how fun it is to give when we hear the change drop in the buckets!

If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email our deacon, Chris Sachs. Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

2022 Per Capita is $36.50

Newsletter — August 30, 2022

Join us Sunday mornings for worship at 10:00 am, with the option of in-person or on-line worship. masks optional for all activities in the church building, including worship. All are welcome!

You may also join us online:

Find worship live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spiritoflifeav
Join us live on Zoom by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83600960782
You can stream the service later either on Facebook or on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-G31isag0NKhIT0cat91qA

COFFEE and CONVERSATION will take the holiday off (September 5th) and resume on September 12th. Join Pastor Rob and others Mondays, 9:20-11:00am. CC will be available in person at the church and via zoom. Come as you are. This is a gathering online and in person. It is open for you to pop in and out any time so feel free to drop in and say hello. *Note, same time and same login, recurring meeting each week. Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/286584190
One tap mobile +13126266799,,286584190# +19292056099,,286584190#

GriefShare Program Starting Thursday, September 8, 6:30 pm at Spirit of Life Church, Apple Valley. This program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed. Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them. Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Too often people, including Christians, tend to bury their grief instead of allowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended. Don’t allow fear of what others may think to keep you from what could help you. Confidentiality is very much a part of this program. Please contact Bob Shepard or Jacqui Hicks for more information or to sign up.

Back to Church Fall Kick Off Sunday:
Children’s Sunday School Kick-off: Join us Sunday, September 11, 2022 for our Children’s Sunday School Kick-off! We’ll meet the teachers and get acquainted. Cupcakes and lemonade will be served following the service.

Children’s Sunday School Starting Sunday, September 18, from 9:30-10:15 am. Class will meet upstairs, and also be offered through zoom. Please contact Karen Johnson for more information.

M&M will begin Wednesday, October 5th so mark your calendars! More information coming soon.

From Community Service: GARDEN UPDATE: On Monday, August 29, we harvested and delivered a whopping 124 pounds of produce, with more to come on Wednesday. So, we will officially be over 500 pounds delivered for the month of August alone, and we will be over 650 pounds delivered year to date. Many thanks to the garden helpers: Karen Johnson, Loretta Hunt, Chris Sachs, Gladys Mbonifor, Marge Braden, and Denise Lewis. This ministry wouldn’t happen without people showing up to do the work.

South of the River CROP Hunger Walk, October 2! St. James Lutheran Church in Burnsville. This is a BIG deal this year, because it is the 10th Annual Walk, and Spirit of Life has been a strong supporter for all of those years: We’ve hosted 3 times, we always field a good-sized team and do some awesome fundraising, and we are actively engaged in the planning of this event every year. How can YOU get involved?

Consider joining the team! By joining the team, you are agreeing to either fund-raise, walk, or both. Here is the link that will take you to the Spirit of Life team page: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/team/spirit-of-life-presbyterian-church By clicking on this link, you can join the team, or donate to the team. More details can be found at the CROP Walk display at the back of the sanctuary. If you bought a t shirt, they will be available at church; plan to wear your shirt every Sunday in September to promote the walk.
Participate in the food drive, by picking up a bag at the back of the sanctuary at the CROP Walk display, and return it filled with non-perishable food items by October 2.
Support the multi-church bake sale on the day of the Walk, at St. James Lutheran Church, from 1:00 to 1:45 pm. There are 4 churches and one neighborhood group selling their baked goods, all in support of the CROP Walk; cash or checks (made out to to CWS/CROP) only. You can browse the bake sale or provide baked goods to sell. Sign-up sheet at the CROP Walk display.
If you have any questions, talk to Denise Lewis.

Our Little Free Pantry continues to be of great service to our hungry neighbors. We would appreciate donations to keep our cupboard full. Preferred items at this time include jars of spaghetti sauce, any pasta, bags of plain white rice, any canned vegetables or fruits, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, Spam, dry milk. These items and any other non-perishables can be placed in the driveway pantry or left in the cabinet inside the front door to the church. Members of the Community Service committee will refill items when needed and thank you very much for your support and donations. We can make a difference in preventing hunger in our neighborhood!

The Justice Works borrowing bookshelf is up and running, so check it out.

It’s Back! Who remembers the “Change for change” bucket offering? Some are familiar with this, others may have questions. With the help of our children, we will continue collecting change in our metal buckets but going forward we’ll give on a monthly basis. Throughout the month, collect your change and bring it on the third Sunday! This is a great teaching tool to help us show each other and the younger generation how fun it is to give when we hear the change drop in the buckets!

If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email our deacon, Chris Sachs. Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

2022 Per Capita is $36.50

Newsletter — August 23, 2022

Join us Sunday mornings for worship at 10:00 am, with the option of in-person or on-line worship. masks optional for all activities in the church building, including worship. All are welcome!

You may also join us online:

Find worship live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spiritoflifeav
Join us live on Zoom by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83600960782
You can stream the service later either on Facebook or on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-G31isag0NKhIT0cat91qA

C & C after C – Please sign up to participate in providing cookies for C & C after C (Coffee and Conversations after Church). Please see Ruth Ewule if you have questions.

(Monday) COFFEE and CONVERSATION Join us Mondays at 9:15am. CC will be available in person at the church and via zoom. Robert Shepard is inviting you to Church coffee Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86131064188. Meeting ID: 861 3106 4188.

The session of elders of Spirit of Life is hosting our regular community PICNICS this summer while Rob has sabbatical. We ask those able to bring a side or dessert to share and the session will provide a main course. Final picnic will be August 28th and the time will be approximately 11:15am (immediately after worship) with games in the backyard for kids and food and fellowship for all.

The Justice Works borrowing bookshelf is up and running, so check it out.

We continue to collect supplies for Highland Elementary – our final drop off opportunity is Sunday, August 28. There will be a box on the table in the entry at church. We’ve done well with school supplies. We only need 14 medium size bottles of school glue and 5 folders with pockets on both side. Thank you, everyone.

From Community Service: Garden update: with a delivery of 80 pounds yesterday, we are up to 489 pounds delivered year to date, and we are on our way to another 100-pound delivery week! We will surpass 500 pounds delivered before Labor Day!

Our Little Free Pantry continues to be of great service to our hungry neighbors. An anonymous note of appreciation was left this week. We would appreciate donations to keep our cupboard full. Preferred items at this time include jars of spaghetti sauce, any pasta, bags of plain white rice, any canned vegetables or fruits, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, Spam, dry milk. These items and any other non-perishables can be placed in the driveway pantry or left in the cabinet inside the front door to the church. Members of the Community Service committee will refill items when needed and thank you very much for your support and donations. We can make a difference in preventing hunger in our neighborhood!

It’s Back! Who remembers the “Change for change” bucket offering? Some are familiar with this, others may have questions. With the help of our children, we will continue collecting change in our metal buckets but going forward we’ll give on a monthly basis. Throughout the month, collect your change and bring it on the third Sunday! This is a great teaching tool to help us show each other and the younger generation how fun it is to give when we hear the change drop in the buckets!

If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email our deacon, Chris Sachs. Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

2022 Per Capita is $36.50

Newsletter — August 16, 2022

Join us Sunday mornings for worship at 10:00 am, with the option of in-person or on-line worship. masks optional for all activities in the church building, including worship. All are welcome!

You may also join us online:

Find worship live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spiritoflifeav
Join us live on Zoom by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83600960782
You can stream the service later either on Facebook or on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-G31isag0NKhIT0cat91qA

PLEASE HELP US make August 21 a special worship service to welcome Pastor Rob back! We are planning to have a candle-lighting ceremony to open the service, and we have asked people to bring in their meaningful candles from home — so far, we only have 2 or 3, and we need more! This is how it will work: we will be singing the Call to Worship, so we will all be standing and singing. During the song, please leave your spot to bring your candle up to place it on the altar. It will be lit after you place it on the altar and will burn for the duration of the service. Any questions can be directed to Denise Lewis.

Emergency Pastoral Care Coverage while Pastor Rob is on sabbatical:

July 18-Aug 19 Loretta Hunt

C & C after C – we’ll be having C & C after C (Coffee and Conversations after Church) again in a few Sundays. Please watch for sign-up sheets to participate in providing cookies coming soon. Please see Ruth Ewule if you have questions.

(Monday) COFFEE and CONVERSATION will resume Monday, August 22 at 9:15am. It will be available in person at the church and via zoom. (Watch for a link later in the week.)

The session of elders of Spirit of Life is hosting our regular community PICNICS this summer while Rob has sabbatical. We ask those able to bring a side or dessert to share and the session will provide a main course. Final picnic will be August 28th and the time will be approximately 11:15am (immediately after worship) with games in the backyard for kids and food and fellowship for all.

The Justice Works borrowing bookshelf is up and running, so check it out.

We will be collecting supplies for Highland Elementary on Sundays, August 21, and August 28. There will be a box on the table in the entry at church. Supplies needed are: Expo washable, chisel point dry erase markers – purple, blue, green and black, One dozen of each color. (Only Expo brand because other kinds don’t erase fully.) Fifty folders with pockets in different colors, four dozen glue sticks in packages of 10-12, twenty medium size bottles of white school glue, one dozen boxes of crayons with 24 crayons in a box. Anything you can contribute will be appreciated. We did this last year and the coordinator was so happy we will be helping again this year.

From Community Service: GARDEN UPDATE: Last week, we had our first 100-pound delivery week, bringing us up to 300 pounds so far for the season. That won’t last — Monday, 80 pounds were delivered, with more harvesting and delivering to come this week. So, we should have another 100-pound delivery week!

Our Little Free Pantry continues to be of great service to our hungry neighbors. An anonymous note of appreciation was left this week. We would appreciate donations to keep our cupboard full. Preferred items at this time include jars of spaghetti sauce, any pasta, bags of plain white rice, any canned vegetables or fruits, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, Spam, dry milk. These items and any other non-perishables can be placed in the driveway pantry or left in the cabinet inside the front door to the church. Members of the Community Service committee will refill items when needed and thank you very much for your support and donations. We can make a difference in preventing hunger in our neighborhood!

It’s Back! Who remembers the “Change for change” bucket offering? Some are familiar with this; others may have questions. With the help of our children, we will continue collecting change in our metal buckets but going forward we’ll give on a monthly basis. Throughout the month, collect your change and bring it on the third Sunday! This is a great teaching tool to help us show each other and the younger generation how fun it is to give when we hear the change drop in the buckets!

If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email our deacon, Chris Sachs. Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

2022 Per Capita is $36.50

Newsletter — August 9, 2022

Please note: Pastor Rob is still on sabbatical. And he has not changed his phone number. If you receive a suspicious text from someone claiming to be him, please do not respond. Do not answer the text – block it. Someone is sending scam texts claiming to be Pastor Rob.

Join us Sunday mornings for worship at 10:00 am, with the option of in-person or on-line worship. masks optional for all activities in the church building, including worship. All are welcome!

You may also join us online:

Find worship live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spiritoflifeav
Join us live on Zoom by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83600960782
You can stream the service later either on Facebook or on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-G31isag0NKhIT0cat91qA

REMINDER: We want to make Sunday, August 21, a special service to mark the end of Pastor Rob’s sabbatical; please get your “hearts and hands” mailed in or turned in to the office THIS WEEK!! Many thanks to those who have already contributed their projects — a lot of creativity is being used in support of Pastor Rob and Lisa! Also, if you would like to participate in the family candle procession to open the service, please bring your candles in on Sunday, August 14. Once the candles are lit to open the service on August 21, they will burn for the duration of the service.

LAST CHANCE TO ORDER YOUR South of the River CROP Hunger Walk t-shirt! Orders, with payment, are due August 14. Order forms are on the table in the back of the sanctuary.

Emergency Pastoral Care Coverage while Pastor Rob is on sabbatical:

July 18-Aug 19 Loretta Hunt

The last “Sabbath” book study class will be Sunday August 14, immediately following worship; we will cover the last section, CONSECRATION, pages 195 – 213.

C & C after C – we’ll be having C & C after C (Coffee and Conversations after Church) again in a few Sundays. Please watch for sign-up sheets to participate in providing cookies coming soon. Please see Ruth Ewule if you have questions.

COFFEE and CONVERSATION will be taking a summer break until Pastor Rob returns.

The session of elders of Spirit of Life is hosting our regular community PICNICS this summer while Rob has sabbatical. We ask those able to bring a side or dessert to share and the session will provide a main course. Final picnic will be August 28th and the time will be approximately 11:15am (immediately after worship) with games in the backyard for kids and food and fellowship for all.

Watch for something new coming from the Justice Works Committee!

Look for a bookshelf in the back of the sanctuary, filled with books on topics related to immigration and racial justice. These books are available for you to borrow, with a sign-out sheet to list your name, contact information, and the book you are borrowing. The purpose of this book-borrowing opportunity is to open up a chance for discussion about sensitive topics. As one of our committee members has stated, “we don’t have these conversations”. All of these books have been read by one or more of the members of our committee, and their names are listed on a card inside each book; use this card as your bookmark, and if you would like to have a conversation about what you are reading, you are encouraged to reach out to one or more of the people who have already read the book. Contact information is in the church directory. IF you would like to be included in future conversations, add your name to the card to potentially be contacted by a future reader; return the book to the borrowing shelf with the card inside. The books range from “easy” reading, including children’s books, all the way to “very challenging”, either because of graphic descriptions of violence, difficult concepts, or academic writing style. Books include fiction as well as non-fiction and cover a wide range of topics. Take a look at the offerings on the borrowing bookshelf! If you have any questions, either Joanne Boyd or Denise Lewis can answer them.

We will be collecting supplies for Highland Elementary on Sunday August 14, August 21, and August 28. There will be a box on the table in the entry at church. Supplies needed are: Expo washable, chisel point dry erase markers – purple, blue, green and black, One dozen of each color. (Only Expo brand because other kinds don’t erase fully.) Fifty folders with pockets in different colors, four dozen glue sticks in packages of 10-12, twenty medium size bottles of white school glue, one dozen boxes of crayons with 24 crayons in a box. Anything you can contribute will be appreciated. We did this last year and the coordinator was so happy we will be helping again this year.

From Community Service: if you have been curious about how the donation vegetable garden is doing, on Monday August 8, we harvested and delivered 75 pounds of produce — lots of tomatoes! Our total for the year, so far, is 272 pounds, with lots of heavy produce still to come! Many thanks to the regular garden helpers: Loretta Hunt, Marge Braden, Karen and Joanne Johnson, Chris Sachs, and Denise Lewis.

“Our Little Free Pantry continues to be of great service to our hungry neighbors. An anonymous note of appreciation was left this week. We would appreciate donations to keep our cupboard full. Preferred items at this time include jars of spaghetti sauce, any pasta, bags of plain white rice, any canned vegetables or fruits, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, Spam, dry milk. These items and any other non-perishables can be placed in the driveway pantry or left in the cabinet inside the front door to the church. Members of the Community Service committee will refill items when needed and thank you very much for your support and donations. We can make a difference in preventing hunger in our neighborhood!”

It’s Back! Who remembers the “Change for change” bucket offering? Some are familiar with this; others may have questions. With the help of our children, we will continue collecting change in our metal buckets but going forward we’ll give on a monthly basis. Throughout the month, collect your change and bring it on the third Sunday! This is a great teaching tool to help us show each other and the younger generation how fun it is to give when we hear the change drop in the buckets!

If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email our deacon, Chris Sachs. Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

2022 Per Capita is $36.50

Newsletter — August 2, 2022

Please note: Pastor Rob is still on sabbatical. And he has not changed his phone number. If you receive a suspicious text from someone claiming to be him, please do not respond. Do not answer the text – block it. Someone is sending scam texts claiming to be Pastor Rob.

Join us Sunday mornings for worship at 10:00 am, with the option of in-person or on-line worship. masks optional for all activities in the church building, including worship. All are welcome!

You may also join us online:

Find worship live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spiritoflifeav
Join us live on Zoom by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83600960782
You can stream the service later either on Facebook or on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-G31isag0NKhIT0cat91qA

The Presbytery Leadership Team is pleased to announce that they have filled the position of Transitional Executive Presbyter and welcome the Rev. Elizabeth “Libby” Shannon to the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Libby will be starting virtually on August 22nd and will be in the office no later than October 3rd, 2022. Libby is in the role previously held by Jeff Japinga within the Presbytery. See more details at Please join us in welcoming.docx

Emergency Pastoral Care Coverage while Pastor Rob is on sabbatical:

July 18-Aug 19 Loretta Hunt

Church office furniture: Anyone interested in any of the old office furniture (sitting in the hallway), please contact Mary Brause or Ryan Currens. Free will offering is requested from congregation recipients, after which items will be listed for sale on marketplace.

Our final class in the Sabbath” book study will be August 14 following worship and will focus on section 6: CONSECRATION.

The Worship and Music committee and the book study group are waiting for your responses to the recent congregational letter. Please get your “hearts and hands” mailed in to, or dropped off at the office by August 14 at the very latest (note: it will be helpful if you cut out your hand prints for us).

C & C after C – we’ll be having C & C after C (Coffee and Conversations after Church) again in a few Sundays. Please watch for sign-up sheets to participate in providing cookies coming soon. Please see Ruth Ewule if you have questions.

COFFEE and CONVERSATION will be taking a summer break until Pastor Rob returns.

The session of elders of Spirit of Life is hosting our regular community PICNICS this summer while Rob has sabbatical. We ask those able to bring a side or dessert to share and the session will provide a main course. Final picnic will be August 28th and the time will be approximately 11:15am (immediately after worship) with games in the backyard for kids and food and fellowship for all.

Support the 10th Annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk by ordering your commemorative t-shirt NOW! Orders, WITH PAYMENT, are due before August 14! Order forms are on the back table in the sanctuary, or contact Denise Lewis directly to order. Make checks payable to “Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church” with CROP t-shirt on the memo line, and return in the Sunday offering plate, or directly to the office.

Check out the FREE table at the back of the sanctuary. We’ve been doing a little cleaning and purging so if you see something on the table that you can use, please feel free to take it home and enjoy!
*Department head please note there are binders specific to your department on the same table.
Watch for something new coming from the Justice Works Committee!

Look for a bookshelf in the back of the sanctuary, filled with books on topics related to immigration and racial justice. These books are available for you to borrow, with a sign-out sheet to list your name, contact information, and the book you are borrowing. The purpose of this book-borrowing opportunity is to open up a chance for discussion about sensitive topics. As one of our committee members has stated, “we don’t have these conversations”. All of these books have been read by one or more of the members of our committee, and their names are listed on a card inside each book; use this card as your bookmark, and if you would like to have a conversation about what you are reading, you are encouraged to reach out to one or more of the people who have already read the book. Contact information is in the church directory. IF you would like to be included in future conversations, add your name to the card to potentially be contacted by a future reader; return the book to the borrowing shelf with the card inside. The books range from “easy” reading, including children’s books, all the way to “very challenging”, either because of graphic descriptions of violence, difficult concepts, or academic writing style. Books include fiction as well as non-fiction and cover a wide range of topics. Take a look at the offerings on the borrowing bookshelf! If you have any questions, either Joanne Boyd or Denise Lewis can answer them.

We will be collecting supplies for Highland Elementary on Sunday August 7, August 14, August 21, and August 28. There will be a box on the table in the entry at church. Supplies needed are: Expo washable, chisel point dry erase markers – purple, blue, green and black, One dozen of each color. (Only Expo brand because other kinds don’t erase fully.) Fifty folders with pockets in different colors, four dozen glue sticks in packages of 10-12, twenty medium size bottles of white school glue, one dozen boxes of crayons with 24 crayons in a box. Anything you can contribute will be appreciated. We did this last year and the coordinator was so happy we will be helping again this year.

If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email our deacon, Chris Sachs. Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

It’s Back! Who remembers the “Change for change” bucket offering? Some are familiar with this, others may have questions. With the help of our children, we will continue collecting change in our metal buckets but going forward we’ll give on a monthly basis. Throughout the month, collect your change and bring it on the third Sunday! This is a great teaching tool to help us show each other and the younger generation how fun it is to give when we hear the change drop in the buckets!

From Community Service: Our LITTLE FREE PANTRY has been of great use to our neighbors and is in need of frequent replenishment! We can now resume contributing canned items as well as other non perishables. Donations may be left in the little pantry or in the cabinet inside the church entry. Many thanks for your wonderful support of our pantry and neighbors!

2022 Per Capita is $36.50

Newsletter — July 26, 2022

Join us Sunday mornings for worship at 10:00 am, with the option of in-person or on-line worship. masks optional for all activities in the church building, including worship. All are welcome!

You may also join us online:

Find worship live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spiritoflifeav
Join us live on Zoom by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83600960782
You can stream the service later either on Facebook or on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-G31isag0NKhIT0cat91qA

The Presbytery Leadership Team is pleased to announce that they have filled the position of Transitional Executive Presbyter and welcome the Rev. Elizabeth “Libby” Shannon to the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Libby will be starting virtually on August 22nd and will be in the office no later than October 3rd, 2022. Libby is in the role previously held by Jeff Japinga within the Presbytery. See more details at Please join us in welcoming.docx

Emergency Pastoral Care Coverage while Pastor Rob is on sabbatical:

July 18-Aug 19 Loretta Hunt

Church office furniture: Anyone interested in any of the old office furniture (sitting in the hallway), please contact Mary Brause or Ryan Currens. Free will offering is requested from congregation recipients, after which items will be listed for sale on marketplace.

We are using the same book that Pastor Rob is studying, looking for our own insights as a faith community. Please note that the schedule has changed:

“Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives”, by Wayne Muller.

Here is the updated schedule for study (following worship or the picnic, with the adult Sunday School zoom link):

July 31: Section 5, WISDOM (following the picnic, probably 12:00 noon)
August 14: Section 6, CONSECRATION (following worship)

The sections are short and include exercises to help us practice Sabbath. Read through the section before we meet, try out the exercises. Journal, or take note of, any topics of interest to you, any exercises you particularly liked (or didn’t like) or bring a Bible verse you would like to share that reflects the topics in the section. You are welcome to attend all sessions, or only some of them.

C & C after C – we’ll be having C & C after C (Coffee and Conversations after Church) again in a few Sundays. Please watch for sign-up sheets to participate in providing cookies coming soon. Please see Ruth Ewule if you have questions.

COFFEE and CONVERSATION Mondays, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. at the Panera, Apple Valley (in person only – no zoom). During Pastor Rob’s sabbatical this summer, Bob Shepard is leading the weekly coffee and conversation time with the above hours. Come as you are. It is open for you to pop in and out any time so feel free to drop in and say hello.

The session of elders of Spirit of Life is hosting our regular community PICNICS this summer while Rob has sabbatical. We ask those able to bring a side or dessert to share and the session will provide a main course. Dates will be July 31st, and August 28th and the time will be approximately 11:15am (immediately after worship) with games in the backyard for kids and food and fellowship for all.

The South of the River CROP Hunger Walk will be marking it’s 10th annual walk this year on October 2, at St. James Lutheran Church in Burnsville, where it all started! We are celebrating this milestone with a commemorative shirt, and you can buy one! All profits from shirt sales will go into the fundraising for the walk, with 25% of our walk funds staying local to support Second Harvest heartland. The remaining 75% goes to support the work of Church World Service to end hunger and poverty in the US and all over the world. This year, particular focus is on the war in Ukraine, and the way it is impacting Ukrainians, as well as people in countries that depend on Ukraine’s exports of grain. We know that global hunger will increase as a result of Russia’s aggression, and we can help to mitigate that damage with our CROP Walk. Please consider supporting our efforts by purchasing a shirt! The colors reflect the colors of the Ukrainian flag, and the image of wheat in the artwork honors Ukraine’s role in feeding the world. Order forms are at the back of the sanctuary; fill one out, accompanied by a check for the total cost of your order made out to “Spirit of Life” with CROP t-shirt on the memo line, and return it directly to Denise Lewis, or drop it off in the office. Shirt orders are due by August 14 at the very latest. Questions can be directed to Denise Lewis, [email protected]

Check out the FREE table at the back of the sanctuary. We’ve been doing a little cleaning and purging so if you see something on the table that you can use, please feel free to take it home and enjoy!
*Department head please note there are binders specific to your department on the same table.
Watch for something new coming from the Justice Works Committee!

Look for a bookshelf in the back of the sanctuary, filled with books on topics related to immigration and racial justice. These books are available for you to borrow, with a sign-out sheet to list your name, contact information, and the book you are borrowing. The purpose of this book-borrowing opportunity is to open up a chance for discussion about sensitive topics. As one of our committee members has stated, “we don’t have these conversations”. All of these books have been read by one or more of the members of our committee, and their names are listed on a card inside each book; use this card as your bookmark, and if you would like to have a conversation about what you are reading, you are encouraged to reach out to one or more of the people who have already read the book. Contact information is in the church directory. IF you would like to be included in future conversations, add your name to the card to potentially be contacted by a future reader; return the book to the borrowing shelf with the card inside. The books range from “easy” reading, including children’s books, all the way to “very challenging”, either because of graphic descriptions of violence, difficult concepts, or academic writing style. Books include fiction as well as non-fiction, and cover a wide range of topics. Take a look at the offerings on the borrowing bookshelf! If you have any questions, either Joanne Boyd or Denise Lewis can answer them.

If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email our deacon, Chris Sachs. Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

It’s Back! Who remembers the “Change for change” bucket offering? Some are familiar with this, others may have questions. With the help of our children, we will continue collecting change in our metal buckets but going forward we’ll give on a monthly basis. Throughout the month, collect your change and bring it on the third Sunday! This is a great teaching tool to help us show each other and the younger generation how fun it is to give when we hear the change drop in the buckets!

If you are looking for ways to help the people of Ukraine, here are a couple of effective organizations that are working to bring relief:
– Church World Service, which sponsors CROP Walks, also works in the areas of disaster relief and refugee resettlement and is actively responding in the Ukraine crisis. You can read about their efforts and donate here https://cwsglobal.org/appeals/ukraine-crisis-response-fund/

– Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is also actively involved, and you can read about their response here https://pda.pcusa.org/situation/ukraine/
From Community Service: Our LITTLE FREE PANTRY has been of great use to our neighbors and is in need of frequent replenishment! We can now resume contributing canned items as well as other non perishables. Donations may be left in the little pantry or in the cabinet inside the church entry. Many thanks for your wonderful support of our pantry and neighbors!

2022 Per Capita is $36.50

Newsletter — July 19, 2022

Join us Sunday mornings for worship at 10:00 am, with the option of in-person or on-line worship. masks optional for all activities in the church building, including worship. All are welcome!

You may also join us online:

Find worship live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spiritoflifeav
Join us live on Zoom by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83600960782
You can stream the service later either on Facebook or on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-G31isag0NKhIT0cat91qA

Emergency Pastoral Care Coverage while Pastor Rob is on sabbatical:

July 18-Aug 19 Loretta Hunt

One of our strengths as a congregation is our support for our youth. Please keep our youth and their adult leaders in prayer this week as they embark on this year’s joint mission trip with Glendale, described by Eric Scott below; please be extra mindful about praying for our youth mission trip this week — there were a number of last minute changes adding stress for our adult chaperones. The group left Sunday morning at 7:30 am. We’ll be serving in Indianapolis. We will be serving Flanner House at their Urban Farm for part of the week, and volunteering at the Wheeler Mission as part of their shelter program on Wednesday and Thursday. Wheeler Mission is a mission partner with Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, where we will again be staying this year.

Church office furniture

Anyone interested in any of the old office furniture (sitting in the hallway), please contact Mary Brause or Ryan Currens. Free will offering is requested from congregation recipients, after which items will be listed for sale on marketplace.

We are using the same book that Pastor Rob is studying, looking for our own insights as a faith community. Please note that the schedule has changed:

“Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives”, by Wayne Muller.

Here is the updated schedule for study (following worship or the picnic, with the adult Sunday School zoom link):

July 31: Section 5, WISDOM (following the picnic, probably 12:00 noon)
August 14: Section 6, CONSECRATION (following worship)

The sections are short and include exercises to help us practice Sabbath. Read through the section before we meet, try out the exercises. Journal, or take note of, any topics of interest to you, any exercises you particularly liked (or didn’t like) or bring a Bible verse you would like to share that reflects the topics in the section. You are welcome to attend all sessions, or only some of them.

C & C after C – we’ll be having C & C after C (Coffee and Conversations after Church) again in a few Sundays. Please watch for sign-up sheets to participate in providing cookies coming soon. Please see Ruth Ewule if you have questions.

COFFEE and CONVERSATION will return Monday, July 11, and we will meet at the Panera, Apple Valley (in person only – no zoom).
Coffee and Conversation Mondays, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.
During Pastor Rob’s sabbatical this summer, Bob Shepard will be leading the weekly coffee and conversation time with the above hours. Come as you are. It is open for you to pop in and out any time so feel free to drop in and say hello.

The session of elders of Spirit of Life is hosting our regular community PICNICS this summer while Rob has sabbatical. We ask those able to bring a side or dessert to share and the session will provide a main course. Dates will be July 31st, and August 28th and the time will be approximately 11:15am (immediately after worship) with games in the backyard for kids and food and fellowship for all.

The South of the River CROP Hunger Walk will be marking it’s 10th annual walk this year on October 2, at St. James Lutheran Church in Burnsville, where it all started! We are celebrating this milestone with a commemorative shirt, and you can buy one! All profits from shirt sales will go into the fundraising for the walk, with 25% of our walk funds staying local to support Second Harvest heartland. The remaining 75% goes to support the work of Church World Service to end hunger and poverty in the US and all over the world. This year, particular focus is on the war in Ukraine, and the way it is impacting Ukrainians, as well as people in countries that depend on Ukraine’s exports of grain. We know that global hunger will increase as a result of Russia’s aggression, and we can help to mitigate that damage with our CROP Walk. Please consider supporting our efforts by purchasing a shirt! The colors reflect the colors of the Ukrainian flag, and the image of wheat in the artwork honors Ukraine’s role in feeding the world. Order forms are at the back of the sanctuary; fill one out, accompanied by a check for the total cost of your order made out to “Spirit of Life” with CROP t-shirt on the memo line, and return it directly to Denise Lewis, or drop it off in the office. Shirt orders are due by August 14 at the very latest. Questions can be directed to Denise Lewis.

Check out the FREE table at the back of the sanctuary. We’ve been doing a little cleaning and purging so if you see something on the table that you can use, please feel free to take it home and enjoy!
*Department head please note there are binders specific to your department on the same table.
Watch for something new coming from the Justice Works Committee!

Look for a bookshelf in the back of the sanctuary, filled with books on topics related to immigration and racial justice. These books are available for you to borrow, with a sign-out sheet to list your name, contact information, and the book you are borrowing. The purpose of this book-borrowing opportunity is to open up a chance for discussion about sensitive topics. As one of our committee members has stated, “we don’t have these conversations”. All of these books have been read by one or more of the members of our committee, and their names are listed on a card inside each book; use this card as your bookmark, and if you would like to have a conversation about what you are reading, you are encouraged to reach out to one or more of the people who have already read the book. Contact information is in the church directory. IF you would like to be included in future conversations, add your name to the card to potentially be contacted by a future reader; return the book to the borrowing shelf with the card inside. The books range from “easy” reading, including children’s books, all the way to “very challenging”, either because of graphic descriptions of violence, difficult concepts, or academic writing style. Books include fiction as well as non-fiction, and cover a wide range of topics. Take a look at the offerings on the borrowing bookshelf! If you have any questions, either Joanne Boyd or Denise Lewis can answer them.

If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email our deacon, Chris Sachs. Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

It’s Back! Who remembers the “Change for change” bucket offering? Some are familiar with this, others may have questions. With the help of our children, we will continue collecting change in our metal buckets but going forward we’ll give on a monthly basis. Throughout the month, collect your change and bring it on the third Sunday! This is a great teaching tool to help us show each other and the younger generation how fun it is to give when we hear the change drop in the buckets!

If you are looking for ways to help the people of Ukraine, here are a couple of effective organizations that are working to bring relief:
Church World Service, which sponsors CROP Walks, also works in the areas of disaster relief and refugee resettlement and is actively responding in the Ukraine crisis. You can read about their efforts and donate here https://cwsglobal.org/appeals/ukraine-crisis-response-fund/

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is also actively involved, and you can read about their response here https://pda.pcusa.org/situation/ukraine/

From Community Service: Our LITTLE FREE PANTRY has been of great use to our neighbors and is in need of frequent replenishment! We can now resume contributing canned items as well as other non perishables. Donations may be left in the little pantry or in the cabinet inside the church entry. Many thanks for your wonderful support of our pantry and neighbors!
2022 Per Capita is $36.50