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!

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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