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Newsletter – November 16, 2021

Join us Sunday mornings for worship in person at 10:00 am. All are welcome. Session requires masks be worn for all indoor church activities (worship, M in M, Sunday School, etc) regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your cooperation, and for your care for our community, as we continue to deal with this pandemic. For the immediate future we will not have congregational singing indoors. Online worship is here to stay for the many reasons you may join us online.

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Scout Wreath Sale
on the grounds of Spirit of Life Church
Drive through ‘contact-less’ opportunity for community members to purchase wreaths!
Nov 20 10am – 4pm; Nov 21 12pm-2pm;
Nov 27 10am – 4pm; Nov 28 12pm – 4pm

News from Christian Education Committee:
Adult Sunday School meets Sundays, 9:00 – 9:50 am (before church). Six Week Series: PBS Walking the Bible will be led by Steve Braden. Join us in person or via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84136883066 .

Children’s Sunday School classes meet 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. There will be a PreK – 2nd grade class and a 3rd-5th grade class. We will bring the children back to the sanctuary for the Children’s sermon at 10:15 and then the children can sit with their parents during the rest of the service.

Children’s Sunday school Teacher schedule
Nov 21 Prek – 2nd grade – Monique
3rd – 5th – Meg
Nov 28th: no Sunday school (Thanksgiving weekend)
M&M meets Wednesdays: (no M&M on Wednesday, Nov. 24th)
•4:30 to 6 pm for K-5th grade
•6:00 to 7:15 pm for 6th through high school
•Meal for all ages at 6 pm

From Community Service: Many thanks to all who contributed to Armful of Love! With your generous support, we were able to meet our pledge to the Armful of Love team at 360 Communities with gift cards totaling $1,000.

Giving Tree part 2, support for Spirit of Life families:
If you need support this Christmas, please contact Pastor Rob.
We’ll be giving gift cards (not buying gifts) and we’re asking for gift cards of $25 or $50 from Target, Walmart, Cub and Aldi’s. Checks should be made out to Spirit of Life, with “Giving Tree-Spirit of Life families” in the memo line. Our goal is $1000 and we already have a jump start of $250 in gift cards ($50 cards from Target and Cub)!!
We will be collecting cards on November 28th, December 5th and 12th.
Thank you for your generosity!

Spirit of Life is working to be sustainable through recycling. By introducing more recycling collocated at the location of most trash cans, we can significantly reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfill while showcasing that reducing waste can be easy. Help us to celebrate sustainability while enjoying the event. Clean plastics, tin/metal and paper should go into the recycling bins and everything else should go into the trash. Thank you! Please see Pastor Rob, any Elder or member of the staff with questions.

Volunteers Needed:
…We need one person each Sunday to serve as a Greeter and one person each Sunday to serve as an Usher for Sunday worship. We need two volunteers for each week. Please let Becky Brandt know what dates you are available to help and she will build a calendar. Thank you!

Meet with Pastor Rob for Coffee and Conversation Mondays, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Come as you are. This is a gathering online but it is open for you to pop in and out any time during the two hour time frame 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
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If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email the office at spirit@spiritoflifeav.org AND Pastor Rob at pastorrob@spiritoflifeav.org. Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

At the 2021 Meet Meat Raffle, we raised $1,005 and to date we have received 23 pledges! Thank you everyone!
Anyone who has not turned a pledge card yet can still send it in and be counted!

2021 Per Capita is $36.50

Year of the Bible


Be it resolved, this is the year for perfection.  As I strive this year to be the perfect husband and father, the model of fitness and health, all while perfectly managing my finances.  The images of what perfection looks like surround us with a world selling the message, “If only you have this—then you will find perfection,” only leading to greater disappointment and a diminished self esteem.  If only leads to feeling inadequate and not good enough.

For this year’s resolution, I would like to challenge us to consider trying a different messenger.  Not the messenger that is flooding our airwaves trying to sell us something, but a messenger that we just experienced new again this Christmas season.  One who enters our lives to say that you are already good enough as you are, made in the image of God.  As we will explore again soon this upcoming Lenten season, good enough even to die (and rise) for.  This messenger comes to us through the Word.  Rather than self-help, may we turn to God and one another through community seeking an improved life through transformation in Christ.

I declare 2015 as our Year of the Bible.  For those that wish to join, we will be reading through all 66 books over the next year.  This will be a chronological reading that includes each day a reading from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalm, and Proverb.  The goal is to read this and share together.  Just as we make new resolutions for working out, or weight loss, I encourage grace if you  happen to miss a day of reading. This is okay.  Do not try to make up missed readings or the challenge can be overwhelming.  Just as you wouldn’t run double if you missed a day working out, pick it back up with a new day based on that day’s readings.

If you want to join in, but the four readings seem too much in our busy lives, consider following along with the Old Testament, or New Testament, and make this a two year plan.  We will begin a new blog on our website for the year 2015 that shares a reflection based upon each day.  I look forward to joining you on this journey for a new year.  Happy New Year and happy reading.


Pastor Rob

January 2015 newsletter

January 2015 reading thru the Bible schedule

January 2015 newsletter

Happy New Year!

January 2015 newsletter

Feel free to blog about how the daily scripture reading is meaningful to you as we reading the Bible in a year! See Pastor Rob’s article on the front page of the newsletter!

Jan 2015

September newsletter

This month we kick off Sunday school and our “M&M” programs. We’d love to have you join us!

September 2014 newsletter pdf

June newsletter

JUNE 2014 pdf