Newsletter – February 8, 2022
Join us this Sunday morning for worship online at 10:00 am. We are returning to hybrid with option of in-person or on-line worship this week, February 13. 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.
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
News from Christian Education Committee:
Adult Class will resume this Sunday, February 13. We will continue the series of videos “Uncomfortable conversations with a Black Man”, produced and hosted by former NFL player Emmanuel Acho, starting with the video at 11:00 am following worship. As many of you know, the NFL season is winding down now leading up to the Super Bowl on February 13. Emmanuel sat for an extended interview with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and that conversation is split into two videos. We will watch both parts of that conversation, totaling 20 minutes, followed by discussion. You can view the videos ahead of time, if you want to, at this link: https://uncomfortableconvos.com/episode/episode-8 and https://uncomfortableconvos.com/episode/episode-9 You have the option of joining by Zoom, by clicking the link at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84136883066; or, if you are fully vaccinated and masked, you are welcome to gather in the conference room.
Children’s Sunday School will resume this Sunday, February 13th.
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.
M&M will resume meeting this Wednesday, February 16th.
•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
Pastor Rob (he/him) is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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GriefShare Program Restarting Thursday, March 3 6:30 pm at Spirit of Life Church. This program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD 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.
“Souper Bowl” Sunday ~ February 13. Donations accepted Feb 13 and Feb 20 (Checks or Cans), note extended donation date! Votes accepted Feb 13 only. Tournament winners to be announced Feb 20. Help us tackle hunger!
We are selling Easter flowers and gift cards! The sale will be fully online and will open 2/14/22 and close 3/10/22. Items will be available for pick-up on Sunday 4/10/22. Contact Becky Brandt with questions. To access the site and place an order for your fundraiser group:
Go to www.gertensfundraising.com
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
The site will open on February 14 and will close at 10 PM on Thursday, March 10. We cannot accept any late orders past the deadline.
Winter Chrysalis, 2022, registration is open!
Theme: We are more alike my friends, than we are unalike. ~ Maya Angelou
Dates: Feb. 18 – 20, 2022
The times, they are a’ changin’. So, for us to meet in person in close quarters, Clearwater and the Chrysalis Steering Committee will be requiring that every person is fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means either: *you have recently received a booster shot OR you have received your first 2 vaccination shots within the past few months and you are not eligible for the booster yet.
The following actions and documentation are required from every camper:
– Proof of covid vaccinations – bring to camp either your vaccination card or a picture of your card on your phone. AND
– Proof of a negative rapid in home Covid test taken Friday morning, Feb. 18, before camp. Take a picture of your results to also bring with you to camp. So, we are kindly suggesting you look for your rapid test now and tuck it aside for camp, so you are prepared.
Another change for this year is the registration process. Clearwater is preparing a new registration system, but it will not be ready for our Chrysalis registration. Your registration is due by Feb. 11th. So, here is what you will need to do: Go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tAlO0HlTF1dUvb71PhkaebkzW8_lR3lajeFAcVQgeC0/edit
If you are unable to register online, call Barb and she will help you register. 612-669-9700
From Community Service: During the winter months, the donations to the Little Free Food Pantry (located at the entrance of the driveway) need to be modified to tolerate the extreme cold temperatures we can see here. Please review the attached list of items for what to consider donating; ideal items are dried and in bags, like dried beans, rice, oatmeal, cereal, etc. And remember the motto of the Little Free Food Pantry movement: Take what you need, leave what you can.
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.
…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 [email protected] AND Pastor Rob at [email protected] Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.
2022 Per Capita is $36.50