During the month of November, we will be focusing our donations for Valley Outreach Food Shelf on any items needed to make a Thanksgiving dinner.  Things like sweet potatoes, instant potatoes, gravy, other vegetables, cranberries, apple cider, etc.   

Monetary donations are always welcome, also, as they allow Valley Outreach to purchase items they are short of and, also, purchase items in bulk at a lower price.  Thank you for your generosity and support!

 

JOSEPH'S COAT DONATIONS

Joseph’s Coat has reopened their doors after the car hit their building. They are now open for donated "seasonal" new or gently used clothing on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m). "The standard at Joseph’s Coat is that if we would not wear or use an item, we do not ask our guests to do so either." Other items they can use are shoes, books for adults and children, children’s games and toys; candles; hygiene products, household items including pots and pans, sheets, blankets, towels, and etc. They do not take electronic devices, appliances, mattresses, building supplies, gas-powered equipment, or knives. If you have any items you would like to bring for Joseph’s Coat, please put them in the upstairs hallway cupboard marked "Joseph’s Coat". Kathy Thibodeau is a regular volunteer and we appreciate her willingness to deliver our items to Joseph’s Coat in St. Paul. ~ Thank you, Kathy!!! ~

Grab a cup of coffee, tea or a glass of water and either join us for discussion in Adult Forum or just sit and visit in the Gathering Area while you enjoy some treats. 
 

Thank you to the Education / Youth and Family committee for providing treats after worship during the month of October. Our coffee and treat providers for November will be the members of the Memorial and Grants committee.

DRIVERS NEEDED FOR MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS

Community Thread (Senior's Center) is looking for volunteers to drive people to medical appointments.  You would use your own vehicle and those needing rides are all ambulatory, so there are no wheel chairs involved.  If you are interested and want more information, or to volunteer, call Community Thread at 651-439-7434 or you can visit their website at Volunteer@CommunityThreadMN.org.

 

NOVEMBER

DATE

USHERS

READER

COMMUNION HELPERS

CLICKER

Sunday, November 4

 

Jay Swanson, Capt., Adele Urhammer, Ted Thomsen, Maureen Thomsen

Mugs DeFore

1.  Mugs DeFore

2.  Sonja Hindahl-Ponath

3.  Judy Clausen

 

Hank Drews

Sunday, November 11

 

Jeff Brower, Amelia Brower, Peter Hockin, Jeff Thomsen, Jerry Schlagel

Hank Drews

1.  Jenny Powell

2. Sonja Hindahl-Ponath

3. Shelley Jokinen

 

Mary Jo Drews

Youth Sunday

Sunday, November 18

 

Leonard Schrade, Capt.,
Gus MacDonald, Paul Glaser, Tim Gangnon and youth assistant

Youth reader

1.  Paula Burnett

2.  Edie Peterson

3.  Amy Peterson

 

Youth clicker

Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesday, November 22

Ed Seekel, Capt., Jim Schuster, Denny Dey, Mel Friedrich

Mary Jo Drews

 

Jennifer Braun Pixley

Sunday, November 25

 

Ed Seekel, Capt., Jim Schuster, Denny Dey, Mel Friedrich

Chris Shivers

1.  Robin Gullickson

2.  Pam Seekel

3.

 

Mugs DeFore

 DECEMBER

DATE

USHERS

READER

COMMUNION HELPERS

CLICKER

Sunday, December 2

 

Floyd Nestrud, Capt., Roger Harris, Keith Wille, Leon Siverhus, Patrick Raleigh

Shelley Jokinen

1.  Shelley Jokinen

2.  Mugs DeFore

3.

 

 

Sunday, December 9

 

Lloyd Johnson, Josh Mack, Martin Withuski, Lynn Lomen

Mugs DeFore

1.  Mugs DeFore

2.  Pam Seekel

3.  Robin Gullickson

 

 

Youth Sunday

Sunday, December 16

Christmas Program

10:30 a.m. service

Jim Sandahl, Capt., Ron Kuehn, Cam Gullickson,

Mark Walker,

 

Youth reader

1.  Amy Peterson

2.  Youth assistant

3.  Youth assistant

 

Youth clicker

Sunday, December 23

 

Tom Weber, Capt., Hank Drews, Jerry Sharon, Carol Weber

 

1.

2.

3.

 

 

3 p.m.

Monday, December 24

Christmas Eve

 

Jay Swanson, Capt., Adele Urhammer, Ted Thomsen, Maureen Thomsen

Mugs DeFore

1.  Mugs DeFore

2.

3.

 

 

5 p.m. 

Monday, December 24

Christmas Eve service

Jeff Brower, Amelia Brower, Peter Hockin, Jeff Thomsen, Jerry Schlagel

 

1.

2.

3.

 

 

Sunday, December 30

 

Tom Weber, Capt., Hank Drews, Jerry Sharon, Carol Weber

 

1.

2.

3.

 

 

 

We are looking for volunteers to join our usher teams and serve as ushers for our Sunday morning worship services.  It is not a difficult job - the ushers greet people as they go into the sanctuary; they hand out the bulletins; they help collect the offering; they count how many are in attendance; they help dismiss and direct people as they go forward for communion; they pick up the attendance sheets after worship; and keep a general eye on the congregation to make sure everyone is ok and give directions and/or answer questions if needed.  Ushers can be male or female.  Each usher team ushers one Sunday every-other month, with an occasional fifth Sunday of a month and/or a special service during a holiday such as Thanksgiving Eve, Easter, Christmas.  Please prayerfully consider sharing your time and talent in this way.  If you have questions or are interested in joining an usher team, please contact Hank at 651-342-0242 or call the church office at 651-439-5970.  Thank you!

Youth Drop-In Center (Y.C.D.C.)

We continue to prepare for guests (ages 13-24) to come to our church on Thursdays for the Youth Connections Drop-in Center, if they are in need of a respite. The nice weather and the fact that this initiative is so new/unknown are a couple of reasons that we’ve not had youth/young adults dropping in just yet. Nevertheless, we have over 2 dozen adults trained and ready to welcome and serve these individuals in their time of need. There’s been a great out-pouring of donations from our church and from the community and from other entities (churches/agencies). What we are most in need of at this point is financial gifts - in part because our storage space is nearly overflowing with all the gifts given thus far and in part because of ongoing financial costs Please keep this outreach venture in your prayers and spread the word so that people who might benefit from this resource will be made aware of it. Sharing the news "word of mouth" is a great way to get the information out there! Youth who are 18 to 24 can come over the noon-hour and can stay until 3. Youth who are 13-17 can come from 3:30-6. We’ll soon have the laundry facilities set up. There resources already available are a meal, warm clothes and other necessities, the game room, a shower, computers to use to apply for jobs and/or do home work and to do networking, and listening ears, open hearts, and knowledgeable friends to support these people.

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PRAYERS…. Please keep offering prayers of thanksgiving for the good start we have had with our Christian Education / Youth Ministry Initiatives including Confirmation and Sunday School.  It’s exciting to have our Wednesday Homework Hangout gatherings started now on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 and then know that homeless youth are welcome here on Thursday afternoons with the Youth Connections Drop-In Center from noon to 6. The choir and bell choir are already in full swing. We’re having some good discussions during adult forums and we welcome people to participate in these.  The Transition Task Force has been working hard adn a call committee has been formed.  Our on-going prayer is for God to guide, inspire, and empower us to greater involvement by everyone one of us pitching in to join in the joy of service and to enjoy fellowship and build community as we glorify God through all of these efforts.  Yeah, God!!

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