From The Pastor
Here we are in January of 2016. It is a new month, a new year, a new start.
Common for many at this time of year is the tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions. Familiar ones include losing weight, better time management, or quitting a particular habit.
As you set your resolutions for 2016, I invite you to be mindful of you Lord. He was the one who was with you each day of 2015, and His faithfulness will continue every moment of the new year.
Here are a few suggestions of where to start:
1.) To be regular in weekly worship attendance. Countless are the blessings that are offered in Sunday morning worship. As we gather each week, our Lord comes to us and feeds us through His Word and sacrament. When we hear God’s Word, when we receive the Lord’s Supper, our faith is fed and strengthened to handle the situations of life.
Sunday morning worship also offers for you and me an opportunity to grow together as a body of Christ. Not only do you and I draw closer to our Lord, but we draw closer to one another as we give and receive support from one another as we deal with the events of life.
2.) To be present every time the Lord’s Supper is offered. As was stated in the first resolution, the Lord’s Supper is one of the places that our God comes to us and feeds us. In, with, and under the bread and wine you and I receive Christ’s body and blood. It is Christ’s body and blood that was given and shed for the forgiveness of all our sins. At our Lord’s Table we feast on the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Each time the assurance of eternal life is once again given to us.
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Men’s Bible Study Breakfast
Saturday Feb. 13
@ 8:00 am
Women’s Bible Study Breakfast
Saturday Feb. 20
@ 8:30 am
Church Council Meeting
Wednesday Jan. 27
Ash Wed. Feb. 10
Midweek Lenten Services
Feb. 17, 24,
Mar. 2, 9, 16
@ 5:30 pm
The preschool is very happy to be back at school! We have a lot of fun things planned for the year (pajama day, beach day, field trips, etc.) 2016 should be an awesome year!
Thank you to everyone who has "purchased" the desserts that have been donated by various people. The youth have raised over $200 with this fundraiser, and there will be more desserts to come! The LCMS National Youth Gathering is quickly approaching and the youth have raised over $7000 for their trip. They are about half way to their goal, so be on the look out for more fundraisers. Thank you again for everyone's support and prayers!
Christmas Program Update
Sue Freed and Polly Walcott would like to thank everyone for their support and help with this year's Christmas Program "Wrapping All the Way". The program was a great success! We had 48 children from the Lexington community participate this year. A great big thank you to Sarah Sadler and Kenzie Kaiser for their time and talents. The kids loved these young women and they were the key to this year's success! Thank you to Scott Kaiser for his audio/visual talent! Thank you to Mary Lou Janes for organizing and setting up the cookie and punch reception! And thank you to everyone else who had a hand at making this year's program the best ever!
Sunday School Schedule
Jan - May
Sunday School (SS) Time: 10:20 - 11:15 Jan
3 No Sunday School - Holiday Vacation
10 Reg SS
17 Reg SS
24 Reg SS
31 Family Lesson Sunday - Breakfast
7 Service Project TBD (Preschool sings)
14 Reg SS
21 Reg SS
28 Reg SS
6 Reg SS
13 Reg SS
20 Service Project TBD - Palm Sunday
27 No Sunday School - Easter Sunday
3 Reg SS
10 Family Lesson Sunday
17 Reg SS (Preschool sings)
24 Reg SS / Make May Day Flowers
1 Reg SS / Deliver May Day Flowers
Summary of 2015 Voters Meeting
Attendance: 32 (thanks to those who could attend)
Review of 2015 YTD Financials
2015 Budget: $165,058
2015 Expenses (through Sep): $137,976
Total of Acct Balances: $79,490
Kitchen Renovation Proposal
Add’l $10,000 approved for a total of $30,000 ($20,000 approved at 2014 Voters Mtg).
Give to Grow funds will be used for $20,000; Kitchen Reno Campaign to raise add’l $10,000.
Up to $18,000 approved for Sanctuary heating/cooling system to replace failing boiler and air conditioner unit.
Various savings accounts will be used for the expense.
Budget of $224,192 was approved which includes the Kitchen Renovation and Heating/Cooling estimated expenses.
Investment Strategy Proposal
Strategy was approved to invest $15,000 of the existing Give to Grow funds and incoming GtG funds in a “balanced” fund which provides a moderate ROI with a lower risk with an investment target of 5 years. Strategy will be under the oversight of Trustee Board.
Nominees were approved. Openings remain for Stewardship, Evangelism, Education, and Youth/Family.
Openings will be reviewed and hopefully appointments for the openings will be made at the Jan Council Mtg.
Nominations for Synod officers were approved.
Contact Scott Kaiser (email@example.com) for a copy of the complete notes.
The next Church Council meeting is scheduled for January 27th at 7:00 pm. Board Chairs, please have your reports/future goals prepared and submitted to Scott
Kaiser prior to the meeting.
Also: Thanks again to those who have agreed to serve on the 2016 Church Council. Several openings still remain: 1 for Stewardship, 1 for Evangelism, 1 for Education, 2 for Youth & Family. We hopefully will be making appointments for these openings for 2016 at the Jan Council meeting. See Scott or anyone currently on Council to express interest. Please consider serving.
Do We Have Your
Current Contact Information?
Please make sure the Church Office has your current home address, email address and phone number. We will be publishing a new Church Phone Book soon.
The Altar Guild is in need of individuals interested in helping with Altar Guild duties. If you are interested in becoming an Altar Guild member, or want additional information regarding the duties of the Altar Guild, please contact Rose Mary Freed.
Ash Wednesday – February 10th
with meal and confirmation class to follow the service.
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3.) To be regular in Sunday morning Bible Class attendance. Why go to Bible Class? Sunday morning Bible Class gives us the opportunity to dig deeper in the great truths of God’s Word. Whether we study a book of the Bible or go through a topic like worship, Bible Class offers a chance for each of us to deepen our relationship with God.
4.) To begin or continue daily devotions. If you only ate once a week, how well do you think things would go? We all know the answer to that question is “not very well” as you and I need to eat regularly to sustain our energy. In the same way you and I need to be fed continually by the Bread of Life. One way to do this is to be faithful in daily devotions. I invite you to check out our church’s resources as we offer books and resources for daily devotions.
By the way, daily devotions as a family offer a wonderful opportunity for relationships to grow and blossom as husband-wife, child-parent, and so on.
5.) To be regular in prayer. One of the greatest blessings our Lord has given to us is the opportunity go to Him in prayer. In prayer we can talk with God whenever we want. There is no call waiting, there are no dropped calls. God keeps no office hours.
Prayer doesn’t have to be some great big ordeal. It can be as simple as “Dear God, here is what is on my mind…” Actually, God even invites you and me to lay all of our cares at His feet. And as we pray, God has promised to hear us. Not only does He hear us, but God has promised to answer every one of our prayers, in His own time and in His own way.
Remember our members who are homebound or in care facilities with a visit, card or phone call.
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Ever Thought of Serving on a Mission Trip? To Haiti? Kenya? Poland?
Trinity Lutheran Church, 801 S. Madison, Bloomington is inviting anyone interested to join them on a mission trip.
Upcoming Mission Trips
For further information, email Pastor Terry Strom (Mission Pastor) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Lutheran Emergency Response Training)
Saturday 8 am – 4:30 pm
(Sessions begin at 8:30 am)
…February 20, St Paul’s, Havana
…February 27, Trinity, Bloomington
…March 5, Our Savior’s, Milford
…March 12, Immanuel, Rock Island
…June 11, Redeemer, Peoria
Chainsaw Training, Saturday, April 2, Lutheran Church of St. John, Quincy
(9 am – 5 pm)
$35 Registration fee…led by Randy Wolf and Stephen Born
Registration at www.cidlcms.org
CID office 217/793-1802
Disaster Relief Request
LCMS is requesting immediate assistance for the recent storms/flooding disaster relief. If you would like to donate, financial assistance can be mailed to: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861. Make checks payable to “The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod” (or “LCMS”) and write “Disaster Response” on the memo line. Gifts can be made via phone by calling 888-930-4438.
Gifts can also be brought to the church and we will see that it gets to the proper place.
Summer Camp Counselors Needed! What are you doing this summer? Have you considered serving the Lord as a summer camp counselor? Camp CILCA is now accepting applications for summer 2016! Find out how to apply at www.cilca.org.
THE FAMILY ALTAR.
Most Lutheran families know that Christian education of their children is crucial to forming faith. Yet many parents (and grandparents) are unsure how and what to teach. The family altar is a time when the family reads Scripture and prays together. Instead of depending on others to do this for us, parents can teach the faith in a simple way each day, beginning when children are very young. Pastor Jim Wright of Altamont will present the need for and a method of Christian instruction in the home that relates well to a congregation's worship and ministry.
Jacksonville Circuit Bible Institute
Sunday, February 21st
4:00 to 6:15
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church,