829 pounds of food + Our refuge

We collected 829 pounds of non-perishable food items in our recent Souper Bowl of Caring churchwide outreach! Thanks to everyone who was a part—through praying, donating food personally, and bringing food given by your neighbors. Thanks also to a group of our youth who sacrificed their time to collect food! We praise God for the food count which will bless those in need, as well as for His work in our hearts to motivate us to see the neighbors around us, literal and otherwise, and to use us to intentionally engage with them.

Joni & Friends – Summer Mission Trip
Are you interested in learning more about a summer opportunity to bless children with special needs? We are sending a team July 31-August 4 to the Joni & Friends Family Retreat in Pennsylvania. Come to an informational meeting on Sunday, February 19 at 12:30pm in the library or contact Debbie Stevenson () to learn more!

How about serving in Children’s Ministry?
We have a current need for more helpers in the nursery (0-24 months) during the 11:00am service. We always can use more helpers in the 2/3s and 4-8s as well! To be placed on the rotation schedule for children’s ministry, contact Regina Gossage (); for nursery, contact Bethany Johns ().

Upcoming Baptism
Our next baptism is on March 12. If you or someone in your family wants to participate in it or future baptisms, email Brittany (). Parents, we have an excellent workbook that helps kids understand the meaning of baptism. Contact Regina Gossage () to get a book and learn more about the process.

Our Refuge: Zion
Using the imagery of Mt. Sinai versus Mt. Zion from Hebrews 12:18-24, Pastor Jack reminded us that each day we have the choice to rely on our our effort or take the peace and rest that Jesus has given us. Listen to “Our Refuge: Zion.”

Giving Report
Weekly giving needed for FY2017 budget – $18,496.19
Total giving for offering of 2/5/17 – $15,938.48
YTD giving needed for budget – $351,427.61
Actual YTD giving to budget – $374,795.82
Giving over budget – $23,368.21

February 12 – Baptism
February 18, 7:00am – Men’s Breakfast & Study, Kitchen

February 19, 12:30pm – Joni & Friends Summer Mission Trip Info Meeting
February 26, 12:30pm – Normandy Mission-Service Info Meeting & Lunch
February 27, 7:00pm – Women’s Coffee & Conversation

March 4, 2:00pm – Baby Shower (Awig & Cavicchi)
March 5, 9:30am – Membership Information Class
March 7, 6:30am – Congregational Prayer with the Elders
March 12 – Baptism
Week of March 12 – Life Groups on break
March 24 & 25 – Women’s Conference
April 14 & 16 – Good Friday & Easter
June 12-16 – Vacation Bible School (VBS)