Important Update – COVID-19

Due to CDC and State recommendations, we will be suspending all in-person church services and youth services until April 17, at which time we will reassess the situation. Office will remain open normal hours and visits for essential reasons and pastoral care. Please call before coming.

BREAD MINISTRY ON WEDNESDAY WILL CONTINUE AS USUAL

At this time, prayer groups and Adult Bible study may be held in groups of 10 or less. Prayer is always essential to us. As we face things that we haven’t seen before, please remember to pray for God’s power and might and for many souls to receive Him as Lord and Savior.

Rock River Prayer Retreat Center

If you don’t come apart for a while, you will come apart after a while”

Dallas Willard

Friday & Saturday, March 20-21

Rock River Retreat Center

Retreats offer a chance to quiet down and let God address the needs of our hearts. They’re a chance to learn more about prayer, to grow in our ability to hear God. Retreats are also about rest, about worship, prayer and discernment.

Because this is something new for us, there will be a pre-retreat meeting to answer questions and offer more information.

Please talk to Pastor Kathy as soon as possible if you would like to participate in this event. There is a cost involved, but assistance is available for anyone who needs it.

Contemplative Pathway Workshop

Saturday, April 25 at Bethany

What is a contemplative pathway? It is the study and practice of the various spiritual methods employed by God’s people over the centuries to draw closer to God.

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-14

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

You discern my thoughts from afar.

You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.

… You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

The Contemplative Pathway draws us close to this God who knows us better than we know ourselves.

This workshop, which will be led by a trained Spiritual Director, will teach a variety of methods of making this happen. Included will be such practices as:

  • Imaginative Bible mediate-tion
  • Prayer of EXAMEN
  • Lectio Divina
  • Centering Prayer

Please talk to Pastor Kathy if you have questions or if you’d like to register for this event. We are not being charged anything for this exciting opportunity, but we do need a minimum of five attendees in order for the event to take place. Friends outside the congregation are welcome; please feel free to invite anyone you know who desires to go deeper in their relationship with God.

March Announcements

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT JADE WITT, longtime member of our Daycare staff, has accepted the position of Daycare Director. Please keep Jade and the rest of the staff in your prayers as they go forward.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED OUR DINNER LAST SUNDAY. $1,221.50 was raised for the Tartu Academy Home of Hope.

IT’S TIME TO RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE. If you’ve been receiving it and no longer wish to do so, please contact the church office. If you’re not currently receiving Connections and would like to be added to the list, let us know as soon as possible.

BREAD MINISTRY HOURS on Wednesday are now 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Please note that this is another change.

CONFIRMATION/LUTHER LEAGUE RETREAT to the 2020 LCMC Regional Youth Event is this weekend. Pastor Kathy, Brad Becker, and seven of our young people are in attendance.

A PRAYER RETREAT WILL BE HELD MARCH 20th-21st at Rock River Retreat Center for anyone wanting to learn more about prayer, while at the same time growing in your ability to hear God. This overnight guided prayer retreat will be an opportunity to go deeper in your relationship with God. There is a cost for this event. Please talk to Pastor Kathy for more information or to register.

CONTEMPLATIVE PATHWAY WORKSHOP will be held at Bethany on Saturday, April 25th. This 2-1/2 hour workshop will provide training in a variety of types of prayer and in practices such as journaling and imaginative Bible mediation. No one will be required to pray out loud. Please talk to Pastor Kathy to register.

ST. GABRIEL’S ANNUAL SOUP DAY will be held Sunday, March 15th, at the Dakins Community Center in Zearing. Delicious homemade soups, breads, pies, and desserts will be served from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM, all for a freewill donation.

ATTENTION THRIVENT MEMBERS: Eligible Thrivent Financial members have until March 31, 2020, to direct 2019 Choice Dollars. To direct Choice Dollars, go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice & log in or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.

GUITAR LESSONS WILL BE HELD on the second and fourth Sundays of each month immediately following Sunday School.

OUR DAYCARE IS LOOKING FOR PART-TIME STAFF: Especially needed are afternoon workers, who can help from 2:00 – 6:00 PM.

CONFERENCE ROOM SIGN-UP: Our Conference Room is in high demand on Sunday mornings, so we’re asking you to sign up in the church office if you plan to use that room for a meeting or class to avoid conflicts. Reservations will be on a first come, first serve basis.

THURSDAY MORNING WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY continues at 10:00 AM on Thursday mornings. All women of the congregation are invited to join us at 10:00 am on Thursday mornings. Come and grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and with one another.

SUNDAY NIGHT MEN also welcome men to join them for Bible Study at 7:00 PM on Sunday evenings.

FISH & CHICKEN DINNER AT THE McCALLSBURG AMERICAN LEGION HALL will be held today from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

WEDNESDAY EVENING LENTEN SERVICES

Will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 PM each Wednesday evening during Lent. Join us as we watch a short video presentation followed by prayer and discussion in small groups.

WINGS OF REFUGE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN continues; donations may be made payable to Bethany. Our goal is $4,000.00. To date, we have collected $3,780.00.

ALUMINUM CAN TABS continue to be collected. Tabs go to the Rochester, Minnesota, Ronald McDonald House, where they benefit the families of seriously ill children hospitalized at Mayo.

February Announcements

PRAYER FOR OUR NATION continues to be held every Monday evening at 5:30 PM (Please note time change).  Join us as we pray for God to work in powerful ways to heal our nation and our world.

RIVERSIDE BIBLE CAMP ANNUAL MEETING will be held at 2:30 this afternoon in the camp’s Dining Hall.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ANDREW & HOLLY BECKER on the birth of a 6 lb. 15 oz. son, Trey James Becker, born February 18th. Grandparents are Bob Becker and Jackie Becker-O’Leary.

BREAD MINISTRY HOURS on Wednesday’s are now 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

CONFIRMATION/LUTHER LEAGUE RETREAT to the 2020 LCMC Regional Youth Event will be March 6th-8th. The gathering is collecting hygiene items to be given to homeless families in Monroe County, Wisconsin. Items needed: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, combs, lotion, razors, shaving cream, dental floss, etc.

We will also be gathering items for the LaCrosse Warming Center, a place for the homeless to get out of the cold. Items needed are warm hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks, etc.

If you’d like to donate any of these items for our students to take with them, please bring them to church by next Sunday.

A PRAYER RETREAT WILL BE HELD MARCH 20th-21st at Rock River Retreat Center for anyone wanting to learn more about prayer, and grow in your ability to hear God. This overnight guided prayer retreat will be an opportunity to go deeper in your relationship with God. Please talk to Pastor Kathy for more information or to register.

CONTEMPLATIVE PATHWAY WORKSHOP will be held at Bethany on Saturday, April 25th. This 2-1/2 hour workshop will provide training in a variety of types of prayer and in practices such as journaling and imaginative Bible mediation. No one will be required to pray out loud. Please talk to Pastor Kathy to register.

ATTENTION THRIVENT MEMBERS: Eligible Thrivent Financial members have until March 31, 2020, to direct 2019 Choice Dollars. To direct Choice Dollars, go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice & log in or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.

GUITAR LESSONS WILL BE HELD on the second and fourth Sunday’s of each month immediately following Sunday School.

OUR DAYCARE IS LOOKING FOR PART-TIME STAFF: Especially needed are afternoon workers, who can help from 2:00 – 6:00 PM.

OUR DAYCARE IS SEEKING A NEW DIRECTOR: Applications are available for pickup at the daycare (with option of facility tour) OR contact the Church at 515-434-2082 to express your interest.

CONFERENCE ROOM SIGN-UP: Our Conference Room is in high demand on Sunday mornings, so we’re asking you to sign up in the church office if you plan to use that room for a meeting or class to avoid conflicts. Reservations will be on a first come, first serve basis.

THURSDAY MORNING WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY continues at 10:00 AM on Thursday mornings. We are currently exploring a 5 week DVD study by Kyle Idleman called “Don’t Give Up,” based on Hebrews 11 and 12. All women of the congregation are invited to join us at 10:00 am on Thursday mornings. Come and grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and with one another.

SUNDAY NIGHT MEN also welcome men to join them for Bible Study at 7:00 PM on Sunday evenings.

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER MINISTERS will gather in the Fellowship Room for a time of prayer following our worship service this morning. If you are presently involved in our prayer ministry, or if you would like to be, join us. Anyone in need of prayer is encouraged to come and receive.

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP WITH HOLY COMMUNION & IMPOSITION OF ASHES: 7:00 pm, Wednesday, February 26th.

PANCAKE SUPPER served by the Lions from 4:30 – 6:30 PM on Ash Wednesday, February 26th, in the Fellowship Hall. Free will offering will be collected.

WEDNESDAY EVENING LENTEN SERVICES WILL CONTINUE in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, March 4th.

WINGS OF REFUGE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN continues; donations may be made payable to Bethany. Our goal is $4,000.00. To date, we have collected $3,605.00.

ALUMINUM CAN TABS continue to be collected. Tabs go to the Rochester, Minnesota, Ronald McDonald House, where they benefit the families of seriously ill children hospitalized at Mayo.