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Highlights of the week of October 19, 2014

Sermon Title: Our Community, Our Mission field
Scripture: John 4:27-42
Worship Focus: “Look at the fields,” Jesus said, “They are ripe for the harvest.” We are to really look at our community and see the people, their needs, and desires, their hunger for God. Our community is our mission field. How can we reach out to witness to and serve it?

Charge Conference
The yearly Charge Conference takes place Thursday, October 23 at 7PM in Wesley Hall. The only order of business will be to set the pastor’s annual salary. Everyone is welcome to attend this short meeting.

Immigration Forum
Our first forum as we explore becoming a Reconciling Congregation will take place Sunday, October 19. It will begin immediately following the second service and a light lunch will be provided. Please allow 1-1/2 hours for our meal and time of discussion.

Immigration is a pressing topic in today’s society. We are all descendants of immigrants or maybe even have immigrated ourselves. The policies of immigration have changed throughout the history of our country. We are facing changes even now. As people come to this land with hope for a future, what are our responsibilities as Christians? How are families who have come here without papers being affected by present day policies? How can the church be inclusive of those who are immigrants within our community? These and many other questions will be explored at our first forum, which is on Immigration, as we explore what it means to be an inclusive congregation

Lyda Pierce, who is on staff at the General Board of Global Ministries will be leading this forum. Lyda is an ordained elder of our Conference. She has been a missionary in Central America and works as the Conference Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Ministries.

Disciplines
It’s time to order Disciplines, the daily devotional for 2015. If you would like one, please call the office at 629-9555. Regular print (approx. $10) and large print (approx. $12) available.

Thank You!!
Two additions to the Church Playground equipment were started on Saturday, October 11th and were supported by 9 Church members and 5 Ham Radio Club members. One of the two towers was completed with the other approximately one half completed due to weather conditions and wet ground. The Ham group provided technical and hands on support to the Church work party. Church members participating: Ernie Bergstrom, Menno Broos, Brylie Broos, Stan Hansen, Bob Cole, Cliff Moran, David Wellington. A delicious pizza lunch was provided by the Trustees.
And a huge thank you as well to those who toiled inside washing windows, cleaning the kitchen and many other tasks. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Welcome Committee
Greeters Needed
A special opportunity awaits ladies and gentlemen—the opportunity to be a greeter, welcoming those attending Sunday services. Our hospitality is well known and being a greeter provides a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with both new and regular attendees, answer any questions they have and provide a friendly atmosphere as they come to worship, perhaps for the very first time, at Stanwood United Methodist. Greeters serve once a month or less. You don’t have to be a member of the Welcome Committee to be a greeter.

If you would also like to join the Welcome Committee, you would join a fine committee made up of Pastor Dan, Nancy Olson, Jo Ann Hallen, Lyndall Stockebrand, Brenda Monks and Bette Phillips, as well as Co-Chairs Bev Paulson and Blanche Radder. Please consider becoming a greeter for either service and contact any one of us should you have further questions.

Stanwood-Camano Chorale
The Stanwood-Camano chorale will rehearse each Sunday from 3 to 5PM beginning this Sunday, September 28, at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. All singers are welcome and no audition is required. The director is Steve Jensen. For more information, call Mary Lu at 360-445-2721.

Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study

Beginning Tuesday, October 28, there will be a new curriculum titled “Covenant.” The purpose of the study is to engage participants in conversations about the Biblical concept of the unique and special covenant between God and God’s fruitful people by studying the Bible together and applying the Bible to their personal story.

Three eight-week modules, each dealing with a different aspect of what covenant means: Creating, Living and Trusting. Daily study and a weekly class session. Covers nearly all the books of the Bible. A good study for both those with limited experience with in-depth Bible study and those with extensive experience. Classes are Tuesdays at 1:00 in the Blue Room with Barbara Dadd Shaffer leading.

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