Your Weekly Update
Spring Clean Up at FPC
Please join us for Spring Clean-up Day on Saturday, April 28th. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8:30 AM with work to begin at 9:00 AM. See you there! In case of rain, it will be postponed until Saturday, May 5th.
I would like to thank Pastor Clint & Pastor Michael for visiting Audrey at Accura and Pastor Clint for the beautiful Memorial Service. Also, I would like to thank the congregation for your thoughts, prayers, visits and cards while Audrey was at Accura and since her passing.
ILCC Music Department
The Andrew Allen/Rachelle Gewecke recital will be held on Tuesday, April 24th at 7pm in the Estherville Campus Gymnasium. Free will donation with proceeds going to hurricane relief efforts by Friends of Puerto Rico.
UDMO & Spirit Life Food Banks
The congregations of our county take turns supporting the Upper Des Moines Opportunity and Spirit Life food pantries. Long ago it was decided by the churches that the county would be best served by having these pantries. Our congregation has the opportunity to provide to these pantries for the months of April and October. Please consider donating your items during the month of April. Items may be placed in the wagon in the Narthex. Monetary gifts are welcome as well.
Join us in Sharing “Acts of Kindness”
We want to encourage church members to sacrifice a few dollars or a few minutes to perform an act of kindness for someone else and show them God’s love through that act. It can be as simple as buying a flower for a friend, paying for the next person in line at the drive through, or helping an elderly person scoop snow. Whatever it is, we want to know about it! We will set up a poster board with a mason jar drawn on it and cut out shapes to “fill up” the mason jar. Church members can write out their acts of kindness and place it on the jar. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can do so. Our goal is to fill it up with “Acts of Kindness.”
The Annual PW Salad Supper has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 16th at 6pm! The sign-up sheet is still located in the narthex.
Break the Cycle 200 (formerly Okoboji 200)
Again this summer the Okoboji 200 will be raising money for sex trafficking relief and prevention throughout the Midwest and the world. Pastor Clint will be riding again this year and anyone who would like to participate can visit https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/clint-loveall—break-the-cycle-200—okoboji-2018?utm_campaign=oc&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=crowdrise to learn more or make donations. You could also donate through the church.
Again this year we will be hosting riders after the ride, which is June 22nd, and serving breakfast the next morning at the church (June 23rd). If you would like to be involved with either of those efforts, please let us know. Thanks.
Please donate your long-sleeved shirts to “Farmworker Awareness”! Long-sleeved shirts help protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure and heat-related illnesses. A drop box is located in the library.
Reforming (2nd)Service Ushers/Greeters Needed
We are in need of Ushers/Greeters for our 2nd Service. Responsibilities include distributing bulletins and greeting worshippers at the center sanctuary doors as well as taking a head count of worshippers (including praise and worship team and those in the nursery. A sign-up sheet is located in the narthex. Sign up for one week or whatever works with your schedule.
Wednesday, April 25th
Meal: Potatoes & Ham
Meal Crew: Pat Thomson Helpers Needed!
Adult Ed Classes
- Romans — Women’s Bible Study led by Rachelle Gewecke
- Explore the New Testament with the Great Courses
- The Gospels; a comparative look – led by Pastor Clint
The Gospels; a comparative look
Join us for a 3 week look at Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to explore what is the same and what is different about the 4 books we call the Gospels. This class will be a basic overview of the highlights and particulars of each Gospel and a look at how each one adds it’s unique perspective and voice to the overall story of Jesus. Class will be available Wednesday and Sunday. Taught by Pastor Clint
2018 Student Internship
We are excited to announce that we intend to offer another paid internship opportunity within our youth and family ministries this summer. This year’s internship will be held in partnership with the Lakeshore Center who will also be providing the intern’s housing and food for the entire internship. We would love for you to share this opportunity with any undergraduate or graduate student who you think might be interested. More information can be found on our website, including the application, at fpcspiritlake.org/internship/.
Boundary Waters Informational Meeting
Thanks to a wide variety of interest from the congregation, we will be holding an informational and planning meeting for a potential COUPLES Boundary Waters Canoe trip. We will discuss a potential trip departing on July 23rd or 24th as well as the possibility of other dates (if those don’t work for you). Join us for the informational meeting on April 29th to see if you are interested in going on this kind of trip.
On Sunday, May 13th, we will be honoring all moms for Mother’s Day. Please bring us your favorite picture of “Mom” to be presented in a slide show presentation on Mother’s Day.
Congregational Life “Culinary Talent Show”
The Congregational Life committee has been working on a new idea that we want to have you all thinking about. This is still in the early planning stages and will take place in the next few months. It is tentatively being called a “culinary talent show”. We know that there are some fantastic cooks in our congregation. We want to allow you to show off those talents. Most of you have a recipe that impresses everyone, whether it is Glazed Salmon or Chicken Cacciatore (you know, THE recipe). That’s the one we want you to make. It does not have to be complicated, just delicious. We will have you make that recipe for people that sign up to try it. Keep in mind that this is not a potluck, you will be cooking for a specific number of people. Maybe you are thinking “I don’t have a main dish, but my twice baked potatoes or Caramel Cheesecake is AWESOME”. That’s great, we need side dishes and desserts also. Sign up for what you make best. Then we will need everybody to sign up to come and EAT. If you would like to sign up to cook or if you have questions, contact Tony Jennings, Judy Jensen or Lynn Peterson.
Hospice Medicare Benefits Panel Discussion
Please join us for a Panel Discussion on Hospice Medicare Benefits on Thursday, April 26th at 1:15pm at Welcov Assisted Living, 1819 23rd St., Spirit Lake. This event is hosted by Kindred Hospice, St. Croix Hospice, Welcov Assisted Living and Lakes Regional Healthcare. For more information, please contact Kathleen Johnson at Welcov, 336-3553.
The children’s and lap quilts are now in the fellowship hall and ready for completion. Please take them home and complete one or as many as you like. These quilts have been given in the past to CAASA, Dickinson County Public Health for the “New Moms” program, Lakes Regional Healthcare for the new babies, Gentiva Hospice and Accura Care Center. Please help with this project which provides warmth to many members of our community and beyond.
Ladies….of all ages:
Coffee break time every Thursday morning, 8:30 AM is at Lakes Regional Healthcare Coffee Shop. No agenda, just get together with friends and a little chit chat.
Questions: Call Lori Vicker at 515-249-6684.
- Our sympathies are extended to the family of Casey Spaeth on his passing this past week.
- Jay Anderson recovering from a kidney transplant.
- Michael May who is having blood tests.
- Sheila who had a heart attack.
- Lindsay who has been diagnosed with MS.
- LaVonne Jensen who is in Hospice Care.
- Cory Krieger having cancer treatments.
- Todd Schuelka recovering from surgery.
- Shannon Siefker recovering from hip surgery.
- Kathy Huitink beginning new infusion procedure.
- Kathy Nygaard continued chemo treatments.
- Jan Lange stage 1 breast cancer.
- Randy Cauthren kidney transplant needed.
- Jen Prentice recovering from surgeries.
- Kathryn Hansen recovering from pneumonia, influenza A and the flu.
- Mickey Arneson recovering from surgery.
- Eldon Haas recovering at home.
- Jocelyn Kitzinger recovering from elbow surgery.
- Carol Armstrong recovering at home.
- Mandy Roger, niece of Doug Stueven, having health issues.
- Melody Peyton is battling cancer.
- Kevin in hospice.
- Bob Huls with stage 4 colon cancer.
Loved ones are kept on our prayer list for one month, unless otherwise requested.
- Weekly Prayer – 4:45pm
- Recharge Year-end – 5:30pm
- High School Youth Group – 6:45pm
- Adult Handbell Rehearsal – 7pm
- Chancel Choir Rehearsal – 8pm
- Men’s Bible Study – 9am
- Act II at the High School office – 11:20am
- Spring Clean-up Day at FPC – 9am Begins with Coffee – 8:30am
- Many Voices Choir Concert – 7:30pm
- Reformed Worship Service – 8:50am
- New Member Reception – 10am
- Final Sunday School – 10:15am
- Final Confirmation – 10:15am
- Final Adult Ed Classes – 10:30am
- Reforming Worship Service – 11:15am
- ILCC Handbell Choir Concert – 7pm
- PW Sewing – 9am
- Tues Women’s Bible Study – 1:30pm
Reformed Worship Service ~ 8:50am
Pianist – Arla Stover
Liturgist – Kirk Jensen
Ushers – Roger & Karen Lahm and Doug & Jean Kies
Greeters – Kieth Tadlock & Marvin Stockdale
Video Taping – Keith Brockmeyer
Soundbooth – Jackie Jenkins, Mike Reekers &
Nursery – June Howatt
Coffee & Treats – Ron Jenkins, Tom & Deb Ditsworth
Reforming Worship Service ~ 11:15am
Praise Team – Pressley Cochran-Bray, Brianna Pratt, Liz Steiner, Rachelle Gewecke, Gary Lambert, Spencer Carlson, Logan Newhouse
Greeter/Usher – Stecker boys
Nursery – Lindsay VanderWolde
Sound/Power Point – The Tillotsons
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