MARCH MESSAGES 3-1 “Does God know me?”-Sam Buster 3-8 Speaker Jeff Buster 3-15 Sam Buster 3-22 Mission Presentation-The Cami’s 3-29 Sam Buster BIRTHDAYS If you know of anyone who is not on our list, contact Church Office COFFEE HOUR 3-1 Cindy Johnson 3-6 Mike Johnson 3-1 Carol Dawson & Joyce Richter 3-6 Sabrina Martin 3-8 Mae Backovitch & Joyce Richter 3-9 Alex Dietz 3-15 Rosalie Stickling & Patty Summers 3-14 Kathy Martin 3-22 Jenny & Chris Sybrandy 3-23 David Huber 3-29 Food Drive-Lunch Served 3-24 Raya Peterson USHER SCHEDULE PRAYER & PRAISE NOTES (Note: Ushers are now scheduled by the month) The prayer and praise notes that are found weekly in March Sue McDonald & Shirley Disch the bulletin are maintained by Rosalie Stickling. April Donna & Andy Kramer Requests stay on for one month, then are removed May Mike & Cindy Johnson and/or updated. Please use the form provided in the June Linda Ellinger & Linda Martin bulletin or email the church office with your requests. We are thankful to Rosalie for her service. NURSERY SCHEDULE 3-1 Donna Kramer 3-8 Annie Lyons 3-15 Sandy Blake Installation of Council Members 3-22 Teresa Pillars 3-29 Diane Mauck **Correction** It was not noted in Feb. chimes, Rosalie Stickling was elected to be Council Secretary. CHILDREN’S MOMENT SCHEDULE Save The Date 3-1 Alex Fazekas On Saturday, March 28th , there will be a spaghetti 3-8 Rosalie Stickling dinner served courtesy of the Umlauf/Reiley family. 3-15 Katie Margison This is a “THANK YOU” dinner for the congregation, so 3-22 Teresa Pillars the family can express their gratitude for the kindness 3-29 Cindy Johnson shown during this difficult time with Keelie. They are hoping Keelie will be able to attend as well. More information coming soon! Outreach Committee Updates Annual Food Drive The Outreach Committee met February 17th, and had On March 29th we will again be holding our annual food the pleasure of meeting Ilir and Kate Cami who drive (formerly Souper Bowl Sunday). This year will represent International Teams as missionaries. The have some changes. Outreach is partnering with couple will be with us during worship service on March Lydia’s Circle to provide the lunch which will be served 22nd. They will share with the congregation about the during coffee hour. There will be soup, sides, and efforts of International Teams. They are one of the desserts. Both groups will be providing food, so please mission agencies we will support in the 10/40 window see Joyce Richter or Annie Lyons for details. We will part of our Mission Budget. again have the “menu” that indicates the “cost” of the meal to be “paid” with non-perishable food items. We are going to change up the Souper Bowl Sunday Flyers will be handed out prior to the event, so all will events this year. We will be organizing a similar event have the information. All donations will again benefit on March 29th in partnership with Lydia’s Circle. See the Avon Food Pantry. Last year we took two truck article for specifics. loads of food to the pantry, they were so grateful! Mark your calendars. Plans are also underway for a “Diaper Drive” for Tri- County Pregnancy Center. This will coincide with Mothers Day. For Him Teresa Pillars-Chair Worship Committee Updates Members: Sam Buster, Annie Lyons, Sandy Blake, Karen The Worship committee continues to meet on a regular Eggert, & Jim Pillars. basis to discuss and plan worship services. Feedback from the congregation has helped us tremendously, and we welcome it. Wednesday Night Prayer Time On Sunday, February 8th, we welcomed our Scout How’s your prayer life? Troops. Two of the young men did the Presentation of Colors, and Paul Sosha gave a short presentation. Our church is actively involved in weekly prayer Please continue to pray for all the local scouting meetings devoted solely to praying for aspects of the programs. February 22nd, Rev. Ricky Bueno gave the church. We may pray for a global church topic one message during the service. week, and pray for the CCRL nursery-age children another week, but we pray. Everyone is welcome to Volunteers for coffee hour are always needed. You do come and participate. And a special invitation is made not need to buy any refreshments, as they are to you who have never prayed out loud or in a group provided. If, however, you would like to bring a before, to come and listen. God will honor even your special treat, it is welcome. Please see Joyce Richter silent participation. for more information. Our statistics since we began Wednesday evening, We are gearing up for the upcoming Easter season. September 10th are as follows: We have met 18 out of Plans are to have Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and 23 Wednesdays for just under an hour, we average Easter Sunday services. On Good Friday, the sanctuary between 6 and 7 participants, so, collectively, we have will be open. You are welcome to come as you please lifted up many hours of prayer to our great God over to meet with our Lord in prayer. this time period, but who’s counting? Please join us when you can. Let me know if you’d like We will continually strive to make the service pleasing to join us, or just pop in. We start promptly at 6:30 first and foremost to God, and welcome suggestions and stop at 7:15 sharp. We would love to have you from members. Next meeting is March 24, 8:30pm. join us every now and again. God has truly blessed each one of us on the committee, In the meantime, how’s your prayer life? and we are all grateful to serve Him in this way. His, In Him Alex Fazekas Randy Margison-Chair Members: Sam Buster, Sandy Blake, Joyce Richter, Annie Lyons, & Jim Pillars. LYDIA CIRCLE NEWS At our very lively February meeting (many attended) A CONTRITE HEART we voted unanimously to hold a mini-spring rummage I may be the only person in our church who did not sale. It will be held ONLY in fellowship hall and our hear when Pastor Sam used me as an example of how entranceway. The dates will be: April 26 (set-up not to be a Christian. Yes, I’m Roberta, and though I Sunday), with sale dates of April 30 thru May 2nd . We have often wished to be the inspiration for a sermon, I expect to do the entire set-up, and begin sorting on the had hoped it would be of a “good” example. 26th. An energy packed lunch for all the workers will be provided. Cut off for the donations would be the I am learning so much from Pastor Sam!! Thank God evening of Tuesday the 28th. As always, workers are for him. I had already learned how to apologize, it was allowed to do “early bird” shopping. Plans are to have something I needed to know, but I needed to learn to the usual “bag sale” items, plants, jewelry, and large forgive. I have a neighbor, Maria, who I knew would items. Set-up will be very basic: tables, clothing racks, forgive me before I even asked her to. I was just and shelving, as needed. We will not be using the back embarrassed to ask her, embarrassed that I needed rooms at all. The “extra-good-quality” items will be too. So, since I knew I didn’t deserve to be forgiven, I packed away for the fall sale (sale dates: August 7-9). sent over a card saying so first. She ran out to greet If you can hold back on these items, it would be me arms outstretched for a big hug. We cried and appreciated, as we all know storage space is limited. hugged, hugged, and cried, then had a lovely visit. We will have a sign up sheet soon, and will ask for Thinking about it later, I realized that the secret is to names & phone numbers in case we have an urgent have a contrite heart BEFORE I sin, then maybe I won’t need (a semi-truck load of donations) and have to call say or do that stupid or mean thing. In fact, I people in to help. There will be a “to-do” list running personally, need to have a contrite heart every waking at all times to better identify what needs to be done. moment. That is my only hope, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to ever be anything but a wretched We hope to fill Fellowship Hall will lots of clothing, Christian. tools, small electronics, toys, house wares, etc. If you have large electronics (TV or computer) please call We are so blessed to have a God with the patience and Mae Backovitch BEFORE bringing to church 847-543- love to help us be what He longs for us to be. THANK 9917. YOU LORD! TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!! All donations are In His Love welcome and tax deductible and the more shoppers the Roberta Vilmann better!! Ps. 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” ALSO, PLEASE START SAVING BROWN BAGS TO USE AT NIV THE SALE. We will also need flower pots, any size, for the fall sale. These are any you can pick up at sales during the summer. Last, but not least…Lydia Circle decided that the ENTIRE profit from this sale will be given to the CARD MINISTRY churches General and/or Building Fund. Do you know someone who is in need of some spiritual love from our brother’s and sister’s in Christ? If so, We Are Truly…..In His Service contact Shirley Disch. Shirley will faithfully mail cards to people that convey prayer, love, and hope to those The Ladies of Lydia Circle in need. Shirley’s email is: firstname.lastname@example.org, or feel free to drop a note in the offering plate, or talk with Shirley during coffee hour. Curry’s Prayer and Praise February 14, 2009 CHOIR REHEARSAL Choir practice is on Wednesdays, at 7:30 pm. Practice Dear Friends, takes place in the Sanctuary. If you are interested in joining, please see Randy Margison We have been here in Vijayawada the last two weeks. Rhonda has seminary students in our home each evening tutoring them in English. Since most of Christian literature is printed in the English language, it is incredibly powerful for them to learn English. This opens the door to the world for them. I have been planning future train and air travel for the next three months and also researching curriculum options for the Bible schools. Each morning the faculty COUNCIL REPORTS has a devotional time. I have been leading that for a few days. Rev. Dr. Quentin Scholtz, from a United Reports from the most recent meeting are always Methodist Church in Danville, Kentucky, visited us here for two days. That was extra special! available at the back of the church in the wooden rack at the top of the steps. Don’t hesitate to pick one up if you have interest. Counci l Meetings are always open to This Monday I leave here by train and go to Calcutta our members. We meet the second Tuesday evening to (overnight train ride) and then get another train up conduct church business and the fourth Tuesday into the mountains of Jharkand, the Malto tribal people evening to pray. Please contact Council President If you where I will visit the ECI School there, offering wish to attend or speak at any meeting. encouragement to the Principal and learning of their curriculum needs. The Bishop will visit there also next week and dedicate some churches. I will assist in that also Saturday evening I leave with the Bishop on train and WRLR RADIO 98.3 go back to Calcutta where we will be on an early Ever thought of being on the radio? We have a need for 4-5 people to rotate doing our morning flight to New Delhi for a meeting with potential donors from America. After all that, I fly back weekly church radio program. Please contact Annette Gathercoal if you are interested. to South India and should be back in Vijayawada by the 25th. Especially pray for Rhonda. She misses family so much. You can drop her a note at email@example.com. We had hoped to have the Coffee House going by now but are content to wait until the right moment. She will be by herself for about ten days. Two seminary girls come and spend the nights when I am gone. USE OF CHURCH BUILDING AND Also especially pray for me and the Bishop as to our CHIMES CALENDAR?? health risk in the Malto tribal area. Three missionaries The calendar in the Chimes each month only and one seminary have died there due to the cholera, contains the events of our church life. It does not list typhoid, malaria and dengue fever. all the groups using the church facility on different dates. If you wish inquire about using the facility, Sincerely in His love, please call or email Anne Lyons. Church number 847- Thomas and Rhonda 546-1000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. P.S. — I broke a tooth and had my first experience with an Indian dentist. Believe it or not, it went very well. Praise God!