R. Kenneth Evitts, Senior Pastor Barb Renicker, Choir Director Lana Sinnett, Administrative Assistant Ruth Negus, Organist and Accompanist Leigh Powell, Office Assistant Judy Intlekofer, Organist and Accompanist Julie Knight, Christian Education Vol. 37 No. 11 Dave and Kathy Merriam, Custodians October 22, 2010 November November 7 8:45 & 10:45 A.M. Worship Services with Communion 9:00 Sunday School Adult Education Options between services – Library and Room 119 Youth Activity during Adult Education Coffee Fellowship hosted by Sarah Circle-C 10-11 Flu Shot Clinic – Room 127 6:30 Jr/Sr Youth November 14 8:45 & 10:45 A.M. Worship Services 9:00 Sunday School Adult Education Options between services – Library and Room 119 Youth Activity during Adult Education Coffee Fellowship/Stewardship Brunch in the Commons following each Service 12:00 Newsletter Information Deadline NO Evening Jr/Sr Youth November 21 8:45 & 10:45 A.M. Worship Services 9:00 Sunday School Adult Education Options between services – Library and Room 119 Youth Activity during Adult Education Coffee Fellowship-C 10:00 2011 Budget Hearing-Rm 120 3:00 Hanging of the Greens followed by Soup Supper NO Evening Jr/Sr Youth November 28 8:45 & 10:45 A.M. Worship Services – First Sunday in Advent 9:00 Sunday School Adult Education Options between services – Library and Room 119 Youth Activity during Adult Education Coffee Fellowship-C 6:30 Jr/Sr Youth Sunday, November 14, Coffee Fellowship/Stewardship Brunch, in the Commons following each Service 2011 Budget Hearing, Sunday, November 21 at 10:00 A.M., Rm 120 Hanging of the Greens and Soup Supper, Sunday, November 21, 3:00 P.M. THANK YOU . . . BUDGET HEARINGS FOR 2011 …from the Liturgical Arts Committee, to all who added to Hearings on the 2011 Budget will be held on: and helped with our fall decorations showing God’s Sunday, November 21 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 120 bounty. Sunday, December 5 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 120 …from Molly McCoy and the Women’s Association, one of the nicest things about our church is having friends FLU SHOT CLINIC like all of you to work with and having so many help us with bringing salads and supporting our projects and A flu shot clinic will be held at Northwest Hills on keeping things running smoothly!! And it shows. Thank Sunday, November 7 from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. in Room You! We had a wonderful day and everyone seems to 120. Shots are $18.00. No charge with Medicare Card. enjoy our Card Party and Salad Luncheon. Without everyone helping we wouldn’t be able to help with so many projects for our church. My thanks to each of you. Hanging of the Greens and Soup Supper …from the families of Bill Cederholm, we wish to thank Sunday, November 21 at 3:00 P.M. everyone for their cards, phone calls, and sulpport. A special thanks to the Ladies of the church for the lovely It’s difficult to believe, but the joyous season of luncheon. Dave & Mia Mollak and family; Roger & Christmas is almost upon us and it’s time for the Keleigh Mollak and family; Rich & Pattie Mollak and “Hanging of the Greens” in preparation for the first family. Sunday in Advent. …from Barb and Leonard Karstens, with a special thank Join us as we decorate the Sanctuary and the Commons you to Margaret Scofield, and Julie Knight and the Sunday, November 21, beginning at 3 P.M. Northwest Hills Youth Group for picking apples for us. Followed by an array of delicious soups and desserts! They had a great time riding up in the tractor and we Bring your family. It’s great fun! appreciate the help. …from Bob and Verneda Koepff to church friends who CONGRATULATIONS th remembered our 69 wedding anniversary by calling, NEW GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN sending cards and personal greetings. They were appreciated. Lorna Robinson welcomes the following great- grandchildren into her family: …from Roberta, Charles and Bob Long, to all who Kinley Jo Hubbard, daughter of Stevie and Aaron, born brought food and also served lunch after Dick’s funeral. August 19, 2010, weighing 3 lbs. Everything was tasty and we also enjoyed what was sent Logan Christopher Walders, son of Danielle and home with us. It is a real Christian service and much Douglas, born October 5, 2010, weighing 7 lbs. appreciated. Love to all. Lorna’s son, Dale, is the grandfather of these new great- grandchildren. KNOWN HOSPITALIZED Patricia Bath has a new great-grandson, Caleb Francis, born September 26, 2010, weighing 6 lbs 12 oz. Marda Hultman Mike Larson Parents are Cale and Samantha Windorski. Bob LaChapelle Chris Scofield Grandparents are Doug and Keely Yates. SYMPATHY OF THE CONGREGATION DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS …to Don and Jackie Robinson following the death on At bedtime on Saturday, November 6, set your clocks September 27 of Don’s sister, Oleta, in Arkansas. BACK 1 hour. …to the family and friends of Geraldine "Gerry" White age 96 years, following her recent death. POINSETTIAS …to Edsel Emery, family and friends following the death Poinsettia plants will be used for the Christmas on October 13 of his wife, Merle. Funeral service was decoration of the church. Poinsettias may be given in held Saturday, October 16. honor or memory of someone. Order forms are available on the tables in the Commons. Cost is $8.00 each. Checks should be payable to Northwest Hills Church with memo “poinsettias.” Order deadline is December 5. FROM PASTOR KEN CHANGING SEASONS WITH THANKSGIVING November! You’ve got to be kidding! We’re nearly at the end of the year again and there’s so much left to do. I mean, we’re looking at celebrating Thanksgiving which leads immediately into Advent which means that it will soon be Christmas and then the New Year and then… Wait a minute – isn’t this what Jesus had in mind when He said that we are not to be anxious about tomorrow and that today had enough to deal with. Let’s rethink things for a moment. November is the month dedicated to the celebration of Thanksgiving. In it we remember the Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation that came in search of religious freedom. They worshiped God revealed in Jesus and trusted that God would work through His Holy Spirit to preserve them. It is evident that the celebration of Thanksgiving was a great event in the colony between the Pilgrim Settlers and the Native Americans. More about that can be read in a number of articles and need not be recounted now. It was a time of survivors’ joy for the provision of God and the preservation of their lives in the face of adversity. A great change was upon these people (half died in the first few months) and despite the hardship they embraced that change and praised the God of all creation. It was not easy but when they saw the bounty of the next growing season they were able to trust that God was at work even through the devastation they initially experienced. I think of Thanksgiving because it immediately leads into another changing season in the church. In the following weekend we begin to celebrate the season of Advent (the closing of one year and the beginning of the liturgical Christian calendar). Think about the celebration and thanksgiving we are able to have because of the promise of Advent. Advent is the season we celebrate the appearance of our Lord and Savior Jesus and we prepare for His second appearance. The first was as an infant in a manger and the second will be as the conquering Lord over sin and death. The first ushered in the possibility of peace on earth upon all those whom God’s favor rests; the second brings the fullness of peace as our Lord establishes His kingdom in all its reality. Changing seasons is about promise (at least in God’s economy) and it’s about our living with thanksgiving. God knew that the change He planned would cost His life on earth but God designed this plan before the earth’s foundation and was willing to do whatever was necessary for the sake of creation. When we give thanks this month for the promise of God fulfilled in Jesus, let us also embrace the change that prepares us for His return. Paul wrote – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God…” Together, let’s give thanks in this season of change. Pastor Ken Senior Pastor DAY AND EVENING BIBLE STUDIES WITH HOSPITAL, HOME VISITATION & PRAYER PASTOR KEN Need a pastoral visit, “called to care” visit or have a Wednesday morning study meets at 10:00 A.M. The prayer chain request? Contact the church office at 572- Bible Study will focus on the coming Sunday's 8392. If you can’t reach the office, call Bud Merriam at scriptures, meeting in Room 128. Thursday evening 571-3208, for a visit, or call Verneda Koepff at 551-1559 study meets at 7:00 P.M. in the Library. All are welcome or Lois Gapen at 572-6792, for the prayer chain. to attend any of these studies. Please note: neither the hospital nor the chaplains notify For more information, please e-mail Pastor Ken at us of hospitalizations. Please call to let us know, 572- email@example.com or call the office, 572-8392. 8392. If no one answers, please leave a message. MEMORIALS AND SPECIAL GIFTS LIST Round tables for dinners, receptions, etc. $250 each Fellowship Hall microphone and hearing up-grade–$1,300 WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION BAKE SALES Women’s Association will be Thursday, November 4 in Sarah Circle will sponsor holiday bake sales between the Fellowship Hall at 12 noon. Bring your own brown the services on Sundays, November 21 and December bag lunch. Beverage and dessert will be provided. For 19. Proceeds will be used for church projects. more information call Molly McCoy at 571-8628. All are welcome! CRAFT FAIR BAKE SALE BOOK SALE LUNCH MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST Thank you to all the wonderful bakers, the creative Men’s Club will meet for breakfast Saturday, crafters, Ruth Circle for providing the lunch, shoppers November 6 at 9:00 A.M. in the Fellowship Hall. For and volunteers. Each one of you helped to make the more information, please e-mail Pastor Ken at 2010 Craft Fair a success!!! firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office, 572-8392. Our totals without Sunday craft sales: CIRCLES Luncheon $ 724.00 Crafts and Baked Goods 2936.11 Hannah Circle will meet Tuesday, November 16 at TOTAL $ 3660.11 1:15 P.M. in the Library. For more information call Verneda Koepff at 551-1559. Youth Book Sale $240.00 Sarah Circle will meet Tuesday, November 16 at Craft information for next year will be published 7:30 P.M. in Room 119. Call Terri Burright at 572- beginning in the March newsletter. If you have any 8569 with any questions. questions, please contact Sherry Mitchell at 498-3597. Ruth Circle will not meet in November. The next meeting will be the Holiday Dinner in December. Singles Outing To Be Announced You may call Ginger Morelock, 602-6364, for information. The November activity will be planned at our Halloween party on Saturday, October 30. Priscilla Circle Contact the church office, 572-8392 with any question. Watch the Sunday bulletin for details. Esther Circle For more information, call Molly See you on Saturday, October 30 at 4:00 P.M. in the McCoy at 571-8628. Fellowship Hall. Any questions, contact Lois Gapen 572-6792. Friends are always welcome. BOOK CLUB NEW ADDRESS “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett will be the book reviewed at Book Club, Thursday, November 18 beginning at 1:30 Mary Hinman P.M. in the Library. Newcomers welcome. Contact Joyce 7205 N 73 Plaza Circle Apt. 121 Peterson at 571-0147 with any question or for additional Omaha NE 68122 information. FROM JULIE KNIGHT Think about the leaves for a moment. If we wore the same pair of clothes all year what a mess they would be! When you look at leaves you might see the dirt on the leaves and the holes eaten in them by bugs? Jesus gave us seasons to remind us of the renewal we need. There are times we need to let go of the bad habits or things we have done. That is called repentance. Then Jesus can grow new habits on us, just as he grows new leaves on trees in springtime. Jesus uses his own creation to tell us about himself. Let's be sure to thank Jesus for the beauty of all he made today. What a beautiful start to Fall! The trees turning are so amazing! It is the perfect time to give thanks to God for all of the wonderful things He has given to us. Our God is such an awesome God, He sees the depths of our hearts, but He still loves us the same. How powerful and priceless to know that we may fall at times but God always stays constant and will be there no matter what to lift us up again and again. Your friends and family and all the wonderful things in your life are not an accidental part of your life. If you are always wanting more, then how can you value or appreciate what you have now! Don’t waste time wanting, life is too short. The gifts you have from God are chosen just for you to help you to grow in Christ-like character, so thank God every day for the blessings in your life. With all the holidays drawing nearer it is a wonderful time to think about love and forgiveness! Learn to forgive people who have hurt you. Don’t get angry and hate people for doing you wrong. If you get hurt or upset don’t internalize it and take it personally. You shouldn’t let it ruin or rule your life because, remember, each day is a gift! Forgiveness is a beautiful thing! Learn to love everything you have. It is human nature to always want more and sometimes driving yourself crazy to get it! You may find more peace in loving and enjoying the things you already have in your life. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good and He loves you! Blessings Julie Knight Children’s and Youth Leader Thank You To. . . Hey Parents!! Need a Babysitter th All the parents and youth who helped prepare and serve Plan a night to shop! Wednesday, November 24 , the food for the mystery dinners! the Jr/Sr High Youth will offer babysitting for children through 6th grade from 5-8 P.M. at the church as a Everyone who donated books for the craft fair. It was a fundraiser, to allow parents an opportunity to complete success and it would not be possible without you!!!! some Christmas shopping. We will have lots of activities planned and dinner will served at 6:00 P.M. Please All of our Sunday School teachers! You are all doing a RSVP to the church office or email@example.com rd wonderful job and I appreciate you all! by November 23 . The nursery will be open for any little ones. Please spread the word about this great night and All who came on the hayrack ride! It was so much fun! thank you for supporting the youth with your donations! Melissa Brusnahan for helping at Area 2:52!!! You rock!! Christmas Show Rehearsal Allison White for helping at Zone 5/6!! I really appreciate it!! Saturday, December 11th from 10:30-11:30 P.M. the Sunday School children will meet in the Sanctuary for Barb Renicker for helping me with all the kids’ music!! the Christmas play rehearsal. To get the children ready You are wonderful!! th for their performance on the 12 , please make this rehearsal a priority for your children. Parents who are donating cookies can drop them off that day. Thank You!! Junior and Senior High Youth Group Events Sunday, November 7 Sunday School 9-10:00 A.M. Youth Group 6:30-8 P.M. Friday, November 12 Lock-In 7 P.M. to 9:00 A.M Sunday, November 14 Sunday School 9-10:00 A.M. NO Evening Youth Group Sunday, November 21 Sunday School 9-10:00 A.M. NO Youth Group - Hanging of the Greens 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 24 Babysitting Fundraiser, Youth sign up for Shift 5:00-8:00 P.M. Sunday, November 28 Sunday School 9-10:00 A.M. Youth Group 6:30-8 P.M. You can always get involved with the kids and youth. Call Julie at 445-6148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer! Children’s Events: Sunday School Kids and Preschool to Sixth Grade Wednesday November 3 Area 2:52 6:00-7:30 P.M. Sunday, November 7 Sunday School 9:00-10:00 A.M. Kids exit with Julie following Children’s Moment Youth Activity 10:15-10:45 A.M. Wednesday, November 10 Zone 5/6 6:00-7:30 P.M. Sunday, November 14 Sunday School 9:00-10:00 A.M. Kids exit with Julie following Children’s Moment Youth Activity 10:15-10:45 A.M. Wednesday November 17 Area 2:52 6:00-7:30 P.M. Sunday, November 21 Sunday School 9:00-10:00 A.M. Kids exit with Julie following Children’s Moment Youth Activity 10:15-10:45 A.M. Wednesday, November 24 NO Zone 5/6, Youth Babysitting night Sunday, November 28 Sunday School 9:00-10:00 A.M. Kids exit with Julie following Children’s Moment Youth Activity 10:15-10:45 A.M. You can always get involved with the kids and youth. Call Julie at 445-6148 or email email@example.com volunteer! your support. Mitten Tree Mark your Calendars We are going to have a mitten tree this month in the Commons. On it you can hang winter stocking hats On Sunday, December 12th all the youth of NWH and/or gloves to be given to people in need. The tree Church will be performing “The Really, Really, Really, will be up from November 7th - 21st. Thank you for all Holy Night”. This is a wonderful play that will remind us who and what Christmas is really all about! Cindy Thygesen, Chris Scofield, Josh Casebeer and Ginger Morelock SUNDAY NIGHT YOUTH GROUP Jr/Sr High Lock-in If you are in 7th - 12th grade or know someone who is, The Jr/Sr High Lock-in will be Friday, November 12th we would love to have you join us for youth group from beginning at 7 P.M. and ending Saturday at 9:00 A.M. 6:30-8:00 P.M. Sunday nights! Every Sunday is filled Youth should be dropped off and picked up at the back with fun games, worship with music and Bible study. We doors of the church. We will have a guest speaker and will meet the 7th and 28th! On the 21st we will help will shop for a wonderful family. Friends are welcome. during the Hanging of the Greens starting at 3 P.M. Permission slips are needed for all. Area 2:52 MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG and HEALTH PLAN OPEN ENROLLMENT Area 2:52 meets the first and third Wednesday of every month from 6-7:30 P.M., for kids who are 3 years to third It’s that time again – the Medicare Prescription Drug and grade. This month we will meet on November 3rd and Health Plans Open Enrollment Period starts November the 17th! Bring friends! 15. This year there are significant changes due to the Health Care Reform Act and plans have made changes in premiums, prices, co-pays and the coverage of drugs Zone 5/6 on their lists. There are also fewer prescription drug plans (33 vs. 46 this year) and fewer Medicare health Zone 5/6 will meet every second and fourth Wednesday plans with prescription drug coverage. The 2011 plans’ of the month from 6-7:30 P.M., for kids in 4th-6th grade. information is now on the Medicare website and the best This month we will be meeting November 10th only! way to determine how the changes will affect you and Bring a friend! determine which plan will best for you is to use Medicare’s Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov. MISSION AND SERVICE Volunteers Assisting Seniors (VAS), of which Rick Scofield is a volunteer, and other organizations are We thank the congregation for their awareness, providing assistance for seniors during the open generosity and participation in very important ministries enrollment period between November 15 and December in our community. How great to assist and lend a 31 at ___ enrollment sessions around the area and at helping hand to others outside our Church walls. the VAS office located at 42nd and Center St. A schedule of these is available by calling VAS at 444- We continue to support Siena/Francis House. The 6617. committee members pick up your generous donations and deliver them downtown. The guys on the loading Rick is a trained volunteer with the Nebraska Senior dock, who are part of the shelter’s job training program, Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and will are always so helpful. This facility provides food and a also provide assistance at church. Rick has scheduled warm place to stay in freezing winter weather to those in the following dates and times to be at the church: need. When cold weather starts settling in, remember that an old coat hanging in the closet might be the only Wednesday November 17 9-12:00 thing that keeps a soul warm. The current needs are Thursday November 18 9-2:00 posted on the sheet above the Siena/Francis House bin Friday November 19 9-2:00 in the commons. Monday November 29 9-12:00 Thursday December 2 9-2:00 Former President Jimmy Carter wrapped up a week in Friday December 3 9-2:00 which he pitched in with Habitat for Humanity home- Monday December 6 9-2:00 building projects in three states and Washington, D.C. The 86-year-old Carter is to join Habitat for Humanity Please call Lana at the church office to schedule an crews building 10 homes and repairing 18 others in the appointment with him. Birmingham area in October 2010. The committee appreciates your generous contributions to Habitat for Also late afternoon or early evening by appointment. Humanity in 2010. Call Rick (493-5994) or the church office for more information. Flu shots will be available on Sunday, November 7 from 10:00 – 11:00. Contact any of the Mission & Service team members for more information. Thank you, Living Waters Association, UCC, Fall Meeting Living Waters Association, UCC, Fall Meeting was held on 09 October 2010, at St. Luke's United Church of Christ, 1072 21st Avenue, Columbus, NE 68601 and called to order at 10:00 o'clock. The following members of Northwest Hills Church, UCC, attended the subject meeting as your representatives with vote: Pastor Ken Evitts, Jim Skrobo, Wayne Downie, and Don and Ardell Reuter. Eilene Downie, current Vice President of the Association, also attended. The emphasis of this fall meeting was the recognition of Kamp Kaleo as a vital ministry of the United Church of Christ and also any other entity that would choose to use the facilities. The opening service was words and hymns used at the many visitations this past summer season. In addition, a program describing the experiences and facilities was presented in the afternoon. The Call to Order was issued at 10:50 A.M. by the outgoing President Art Anderson, Lay Minister from Plainview, NE, followed by the Call for quorum. With a quorum present (just barely) the Treasurer and committee reports were presented and approved. The total ending balance in the bank as of September 10, 2010, was $24,864.85 and the proposed budget of $11,700 was approved for 2010-2011. The dues for the Northwest Hills Church, UCC, is $674.00 based upon 337 members. The report of the nominating committee involved the following members of Northwest Hills Church, UCC: President of the Living Waters Association for a 2 year term Eilene Downie Church and Ministry Committee for a 3 year term Ken Evitts Jim Skrobo Also of interest to NWH-UCC Council Member for a 2 year term Ron Roskens The slate of nominees presented was unanimously approved and elected, followed by their installation, and the break for lunch was called. The Living Waters Association provided the meal and St Luke's church arranged the catering and served. The meal was enjoyed by all including the fellowship of those representatives from the other churches present. The meeting was called back to order at 1:00 P.M. by President Eilene Downie and introduced the presentation by the staff of Kamp Kaleo. (See par 2 above) Order was recalled for any additional/new business at 2:00 P.M. and closing worship was held with prayers for all attendees to be able to return home safely. Report by Don Reuter This was a beautiful trip, filled with inspiration from the Association name, Living Waters, to viewing the results of those living waters. Remember the story of Jesus meeting and talking to the woman at the well? Jesus told her of the living water and it took time for her to understand what He meant by "Living Waters". That story came very much alive in this stretch of highway to Columbus. The harvesting of the corn and soybean crops from the fields, that were planted, cultivated, and now matured and being brought into the storage buildings, all because of the living waters from the Heavenly Father; the transportation and the highways, the cell phones when one gets lost in the city, and all the conveniences of live the good life because of the graciousness from God through the gifts of the living waters. Oh, how we are blessed and I wonder if we recognize His tender care or do we travel those highways of life with selfish entitlement's crossing over the bridges without even recognizing the Living Waters flowing beneath our feet and given by the most merciful Father God.