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									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 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
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-

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.


…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.


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

                                                                  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-
ken@northwesthills.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
                                                              CRAFT FAIR
                                                              BAKE SALE BOOK SALE                      LUNCH
                                                              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!!!
   ken@northwesthills.com 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.

                                                              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
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!


Julie Knight
Children’s and Youth Leader

Thank You To. . .                                                 Hey Parents!! Need a Babysitter
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 julie@northwesthills.com
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
                                           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 julie@northwesthills.com 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 julie@northwesthills.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
 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

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

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.

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