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Gilbert Lutheran Church In Christ, we care, we pray, we serve. the Neighbor February 2011 www.gilbertlutheran.org 135 School St., P.O. Box 270 Gilbert, Iowa 50105 Church Office 515-233-2421 Worship Schedule PRAYERS: THOUGHTS & PRAYERS Sunday Worship 8:15 AM Rita Barron (Susie Brause’s mother), Chris 10:45 AM Covell, Phil Fellers (Tina Swart’s father), Joan Education Hour 9:30 AM Jacobs (Jean Bremer’s mother), Barb Jorgensen Staffed Nursery Sunday mornings (mother of Colleen Jones), Sonny Petersen, Bob Schumer, Ida Williams (Michelle Watson’s We celebrate Holy Communion on the 1st & 3rd mother) and Kylie Zeigler. Sundays of the month and special occasions. CONTINUING PRAYERS: Bob Beyer (Mary Vannoy's brother), Helen Staff: Bremer (Larry's mother), Barb Cook (Mary Thomas Prochnow, Pastor Vannoy's sister), Pat Fellers (Tina Swart's email@example.com mother), Aaron Filipi (Julia Ridpath's nephew), Cell # 515-291-3265 Bobbie Jo Frerichs, Michelle Hanson (Adrian Cathy Daharsh, Pastor Lucas' niece), Joan Jacobs (mother of Jean firstname.lastname@example.org Bremer), Laurence & Betty Jolly (Betty Upstill's Cell # 515-450-7531 parents), Joyce Lauridsen, Steve Nissen, Henry Theresa Willis Roth (Pam Vandenberg's grandfather), Margie email@example.com Scott, Mark Swart (John Swart's brother), Tera Church Office 515-233-2421 White (Renee Kayser's niece) Judy Fitz, Nursery Attendant Dan Wright, Custodian IN THE MILITARY We are a congregation of the ELCA. Please keep Danny Schmidt & Zach Dalaba in your prayers. Danny is serving in Afghanistan Gilbert Lutheran Church was established in and the son of Dan & Chris Schmidt. Zach is 1881. We are a warm, welcoming community of Christina (Wright) Dalaba’s husband. caring people providing opportunities for growth in faith and service to others. For updates to the prayer list, please Come and join us in contact the church office at 515-233-2421 or firstname.lastname@example.org faith & fellowship www.gilbertlutheran.org If you prefer to receive this newsletter via email, please send a request to email@example.com PASTOR’S NOTES ever before. What a wonderful sign of God’s God is With Us hope and transformation in our church! 20 Worship is the core of our life together. We But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream continue to find ways to engage more individuals and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid in leadership roles. The people responsible for to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived Worship have done an excellent job of in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a organizing worship responsibilities while son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will continuing to look for gifted people to share their save his people from their sins.” 22All this took time and talents in worship. We saw Emily place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord Worthington leave us after serving as organist through the prophet: 23“Look, the virgin shall and pianist, but we are grateful for all the conceive and bear a son, and they shall name wonderful individuals who have stepped up to him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” share in the ministry of music while we pursue new worship leadership. I would like to God is with us. God guides and encourages us. personally thank Peggy Jobe, Sharon Prochnow, As Christ walks with us in our ministry together, I Joel Kruckenberg, Dennis Henderson, Denise find it exciting to think that we are a part of a Henderson, Sharon Morricel and others for their bigger picture which is God’s care and concern willingness to help enhance our music ministry. for the world. And because God’s care and concern has to do with transforming and bringing I appreciate of all those who work so hard to us into things that are not yet, living in Christ is keep our church organized and clean and always a great adventure and many times an welcoming to the community. Theresa Willis, our unexpected one. office manager, has been an excellent addition to the staff of GLC. She comes to us with much God has guided us and encouraged us expertise in computers and writing. She is warm throughout the year and we have seen some and welcoming and intelligent. Her skills meet unexpected and amazing transformations. Our the needs of our congregation and we are year has not always been easy but I see God’s thankful for her gifts. Judy Fitz and Dan Wright work even in the difficult times. continue to be very reliable and dedicated staff We celebrated a wonderful group of new families members as nursery supervisor and custodian. joining our congregation. These families joined Many of you do not see Theresa, Judy or Dan this church because Gilbert Lutheran Church often but they are all important members of our (GLC) is a warm and friendly and inviting place staff and contribute to the ministry of our church. committed to sharing the gospel with all people. A special thank you goes to Pastor Tom and his They appreciate that we are intergenerational continued openness to team ministry and his big and that we offer activities for all generations. heart for the ministry of GLC. He has been They enjoy the variety we have in worship and steadfast, flexible and faithful throughout this our strong education programs. Many of our new year filled with many adventures. Especially, I congregation members have been invited by you want to give a huge thank you to all of you who to come and see our church, so thanks for your keep your eyes fixed on Christ and who have efforts to welcome and evangelize our been open to new and fresh ways to sense congregation to our community. God’s Spirit working in this place. It is wonderful Education is a very important part of our life to do ministry with you. together as a congregation. Vacation Bible God is with us. I believe that as we enter into School (VBS) was a great adventure this year. A this next year we need to remember and trust decision was made to change the date of VBS that God is with us in everything we do. and to lead the program without help from Riverside Bible Camp. This was a big May God’s peace, love and joy be ours, undertaking, which turned out to be extremely successful as we had more children attend than Tapestry of Grace poverty and hunger, as workers caring out the work of TLC from GLC, as students of the Bible, Recently in conversations I have had with as worshippers together. people who are not members of our church, I This tapestry of grace has been evident in the have heard our church referred to as “very commitment and service of several people who caring” and “kid-friendly”. They are right! We are will no longer be on the Congregational Council, called to a place of welcome, a place to rest our but whose diligence and perseverance I have so cares, a place to call home – and a place for appreciated. Thank you Deb Metz in action. Congregational Life, Betty Upstill in Secondary It was 50 years ago this month that President Education, Jef Hadaway in Property, and Tina Kennedy gave a call to action in his memorable Swart in Worship. So many thanks need to go to inaugural address. I take great liberty in David Dougherty who has guided us as rephrasing what he said as our call to action, president these past two years in times of “We dare not forget today what has been passed celebration and also challenges, and to Weldon onto us. Let the word go forth at this time and Abarr who has stepped forward not only as vice- from this place to all who are in need - both president but also in some roles as president within our congregation and beyond, that because of David’s increasing responsibilities at because of what God has done for us in Christ, work. we as God’s people will reach out in proven A year and a half ago we added to the tapestry ways and in new and exciting ways to bring of grace by calling Pastor Cathy Daharsh. She healing, restoration, hope and promise to all.” was just the right person at the right time and This past fall the congregational task force came has added to my joy in serving God here at up with a new Mission Statement: GLC. Our new office manager, Theresa Willis, In Christ, we care, we pray, we serve. What a adds so much to the team ministry along with beautiful, succinct, call to action. Judy Fitz, our nursery attendant, and Dan Wright, our custodian. In Christ – the basis for everything we do, Christ is IN US. I look forward to 2011 to bear witness to this tapestry of grace as we care, we pray, we serve. We care – because we know how God has cared for us; how Christ IN US cares for others; We are all one body together – Romans 12 In Christ’s peace, We pray – called to do God’s work we need to Pastor Tom talk to Christ IN US for guidance We serve – Christ IN US calls us to be His hands, His feet, His visits to the sick, His casseroles to the needy, His rides to doctor’s appointments, etc. We, who are imperfect, have been woven together IN CHRIST so that we are a tapestry of God’s grace through caring, praying and serving. We are a tapestry of grace not only in our church, but through our involvement in our community, in NAMI, in the Red Cross, at Mary Greeley Medical Center, in the Boys and Girls Club of Ames, in ACCESS, in the Lions, at ISU, in Habitat for Humanity, etc. We are a tapestry of grace as we are involved as Sunday School teachers, as musicians, as piano players, singers, bell ringers; as workers building homes, as workers walking to overcome CONGREGATIONAL LIFE THANK YOU WITH SYMPATHY Gilbert Lutheran Church: We offer our prayers for God’s peace We want to express our deepest gratitude and to the families who have lost loved heartfelt thanks for the food donation and Christmas ones this past month. gifts. The kids were so excited! Bill Lambert, of Dayton, Iowa, It is truly a blessing to have the care and support of husband of Cari Lambert, died on the church family through difficult times. December 31st. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 4th in Lanyon, Iowa. Times are difficult for many and the smallest gift has such great impact. Tom Eness, Paul Eness’s uncle, died December 31st at his home. Funeral services were held on Monday, Thank you again! January 3rd in Ontario, Wisconsin. The “Family in need” Bud Reilly, father-in-law of Kim Reilly, died Saturday, THANK YOU January 1st at Bethany Manor. The funeral service Thank You, GLC! was held on Friday, January 7th at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Thank you to everyone who Ann Rickerl, mother of Dave Rickerl and sister of donated to the Souper Bowl of Sonny Peterson, died Sunday, January 2nd. Funeral Caring. Your donations of canned goods and money services were held at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on will be given to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry Thursday, January 6th. in Story City. Together we raised $211 dollars and brought together five full baskets of food which will Steve Adolphson died Wednesday, January 5th at go to those in need. Thank you so much for your Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, IA. Funeral generosity! services were held on Saturday, January 8th at AGING ISSUES AND SERVICES Gilbert Lutheran. He is survived by his wife, Deb; children, Tayler, Nicole, and Justin; brothers, Richard Bethany Life Communities and Gilbert Lutheran and Kenneth; and many friends and family. Church are sponsoring a 5 week seminar here at GLC dealing with end of life issues. We will be Catherine Osterhaus, grandmother of Emily Olson, meeting on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. died on Thursday, January 13th at home surrounded February 8 Caregiver Stress / Alzheimer’s Disease by her family. Services were held on Monday, January 17 at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church in February 15 Wellness / Illness Prevention / Nutrition Dubuque with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key February 22 Continuum of Care and Services West, Iowa. March 1 Medical Directives / Financial Planning March 8 Death and Dying Rose Marie Jaquis, mother of Bob Jaquis, died on There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. If you have Monday, January 24th. Services were held on any questions, please contact Pastor Tom. Monday, January 28 at the Marion Avenue Baptist INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR CHURCH? Church in Washington. Burial is in Grundy Center If you would like more information about joining Cemetery in Grundy Center. Gilbert Lutheran Church, please give us a call or e- NEW BAPTISM mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We rejoice with Crayton Wayne Foth as he We will be starting new member classes again on receives the sacrament of holy baptism Tuesday, February 22nd at 6:30 PM, with another January 16. He was born on February 8, class on February 27th at 9:30 and a New Member 2010 at Wright Medical Center in Clarion. Welcome on Sunday, March 6th. He is the son of Clint and Mollie Foth of Goldfield; Clint is an operator at the Corn LP ethanol These classes will also be an opportunity to discover plant in Goldfield and Mollie works at the Northwest what the chief tenants of our faith are and how our bank in Humboldt. Crayton's sponsors are congregation is organized to do ministry. Mackenzie and Mark Groteluschen. NEW ADDRESS Martha Wissink, mother of Jackie Olson, is now living at Bethany Manor in room North-1. CTIM 2011 help assemble the packages on February 9th. Please Called Together in Mission XX also consider donating shoe boxes for packaging or small items such as pencils, gum, candy, et cetera. Plan now to attend the 2011 Called Together in There will be a box in the Shalom Room for donations. Mission (CTIM) on March 12, 2011 at First Lutheran PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY Church in Cedar Rapids, IA. This year CTIM welcomes The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Stewart, the This group meets the last Monday of each month at Gordon A. Braatz Assistant Professor of Worship, 6:30 PM. Members can learn from and encourage Dean of the Chapel at Lutheran School of Theology one another regarding the techniques of knitting and at Chicago (LSTC). Dr. Stewart’s keynote will be crocheting. Beautiful shawls are made to be given to followed by a Bible study he is preparing based on those in need of comfort and caring. Contact Judy Psalm 104. In the afternoon, attendees will have the Larsen at 515-291-4282 with questions. opportunity to attend to attend workshops on WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS subjects ranging from expressing one’s faith through the arts to learning about what are the best Thank you for volunteering to assist with worship. resources to use for youth ministries and bible Using this format, we can get more people involved studies to a workshop on the liturgical year led by Dr. and be sure that everyone is doing exactly what they Stewart. The event will conclude with worship, want to do. Included later in the newsletter is the full Bishop Michael Burk preaching and presiding. For schedule for this month. more information please see the synod website: This is a new process, so if you have any questions http://www.seiasynod.org/ctim-2011.html or comments, feel free to call or email. Thank you for THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS helping us make this work, and thank you for your All 2010 Choice Dollars must be designated by help every week in church. March 31, 2011. If you have not designated your If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the form dollars, or want to see what still remains for your online at www.gilbertlutheran.org/worship or let the 2010 allocation, please go online to church office know. We are also looking for Thrivent.com/thriventchoice OR call Thrivent 1-800- volunteers to do special music during worship. If you 847-4836. Choice Dollars can be designated to GLC play an instrument or sing and would like to share or other eligible non-profit Lutheran organizations of your talents on Sunday morning, email or call your choice. If you have further questions, please Theresa at email@example.com or 515-233-2421. contact Pam Abarr at 432-8869. DAILY DEVOTIONAL BOOKLETS CHOIRS GLC provides resources for daily devotions. The two Mixed Choir that we provide free are: Mixed choir meets at 7:00 PM on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining, Christ in Our Home please speak with Sharon Prochnow or My Devotions Peggy Jobe. There is no meeting February 2. Christ in Our Homes is a daily devotion based on the Men’s Choir Scripture reading, a short meditation, prayer and a Men’s choir meets between services on prayer concern. They are a great way to begin each Sundays at 9:45 AM. Anyone interested in day or end each day. This devotional booklet is for joining is encouraged to come and check it three months. out. If you have any questions, please see My Devotions is intended for young Christians or for Joel Kruckenberg. families to read with their children. It begins with a Bell Choir Scripture lesson, a short meditation, a question Bell choir usually meets at 8:00 PM on which one can discuss or write into a journal, and Wednesday evenings. They will meet at 7:30 prayer. It too is a wonderful way to help your PM on February 2. Anyone interested in children, or yourself, begin each day and stay joining is welcome to come, and should speak focused on our lives as Christians. This devotional with Dennis Henderson for more information. booklet is for three months. Please pick up a copy in VALENTINE CARE PACKAGES the Shalom Room. Parents and Grandparents, if you have a student away at college consider sending their address for a care package. We will be sending them a Valentine’s Day care package from GLC. 7th and 8th graders will CHILDREN & YOUTH CONFIRMATION CAMP SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE 2011 Confirmation Camp At Lakeside Lutheran February 6 Bible Story: The Woman at the Well Sunday, June 19 evening - Friday, June 24 noon February 13 Bible Story: The Woman at the Well For students completing grades 6th - 8th February 20 Bible Story: The Woman at the Well Last year we introduced confirmation students to the February 27 Bible Story: Jesus Feeds 5,000 wonderful experience of Confirmation Camp. Both CONFIRMATION Pastor Tom and Pastor Cathy coordinated the week Pizza along with other pastors throughout Iowa and the Pizza is served at 6:00 PM each Wednesday. The Lakeside Lutheran camp counselors. We encourage cost is $1/slice, including a salad and drink. confirmation students who have completed 6th - 8th grade to participate in at least one summer 7th & 8th Grade Schedule confirmation camp. If your son or daughter did not February 2 The Ten Commandments attend last year's camp, we encourage you to sign February 9 College Care Packages them up for this year's camp in June. GLC will cover February 16 The Lord’s Prayer $100 of the cost. Scholarships are available upon February 23 The Lord’s Prayer requests. For more information about the camp, visit 9th Grade Schedule the website at: February 9 Class Meeting http://www.lutheranlakeside.com/confirmation.html February 23 Class Meeting YOUTH GROUP HIGH SCHOOL PANCAKE BREAKFAST On Wednesday evenings from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM The High School Youth traveling to Appalachia for a high school youth will gather for games, food, mission trip this summer will be holding a Pancake fellowship, and service projects in the Youth Room at Breakfast on Sunday, February 20th from 9:00-10:30 GLC. AM. They will be serving pancakes, sausage, milk, CINNAMON ROLLS BACK juice, and coffee. A free-will offering will be taken at the breakfast. The proceeds from the offering will go Our high school youth will begin selling cinnamon towards the expenses of the mission trip. Please feel rolls every other Sunday, between services, on the free to contact Pastor Cathy (515-450-7531) or Pam 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. We ask for a free Vandenberg (515-231-9441) with any questions. will donation for the rolls. The money raised will be HIGH SCHOOL MISSION TRIP used toward our youth mission trip, to Appalachia, Summer 2011. The High School youth will be traveling to Kentucky from July 1, 2011 through July 10, 2011. The group ADULT EDUCATION will be helping the people of Appalachia with home ADULT EDUCATION COURSES improvements and other forms of ministry. Our trip is God’s Will for Life – Book of Faith coordinated through Appalachia Service Projects. Sunday Mornings We will work on a variety of projects to improve the 9:30 AM – Fellowship Hall housing in Appalachia. We will be studying from the Gospel of Mark: God’s will for life. We will require a $100 deposit by February 1, 2011, to secure your spot on the trip. Fundraising Shalom Time opportunities are planned to help defray the cost of Sunday Mornings the trip. Please feel free to contact Pam Vandenberg 9:30 AM – Shalom Room at the couches 232-6668 or Pastor Cathy with any questions. An all inclusive group – YOUTH SKI TRIP Devotions and Conversations All Middle and High School Youth are invited to Discussion Group GLC’s annual Ski Trips on Friday, February 11. Sunday Mornings You must turn in completed registration and 9:30 AM – Classroom next to the church office. medical release forms (plus a $25 non-refundable All parents are welcome – deposit) by Sunday, February 6. Full payment is A time to talk and pray about issues that due on February 11. families and adults face Men’s Bible Study If you have any questions, please contact Delayne Stokke at 451-0647. Thursday Mornings 7:00 AM – Shalom Room A discussion of the Scripture Lessons for the GLC will provide assistance. That organization is the upcoming Sunday. We use Seasons of the Spirit Guyana Mission Network out of Reformation material. Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN. If you wish to send greetings to Pastor Inshanally, his email address is: Women’s Bible Study firstname.lastname@example.org 1st & 3rd Wednesday Mornings – Shalom Room The first $40.00 of loose change and any 9:30 – 11:30 AM additional designated funds in the month of HOW LUTHERANS INTERPRET THE BIBLE February will be donated to the Guyana Mission Upon request, we are again offering the study “How Network. Lutherans Interpret the Bible.” You are invited to HEAVENLY NIGHT GALA 2011 explore Lutheran ways of interpreting the Bible Heavenly Night Gala IV through a seven video series lead by Mark Allen Saturday, February 26, 2011 Powell, a seminary professor at Trinity Lutheran in Ohio. Through Powell’s meaningful discussions you Presented by the Friends of Riverside Lutheran Bible will discover answers to questions you have always Camp and sponsored in part by Thrivent Financial for had about the Bible. Powell presents a range of Lutherans, Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp will hold a options for interpreting the Bible in a particularly gala event on Saturday, February 26. Doors open at Lutheran way. In viewing all these seven sessions, 6:00 PM with horse d’oeuvres. Music will be Powell will also answer questions you have never performed by a live orchestra for both listening and through about. dancing, with silent and live auctions. Dinner will be at 7:00 PM. Black tie is optional and the cost is $100 With busy lives we are going to offer two study times. per plate. Tickets are available at 515-292-7531. For You are still welcome to join at any time. One study more information you can email at will be on Mondays at 6:00 – 7:00 PM, ending email@example.com. February 21, and the other study will be on Saturdays at 9:00 – 10:00 PM, ending February 26. Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp Let us know if you will need childcare. You can sign 3001 Riverside Road up online at http://gilbertlutheran.org/adult or at Story City, IA church. GLC BOOK CLUB LUTHERAN SERVICES OF IOWA For our next reading adventure, we have chosen PARENTS: LIFE’S LEADERS Andrew Woodrell’s novel, “Winter’s Bone.” The Parents: role models, healers, supporters, volunteers setting is In the poverty-stricken hills of the Ozarks. and leaders. February has been named National It’s a story of how people survive in the worst of Parent Leadership Month. It is an opportunity to circumstances. publicly recognize and honor parents for their leadership roles in their homes and communities. By We will next meet on February 13 at 6:30 PM with recognizing parent leadership we have the power to Sharon & David Berryhill being hosts. If you wish to strengthen families, prevent child abuse and neglect, join, please contact Tom or Sharon Prochnow. and build strong communities. Everyone is welcomed. SOCIAL CONCERNS LSI recognizes the importance of programs that work FEBRUARY COMMUNITY & to assist parents by fostering great parenting skills in WORLD OUTREACH order for families to be successful. LSI's early childhood programs and family-centered services Guyana Mission Network help build the skills that make parents great Since the 1980s, GLC has supported Pastor Errol examples and leaders for their children through Inshanally, who serves the St. John Parish in education and the promotion of positive parenting. Wiiliamsburg, Corentyne, Guyana, by providing Your support of LSI allows us to continue to strive to supplies and financial assistance. Pastor Inshanally build and support safe families across Iowa. Your is president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in partnership in our ministry of providing service to all Guyana, duties including being the acting Pastor at through the love of Jesus Christ is a key to bringing a Ebenezer Lutheran Church in New Amsterdam. source of hope and creating faces of joy to families in Guyana is one of the poorest countries in South your community. America. Most pastors receive less than $100/month For more information on ways LSI provides hope to in salary. There is always a great need for Bibles. A Iowa's most vulnerable populations, visit new organization has been set up through which www.lsiowa.org. HOPES PROGRAM HELPS MOTHER SIMPLY GIVING Rosa joined HOPES, a free and voluntary early Another Way to Give childhood program, in 2007 when her son Elias was born. LSI visits the family regularly in their home to Dear Members of GLC, bring information on child development, parenting, community resources and more. I would like you to consider participating in Simply When Rosa joined the HOPES program, she already Giving which is designed to simplify weekly giving in had many positive parenting skills. However, like our congregation. Weldon mentioned the program many LSI clients, she struggled with larger barriers during the Annual Meeting, and this letter and the that seemed out of her control. forms on the following pages explain a little more about it. I use it myself. With everything else I have to Transportation was one of Rosa's biggest do, I find it a simple, efficient way to give to the nightmares. Because Rosa did not have a driver's church. license, she would have to walk her other son, Miguel, an hour each way from her house to his local Electronic Giving will enable every household or school, no matter the weather. She also had to bring individual to make their church offering using Elias and Maribel with her. electronic funds transfer (EFT). You may already be Rosa's LSI worker helped take her to driving lessons, using EFT to pay your mortgage, car payment or and Rosa eventually earned her license. This opened insurance premium through an automatic withdrawal doors for Rosa to use other community resources, from your checking or savings account. which is an important part of HOPES. There is no cost to you for this giving option. If you LSI also helped Rosa access child care and referred are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no her for help when Rosa was struggling with longer need to write out 52 checks a year or prepare depression. 52 envelopes. And, when travel, illness or other "LSI helps me make connections," Rosa said. "My circumstances prevent you from attending services, support worker sees a situation and gives me options this program will allow your weekly offerings to I can choose. She was my transportation to these continue on an uninterrupted basis. things. We spent a lot of time together." Rosa enrolled Elias in Head Start this fall to continue To participate in electronic giving, please complete moving toward a bright future. Because HOPES ends and return the Simply Giving authorization form and at age four, LSI encourages families to involve their give it to Theresa in our church office or put it in Joel children in early childhood education. Elias will have Kruckenberg's mailbox. Include a voided check if a great start leading up to kindergarten. you want your offering to come out of your checking account. Authorization forms and additional "It's a great time to say thank you to everyone," Rosa information are available from the church office. said. "It has been so helpful to me and my kids. I talk to many other parents who are in the program, and It is important to note that if you want to increase or they say the same thing. They are all really grateful." decrease your giving you just need to fill out another CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES 2 form and hand it in. For special offering in church, Last Call you can still put that money in the offering plate in church and that still will be recorded in your yearly We have a few seats left giving to the church. on the bus! Thrivent member and guests - be Thank you for considering another way of giving. If sure you don't get left you have any further questions, you can talk to Joel out! Sunday March 20th Kruckenberg or Pam Abarr. the bus will leave Bethesda for the afternoon matinee at Pastor Cathy Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. Cost is $50 for the play ticket and bus ride. We have reserved the best seats in the house! Call Rod or Ingrid Place at 292-7513 now to reserve your place. Member Enrollment and Authorization Form Return completed enrollment form to the Lutheran congregation, school, or institution benefiting from your giving. Complete this section for ALL ENROLLMENTS (Please print in black ink) Check the appropriate box: Last Name First Name M.I. 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Indicate whether this is a new enrollment/authorization, Simply Giving® is a reliable, safe way to move your a change in amount, or a change in bank account. stewardship plan into action. It allows you to share your 3. Indicate the account type, routing number and account donations through planned giving and activates your number. Attach a voided check or savings deposit slip generosity into ongoing stewardship. Because your donation to the enrollment form for a new enrollment or change in is given consistently, you won't need to play "catch-up" at bank account. year-end or worry about forgotten checkbooks or missed Sunday offerings. But you're not the only one that benefits. 4. 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Your Favorite Lutheran Institution • Determine the date of your first and last payment. You can also make convenient contributions to other Lutheran For Your Lutheran Institution Donation: institutions through the Simply Giving® program. Because of • Select the date of the monthly donation transfer and your planned giving and ongoing stewardship, the institution the amount of each monthly donation. you support benefits from steady, more predictable revenues • Determine the date of your first and last donation. throughout the year. This helps the institution to better meet 6. Return the completed enrollment form to the its financial goals and development objectives. Lutheran congregation, school or institution benefiting from your giving. Why does Thrivent Financial for Lutherans offer the Simply Giving® program? Thrivent Financial for Lutherans offers Simply Giving to further its mission of serving Lutheran congregations and institutions. PRIVACY / CONFIDENTIALITY: The Authorization Form on the back is seen b®y the nonprofit Lutheran organizations enrolled in Who do I call if I have more questions about the Simply Giving as well as by the Vanco Services employees Simply Giving® program? who process it. In addition, participant name and address Contact the institution benefiting from your giving. Your Thrivent information may be provided to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Financial representative may also be able to answer your Participant information will not be shared with any other questions. organizations. How do I cancel or change my authorization? Contact the institution benefiting from your giving. See reverse side for Authorization Form. February Service Committee Joel & Cindy Kruckenberg (Chairs) Joel (515-460-2519) & Cindy (515-460-2518) Kevin & Ruth Litchfield 432-8441 Chuck & Jackie Olson 292-9605 Art & Nancy Bates 232-4796 Bob & Cari Hague 451-3891 Don & Marcia Law 290-4112 Bob & Robin Jaquis 232-4751 Doyle & Peggy Jobe 231-8444 Rich & Veronica Dark 232-7742 Scott & Lisa Camp 232-9151 Brian & Melanie Wakefield 232-8511 Paul & Deb Sundberg 451-6652 Bonnie Jenison 232-1938 Steve Gent 233-2342 Andrew & Laura Kautman 291-3614 February Birthdays Staci Sniezek 02/01 Tristan Gibson 02/10 Kara Jacob 02/20 Jeff Taylor 02/01 Kaitlin Kuntz 02/10 Kim Schwartz 02/20 Jim Clark 02/02 Jim Stecker 02/10 Marcia Dahlstom 02/21 Jeff Edwards 02/02 Vicky Strom 02/10 Christina Dalaba 02/21 Judy Fitz 02/02 William Dodds 02/11 Ryan Giardino 02/21 Bridget Brennan 02/03 Andrea Hartman 02/11 Aaron Packer 02/21 Roger Gealow 02/03 Kathleen Henryson 02/12 Tina Swart 02/21 Isabella Nelson 02/03 Aaron Daharsh 02/11 Christina Wright 02/21 Nathan Rippke 02/03 Sharon Popp 02/13 Coleen Jones 02/22 Derek Anderson 02/04 Jesse Voss 02/13 Steven Vannoy 02/22 Cari Hague 02/04 Bradley Jordison 02/15 Kyla Briley 02/24 Lynn Henn 02/04 Timothy Ordal 02/16 Gregory Wirth 02/24 Joseph Metzger 02/04 Anne Walden 02/16 Jeanie Gibson 02/25 Jay Edwards 02/05 Matthew Boehme 02/17 Danny Jones 02/25 Deborah Adolphson 02/06 Gabriella Wakefield 02/17 Anthony Munoz 02/25 Gerry Hartman 02/06 Mendy Cook 02/18 Steve Nissen 02/25 Shawn Eggers 02/07 Harold Ridpath 02/18 Jeffery Johnson 02/26 Mia Kautman 02/07 Ethan Seiser 02/18 Chase Partlow 02/26 Anthony Olson 02/07 Pastor Cathy Daharsh 02/19 Lucille Watson 02/27 Dianne Draper 02/08 Michelle Gerstein 02/19 Douglas Eggers 02/28 Dylan Nelson 02/09 Kimberly Giardino 02/19 JoEllen Walker 02/28 Trenton Spear 02/09 Jenifer Leiding 02/19 Robert Clark 02/10 Jacquelyn Olson 02/19 February Anniversaries Kevin Johnston & Angie Beyer-Johnston 02/07 2 Years Jim & Kim Giardino 02/23 26 Years Jerry & Donna Holtan 02/14 41 Years Dan & Peggy Uthe 02/23 37 Years Paul & Lisa Zenor 02/16 20 Years Jim & Gail Stecker 02/26 44 Years Melissa Stenstrom-Toft 02/17 15 Years Delayne & Chris Stokke 02/28 24 Years Neil & Kay Anderson 02/20 40 Years Mike & Elisa Gibson 02/29 19 Years Ray & Sandy Gress 02/22 47 Years Sun Mon Tue February 2011 Wed Thurs Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6:00 PM Prayer Group 9:30 AM Women’s Bible 7:00 AM Men’s Bible Study 9:00 AM How Lutherans 6:30 PM TOPS Study Interpret the Bible 6:00 PM Pizza 6:30 PM 7th & 8th Grade Confirmation 7:00 PM Mixed Choir 8:00 PM Bell Choir Mission Sign-up Due Youth Group 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 8:15 AM Worship 6:00 PM How Lutherans 6:00 PM Prayer Group 6:00 PM Pizza 7:00 AM Men’s Bible Study 9:00 AM How Lutherans 9:30 AM Education Interpret the Bible 6:30 PM TOPS 6:30 PM 7th & 8th Grade Interpret the Bible 9:45 AM Men’s Choir Confirmation 10:45 AM Worship 7:00 PM Mixed Choir 9th Grade Confirmation Junior High Ski Trip 8:00 PM Bell Choir Ski Forms Due Youth Group High School Ski Trip 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 8:15 AM Worship 6:00 PM How Lutherans 6:00 PM Prayer Group 9:30 AM Women’s Bible 7:00 AM Men’s Bible Study 9:00 AM How Lutherans 9:30 AM Education Interpret the Bible 6:30 PM TOPS Study Interpret the Bible 9:45 AM Men’s Choir 7:00 First Call Meeting 6:00 PM Pizza 10:45 AM Worship 6:30 PM 7th & 8th Grade 6:30 PM Book Club @ Confirmation Berryhill Residence 7:00 PM Mixed Choir 8:00 PM Bell Choir Youth Group 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 8:15 AM Worship 6:00 PM How Lutherans 6:00 PM Prayer Group 6:00 PM Pizza 7:00 AM Men’s Bible Study 9:00 AM How Lutherans 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Interpret the Bible 6:30 PM TOPS 6:30 PM 7th & 8th Grade Interpret the Bible Pancake Breakfast Confirmation 9:30 AM Education 7:00 PM Mixed Choir 9:45 AM Men’s Choir 9th Grade 10:45 AM Worship Confirmation 8:00 PM Bell Choir Youth Group 27 28 8:15 AM Worship 5:30 PM Board of Primary 9:30 AM Education Education 9:45 AM Men’s Choir 6:00 PM Board of Youth TLC Coordinators for February 10:45 AM Worship 6:30 PM Prayer Shawl 1-15 Cindy Kruckenberg 16-30 Dee Stenstrom February Worship Schedule 2/6 2/13 2/20 2/27 8:15 10:45 8:15 10:45 8:15 10:45 8:15 10:45 Quinn Quinn Lydia Nikki Mitchell Eric Swart Abby Olson Abby Olson Vandenberg Vandenberg Heydlauf Adolphson Daharsh Acolytes Nathan Chelsea Logan Seth Breyfogle Connor Olson Riley Walker Emily Olson Emily Olson Swart Brause Litchfield Joel Tom Dennis Phyllis Troy Tim Ordal Deb Adolphson Pam Abarr Kruckenberg Daharsh Henderson Athens Buchman Ushers Chad Aaron Denise Kristi Jim Athens Deb Ordal Chad Christian Weldon Abarr Kruckenberg Daharsh Henderson Buchman Kathy Tom Darsi Sharon Jen Readers Henryson Bill Scott Larry Hameister Daharsh Christian Prochnow Darsi Christian Schnormeier Scott David Sharon Popp Art Bates Nelson Berryhill Nancy Sharon Jon Popp Nancy Bates Nelson Berryhill Communion Assistants No Communion No Communion Charlotte Daniel Ron Peterson Mary Rotto Keller Hartman Andrew Carol Peterson Teri Nelson Cindy Clark Ricklefs Altar Guild Robin Jaquis (10:45) / Cindy Kruckenberg (8:15) Matt Jeff Doug Don Draper Danny Jones Carol Lucas Deb Metz Kenzie Hosch Boehme Johnson Larimore Greeters Sally Mindi Dee Draper Cindy Clark Colleen Jones Adrian Lucas Al Metz Leta Jaquis Johnson Larimore Deb Nancy Jerry Dennis Delayne Daniel Marcia Prior- Cantor Adolphson Peterson Deb Adolphson Holtan Henderson Stokke Hartman Miller Gilbert Lutheran Church 135 School St, PO Box 270 Gilbert, IA 50105 (515) 233 - 2421 www.gilbertlutheran.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org If you prefer to receive this newsletter via email, please send a request to email@example.com!
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