News and Announcements:

Calendar of Events for the Week of October 17th, 2021
Monday-  5:00pm Karate
Tuesday -  6:30pm Stephen Ministry Training
Wednesday -  6:30pm Bible Study
Thursday -  5:00pm Karate, 6:30pm AA Meeting
Friday -   
Saturday-   9:30am-4:00pm Eucharistic Training

 
LIVING NATIVITY - Is ON for December 4 and 5.  The Nativity will be held from 5-7 both evenings. Thanks to all those who attended the planning meeting on October 13. More information to follow!
LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING -This event will take place here at our church for a one-day session on Saturday October 23rd from 9:30am-4:00pm. The cost is $30, which the church will reimburse you if you wish to attend. Lutheran Congregational Services’ training ministry engages learners in the Biblical and theological background of the Sacrament of Holy Communion and teaches potential Eucharistic Visitors about visitation and administration of the sacrament.  Registration is required. Contact Julia Menzo, jmenzo@libertylutheran.org. Please register as soon as possible.

We are forming a Congregational Care Team here at Christ Lutheran Church. If you are interested in taking the Sacrament of Holy Communion to your siblings in the congregation, please call Pastor Deb or the church office and register for this training.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – NOVEMBER 15-22 - It is shoe box time again. Go to samaritanspurse,org/buildonline to fill a shoe box from items shown on the web site, or have them fill a box for you. If you wish to fill your own box, pick up a pamphlet from the table in the back of the church and follow the steps there. Boxes will need to be dropped off at Faith Assembly of God church on dates and times to be announced.
IMPORTANT - SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED!!!! - We still need substitute teachers and helpers. Enough helpers will allow us to ‘team teach’ in each section, so Sundays can be split according to your schedule. All material is provided, and we have a room full of craft items if you wish to do a special project. Please contact Cindy or Pastor Deb if you are willing to serve.
THANKSGIVING VALLEY FOOD PANTRY BASKETS - Our church has been asked to provide jars of apple sauce and boxes of macaroni for the Thanksgiving distribution. Coffee is always needed, too. We need 110 each of these 2 items and please have them here at our church by Sunday November 7th!! Place your donations in the grocery cart inside the front door. Thank you.

TRUNK OR TREAT - Is being planned for Sunday, October 31st from 6pm-8pm. Donations of candy will be needed. Please place your donation in the orange bin in the back of the church. Nothing with peanuts or peanut butter please
In past years we have had close to 1,000 Halloweeners!!! If you wish to bring your car and hand out candy, please sign-up on the sheet in the back of the church or call the church office
ADVENT DEVOTIONAL BOOKLET - The time is here and writers are needed! Please sign-up on the sheet in the narthex and be one of our devotional writers for this year’s booklet. This has become an annual event that many people look forward to receiving. We supply a Bible verse and you write a few thoughts about it, or just some feelings about the Christmas season.  Then, end with a prayer. A sample will be supplied. Any questions, contact the church office. Thanks!
YOUR OFFERING FOR THE CHURCH - Thanks for being faithful with your offering to our church. Through the months when we could not meet, envelopes continued to be mailed to the church in support of God’s work and mission, and this has continued through this day. Remember, our offering envelopes are designed to be mailed to the church if you cannot be with us in person at worship. And, as summer is with us and we start to be ‘on the move’ again as restrictions are lifted, don’t forget your church offerings through this time, also.
NEW E-MAIL FOR PICTURES - We are looking to keep our web site and Facebook page up to date with all the events that happen here at Christ Church and where we volunteer and serve in other areas. If you have any pictures, please send them to clcpicstogo@gmail.com, and be sure to take pictures of any church related activities and send them to the e-mail, too. Thanks for your help.  

STEPHEN MINISTRY 
Congratulations to Diana Jessel, Marty Kellow, and Anita Urso for being selected as our first class of Stephen Ministers.  Following the training which begins in October, these women will be commissioned as Stephen Ministers to carry out ministries of caring within our congregation with people experiencing hospitalization, grief, divorce, job loss, and many other life crises. 

One of the most powerful ways of affirming our Stephen Ministers is to pray for them. Whether you are thanking God for the gift of that person’s presence and friendship or asking God to care for and watch over them, we ask for your prayers as they undertake this new training. 

There is a cost to training our Stephen Ministers and running our Stephen Ministry.  If you would like to donate to help defray these costs, you can place any donations in the offering plate and mark it for Stephen Ministry.  For more information, contact Deb Jones at msjonesncc@gmail.com or 570-233-7675 or Pastor Deb.


INDIVIDUAL COMMUNION CUPS - are ready for pick up for you to use at home. They are inside the front door of the parlor and may be picked up during office hours. Please help yourself.  If you are unable to come to the church during the hours posted, please call the church (570-788-1572) to make other arrangements. You may also commune with what you have at home; bread, crackers, juice, wine, etc.
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