December, 2017

Skilled or unskilled, your hands are needed to help assemble quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Every first and third Wednesday of the month, from 9-4:30 and then in the evening from 6:30-8:30, volunteers work together to make quilts for those in need due to poverty, war, or natural disasters. This month’s dates are Dec. 6 and 20.

Advent begins on Sunday, Dec. 3. Join us for midweek services on Wednesdays: Dec. 6 here at First, Dec. 13 at Bethlehem Lutheran, and Dec. 20 back at First.

The annual children’s Sunday School program, one of everyone’s favorite celebrations of Christmas, will be held during worship on Sunday, Dec. 17.

Parish nurse Cathy Foelske invites you to partner with her to provide meals for families of newborn babies, church members recently out of the hospitalized, and others who could use help with a meal. Please contact the church office or Cathy if you would like to join this ministry. (Gourmet skills not required--just a loving heart and willing hands!)

If you can help provide a meal for Hope Haven, please call Carrie Engstrom at 815-758-2588 or check the new sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board next to the church library. Another opportunity to provide a meal is on the third Wednesday of each month, when our congregation helps to feed the NIU students who gather at Grace Place Campus Ministry. Call Teresa Lange at 815-758-0855.