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        "Growing Through Living God's Word"
        "Where the peace which surpasses all understanding is received"
Pastor Karl A. Frincke, Intentional Interim Pastor
Mrs. Karen Eck, Deaconess
Mrs. Wanda Medina , Administrative Secretary
Mrs. Patty Sojka, Preschool Administrator
                        THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
                                          January 27, 2019        

Today we continue our series of sermons entitled, What Kind of Church Does God Want Us to Be? These messages take us to heart of who we are as God's people in this congregation. These messages are designed to help us focus (or re-focus) as we move forward. Perhaps we'll also learn some things new, too! Today we'll consider: People With a Vision.

Intentional Interim MINISTRY - We refer to Jesus' work as his "ministry." So is every Pastor's, and every Christian's, too! "Ministry" means "service" and each of us is called to serve God and others; the two go together and cannot be separated. The Intentional Interim MINISTRY process has two big purposes: First, the Pastor is to minister to the people of the congregation and community with his "regular pastoral duties," i.e. leading worship, preaching, teaching, pastoral acts, etc. This is why a Pastor is often referred to as the "Minister." Secondly, he carries on a specialized ministry designed to help the congregation understand its past and present, and work to find where God is leading its ministry in the future. In this the Pastor does not tell people what to do, but he serves, that is, he counsels, suggests, leads, directs and facilitates people to accomplish this second, important purpose.

Lord God, you have called your servants to venture of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Do you attend Sunday morning Bible Study? You're most welcome to, you know!

UPCOMING SERMONS:  What Kind of Church Does God Want Us to Be?        
27 Jan         Epiphany 3        What Kind of Church #2 - People with a Vision
03 Feb         Epiphany 4        What Kind of Church #3 - A Church of Loving Relationships
10 Feb         Epiphany 5        What Kind of Church #4 - Shared Ministry, Equipped & Empowered
17 Feb         Epiphany 6        What Kind of Church #5 - A Church That Reaches
                                                                                 IN and Reaches OUT
24 Feb        Epiphany 7        What Kind of Church #6 - A Flexible and Functional Congregation
03 March        Transfiguration  What Kind of Church #7 - One with Meaningful, Inspiring Worship

NOTES ABOUT PEOPLE OF FAITH:. Harold & Melrea Pierz will celebrate their 53rd Anniversary on Tuesday ,January 29th.
TODAY'S SERVERS: Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Axtell's & Late: The Bill Arnolds'. Elder & Head Usher: Dale Halaburt and Bill Dase & Vic Musenbrock and Dale Lessentine. Ushers: Jon Meyer, Lee Van Vuren and Colin Wheeler & Mike Gray, Steve and Reece Wangen.  Asst. & Reader: Steve Tobias & Rob Arnold Acolyte: Jake Wheeler  and Ava Pearson. Children's Church: Sophia Sullivan and Becky Schultz.  Organist: Sylvia Luekens. Altar Guild for January: Nancy Dase and  Debbie Schultz & Charlene Lewandowski and Crystal Arambula.
MEN'S BREAKFAST:   Just a reminder that the men will be meeting for breakfast this Saturday January 26th at  7:00 a.m. at Jim's Café.                                          

CHILDREN'S CHOIR: Children's choir practice begins on Wednesday, January 16th from 7:00-7:15pm (immediately after Confirmation classes) in the balcony

    8:00/10:30 a.m.     Worship
    9:00 a.m.               Fellowship
    9:15 a.m.               Adult Bible Class
    5:00 p.m.               TOPS        
  12:00 p.m.               Faithful Crafters
    6:00 p.m.               6th/7th grade Confirmation
    7:00 p.m.               Children's Choir Practice
    5:00-7:00 p.m.      Preschool Open House
    8:00/10:30 a.m.     Worship                
    9:00 a.m.               Fellowship
    9:15 a.m.               Adult Bible Class
OUR STEWARDSHIP                                
Jan 20, 2019: 94   8:00 a.m. 39    10:30 a.m.  55
Jan 21, 2018: 142

Plate:                                $69.00
General Offerings:           $3,512.00
Vanco Deposits            $ 310.00
TOTAL Jan 20, 2019  $3,891.00
TOTAL Jan 21, 2018  $5,536.00

Debt Reduction             $160.00
Sunday School 1/13/19 - 1/20/19     $55.00
Budgetary Dollars Needed Weekly (For '18-19)        $6,070.59
Budgetary Dollars Rec'd. Jan 20, 2019        $3,891.00
Deficit Jan 20, 2019         ($2,179.59)

(As of January 23, 2019)         $25,519.81

MORTGAGE BALANCE:                        
(As of January 23, 2019)       $255,743.88
Membership Hardship Fund        $2,650.00
Adopt-A-Student        $285.17
Cancer Care        $1,574.02
SUPERBOWL SUBS:  Help our youth go to the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota this July!  Buy a sub sandwich for $5 and thanks to a grant from Thrivent, 100% of the cost of the subs will be used to help fund the trip.   The sign up sheet is on the podium in the Narthex.   Sign up ends on Sunday, January 27th and pick up and pay for your sandwiches on Sunday, February 3rd.   Even if you don't watch the Superbowl, this is a great way to support our youth        
SIGNUP FOR SNOW SHOVELING: There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex for volunteers to shovel snow on Sunday Mornings.  Please prayerfully consider taking one or two of these slots
NEXT WEEK'S SERVERS:  Greeters & Offertory: Early: The  Meyers' & Late: The Koronczs'. Elder & Head Usher: Greg Wilson and Phil Klemp & Rob Arnold and Tom Steiner. Ushers: Nick Pearson, Mike Medina and Don Walther & Gene Koroncz, Jim Hall and Mike Gray.  Asst. & Reader: Bill Dase & Stephany Wangen Acolyte: McKailey Sullivan  and Chloe Hines. Children's Message: Pastor Frincke  Organist: Ryan Crim. Altar Guild for February: Marianne  Klemp and Bernice Anderson & Kathy and Deb Musenbrock.

BIBLE READINGS:  Readings this week are: Sunday (Zech. 4:1-5:11; Rom. 15:14-33). Monday (Zech 6:1-7:14, Rom 16:17-27) Tuesday (Zech 8:1-23; 2 Tim. 1:1-18) Wednesday (Zech. 9:1-17; 2 Tim. 2:1-26) Thursday  (Zech 10:1-11:3;  2 Tim. 3:1-17) Friday (Zeck. 11:4-17, 2 Tim. 4:1-18 ) Saturday  (Zech. 12:1-13:9; Titus 1:1-2:6)

MILITARY TO REMEMBER: Please pray for Kyle Chadwick, Jason DeFranco, Bryce Gawnronski,  Joe Meyer, Stuart Price, and Jason Szerlak.  We ask family members/friends keep the church office current with addresses so they can be passed on to church members        
THOSE TO REMEMBER: Please keep in your thoughts and prayers: Dorothy Christopher, Nannette Tavarczky, Dorothy Kohn, Nancy Dulin, Dolores (Miriam) Kenealy, Ray Layton, Ruth Pederson, Howard Schulze, Donna Wenglarz, Betty Beedle, Bob Ebert, Bill Arnold, Ann Klootwyk.

LADIES OF FAITH:  Ladies of Faith: please mark your calendars for the following dates for our quarterly serve to event/meeting -all of them are Sunday's at 3pm May 19, September 15, and January 19, 2020. We are looking  for ideas for the service projects and people to head them up at these meetings. Please call or text Vohney Witt @ (219)866-2456 or e-mail <>.  We also still need someone to step forward to take over as chair of Ladies of Faith- please prayerfully consider these opportunities to serve.                                                 
PRESCHOOL SNOW SHOVELING: We are in need of someone to shovel the Preschool sidewalks and apply salt when the weather is inclement.  This would need to be done no later than 8:00 a.m.  Please contact the Church office for more information.

ALTAR FLOWERS: The sign sheet up for Altar Flowers is located in the Narthex.  There is still 15 slots not taken for 2019.  Please consider signing up for a Sunday this year to adorn our altar.

Contact Information

Pastor Karl A. Frincke - (260) 466-5121 (cell)
Vic Musenbrock (Elder)   (219) 345-2905
Ernie Arambula (Elder)    (219) 964-8317
Steve Tobias (Congregational President) (219) 863-4746
Don Walther (Trustee) (219) 987-2709
Jerry Price (Trustee) (219) 921-6178
Wanda Medina (Secretary) Office (219) 987-3730                        
Mrs. Patty Sojka (Preschool Administrator)
     (219) 987-3430 (Preschool Office)
Karen Eck (Deaconess) (219) 987-2358