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Be The Church – Care for the Poor

The call to be the church is a big one and can show up in many different ways. So much of our faith as followers of Christ is about how we live our lives in relationship with other people and with the goodness of God’s Creation.
This Sunday or focus is Care for the Poor. What does it mean to care for someone? Or for a group of people? Is it enough to be kind? Or to donate to a food shelf? Or is the church called to do more? Or scripture this week tells us that when caring for the poor, we are quite literally caring for Christ.

Come worship with us this Sunday as we explore the ways that we will Be the Church when we Care for the Poor.

Scripture for Sunday: Matthew 25:31-40

Pastor Leslie’s sermons are posted online so you can read and share them! Click Here:
Liturgist Schedule

Sunday, August 18
Kelly Keller-Heikkila
Sunday, August 25
Shon Boman

If you are interested in
being a liturgist, please contact Barb Stokke or sign
up online by clicking here.

This Week
Friday, August 16
10:30 am – Book Group
Sunday, August 18
10:00 am – Worship
11:15 am – Fellowship
11:30 WISE Story Circle in Rainbow Room
Wednesday, August 21
9:30 am – Prayer Circle
12:00 pm – Men’s Group @ Sawmill Inn
7:00 pm – Council Meeting
Friday, August 23
10:30 am – Book Group
4:00 pm – Soup Kitchen

Sunday, August 18
Hosts: Charlotte Goedsche & Cynthia Janes
Ushers: Austin & Itty Newgord
Greeters: Shirley Barten & Deb Lundberg
Counters: Tracy Lyons & Mabel Schultz

Sunday, August 25
Hosts: Ellie Burkett & Karen Ogdahl
Ushers/Greeters: Sharon Carlson, Joey Halvorson, Tracy Lyons & Ann Turnbull
Counters: Cynthia Janes & Gale Landem

Prayer Request and Update on Karen Ogdahl 

Many of you learned in worship a few weeks ago that member Karen Ogdahl experienced a hemorrhagic stroke on Saturday. We have since learned that she more likely had a slow bleed in her brain that caused the symptoms. Karen had a successful surgery last week and is home.
Karen is having some difficulty with words but doctors are hopeful that she will recover 95% of her speech over the next several weeks.

How can you help?
A friend of Karen’s has set up a meal train sign up. You can click here to sign up. Call the number provided on the website to arrange a delivery time.
Please keep Karen in your prayers for healing, for patience, for peace in the process. Prayers for Karen’s husband Bob as well as he supports her through this time of healing.

Calling All Knitters and Crocheters! 

You are invited to share your spiritual resource of knitting and praying by contributing to our Prayer Shawl ministry. Once completed, the shawls are blessed by our prayer circle and then given to people who are going through a difficult or challenging situation. We also send our high school graduates into the next chapter of their lives with a shawl as a physical reminder that our church is praying for them and that they are never alone.
Click here for knitting and crocheting instructions, but please feel free to use any pattern that works for you. Please refrain from using yarn with wool contents due to allergies. And consider using yarn that feels good against the skin, and is machine washable.
Adult Forum – Story Circle
On Sunday August 18th the WISE task force will be sponsoring a story circle at 11:30 in the rainbow room. We hope to catch some of the summer people before they leave for the winter, of course everyone is welcome.  In a story circle there’s a card with three prompts written on it. The card is passed around the circle and whoever is holding the card is who’s talking. When it’s your turn, you pick one of the three prompts and tell a story about it. The prompts will have a mental health theme. The last story circle was well attended and seemed to be enjoyed by all. Plus, it’s a great way to get to know each other better.
We hope you will join us!
Free, fresh produce available to those in need.
August 15 – Lakes Area Food Shelf (Pequot Lakes) beginning at 9:30 am
August 26 – Essentia St. Joseph’s parking lot (Brainerd) beginning at 10:00 am.
August 27 – Pine River Food Shelf beginning at 10:00 am.

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The Mid-Minnesota Women’s Shelter is having a Garage Sale Friday, August 23rd through Sunday, August 25th from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in hopes of raising enough money to reconstruct the roof of the Women’s Shelter. They are in need of the normal type Garage Sale items however, they are unable to accept large furniture, electronics, car seats, or stuffed animals. Items can be dropped off Monday, August 19th through Thursday, August 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Industrial Building at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds.
They will also be having a Bake & Garden item Sale. Items for the bake/garden item sale can be dropped off Thursday, August 22nd from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or any day of the sale.
Can you help out with set-up and organize the Garage Sale? Help is needed Monday, August 19th through Thursday, August 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Workers are also needed with days of the Friday, August 23rd – August 24th. Please consider helping out!
Questions?? Please contact Lenora at 218-537-0588.

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