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Dealing with Demons

At first glance, this story about Jesus casting out demons seems ridiculous and irrelevant to our modern lives. How many of us have a personal experience with someone being possessed by demons? How many of us even believe that demons exist? Reading this story literally does not offer us the the same potential for transformation and insight as reading it metaphorically. We all deal with “demons” in our lives, don’t we? We struggle with things in our lives that seem to be beyond our control, that harm us, that disconnect us from community. Many of us can relate to the man possessed. We can also relate to the townsfolk, afraid of what we can’t control, not knowing how to be in relationship with someone who is dealing with demons, even after those demons have been vanquished. This story is rich with possibilities for interpretation and insight.

Scripture for Sunday: Mark 5:1-20

Read the book of Mark with us! Between now and Easter, we will be on the journey with the Gospel of Mark. You are invited to read a chapter or two each week and by Easter you will have read the entire book. Bookmarks are available in the Narthex to help you remember the schedule.
This week read Mark chapter 5 verses 1-20
Next week read Mark chapter 5 verses 20-43

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Liturgist Schedule

Sunday, January 26
Lance James
Sunday, February 2
Kelly Keller-Heikkila

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

This Week
Friday, January 24
10:30 am – Book Group
4:00 pm – Soup Kitchen
6:00 pm – Film Night at Kraywinkles’
Sunday, January 26
10:00 am – Worship and Special Offering
11:00 am – Fellowship
11:15 am – Sunday School
11:30 am – Adult Forum: WISE The Big Three
Wednesday, January 29
9:30 am – Prayer Circle
12:00 pm – Men’s Group at Sawmill Inn
Friday, January 31
10:30 am – Book Group
Sunday, January 26
Hosts: Tracy Lyons & Jean Schaeffer
Ushers: Joey Halverson
Greeters: Sharon Carlson & Ann Turnbull
Counters: Gale Landem & Cynthia Janes

Sunday, February 2
Hosts: Jan Morton & Shon Boman
Ushers/Greeters: Reed Campbell, Austin Newgord & Gary Whiteman
Counters: Judy Whiteman & Reed Campbell

Adult Forum This Sunday

Join the WISE Task Force after worship this Sunday, January 26 for a viewing Part Two of the video “The Big Three” which addresses the three most common mental health challenges; depression, anxiety and alcohol/substance abuse disorder.
 Please join us in Process Film Group!
Kay and Jack Kraywinkle, have graciously offered their home for the evening of
Friday, January 24th. We gather at 6:00 PM for appetizers and beverage of choice,
7:00 PM film and discussion afterwards. The film will be Two Popes.
Contact the Church Office for address to attend: 218-829-2528
Coming soon…
DRYDEN THEATRE at Central Lakes College 
February 12, 2020 – 7:30 PM
In this award-winning solo piece, Kate Guentzel plays a Christian widow, who must choose sides in her conservative Texas town after her teenage daughter announces she is “gender queer” and starts a chapter of the Gay Straight Alliance at the local high school. Inspired by personal events experienced by the playwrite, this story explores what it means to be a parent and a community in these changing times.   Includes post-performance Q&A discussion

Tickets $12 Adult / $8 Under 18
Click here for tickets: CLCPERFORMINGARTS.COM
or call 218-855-8199

Summer Youth Camp 2020 – SAVE THE DATE or Register now

Sunday, June 28 – Wednesday, July 1

The Holy Bible vs Hollywood: How does current literature, music, and film compare, intersect, and/or influence our understanding of God and Scripture? Multiple speakers will join us throughout our four-day journey of discovery, as we engage in the messages found within stories, such as Harry Potter, music from classical to popular hits, and tv shows and movies, like Stranger Things and Star Wars.

Claire Klein will not only bring us a Harry Potter worship, she will also provide music, along with our “Fly by the Seat of Our Pants” youth band. Claire Klein is a music therapist at Fairview Home Care and Hospice and a UTS alum, where she led the Harry Potter Worship on more than one occasion.

June 28 – July 1 at Camp Onomia, Onamia, MN.  For grades 6-12.
Cost is $225. Scholarships Available
Registration is open now. Click here!

Welcome to our New Administrative Assistant – Terri Chidester!

We hope you will extend a warm welcome to Terri as she begins her work with us. We are in the process of finalizing Terri’s permanent schedule. Currently, Terri is in the office 8am – 3:00pm Wed-Friday.
We are thrilled to welcome her to the church family!

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