With the addition of the new TransAlta Commons, we are going to try holding an additional Pastor Chat there on Tuesday mornings, from 10 to 11 a.m. Our first Tuesday morning chat will be on September 19th. Our hope is to engage some of the student body in spiritual dialogues, and to strengthen our connection with the college. Of course, we will continue to offer our Thursday afternoon Pastor Chats at Dawn’s Delectables from 2 to 4 p.m. We will hold Pastor Chats on each Tuesday and Thursday in October.
CARING GROWTH GROUPS MEETING TIMES
Would you enjoy more Christian fellowship and friendship? A time to explore the Bible and learn with other Christians? A small group is just for you. We have several and each one is always open to new members, come and join us anytime. Contact the church office and we will help you get in touch with a small group leader. 36o-736-7311
Everyone is invited to the community dinners, come and join us for a time of friendship and fellowship and enjoy a free meal.
All Meals are Free and All are Welcome to Attend
Monday September 18th, 5:30 pm Monday September 25th, 5:30 pm
Youth News for September
Let the School Year Commence!
With the advent of September comes the return of our Sunday evening youth programs. Youth group is for those in 6th through 12th grade. Unless otherwise stated, we meet on Sunday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Here’s what we have in store for you for September:
September 10th: Fall Kickoff Party! We’ll gather at 6 p.m. (note the special time) for our annual Fall Kickoff. We’ll start the evening with some games, then feast on some pizza from Dominos, and then plan for the rest of September. And then we’ll finish up with some games designed to help us to get to know one another better. We’ll end at 8 p.m. There is no cost for the food, but you might want to bring something for yourself to drink.
September 17th: Hike the Sequalitchew Creek Trail! We’ll meet at the church at 2 p.m. (again, note the special time), and we’ll carpool to DuPont, Washington where the Sequalitchew Trailhead is. This is an easy trail of 1 and a half miles down to the water. It is a beautiful area with views of Anderson Island and the Nisqually Reach. The round trip is 3 miles. Bring a snack to eat and something to drink. We’ll return to the church by 5 p.m.
Youth Sunday School: BL4Y!
All of our Sunday School classes will resume on September 10th at 9:30 a.m. This includes our youth who will be diving into a Bible study entitled BL4Y (which stands for Bible Lessons for Youth). The first quarter will focus on covenant. Pastor Tom will lead the first half hour, which will be the Bible lesson for the day, and then Leah Wegener will take over the second half of the class. She is planning on having the youth build a pantry that will be stocked with nonperishable foods for anyone to take. This little pantry will be located on the grounds of the church. One of the youth’s goals will be to keep this pantry stocked from week to week.
UMW September Calendar
Sept 6-7 Rummage Sale Set-up
Sept 8-9 Rummage Sale 9-3pm
Sept 13 Birthday lunch 12 noon
Sept 16 UMW Dist Mtg @ Winlock
Sept 20 Unit Mtg 12 noon
UMW Annual Fall Rummage Sale
Sept 8th and 9th
9am - 3pm
It’s not too late to bring in your gently used items for the Annual UMW Fall Rummage Sale. You can put them on stage in the Simmons Fellowship Hall by Wednesday Sept 6th (set up/pricing day). We ask that you please don’t bring any televisions, computers, or large appliances, thank you.
Also, if you are willing to donate your time as well, there are many ways you can help. Please contact any of the UMW members for more information.
Calling All Singers! Choir Is Starting Back Up!
Fall is a great time to join the choir if you have been thinking about it. Under the excellent leadership of Missy Peterson, the choir meets at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. Our first rehearsal will be on September 6th, and the choir will sing at the September 10th Fall Kickoff Sunday. We need voices on all parts. Talk with Missy if you are interested
Raise the Roof Capital Funds Campaign
We have made tremendous progress with our roof campaign in the area of costs! We first thought that the total cost would be around $150,000 (this was based on an initial estimate. The estimate, it turned out, was based on the wrong square footage of the roof). We found a roofing contractor who gave us a bid of $44,000!! We also found out that we don’t have to plywood the entire roof (this saved us an additional $25,000!). The work is scheduled to be done in mid September. This means that our fundraising program has begun in earnest. You will soon be receiving (if you haven’t already) a letter asking you to pledge to help underwrite the cost of the new roof. We know that God will provide the necessary funds for us through our generous members and constituents. If you would like to know more about the project, talk with Charlie Boyd.
Fall Kickoff: September 10th!
School has started up again, and so it is time to return to our fall schedule. Sunday school for all ages will begin on September 10th at 9:30 a.m. Following our 11 a.m. worship service, we’ll hold a potluck picnic. Hotdogs, buns, condiments, and dessert will be provided. You are asked to donate a salad to the luncheon. There will be a bounce house, along with other carnival games, and live music! This is a great opportunity to invite someone to church.
Come by and check out our Library!
Newly arrived: a DVD of Sandy Godsey's Memorial Service. Borrow any book, puzzle, game or movie and return it when you are finished. Wanted: The Chronicles of Narnia series (book and/or movies), Veggie Tales DVDs, Inspirational Romances, and a copy of your favorite book! If it is your favorite it must be special, so why not share a copy with your church family?