Friday, January 5, 2018


No doubt there is a way to set up a template for these weekly mailings so that the masthead above does not need to be retyped each week. But I love typing our church’s list of key values every week. Our Council and committees worked hard formulating those several years ago, and the weekly reminder of them reinforces them in my mind. Our church wants to be faithful to God, relevant to today, open to all, and always striving to improve. Those values set our course in everything we do. Let it be our prayer that God grant that we live up to these ideals, embracing them in deed and not merely in print.


The time has come for our beautiful holiday decorations to come down. The dismantling will happen after worship this Sunday. Plan to stick around to help if that is something you would enjoy doing.


The plants that have graced our chancel through the seasons of Advent and Christmas may be taken home after worship on Sunday. Thank you to all who donated a wreath or a poinsettia.


Office hours for the church staff are as follows:
            Rev. Dr. Mark Yurs, Pastor:     Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 11:30
            Laura Kolden, Associate in Ministry:   Monday through Thursday, 9:00 to 12:30
            Cara Bahr, Office Administrator: Tuesday through Friday of most weeks, 9:00 to 12:00


The next meeting of our Men’s Fellowship will be held at the home of Harlan Hall on Thursday, January 11, beginning at 6:30 PM. Please contact the church office for directions to Harlan’s house.


Offering envelopes for 2018 are available on a table at the back of the sanctuary. If you would like a box of envelopes, but do not see one there labeled for you, please contact the church office and we will forward your message to the financial secretaries. If you would like to transition to electronic giving please contact the church office as well.