Military members:Jordan Leach is home from Sheppard AFB TX. Both he and Justin are at the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, IA. If you know of anyone else serving in the armed forces, please contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (827-6626). We’d like to remember them in our prayers.
Service Time Change: Starting September 5th, ALC worship service will move to 10 AM.
Ushers Needed: We are looking for individuals and families to add to our usher pool. You will be trained or paired with a mentor. If it happens that you cannot usher for the date you signed, please contact a substitute or head usher, Wayne Schneider. email@example.com
Lutheran World Relief School Kits: For many years, American Lutheran has prepared backpack school kits to be sent to Lutheran World Relief which we would like to continue again this year. Supplies are needed to fill the backpacks. Back to School sales have begun with parents beginning to shop for the supplies needed for their children. We are requesting that, as you shop, you also include purchasing some of the supplies needed to fill our backpacks. Our goal is to make and fill 30 backpacks. Please see the bulletin board in the Upper Narthex to take a colored slip of paper or two of items that are needed to place in the backpacks. A table has been set up in the Upper Narthex to place your donations. Or you may leave them at the home of Shirley Bergman at 1115 6th Street. We are asking that supplies be brought by Sunday, September 26th. Thank you for your continued support of this mission support program. The school kits will be blessed in worship service prior to packing them for delivery to the Fall Ingathering at New Hampton on October 16th, which is much earlier than past years.
· 70 sheet 8x10 ½ notebooks, wide or college rule
· black or blue ballpoint pens – no gel ink
· 30 cm ruler, or ruler with cm and inches
· unsharpened #2 pencils with eraser
· box of 16 or 24 crayons
· blunt scissors
· pencil sharpeners
· erasers 2 ½”
Treasurer Position: Please consider serving as treasurer on the church council. We have delegated some duties to a Synod resource to help alleviate some of the responsibilities. If interested, contact a council member or the office.
Council Minutes: Council minutes are posted on the ALC website upon approval at each council meeting. They are also published in the monthly Lamps.
Prayer Shawl: Come join the Prayer Shawl ministry that meets on Tuesdays, 10 AM -noon. New members who enjoy fellowship while knitting and crocheting are welcome. The shawls and blankets will be shared with those who are ill, grieving, and in need of comfort.
Youth Group: All youth ages 5th grade through senior in high school are invited to join ALC's Youth Group. This year's theme is "Glow: Let your Light Shine" and we'll be planning monthly fun events to build community within the youth at ALC. Contact Sara Borland (319-230-8223) or Beth Stanek (319-427-4453) if you'd like to get involved.
Our next youth group event will be Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 6 PMin the Fellowship Hall at ALC. We’ll be having a “unique” supper, minute-to-win-it games, and hear about the National Youth Gathering from the Hoey family. This youth event will take the place of regular confirmation class that evening. Please let Sara or Beth know if you’re planning to attend so we know how much food to plan.
Confirmation class for this year’s 7th & 8th graders will begin on Wednesday, Sept 8 at 6pm. Class will meet on Wednesday evenings, and will meet at 6pm for the month of September, and 7pm after that.
The new Bishop of the Northeastern Iowa Synod, Rev. Kevin Jones, will be installed at a special worship service at 2pm on Saturday, September 25. The service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City, and will also be livestreamed on the Synod Facebook and YouTube pages.
Rally Sunday: Will be Sunday September 12th. There will be a blessing of the backpacks in service with fun activities to follow the service.
Camp EWALU Quilt Auction
This year’s quilt auction at Camp EWALU will be held both online Sept 13-17 and in person on Sept 18. For more information go to http://ewalu.org/event/2021-fall-festival-quilt-auction/.
God’s Work, Our Hands-- This year our congregation’s project for God’s Work, Our Hands, will be to help the Independence Food Pantry when they get new flooring the last week of September. Helpers are needed on the following days/times, for the following tasks:
Friday Sept. 24th 3pm to 7pm ish, Food and furniture removal and packing
Sat Sept 25th 10 am to ???, Painting
Sun Sept 26th, Finish Painting if needed
Wed Sep 29th 9am to ???, move furniture
Saturday Oct 2nd 9 am to ???, moving furniture back in place , unpacking
to get ready to reopen.
You may sign up online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F48A5AB2DA1F94-food
Or after worship.
Women’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study will resume on Thursday, September 2nd at 9:30 AM in the Fireside Room. Once again we will be using the studies found in the Gather magazine. The study for September is “The gift of the Spirit: A divine wild goose chase - Spirit of God, revealer and resource”. October’s study is a continuation - “The gift of the Spirit: A divine wild goose chase - Breath of God, reviver and reformer”. Please join us for discussion and fellowship. There is a copy of the Gather magazine on the table next to the Secretary’s office. We are also very happy to share a copy with you.
Quilting for Lutheran World Relief
The ladies of the ALC will once again be involved in making quilts for Lutheran World Relief. We will begin in October at a date and time to be determined. If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please talk to Sharon McAtee, Kaye Jones or Mary Adams. We welcome all eager helpers!
Meal Train opportunity for Stephanie Witt Winkelpleck and family https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/9w35r6. Steph has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.and is being treated in Iowa City.
ALC Mass email list has recently been revised. Please contact the office firstname.lastname@example.org for corrections to this list.
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