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  • MOPS Is Coming to First Lutheran

    MOPS is an international Christian nonprofit organization that believes in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together face to face. MOPS is a place where moms can gather and support one another through the, often difficult, journey of motherhood. With the support of each other and Jesus, mothers can do anything! Expectant mothers through mothers of high schoolers are welcome to join First

    Lutheran’s MOPS. We will meet the second and fourth Saturdays of the month starting November 9th. Meetings will be held from 2-4:30 in the Fireside Room. Childcare will be provided. Join us for an introduction to MOPS on our first Saturday, November 9th, to see if you’d like to join as a member. Please sign up on the opportunity sheets in church or flccs.net so we can have a head count of those coming. Treats will be provided! If you have any questions, please reach out to Tasha Friedell, 719.650.1857, or Amanda Goff, 719.287.6263.

    “I’ve had the best experiences with MOPS. It has supported me in growing my faith, developing friend- ships and confidence in my parenting.”

    “For 45 years, MOPS International has used the common experience of motherhood to create opportunities for women and their families to encounter Jesus. Your faithful support of this Ministry allows us to remind women that they are not alone, that motherhood is significant and that Jesus calls them beloved. In addition, we give them the tools they need to thrive so that they feel equipped to raise the next generation in Christ’s name. “

    Mandy Arioto, President & CEO of MOPS International

    “MOPS has given me a network of believers who all desire the same common goals as mothers, part- ners and Christians.”

    WHAT THEIR MEMBERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT MOPS:

    “I love being available as a MOPS mentor to pray with and encourage MOPS moms. The MOPS Minis- try is effective in touching so many lives with the love of Christ!”

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    November 10 Preston Bedford Mary Buchanan Kay Lee Victoria Norton Payge Sturdivant November 11 Charles Mathews Jillian Peel Riley Schroeder Starr Wise November 12 David DuBois Dorothy Farthing Dale Jackson Paulette Olson Harold Shoemaker

    November 13 Mike Bergst Susan Dewey Joanne Martin

    November 14 Megan Crabtree Randy Kosley Debbie Long Dillon Maxwell

    November 15 Rene Ayala Jacob Miller November 16 Delmar Claussen Corine Daubert Sandy Martin

    November 10 Gerry & Kathy Hospador - 46 years

    November 12 Steve & Linda Gregg - 38 years John & Jeanne Smith - 47 years

    November 13 Wendell & Ann Hjelmstad - 37 years

    November 14 Jack & Rosemary Anderson - 60 years

    November 16 Bill & Eileen Lipscomb - 45 years

    From the Archives

    Letter to First Lutheran from J. Harley Murry, Attorney, November 10, 1958. "Mr. Giddings will donate to your church the draperies in the library, music room, powder room and all of the upstairs rooms, except his bedroom and his sister's bedroom. He will donate all of the Ve- netian blinds throughout the house and the stair carpets on both stairways. It is also his intention to leave with you other items of sub- stantial number and value if they are of use to you."

    The memorial service for Rene Zukowski will be November 12 at 2 pm in the Worship Center.

    Happy Birthday to

    Dorothy Farthing who will be 93 on November 12!

    Our condolences and prayers surround the family and friends of

    Lola Fransen, Sue Schomber’s aunt,

    whose service will be November 10 in Freeport, Illinois.

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    Ben Abney & Family Cliff Allen Cheri Anderson Wanda Anderson Felicia Arnold Jaclyn Arnold Charlotte Auten Suzanne Baker The Baldwin Family Kirsten & Garrett Boyd Andrea Bullock Frank Canady Jeannie Cannella Gene Cartwright Leslie Crowley Anna Dillow Amy Finger Michael Foret Steve Gaspard Grace Gerard Andy Grasmick Amelia Gregg Lee Gross Ginny Hahn Mark Hallenbeck Jon Haring Naia Harrison Peter Hauer The Hawkins Family Sara Hayden The Heiny Family Jerry Herman Beverly Hodges Beth Hughes Casey Jacobs Josh Jones Joyce Tonya Kemmling Diana Keys John Klatt

    Jesse Lawrence & Family David Letcher Jay McCoy Brandon Miller & Family Debra Mills Mark Mueller Patrick Murphy Don Nelson Rhea Nordberg Sam Norton John Ordahl, Sr. Craig Parlet Cullie Powell Angela Putzi Roger Putzi Don Reed Don Reichert The David Reid Family Rita Sylvia Roger Schomber Ron Scott Charles Simmons & Family Frank Sotomayor Bev Strecker Lori Stevens Russ Stott Anita Stubblebine Don Swearingen & Family Wanda Tanner Aaron Thorson Doc Timby Martin Weston Scott Wilkinson Dave Wright Greg & Carolyn Young Nick Zuardo & Family

    Please keep these members of First Lutheran, their family and friends, in your prayers this week.

    November Sunday Adult Seminar Schedule

    November 10 Christian Olive Wood Project - Micheal Zoughbi

    The Christian Olivewood Project is a coop- erative of 48 families, led by Micheal Zoughbi. Micheal was born and raised in Bethlehem and is part of the dwindling Palestinian Christian population of that region. Mi- chael visits the United States to remind people of the plight of the minority Chris- tian community in the Holy Land, and to help his people by the selling of their olive wood carvings. Following the seminar be sure to visit the Mission Marketplace in the Gathering Place where many of these carv- ings will be available for purchase.

    November 17 Identity Theft By the time it takes to read this announce- ment, nearly 30 people will become victims of identity fraud. The fact is every 2 sec- onds, someone in the U.S. becomes a victim of identity fraud. If your identity is stolen, it puts your finances and credit rating at risk. And that’s just the beginning! Don’t become a statistic. Come learn how you can protect yourself. This class was developed by Thrivent Financial to help participants learn how identity theft can occur, how to take steps to prevent it and what to do if your identity is stolen. Cheryl Mahon will lead the discussion.

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    FROM THE PASTOR

    They walked into my office and shared their intention to give one million dollars to the Rekindle the Gift campaign to renovate the Peel House! I was speechless. They smiled. Members of the congregation, who wish to remain anonymous, love this church and its people and believe in this work to bring the old Jewett mansion back to life. They want this gift to be used to inspire the whole congregation to contribute. They shared with me their hope that the gift would lead to others being generous and getting involved with the campaign. We held a gathering for some members of the congregation who we thought might be willing to give a lead gift to create some momentum for the whole congregation. I stood and shared with them the announcement of the one million dollar gift and it brought me such joy to see their reaction. Gasps, tears and applause. I asked this group if they’d consider giving to the campaign to inspire others as they had been inspired. They have. The commitments have been pouring in. By the time you receive this Ekklesia we will have announced a total at the congregational dinner on Thursday, November 7th. I hope you’ve made plans to attend, so you can be in the room when we share what has already been committed to the Rekindle the Gift campaign. I’m humbled by the generosity of our members and your capacity to love and inspire each other. This campaign has already exceeded my expec- tations, and we aren’t even halfway finished. On November 17th we will all bring our statements of intent to worship and present them to the

    Lord. These will include two commitments. Our commitment to the annual ministry of First Lutheran and our commitment to the Three Year Rekindle the Gift campaign. Then on De- cember 8th, we will share the total committed and celebrate what God has done. Thank you for considering your part in both our annual stewardship and the Rekindle the Gift campaign. What a privilege and joy it is to be part of God’s work here at First Lutheran! -Pastor Travis

    Women’s Advent Tea Praise God with Song

    First Lutheran women of all ages and their guests are cordially invited to set aside a Saturday morning for fellowship and a special time with sisters in Christ. Come and join the women of First Lutheran and enjoy wonderful refreshments and inspirational Christmas music from the High Country Brass Quintet. We invite you to host a table of six and share your creative touch by providing a festive “Praise God with Song” theme with your holiday place settings, napkins and decorations. (Food, silverware and drinks will be provided) Sign up on the opportunity sheet in church.

    Sponsoring: Sock drive to benefit Catholic Charities and Ecumenical Social Ministries

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    Unique hand-crafted items will be available for purchase in the Gathering Place following Sunday morning services beginning Sunday, November 10 and continuing through Sunday, November 24. Items will also be available weekdays during office hours.

    Communications Staff Update

    Our full time graphic arts person, Bob Rodgers, has submitted his resignation. His last day was Friday, November 1. He