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Be Our Guest
February 20:  Maid-rites, Potato Chips, Veggie Tray, Cookies
February 27:  Baked Potato Bar, Brownies

Due to bad weather and school closings, the Be Our Guest meals for January 23 and 30 had to be cancelled. Again we’d like to remind you, if school is cancelled, there will be no meal on that day.  We hope February will be kinder to us.

Since several of our regular servers will be gone in February, we would appreciate help if you are available February 20th or the 27th.  Call Sharon McAtee at 827-6154 or Kay Jones at 334-3783 if you can lend a hand.

We have served more families with young children and many who are not from our congregation.  It is fun to see who will come through our doors on Wednesday nights. -- God’s Blessing from the Be Our Guest Committee

Adult forum on Dementia:
Pastor Kristen will be leading a book study on the book Dignity and Grace: Wisdom for Caregivers and Those Living With Dementia, which will take place after our worship services on January 27, February 3, and February 10.  If you are interested in attending, see Pastor Kristen for a copy of the book. 

Taste of EWALU:
Join us on March 17 for a taste of Camp EWALU!  We will enjoy lunch in the main dining hall, a wagon ride tour of camp, adventures on the low ropes course, campfire songs, and supper cooked over the campfire.  We will leave the church at 11:30am and return around 6:30pm.  All are welcome, and feel free to invite friends as well!  Suggestion donation of $10 per adult and $5 per child attending, payable to the ALC Luther League Youth Ministry Fund.  Please let Pastor Kristen know if you plan to attend.

Ash Wednesday and Special Lenten services:
 The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on March 6.  Beginning on March 6 and throughout the season of Lent, we will have special Wednesday evening services at 7:00pm.  Please plan to join us!

JAM After school program:
JAM (Jesus and Many) is an after school children’s program for pre-k through 5th graders. Kids will be met by leaders outside of the school on Wednesday afternoons where they will walk to the Methodist Church for snacks, games, Bible lessons, and more. Join us for our JAM session as we study Jonah & The Whale and Daniel & The Lion's Den.  Spring 2019 JAM will be held from 3:30-5:15 on February 27, March 13, March 20, March 27, April 10 and April 24.  Our final program will be Wednesday, May 1 at 6pm, with dinner following.  Contact Pastor Kristen if you would like to register for JAM or volunteer at JAM!

Conference Annual Assembly:
On Sunday, February 17, 3-4pm, the Jubilee Conference Annual Assembly will take place somewhere in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, exact location TBA.  We will hear a presentation about the book Canoeing the Mountains, which is about leadership in the church in a changing cultural climate. Any interested members of the congregation are invited to attend, please let Pastor Kristen know if you would like to go.


Military members: Christa Leach is in the Air Force Reserves and will be deployed from January to August 2019.

Remembering in prayer: 
Jan Rachuy, currently receiving treatment for cancer

If you or one of your loved ones would like to be added to our prayer list, please let Pastor Kristen or the ALC office know (827-6626 or or write your request on your communication card.

Thank you:
Heartfelt thanks to Pastor Kristen for the wonderful funeral service, the ladies of the church for providing and serving the meal, and for the support from her church family at this difficult time.    -- The Jean Frush Family

Thank you:
 Thank you to the congregation for your very generous gifts to my family and me this past Christmas.  We feel very blessed to be able to be a part of the Jesup community, and I feel very blessed to serve as your pastor!—Pastor Kristen and Family

Fellowship Hosts

Fellowship hosts are needed for Feb. Please sign up in the basement.

Pastor at Synod Women's Retreat:
 On Sunday, February 24 (afternoon) through Tuesday, February 26 (afternoon), Pastor Kristen will be out of town at a retreat for Women Rostered Ministers in the Northeastern Iowa Synod.  If you have a pastoral care emergency at this time, please call Pastor Mike Ashman from Zion Jubilee Lutheran Church at 319-231-6440.

Sunday School Teachers:
Sunday School is always looking for teachers.  Anyone can help with easy to follow lessons and wonderful kids to work with!  Please contact Cyndi Nuehring or Pastor Kristen if you have any questions and are interested in helping.  Thanks.

Independence Food Pantry is in Need of Donations:
The independence food pantry is in need of toilet paper and crock pots (in new or excellent used condition). Your donation would be greatly appreciated and can be left in the back of the sanctuary.

Food Purchased from Jesup Ministerial Fund:
 The recent snowy and cold days have been hard on families on our area that rely on the free & reduced lunch program at school. When school is cancelled, these families may struggle to have enough food. The Jesup school administration has been working hard to obtain and distribute extra food to these families. The churches of the Jesup Ministerial have purchased additional food using money from the Jesup Ministerial Fund. Thank you to all the school staff for organizing this effort and for distributing the food, and thank you to all who have generously contributed to the Jesup Ministerial Fund!

Peanut Butter:
 During the school year, the churches in Jesup take turns purchasing peanut butter that will be distributed to the children who participate in the Backpack food program at school, and February is ALC's turn.  Please bring in jars of peanut butter and place them in the shopping cart in the entry way of the church by February 28.  We are hoping to have at least 30 jars to donate to the school.  Thank your generosity!

Camp EWALU Brochures:
It's time to start planning your summer adventures!  Brochures for EWALU Bible Camp are available on the table outside the secretary's office.  Scholarships are available for any youth who would like to attend.