Spring Make A Difference Day

Make a Difference Day (MAD). This is a day we dedicate to community members who are in need of a hand around the house or outside. It is held in Spring at different dates and locations. Please check our website for the up coming calendar date.

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Projects have included power washing, windows, painting, raking leaves or making minor home repairs. In addition, we can assist in home cleaning and organizing.

There are many projects limited only by the number of volunteers.

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Family Game Night

Sunday, January 31 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Bring your favorite game, your whole family, a tasty dessert to share, and join us for an evening of games, hot dogs, and loads of fun!

All church families invited.

 

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You….

 

The staff would like to take this time to thank everyone in the congregation for their generosity and helpfulness during the past year. It is wonderful to work in a place where you are appreciated and people show it in many ways.

Thanks from all of us to all of you

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who have helped in the office over the past year. I have always said that, “OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE THE BEST!!” It doesn’t matter what the task is, I can always find someone who is willing to come in and help or help from home. There are not a lot of places where this happens, and I want you all to know that you have saved me on more than one occasion. THANKS for all the help in 2015. God has really blessed this church when it comes to volunteers. I lift up my eyes to the hills where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121: 1—2

 Thanks again for all the help I have received in the office this year.

  Bev Byram-Howe

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Free Lunch

Once again, January 29 is our day to provide Free Lunch at 1105 Gilbert Ct, formerly at the Wesley House.

We need volunteers to serve the meal and/or to provide a vegetable or meat dish for this meal. Sign up on the info stub on Sunday morning or email Deb Picone at  dpicone@southslope.net

Our church will be responsible for April, July, September and December in 2016.

For questions, contact Deb Picone at dpicone@southslope.net.

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Creation Kids January News

Happy New Year!

 The Holidays are such a great time here. We were very busy celebrating Christmas and the New Year The Preschoolers had a great time learning all about the birth of Jesus and making lots of Christmas crafts.

Our Christmas Program is such a heart warming time, everyone coming together to celebrate their children and Christmas. We had our largest turn out ever of about 350 people (250 from North Liberty and 100 from Coralville). We are blessed to have such wonderful families in our program. The Preschoolers entertained us with their songs. The School-agers sang a few songs and did a great job playing the Chime Bars. A special thank you to Lynn Jansen for volunteering her time throughout the year to teach the children chime bars. They all did a wonderful job and look forward to their practices every week. A  special thank you to Dale Ingle for running our music and sound for the night. It was a great night and all the children did a wonderful job.

We also had a great turn out for our Parent’s Night Out. We had over 100 children here that night from both centers. It was so much fun having both centers together, playing and meeting everyone. The children enjoyed playing with their friends, eating pizza, and watching a movie.

Our Santa’s Workshop was a big hit. We had a large turn out for this as well. We had a lot of families from both centers come in and participate in the crafts and activities we had planned. Santa Claus was a hit too. The kids loved seeing him and taking pictures. It was such a great time with a lot of our families.

The School-agers were excited for their Christmas Break. They kept busy making crafts, swimming and playing outside.

As we move into January the Preschoolers will be learning about heroes of the Old Testament, colors, shapes, opposites outer space, winter and arctic animals, families and much more. Also in January they will be taking a field trip to the Synergy Gymnastics.

The School Agers will be keeping busy with some fun crafts, games and trying to get outside.

We would like to wish you all a very blessed new year and thank you all for your continued support!!!

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NEWS FROM PASTOR ALECIA’S STUDY

THE ART OF DYING: Living Well

What happens after this life? What about difficult deaths, such as suicide or a tragic accident? What do the scriptures say about death? How do we care well for our elders? These and other questions swirl through our minds as we ponder the life beyond this one. Dying well involves living well.

Join us this January as we explore scripture and beliefs surrounding death.

January 3 Death and the Afterlife Revolutions 21: 2—5

January 10 Christianity and Suicide Psalms 13: 1—6

January 17 Comforting Those Who Mourn John 14: 25—29

January 24

January 31 The Art Of Dying Well John 11: 28—44

February 6 Caring for Aging Parents

Join us in worship as we talk about The Art of Dying: Living Well.

 

LEADERSHIP RETREAT

Watch your emails for an upcoming Leadership Retreat. We will send out the dates as soon as it is solidified.

 

EXPANSION NEWS

We should receive the latest architectural plans mid-January. They will be about 90% complete. We will hold a meeting after they have arrived. Thank you for your on-going support of the Capital Appeal, We Are Called.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Christmas Eve Services. It takes a large team of people to make the services come together: The Worship Team, sound/video, greeters and ushers, chairs folks, musicians, musicians, musicians, readers, prayers and staff. Best Church Ever!

Peace,

Alecia

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Pasta Dinner Fundraiser

Clear Creek Amana is putting on a fundraiser Pasta Dinner at the high school during the boys’ basketball gave on December 11 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm for Jeff Astor.  The evening will include a silent auction and dessert auction.  Proceeds will go toward medical costs and travel expenses associated with potential Jeff’s last treatment option.

Jeff and his wife Jane attend church here.   Jeff was diagnosed with MDS (Myeloid Dysplastic Syndrome), refractory anemia with excess blasts, a type of Leukemia in the bone marrow in the spring of 2013.  Jeff was able to find a bone marrow donor and in May of 2014 had transplant.  In November of 2014 his cancer returned.  His diagnosis was grim with 55% of him bone marrow cells showing leukemia.  Jeff has spent numerous month long visits in the hospital with flu complications, to Graft versus Host disease and most recently the adenoid virus.  Jeff is currently pursuing a treatment option at M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas, after a referral by the U of I.