October 2018 Newsletter
Bi-Monthly Bible Study will be held on October 10 and 24 beginning at 7pm. Come, and let us delve into God's word together.
Golden Agers will meet October 11 at 11:30am at Amazing Grace for a Hot Dog Lunch. See Gail Wilcox to find out what you need to bring. Please bring a couple of gifts, as we will be playing some games.
Youth Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday October 21. Pizza and Cupcakes will be served following worship. Everyone is invited to have lunch.
Church Council will meet October 8 – 7PM in the Annex
Women of the ELCA will meet October 21 following worship.
The worship center is now totally handicap accessible. The curbing has been redone at the front, and a ramp placed at the side door with an automatic door opener for easy access into the church. The bathroom doors were made handicap accessible as well. A pole with lights to light up the gravel parking area and the very end paved spaces in front of the church should be in place soon.
We did it despite Florence knocking on our door! Our Outreach Ministry yard sale was successful. The total sales came to $ 1,631.00. On behalf of the Outreach Ministry Team, we sincerely Thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules and participated in making the yard sale a success. Why were we so successful? We had different teams working the sale, members and non-members brought items to sell. There were people helping with putting up the chairs, setting out the tables, hanging up clothes, putting items on tables, on the floor, on chairs, and pricing items. During the 2-day sale members were working the floor helping clients. On our last day of sale at closing, we had a team at a UHaul Storage Unit loading a 26-foot U-Haul truck with furniture donated by Vera Hedrick's family. This was the first stop. Second stop was the church and the final loading stop was the annex. There were people packing up ALL the left over items in bags and boxes, carrying out all the bags and boxes to be loaded on the truck, and loading the truck. The furniture and all items left from the yard sale were delivered to Living Waters in Cherokee. We also had individuals taking down the tables, clothes racks, breaking down boxes, taking trash and re-cycle to the convenience center, sweeping, and putting out chairs. Though we are small, we are mighty and can accomplish any task as a congregation. God Bless each and everyone and many thanks again!
Our efforts to donate to Living Waters turned into a HUGH success. With the help of church members, family and friends we collected an amazing amount of goods to aid others. Items were donated over the past few months, a good many yard sale items were boxed and bagged and last minute items came in from local homes to nearly fill a 26-foot U-haul truck. With assistance from so many people, the truck was loaded in record time. On Sunday a small group traveled to Cherokee to worship with Living Waters congregation and later unload our donations. The people there were so welcoming. They shared lunch and personal stories on the same topics we talk about when we have a meal at Amazing Grace. How the family is doing, the latest school news, the day the air conditioner quit, plans for upcoming events. One lady explained the area she works when it’s food distribution day and how items are chosen by those with needs. Once the truck was unloaded by a hard working crew of men and women from both our churches, we took a 10-minute break for cool down and something to drink. Then more items were brought from a car and we were assured a group was already pooled to start sorting on Monday. After hugs were shared, we made our way back from the mountains, sharing stories of the day. Praise be to God for all the work and caring concern shown to our neighbors!
October is the Youth Ministry Team's time to serve refreshments following worship.
Bible Study at Philadelphia Lutheran
A monthly bible study will be held through out the month of October on Wednesday mornings beginning at 9:30am at Philadelphia Lutheran Church. We are invited to attend.
News from Caldwell Hospice
Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services helps individuals and families cope with the loss of people they love. We serve hospice patients, their families, and anyone in the community who needs our help on the journey through grief and loss.
Working Your Way through Grief Group - Tuesdays, October 2 - 30, 12 to 3:30 p.m. Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services, 1002 Ashe Ave., Lenoir. A five-week support group for anyone who has suffered the death of a loved one. Caldwell Hospice Chaplain/Faith Liaison Delbert Minner, MDiv, BCC, will facilitate the group. For more information, or to register, call 754-0101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coping with the Holidays -Thursday, October 4, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services, 1002 Ashe Ave., Lenoir. The holiday season can be emotionally stressful when you are coping with a loss. Chaplain John Robbins, MDiv, BCCC, will lead a discussion of ways of planning holiday events, remembering the missing loved ones, avoiding additional stress, and caring for yourself during a festive but difficult time. For more information, or to register, call 754-0101 or email email@example.com.
Good Grief Meal - Thursday, October 4, 1 - 4 p.m. Captain’s Galley Seafood, 4345 Hickory Blvd., Granite Falls. Open to all people who are experiencing grief and loss. The meal is Dutch treat. This informal event provides an opportunity to share food and fellowship. For more information, call 754-0101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.