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Lenten Bread Sale

It is Lenten Bread to order time again! The Deacons are holding their second annual Bread-to-Order sale. Your order forms are on the counter in the hall. The bread prices remain the same: $10 for the large and $5 for the small. Our order form contains all our top sellers. Lenten Bread orders can be picked up in the Parlor on Palm Sunday from 9 a.m. – 12 noon.  Thank you for your support. Please pass your order forms to your favorite Deacon!              

                             Order must be in by March 18, 2018.






Fishing for A Name

We have a BIG fish with a BIG heart and she/he needs a name!  Join the Mission’s Team in using the colorful little fish to collect your change at home between Ash Wednesday, February 14 – Palm Sunday, March 25.  Every time you turn in a fish, we’d like you to include a slip of paper with a NAME suggestion for the BIG fish, created by Heather Pletcher.  Pastor Fran will “fish” out the winner.  Fish donations with be given to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS).  PC-USA uses this special offering to show God’s love to our neighbors in need of relief from hunger and disaster, as well as empowering the poor and oppressed.  If this feels a little “fishy” to you, name suggestions can also be placed in your OGHS special offering envelopes.   Let’s feed our fish!



Community Lenten Services

Below is the schedule for the 2018 Community Lenten Services.  A light meal will be served at 6:00 p.m., followed by a service of worship at 7:00 p.m.  Dinner is provided at no cost.  An offering will be collected at each service to benefit a local mission. 

                  Date                                                        Host Church

               March 21                              Holy Trinity Lutheran Church



Adult Christian Education

Martin Luther

      On January 7th the adult Sunday school class begins a study into: Luther; Gospel, Law, and Reformation. Although the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting 95 Theses on the church door at Wittenberg was October 31st of 2017, it seemed like a good idea to members of the class to begin a study of Luther and his role in the Reformation as the end of our study of the New Testament.  This study will lead us to John Calvin and others responsible for the founding of Reformed Churches such as the Presbyterian.

      As always we invite anyone interested to join us.  A weekly outline will be available and it isn’t necessary to be present each week to take part. If you haven’t been to our adult Sunday school or if you haven’t been in some time, we invite you to come and be part of what has become a family of believers exploring the making of the Bible. Class is held from 9:15 to 10:15 with coffee starting at 9:00 following the 8:00 worship service in the chapel.  Each week we’ll see a 30 minute DVD lesson by Professor Phillip Cary followed by class discussion. You may take interest in how Luther came to believe in reforming what he saw as abuses in the Medieval Church and how his understanding of Scripture led him to lead a major movement in Christianity. Please join us.  


Kids Closet

Beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, December 3, the Kid's Closet will be doing the Advent underwear request again, but with just some specific needs.  We're looking for boys 4T and 5T underwear and all sizes of socks.  Of course, we'll accept all sizes, but these are our primary needs.


Library News – Read, Return, Repeat


 Last year, our library had a very successful fall book sale and was able to purchase two, new comfortable club chairs.  We invite you to come in and sit with a good book, whether it’s off our shelves, on your kindle or phone!  We’ve been gifted with a few bags of book donations over the past year, but we do not have enough to run our next sale.  If you are doing some fall cleaning, we’d love to receive your books and DVDs.  We are always happy to receive new book donations in honor or in memory of loved ones.  Currently we would like to add the following new books: Any book on local history or by a current/former member/pastor, biographies, any book by Max Lucado, The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel (adult version) and The Total Money Makeover, by Dave Ramsey.


Food Pantry

Due to the cancellation of CROP WALK this year, this means our church’s food pantry will not receive the percentage of funds allocated to our community. Mission and Outreach would like to suggest that those in our congregation, who have supported CROP WALK, give that amount directly to our food pantry.



Wild and Wacky Wednesdays will start back up on September 20th. We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4:30-6:00 PM. Children in kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome to come and learn Bible stories, make crafts, play games and more.

Youth Outreach
is a ministry for youth 11-16 years of age. Every other week, games, a meal, worship and a biblical story are shared from 6:30-8:00 PM. This is in collaboration with Calvary Road Community Church.


Keurig Coffee - Grab a Cup Before a Meeting!

EPIC would like to thank the Presbyterian Preschool for their Keurig maker donation!  We thought others might like to make a cup of coffee or tea on their way to a meeting.  We’ll keep this in the Parlor area for a while and see how much use it gets.  Directions are on the counter if you have never used a single serving machine.  Please donate K-cups, foil tea bags and Styrofoam coffee cups with lids!  Simply place them in the counter drawers below.  Thank you! 


Chrismons “Christ Monograms”

Check out the Chrismons on the Parlor hallway bulletin board.

We need your help! 


When:  Second Friday of every month at 10 a.m.

Where:  The spare office at the end of the north hallway


Kids Closet

at Ellis House


 Open Houres

Tuesday 10 a.m. - Noon

Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.






Just a reminder

This year’s Deacon’s project for the Domestic Violence Shelter and homeless Shelter in Berrien County will be ongoing. The Deacons wish to encourage your continued support for this very worthy cause. Because of you, our mission is being very successful! Thank You!! Consider yourself hugged by the many people you helping!



Do you still receive US Mail?  Your used postage stamps can be turned into necessities for Christian missions world-wide.  A local woman will collect our stamps hanging in a bag on the bulletin board.  If you can contribute any stamps, please leave a 1/2 inch margin around each one (or the whole envelope).

                                                            Thank you from Missions and Outreach




Arm your Shopping TRIP with SCRIP!!!  Special order your SCRIP now.  We have great vendors to order from with great refund percentages: Aeropostale 7%, Applebee’s 8%, Bath and Body Works 13%, Bonefish Grill 8%, Build-a-Bear 8%, Family Video 12%, Golfsmith 8%, Gordman’s 7%, 7%, Great Clips 8%.  Support the EPIC Mission Trip 2015.  Place your order today.  We also have many restaurant and miscellaneous gift cards on hand, including Martin’s, Meijer and Wal-Mart. See Arlene or Tom Richardson outside the parlor or call 684-2858.