"For Our Church"  

O Lord, we thank You for our church.  You have created our lives and intentionally brought us together to worship in our church.  It is within the church family relationship that we learn how to share Your gifts of love, forgiveness, and mercy,  It is here, in our church, that we learn to be patient, as You are patient; compassionate, as You are compassionate; and caring, as You care for us.  Bless our relationships that we may serve You here in our church and when we go out into Your world.  In the mighty name of Jesus we pray.


- A Monthly Prayer selected by the Board of Deacons 

Christmas Poinsettia Sale

Poinsettias will be available for Christmas.  The price of each plant is $11.00.  Please return the completed form with payment to the church office by December 10 (this will be the last day to order).  If you have any questions, please call Debrah Ferguson or the Church Office.  Please wait until after the Christmas Day service to take your Poinsettia home.



Pork N Beans, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Soup & Crackers, Beef Stew, Soup & Crackers, Dish Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Toilet Paper, Laundry Soap, Deodorant, Diapers size 3-5

      (Reminder:  Every 3rd weekend of the month we will be collecting donations for ECHO.) The pantry shelves are very low at ECHO.  Please consider purchasing a few extra items while you are out shopping for families who need help in our community

  - Sandy Schneider

 “Life is an echo; what you send out you get back”



We will be meeting on Monday, December 11, at 6:00 p.m.  We will be celebrating Christmas by having a potluck and then exchanging gifts and revealing who our secret Santa's are.  We will also be picking new secret Santa's for 2018.  All women of the congregation are welcome!  We look forward to seeing you there.  Please note the time change, 6:00 p.m. not 7:00 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Plantikow or Pearl Casanova via the Church office. 

Adopt a Family

We have an “Adopt a Family” tree set up again this year.  The “Adopt a Family” program is through the Rock County Social Services.  Please take an Angel card from the tree.  Wrap the gift with the Angel card taped to the package.  No bows!  Just place the gift under the tree when returning it.  The deadline is Sunday, December 10, at 10:00 a.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Charland or Mary Winchell at 608-756-2554. Thank you.



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CANCELLATION OF CHURCH ACTIVITIES DUE TO BAD WEATHER:  If you are concerned about the weather and wondering if there will be an activity, please listen to WCLO or WJVL on the radio, or check www.wclo.com for cancellations or call your Deacon or a member of the Church Council.

                        - Rob Plantikow, Congregational Chair