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Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School 2018

This exciting event takes place one week in June. It is a very fun-filled week with a mini-version of the rotation model of Sunday School. The children rotate (i.e. storytelling, imagination station, snacks, crafts, and games) throughout the morning. They experience the story of the day at each station with a different learning mode. This is an awesome time for children to experience God’s love and to meet many new friends.

2018 Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School will be

June 12 – 15 (Tuesday – Friday), 2018

9:00 – 11:30 am each day

The kids will present a program of their new songs on Friday evening at 6:30 pm.

Three-year-olds (potty trained) to six-year-olds are welcome! There will be a large group gathering and closing with small groups rotating from station to station to be involved in learning the Bible story of the day. The fee is $10 per child and scholarships are available. Please fill out the following forms and return them to the church office by June 4, 2018:

2018 VBS Registration

Emergency Contact form

There is always a need for volunteers, so please join us for the fun! Contact Jill Hansen: 1-319-377-4689 or email


Easter Breakfast

Easter Breakfast

Sunday, April 1

7:30-11:00 am

supports EDGE Youth mission trip this summer to Houston TX

First Communion Seminar RESCHEDULED

Dear 4th grade families,

The weather forecast for tonight through Saturday is a winter storm warning, with anywhere from 3-12 inches of heavy snow. Our snow removal company probably won’t come to do the parking lot until the storm is over late Saturday afternoon or evening, so that it’s cleared off for Sunday morning. It may be impossible to get into the lot tomorrow morning before they get here with their equipment. As a result, we’ve decided to move our first communion seminar from tomorrow morning to Sunday afternoon, March 25, from 2-5 pm. Hopefully most of you can make that time. If not, we have a workbook that you can do at home to learn the basics of what we’ll cover in the seminar.

See you on Sunday afternoon,

Pastor Dennis and Alyssa Weaver, Pastoral Intern

Intergenerational Mission Trips Summer 2018

Two options this summer:

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota – June 8-16; ages 14 & up

We will be going to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. We will work with the Pine Ridge Retreat Center, which serves as a mission outpost of service, pastoral ministry, meeting basic needs, offering a Sanctuary for kids to come after school, offering a sandwich ministry at lunchtime, and organizing cultural learning and service in the community with groups that come to learn and serve. The Pine Ridge Retreat center is a Lutheran/Lakota Shared Ministry. I encourage you to pray about going yourself and/or about inviting a friend to join you. Consider joining this year’s team and see what God will do in and through you!

Cost will be $570 per person plus spending money and some travel meals. (Final costs may be lower, depending on the size of the team and travel decisions.) The maximum group size is 24, so sign up today. Sign up to join the team by completing the Pine Ridge Mission Trip RSVP form and attaching your initial down payment of $75 and turn in to the church office as soon as possible. If you are interested in more information, please contact Pastor Miranda at the church.

Northeast Iowa, with overnights at Camp EWALU – August 16-19; all ages

Plan to end your summer by serving together! We will serve with organizations in Northeast Iowa (including the Clayton County Food Shelf) with lodging at Camp Ewalu. Service experiences are an important factor in helping kids’ faith stick. This family mission trip is aimed at deepening faith and strengthening family relationships. The schedule will end earlier in the evening with optional night activities. We will seek out hands-on service opportunities that kids and adults can do side by side. Meals, campfire, pool, and team-building at Ewalu. Lodging will be in hotel-style rooms and bunk rooms. Camping and other options are available as well if interested. Possible accommodations of an adjusted schedule for younger families with children that still take afternoon naps.

If you are interested, please contact Pastor Miranda. Cost will be $155/Adult/Youth; $135/Child (4-11); ages 1-3 free. All lodging and meals are included. Individuals and families are responsible for their own transportation. Carpooling can be arranged. Register by completing the Family Mission Trip RSVP form and attaching your down payment of $40 per person.

February 2018 CrossTalk and Calendar of Events

February 2018 CrossTalk 

February 2018 Calendar of Events

Fellowship Dinner

Where In the World is My Dinner?!

Save this date – Saturday, February 10

The fellowship committee will create TOP SECRET GROUPS for each host home.

6:00 pm – appetizers at the church

~ receive address for your host home ~

7:00 pm – dinner at host home

8:30 pm – dessert at the church

You will need to sign up in advance for this event!

You can:

> bring a dish (appetizer, salad, dessert)


> be a host and provide a main dish

Please note that this is an adults-only event.

January 2018 CrossTalk & Calendar

In the January CrossTalk, you will find a review of our fantastic Christmas celebration last month and a preview of the exciting new things we have in store for 2018.

January 2018 CrossTalk

January 2018 Calendar of Events

December 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar of Events

December 2017 CrossTalk newsletter

December 2017 Calendar of Events

Not A Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem begins Sunday, November 19 at 9:45 and run for 5 weeks in the Advent season. This DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton is led by Alyssa Weaver & Pastor Dennis.

Imagine Jesus from Mary’s point of view – proud of her son, in awe of his gifts and mission, guided by love for him as a person and so much more. In this book, Adam Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and resurrection; travels back in time as she witnesses his life and ministry; and ends at the beginning, with the Christ child born in a stable, Mary’s beautiful baby. This year, experience Advent and Christmas with Mary. 

Lifetree Cafe’ in November

All Lifetree gatherings are on Friday at noon. Please join us for these fascinating events and invite a friend! Lifetree is always free.

Friday, November 3rd – Mysteries of Mental Illness: One Woman’s Struggle to Regain Her Life

Our video this week features a filmed interview with Karen McCracken, a woman diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and author of Breaking Free From OCD.  “It got to a point that I would have to read every sign I saw when I went somewhere,” McCracken says. “If I saw a sign in my peripheral vision, I thought something bad would happen if I didn’t stop to read it.” During the program Lifetree participants will have the opportunity to discuss brushes with mental illness they, or people close to them, have experienced.

Friday, November 10th – Triumph Over Trauma: One Woman’s Struggle with Anorexia

Our video includes a filmed interview with a victim of anorexia whose eating disorder threatened to end her life. “The behavior and the addiction are so strong. Breaking that cycle is hell,” the woman featured in the film says. “The recovery was harder than anything I’ve ever had to do, and it meant addressing all the other issues I was facing in my life.” During the program, Lifetree Café participants will have the opportunity to share events or traumas that have impacted their own lives.

Friday, November 17th – Smile…Even When You Think You Can’t

This session will provide proven ways to cope with difficult situations in life. A short film will be shown featuring a wheelchair-bound man who competes in triathlon events. “It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by life’s hardships,” said Lifetree representative Craig Cable. “This program offers hope and some key skills that help overcome challenges.” During the program, Lifetree Café participants will have the opportunity to discuss a problem they’re currently facing and brainstorm potential solutions.

Friday, December 1st – Religious Freedom: Standing Up for What You Believe

This week we’ll view a filmed interview with former White House attorney and Air Force officer Michael Weinstein, who believes the U.S. military is under attack by a group that threatens both morale and battle-readiness: Christian fundamentalists. “What do you do when you’re forced to convert to Christianity or face incredible scrutiny during basic training?” Weinstein asks. “I went to the Academy to see what was occurring and then realized there was a much bigger problem.” During the program Lifetree participants will have the opportunity share their opinions on recent situations in which religious freedom was threatened.