Christian Education Corner
A couple of months ago, Katie Strilich and Molly McDonald approached Pastor Lynne about having “Theme Days” during church. What a great way to get everyone involved in a fun experience!! We are going to have our first “Theme Day” on Sunday, August 20th. The theme will be CROSS DAY. What does that mean? That means on August 20th, we are asking everyone to wear a cross (or many crosses). Be creative! Any type of clothing, jewelry, etc would be great! Or maybe you have a cross that has a special meaning to you. Whatever it may be, we can’t wait to see everyone together in church with their crosses!
In preparation of the upcoming Sunday School year, we will be holding a Communion Workshop on Sunday, August 27th at 9:30 am for Carter Strilich and Jazmyn Johnston. The workshop will cover the history and logistics of the sacrament so both children can participate in Communion going forward.
And mark your calendars for Rally Day on September 10th! We will celebrate the first day of the new Sunday School year with a pizza and salad luncheon hosted by the Christian Education committee! We hope to see you there!
Building & Grounds
Greetings all! We are rolling thru summer and all is going quite well with building and grounds. We like it that way!
As many of you know, there was an explosion just across the street on Tonne a few weeks back. Thankfully, there were no fatalities or severe injuries. Our church was contacted by village officials to see if they could use our facilities for the crews that were on site for clean-up. Dick and George happened to be Johnny on the spot and came to church to open our doors to everyone that needed a break. Thanks for being there gents!
Just a reminder that if you see any maintenance issues needing attention to jot them down on the notepad in my mailbox.
Have a great August!
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Dig Deep Navajo Water Project so far. As I mentioned last month, 40% of the houses on the Navajo reservation do not have running water in their homes, and by donating to this mission, we will be helping a family emotionally, as well as physically. There is still time to make donations and/or buy raffle tickets/silent auction bids; we will be closing this project on August 13th. Just a reminder that all of the items in the raffle and silent auction are authentic- made by American Indians from around the country- and all have a value of $20-$35. If you would like to make a monetary donation, checks can be made out to the church and you can write the word “water” in the memo line of your donation envelope.
Our next Missions project will be our annual collection for Pine Avenue. Shopping lists will be available on the table near the office and we will be collecting them through Rally Day in September. Thank you in advance for any items that you can donate to help our friends at Pine Avenue.
Pine Avenue Shopping List
1 can tuna
1 can of Spam or other canned meat
1 can of spaghetti sauce
1 or 2 cans of tomato sauce
1 or 2 cans of vegetables
1 or 2 cans of fruit
1 box of cereal
1 dish detergent
1 package of toilet paper
1 roll of paper towels
1 unbreakable bottle of juice or package of juice boxes
Specially requested optional items
Shampoo Toothpaste Deodorant
Laundry detergent Diapers Baby Food
8 Actions You Can Take To Protect Birds Where You Live:
- Reduce or eliminate pesticide and herbicide use. By using fewer chemicals in and around your home, you will help keep birds, pets, and your family healthy.
- Create or protect water sources in your yard – birds need water to drink and bathe in, just like we do. Be sure to keep birdbaths clean and change the water three times per week when mosquitoes are breeding.
- Identify the non-native invasive plants in your region, and work to remove them from your yard. And don’t bring any new invasives into your backyard habitat! Invasives don’t provide as much good food or habitat as natives do and can threaten healthy ecosystems.
- Make your windows visible to birds to prevent collisions. Put up screens, close drapes and blinds when you leave the house or stick multiple decals on the glass (decals need to be no more than 2 to 4 inches apart to be effective).
- Let your yard get a little messy! Leave snags for nesting places and stack downed tree limbs to create a brush pile, which is a great source of cover for birds during bad weather.
- Close your blinds at night and turn off lights you aren’t using. Some birds use constellations to guide them on their annual migrations, and bright lights from windows and skylights can disrupt their steering senses.
- Plant native plants. Native flora provides birds with food in the form of fruit and seeds, and is home to tasty invertebrates like bugs and spiders.
- Attract hummingbirds with sugar water, made by combining four parts hot water to one part white sugar, boiled for one to two minutes. Never use honey, artificial sweeteners, or food coloring. Clean feeders with a solution of one part white vinegar to four parts water once a week.
Flyer insert of Audubon Magazine Submitted by: Barbara Britton