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    Sunday, September 9 is the kick-off for growing

    in faith, learning of God’s presence in our midst and

    serving others! Worship services on

    the 9th will be at 8:30 and 10:45.

    Sunday School will gather in the Atrium on the 9th at 9:45 for a

    “Treasure Hunt” experience! This year, kids and their parents will

    explore the treasure that Jesus is with us always. This immersive

    experience will provide a vibrant start to our program year.

    In the Social Hall and Patio Room, everyone else can connect with serving opportunities

    across all cabinets during our “Ministry Marketplace” (at 9:45). Playtown Preschool teachers will

    also be available to share more about this vibrant ministry. Plus, you can take a first look at this

    fall’s new three month book and Bible study effort, “Giving to God.” And a Backpack Blessing

    during worship will include special prayers for our kids, teachers, schools and community.

    Sunday, September 16 Dr. Mark Allan Powell will preach, teach and lead workshops all

    weekend long. You will be able to purchase Mark’s book “Giving to God” and have it signed

    as well. This book and weekend kicks off a preaching worship series program of Belonging to

    God and our response of faithful living, giving and serving.

    Once each month this fall, we will offer a Bible Study in worship instead of a sermon as we

    work to Grow In Faith Together.

    Building Blocks of Faith begins on Saturday, September 23rd at 1 PM with a workshop

    for 1st grade children and their parents. Come and learn about special conversations with

    God through prayer. We will equip parents to become prayer mentors for their child, and

    they will take home a Prayer Pillow with prayer petitions stuffed in a special pocket.

    Confirmation meetings start on Wednesday, September 5th for parents and youth in

    grades 6th through 8th with an introduction to “9 Square in the Air!”

    Come this September and Grow In Faith Together as we all do God’s work with our hands!

    Pastor Jeff Fricke, Senior Pastor

    prjeff@OSLCRockford.com

    Giving to God Mark Allan Powell will be with us the weekend of September 15 & 16

    to kick-off a congregational-wide study of his book, Giving to God.

    Dr. Powell will lead a workshop for council, cabinets

    and committee members on Saturday at 3 PM, and

    will preach at all worship services that weekend.

    On Sunday, his agenda includes a book signing

    between services, church lunch in the Social Hall at

    Noon, and a 12:30 PM forum he will lead for the

    whole congregation and community. Books are

    available for purchase ($15 each). Sign up for lunch

    in the Atrium; a free will offering will be received.

    Each Sunday thereafter, the congregation will engage in a focused

    presentation and Sunday morning forum discussion going chapter by

    chapter. This leads up to our Response Weekend, November 17 & 18.

    Special Duty, Delight and Dessert Forums will be held on the

    following dates with these groups:

    TBD WELCA Gathering

    10/15 Men’s Lunch Group

    10/17 Large Group Gathering (Confirmation, Choirs, Parents)

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    Sundays in September

    September 9 Rally Day

    Golf Outing

    Our annual program year kick-off includes

    worship with a Backpack Blessing, plus a “Ministry

    Marketplace” and “Treasure Hunt” between

    services. See pg. 6 for Golf Outing details.

    September 16 Giving to God

    A congregational-wide study begins with lunch

    and a forum.

    September 23 Congregational Mtg

    Prayer Pillow Workshop

    Portico project discussed/voted upon during this

    Noon meeting. Prayer workshop for 1st graders

    and their parents (1 PM).

    September 30 WELCA Sunday

    Pet Blessing

    Ministries of the women of the ELCA (WELCA) will

    be highlighted. See back page for Pet details.

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    Calendar

    September 2018

  • Worship and Music News

    When do choir rehearsals begin?

    Adult Choir Wednesday, Sept. 5 @ 7 PM

    Carillon Ringers Wednesday, Sept. 12 @ 6 PM

    Children’s Choir Wednesday, Sept. 12 @ 5 PM

    Why should your children join a Church Choir?

     They learn to sing! Children who cannot yet follow a melody CAN learn to if they come to rehearsal regularly. Those who

    already read music will learn vocal and music reading skills that

    will stay with them throughout their lives.

     They become trained as worship leaders. Children who feel their presence in choir is important to God, the church and their

    parents continue to center their lives in church long after their

    children’s choir experience has ended. Those children are the

    building blocks of the church and choirs of tomorrow.

     Choir augments their Christian education through scripture, praise and prayer.

     Children learn first-hand about serving God with their time and talents.

     Children who sing in front of the assembly develop confidence and poise.

     The Children’s Choir is a shining example of small group ministry.

     There is no extra tuition!

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    Worship & Music

    September 2018

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    Giving to God

    This book will explore two main issues (1) that “stewardship is a way of life” and (2) “how do I use all of my money in God-

    pleasing ways?”

    This fall will be an exciting adventure into God’s vision for our lives, and to come to understand that “Biblically speaking,

    stewardship is our mission, not just a means for funding our mission.”

    Mark Allan Powell is a Bible scholar and a theologian widely recognized for his work in spiritual formation

    and congregational ministries. The Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament Studies at

    Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, he has written more than twenty books, including Loving Jesus

    and the massive Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music.

    Deacon Marti Bein / Director of Worship & Music / marti@OSLCrockford.com

    2018 Concert Series

    AGAPE RINGERS

    Sunday, October 7 @ 7 PM

    Since 1992 when David L. Weck gathered a

    group of musicians to found an initially-unnamed

    handbell ensemble, the Agape Ringers has

    shared music with audiences from England to

    New England and from San Juan to the Pacific

    Northwest in over 310 live performances. The

    group has performed six times at national events

    of the Handbell Musicians of America, and also

    been heard by directors

    around the ringing world on all

    promotional recordings for

    Hope Publishing Company's

    handbell catalog since 1992.

    As a community of handbell musicians, the

    Ringers bring over 340 years of ringing experience

    to this uniquely collaborative musical art, sharing

    an instrument comprised of more than 200

    individual handbells and handchimes. The Ringers

    share their skills and enthusiasm with others through

    workshops offered with Handbell Musicians of

    America, and by serving in leadership roles at the

    local and national levels of that organization.

    Special Bible Lesson Saturday, September 29 @ 1:30 WELCA invites everyone to a Bible lesson with Dr. May Persaud,

    instructor of Biblical languages at Wartburg Theological Seminary in

    Dubuque. She will be here to lead us in a lesson called "A Study on

    Psalm 131 and the Surprises it Holds." We will consider the translation

    misunderstandings in this Psalm; a lesson that May says is one of her

    students’ favorites. A fellowship time with refreshments follows. There is

    no cost to attend this event but a donation of quarters is appreciated

    for Laundry Love, a ministry of RALM that provides free laundry service

    to those in need and alleviates health concerns and negative stigma

    that unwashed clothing places on the vulnerable of our community.

    WELCA Weekend

    Guest Speaker Sunday, Sept. 30 Jennifer DeLeon, Director for Justice of the

    Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in

    America, will be our guest speaker at both

    Sunday services during WELCA Weekend. Prior to

    her current position, Jennifer served as LSSI’s

    Director of Government Relations & Advocacy

    and worked as a community organizer for the

    Logan Square Neighborhood Assoc. in Chicago.

    This spring, she will complete a masters degree at

    Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

    http://www.agaperingers.org/index.html http://www.agaperingers.org/index.html http://www.agaperingers.org/index.html

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    Rally Day “Treasure Hunt”

    September 9 @ 9:45 AM

    All are welcome to move through a

    variety of stations that reveal an amazing

    treasure – our friendship with Jesus! Join