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
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
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
Ministries of the women of the ELCA (WELCA) will
be highlighted. See back page for Pet details.
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
Children who sing in front of the assembly develop confidence
The Children’s Choir is a shining example of small group ministry.
There is no extra tuition!
Worship & Music
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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-
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
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.
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.