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Food Pantry - The first Sunday of each month is Food Pantry Sunday. We use this Sunday to help stock our food pantry. The carts near the entrances are there for you to place your donated goods. We also take monetary donations and will do the shopping if you would rather donate in that way. Food pantry operation hours are on Tuesdays from 9am-12pm. If you would like to volunteer to help out in the food pantry or if you need a list of items we give out, please contact the office at 217-429-4278.


Kidzone– If you would like to help out in any of our children’s ministries, please check the box on your connect card or let the office know.


Communion Help– If you would like to help serve communion on Sunday mornings, please contact Andrea Zelhart at 217-855-5456 or check the box on your connect card and turn it in to an offering plate at the back of the sanctuary.


Men’s Prayer Breakfast– All men are welcome to join together to connect with one another and pray at Panera on Thursday mornings at 7:00 a.m. Come when you can, leave when you have to.


Prayer Requests- If you have a prayer request or praise, you can write it on your Connect Card and turn it in, email [email protected], or call or text the church phone at 217-429-4278. Please include the prayer request or praise and whether it needs to remain confidential.


Membership– If you are interested in placing your membership or getting baptized, please check the box on your Connect Card and our Senior Minister will contact you.


New Sunday School Class- The current Sunday School class meeting in A1 is called Love in Chaos- Good News for a Divided Culture. Scott Monette is teaching the class and it runs until October 15th. 


Hospital Calls– Both of the local hospitals are currently having issues with their computer systems and neither will allow them to search for people in the hospital by church. If you would like someone to visit and pray with you for a procedure or an admittance, please call the church office at 217-429-4278.


Volunteers Needed- We have many volunteers in our KidZone ministry– nursery, preschool, and elementary– that are heading off to college. If you are interested in volunteering one Sunday a month with any age, please mark the box on your Connect Card or talk to Scott Monette or Melissa Ryan.


September Mission Spotlight– This month, the Missions Team would like to highlight Rondal and Janice Smith with Pioneer Bible Translators. For more information, please click here.


Pioneer Bible Translators Fundraiser– This month, the Missions team is holding a fundraiser for PBT. It costs $35 for a verse of the Bible to be translated. The Missions team has pledged to match the 1st 20 verses sponsored. Please indicate PBT Verse Fundraiser on your check memo line or the Pushpay drop down menu. We appreciate your support of Pioneer Bible Translators.


 Life Group– Students who graduate high school and stay local for their next step can sometimes feel left out in the church; youth groups aren’t really meant for them, but adult small groups seem a little out of reach. That’s why NW Student Ministry is starting Life Group: a small group for the in-between time of emerging adulthood. If you’re done with high school and looking to connect with other 18-25 year-olds, this one’s for you! Watch for more info on when this group will start in the coming weeks.


Halloween– This year, we will be hosting Halloween Town: A Northwest Halloween Experience on Tuesday, October 31st from 6-7:30pm. Join us for a night of fun including games and food, a costume contest, the Pumpkin Path, and the Trick or Treat Trail. Please sign up on your Connect Card if you would like to help with games, food, donations for the cake walk, and/or handing out candy! Tickets will be available at the Welcome Desk on Sunday, October 1st.


Pumpkin Path: We will be having our annual Pumpkin Path this year as well. This year there will be 2 categories for prizes and the top pumpkin in each category will win a prize. The categories will be decorated pumpkins and carved pumpkins. The entries for that will be on the Welcome Desk October 1st. We look forward to seeing what you come up with this year!


Knitting Club– The Knitting Club resumes Wednesday, October 4th from 9-11am. Come help us make hats for the homeless. No skills are needed.


Elder Vote: Next Sunday, October 1st, we will have a re-affirmation vote for  James Zelhart and will be voting on Chairman of the Congregation (Travis White), Vice Chairman of the Congregation (James Zelhart), and Treasurer (Roger Owens).