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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.


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.


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.


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.


Current Sunday School Class– The Book of Romans is being taught in May by John Schirle and will be held in A1 during the 9am Sunday School hour. The first 12 weeks will go until the Sunday before Easter, and the last 11 weeks will start the Sunday after Easter and go until June 16th.


CIY Move– CIY Move 2024 is coming up June 23rd-28th in Bowling Green, Ohio at Bowling Green State University. The cost is $400 and is due by Sunday, May 19th. Students going into 9th grade through completion of 12th grade can sign up on the Student Board across from the office.


New Team– The Property Team would like to get a team together to help offset the cleaning crew that comes every other week. They are looking for volunteers who would be willing to check and take out the garbage on both the upper and lower levels, spot clean the sanctuary as needed, and check the toilet paper and paper towels to make sure they are stocked for Sundays. They are looking for at least 4 volunteers or groups of volunteers so that a rotation can be made. Please reach out to the office by calling or texting 217-429-4278 or emailing at [email protected] if you would be willing to volunteer for this new team.


Knitting Club– The knitting club has resumed meeting on Wednesday mornings from 9-11am. They meet in A3– which is the classroom off of the foyer. No experience is needed, just a willingness to try!


Staycation 2024– Join us this summer for Staycation: Feels Like Summer! Saturday, June 15th we will be going to the Clintonia Eagle in Clinton to watch the newest Disney movie. This year everyone sees the movie for free, but make sure to bring money for concessions– which will be 20% off for our event. Sunday, July 21st will be our annual Pool Party at Splash Cove. As always, entrance to Splash Cove is free and will be open from 7-9pm, with a cookout starting at 6pm in the grassy area outside of Overlook Adventure Park. Bring chairs, drinks, and a side or dessert to share. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided. Saturday, August 10th we will be having a Back to School Cookout Party at NWCC. There will be water balloons, a slip and slide, an obstacle course, food, and more. Times for the movie and the Back to School Cookout Party will be announced before the events.