The Micah Center

The Micah Center, a sister organization of St. John’s Homeless Shelter, is a daytime resource center for the homeless and has been welcoming around 30-35 guests each day this past week, and the number keeps growing. We provide warmth, a place to relax, educational resources, arts and crafts, computer access for jobs, and a friendly welcoming environment for our daytime guests. To accomplish our mission we rely on the generosity of the community to help us with some basic needs for our guests.

Currently we find ourselves in need of paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies such as anti-bacterial spray cleaner, comet cleanser, antibacterial wipes, and Pine Sol or Mr. Clean. We are also short on warm gloves and hats.

As we approach this wonderful season of giving and sharing, we are hopeful you can help us out. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

We are located at 700 East Walnut and are open from 8:30-4:40 Mon. through Fri.

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Scholarship Fund

One of our ministries is a scholarship fund for full time college students. This is for any students who are active in the worship life of our congregation or if they are from our congregation and out of town active in the worship life of their local church community. The funds are awarded for the semester just completed. If you would like an application please contact the church office.

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Bible Study

Wednesday Morning Join us for a time of fellowship, prayer and Bible study on Wednesday mornings from 9:30am-11am. This month we will meet Wednesdays January 7th, 14th and 21nd. No study on Jan 28th.

Sunday Mornings Adult Sunday School in January will be sharing a study from the Wisconsin Council of Churches called “Hunger at Our Doorstep” regarding hunger issues and income inequality in Wisconsin.

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Meal Ministry

Loaves and Fishes We continue to share food and fellowship the fourth Saturday of the month from 8am-10am. The upcoming breakfast is Saturday, January 24th. This is a ministry of hospitality for any seeking a time for community and/or seeking a warm meal. If you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming breakfast please contact Emily Tewes at either etewes@gmail.com or 246-2478.

Meal at NEW Community Shelter ~ The next meal will be shared Sunday, February 15th. Please make sure to volunteer with John Sorenson. Please contact John if you can help serve or can help in preparing the main course, and other items needed for the meal. Items for donation to the meal can be brought to the shelter at 4:30pm or to morning worship that day.

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Church Council February 1st

Church council will be held on Sunday, February 1st following worship. It will be held in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited to attend and all communicant members are voting members of council. We’ll review last year’s ministries, look forward to new ways God is at work in our shared ministry. We’ll look at the budget and elect new board members.

Council Reports For those leading ministries within the congregation we ask you to submit a report for the Annual report by Sunday, January 18th. Reports will be available at church by Sunday, January 25th.

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Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is at work to nominate leaders for Trustees, Elders and 2016 Synod Delegates. Though it is not an elected position we are also searching for leaders on our Christian Education Committee. If you feel led to put your name forward for one of these positions please talk to Committee members: Bill Madden, Pastor Marian, Sheila Steffens or Jim Huss.

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Church Council ~ Feb. 1st

Church council will be held on Sunday, February 1st following worship. It will be held in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited to attend and all communicant members are voting members of council. We’ll review last year’s ministries, look forward to new ways God is at work in our shared ministry. We’ll look at the budget and elect new board members.

Council Reports For those leading ministries within the congregation we ask you to submit a report for the Annual report by Sunday, January 18th. Reports will be available at church by Sunday, January 25th.

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Crafter’s Ministry

The Crafter’s are grateful to all who helped with our Fall Silent Auction to raise funds for the roof. A little over $600 was raised! The next gathering is Thursday, January 8th at 6pm. We welcome your presence as we share in prayer, conversation, continue work on prayer shawls and discuss new crafting projects.

If you have questions about this ministry please speak with Kris Nelson or Pat Calhoon.

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Men’s Fellowship

All men are invited to breakfast the first Saturday of the month at Bay Family Restaurant at 8am. The upcoming gatherings are Saturday, January 4th and Saturday, February 7th. See John Deuchert with any questions.

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CEC News

Christmas Program ~ Thank you to EVERYONE who either helped or participated in this year’s Christmas program “You Can’t Cancel Christmas”. The youth and children did a Wonderful Job!! We are so blessed to have such talented Youth and giving Adults in our Congregation.

Sunday School ~ Sunday school resumes January 4, 2015. CEC is always looking for adults to help lead the youth and children on Sundays. If you are interested please see one of the CEC members.

Rewarding Opportunity ~ Are you looking for a Rewarding Opportunity with lots of Support? CEC has just that Opportunity. CEC is seeking new members and a Sunday School Coordinator. If you are at all interested or have questions about this Opportunity talk to any of the CEC members.

Giving Tree ~ Thank You to everyone who donated gifts. The gifts were brought to St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter for distribution.

Youth Group ~ Please join us Saturday, January 24th, 1pm-3:30pm at church for the “Family Frozen Festival”. We will be watching the movie “Frozen” and having a “Frozen Snack after the movie. Dress up as your favorite “Frozen Character”. It’s going to be a Chilly time!! Everyone is welcome!

Winter Congregational RetreatWinter Congregational Retreat is being planned for February 27-March 1st. It is always a good time. There is plenty of time for worship and study, great food, lots of fun and a time to enjoy the winter activities such as, sledding, and hiking. If you like to cross country ski or snowshoe, bring your skis and snowshoes, there is a lot of property to be explored. Come for 1 or 2 nights or just come for the day. Sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

Next CEC meeting will be Tues, January 13, 2015 @6pm

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