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                             Bytes of Bread has a list of coming events
                             & a short bible study for you to enjoy
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PLAN BIGGER FOR THE FUTURE
Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD'S purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)
This week the microwave oven in my home stopped working.
It's only five years old - what's up with that?
I thought these things were supposed to last a little longer.
To fix it will cost twice as much as buying a new one, unless maybe I can find a used microwave oven at a thrift store - in which case, my food might even glow in the dark!
Does it seem to you like everything's wearing out faster than it used to?

Thinner fabric, plastic parts, and mass produced electronics are the "new normal."
And even though we complain that things ought to last a little longer, let me ask you this: would you really prefer to be driving the same car for the last 20 years?
Do you intend to be using your iPhone 20 years from now?
Change happens whether we want it to or not.
The Bible reminds us that nothing lasts forever, not even the physical universe.
The Psalmist wrote, "[The heavens & the earth] will perish…they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded." (Psa 102:25-26)
Like hippie headdresses and bellbottoms, our planet is going out of style.
We're headed for a cosmological cataclysm.
And if our world won't last forever, what about us and our grand achievements?
The apostle Peter wrote, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall." (1 Peter 1:24)

Our empire will turn to dust as every one before it did.
Our bodies will wear out and we will leave our estate, such as it is, behind.
Like a footprint in the sand, time's tides will wipe our legacy from memory.
Only one thing will last: God's love for us in Christ.
He gave up his heavenly home so we have somewhere to go after we leave our earthly home. He gave up his glory and honor to endure shame and humiliation, so that we can leave our sin and guilt behind on earth.
Nothing in this world lasts long - and that's a good thing for us.
We don't want to lug around our outdated sinful selves any longer than necessary.
Death is our doorway to a better being, and it's open for all.
As good as it gets on earth, it's only going to get better.
That is what makes everything we do here on earth have far greater significance than we can imagine.
Our decisions and plans have consequences that will extend beyond this world's timeline.

That certainly provides some perspective to our planning, doesn't it?
How will you structure your schedule and your budget in light of God's bigger plans?
As you consider the state of our church in 2018 rejoice at the lives God is touching through the message of his Son's forgiveness and love.
Our church is strong because our God is strong.
As our church continues to plan for the future, we trust that God's plans will ultimately succeed.
These are not just business decisions that we are making for the survival of our ministry.
We are building bridges from this world into the next.
 

 

Sunday Bible Classes
Sundays 9:00 AM 
Stewardship Studies each Sunday morning of September. 

1 John Bible Study
Every Tuesday morning at 6:30 AM
Want a great way to start your day? What's better than the
good news in the book of 1 John?
 
Wednesday Bible Class 6pm
A study of the Life of David with each week a different lesson.
David's Problems with Absalom on Sept.26th
Gwen Smith will provide childcare during the adult Bible study from 6-7 PM on Wednesday nights. My goal is for it to be very similar to the Sunday School that Ms. Pearl leads during the summer, so a Bible lesson and craft/games. Please contact Gwen if you have any questions at gwen_yarbrough@yahoo.com or 256-506-1024. All ages are welcome!!

Confirmation Classes 
Classes are Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 PM
 

Something New! Live on Facebook!
Sermons each Sunday are on facebook, share with a friend! 

MARRIAGE CLASS
Are you married? Single? Divorced? Engaged? Planning to marry some day?  Then come find out what God has to say about his blessing of marriage! Please join us September 9 - October 14 for a special Sunday evening Bible class and fellowship on the subject of marriage - this class will be held at Pastor & Sheila's home in Madison.  Please sign up to attend this special class, sign-up sheets are on the table in the narthex.
 

Come Join Choir!
We will resume choir practice Wednesday September 19 at 7pm. Any member interested in singing is welcome. No auditions.

WELS PLANNED GIVING PRESENTATION
Mark your calendars for Sunday September 30. We will have a special presentation    during Sunday School by our deferred giving counselor. He will give us information on estate planning, and using the resources God has entrusted to us to provide for ourselves, our families, and ministries that are near and dear to our hearts. He will also make himself available for individual, private appointments to assist you in your personal planning. Watch for more details in the coming weeks


FALL FESTIVAL 
OCTOBER 20
Coordinator – Sarah Kohlhoff

We need everyone to pitch in, there is something for everyone to do! 
Ways you can help: *Decorations! Anything Fall related and family-friendly...hay bales, pumpkins of all sizes, pots of mums, scarecrows, tablecloths, streamers, fall leaves, etc. *Goodies for the Cake Walk! Please label your treats and note if they are gluten or sugar free. *Calling all chili competitors! Bring out your BEST EVER secret recipe for our chili cook-off! The contestant with the most votes will win a gift certificate! *Sam’s Club and Costco members.: We will need donations of hot dogs, buns, apple cider, hot chocolate, bottled water, mini pumpkins (for decorating), and CANDY! There will be a collection box for candy in the Narthex. Sign up to help if you can.
Also...THRIVENT members, please see Gwen Smith about applying for grants to help provide a bounce house, cotton candy and/or popcorn machine, and cups with our info on them to pass out at the event. Every member is allowed to two grants annually, so get that paperwork in today!
Activities: *Pumpkin Bowling *Bounce House *Cake Walk *Chili Cook-Off *Photo Booth *Games *Crafts (decorate a mini pumpkin, create a mask) *Costume Contest (3 contests @ 3:30, 4:30, & 5:30, prizes will be awarded)
Finally, for our teens, David Kohlhoff is working on getting a YouTube channel going. If you are interested, please talk to him about how you can help! Our YouTube channel will be included in the information on the cups we will be handing out.
Volunteers willing to decorate are also needed. Look for sign-up sheets in the Narthex!

 

Go to Jail... With the Gospel!
Jail Ministry Training Day November 3rd.
Contact Larry Peterson for more information.


LIVING NATIVITY
This event is designed to draw people at Christmas with a live enactment of the  Christmas gift God gave us in Jesus. We are planning this for early-mid December.
Still looking for a coordinator for this event. If you like to plan and organize, you are the person with the gifts for this.  
Watch for more details on both of these events coming soon in bulletins & newsletters.


Church Library
You can search online anytime to see what is in our library collection! Here's
the link or you can click on the Church Library link from this LOG Website. About to buy that book from amazon.com or make a trip to the public library? Wait...check our church library first! We might have it! We now have 186 titles plus 21 DVD's in our collection. If you have a special birthday or anniversary coming up and you would like to donate a book to the church library in honor of a special event or person, please see Gwen Smith at church or you can e-mail me at gwen_yarbrough@yahoo.com or call me at 256-506-1024. 
To God be the Glory!

 
Free Items for College Students--
While you sign up for classes and possibly attend orientation on campus, also think about signing up for your course material in spiritual education. The perk: no homework, tests, or papers! Sign up to get both Forward in Christ magazine and Meditations, a book of daily devotions, mailed to you free. When you sign up, you will also be able to get other free, helpful information from WELS Campus Ministry.

Men's Breakfast September 28th
The last Saturday morning at 7:30 of each month is the men's breakfast. Great food & fellowship make for a wonderful way to start your day! Sunny Street Café 7143 Hwy 72 W  256-213-7120  Sunnystreetcafe.com across from the Kroger on 72 & Slaughter.


CRAFT CIRCLE
Anyone can come to the fellowship room on Fridays (10 AM to noon) and join with others working on their own arts and crafts projects. The Craft Circle is the place to come to relax and work on any sort of project you want to!! Our ladies have worked on cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, scrapbooking, quilts, beading and jewelry, or just come and relax~! Come and join the ladies~feel free to bring a friend.  She works with her hands in delight...Proverbs 31:13


Bible Reading on the Go!
Would you like a free app for your iphone or ipad for bible reading? The Bible Gateway Bible App offers many wonderful ways to experience Bible reading and Bible study, including:
More than 90 different Bible translations, including NIV. Easy-to-use and reliable Bible search, both online and offline. Daily Bible verse in the translation of your choice Daily Bible reading plans Bible audio in a number of different translations and styles.
Here is the link to
get it at itunes



WELS Connection
Here is the WELS Connection that is played once a month after service if you would like to rewatch it or share with a friend!

Lamb of God Coming Events   
 
Wednesday 9/26 Confirmation Class 4:30 PM    Bible Study 6 PM    Choir 7 PM
 
Friday 9/28  Craft Circle 10 AM
 
Saturday 9/29  Men’s Breakfast 7:30 AM
 
Sunday 9/30  Planned Giving Presentation & Sunday School 9 AM    
Worship Service 10:30 AM    Marriage Study 5 PM

10/05 Pumpkin Decorating Party!

10/06 Mary Martha Meeting 9AM at church

10/20 Fall Festival
  3-6 PM

10/27 Scottsboro Ladies Shopping Trip, meet there 10AM

11/03 Jail Ministry Training Day

11/30 Advent by Candlelight 7PM

12/01 Church Decorating 9AM

12/07 & 12/08 Living Nativity

12/09 Children's Christmas Program & Fellowship Dinner


12/15 Christmas for Kids 9AM