Announcements for Dec. 22

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The Big 3

#1) 9 Marks Sunday School Class
Beginning in January, Sunday School classes will study and discuss the book “9 Marks of a Healthy Church”. Men’s groups, Women’s Bible Study, and many in the community will also focus on this book to start 2020. There will also be Sunday evening classes for our Sunday School teachers. This is a great way for us to grow deeper in our understanding of God’s design for the church. One copy of the book has been made available to each family in the church. Please grab your copy from the table in the coffee area. There you will also find a sign-up sheet for anyone who would like more than one for their family.
#2) Women’s Ministry Bible Study
Tuesday PM Study –
9 Marks of a Healthy Church
Start date: January 7, 2020 at 7pm
Cost: $10
Childcare: None
Thursday AM —
9 Marks of a Healthy Church
Start date:  January 9, 2020 at 9am
Cost:  $10
Childcare needed for children 5 and under? Please contact Mary Lynne at 612-209-0578 or The deadline for registration is December 30th. 
#3) Christmas Eve Offering for Compassion Childcare
As a church we have a tradition of taking a special Christmas Eve offering to support Compassion Childcare. Compassion exists to strengthen working poor families. They have a two prong approach to preaching and teaching the Gospel. First, to the children each day through worship and bible reading and secondly, to the parents through case management, resource classes, housing programs, and meals. Currently, Compassion has expanded a preschool inside of our church walls which provides Christian teaching daily to preschoolers who may not otherwise be able to afford it. Please consider giving on Christmas Eve to this special organization.

Weekly Outlook

Sunday, December 22
9:00 am          Worship Service | Communion
                           No Sunday School
6:00 pm          Evening Service
                           No High School Youth Group
Monday, December 23
Tuesday, December 24
6:30 am         Corporate Prayer
5:00 pm         Christmas Eve Service                 
Wednesday, December 25
                         Christmas Day
                         No Activities
Thursday, December 26
Friday, December 27
Saturday, December 28
Sunday, December 29
9:00 am Worship Service
                         No Sunday School
                         No Evening Service

First Free 411

Gordon Carlson’s 99th Birthday: You are invited to Gordon Carlson’s 99th Birthday Open House at Prairie Creek Assisted Living, (4312 West Creekside Circle 57106) Sioux Falls on Sunday, December 29th from 2pm to 4pm. Greeting cards may be sent to the same address, specifying Apt 114.
End of Year Giving: Contributions sent through the US mail must be postmarked by December 31, 2019. That is true regardless of the date on the check. All check requests and accompanying receipts for 2019 must be turned into the office by January 6, 2020 to be reimbursed for 2019. Thank you.
Youth Group Parent Meeting in January: There is a Youth Group Parent meeting scheduled for Sunday, January 5th. The meeting will take place right after Sunday School in the Youth Room from 11:35-noon
Summer Notes: We will be hosting our own VBS this summer. The dates are July 12-17, 2020. Mark your calendars and begin inviting other friends. More information will be coming soon. Also, this summer we would love to send as many students as possible to Hidden Acres, a fantastic Christian Camp in Dayton, Iowa. There are camps for many different age groups. The church is providing a $175 voucher for any student who wants to attend. These vouchers will be available from the church office after the New Year. Visit for more information and to register your children.   

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