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“REDISCOVERING JESUS” SERMON SERIES: Who is Jesus? What difference does he make? Why should he matter to me? If you’ve ever asked those questions, join us during this season of Epiphany as Pastor Dave leads us in an inspired study of the Gospel of John. John is unlike the other three gospels as it includes five miracles not included in the others, seven unique sayings by Jesus about who he was, important theology, and beautiful poetic language written by “The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved.” Get up close and personal with Jesus this new year as we take another look at this mystery man who changed the course of human history and has the power to change your life in profound and miraculous ways!

LECTIO DIVINA READINGS: A new plan for daily Scripture readings is being introduced called Lectio Divina which is Latin for “Divine Reading.” Rather than simply read a passage daily and check a box, this method encourages us to slow down and listen for what God may be saying to you personally through a specific passage which may be dwelt upon for an entire week or more at a time. An introductory hand-out entitled, “How to Practice Lectio Divina,” is available in the box at the rear of the sanctuary today. A new passage for the week will be published in the bulletin each Sunday. May God take us deeper into His Word in 2018 than ever before!

CALLING ALL WOMEN! Please be invited to join the “Women of Joy” Bible study and fellowship group starting again tomorrow, Monday, February 5 at 6:00 PM. We’ll begin a brand-new study entitled, “Broken Crayons Still Color,” by Shelly Hitz. This seven-session study will take us on a journey of hope and healing found in Christ, featuring inspirational video teaching, guided discussion, and even an adult coloring page for each session. Together we’ll discover that God is the artist and we are His canvas. The good news is: “Broken crayons still color!” Please come to learn and grow closer to God with us. Friends and newcomers are always welcome and invited! – Barb Schoneman and Kelly Price

CALLING ALL KNITTERS/CROCHETERS! Please be invited to participate in a new prayer shawl ministry of Grace Church. We hope to create shawls to be given out to those going through difficult situations. An introductory and organizational meeting for any who might be interested will be held Monday, February 12 at 1:30 PM here at the church. If you have any questions or are interested but can’t meet at that time, please contact coordinator, Linda Stejskal at 319-233-1723.

YOUTH OUTING: All junior and senior high youth of The R.O.C.K. and their friends are invited to join us for a fun night out at the Get Air Trampoline Park of Waterloo on Wednesday, February 7. We’ll meet at church at the usual time, leave in car-pools at 5:25 PM, enjoy pizza and pop as we check in, bounce from 6:00-7:00 PM, and then return to the church by 7:15 PM. All “jumpers” must have their parents complete an online waiver ( before they will be allowed to jump. (Accompanying leaders and adults must complete the waiver also.) Cost is just $10/person which includes entrance fee, jump socks, pizza and pop. See the flyer on the foyer table for more information. Invite your friends to join us!

KITCHEN REMODEL: Our kitchen remodel has been progressing nicely. The new countertops, laminate, and sinks have now all been installed.   Finishing touches have yet to be made, including some painting and window treatments, but will be completed in time. We thank our project coordinator, Brenda Hempen, for leading this project, the flexibility of our Wednesday night cooks in dealing with the mess, and also Brad Schneiderman and his partner Marty for their excellent work on the install. Most importantly, a special thanks to the generous donors of our congregation and for the grant from the Pleasant Prairie Classis for making this project possible. Additional gifts can still be left in the old tea pot on the table in the foyer to help offset our portion of the costs. What a great and beautiful transformation to our kitchen! Check it out if you haven’t already!

ACTORS NEEDED FOR EASTER DRAMA! It’s time to begin planning for our upcoming Easter drama, “Journey to Jerusalem.” A large cast, singers, and dancers are needed. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach event, please sign up in the foyer for the part of your choice. There’s a part for everyone and everyone’s help and prayers will be needed to be able to do this drama set for March 30 & 31. Rehearsals will be early Sunday afternoons beginning next Sunday at 1:00 PM with dance practice at 12:30 PM. What part will you play? Use your gifts to tell the story of the greatest miracle ever! Contact Barb Holven if you have questions. Thank you!