ARC’s Annual Congregational Meeting was Monday, November 13; 112 voting members were present. Newly elected Elders are Merlin Cleveringa and Dave Haugom, and Deacons are Jon Schomacker and Ryan Wynia. The congregation approved the General Fund Challenge of $504,340, Benevolent Fund Challenge of $118,371, and Building Fund Challenge of $56,400. A drawing was held for new Care Shepherds to begin a three year term in January 2018. New Care Shepherds are Myron & Shirley Boeve, AJ & Mary Brands, Linda Hubbling, Tammy Johnson, Randy & Loraea Krull, Derek & Angie Sandbulte, Galen & Lauree Teunissen, Frances Veldkamp.
HOME DELIVERED MEALS ARC is responsible for serving Home Delivered Meals during the month of December. To volunteer, please choose a date from the calendar at the Narthex table. The meals are picked up at Luverne Senior Dining at 11:30 AM and local delivery usually takes about an hour.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM Christmas program practice for Grades K-5 will be Saturdays, December 2, 9, and 16 from 9:00-10:30 AM. Three and four year olds in the Quad Room will practice December 9 and 16 from 9-10 AM. The Christmas program will be presented on Sunday, December 17 at 6:00 PM. (Note time change from previous years.)
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CANTATA Saturday, December 2, 7 PM at ARC. The Cantata will feature over 100 vocal and instrumental musicians, including ARC choir members, sharing the message of Christ’s birth. The performance will raise funds for the Rock County Foodshelf. Adult admission is $10; 12 and under is $5.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING The ARC annual congregational meeting will be Monday, November 13 at 7 PM including election of new officers. Nominees for Elder are Merlin Cleveringa, Dave Haugom, Mark Klaassen, and Gordon Mulder. Nominees for Deacon are AJ Brands, Jon Schomacker, Adam Uithoven, and Ryan Wynia. Absentee ballots are available in the church office.
SPAGHETTI SUPPER, BAKE-OFF & AUCTION SR RCYF Youth Group will host their annual Spaghetti Supper, Bake-off, and Auction on Tuesday, November 7. SR RCYF members will be challenging members of the congregation to a bake-off. Supper served from 6-7:15 PM for a freewill donation followed by an auction of baked items.
FOOD DRIVE The SR RCYF Youth Group will participate in a Community Food Drive this Sunday, October 22 with Rock The Edge. They will be canvasing the community on hay racks and collecting food for the Rock County Foodshelf beginning at 4 PM. Place food donations, preferably in bags, on your doorstep.
Pillow Cleaning Fundraiser for Missions
Friday, October 27, 7 AM-4 PM
ARC South Entry
Pillows cleaned, deodorized, sanitized, encased in new ticking, and returned the same day
New feather pillows will also be available for purchase
STAFF APPRECIATION It’s Staff Appreciation Month and we’d like to show our appreciation to Mike, Cory, Becky, Erin, George, and Brian. We’ll be serving ice cream to celebrate with them after church this Sunday, October 29. You are welcome to give them a note, email, or sign of appreciation in their mailbox. Hope you can join us in thanking our great staff at ARC! From your ARC Family
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD It’s that wonderful time of year again—Operation Christmas Child! Help yourself to the boxes on the Narthex table. There are some new Do’s and Don’ts for shipping so please read this as there are some favorites on the Don’t List (candy, toothpaste, etc.) The “Jesus ♥ Me” t-shirts are provided for anyone who would like to include one in your shoebox. Take the size and color appropriate for the child getting your box. On November 5 we will take a special offering for OCC to pay for the t-shirts and extra shipping costs. The price of shipping has gone up this year from $7 to $9. Also on November 5, Joyce Klosterboer will speak about her trip to help distribute the boxes this past year. Shoeboxes will be collected on Sunday, November 12. If you have any questions, please contact me after church or call Charla Sandbulte at (507-227-1722). Thank you for your generous donations to this ministry.