Friday Update April 28, 2023


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Friday Update

Ministry: Mine, Yours, Ours
April 30, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

We celebrate 15 years of shared ministry.  We’ll have a variety of reflections and thoughts about the meaning of our work together.  See you there!

Order of Service

We will share the plate with Alignment Rockford

In partnership with Rockford Public School District 205, Alignment Rockford brings together strategic partners from corporate, civic, political, religious, and social entities to challenge and address systemic barriers and equitably impact the growth, development, and academic achievement of each RPS 205 student.
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Volunteers for Sunday, April 30

Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Guest Table: Rev. Joyce Palmer & We Need 1 More Volunteer
Ushers: We Need 2 Volunteers
Coffee Hosts: We Need 2 Volunteers
Please note that if you volunteer for coffee host you will need to clean up afterward and run the cups through the sanitizer. Spitty and others are happy to help you become familiar with how to handle this easy job.
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Church Family News
Shari Smallwood had surgery and is recovering at Wesley Willows Rehab Center and would love visits and calls from all of you.

Thank you to all of you who have already turned in your commitments to support the church in the coming fiscal year.  We’re off to a great start!  If you haven’t done so yet, please fill it out today:  

Woodsong is looking to hire a substitute teacher who loves working with young children and being outdoors! Anyone experienced in working with 2-3 year olds will be considered (regardless of education/certification). Candidates must have consistent availability at least some weekday mornings from 8 to noon. Competitive pay offered. If interested, send your resume to
director@woodsongschool.comIf you know of someone who would be a good fit for this position, please pass this information along to them!

This tapestry was inspired by Dean Tollesrud’s poem.
Prairie Hues
Brown is the color of a season’s growth.
Orange are the flames rising from a prairie fire.
Black are the ashes that remain.
Gray are the spring rains soaking the ashes.
Yellow is the sun arming the darkened soil
Green will be the renewed growth.
Purple come later with new Coneflowers.
It was designed by Robin Gausebeck and stitched by Sandi Campbell, Robin Gausebeck, Susan Halvorsen & Leigh Lakey.  Elizabeth Williams, professional long-arm quilter, executed the quilting designs that enhanced the themes of each section.  This project was made possible by the Floyd Palm Memorial Fund.  Every spring the prairie is burned and that is usually when this tapestry is hung in the sanctuary.  The two panel dynamic, colorful and symbolic quilt hanging was completed in 2006.


The Auction is back and scheduled for September 23, 2023. Katie Kerr and Alexis Simmons are looking for help.

Anyone that is interested in (1) Helping plan/set up for the auction or (2) Donating items should reach out to Katie or Alexis.

We will need help with Setting up/Tearing down, Decorating, Working the Event, and Help with Food prep. We are also looking for any Oktoberfest themed decorations people might have stored away and are willing to loan us.

For those interested in helping, we plan to hold a short meeting May 21 after the service.

Past Sunday Services

Did you know you can watch past Sunday services anytime? We have them on our website under past worship services so you never have to miss a Sunday! Click here to find a service that you haven’t seen yet! You can also always go to our Facebook and YouTube pages.

The Board of Trustees: 
President: Judy Gustafson   
Clerk: Bob Spelman
Vice-President: Spitty Tata
Treasurer: Steve Blomgren
Trustees: Sarah Greer, Jami Edmonds, Rebecca Beneditz

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