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Happy November Birthdays



Carpenter’s Place—TBD

Ground’s for Life—November 20th at 6:30 am


Saturday, November 24th @ 7pm

Sunday, November 25th @ 3pm

Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 N. First St., Rockford.

The concerts are expected to showcase more 158 singers at each show, soloists accompanied by a professional chamber orchestra, a pipe organ, harpsichord and trumpet soloist. Freewill offering will be taken to offset the $15,000 cost of the concerts each year. 815-654-2748;

“Coming to Christmas”

Sunday, Dec. 16, 10am & 5pm

The children’s chorus has just started practicing their songs and have a DVD to listen to.  Preschoolers also have a part in the program.

Principal players will meet with Paul as needed.

Upcoming Concerts

John Linker, Organ

Friday, Nov. 16, 6:30pm

at Court Street United Methodist Church

featuring works by Bach, Franck, Rheinberger and Guilmant

Sveas Soner Holiday Concert

Sunday, Dec. 9, 3:00pm at Bethesda

“Ring the Bells”

We look forward to working with the Salvation Army again at the Logli’s store on Charles Street (inside east entry doors), as we have the last several years.  This is a great opportunity for all... seniors, families, parents with a child, grandparents with a grandchild, too.

Shifts are for two hours on the following dates:

Tuesday, Nov. 27Noon - 8pm

Wednesday, Dec. 5Noon - 8pm

Thursday, Dec. 13Noon - 8pm

Friday, Dec. 2110am - 8pm

Sign up sheets available at the Information Center in the Hospitality Room on Sundays. Or call Shirley Hacker at 815-397-4979 to be sure you get the dates and times you want. 

Warm Hearts, Warm Kids

At the end of November the ornaments will appear on the Christmas Tree for the “Warm Hearts, Warm Kids” gifts at John Nelson School.  We pray these opportunities will bless others as well as the givers.

Rockford Rescue Mission News

Nov. 16 & 17 is the grand opening of their new Thrift Store location at 2710 - 20th St (formerly Bob’s Hardware).  Hours are M-F from 9am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am-5pm.  Closed on Sundays.

Donations are accepted until 6pm.

-- Help provide Thanksgiving Dinner at the Rescue Mission.  We will collect the following until Nov. 12

and our Mission Team will deliver them.  Bring to the upstairs baskets under the blackboard where we had the school supplies and books.

  Canned sweet potatoesJuice drink mix            Napkins

  Canned cranberry sauceBags of potatoes        Foam coffee cups

  Plastic forks and spoons

Free Thanksgiving Dinner

for the lonely and homeless at Court Street

Thursday, Nov. 22, 11am - 1pm

United Methodist Church, 215 N Court St

Donations needed: 30 store-bought baked pies or money donations.

Volunteer help on Nov. 19, 20, 21, 22, & 23.

Contact Jan at 815-332-8992.

at Bethesda  & in our community…

Fall is in the air…

  1  Doris Johnson

  3  Cathy Campobello

  5  Char Polky
      James Pope

  7  Chuck Waak

  8  Rosene Anderson
      Sara Hoskins

  9  Harry Anderson

10  Andrew West
      Sean Carlini

12  Jessica Real
      Nita Lutzow

14  Jane Garlick
      Donna Trotter

15  Kevin Polky

16  Carl Holm
      Jennifer Schwerin

18  Brenda Branham

19  Bob Hogfeldt

20  Paul Stalter

22  Kathy Kemp

25  Jan Miller
      Verneen Rufino

27  Ann Campbell
      Jim Free

29  Don Hacker
      Arlene Sisney

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Life (small) Groups

small groups to build friendships, encouragement and spiritual growth.  Forms are at the Info Center.

ALPHA classes...

a short practical introduction to the Christian faith where we have a meal, watch a DVD and meet in small groups to discuss and study the Bible.  It’s been a few years since over 70 people participated.  Are you interested?