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A Special Thank You from Nancy

As this is my last Newsletter, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me over these past 33 plus years.  When I started in June 1986, I never thought I would be here over 33 years.  This has been a wonderful job for me and I have enjoyed working with all of you.  Your love and support has gotten me through the good and bad times in my personal life and you have always shown concern for me and my family.  I want to say a special thank you to Shelley Wauters and Mary Schemmel for the beautiful Coffee Time held on Sunday, December 8th for me and for[Continue Reading]

What’s Happening – January 2020

Church ServicesSundays January 5, 12, 19, 26 – Worship 8:00AM and 10:30AMWednesdays January 8, 15, 22, 29 – Worship 6:30PM QuiltingWednesdays January 15, 22, 29 – 9:00-11:00AMNew quilters are always welcome. Kids’ Club and ConfirmationWednesdays 5:30PM Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry TruckTuesdays January 7 and 21 – 9:30-11:30AM

Notes from Sara – January 2020

​“The smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is perfect. It means I appreciate what I have and what I have been blessed with. I choose to be happy!” This is quote from Charlie Brown of Peanuts. A lot of Charlie Brown was actually his creator, Charles Shultz’ feelings, his sentiments and his past remembrances. He managed to make them a bit humorous.  But, I liked that quote. Sometimes it’s hard to be happy but as long as we make the effort and endeavor to look on the good side of things in our liveswe will feel a lot better. ​Another quote of[Continue Reading]

What’s Happening – December 2019

Church ServicesSundays December 1, 8, 22, 29 – 8:00am and 10:30amSunday, December 15 – 9:30amWednesdays December 4, 11, 18 – 6:30pmNo Services or Activities December 25 & January 1 QuiltingWednesdays 9:00am to 11:00amNew quilters always welcome Kid’s Club and ConfirmationWednesdays 5:30pm Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food TruckTuesdays, December 3 and 17 – 9:30am to 11:30am Hanging of the Greens ServiceSunday, December 1 – 8:00am and 10:30am Services Annual Cookie Walk and Craft SaleSaturday, December 7 – 8:00am to 12:00 noon Retirement CoffeeCraig Gesme, Doris Lutyens, Sara Downs, and Nancy GroutSunday, December 8 – 9:30am Children’s Christmas ProgramSunday, December[Continue Reading]

Why is Comparison the Thief of Joy?

Why is Comparison the Thief of Joy? by Richella Parham It’s often said that “comparison is the thief of joy,” but why is that true?The act of comparison takes our eyes off God and places them on ourselves and the people we’re comparing ourselves to. When we most need to see and understand the love of God, to begin “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18), we look away from him. Just when keeping our eyes fixed on God would reveal his goodness and mercy, we focus elsewhere. And that lack of focus[Continue Reading]

From the Pastor – Dec 2019

I’ve been spending time since I have been here looking through old pictures and directories.  I have read some of what this congregation has put together telling the history of this congregation.  The pictures tell a lot about the congregation.  But all that history that I have read and dug through really doesn’t tell the whole story.   It doesn’t tell the story of the pain this congregation suffered when a pastor died while still your pastor.  It doesn’t tell the story about all the outreach this congregation has done over the years.  It doesn’t tell the story about what[Continue Reading]

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What’s Happening – November 2019

CHURCH SERVICESSUNDAYS – NOVEMBER 3rd 10th 17th & 24th8:00 A.M. & 10:30 A.M.WEDNESDAY EVENINGS – NOVEMBER 6th, 13th, & 20thWORSHIP 6:30 P.M. NO SERVICE OR ACTIVITIES NOVEMBER 27TH EACH WEDNESDAY – QUILTING 9:00 – 11:00 A.M.NEW QUILTERS ALWAYS WELCOME WEDNESDAY ACTIVITIES  KIDS’ CLUB & CONFIRMATION 5:30 P.M. DES MOINES AREA RELIGIOUS COUNCILFOOD PANTRY TRUCKTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5th & 19th 9:30 – 11:30 A.M. GAME NIGHTFRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17THWOMEN’S THANKOFFERING SERVICESCONGREGATIONAL MEETINGANNUAL TURKEY DINNER SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH  9:00 A.M.CLEAN AND DECORATE FOR ADVENT/CHRISTMAS

Notes from Sara – November 2019

“Come, ye thankful people come. Raise the song of harvest home. All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin. God our maker doth provide, For the wants to be supplied. Come to God’s own temple, come. Raise the song of harvest home.” ​O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Ps. 136:1 ​We are entering our “busy” church season.  Hopefully, the harvests are in and fields semi-prepared for next season’s plantings. Here at LCGS we, too, look forward to a busy season.  November is the month of Thanksgiving.  Hopefully our[Continue Reading]

From the Pastor – November 2019

As I am writing this to you, I have been a part of this congregation for 4 Sundays. It has been good to meet all of you and I look forward to meeting those of you that I have not been able to meet. I am excited about my call to be your pastor. I am excited for what God has planned for this congregation. It has been great to see the passion the members have for this church. The love you show each other is great. The welcome I received has been wonderful. Thank you for all your prayers[Continue Reading]