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Happy New Year!
We are going to kick off the worship services in January by centering on select verses from the Gospel of John. These verses are:
  • John 16:33 - [Jesus said,] “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!"
  • John 1:18 - “No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known.”
  • John 11:35 - “Jesus wept.”
  • John 3:16-17 - “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
  • John 14:6 - Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
I invite you to center yourself this month on these passages. If you are up to it, you can even read through John’s gospel this month as well. May this new year be one in which we all strive to dig our noses into God’s Word and listen to what God has in store for us.

.We invite you to pray for the members of the church council. Kathy Atwell (3rd year), Michael Carlson (3rd Year), Tim Charlson (1st year), Bryan Johnson (6th year) vice-chair, Jeanine Lees (6th year), Emily Johnson (4th year), Linda Papoccia (6th year), Laura Rickey (2nd year), Nicholas Swanson (4th year), Jeannine Westerlund (3rd year), and Pastor Reed Lee Pedersen
May God bless them, and direct their deeds in peace, that they may be faithful servants of Christ.
CHURCH COUNCIL December 18th Highlights
  • Set the 3rd Sunday of each month for the Council meeting starting at 9:15 prior  to worship. 
  • Brathal Construction submitted bid on kitchen/bath remodel and if bids approved work could be finished by Easter Sunday.
  • WELCA is now going to 2 groups instead of 3.  It was suggested the Church Council  replace one of the groups for the Lenten Service.  The Worship Committee has asked that a changing worship time for Ash Wednesday be added to  the agenda for annual meeting with 4pm, 7pm or either.
  • Memorial banners purchased with Lois Westerlund memorial monies.  Don Larson memorial monies used for lawn treatment and nativity set to be used at Christmas Eve Service by Nancy Zurcher
  • memorial fund.
  • Outreach Committee delivered 190 books to Alwood students preschool through 5th grade plus a candycane.
  • The proposed budget for 2023 was approved by the Church Council and will be forwarded to the
  • congregation for approval at the Annual Meeting.
  • ·Looking for a new treasurer .  Gordon Rehn is taking over until one is hired.
  • Next regular  Council Meeting is on February 19th at 9:15 am.
Women and the Word will meet on Sunday, January 15th at 9:15am in the Fellowship Room.  Please read Matthew Chapters 1-3 prior to the  15th.
January Birthdays 
01    Jeannine Westerlund
        Lori Foley
02    Khloe Nelson
03    Trace Lindquist
07    Becky Nelson
08    Jenna Zurcher
08   Kelsey Poppy
11   Jens Rehder
12   Madeline Lindstrom
16   Bev Josephson
19   Kent Engnell
20   Evan Swanson
25   Bob Papoccia
26   Christine Riddell
29    Dave Riddell
30   Jeanine Lees
02   Dan and Kathy Pysson
20   Frances and Unni                   Sreekumar 
Remember to notify the Church office when you move so can continue to receive the Spire in a timely manner. 
Parish Nurse Minute
As pretty as new-fallen snow appears, shoveling sidewalks and driveways can be troublesome for your heart.  The combination of shoveling and cold weather can cause your arteries to spasm and constrict. Emergency departments see more heart attacks in the winter months when people are exposed to cold weather and do strenuous activities like shoveling snow.  The risk is even greater if you have heart conditions already.
People often think they are in good shape and tend to overdo it. If, while shoveling snow, you experience chest pain or discomfort; Shortness of breath; Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, back, arm, or shoulder; Feeling nauseous, light-headed, or unusually tired, call 911.

Each year, the Orion Food Pantry asks members of each of the area churches to help on food distribution days.  We are scheduled for January 3 and January 17th.  Distributions take place in the lower level of the village hall. If you can help, please contact Wally and Diane Ladewig, (H) 526.8392 (C): 309.781.6360 or call the church office, 521.8127. Thank you. Our church is scheduled  to collect food donations in May and also in November for the holiday meal.
Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Augustana Lutheran congregation is scheduled for Sunday, January 15, 2023. A copy of the annual report will be available to the congregation one week prior to the meeting.
Thank you!
Flower Chart for 2023
A new FLOWER CHART for 2023 is in the narthex. Signing up for altar flowers is a great way to honor or remember someone. (There are a few church dates that might require a specific color. (ie, if there are red paraments then the flowers should honor that color. Those dates are marked on the chart.) It is your responsibility to contact the florist of your choice for placing the order and paying for the altar flowers.
If you have any questions please call the church office, 309.521.8127.  
Thank you 
Assisting in Worship - February 2023
(January can be found on the calendar)
       Communion Assistants
05    Linda Papoccia
12    Doug Nelson
19    Emily Johnson
22    Kathy Atwell (Ash Wednesday)
26    Gordon Rehn

12   Everleigh R.
26   Everleigh R.

05   Dave Westerlund
12   Bev Josephson
19   Laura Rickey
22   Rocky Atwell (Ash Wednesday)
26   Doug Nelson

05   Dave Westerlund
12   Bev Josephson
19   Laura Rickey
22   Rocky Atwell (Ash Wednesday)
26   Doug Nelson

     Ushers/Communion Ushers
 Bev & Susie Josephson 
 Bob & Linda Papoccia

05   Laura Rickey
12   Lori Foley
19   Nancy and Steve Gray
22   Rocky and Kathy Atwell (Ash             Wednesday)
26   Diane and Wally Ladewig
      Altar Guild
Mindy Poppy and Laura Rickey
      Homebound Communion
 Nancy Gray
Looking for Volunteers to share their artistic talents.

Augustana Lutheran Church is full of people with many talents. We are asking for volunteers to sign up to share their art and music during the offering. Please contact Pr. Reed or the church office to sign up. 
Help Needed: Church Treasurer
Dennis Lehr has served our church faithfully as Church Treasurer for many years. He has decided to retire from the position at the end of the year. Augustana Lutheran Church is looking for someone who would be willing to be the church treasurer. Our biggest preference is that they be a member of the congregation, but that is not a requirement. The Treasurer writes out checks to payments that need made, keeps track of the budget and money spent using QuickBooks, prints out a monthly report for the newsletter and council to look at, and files the tax reports for the church and its employees. They work hand in hand with our Financial Secretary, Gordon Rehn. This is a paid position. Please pray on this opportunity. It is a job that requires 2-4 days of work a month. Please contact the office or Pastor Reed if you are interested.


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