Prayer Concerns: Carol Schmidt, Harlan Johnsen, Gloria Bell, Darin Smith, Charity Madsen, Jessica Walberg, Adam Hasko, Pastor Tom Summerfield, Don & Marjean Ehlers, Gail Olson, Bev Sonksen, Cenon Zarzoso, Marlene Hotchkiss, Bill Edmonds, Patricia Bentsen. Our youth, parents & teachers, our military & missionaries.

Ushers: February 17 - Jim & Margaret Nomann
February 24 - Dean & Eloise Armstrong
Acolytes: Bethany Youth

Weekly Budget Needs: $2530.00
Faith Promise $2086.00 Worship 30
Sunday School $ 6.00 Youth SS 5 Adult SS 4

Birthday: 17 - Cole Runneberg, Brooke Runneberg, Ethan Runneberg; 20 - Katy Roling, Violet Lovig

Hand Bell Rehearsal - Monday, February 18, 2019 ~ 7:00 PM

Emergency contact information:
In the case of an emergency or are in need of a visit/call from a NALC Pastor,
call Sheldon Bieri at 712-574-3636 and he will contact the Iowa Mission District Dean.

Thank you: Thank you to Sheldon Bieri for leading our worship service on Sunday, February 17th.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS ~ for February ~ 6:00 to 8:00 PM:
Sunday, February 17th ~ High School at UMC
Wednesday, February 20th ~ Youth Group Spaghetti Dinner &
Silent Auction at UMC from 5:00-7:00 PM
Free Will Donation ~ Proceeds go towards Haiti Mission Trip
Serving Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Salad & Drink
Sunday, February 24th ~ Junior High at UMC
It's never too late to be part of this wonderful program!
It is open to ALL 6th-12th graders.

Altar Guild = Jan Hersom & Pat Boughey
= February 17 - Sheldon & Linda Bieri, Dean & Eloise Armstrong, Linda Galbraith
= February 24 - Sheldon & Linda Bieri, Jim & Margaret Nomann, Tammy Oxenreider

Cards for Carol Schmidt may reach her at:
Carol Schmidt
C/O Marian Home
2400 6th Avenue North, Room 313
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

January giving goal: $10,000.00
January giving: $3,977.43
Year-to-date goal: $10,000.00
Year-to-date giving: $3,977.43
SHORT: $6,022.57

Thrivent Choice Dollars: The Thrivent Choice program is a charitable grant program and a benefit of membership that encourages members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to help direct a portion of Thrivent Financial's charitable funding to causes important to them. The funds that Bethany receives from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans this year are called Thrivent Choice Dollars. The amount Bethany receives is determined by individual members of Thrivent who direct the dollars credited to them to Bethany. These funds were formerly called the supplemental funds.

Minutes for Feb. 10, 2019 Laurens Comm Youth Group
Present: Angie C. Anne W. Thaine H. Linda B.
Precious minutes approved
*Treasurer's report presented for fiscal year 2018 and to date. Our balance is $15,259.58. We need 20,000 for the Haiti trip this summer.
*There are several more fund raiser: the spaghetti supper Feb 20 with a Silent Auction, a Pampered Chef fundraiser in March, a beef burger dinner April 7th.
*Thaine will make the $9100 check tonight for the 10 people going to Haiti for the Go Serve Global down payment due.
*There will be another mission event this summer and fundraising for it. It will possibly be in Sioux City.
*The boundary waters trip will be a completely different fund raising source.
*In March it will be time for the four churches to pay their $300 semi-annual payments.
*The youth groups will continue their co-operative service projects at the nursing home the last Sunday of each month. The Valentine's decorating project and the Christmas event were well received by both the youth and the residents.
*The Easter Sunrise service and breakfast will be April 21st at UMC.
There will be a high school choral reading and the enactment of the Easter story by the junior high students.
*The First Christian Church will be the host for March.
Our next board meeting will be Palm Sunday April 14th at 5:00 p.m. UMC.

Request to Provide Altar Flowers for 2019
If you wish to provide altar flowers for church during 2019, please complete this form. Please place it in the offering plate or mail it to:
Bertha Olson, 521 E. Main St. #108, Laurens, IA 50554 Thank you.

Name of person providing flowers:
Date desired:
Do you want to provide flowers on this same date from year to year? yes no

Information needed for Sunday bulletin:Altar Flowers in Loving Memory of:From: Or Altar Flowers From:Please contact Bertha Olson, 841-4394, if you have any questions.

Laurens Community Blood Drive ~ Thursday, February 28, 2019
2:00 to 5:30 PM @ Laurens United Methodist Church
Schedule your lifesaving appointment online at or call 1-800-287-4903
The Blood Drive is sponsored by Laurens Community
Please bring a valid form of identification, such as your donor ID card or driver's license.

Altar Guild = Sheldon & Linda Bieri and Dorothy Smith
Fellowship = March 3 - Sheldon & Linda Bieri, Jim & Margaret Nomann, Becky Braesch
= March 10 - Sheldon & Linda Bieri, Jim & Margaret Nomann, Linda Galbraith
= March 17 - Jim & Margaret Nomann, Jim & Denise Hodgell, Tom & Elaine Anderson
= March 24 - Rich & Marilyn Ehlers, Ron & Jan Hersom, Jim & Margaret Nomann
= March 31 - Jean Swanson, Ron & Jan Hersom, Jim & Margaret Nomann

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Love to sew? Backpacks are needed to be sewn. We have the material. For details, patterns, etc., please contact Shirley Pedersen at 841-7058.

Located in the Laurens United Methodist Church (Use West Alley Door)
The Food Pantry is CLOSED the FIRST Monday of each month and Thanksgiving Day and other holidays that fall on Monday and Thursday.

Items needed for the Laurens Area Food Pantry:
We are in need of: boxed potato entrees, tomato, vegetable, and cream of chicken/mushroom soups, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, toilet tissue, laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soap, and shampoo. Please put your donations in the shopping cart under the stairs in the Educational Unit (use West Door) of the Laurens United Methodist Church.
Cash donations are also very much appreciated and can be sent to Thaine Hopkins, 526 W Arthur St., Laurens, IA 50554. Thank you for your generosity and continued support!

Monthly Banner emails
If you would like to receive the monthly banner via email or you have signed up to receive it through email and are not receiving it. Please contact the office to let them know. Thank you.

Devotional Books: There are regular & large print copies of the devotional books, "Christ In Our Home" on the small table in the fellowship hall. Please help yourself to one or if you know of someone who would appreciate one.

BIBLES: If anyone would like to have an English Standard Version Holy Bible, they are available for $10 and I have two on hand. They could be used as gifts for birthdays, anniversaries or graduation, used for our Bible studies, or could be placed in the pew in memory of a loved one. Please contact Marilyn Ehlers if you would like one.

Each month the NALC Newsletter has many interesting articles. There is always one copy of the newsletter posted in the fellowship hall for anyone to read or you may go to the newsletter online at for the current edition.

If you are interested in joining Bethany Lutheran Church by transfer or other means, please contact the church at 712-841-2181 so arrangements may be set-up and discussed.

Bethany would like to encourage members to send their email addresses OR new addresses if you have not already done so. The goal is to have a directory of email addresses on the computer at church so that we can utilize email for communication more frequently as time passes. Bethany's email:

Iowa Mission District Newsletter: There are always copies located in the fellowship hall for anyone to take.

New Address ~ College Students: Please let the church office know the new addresses for your college students. You can either call the church or leave a note in the secretary's file box across from the Pastor's office or email the church at

Secretary Hours: 9:00-12:00 Tuesday and Friday. If you have announcements for the bulletin or Banner, there is a hanging file cabinet outside pastor's office to put them in. Or you may e-mail them to