Monday December 21, 2020

Dear Lights,

Christmas comes at a dark time of year; a cold time. And yet it can be such a wonderful time. Why? For me, it is all the lights that go up: on Christmas trees, in yards, downtown streets, around windows, etc.  It’s not just the lights that catch my attention, but the animated lights, moving lights, colorful lights.  I believe God loves Christmas lights too.  From James 1:17 “Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”   I believe God not only enjoys the lights, but God is present in them!  God’s Christmas lights are us!  Christ is the light source, but we are the reflections of that light.  God’s Christmas lights are intended to shine!  This can be a very dark world and we all need light!  Such a strange year we have all had.  We need light….to RECIEVE light and to REFLECT light.   Our Christmas Eve drive up worship service is entitled “One Strange Night, One Strange Year…. Still The Weary World Rejoices.”  It is going to be all about THE LIGHT!  I hope you can join us for this unique worship opportunity!  Oh come all ye faithful.  Come, RECIEVE light.  Come, REFLECT light.

Merry Christmas to you all,     Hope, Peace, Joy and Love,   Pastor Greg.

*ALL INSIDE EVENTS/GAHERINGS (INCLUDING INSIDE WORSHIP) ARE ON PAUSE THROUGH JANUARY.  Your church council is monitoring this situation very prayerfully and carefully and will revise if/when the virus situation changes.

Drive up worship via radio broadcast FM 107.5 will still be available.     

 *THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION and devotional videos can always be found on our website, www.lucklutheran.org

*OFFICE HOURS this week:  8:30 – 12:00  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.   Paula is back in the office now!!  Please call her at the church during office hours.

*THE ADVENT WAIT videos are all posted on our Facebook page and website.  “The Advent Wait” is brought to you by the children of OFJ!  If you haven’t seen them, take some time this week to view them all before Christmas!

*ADVENT STORY TIME videos will be posted to our website and Facebook page on Wednesdays, December 9, 16, and 23.  Children of all ages will enjoy these!

THE DARKEST DAY Prayer Service has been posted to our website and Facebook page.     Today, December 21st……the darkest day of the year.  We know that Christmas is not necessarily the “most wonderful time of the year” for everyone; particularly this year.  The “Darkest Day Prayer Service” acknowledges the struggles many have during this season and offers prayers, understanding, love and a message of hope.  If you are finding it difficult to have the “hap, happiest season of all,” please take time to watch (and share) this service.

*CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICESWe will have one drive-up worship service on Christmas Eve at 4:00 (unless it is 20 below!!)  and it promises to be a Christmas worship service like you’ve not experience before.  Please plan to come!!!  Foster Ave. (the street in front of the church) will be closed from 5th St. to 6th St. as will 5th St. from Foster Ave. to Park Ave.  These roads will be shut down to traffic and fully open for parking during our Christmas Eve worship service.

A full Christmas worship service (different from the drive-up service) will be posted to our Facebook page and website on December 23rd for all to participate in at your leisure.

 *JOYFUL SOUNDS recordings of beautiful music are available.  2020 has been an interesting year!  We all need a little Christmas Cheer!  Several area musicians ranging from the ages of 8 to 80 having created a CD entitled “Joyful Sounds”.  On the CD you will find approximately 50 minutes of vocal, piano, baritone, trumpet, mandolin, and even ukulele music.  One can be yours for a mere $10 donation, which will go to the Luther Point Bible Camp.  Please contact Sheila Brom (715-566-2187) or Barb Sparish (715-566-4283) if you would like a CD.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.   ~Barb and Sheila

*KINDNESS PANDEMIC WEEKLY UPDATE:

-2 people reported purchasing meals for the car behind them in line at various drive-ups.   

-7 meal deliveries. 

-1 pay it forward at Wayne’s Grocery Store.

-2 cash donations to families in need.

-More phone calls, phone calls, phone calls have been made this week.

Let’s keep the “Kindness Pandemic going!!!  And keep reporting to help the “spread!”

 *THE NARTHEX REMODEL PROJECT is primarily done!!!! There is a lot of cleaning that needs to be done.  Assemble your team and choose a room or two!  For times and specifics, please contact Kelly (715) 566-1747 or Steve (715) 557-0117.

 *ANNUAL REPORTS Annual Reports are about to be prepared. And if we are going to get the Annual Report out in a timely fashion, we need to get them as soon as possible. The calendar says that they are due on January 4th. However, if you finish your report earlier, we would really appreciate getting them into the church office as soon as possible. All committees and organizations are expected to submit a report.  The Congregational Annual Meeting is scheduled for 10:30 on Sunday, January 31.

*LUTHER POINT BIBLE CAMP WELLNESS RETREAT January 22-23.  Camp is offering a new Wellness retreat,  Healthy Habits:  The Key to Wellness.  Presenters will be Wendy Peterson and April Johnson.  Go to www.lutherpoint.org to register or for more information.

*SALVATiON ARMY VIRTUAL KETTLE COVID-19 has impacted so many things including how many times we leave our house.

Right now you can help our most important fundraiser of the year from the comfort of your own home.  Funds raised at this link: http://bit.ly/SerenityHouseRedKettle will stay in Polk County to help  Polk County residents who are struggling to make ends meet.  As you know, we help in lots of ways!

Ways we Help in Polk County

  • Rent and utility assistance
  • Homeless shelter assistance
  • Backpack Program for Hungry Kids
  • Help with COVID relief
  • Disaster Services

Donate to our virtual kettle today to help!  ALSO, you can become a “Virtual Bell Ringer”.   Simply copy and paste the link: http://bit.ly/SerenityHouseRedKettle and ask people  to donate to the “Virtual Red Kettle” for Polk County.

This is a great way to help without leaving your home!  Thank you in advance for helping to support The Salvation Army and the people we serve every day.

*VIRTUAL DEMENTIA EDUCATION PROGRAMS offered:

Communication Challenges in Dementia  Tips to help you communicate with and understand your loved one with dementia throughout the disease. Monday, January 4th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Carrie Myers, cmyers@burnettcounty.org 877-485-2372

Dementia 101  Basics of dementia, common signs and symptoms, and stages of change. Thursday, January 7th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Trisha Witham, www.adrcconnections.org 715-537-6225

Ask a Dementia Care Specialist.  Get your questions answered about dementia and caring for someone with dementia! Monday, January 11th, 10:00 – 11:00 am Lisa Wells, www.adrcevents.org 715-839-4735

Boost Your Brain & Memory (7 weeks)  Learn what YOU can do to keep your brain healthy and sharp. Tuesday, January 12th – February 23rd, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Trisha Witham, www.adrcconnections.org 715-537-6225

Book Club – “Dementia Reimagined” Lively book club discussion, reimagining dementia. Wednesdays, beginning January 13th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Amy Luther, amy.luther@co.pierce.wi.us 715-273-6780

Dementia Friends Information Session.  Learn the basics about dementia and what YOU can do to help someone with dementia in YOUR community. Monday, January 25th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Carrie Myers, cmers@burnettcounty.org 877-485-2372

Ask a Dementia Care Specialist.  Get your questions answered about dementia and caring for someone with dementia! Monday, January 25th, Noon – 1:00 pm Natalie Schmaltz, www.adrc-n-wi.org 866-663-3607

Dementia Friends Information Session  Learn the basics about dementia and what YOU can do to help someone with dementia in YOUR community. Wednesday, January 27th, Noon – 1:00 pm Natalie Schmaltz, www.adrc-n-wi.org 866-663-3607

*GENEROSITY QUOTE for the week:  “You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift”

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Weekly Readings

 Monday:                     2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16    The Lord’s message to David                                                                                      Tuesday:                     Romans 16:25-27        Paul’s closing prayer

Wednesday:                Luke 1:46b-55             Mary’s song of praise

Thursday:                    Luke 2:1-20                The birth of Jesus

Friday:                        John 3:11-16                For God so loved the world

Saturday:                     Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26   God’s promise to David

Sunday:                       Luke 2:-22-40             Jesus presented in the temple

Monday December 14, 2020

At the beginning of the Advent season, a Sunday School teacher was having her students put a manger scene in a corner of the classroom. It was nearing Christmas, and the pupils were excited as they set up the model barn and covered the floor with real straw and then arranged the clay figures of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the Wise Men, and all of the animals – all of the clay figures faced the little crib with a tiny doll represented baby Jesus. When the scene was all set up one boy kept going back and standing in front of it totally engrossed by what he saw.  But he also had a puzzled expression on his face. The teacher finally asked him, “So, what do are you thinking about? Is there something you’d like to know?” The boy kept his eyes glued on the manger scene, and slowly said, “What I’d like to know is, where does God fit in?”

Great question!!  It would do us all well to remember that this story is all about God; the God who is FOR US……who comes TO US in Jesus.   In God’s love,  Pastor Greg.

*ALL INSIDE EVENTS/GAHERINGS (INCLUDING INSIDE WORSHIP) ARE ON PAUSE THROUGH JANUARY.  Your church council is monitoring this situation very prayerfully and carefully and will revise if/when the virus situation changes.

Drive up worship via radio broadcast FM 107.5 will still be available.     

 *THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION and devotional videos can always be found on our website, www.lucklutheran.org

*OFFICE HOURS this week:  8:30 – 12:00  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.   Paula will be making the transition from working at home to back to the office over the next several days.  For now, please call her on her cell phone during office hours:  (715) 554-2212.

*THE ADVENT WAIT videos have started!!!  There will be a new video posted to our Facebook page and website each week during Advent brought to you by the children of OFJ!  Please watch them as you journey through Advent!! Thank you to the kids & their families, Brad and Jennifer Werner for video technology expertise, the OFJ Team & Quinn Stone for all the work to provide these videos.

*ADVENT STORY TIME videos will be posted to our website and Facebook page on Wednesdays, December 9, 16, and 23.  Children of all ages will enjoy these!

*THE DARKEST DAY Prayer Service will be posted to our website and Facebook page on December 21st……the darkest day of the year.  We know that Christmas is not necessarily the “most wonderful time of the year” for everyone; particularly this year.  The “Darkest Day Prayer Service” acknowledges the struggles many have during this season and offers prayers, understanding, love and a message of hope.  If you are finding it difficult to have the “hap, happiest season of all,” please take time to watch (and share) this service.  It will be posted on or before December 21st and can be viewed at your convenience.

*AT HOME CHRISTMAS CONCERT will be emailed to you tomorrow.  Lots of good music and videos!  Yes, you could search and find these on YouTube, etc. yourself, but we have saved you some work.  Look for this tomorrow and enjoy at your leisure!

*CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES: We will have one drive-up worship service on Christmas Eve at 4:00 (unless it is 20 below!!)  and it promises to be a Christmas worship service like you’ve not experience before.  Please plan to come!!!…..safely in your car with those you live with.  There will also be a full worship service (different from the live Christmas Eve drive-up worship service) offered on line.  It will be posted by the day of Christmas Eve.

 *JOYFUL SOUNDS recordings of beautiful music are available.  2020 has been an interesting year!  We all need a little Christmas Cheer!  Several area musicians ranging from the ages of 8 to 80 having created a CD entitled “Joyful Sounds”.  On the CD you will find approximately 50 minutes of vocal, piano, baritone, trumpet, mandolin, and even ukulele music.  One can be yours for a mere $10 donation, which will go to the Luther Point Bible Camp.  Please contact Sheila Brom (715-566-2187) or Barb Sparish (715-566-4283) if you would like a CD.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.   ~Barb and Sheila

*KINDNESS PANDEMIC WEEKLY UPDATE:

-3 people reported purchasing meals for the car behind them in line at various drive-ups.   

-5 meals of love deliveries, including:  turkey hotdish, lasagna, chili, and home-made soups. 

-Kindness pandemic bags delivered to police officers and mail delivery people.

-Snack boxes given as thankyou to pharmacy and post office workers. 

-3 cash donations to families in need.

-Cookies given to Polk-Burnett workers.

-Recurring donation set up to Salvation Army.

-More people did their own version of “You’ve Been Socked!”

-Care package delivered to a home-care RN who is exposed to covid nearly daily, yet overcomes fear and delivers comfort, compassion and joy.

-More phone calls, phone calls, phone calls have been made this week.

Let’s keep the “Kindness Pandemic going!!!  And keep reporting to help the “spread!”

 *THE NARTHEX REMODEL PROJECT is primarily done!!!! There is a lot of cleaning that needs to be done.  Assemble your team and choose a room or two!  For times and specifics, please contact Kelly (715) 566-1747 or Steve (715) 557-0117.

 *ANNUAL REPORTS Annual Reports are about to be prepared. And if we are going to get the Annual Report out in a timely fashion, we need to get them as soon as possible. The calendar says that they are due on January 4th. However, if you finish your report earlier, we would really appreciate getting them into the church office as soon as possible. All committees and organizations are expected to submit a report.  The Congregational Annual Meeting is scheduled for 10:30 on Sunday, January 31.

 

*SALVATION ARMY VIRTUAL KETTLE COVID-19 has impacted so many things including how many times we leave our house.

Right now you can help our most important fundraiser of the year from the comfort of your own home.

Funds raised at this link: http://bit.ly/SerenityHouseRedKettle will stay in Polk County to help

Polk County residents who are struggling to make ends meet.

As you know, we help in lots of ways!

Ways we Help in Polk County

  • Rent and utility assistance
  • Homeless shelter assistance
  • Backpack Program for Hungry Kids
  • Help with COVID relief
  • Disaster Services

Donate to our virtual kettle today to help!  ALSO, you can become a “Virtual Bell Ringer”.

Simply copy and paste the link: http://bit.ly/SerenityHouseRedKettle and ask people

to donate to the “Virtual Red Kettle” for Polk County.

This is a great way to help without leaving your home!

Thank you in advance for helping to support The Salvation Army and the people we serve every day.

*VIRTUAL DEMENTIA EDUCATION PROGRAMS offered:

Communication Challenges in Dementia  Tips to help you communicate with and understand your loved one with dementia throughout the disease. Monday, January 4th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Carrie Myers, cmyers@burnettcounty.org 877-485-2372

Dementia 101  Basics of dementia, common signs and symptoms, and stages of change. Thursday, January 7th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Trisha Witham, www.adrcconnections.org 715-537-6225

Ask a Dementia Care Specialist.  Get your questions answered about dementia and caring for someone with dementia! Monday, January 11th, 10:00 – 11:00 am Lisa Wells, www.adrcevents.org 715-839-4735

Boost Your Brain & Memory (7 weeks)  Learn what YOU can do to keep your brain healthy and sharp. Tuesday, January 12th – February 23rd, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Trisha Witham, www.adrcconnections.org 715-537-6225

Book Club – “Dementia Reimagined” Lively book club discussion, reimagining dementia. Wednesdays, beginning January 13th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Amy Luther, amy.luther@co.pierce.wi.us 715-273-6780

Dementia Friends Information Session.  Learn the basics about dementia and what YOU can do to help someone with dementia in YOUR community. Monday, January 25th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Carrie Myers, cmers@burnettcounty.org 877-485-2372

Ask a Dementia Care Specialist.  Get your questions answered about dementia and caring for someone with dementia! Monday, January 25th, Noon – 1:00 pm Natalie Schmaltz, www.adrc-n-wi.org 866-663-3607

Dementia Friends Information Session  Learn the basics about dementia and what YOU can do to help someone with dementia in YOUR community. Wednesday, January 27th, Noon – 1:00 pm Natalie Schmaltz, www.adrc-n-wi.org 866-663-3607

*LUCK RUBY’S PANTRY food distribution on Tuesday, December 15 from 12:00-1:30 pm; please spread the word to friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers so more people can benefit! There are no income requirements to attend these distributions… everyone is welcome ~ if you eat, you qualify and you’ll get PLENTY for your TWENTY! 🙂 When we receive a list of food that’ll be at the distribution, we’ll send and email and post it on Facebook.

Please click on this link to LIKE and FOLLOW this community organization on Facebook.

DETAILS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

* Due to COVID-19 health concerns, our coordinators continue to streamline registration and filling containers. We want everyone to attend and get food, to be safe, and not come in contact with anyone who may not be healthy.

* Bring 2 large, sturdy, clean laundry baskets or boxes (per share) to carry your food.

* Participants will not leave their vehicles or enter the building. Our registration ladies will be set up outside for registration, payment, and numbering your containers.
* As orderly as possible, we’d like participants to pull up in front of Ruby’s Retreat Center. Click here to SEE MAP for how to line up and park.
* The registration ladies will take your $20 donation (per share), your baskets/boxes, put a # on them, and give them to other volunteers to run through the food line.
* You’ll drive to pick up your food the typical way via the alley, back parking lot, 2nd Street, and driveway up to the loading dock, where more volunteers load your containers (please make sure your vehicle has plenty of room!)
* Please check out www.rubyspantry.org for other Ruby’s Pantry distributions if you’d like to attend more – there are 80 different sites across WI and MN… whew!

Upcoming distribution dates: 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12:00-1:30 pm: Jan. 19, Feb. 16, etc.

Thanks to everyone for attending these monthly food distributions. Whether the food finds a place at your own table or is shared with others in your family or neighborhood, that’s Ruby’s original outreach through “caring and sharing”. Everyone is welcome to attend; you’ll receive a good quantity and variety of food for your family, or share “extras” with whomever you please. If the $20 donation is a concern, please talk to the ladies at the registration desk.

Our volunteers work together to set up, organize, and help load the pallets of food so the line moves as quickly as possible. Your donation helps cover operational and shipping costs for Ruby’s Pantry. 10% stays “local” to benefit our communities.

This email is sent by the Luck Ruby’s Pantry outreach team as a reminder to folks who have shared their email address with us. It’s an effective way to keep a lot of people connected in addition to saving time and money. Please know that we always send emails “bcc” (blind carbon copy) so your email address isn’t shared w/ anyone else.

Thanks again; hope to see you on Tuesday!

Amyon behalf of the Luck Ruby’s Pantry coordinators

Ways to connect with Ruby’s Pantry:

    Web: www.rubyspantry.org
Luck Phone: 715-472-7770
MN Home Office Phone: 651-674-0009
Luck email: luckrubyspantry@gmail.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RubysPantryLuckWi

*GENEROSITY QUOTE for the week:  “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Weekly Readings

 Monday:                     Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11                  Good news of deliverance

Tuesday:                     1 Thessalonians 5:16-24          A call to rejoice

Wednesday:                Romans 10:14-17                    Those who bring good news

Thursday:                    1 Thessalonians 3:6-13           Timothy’s encouraging support                                                                  Friday:                        Genesis 18:1-18                       A son for Abraham and Sarah

Saturday:                     Psalm 126                               A people who dream

Sunday:                       Luke 1:-26-38                         The birth of Jesus foretold

 

Monday December 7th, 2020

Dear Reflectors of THE LIGHT,

Some years ago, on returning from a business trip, a man brought his wife some souvenirs. Among them was a little trinket box that would glow in the dark. After giving it to her, he turned out the light, but the object did not glow. “This must be a joke!” the wife said.  Disappointed, the husband commented, “I’ve been cheated!” After inspecting the gift more closely over the next few days, the wife noticed some French words on the box. Taking it to a friend who knew the language, she was told that the directions read: “If you want me to shine at night, keep me in the sunlight all day.” So she put her gift in a south window. That evening when she turned out the light, the trinket box had a brilliant glow. The surprised husband asked, “What did you do?” “Oh, I found the secret,” she said. “Before it can shine in the dark, it must be exposed to the light.” Just as that trinket box, having been exposed to the sun, took on the nature of the sun and began to shine, so we too as Christians must constantly be exposed to Christ’s radiant love so that we may take on his nature and shine as lights in a dark world.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.” John 1: 6-8.

Shine brightly with Christ’s love,  Pastor Greg.

*ALL INSIDE EVENTS/GAHERINGS (INCLUDING INSIDE WORSHIP) ARE ON PAUSE THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR.  Your church council is monitoring this situation very prayerfully and carefully and will revise if/when the virus situation changes.

Drive up worship via radio broadcast FM 107.5 will still be available.     

 *THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION and devotional videos can always be found on our website, www.lucklutheran.org

*OFFICE HOURS:  8:30 – 12:00  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.   Paula will be making the transition from working at home to back to the office over the next several days.  For now, please call her on her cell phone during office hours:  (715) 554-2212.

*THE ADVENT WAIT videos have started!!!  There will be a new video posted to our Facebook page and website each week during Advent brought to you by the children of OFJ!  Please watch them as you journey through Advent!! Thank you to the kids & their families, Brad and Jennifer Werner for video technology expertise, the OFJ Team & Quinn Stone for all the work to provide these videos.

*ADVENT STORY TIME videos will be posted to our website and Facebook page on Wednesdays, December 9, 16, and 23.  Children of all ages will enjoy these!

*THE DARKEST DAY Prayer Service will be posted to our website and Facebook page on December 21st……the darkest day of the year.  We know that Christmas is not necessarily the “most wonderful time of the year” for everyone; particularly this year.  The “Darkest Day Prayer Service” acknowledges the struggles many have during this season and offers prayers, understanding, love and a message of hope.  If you are finding it difficult to have the “hap, happiest season of all,” please take time to watch (and share) this service.  It will be posted on or before December 21st and can be viewed at your convenience.

*CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES: We will have one drive-up worship service on Christmas Eve at 4:00 (unless it is 20 below!!)  and it promises to be a Christmas worship service like you’ve not experience before.  Please plan to come…..safely in your car with those you live with.  There will also be a full worship service (different from the live Christmas Eve drive-up worship service) offered on line.  It will be posted by the day of Christmas Eve.

*KINDNESS PANDEMIC WEEKLY UPDATE:

-6 people reported purchasing meals for the car behind them in line at various drive-ups; one couple stated that the recipients passed by with smiles and blowing kisses!!   

-4 meals of love deliveries, including:  Thanksgiving dinner leftovers, lasagna, chili, tator-tot hotdish, and home-made soups. 

-Christmas tree purchase for a family on a tight budget.

-Cash donation to a single mother facing eviction.

-Two cash donations to families in need.

-Donation made to Greyhound Pets of America-Wisconsin; some of the dogs have medical needs.

-More people did their own version of “You’ve Been Socked!”

-More phone calls, phone calls, phone calls have been made this week.

Let’s keep the “Kindness Pandemic going!!!  And keep reporting to help the “spread!”  (See the attached article about the Kindness Pandemic)

*LUTHER POINT BIBLE CAMP – CAMPFIRE CHRISTMAS December 12, 2020 from 4 to 7 p.m. for a drive-through dinner and your choice of taking  it home, eating in your car and enjoying our entertainment or eating around one of our many campfires!  Each meal is $7 if purchased ahead of time ($8 at the door)  We will be serving: Honey Glazed Ham, Sausage Balls, Broccoli Salad, Mashed Potatoes, and Mini Pies!  Everyone who comes will receive one of our artisan hot chocolate bombs made at Luther Point!

To register and/or order your meal ahead of time go to www.lutherpoint.org or contact the camp office: 715-689-2347

*LUCK FIRE DEPARTMENT 6TH ANNUAL SECRET SANTA is looking for monetary donations to shop for 11 luck students, total of 4 families this year. As you are aware, this year has been challenging to say the least, and a lot of our local businesses are struggling and not able to donate what they normally would, if any. Please see the attached flyer.  The deadline for accepting donations has been extended to December 11th.

*THE NARTHEX REMODEL PROJECT is primarily done!!!! There is a lot of cleaning that needs to be done.  Assemble your team and choose a room or two!  For times and specifics, please contact Kelly (715) 566-1747 or Steve (715) 557-0117.

*SALVATION ARMY VIRTUAL KETTLE COVID-19 has impacted so many things including how many times we leave our house.

Right now you can help our most important fundraiser of the year from the comfort of your own home. Funds raised at this link: http://bit.ly/SerenityHouseRedKettle will stay in Polk County to help Polk County residents who are struggling to make ends meet. As you know, we help in lots of ways!

Ways we Help in Polk County

  • Rent and utility assistance
  • Homeless shelter assistance
  • Backpack Program for Hungry Kids
  • Help with COVID relief
  • Disaster Services

Donate to our virtual kettle today to help!  ALSO, you can become a “Virtual Bell Ringer”.  Simply copy and paste the link: http://bit.ly/SerenityHouseRedKettle and ask people to donate to the “Virtual Red Kettle” for Polk County.

This is a great way to help without leaving your home! Thank you in advance for helping to support The Salvation Army and the people we serve every day.

*VIRTUAL DEMENTIA EDUCATION PROGRAMS offered:

Communication Challenges in Dementia  Tips to help you communicate with and understand your loved one with dementia throughout the disease. Monday, January 4th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Carrie Myers, cmyers@burnettcounty.org 877-485-2372

Dementia 101  Basics of dementia, common signs and symptoms, and stages of change. Thursday, January 7th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Trisha Witham, www.adrcconnections.org 715-537-6225

Ask a Dementia Care Specialist.  Get your questions answered about dementia and caring for someone with dementia! Monday, January 11th, 10:00 – 11:00 am Lisa Wells, www.adrcevents.org 715-839-4735

Boost Your Brain & Memory (7 weeks)  Learn what YOU can do to keep your brain healthy and sharp. Tuesday, January 12th – February 23rd, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Trisha Witham, www.adrcconnections.org 715-537-6225

Book Club – “Dementia Reimagined” Lively book club discussion, reimagining dementia. Wednesdays, beginning January 13th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Amy Luther, amy.luther@co.pierce.wi.us 715-273-6780

Dementia Friends Information Session.  Learn the basics about dementia and what YOU can do to help someone with dementia in YOUR community. Monday, January 25th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Carrie Myers, cmers@burnettcounty.org 877-485-2372

Ask a Dementia Care Specialist.  Get your questions answered about dementia and caring for someone with dementia! Monday, January 25th, Noon – 1:00 pm Natalie Schmaltz, www.adrc-n-wi.org 866-663-3607

Dementia Friends Information Session  Learn the basics about dementia and what YOU can do to help someone with dementia in YOUR community. Wednesday, January 27th, Noon – 1:00 pm Natalie Schmaltz, www.adrc-n-wi.org 866-663-3607

*GENEROSITY QUOTE for the week:  “Honesty and contentment are the pathways that lead to a life of integrity and generosity”

Weekly Readings

Monday:                     Isaiah 40:1-1                Comfort my people

Tuesday:                     2 Peter 3:8-15a            Promise of the Lord’s coming

Wednesday:                Malachi 4:1-6              The great day of the Lord                                                                                          Thursday:                    Matthew 3:1-10          The preaching of John the Baptist

Friday:                        1 Timothy 1:12-17      Gratitude for God’s mercy

Saturday:                     Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13     A prayer for God’s peace                                                                                  Sunday:                       John 1:-6-8, 19-28      John’s witness to the light

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