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Upcoming Events


Weight Watchers
9:30 am, 12:15 pm, 6:00 pm.


Weight Watchers
9:30 am, 12:15 pm, 6:00 pm.
Mary Martha Circle at Countryside Manor
10:00 AM
After the meeting, we go to lunch.


Men's Bible Study
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Fumbly Bumbly Angels
  • Advent Festival Fun
  • Trunk or Treat!
  • Chris Stables on the piano
  • VBS
  • Helping the Community
  • Our M&M crew
  • Look what I made!
  • Cindy Longwell at the Cookie Walk
  • Advent Festival Fun
  • Our Helpers!
  • Prepping the Signs
  • Baking Cookies
  • Hanging of the Greens 2014
  • Christmas Baskets 2014
  • Worship at First Presbyterian
  • Our choir
  • The Freytag Room
  • Mary Gary at the PW Spring Bazaar 2014
  • The Sanctuary
  • Jon Neubauer at the PW Spring Bazaar 2014
  • The Shelter
  • Extinguishing the candles at the end of worship
  • The cross atop The Shelter


Rev. Rachel Helgeson will be leading our worship service Sunday.


Scripture: Psalm 111 and Mark 1:21-28

Message: “A Man. A Plan. A Teaching.”



Sometimes our worst critics are the ones who see our vulnerabilities the clearest. 

These folks may even recognize us at our very core being.  This week’s text focuses on a man with an unclean spirit.  He is the one who recognizes Jesus for who he really is.  It threatens him. It makes him uncomfortable but in a world where others were being silent about who Jesus was, this man loudly protested.

Have you ever experienced this?  If you have it can be really uncomfortable when someone says aloud, I know who you are.  I know what you are about.

As you consider your walk in faith this week, consider who you are as a person of faith.  Consider whom others see you as, more than just a parent, guardian, friend, child, neighbor, classmate, workmate, etc. 

Who are you really?  Are you follower of Christ?  Are you able to be vulnerable and recognize that you are a child of God? Are you able to hear the still small of voice of the Holy Spirit moving in your life? You might be surprised by who you see through the eyes of another, through the eyes of faith.


This Sunday Feb 1st : Message “A Man. A Plan. A Teaching.”

Scripture: Psalm 111 and Mark 1:21-28

Next Sunday Feb 8th: Message “Searching for Jesus”

Scripture: Isaiah 40:21-31 and Mark 1:29-39


Children’s Church:

This Sunday: Holy Moly! Led by Betty S. and Madison B.

Next Sunday: Holy Moly! Led by the Smith family

M&M Crew [Youth Group]:

This Week: Souper Bowl Party at Debbie and Doug Kroeschen’s house starting at 5pm.  All youth are invited. Dinner is provided.

Next Sunday: M&M crew will meet from 4-6pm.  Dinner is provided.

We will deliver donated soup to our local soup kitchen.

Adult Sunday School:

               This Sunday: Study of Psalms: Singing the Psalms

               Next Sunday: Study of Psalms: Conclusion of the Psalms Series


Hands on the Cross: We will be installing a cross with the hands of our congregation.  If you have not had an opportunity to put your hand on the cross find Patrick Burke after worship and add your hand!


Trivia Night: January 31st 2015 at West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church. Doors open at 6:15pm.  Trivia starts at 7:00pm. 

Raise money for Lifeboat in memory of Gayle Shelton’s husband. Our congregation will be providing soda and water. 

Tickets for trivia night are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.  (Youth please contact youth leaders or the office if you are attending so you can receive the youth discount.)  We are hoping to have 2 tables with 6-8 people at each table.  If you are interested in having a table let the office or just show up at the door. Come and join the fun!!!

Souper Bowl Sunday: Who do you think will win the Super Bowl?  The Sea Hawks or the Patriots? 

Bring your cans of soup this Sunday Feb 1st vote for your team out in the fellowship area.  We will all win as our youth deliver your vote to a local soup kitchen!

Marion Medical Mission: On February 4th, First Presbyterian Church in Marion (1200 South Carbon Street) is hosting, for the first time ever, all four of Marion Medical Mission’s African Well Program Coordinators:

Mr. Vyalema Khosa, Coordinator of our Well Program in Northern Malawi.

Rev. Elisha Mwasakifwa, Coordinator of our Well Program in Tanzania.

Mr. Jordan Banda, Coordinator of our Well Program in Central Malawi.

Mr. Chrispin Mhango, Coordinator of our Well Program in Zambia

In 2014, they were responsible for the construction of 2650 wells providing an estimated 390,000 of the extreme rural poor (238,000 children) with a sustainable source of safe drinking water! Join us! Meet these extraordinary leaders.

Marion Medical Mission’s Well Program is an example of what is right in the world. It is an example of what can happen when God's people come together to work hand-in-hand as the beloved community that spans the globe.


Dinner D’8 Group:  We have a group of 8 people signed up for Dinner D’8.  Rev. Rachel would like to invite this group to join her for dinner February 19th at Applebees at 6pm.  We can discuss where and when you would like to meet in the future.  If you are interested in being part of this group please sign up on the bulletin board.


Annual Reports are due!  If you are a leader of any team, group, or committee in our congregation we want to hear all the wonderful things you did in 2014. Turn your reports into Beth at the office.  Thanks!

Call for All Keys: It’s the New Year and we need to account for who has the keys. Please contact the office if you have a key. Please remember keys are reserved for leaders in the congregation.  If you have a key and are no longer serving in this capacity please return it the office.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Spring Bazaar: Calling all crafty ladies, bakers, and cooks, we are once again making plans for our Spring Bazaar.  Mark, Saturday, March 21 on your calendar for this all church event.  We will need crafters, cooks, kitchen help, set-up people, clean-up people, ticket sellers, and workers.  The more people involved, the easier it is to make this a success. 



Wednesday Jan 28th:

9:30am – Bazaar Crafting Work Day

6pm - Bell Choir

7pm – Choir

Thursday Jan 29th:    

9:30am - Presbyterian Women Bazaar Meeting

5:15pm – Food Coop

Saturday Jan 31st:      

6:15pm – Trivia Night at West Salem Trinity UMC

Sunday Feb 1st:            

9am – Adult Sunday School

10am – Worship – Children’s Church

5pm – M&M Crew (Youth Group) at Doug and Debbie Kroeschens

Monday, Feb 2nd 

1:30pm Study Club

 6:00pm Priscilla Circle

Tuesday Feb 3rd:         

9:30am, 12:15pm, 6pm - Weight Watchers

5:30pm – Deacons Meeting

Wednesday Feb 4th

6pm - Bell Choir

– Potluck at First Presbyterian Church in Marion, IL

7pm – Choir

– Marion Medical Mission presentation

at First Presbyterian Church Marion in Marion IL

Thursday Feb 5th:       

All Day - Kitchen Closed for cleaning

Friday Feb 6th:             

All Day – Kitchen Closed for cleaning







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