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October 14, 2018

RESERVE THE DATE:
Now that we have begun our yearlong celebration of the 125th years with which God has blessed us here at PLC&PLS, we do not want to look only backwards, but also forward. So we are continuing in our strategic planning for the future which we began last spring. On Sunday, November 18 we will have Rev. Larry Wentzlaff (ELS – Mission and Evangelism Counselor) lead us in a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats). On that Sunday at 9:15am and 11:45am we will conduct an hour long session to accomplish this. (In addition he will plan to meet with the officers from the BOD and BCE on Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 am for a breakfast meeting to hear about the results of the various surveys submitted last spring and consider some of his conclusions.) Rev. Wentzlaff is planning to return early 2019 and lead us to do some short term and long term strategic planning for our congregation and school. Please plan to attend one of those Sunday, November 18 sessions. Your input is truly desired.

PARKING ON OCTOBER 14:
We have received permission from the property owner to our north, Cheryl Berg, to use her parking lot for our anniversary events on Sunday, October 14. However, we would encourage all able bodied members to park along 124th street, so that our guests and visitors would have room to use the more obvious places of convenience. Thank you for your consideration.

PLS YARD SIGNS:
Thank you to those who were able to place “Now Enrolling, Parkland Lutheran School” signs in your yard or place of business. It has made a difference!! New school families have mentioned they saw our PLS signs. Since the school year has started and the weather is changing please feel free to take these signs down and store them until the spring. We would love for you to put them back up then. Thanks again for your help in advertising Parkland Lutheran School!

SYNOD PRESIDENT’S NEWSLETTER:
You can find a copy of the October Synod Presidet’s Newsletter in the clear bins in the Narthex.

PROCLAIM THE WONDERS GOD HAS DONE: 1918–2018:
As we gather today, on Founders’ Day, we Proclaim the Wonders God Has Done. It is by God’s grace that the Evangelical Lutheran Synod has survived to this centennial year. We tell the history not to laud ourselves but to praise the Triune God who has sustained us. It is the Lord God who has washed us with water. It is the Savior Jesus Christ who prepares a table of bread and wine. It is the Holy Spirit who has preserved us to this day. May He strengthen us to continue to Proclaim the Wonders God Has Done.

OFFERING FOR ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL SERVICE:
Following a tradition of the old Norwegian Synod which recommended special celebration service offerings be designated for missions work, the offering given at the October 14, 4:00 pm Anniversary Service has been designated to start the building fund of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Coos Bay, OR. This tradition was also followed by Rev. Harstad at the dedication of the Park Avenue church building in 1910. “Characteristically, for the offering on that Dedication Day, Pastor Harstad gladdened the hearts of the great crowd by suggesting that the offering be given to the work of missions instead of to the congregation’s building fund.”

SHARED AT JANE BALMER’S FUNERAL 10/9/18:
Jane wrote a confession of faith to be included in her final remembrance:
I, Lyla Jane Balmer, do hereby confess my faith in the one true God, Father, Son, and HolySpirit. I rejoice in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who was sent by the Father to forgive all my sins. I thank and praise God for so richly blessing me in this life. I thank Him especially formy wonderful, godly parents Otto and Lydia Unverzagt, who led and guided me in the Way of the Lord and who brought me as an infant to be baptized in that one true Faith.

NEXT WEEK’S USHERS 10/21
Early: Mike Taylor & John Taylor
Late: Jon Kvale & Aaren Kvale

PLS VETERANS DAY PROGRAM:
Everyone is invited to our Veterans Day Program on Friday, November 2, at 2:00 pm in the PLS Ark. We are planning a special bulletin board to honor veterans. Please submit photocopied pictures (which will not be returned) of family members who have served or who are serving in the military along with a caption card that includes their name, branch of service, dates served, and/or participation in which wars. If needed, we can make copies of photos in the school office. Please bring pictures and caption cards to the church or school office, or scan and send them to jmcclung@parklandlutheran.org, by Wednesday, October 24. (Previously submitted photos will be reused – no need to resubmit.)

LUTHERAN SENTINEL:
The September-October addition of the Lutheran Sentinel is on the Narthex table for you to take and read. The Lutheran Sentinel is now available to be viewed electronically at the ELS website: http://els.org/about/ls/.

ELS HISTORY BROCHURE:
Celebrating its 100th Anniversary the Synod has produced an ELS History Brochure documenting the connections with the past. If you would like a copy, you can get one from the clear bin in the back of the church to the left of the mailboxes.