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Bethel Lutheran Church will observe the 5 Wednesdays of Lent with a soup supper at 5:45 p.m. in fellowship hall beginning February 21. Sign up sheets are now available in the parlor for soups, desserts and drinks for each week.

A worship service will follow the meal at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

The Church Mouse could definitely use some helping hands in 2018.  You choose the day of the week.  The Church Mouse is a faith-based ministry.  Proceeds benefit Lutheran Hillside Village and Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.  If you are willing to help, you choose the amount of time:  2 hours a week, 2 hours per month, one day a month, etc.  Please contact one of the store managers:  Shirley Lewis or Joan Resler at (309) 673-2363.  The Church Mouse Thrift Store needs volunteers and occasionally the use of a truck & driver Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Duties inside the store would include:  sorting and hanging clothes, bagging purchases, organizing shelves and racks.  A person with a pick up truck would be beneficial as calls are received describing large items that cannot be easily transported.  Staff would accompany you to load and load as needed.

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During the month of February, our Sunday School Mission class will be focused on Love as a Fruit of the Spirit.  As our associated service project, we will be kicking off a pet supply drive that will run until the end of February.  All donations will be passed onto the local TAPS shelter.  The shelter is in desperate need of supplies based on their current capacity of animals.  Examples of the items needed most include:  pet food, pet toys, cat litter, training pads, pet bowls, pill pockets, bleach, liquid detergent, Hefty garbage bags, scrub sponges & paper towels.  A donation box will be placed in the lobby.  Amazon shoppers can also leverage an online wish list to ship directly to the shelter at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3E1HB8M4CT4D3/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1.  Reach out to Jaime Cooley with any questions.

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Get ready to send your kids on an island adventure with Bethel VBS 2018 - Shipwrecked- Rescued by Jesus!   We set sail on Sunday, July 15th and will remain at sea until Thursday, July 19th.  Please mark your calendars to join our crew for the best week of summer at Bethel!!  

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