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Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Week Four: Longing for Approval

We are not our labels. We are not who others say we are. And we aren’t the broken self-image we see in the mirror. So how can we get to our true identity? By laying down who we think we are to become who God says we are. Let’s discover our Altar Ego.

Psalm for the Day: Psalm 65


Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of
faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you
promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

CALENDAR at-a-glance

10/23 - Holy Land Presentation, 5pm
10/24 - Church Directory Pictures (Clair Church)
10/27 - UMW, 12pm
10/27 - Hillcrest Fire & Ice Ball, 5pm
10/29 - Lord's Acre Sale, 11am
11/5 - United Methodist Men's Breakfast, 8am
11/6 - Calvin Center Food Collection 
11/14 - Board Meeting, 6:30pm
11/15 - Serve @ Open Door Food Kitchen
11/17 - Life Line Screening
11/17 - Night Crew Women's Meeting, 6pm


October 23 - Billye Hitchings
October 28 - Erin Hamner
November 4 - Ronald Hitchings
November 5 - Peggy Rapp
November 6 - Owen Mitchell
November 11 - Andrea Carr
November 12 - Morgan Fisher
November 18 - Seneca Carr
November 21 - Steven Skidmore

Prayer Requests
Cliff Kerns, Max Lockhard, Brenda Major, Bev Manring, Sam Still, Jerry Steele, Izzy Lightle, Mark Miller, Troy Cook, Rose Mulford, Axten Buntin, Rachel Mulford, Pete Matt, Scott Johnson, Byron Myers, Michael Dunlap, Ken Leland, Jim Rinacke, Jim & Judy, Rona Moore, Heather, Kenny,  Allen Bodenhausen, Gary Kline, Art McAnaney, Lora Riggs Nephew, Cassie Hull, Kathy Sodowsky

Church Directory Pictures
Pictures can still be scheduled for October 24 at Clair.  Book your photo session here!  You will inform them of your home church when the pictures are taken. 

Life Line Screening
Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association’s website states that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to stop this disease. Early detection is critical. This is why Clair United Methodist Church is hosting Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Holy Land Presentation
Sunday, October 23rd, @ 5pm,  Linda Guy will present a slide show and talk about her visit to Israel. 

Lord's Acre Sale
The Lord's Acre Sale will be held Saturday, October 29. A delicious turkey dinner will be served from 11-12:30p. Price per person is $8. The sale will begin at 1pm. All members are asked to bring 2 desserts and 2 salads for dinner. Items needed for the sale include crafts, baked items, produce and anything that you think will bring in money, including voucher of working for someone or other talents. Also, we will need baked items and small crafts for a table that will be available for purchase prior to sale. If you have any questions, please see Mary Boyles regarding the sale, or Evelyn Gawatz regarding the dinner.

Night Crew Women's Meeting
November 17th @ 6pm, we will meet at the home of Kathy Hessel for some food, fun and fellowship! We will also have a craft. Please note the change in time from previous meetings!

UMCOR Relief Supply Kits
We will be collecting donations to help those in areas affected by the extreme flooding. Each bucket kit costs $65. You can find more information here. You can give directly to UMCOR online at that link, or make a donation through our church with the note "flood relief". Thank you for being generous.

Hillcrest Fire and Ice Ball
Make plans to attend the upcoming Hillcrest Fire & Ice Fall Ball presented by Freudenthal Home Health on October 27th at the St. Joseph Civic Arena. The event starts at 5:00pm with a social hour and time to roam our silent auction area. Then we will start dinner and the program at 6:00pm. The evening filled with fine dining, a special presentation of the graduates, entertainment, live & silent auction, cupcake raffle and much more. Dress is semi-formal. You do not want to miss this event. Tickets are still available at $40 per ticket. Contact Jordan ( for more information and to purchase tickets.
Open Door Food Kitchen
We will be serving on Tuesday, November 15. A signup sheet will be going around each Sunday to donate money for food, fix a dessert and/or help serve. Thank you for being willing to help!
Pastor Ben Mulford is available by appointment. Contact him at 816.689.8885 or

If you have anything for the bulletin, please contact Pastor Ben by phone or preferably email. Bulletins are prepared on Thursdays, so please make contact by end of day on Wednesday.

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