Thanksgiving Holiday

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Just a reminder that the church and office will be closed on November 23rd and 24th to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We will not have the normal printed “Visitor” newsletter that week but will have a shortened email midweek update instead.  We hope that everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!


Christmas Care and Share 2023

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Once again, Decatur is coming together for Christmas for the annual Christmas Care and Share program sponsored by Dove, Inc., the Northeast Community Fund and joined by the Salvation Army.


This event is supported by hundreds of churches, businesses, and groups in the community.  They became the local distributor for Toys for Tots and helped 867 families and 67 seniors last year to experience a more fulfilling Christmas thanks to our caring and sharing of presents. 


We need new unwrapped items: gloves, mittens, scarves (infant to adult sizes), toys, books, board games (for kids up to 17 years old), basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, toothbrushes, shampoo, lotions etc.  (The Prayer Shawl team will make hats and scarves!)


Next, we need garbage bags to transport your gifts to St. Paul’s Lutheran church along with wrapping paper and tape for parents to wrap your presents.


Finally, bring your presents and wrapping supplies to Central and place them under the Christmas Caring Tree in the Connection Café between November 26th and December 5th.  CACS and the Prayer Shawl ministries will do the rest !


Christmas will be more memorable this year thanks to you for Caring and Sharing !


Welcome New Member Norma Fick!

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Norma Fick began attending the 10:30 service this past summer.  Once she began worshipping at  Central, she never looked back.  Saying that walking in the doors “reminded her of coming home,” she transferred her membership and joined our church family on November 5. 

She is pictured her with Jane French (right). 

Welcome Norma!


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Let's Help Grow Disciples with our Thanksgiving offering, 2023!

During the next two Sundays (November 12th and 19th), Disciples of Christ churches throughout the United States will be collecting a Thanksgiving offering.  This special offering benefits the fifteen colleges and universities and seven seminaries and divinity houses affiliated with our denomination.  Our donations fund scholarships, support faculty growth and development, and help prepare Christian leaders.  Our own Vicky and Scott Woolridge are proud graduates of Eureka College!  


Higher education has always been an important focus for Disciples.  When we donate this Thanksgiving, we will be part of a 129 year legacy of educational  support.


Please give generously!  Every dollar donated makes a difference in the lives of Disciple students, their institutions of higher learning, and eventually the world.

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