The Snow Is Coming!!

 

We are looking for volunteers to shovel the walks and steps at St. Mary.  It would be for a two-week shift now through mid April. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Drew Hanlon, 515-367-3367 / dlhanlon@windstream.net.  Thank you.

 

Marian Icon

 

From January 14th to the 20th we will be privileged to have a Marian icon in our possession. It highlights the plight of persecuted Christians. Prayer cards will be available. Please take some time to offer prayer for our brothers and sisters who are not so free to practice our faith in other parts of the world. Thanks to the Knights of Columbus who are hosting this.

 


Super Football Snack Packs


Order forms for these great snack packs will be available the weekends of January 19/20 and 26/27, with pick up on February 2/3. Proceeds to help fund Youth Group activities.  Thank you for your continued support of our young Church!

 

Bridge the Gap


Parents, how often do your teens say:  You just don't understand!  

Teens, how often do your parents say:  When I was your age...

 

Back by popular demand, the SMHC 3rd annual Bridge the Gap Workshop is coming up! This is one you won't want to miss! It's a short workshop that focuses on the things that are different and alike between our generations of parents and teens.  Open to any 9th-12th graders and parents.  Feel free to invite any teens and parents you know!  Join us Sunday, January 20, 11:00am - 1:00pm in the Social Hall. 

 Created by Strong Catholic Families;  Presented by Nicole Cory

 

The Gift of Life!!

 

Our blood drive is Thursday, January 31, 3:00 to 7:00pm in the Social Hall. Bring your friends!! There is a high need for blood now due to elective surgeries and the holiday season.  Get a free pair of holiday socks if you donate at this Drive; get a free t-shirt if you are a first time donor! An appointment sign up sheet is in the vestibule or you may contact Tim and Lisa Kautza, kautza@netins.net or 515-964-7687 to make an appointment. Please give your email address as well so a reminder can be sent to you. Also, let Tim and Lisa know if you are able to assist before, during or after the Drive.

 

Spending More Money than Expected for Christmas? 

Want to learn to be better stewards of God's money? Parishioner Scott Warner is offering another Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class at St. Mary on Thursdays, beginning February 7, at 6:30pm for nine weeks. The only requirement is the purchase of a FPU kit. Last May, Scott successfully completed Ramsey Solutions Financial Coach Master Training Program. This allows him to offer additional private coaching to anyone in need. If interested in attending, please contact Scott, swarner@gdmhabitat.org/515-971-4320.

 

The Blessing Box Needs 

The Blessing Box provides food to more than 30 families monthly and is open three times each month, 9:30–10:30am on the first Saturday; and 6:00–7:00pm on the second and fourth Thursdays.  Most needed:  Peanut Butter, jelly and canned meats.  On-going food needs are canned meats, breakfast cereals, low sodium canned vegetables and soups, and low sugar canned fruits.  Consider holiday meal foods, too. Food donations can be delivered to the Pantry when open at the Elkhart Christian Church or be placed in the collection box near our Parish Office. Tax-deductible donations can be made payable to The Blessing Box, c/o Elkhart Christian Church, P.O. Box 97, Elkhart, IA 50073.  


2018 Annual Diocesan Appeal 

Please prayerfully consider what you are able to give to this Appeal. Pledge cards are available in the vestibule can be returned in the collection basket at Mass or to the parish office, or you may donate on the Diocesan website: http://www.dmdiocese.org/ada-online-giving-instructions.cfm. Everyone’s participation is need! Thank you.

 

              Parish Goal             Pledge                Total Payments                Balance Due

                                                                                     $ 53,806             $ 46,275                     $ 44,309                              $ 9,497 

Sharing God’s Gifts Diocesan Campaign

Thank you for your continued support; we appreciate your timely payments for this Campaign.

 Pledged                       Payments                   Balance Due              SMHC Received   

                                                            $443,909.35               $420,705.82                  $23,078.53                   $204,352.91