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PASTOR WILL CRAWFORD

We are excited to announce that Pastor Will Crawford has accepted the call to the position of lead pastor at The Island Church. The board is working out the details of his start date and transition. 


THIS SUNDAY 10/14


Stories are powerful. Every culture has them. The best of stories have a lesson behind them. Jesus told stories, which in the Bible are referred to as “parables”. Parables are stories with a spiritual meaning. They help connect things we are familiar to with things we may not understand…at first. This week we will be starting a series on the parables of Jesus. Join us as we explore some of His stories together.


Pastor Luis Sanchez

THE PARABLES OF JESUS

Matthew 13:10



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HARVEST CARNIVAL

October is almost here and the Harvest Carnival is quickly approaching! Of course, we cannot host this event without the generous help of you. The Harvest Carnival will be held on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at The Island Church from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Check out the attached flyer to see how you can sign-up to help.

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MEDIA SWITCHER NEEDED

The Worship/Tech Team is need of a video switcher. No experience necessary, we will train. Multiple people needed so a monthly rotation can be created. Contact the church office if you have any questions.


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ISLAND KIDS

Christmas musical practice for ages Kindergarten—Middle School, every Monday at 4:00 pm at The Island Church.


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HARVEST CARNIVAL

The Harvest Carnival will be held on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at The Island Church from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Current needs:


LOTS and LOTS of bags of unopened candy (not even to grab one to snack on)

Tuesday, October 30th • After Soup Kitchen game set up – come with a drill if possible

Wednesday, October 31st • During the day, miscellaneous set up (stock games, place masking tape lines etc.)

Sign up by replying to THIS e-mail or fill out the attached form or grab a form Sunday in the bulletin!

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GREAT COMMISSION WOMEN - GIVING PROJECT


West Africa has one of the highest under-5 years of age child mortality rates in the word, with one in five children never reaching his or her 5th birthday. We are making Mama Packs which are essential packs to help the nurse/midwife dress the new baby. Ways that you can help:

1. Bring items individually. A pack includes new or gently used: T-shirts/ kimono or a onesie, soft hat, socks/booties, bib, and a receiving blanket.

2. Make your own pack (fold flat and pack in a gallon-sized zip-lock bag)

Contact Joan Wong or Deb Peplinski if you have any questions.


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PRAY FOR OUR PASTOR

As our search closes, let us pause to rejoice and give thanks!

· We are so grateful to our Island Church prayer partners, and for the staff for all you’ve done in the interim.

· We give thanks to God who is sovereign, our provider who has been faithful.

· We remain in prayer, as we await Pastor Will’s arrival.

Scripture: Philippians 4:19


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CHILDRENS CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS


This year we will be hosting a Vacation Bible School at the church July 16-19th, and we will not be having Mega Sports Camp. If you would have any questions or would like to help with VBS, please Contact Kim Brady, Children’s Ministries Director, at islandkids@islandchurchofwhidbey.org or call 408-828-9154


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SEWING WITH A PURPOSE


Join us Mondays from 9:00-11:30am in the multi-purpose room as we make pillow-case dresses for children at the Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, Africa.  Questions?  Contact Carole Wagner 360-321-1106.


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MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL


Starts at 9:15am in the Youth Center – Studying the Book of James. 

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YOUTH GROUP TIMES

5th/6th Grade - Wednesday 5:00-6:30pm **NEW GROUP**

7th/8thGrade - Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm

9th-12th Grade - Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm

Dinner included each night


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LIFEGROUPS ARE STARTING

 

Attached is the list of LifeGroups offered at The Island Church, just click the word list at the bottom and it will bring up the LifeGroups.  Now is the time to try different ones out to see what’s a good fit for you. Contact the group leader if you have any questions.


List


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LOOKING FOR A WAY TO SERVE?


The greeter’s ministry is looking for happy people of ALL ages able to make our church feel like home. You’d get to be on a great team, serving once a month on Sunday mornings.


Contact Cassie Nichols clnichol@whidbey.com with your availability.


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OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER

The Island Church Soup Kitchen needs volunteers to wash pots and pans on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 9am-1pm.

Please reply to this email if you are interested.


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KID’S CHECK SYSTEM

Attn: Parents who have kids in our Children’s Church program! 

In an effort to keep our children safe, we have invested in a Kid’s Check System. Please register your child this Sunday if you haven’t already for this new check-in system for children’s church. Children’s Church starts at the beginning of the service now so check your child in downstairs before the service. 


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LIFE GROUPS

Life Groups meet throughout the week all over the South End. Life Groups are intended to be more than just an evening with friends, they are designed to foster transformational environments where people can journey and do life together wherever life happens. We encourage you to find a group that is the right fit. Whether you are new to our church or have been here for a while, we encourage you to visit one or as many groups as you would like. Once you are settled in a group, dig in and rejoice in doing life with one another, all the while making a big deal out of Christ. 

 

Contact Pastor Luis if you would like more info about getting involved in a Life Group - luis@islandchurchofwhidbey.org

 

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 (NIV)


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COMPASSIONATE CARING COMMUNITIES

An organized system has been put into place to help meet the needs of our congregation and community. If you or someone you know has a general need, please contact Kathy Kansky. ~ kkansky@whidbey.com 360-341-2278 ~


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EMAIL PRAYER CHAIN


Did you know that we have an email prayer chain? If you have a request that you would like to share,


Please contact Char Henderson @ storfarm@whidbey.com or Debbie Peplinski @ peps@whidbey.com.


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THE ISLAND CHURCH PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION

Registration is continually open for Monday-Wednesday-Friday preschool for 3-5 year olds. 

For more information preschool brochures are available at the Welcome Center or call the church office 221-6980 or Lori Tribou, Preschool Director, 360-221-6989.


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FOOD BANK DONATIONS BENEVOLENCE FUND

Please remember to bring non-perishable food items to place in the food boxes outside the sanctuary doors. The food is then collected and taken to the local food bank. 

Also, if you would like to donate to the benevolence fund to help others in our church please mark on your offering envelope or check “benevolence fund”.


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FACEBOOK MEMBER UPDATE: 

Our church's Facebook members are from around the world. The Island Church's Global Mission is to become a virtual church to isolated or persecuted Christians and to help others discover and follow Jesus.




Countries:

3,545 Cambodia

1,445- United States of America

560- Iraq

160- Libya

96- Liberia

77- Philippines

80- Vietnam

35- Argentina

37- India

81-Laos

25- Ethiopia

24- Indonesia

17- Malaysia

15- Bangladesh

21- Sierra Leone

15- Mexico

14- Laos

10- Albania

31- Thailand

12- Guinea

10- Algeria

28- Australia

22- South Korea

11- Canada

9- Nigeria

5- Sri Lanka

9- Saudi Arabia

5- Pakistan

3- Taiwan

9- United Kingdom

4- Japan

3- Iran

4- Italy

15- Benin

3- Honduras

4- Brazil

3- South Africa

3- Lebanon

9- Germany

2- Congo

2- Israel

2- Uganda

5- China

2- Trinidad

2- Puerto Rico

1- Jordan

1- Ireland

1- Nepal

1- Hong Kong

1- Dominican Republic

1- New Zealand

1- Barbados

1- Fiji

1- Papua New Guinea

1- Greece


Also visit our facebook page and photo albums where we archived famous paintings and statues of Jesus, a HD virtual tour inside the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's masterpiece, and beautiful Christian Stained Glass artwork at (https://www.facebook.com/TheIslandChurchofWhidbey).


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ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF ONLINE GIVING!

The Island Church of Whidbey offers online giving, which is convenient for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation. 

Click on 'Online Giving' tab below! Thank you!



 

"What happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard- things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely". (Galatians 5:22-23 The Message)