Peppy party update

I know, you’re wondering: What on earth does Pastor Kara need to update you on with regards to a pig made out of peppermint? Did he melt or something?

Kara’s answer to such a silly question: Of course he didn’t melt! Solid peppermint doesn’t melt… (at least not to my knowledge)
In fact, Peppy’s still in his plastic shrinkwrap and looking as unhealthy as ever (I don’t think peppermint is necessarily healthy).

Peppy’s day of reckoning is coming soon…Dec 11, to be precise.
Sometime between 3 and 7 pm, to be even more precise.
Probably around 5, to be even more precise.
(question: is there a way to be even more precise than even more precise?!?)

However, I make a Peppy party update because of the following reasons:
1. The time and location were set for the Christmas party (3-7 pm at the parsonage in McVille)
2. The age limit was set for those expected to attend (ages 12-29, although I will welcome anyone brave enough to enter a party intended for youth). I suppose the “young at heart” could theoretically count as youth…
3. The means for choosing who gets to break Peppy were decided:
…Step A: show up at the party and enter your name in the drawing
…Step B: be really lucky and have your name drawn
…Step C: be entrusted with the felt bag and mini hammer
…Step D: hammer away!
4. The other events at the party were suggested (beyond playing games and eating food):
– make a Christmas card for someone
– watch Christmas movies
– listen to Christmas music
– decorate Christmas cookies (and of course enter the cookie decorating contest)
– and last but not least: attend the Christmas cantata next door at 7:30

How we serve in love

Over the course of three weeks, I (Pastor Kara) ventured into each of the 7 congregations and asked the question: “How do you serve in love?”

I got lots of responses (THANK YOU!!!!!!!) that I then recorded. I typed up each and every answer into an excel document, then I sorted them A-Z. I’m including the massive list of the 153 at the bottom of the page (you’re welcome). But also included is the video that I put together that summarizes what I read and heard about. It was fascinating to read all of the answers provided.

I will start off by embedding a video that some of you saw in church as part of my reflections about stewardship.

And now for the gigantic list:

Act as 4-H leaders
Altar guild
Book keeper, scorers, and timers at school
Booster club
Bring food
Bring food to a family in need
Bring items to the food pantry
Bring meals when a member of the community is ill
Build relationships with youth
By reaching out to anyone in need
By visiting the ill, the lonely, those new to community
Care for my family
Care for my patients in the emergency room
Caring for the daily needs of my family and friends
Coffee fellowship
Committee member
Community café
Confirmation assistant
Cook and clean
Create a welcoming, family-oriented city celebration
Do mission projects in flooded areas
Do volunteer work for the church
Donate food, money, etc to help others
Donate to worthy causes such as food pantry
Drive elderly to doctor appointments
Encourage people to participate
Feed a friend’s pet
Feed animals
Fix and repair neighbors’ equipment
Follow the “golden rule”
Food pantry
Give blood
Give financially
Give monetarily
Give neighbors a ride home when they have flat tires
Give rides to those who can’t drive
Help a neighbor in need
Help at funerals with serving
Help children with homework
Help each other
Help friends and neighbors
Help friends and one another when they are ill and need help
Help in church
Help in the church by serving for funerals, showers and other activities
Help lead worship
Help my mother
Help neighbor with yard work
Help out my brothers and sisters
Help out others when they need it
Help out Sunday School
Help people
Help someone who is sick
Help spouse in time of need
Help take care of the earth
Help with church supper
Help with church yardwork
Help with communion
Help with dishes
Helping and sticking up for a friend in a time when they need it
Helping the elderly
I care for people and people care for me
In my job
Keep a set of clean clothes for family to wear
Lawn care
Lay assistant
Look after children
Look for opportunities to help your neighbor
Love one another
Make church bulletins and inserts
Make meals for new moms, the sick, the grieving
Make quilts to give away
Make wholesome meals for the family
Mow church lawn
Mow park, cemetary and church yard
Not gossip about others
Open a door for someone
Paint a friend’s house
Pay for someone’s meal
Pick up garbage in ditches
Play piano for Sunday School
Pray for each other
Pray for one another
Pray for others
Pray for others
Pray when asked to pray for someone and tell them you are praying for them
Prepare communion
Provide all powerpoints
Provide part of crop for different functions
Rake leaves
Remove snow from neighbors’ yard
School board
Serve as EMTs
Serve at funerals
Serve in leadership roles when needed
Serve on church council
Serve on city council or township boards
Serve on community board for the betterment of our communities
Serve senior citizens
Serving in church and circle offices
Serving on WELCA
Share homemade quilts with those in need
Share the word of God in different ways (Stiches & Scripture)
Share your gravel pit
Sing at weddings and funerals
Study the lessons and better serve others
Sunday School
Sunday School teacher
Take care of children
Take food to families who have had a death in the family
Talking with people
Teach children to make good choices and to make the most of their lives
Teach Sunday School
Time and efforts above and beyond my duties
Try to be compassionate and caring to others
Use my gift for different functions
Visit people in nursing homes
Visit the elderly
Visit the sick and do things for them
Volunteer on ambulance crew
Volunteer to serve on committees
Wave to neighbors
Welcome all
Welcome others
Work with hospice
Work with kids to make better choices
Worship leader

Peppy arrived!

In case you are wondering who Peppy is, I’ll tell you.

Peppy is a pig made of peppermint. (My mom found him in a catalog)
Peppy is going to be a main feature at the youth Christmas party in December. (Mark your calendars for the afternoon of Dec 11)
Peppy will be broken apart and savored by many (cause pigs are meant to be eaten, after all).

peppy the peppermint pig

Acres of Terror

The youth from Tri-County teamed up for a bus trip to the Acres of Terror. We joined up with two other youth groups (most/all the kids who came attend Griggs County Central) for this fun event.

Special note: Pastor Jerry and Pastor Mike did not go into the “scary” Acres of Terror, but Darla and Pastor Kara did…

Here are some memories:

– Bus ride

the bus ride

– Being chased by a man with a chainsaw as we wait for the sun to go down

– The dark night…(Darla is in the bottom left corner)

taking pics in the dark


(for those curious folks out there)

We have had two gathering times (4 if you count the makeup sessions). I’ll refer to them as “rounds” in this post

Round One: Intro
– Why confirmation?
– Significance of being baptized into community, church, God’s family
– Forgiveness

Round Two of Confirmation: Prayer
– What is prayer? Why do we pray?
– Psalms (Mad, Sad, Glad)
– Luther on the Lord’s Prayer (Luther’s Small Catechism)
– Music as prayer

During “Round Two” I had the kids write out three types of prayers: what makes them mad, sad and glad
– We burned what makes us mad (let anger burn up)
– We put our sad prayers in the water of the baptismal font (written with washable markers so the words disappeared)
– We laid what makes us glad either on the baptismal font or the altar

Our mad prayers are burning

Survey time!

Over the course of the past few months, TCM council members have been working to compile a list of questions to ask to members and nonmembers about church: what excites us, why we do/don’t attend, what programs or ministries we want, etc

And so we put together a survey. It is available online and also in paper form (in churches Nov 6).

Click here to take it online

Thanks for your participation and we look forward to reading what you have to say!