9:15  -Sunday Morning Prayer Group   A group will be meeting in the sanctuary and having prayer for the upcoming worship service.  Feel free to join them in anticipation of what God will bring in the morning service.  Prayer, study and fellowship as they prepare hearts for worship.
 9:15  -Adult Sunday School class-  ‘Keeping Faith by the Rivers of Babylon”                 Taught by Pastor Ron White
Started Sept. 10th ~  Come join this interesting class!
“Do you ever feel like you are living in an alien world and longing to go back home?  That was the new reality of the Jewish people as they found themselves living in Babylon.  The question they had to answer was how they would keep covenant with God in a strange new world.  This has become the new reality for Christians living in America today.  We feel more and more like strangers living in Babylon.  This class will explore how we keep faith today in a land that is far from God.”  
-CONNECTION CAFE  Sundays from 10:15 – 10:45 am  
Between Sunday School and Church, connect with friends old and new and enjoy coffee and cookies available in the Fellowship Hall.
Sept. 6, 2017 thru May 23, 2018:
Wednesday Night at the Woods:          Everyone is Welcome!!
5:30 – 6:00:  Family Meal
6:00 – 7:30:  CLC, Roots Youth, & Men’s and Ladies Groups
-Calendar of Events-
Oct. 14 – Family Fun Fall Festival “Down on the Farm”- @ Milt & Judy Benson’s farm, 5981 205th Ave., Stanwood
3:00 – Pumpkin Carving      5:00 – Hayride        6:00 – Dinner
Crafts, games, pinata, live music, cider & donuts, bonfire, hayride!
Please bring lawn chairs and a pumpkin for each carver.  This year we are doing a Western theme so feel free to dress Western, just for fun!   See ya’ll down at the farm!!
Oct. 15 – Family Dinner potluck – following the morning service.  Bring a dish to pass and plan to stay!
Oct. 16 – Twelve Baskets Distribution Day – 9 am to Noon   Donations and helpers always welcome.
Oct. 17 – Ministry Board Meeting – 6:30 pm
Oct. 20 & 21 – Twelve Baskets’ Rummage Sale – Fri., Oct. 20 from 9 am – 4 pm and Sat., Oct. 21 from 9 am – 1 pm
Set-up on Thursday, Oct. 19 – All clean, usable donations accepted!
Oct. 29 – Roots Youth Group ‘Super Fall Fun Day’ – Starts with lunch together following the morning service, enjoy a “costume” party with everyone gearing up as a Super Hero, followed by going to the Corn Maze.  We will be back at the Woods by 6:00 pm to meet your rides home.  Cost is $3.00 per person.
Church Membership – Anyone interested in becoming a church member at The Woods, please let Pastor Mary know. 
This is not an invitation to an exclusive “membership club, but rather a pathway to understanding the church’s beliefs and finding your place in ministry within the Body of Christ.
Release-Time Bible Study groups – will be starting shortly.
 This year there will be a group for young teens (7th & 8th grade) and a children’s group.  The youth group will meet every Wednesdaydetails to come, and the children will meet the first Friday of each month beginning Oct. 6th at 1:30 pm.  Registration forms should have come home from school with your child last week.
Candy Collection – The PTO at Morley Stanwood Elementary is collecting candy donations for a Halloween Party they are putting on for the kids on October 31 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  We have a candy donation box by the Welcome Center so you can donate if you wish!
Life Resources of Northern Michigan
Foundations Training – Oct. 12 & 13   –  Oct. 12 from 5-8 pm, and Oct. 13 from 9 am – 3 pm  –  Held @ Reed City Church of the Nazarene  We are looking for people who desire to make an eternal difference.  You can be involved in a ministry that has the potential to touch lives for eternity.  This will be our quarterly Foundations Training for both men and women.  Seating is limited so make your reservations now by calling our office at 231-775-1545 to reserve your spot!
Holiday Service of Remembrance – Tues, October 24th at 6:00 pm – Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home, Big Rapids
 You are invited to the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapis for our Holiday Service of Remembrance where you will be able to remember your loved one through music, reflections, and readings.
The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time with your loved ones not present.  You and your family along with other who are feeling a sense of loss during the holiday season will be comforted and encouraged by coming.
SLD Read Program – Language Links is looking for tutors!  Volunteer by calling Suzanne Finney, 888-271-8881.  They provide training, you provide one-on-one tutoring for at-risk readers in 1st-3rd grades in local schools.
Painting Team Leader Needed – We have a lot of painting that can be done in the church this winter.  We are looking for someone to head up a team–coordinate the painting efforts, lead the group, schedule, etc.  If you are interested, see Jim Bittner or Paula Paddock.
DHHS Client Needs:  Women’s size 1x or 2x shirts, women’s jeans, size 16 tall (stretch material), shoes size 9 1/2 wide.  Call:  Jessie Shier, 231-492-2063 if you can help.
Fitness Room-  We are going to be putting together a church exercise room in the basement.  We are looking for donations of the following:  a nice treadmill, elliptical, hand weights, small wall-mountable flat screen TV, DVD player.  If you have any of these things you are not using and would like to donate, please let us know!
Visit our Library! It is located downstairs and everyone is welcome to check things out!

12 Baskets Pantry Donations Needed – Donations of shampoo, dish soap, laundry soap, toothpaste & canned goods are needed.