Youth Choir - In an effort to teach our younger students more about the role of music and singing in worship and to teach the fundamentals of singing, we are beginning a youth choir for students in grades 3-8.  This new choir will be singing at the Church Choir Christmas program on December 14.  Practices will begin next Sunday, October 23, from 11:30 - 11:55 am in the large Sunday School room, and will continue each week until the program.  Any students in grades 3-8 who have an interest in singing are welcome to join us!  If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact Ben Luginbuhl.

Survey - Reminder, please complete the online Reveal survey that was sent to your email address.  If you did not receive the email, please contact Eric Huber.  Assistance will be offered after church on Sunday, October 23 in the conference room.

In Touch - Articles for the November In Touch are due to Tudy by Thursday, October 27.

Meet with Mark – Saturday, October 29, is set aside for meeting with anyone who would like to visit. Contact Mark to schedule a time.

Directory Updates - Our church directory is using a new system & format. There is a print out on the hall table. EVERYONE should check their listing and make changes, or mark it as OK if there are no changes. Please ensure you identify phone numbers as being a landline or cell number, double check your email address and browse the Out of Town Friends and Family section. Please have these corrections made by October 23.

Romans Bible Study - Romans Ch. 6 Bible Study Presentation will be on Sunday, October 30 in the afternoon.

Harvest Party - The annual Sunday School Harvest Party will be held on Sunday, October 30 from 3-5pm at NCHS.  All are welcome to attend.  Please contact Marla Leman if you would like to volunteer to help.

Spiritual Health Survey – In order to gain insights on strengths, weaknesses and opportunities within our church family we will be conducting an electronic survey called "The Reveal Spiritual Health Survey." This survey was professionally developed to uncover the health of our church body in three main areas: Personal spiritual practices, how faith is put into action and how effective the church is in fostering these disciplines. We plan to use the reporting from the survey to give direction to future initiatives from the committee. 
All responses are anonymous. The survey will become available on October 9th to your email address in our church email directory. For those who do not have a computer or mobile device or would like some assistance, there will be opportunities to take the survey after church on a few Sundays in October. Please see complete information in the October “In Touch”. Questions about the survey can be directed to Eric Huber.

Men's Ministry - The Men's Ministry will focus on bringing men together for the purpose of building friendships and equipping men across a broad range of topics and issues, both practical and spiritual. The Men's Ministry will kickoff with an evening of worship, food, and fellowship on Friday Nov 11 at the Davis Lodge on Lake Bloomington. Reserve the date on your calendar now -- more details to follow.

Upcoming Elder Conference - Planning is underway for the 2017 Mid-Winter Elder Conference, which will be hosted here in Bloomington in early March. Details of initial preparations are in the October In Touch, and the Planning Coordinators will keep you updated as work progresses with future announcements and In Touch articles. This is an exciting opportunity for all of us to work as a body, extending love and hospitality to those who serve in leadership roles.

Road Closure - The portion of Raab Road that is being widened is now closed to the entrance to Mercy Creek Drive. But the eastern entrance to our parking lot off of Raab Road – the one closest to Towanda-Barnes Rd. – is still open. People can drive on Towanda-Barnes, turn west onto Raab Rd., and then into the parking lot. The “Road Closed” barricades will permit this turn, but not continuing west on Raab Road.