Refuge Family Notes – Week of Dec. 20th
 
Sunday Service Dec. 20th 
Sunday Service Time: 9:30 am – Doors will open at 9:15.  
Mask Wearing – We are honoring the state guidelines for mask-wearing and distancing indoors at church.
 
Thank You
We want to thank you for the generous Christmas offering that was received last week.  We are truly blessed to serve this church family!   – Pastor Bruce and Pastor Barry
Sympathy
We want to extend our condolences to the Troy & Natalie and Shane & Jill Buer Families on the passing of Troy and Shane’s dad, Todd Buer. Funeral services will be available to be viewed on the Providence Valley Lutheran Church Facebook page at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 19. Because of COVID precautions, a walk through visitation will be held on Friday from 5-8 PM at Hanson & Dahl Funeral Home in Dawson.
 
Meeting
Pastor Eric Hulstrand  from the ministry Moving Forward, will be bringing the morning message on January 3rd.  After the service, there will be a town hall meeting to address questions regarding the letter recently sent out to the The Refuge Church family. 
 
Church Logo Masks 
Church logo masks and gaiters have been generously donated for you to have and use.  If you would wear one, you are welcome to stop at the welcome table in the back and receive one.  These masks are full size, fitting adults and teens. 
 
Wednesday Activities
Wednesday evening ministries will be on “Winter Break” and will resume on January 27th.
Christmas Eve Service
Thursday, December 24th you are all invited to come to church for a Christmas Eve service from 5-6 pm.
Partnership Prayer Plan
To encourage our Refuge family, we want to stay connected by praying for a family member/s, a college student and a community worker each week as well as our missionary of the month.  Talk to God, thanking Him for each one listed.  Ask Him to strengthen their desire to know Jesus more and build their desire to trust God and His word. 
   – Family of the Week: Ron & Lois Gustafson
   – Student of the Week: Gavin Olson; University of Minnesota Minneapolis
   – Community Worker of the Week: Luke Dykema; CCM Health Wellness Center
   – Missionary of the Month: Hope Pregnancy Center; Willmar, MN; providing support for women and men facing unplanned pregnancy
 
Health Challenge: Strengthen Your Body
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
• Throw used tissues in the trash.
• Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your
     hands with a hand sanitizer that  
           contains at least 60% alcohol.