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This newsletter finds our church, our nation and the world in a COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result, in-person church services and activities are canceled until further notice.
The Church is Not a Building, the Church is the People!


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Greetings, OSUM Church family!

This Sunday, we will be opening our doors to in-person Sunday School and Bible Study, but that being said, please take precautions in bitter winter conditions. There will be a windchill below 0, and some roads will still be partially covered. Please follow these recommended safety guidelines (, including wearing layers, keeping your head covered, and avoiding long periods of time (greater than 30 minutes) outside. 

Other important information for Sunday:

  • We will require masks inside the building! If you do not have a mask or face covering, we have several masks on hand (in various sizes!), made for us by Peggy Meier Insko!
  • We will also continue to stream on Facebook and YouTube. These streams will continue to have on-screen content, allowing you to sing and pray from home (we will not be singing in the sanctuary, only listening to pre-recorded hymns).
  • We will post the sermon on Sermon-By-Phone! This will allow you to listen to the sermon by calling 712-202-2785.
  • Lastly, we will be having communion! You may contact Pastor Laurel at 515-428-0454 if you would like a communion set dropped off for you.

Thank you everyone! I am praying for you all, and please do not hesitate to reach out with specific prayer requests.

Pastor Laurel

Keep an eye on your emails. We will send out congregation-wide emails with information, encouragement, and announcements.

Please think how you can be the church from your homes. Can you shop or go to the pharmacy for our senior citizens and at risk church family members? Reach out to others with your phone calls, texts, emails, cards and notes.

If you need help with shopping, getting prescriptions, etc. contact Pastor Laurel at 515-428-0454 or the church office at 712-469-3510.

When home-schooling your youngsters, don't forget their Christian education. Here are some websites:

The following websites have components for religious instruction:

Pray continually. I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Open AA Meeting
Held at St. Thomas Church on Mondays at 7:30 pm. For information, call Walt at 515-570-7189.

Single Moms Care & Support Group
We provide a meal for the moms and kids each meeting, starting at 5:30 and done at 6 p.m. Please volunteer to provide a meal for the next meeting. You can join with a friend and share providing food. We usually have a main dish (could be sandwiches & chips), and dessert or salad or bread, etc.. Your service lets these moms know that you care about them and their children. Also, if you know a single mom, please invite her to the group. We do make a difference in their lives!

OSUM Youth
Due to Confirmation Class being held this fall, Pastor is looking for leaders and facilitators for the T.W.I.G.S. Youth Group. This is a vital ministry of the church and needs to be nurtured andcontinued. Please let Pastor know if you are willing to be a part of this ministry and help revampit to fit the needs of the youth.

For instance:

  • Special speakers pertaining to topics of interest
  • Service projects and activities in the church and community
  • Creative leadership ways that adults can work together to enhance this program and engage the youth in ways that will give them purpose and grow in their faith


  • Adults with willing hearts! God will do the rest.

Volunteers Needed
1. Coffee Signup Sheet - Some folks don't eat breakfast before coming to church on Sunday morning and really appreciate the coffee time yummies. If you enjoy the coffee fellowship, please sign up to serve.
(psst... don't tell anyone, but your snacks don't even have to be homemade)
2. Furnish a meal for Single Moms Care & Support Group. Kid friendly meals include, hot dogs, maidrites, spaghetti, chicken nuggets, pizza. Anything your children or grandchildren will eat.
3. Want to share your creativity? Sign up to prepare and run the power point presentation for a Sunday. You can use your creative spirit and your tech savvy all in one.
4. Volunteers are needed to help keep the church website up to date. Another opportunity to use your creativity.

Fort Dodge Child Health Specialty Clinic
(CHSC) - serves children 0-21 years old, who have or are at an increased risk for a chronic condition, and have a need for special services. These include physical developmental, behavioral, or emotional issues. The Fort Dodge regional clinic is available to help your child. Our team provides clinical services with a nurse practitioner and RN on site. Finding services and supports can be complicated. Our Family Navigator can help families access and arrange the care they need. CHSC is located at 804 Kenyon Road, Ste 205, Fort Dodge. Anyone can refer to CHSC. Please call CHSC at 515/955.8326 for more information or to make an appointment today! FACT: 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness. 1 in 6 children have a developmental disability. New research shows that 1.59 children have autism.

Food Pantry Needs & Info
Currently the food pantry needs everything EXCEPT corn and green beans.
Also, please be sure that all monetary donations in the form of checks are made payable to the Manson Ministerial Food Pantry and sent to Max Dodds at 606 12th Ave, Manson IA 50563-5080. If you have any questions, please call Max Dodds at 712-830-1379. Thank you.

Food Pantry Open Additional Times For Working Families:
The Manson Ministerial Food Pantry located at the VFW Hall. The pantry is still open its regular hours of 9-9a.m.-noon on Fridays and the third Wednesday 5-8.

Musicians, Come On In!
Hey, Musicians, here's an opportunity: playing Praise Music for our Sunday worship service at 9 a.m. Do you play guitar, piano, keyboard, bass, drums, tambourines, spoons, or anything else that would make music to praise God? If so, please contact Pastor's or the office. Let's make joyful; music together for the Lord!

Worship Helpers

Communion Stewards
Feb-  Don Westering's
March - Post's
April - Insko's, Don Westering's , Post's
May - Don Westering's

Feb - Brooklyn Pullen/Jay Sanford
March - Georgia and Harmony Brandow or Garrett Swarzendruber
April - need volunteers
May - Mason Anderson

Feb - Larry Rowland, Ted George
March - Helen Hoefing, Dallas Scott, Rich Insko
April - Karen Wallace
May - Deb Gray

Feb - Jr High Students
March - Need Volunteers
April - Need Volunteers
May - Need Volunteers

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Beth (712-469-3510 or

Please contact Pastor Laurel, if you have ques-tions on your responsibilities in serving (712-469-3510 or 515-428-0454 or

Upcoming Lenten Services:
March 28—Palm Sunday
April 1—Maundy Thursday (communion) 7 pm
April 2—Good Friday 7 pm
April 4—Resurrection Easter Sunday (communion)

Upcoming Scripture and Sermon Topics

Feb. 21-Again & Again, God Meets Us (Genesis 9:8-17; Mark 1:9-15)
Feb. 28-Again & Again, We are Called to Listen (Psalm 22:23-31; Mark 8:31-9:8)
Mar. 7-Again & Again, We are Shown the Way (John 2:13-22; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
Mar 14-Again & Again, God Loves First (John 3:14-21)
Mar. 21-Again & Again, We Are Reformed (Jeremiah 31:31-34: John 12:20-33)
Mar. 28-Again & Again, We Draw on Courage (John 12:1-19)
April 1-Again & Again, We Are Held Together (John 13:1-17, 31b-35)
April 4-Again & Again, The Sun Rises (Mark 16:1-8)

February Birthdays

2-Feb, Pastor Laurel, Kenahdi Ferguson
3-Feb, Pam Scott, Lisa Westering
9-Feb, Rob Swartzendruber
10-Feb, Savannah Meyer, Mitch Holtapp
11-Feb, Byron Stuart, Kane Becker
12-Feb, Cody Geick, Raegan Kraft
13-Feb, Roni Carlson
14-Feb, Jody Calmer
16-Feb, Don Westering
18 Feb, Kenneth Axman
19-Feb, Carie Lenz
21-Feb, Grant Calmer
22-Feb, Molly Geick
23-Feb, Justin Grossnickle
24-Feb, Keith Green, Becky Green
25-Feb, Luella Mortiz, Corey Gleason
26-Feb, Alan Baughman, Layla Calmer
27-Feb, Irene Sweet
28-Feb, Amy Tesdall, Neall Hoefing

February Anniversaries

17 Feb, Roger & Rhonda Post

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