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Lights From the Forest

If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God.

Matthew 5: 15-16

Many of our members serve local, national and international organizations with hands-on involvement, board leadership and financial support. Rather than have an “in-house” service/mission committee, thus, we’ve chosen to support our members’ endeavors.

Each month, in our Lights From the Forest feature, we lift up a member whose service organization and efforts will inspire you. Please be in touch with our featured members or Ken Feske to find out more about their area of service, and join them!

Lettie Bennett


Lettie Bennett is passionate about the joy of reading and literacy.  As a past professional librarian and current community volunteer, reading is Lettie’s life-time calling.

Lettie, as our  February Light from the Forest, highlighted the local Read to Me Project, an early literacy program that prepares young children to enter kindergarten with the knowledge, vocabulary, and comprehension skills that will help them succeed in school.

Today the Read to Me Project is in 106 local classrooms and is working with 1,354 4th-6th graders. Its program begins each fall as school starts,  and works with students throughout the school year, coaching them on how to become their younger siblings’ guides for reading and enjoying books.

To find out more, please contact Lettie through our church office.