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Weekly Announcements 12.07.18

ALL I HAVE IS YOURS

-WORK-

December 9, 2018

Second Sunday of Advent

St. Paul worked tirelessly for the church. The legacy of his life’s work is half the books of the New Testament and a scattering of churches throughout the Mediterranean world. What are you working for? When we labor for others to know the riches of Christ’s love, we know that our life’s work will truly last.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADVENT PLEDGE DRIVE—Save our church the cost of postage by picking up your pledge packet in the narthex today. Envelopes that are not spoken for will be mailed.

GO MISSIONS TEAM—“GO” caroling today after the late service! We will be visiting three area nursing homes to bring the good news of Jesus’ birth with joyful songs.

CHURCH DECORATING—Warm thanks to all who took the time to beautify our church for the Advent and Christmas season! Your help is greatly appreciated.

OFFERING ENVELOPES—2019 Offering Envelopes are available in the narthex. Be sure to pick yours up or grab an ACH authorization form in the narthex to switch to electronic giving.

WINTER BREAK OFFICE HOURS—The church office will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Hours will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 2-3. Normal hours (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.) will resume on Jan. 7. Pastors are on-call in case of emergency.

POINSETTIAS—Last chance to order poinsettias to enhance our worship spaces; donations will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 10. Donate one or more large red poinsettias, only $12 each. You may donate a plant “In Memory Of,” “In Honor Of,” or “To the Glory of God. Order forms and sign-ups are on bulletin board near Luther Room.

AVALANCHE SQUAD—The snow removal team still needs your help! This group of dedicated individuals saves the church thousands of dollars each year. Volunteers assist with clearing the sidewalks, driveways and parking lot. Contact Mark Meyerholtz at if you are available to help.

ADVENT DEVOTIONS—The Coming of Our King Advent devotions are available on-line through Lutheran Hour Ministries. Visit their website or click the link in our weekly email.

OSLS— Join the 5th-8th grade students as they lead the midweek Advent worship services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday, December 12. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Trudy Gierke, Connie Hawk, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Marian Schafer, Rev. Jeffrey Stone, Marc Sweeney, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Roger Thomas. For our newly baptized member, Cindy Cruz. For all of our homebound members including Norie Strakis. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Malachi 3:1-7b

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. 5 “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts. “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. 

EPISTLE READING, Philippians 1:2-12

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. 12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 3:1-14

1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall become level ways, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’” He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” 10 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.” 

Weekly Announcements 11.30.18

ALL I HAVE IS YOURS

-INCREASE-

December 2, 2018

First Sunday of Advent

We all would like to see a little increase in some ways, be it family time, retirement savings or free time. Many of us work very hard for a little more of these things.  St. Paul repeatedly talks about increase in our reading today, but the increase he speaks of is godly such as joy, faith and love. What are you working towards?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADVENT PLEDGE DRIVE—The joy of knowing God’s love in Jesus Christ is the source of all love and generosity. With our hearts and minds focused on Christ this Advent season, this is an appropriate time of year to prayerfully consider how we respond to God’s love by sharing our tithes, talents, and time. Our Advent pledge drive will equip us to honor Jesus for giving His all for us.

ADVENT SERVICES—Advent services begin Wednesday, December 5 at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. with a meal served at 5:30 p.m. Don’t forget our weekly hymn sing prior to the beginning of our Advent worship services. Each week we will sing 6-8 verses of hymns and carols chosen by the congregation. Join us for this Advent service favorite! Please see the upcoming events section for the Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve service schedules.

GO MISSIONS—GO caroling at three area nursing homes with the Mission Team, choirs, and BLAST middle school youth. Meet in the sanctuary December 9 at noon. Please sign up at the "GO" mission table in the narthex. 

CHURCH DECORATING—Join us Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and/or Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 to noon for decorating. Many hands make the job easier and fun. Light refreshments will be provided. Men, women, and children of all ages are welcome.

ALTAR FLOWERS—We now have two flower charts to donate Altar Flowers for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or memorials; one chart for our traditional worship services, and one chart for our contemporary worship services. Sign up for your favorite date. The cost remains at $30 for two arrangements in either space. 

OSLS— We need YOU to be an SGO donor! It is a WIN-WIN for the donor, school and families of OSLS! Individuals, corporations, or self-employed will receive a 50% state tax credit with your gift of cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or IRA qualified retirement plan charitable rollovers (RMDs). Have questions? Talk to Mrs. Hedges for more information. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Trudy Gierke, Connie Hawk, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Marc Sweeney, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Marie Olson. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Jeremiah 33:14-16

14 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.16 In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

EPISTLE READING, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith? 11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 21:25-36

25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 29 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees.30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place.33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” 

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