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Weekly Announcements 12.14.18

ALL I HAVE IS YOURS

-COMMITMENT-

December 16, 2018

Third Sunday of Advent

During the Advent season we are reminded God has supplied every need of ours according to His love for us in Christ Jesus. For this we thank and praise God. One way we do this is by sharing gifts with others. What joy it is to give in light of God’s gift of Himself to us.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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. 

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.

WORSHIP ON WEDNESDAY—We will not have a Wednesday worship service on December 26. Weekly Wednesday worship services will resume on January 2 at 6:30 p.m.

ISRAEL TRIP 2019—Come to our first Bible study, meet prospective fellow pilgrims, and have your trip questions answered on Wednesday, December 19 at 7:15 p.m.

CHRISTMAS SERVICE SCHEDULE—Join us for worship this Christmas season. We will follow our normal weekend worship schedule throughout the month of December. On Christmas Eve, our traditional services will be held at 3 & 7 p.m. with a candlelight service at 11 p.m. Our contemporary service will be held at 5 p.m. in the contemporary space. Christmas Day the traditional service will begin at 9 a.m.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

Trudy Gierke, Connie Hawk, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Arlen Levenhagen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer, Frances Wells, Judy Woolsey, and Stuart Zurcher. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Elmer Rosebrough. For all of our homebound members including Dennis & Shara Toole. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Zephaniah 3:14-20

14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil. 16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. 17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. 18 I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival, so that you will no longer suffer reproach. 19  Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. 20 At that time I will bring you in, at the time when I gather you together; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes,” says the Lord.

EPISTLE READING, Philippians 4:10-20

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 7:18-28 

18 The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John,19 calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 20 And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’” 21 In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight.22 And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. 23 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” 24 When John's messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25 What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in kings' courts. 26 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’ 28 I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

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.” 

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