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This year, we are receiving donations for two Advent projects:
2) Gifts for Mary’s Place Giving Tree. We have gift tags for toys (these are for gifts that will be given to homeless moms, dads, and grandmas so that they in turn can give them to their children), and gifts tags for Mom, Dad, and Grandma gifts (these items will be placed in Mary’s Place Santa Store where the kids will shop for gifts to give their families). Take a gift tag from the narthex display and bring your unwrapped gift to the church by Sunday, December 10 so we can deliver them on time. Please contact Lisa Ondrejcek (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
3) Spare Change for the Sunday School children’s collection drive. The kids hope to raise money to purchase an animal through Lutheran World Relief for a family in need.
December 10 – (Following the 10:30 service) Annual Boxing of Cookies for Friends Who Can’t Make It to Church, after the 10:30 AM service. We will meet in the Conference Room. Bring approximately two dozen cookies or special items for the cookie boxes. If you would like to help deliver cookies, please talk to Candy Mathes or Pastor Dan. It’s always a treat to visit with these church members.
December 17 – (Following the 10:30 service) All are welcome to come help decorate 150 Christmas Cookies for Community Lunch on Capitol Hill’s Christmas treat bags. (The Sewing and Service women will cut out and bake those cookies on December 6.)
The Christmas trees for the sanctuary will be set up sometime before 10 AM Saturday, December 16. (Contact Emmett Pritchard if you would be able to help with that.)
Then at 10 AM on Saturday December 16, all are invited to gather and decorate the Christmas trees, hang the greens & wreaths, set the candles in place, and do all the things we do to make our worship space ready for the celebration of Christmas. Lunch will be provided. Everyone’s welcome—kids, youth, adults . . . save an hour of your time for this project. Please come join the fun and lend a hand.
A Greening of the Parsonage will also take place following lunch on Saturday December 16, for those with the energy to do so after decorating the church; help prepare the parsonage for the holiday gathering Pastor Dan is hosting for us December 21!
HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES: Please join Pastor Dan at the parsonage, 209 West McGraw Street, on Thursday, December 21 from 4 to 7 PM for merriment and refreshments, as we celebrate the approach of the Christmas season!
This Advent season we celebrate the birth of Jesus with sixteen nativities from around the world on display on the narthex mantel. We invite you to pause and enjoy their beauty. Some are familiar looking, but many are from other countries where faces are different from ours. They reflect different cultures and different art forms, but each is a celebration of and a reminder of Christ’s humble birth. Also, many of the pieces bring with them a personal or unusual story as to how they came to be acquired. Several families have offered up their nativities for the display this year: Terry Anderson, Michael and Jeannette Banobi, Paul and Donna Hoffman, Rich and Candy Mathes, Don and Pat Sobeck, and Lois Unseth. Each one of them would be happy to share their story of how or when their nativity came to them.
Sunday, December 24
10:30 AM Family Service with Children’s Christmas Program
11:00 PM A Festival Candlelight Eucharist
with Pipe Organ, Chancel Choir, Harp and Flute
Sunday, December 25
11:00 AM Nativity of Our Lord
with Pipe Organ and Chancel Choir
(NOTE: It’s different this year! Our regular Sunday morning worship service at 8:00 AM will NOT take place on Christmas Eve Day. Also, our traditional 5:30 PM Christmas Eve service will NOT take place that evening; the children’s program will held be at Sunday’s 10:30 AM service.
Child Care is not provided at any of these services. Families with children are encouraged to attend any of the services.)
Grow in Faith in December:
SUNDAY SCHOOL: All children ages 3+ are welcome to attend. Please join us, whether you can make it only once in awhile or every Sunday. We meet in the chapel at 9: 30 AM and dismiss at 10:20 AM from upstairs. We will meet on December 10 and 17; then we will be off until January 7.
SIMPLETONS, FOOLS AND SAGES:
The Old Testament Wisdom Tradition
Three sessions December 3, 10 and 17 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM each Sunday.
Led by Caralyn Holmquist, MDiv
There will not be an Adult Forum on December 25 or January 1.