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We are now in the season in the church year of Advent. Advent is a time of waiting and expectant watching for the coming of the Messiah. We wait for the Christ child in the manger in Bethlehem, but also for the return of Christ in all of his glory on that last day. The tone of our worship should reflect the theological tension between wistful waiting and joyful anticipation. In the Church we are called to put aside that trappings of the world in the season before Christmas and wait patiently for the King of kings.

New Members

It is with great joy we welcome the following people into membership today:

Annette Erskine

Becky Chambers

Bob and Launa Tardiff

Derrick and Amy Mabry and daughter Emily

Notice— Children’s Choir and Confirmation Class

Children’s Choir and the Confirmation Class will practice the Christmas skit at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary on December 24th.

Wednesday Night Advent Activities

During Advent we add special activities on Wednesday evenings. Please come, these are always special times!

6:00 – 6:45 – Soup and salad supper in fellowship hall

6:30 – Prayer time in the sanctuary

7:00 – Advent worship – The focus of these services will be on healing – in our lives, our congregation, our world.

Sunday School Schedule and Activities

Sunday, Dec. 17 – Meet at the regular time for arts and crafts, outdoor games, food and Hot Chocolate

Sundays Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 – No classes because of Christmas break

Sunday, Jan. 7 – Classes resume

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 20

7:00 p.m.- Service of Healing

Next Sunday, Sunday, Dec. 24

10:00 a.m. – Prayer Service in preparation for Christmas

6:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Concert

7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Worship with Communion and Candlelight

11:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Worship with Communion and Candlelight

Sunday, Dec. 31 – Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday Morning Bible Study on Ruth

THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY- On Thursdays at 10AM Pastor Mark is teaching the book of Ruth. Here is your opportunity to find out everything you wanted to know about Ruth, but were afraid to ask. The class has been meeting at OSLC in the conference room. Come, bring your Bibles, be enlightened, and enjoy some wonderful Christian fellowship!

Lutheran Church Women

We will meet on December 20 at 1:00 for our December meeting. The date was incorrect in our newsletter calendar. Please join us at 1:00, December 20, for our monthly Bible Study.

Financial Update for 2017

As we approached end of 2017 we want to keep the congregation updated on our church finances. As of the end of November our expenses for the year are about $11,000 more than our income. We carried over a good bit of money from 2016 so our cash flow for the year has been fine, but as of the end of November we are in the red. Our intent each year is to finish the year in the black, with income equaling expenses.

We have a good opportunity to make up this deficit in December. Please do consider your giving and let’s end this year on a strong note. Thank you for your faithful giving all year long!

One additional thought that we share periodically with the congregation. That is that the pledges that you make at the beginning of the year are not contracts, they are estimates of giving. We understand that people’s financial situations change during the year. Some years people financial situations change for the better, and we encourage you to exceed your pledge. Other years people’s situations change for the worse and we understand if you give less than your pledge. You pledge is an estimate and we know that sometimes circumstances change during the year.

And again, thank you for your giving this year. Let’s finish 2017 on a strong note!

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