This Week's Bulletin Announcements
DECEMBER 10th – SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
9:15 a.m. Confirmation
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
ADVENT MEMBERS who love to sing: Why not stay after Mid-week service next Wednesday evening and rehearse beautiful Christmas music with the Chancel Choir as they prepare for Sunday, December 17th!”
COOKIE DONATIONS FOR THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE TRAY FUNDRAISER – We need volunteers to donate baked cookies, pack cookies and sell them on Sundays. The proceeds will benefit our Youth and Children’s Ministry. The donations need to be at the church by this Saturday, December 9th at 9:00 a.m. Use this link to sign up! https://tinyurl.com/3rksud9m .
To pre-order cookies use this link: https://forms.gle/9vPrBgJLM4qKvWn49
Email Kelley Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
ADVENT TREE OF STARS needs your help! There are only a few more days to gather gifts for area kids in need and we still have quite a few spots on the sign up genius and tags on the tree. We need all gifts to Advent by the end of service this Sunday December 10th, so please help another child or two this week if you can. Thank you for all your help with this project! If you have questions contact Debra Gieselman
CHURCH COUNCIL MEMBERS – Congratulations to Brenda Bruehert, Sarah Lilly and Cindy Cherry who were elected for 3-year terms. They join current members, Darren Sharp, Dan Miller, Jay Holle, Julie Vollertsen, Dorothy Clopton, Beth Luttrell and Scott Schulte. Also, as a follow up, the 2024 budget was approved at the Annual Meeting last Sunday.
To the following families for donating our new Christmas Tree - Neier, Stewart, Burke, Hemphill, Palmer, Perry and Coons. Thank you to Kinley Neier, Kelley Stewart, Jackie Burke, and Linda Palmer for setting it up. It’s beautiful! Also, thank you to Kathy Stamm, Jennifer Gieschen and Cindy Cherry for the seasonal decorations!
To Greg Nieman, Wendy Nieman, Christopher Nieman, Marcos Berroteran, Julie Coons, Steve Coons, Suzette Kollman, David Kollman, Marshall Claxton and Gary Simonson for racking and cleaning up the leaves around the church property. It looks great!
COMING THIS MONTH
ADVENT YOUTH & CHILDREN – Join us Wednesday night, December 13th at 5:30 p.m.
for Food, Fellowship and Fun! Please note the date and time change for this month. We will have breakfast for dinner, decorate cookies and there may be a visit from Santa! Join us for this fun event and then join your parents for Worship at 7:00 p.m.
CAROLING, CAROLING NOW WE GO, CHRISTMAS BELLS ARE RINGING!
Come one come all to share the gift of Christmas Carols presented to residents at Cedar Lake Village on Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 PM. All ages welcome. We will spread some cheer and finish with some holiday food and fellowship back at church. Please complete the sign up genius to let us know you will join for caroling and if you can join after for fellowship. Email Lindsey Perry for questions: email@example.com.
BETHLEHEM SUNDAY: Making Advent’s Sanctuary a house of bread.
Bethlehem is a Hebrew word and means a house of bread. As part of our outreach ministry effort to serve our neighbors, we have designated December 17th, the Third Sunday of Advent to be Bethlehem Sunday. On that Sunday, we encourage all people to bring purchased plastic-wrapped loaves of bread, no homemade bread. The bread will be blessed and delivered to New Hope food pantry. Let us make our Sanctuary Bethlehem, a house of bread!
THURSDAY NIGHT BOOK STUDY GROUP - Come join Advent's book study group as it opens up Rachel Held Evans' book Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. The book is born of Evans' questions, like "If the Bible isn't a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? How is the Bible meant to be read?" We meet virtually from 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, led by Bishop Roger, at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87144558570
Wherever you happen to be on your journey of faith today, you're welcome here.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
DECEMBER 24TH, 10:00 a.m. Worship service - 4th Sunday in Advent
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES - 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
END OF YEAR CONTRIBUTIONS intended for 2023, need to be received at the church by
POINSETTIAS – Sign up on the kiosk to reserve a poinsettia plant in honor or memory of a loved one. These will decorate the church and the sanctuary during the Christmas Season. The plants are $20 and may be taken home after Christmas Day.
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS / LECTORS – We need volunteers to sign up to be lectors and communion assistants. Please consider signing up by clicking this link and selecting a date. Thank you!
NEW FOR 2024
LADIES BIBLE STUDY GROUP is currently on hiatus, but we will begin a new study in January (dates to be determined) on Women of the Old Testament, a Life Guide Bible Study. Carla Boster has graciously volunteered to lead this study and has purchased 10 books. The books are $4.50, and they will be available at the bible study in January. Looking forward to an interesting look at the ladies in the Old Testament. We may have one December study on Christmas hymns. More info to come on that.
NEW OUTREACH MINISTRY! GATHERING TABLE - Help prep & serve a hot lunch, eat and worship with members of Gathering Table, an ELCA church welcoming inner-city homeless. Fourth Saturday monthly, approximately 8:45am-12:30pm, starting January 27, 2024. We'll carpool from Advent's parking lot. Please add your name to the list of interested volunteers by emailing Andrea Hodges at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll also post a Sign-up Genius link in January.