From the Pastor …
Come, Lord Jesus, be our Friend.
We're having a party. Please attend.
Jesus will attend His own party! How? Jesus not only came - came to earth as a human being - but he also comes now. He promised to be with us always, so he is with us right now, even as we celebrate. He's with us in his Word and in his Sacraments. And he will come again, at the End of all time. This will be his final coming, when he'll take us home. This is the message of Advent and Christmas: He came, he comes, he will come again. This is what the word "advent" means ("he comes").
The time of Advent is a time to prepare for Christmas. There's so much preparing to do this month, I don't have to make a list here. But we want to be sure to use these pre-Christmas days to prepare spiritually for our Christmas celebration. All this month - and even before - people (us sometimes included) will already be celebrating Christmas in a variety of ways, many of them having nothing to do with Jesus. That is what it is, and there's not a whole lot we can do about it except … Except celebrate Christmas for what it is, the anniversary of Jesus' birth, the celebration of God's great love in sending us His Son to be our Savior. Let's be sure that we celebrate it amidst everything else that goes on. Don't let celebrations that don't include this get you down, and certainly don't let it prevent you from thanking God the Father, who's special day is Christmas. This is our blessed privilege. People will take note.
December Worship Services
As we worship the four Sundays in Advent, the messages will focus on the prophecies of Isaiah. (2.1-5; 11.1-10; 35.1-10; 7.10-17) God promised the world a Rescuer and announced it through this prophet, his spokesman. We find great meaning in those ancient promises.
On December 8th, our Adopt-a-Student, Seminarian Ethan Stoppenhagen, will be with us and preach. We look forward to seeing him again and visiting with him. We'll also be happy to pass on to him our special Thanksgiving offering. (It was designated for him.)
We will be having mid-week Advent Worship Services, both at 9.30a and 7p December 4th, 11th, and 18th. These messages will focus on the Sunday's Epistle Readings: Romans 13.11-14; Romans 15.4-13; and James 5.7-11
On Sunday, the 15th, the Sunday School will share a Christmas Presentation as part of our worship. Please note this and the different schedule for the day (and this Sunday only!):
9.00a - Sunday School Presentation
10a - Worship Service with the Sunday School Presentation
Christmas Eve Worship will be a wonderful celebration of Jesus' Birth.
7p - Special Music by various members of Faith
7.30p - Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship (no Communion)
Christmas Day Worship will be at 10a. Holy Communion will be celebrated. Pastor Mark Pflughoeft has graciously consented to lead the service.
On Sunday, December 29th, we will have a special Friendship Sunday that will have a Christmas/New Year's theme. It will be special occasion to share with Friends, or shall I say: FRANS - Friends, Relatives, Associates and Neighbors. These are the people near and dear to us; ones that are "easy" to invite to worship! And that's what we will do: Invite them! We know them and Christmas/New Year's is a special time to share. We'll have a special order of service that highlights the season's music and is easy to follow; nothing difficult for those not familiar with our worship style. - Did you know that 86% of the people that start to attend church are invited by a friend? That friend is YOU! You have the relationships; you have the opportunity. Your "job" is to ask; the Holy Spirit will take it from there! This is not really a "job," it's an opportunity … a privilege! Be sure to lay hold of it: invite a FRAN! And let's continue the celebration!
There will be NO New Year's Eve or New Year's Day worship service here at Faith.
December Sunday Morning Bible Study, based on Dr. Paul Maier's book, In The Fullness of Time
(The following topics are especially related to Luke 2.)
01 December - The Census
08 December - The Land
15 December - NO CLASS (Sunday School Presentation at a special 10a worship service)
22 December - Bethlehem
29 December - Jesus' Birth - a Bible Study suited for FRANS (see above)
ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE- Adult Choir Practice will be on Tuesday nights on December 2, 9, & 16 at 6:30 p.m.
ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT- Advent by Candlelight is scheduled for December 8th at 5:00 p.m. There will be a catered dinner by Jan's Cakes & Catering followed by fellowship, hymn sing and a short program arranged by Evelyn Steiner. If you have any questions about this annual event, please contact the church office.
PROTECTING YOUR MINISTRY - This is an important document that our Synod has made available to us to help congregations in this difficult time of legal challenges. The Church Council and Elders are reviewing this resource to see what is advisable for Faith congregation to do in light of legal issues confronting the churches these days. If you would like to read the document, you can find it online (lcms.org and type "Protecting Your Ministry" into the search bar), or we can email it to you.
NOVEMBER VOTER'S MEETING-OFFICER ELECTION RESULTS-Here are the results of the Officer Elections for the 2020 Church Year. There are open vacancies on the Board of Education, Board of Youth and an open vacancy for the Trustee's. Please prayerfully consider volunteering for one of these positions. If you have any questions regarding the responsibilities of any of these positions, please contact a current board member or the Church office.
Treasurer: Wanda Medina Recording Secretary: Gail Elsner
Council Member-At Large: Bonnie Sparks Trustees: Jon Meyer, Mark Pflughoeft (1 open position)
Board of Education: Sue Pflughoeft (3 open positions)
Board of Youth: (1 open position)
DRIVE-THRU LIVE NATIVITY- Sorrowful Mother Church Youth Group is hosting a Live Nativity on Sunday, December 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Bring an item to donate to their Food Pantry. The food pantry serves over 100 families Every Saturday in Our Community. Get a 4x6 Picture with Santa ($5 donation), meet Santa's Elf and Live Reindeer.
HOSPITALIZED? - Please let us know when this happens: Pr Karl, Deaconess Karen Eck or the church office. If you can't, have a friend or relative let us know.
BIRTHDAY LUNCH - No Birthday Lunch in December.