December 15, 2013

Post date: Dec 12, 2013 5:39:10 PM

Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, Grace Episcopal Church 1201 N. B St. Sunday, Dec 15th at 3pm. This wonderful ecumenical worship service has been happening in Ellensburg since 1988. This service was first presented at King’s College, Cambridge in 1918.

The congregation joins in singing many Christmas carols. Choirs from a number of churches, including First Lutheran, sing separately and then as a combined choir. Pastors from different churches read the scripture lessons and a whole host of scrumptious cookies await you at the fellowship time afterwards. Come early to find parking and seating, as it is usually a full house.

Wednesday Advent Worship Service Dec 18 at 7:00 pm. During the hectic month of December, we invite you to pause and pray. Come as you are to these half hour worship services of song, prayer and scripture readings. We will be using the Holden Evening Prayer Service.

Caroling to our home-bound members. On Sunday Dec 22nd after worship we will have a light lunch and then pile into cars to sing Christmas carols to our home-bound members. All ages, including youth, are cordially invited to join in and share a little Christmas cheer with our brothers and sisters in Christ who can’t get out much anymore. We’ll visit several of the care facilities in town as well as some private homes.

Food Bank News: First Lutheran donated 629 pounds of food to FISH food bank in November. The youth group's shopping for FISH really helped our total. This is the most food given in any one month ever!! 55,000 pounds of food was given out in November and 1,013 (can come twice) individuals. This month, food will be collected on Sunday, Dec. 22nd. Please don't forget.

There will be no Sunday School classes for children and youth or Adults on Dec. 22 or 29 during Christmas break. Classes will resume Sunday, Jan. 5.

Christmas Eve Candlelight communion worship services at 7 and 10p.m.

Annual Reports are due by Monday, January 13th.

Flower Chart: We have a new flower chart up in the Fellowship Hall. If you are celebrating a special day and you would like to bring flowers for the altar, please sign up.

Thank you to the women of First Lutheran Church for contributing $600 from the rummage sale to Pastor’s contingency fund. Dennis uses this to help needy people with bus tickets, a motel room for the night and other needs.

A huge Thank you to everyone who helped out with the Scandinavian Potluck Dinner on Wednesday, December 11th. It was a wonderful and festive event!