December 16, 2012

Post date: Dec 13, 2012 6:27:28 PM

Flowers for today are provided by Sheila Johnson in memory of her late husband Mike.

Cody Widner is receiving his first communion today. Check out his first communion project in the fellowship hall. Welcome to God’s table!

TODAY: All Sunday School and Bible Adventure children (ages preschool through 5th grade) are welcome to dress in nativity costumes for a processional during the Hymn of the Day after the sermon. Kids preschool through 5th grade meet in the Bible Adventure room after the Childrens’ sermon (during the Bible Adventure time) to put on your costume.

Women’s Thanksoffering for ELCA Disaster Response on December 2nd raised $587. Thank you for your generosity!

Congratulations to Charlie & Susan Acheson on the birth of a daughter, Avery on Sunday, December 9th. Proud grandparents are Don & Min Meseck.

Community Christmas Basket:

This year we are once again asking for monetary donations which will be given to the Community Christmas Basket Program. Thrivent will match all monetary donations up to $1,000, thereby doubling what is given! Look for a Thrivent officer at a table in the fellowship hall on Dec. 2, 9, and 16 or you may place your check in the offering plate.

Please make any checks payable to:”First Lutheran” with “Christmas Basket” on the memo line so your donation can be matched dollar-for-dollar. The money collected will be used to purchase needed food and gift items for the baskets. If we can collect up to $1,000, we will be able to give $2,000 to this valuable community program!

We also would like to thank the quilters for their donations of quilts to the Christmas Baskets.

There will be no Sunday School classes for children and youth on Dec. 23 or 30 during Christmas break. Classes will resume Sunday, Jan. 6. Adults meet December 23rd, but not on the 30th.

Wednesday night Advent Worship Services continue on the 19th at 7p.m. Join us for these half hour services of Holden Evening Prayer. Come as you are for a short break in the middle of December busy-ness.

New Years Eve Lock in: Middle and high schoolers for twelve hours on New Year’s eve the church is yours. There will be food, games, movies and we’ll have a countdown to 2013. Not to mention there’s the potential for an epic nerf battle or the ability to lose yourself in a game of sardines. So bring yourselves, some nerf weaponry and maybe a friend.

Lessons & Carols: Today 3p.m. at Grace Episcopal.

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

Annual Reports are due by January 13th.

Christmas Caroling to our homebound members, Sunday, December 23rd we’ll feed you a light lunch, then we’ll pile into cars and sing at people’s home.

Next Sunday, December 23rd Mandy Udager’s three children will receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Kolten, Molly and Amy will be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Mardie Jo Jendrycka is grandma and Joyce Weekes is great grandma. We welcome these children into the family of God.

Quilters donated to Christmas Baskets: 91 Quilts, 22 Baby Quilts and 1 pillow. Thank you, to the ladies for all their hard work.