December 2, 2012

Post date: Nov 29, 2012 7:17:20 PM

Women’s Thank Offering: will be TODAY. The money will be given to Lutheran World Relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Please find the envelopes in the pews and bring your offering to the basket up front during the Hymn of the Day. All women are welcome to participate.

FREE tickets for the Scandinavian Potluck Dinner will be available in the fellowship hall TODAY, after the worship service. The ticket count helps us to have an accurate number for set up. When you receive your tickets, please sign up on the board indicating what type of food item(s) you will be bringing. If you sign up for food, please remember to get tickets so we know you are coming. The dinner is planned for this Wednesday, December 5th at 5:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!

If you have tickets for the Scandinavian Dinner and you are unable to attend, please notify the church office at 925-2844 so we can keep an accurate count of table settings and food. Thank you!

New Members/Inquirer’s Classes: Sundays Nov 11&18 and Dec 2 & 9 at 11:30 am in the chapel. Anyone who is interested in joining First Lutheran Church, or simply wants a little refresher on what Lutherans believe is invited to attend these four classes after Sunday worship services. We’ll meet for an hour or less with Pastor Dennis in the chapel room and read together Dan Erlander’s great little book, “Baptized We Live.” It’s a great time to ask questions and get to know some of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Adult Sunday Class is studying the Gospel of Luke (since the year of Luke starts Sunday, December 2nd.) It’s never too late to join in. We meet 8:45—9:45 in the chapel. All are welcome.

All Ministries: Sunday, December 9th after worship. If you are on Stewardship, Congregational Life, Property Management, Education, Outreach, Youth or Worship & Music. Please plan to stay for 30 minutes and meet with your ministry and council Representative to discuss and plan. If you have thought about serving on one of these ministries, December 9th is a great time to learn more. Everyone is welcome.

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.

SPARROW CHOIR SEEKS SINGERS…The Ellensburg Sparrow Singers, a 4-part mixed choir, is seeking additional singers in preparation for the Dillon Duncan Benefit Concert, titled “Songs of Love”. The benefit program will be held on Friday evening, February 22nd at Gallery One on Pearl Street. The proceeds from the concert will directly benefit the Duncan family and help to cover medical expenses from treatment following Dillon’s accident. All voice parts are needed and all are welcome. There is no audition process, we only ask that you enjoy choral music and like to sing. There are a total of ten rehearsals leading up to the concert. Rehearsals are held at Ellensburg First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30. There are two December rehearsals; 12/4 and 12/11. The remaining rehearsals resume following the New Year Holiday, on January 8th.

The Sparrow Singers Choir is a musical arm of the Ellensburg Sparrow Club, a non-profit organization that supports children in our community who are facing medical and financial challenges.

Please consider sharing your musical talents for this most worthwhile cause. For additional information, contact Lee Bates @ 509-925-2343

Rehearsal Dates:

December: 4, 11

January: 8, 15, 22, 29

February: 5, 12, 19 (Dress Rehearsal on location Wednesday 2/20)

Sunday, December 16: 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. Please meet in the Bible Adventure room after the Childrens’ sermon to put on a costume.

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.

Thank you to everyone who helped at the Advent Festival this morning!

The next Lutherhaven Night is Tuesday, December 11th. Come have fun with counselors Lauren Bender and Eric Czrr. Kindergarten-5th grade 4:30-5:45. Everyone (including parents) is invited for dinner at 5:45. 6:15-7:40 Middle School and High School. Singing, praying, crazy games-you know it’s fun: text your friends.