December 8, 2019

Post date: Dec 05, 2019 6:35:55 PM

Flowers for today are provided by Warren & Libby Street in honor of their 34th Wedding Anniversary.

Christmas Poinsettias (Only 8 spots left)

Sponsor a poinsettia for Christmas. We would like to get about 10 sponsors. These can be in honor of, or in memory of, as we do for altar flowers. If you would like it to be included in the bulletin for December 22 and 24, please give the information to Christine in the church office. If you are interested please drop off $15 by Sunday, December 8th. For more information please contact the Church office at 925-2844 or

Our Christmas Program worship service is next Sunday, Dec. 15 at 10:00am. All children and youth are invited to participate in the service. Please arrive at 8:45am for rehearsal in the sanctuary. We will be practicing the songs and readings followed by putting on costumes for those who are in the nativity scene.

Operation Christmas Child boxes if you donated shipping money, shipping was covered. You can pick up your money from the office, or let the office know that you would like it donated to Youth Trip Gathering 2021.

You are invited to FLC’s Annual Scandinavian Potluck Dinner Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30 p.m. Three more days until the Scandinavian Potluck Dinner! We will be setting up the Fellowship Hall to accommodate up to 173. To be sure that you and your guests will be able to be seated when you arrive, please pick up a FREE ticket for each person in your party TODAY! In addition, we are asking for a crew of helpers and chefs who will be instrumental in making the event a success. There are two signup opportunities; one for being part of the crew of helpers and the other for saying what food you’ll prepare. The Congregational Life Ministry sincerely hopes you will join us for this festive occasion and thanks you in advance for your assistance.

Christmas Carol Sing NEXT Sunday, December 15th as part of our Christmas Program we will be hosting a Christmas Carol Sing, 15 minutes before worship begins at 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday Holden Evening Prayer Services in Advent Half hour worship services during the season of Advent will be on the next two Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm: December 11, following the potluck dinner, and December 18. These are half hour services of scripture, prayer and song. During the hectic month of December, you are invited to take a brief time-out for worship and it’s always great to sing Holden Evening Prayer together.

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. P.S. Our own Betty Kramlich will be playing the organ for most of the service.

FLCWomen’s next lunch is Wednesday, December 18th at Dakota Café at noon. All women are welcome to attend.

Sunday School classes will NOT meet for three Sundays during the Christmas Season: December 15 (Christmas Program), 22 or 29. Classes will resume Sunday, January 6th. Adult class does meet on December 15th, but not on December 22 or 29. Have a wonderful Christmas break everyone!

Sound Operators – Do you want to share your talent by helping with the Sunday morning service? You can if you want to run the sound board (iPad) during the service. If you are interested see James Stolte or leave your name with the church office. James can show you the system so you can see what is involved before you decide. Arrangements can be made to sit in at the sound station during the service to see it in action if you wish. Youth are welcomed to participate.

Youth Activities

Youth Group (grades 6 - 12)

Friday, Dec 13, trip to Yakima Arboretum - dependent on weather. Leave at 6 p.m. from the church. If you are interested, we will be coordinating through our group text chat - text Amy at 509-306-1017.

December 21 - Hot Cocoa/Crazy Gift Party 6 p.m. Bring a silly gift (under $10) and a plate of your favorite holiday treats!

December 27 - Trip to FUSED! Meet at the church at 10:30 a.m. Bring $6.00 to make an ornament, and extra for the Candy Shop, Bookstore, etc. Maggies Pantry was closed, so you will need to get your coffee at Basecamp Books.

January 1 - Pancake Breakfast and Bounce house! Challenge accepted! Last year you voiced your opinion and I listened! Come in your pjs, bounce around, fill up on pancakes! Starts at 7 am!!! If we don't see you, we will come get you!