11/25/2018 2:21:15 PM
November 25, 2018
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.—Revelation 1:5b-6 (NIV)
Dear Jesus, it’s hard to imagine a love so great that you would set aside your golden crown to come into this world and shed your blood to cover all our sins. Now with our sins forgiven, we are members of your kingdom and royal priests. Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we may live as priests, serving the Father as he so deserves to be served. May we never tire of giving you praise and honoring your power. To you be the glory. Amen.
The Names by which He Will be Called
In preparation for Christmas, midweek Advent Worship services will be held on Wednesdays, December 5, 12, and 19 at 6:30 pm. Each worship service will focus on a name of Jesus. A dinner will be held each week before the service beginning at 5:30 pm. The dinner on December 5 is a potluck hosted by Senior Moments. A chili dinner will be hosted by Elders on December 12. There are sign-up sheets in the narthex.
Advent by Candlelight
Ladies, please join us, next Sunday, December 2 for Advent by Candlelight for an evening of delicious treats, great conversation, and meditative worship. Another hostess or two would be appreciated for the evening. Hosting a table includes providing decorations, including candles, and place settings. Desserts are also needed for the evening—it can be cakes, cookies, pies, or fruit. Please sign up in the narthex. You can also RSVP your plans to attend in the narthex. Please invite family and friends to join you.
Waterford Christmas Parade
We will be participating in the Waterford Christmas parade again this Saturday, December 1. We are in need of volunteers to walk the parade and hand out candy and invitations. Please meet at the staging area, the Waterford Town Hall parking lot, by 5:15 pm. If you have questions, please contact Neil Hankwitz.
Christmas for Kids
Help children both, from our church and the community, learn "the good news of great joy" about our Savior's birth. Volunteers are needed with our Christmas for Kids outreach event on December 8 from 9:00 am. - noon. Kids will participate in learning the Bible story, crafts, music, games, and snacks, and help can be used in all those areas. If you're willing to help, please sign up in the narthex. Thank you for considering and for your prayers for this part of our congregation's ministry!
Open Forum & Voters Meeting
An Open Forum and Voters Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 9 after worship. The 2019 budget and elections for congregational president, financial secretary, and education chairman will be items on the agenda. A list of candidates is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
Gifts from Friends of Jesus
is a charitable toy drive coordinated by a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Big Bend. Donated toys go to families in inner city Milwaukee, such as at Christ and St. Peter Lutheran Churches. More information and a collection bin is in the narthex. The bin will be collected on December 9.
Please submit items for the December newsletter by Sunday, November 25.
Members once again have the opportunity to purchase poinsettias to adorn the altar area for Christmas. The cost for a poinsettia is $15. Order envelopes are available in the narthex. Orders are due Sunday, December 16.
Whether giving gift cards as Christmas gifts or using gift cards to buy Christmas gifts, you can raise funds for our Tuition Assistance Fund by using scrip. Scrip is a program where you buy gift cards, and a percentage of the gift cards is donated to Living Water. Those funds are added to our Tuition Assistance Fund. Order forms are available in the narthex. Orders are due next Sunday, December 2.
The Usher Schedule for January-June 2019 and the communion setup schedule are available in the narthex.
THANK YOU FOR SERVING
Pianist: Tracy Hankwitz
Flowers: Joyce & Roxie Grimmer—in memory of Randy Grimmer
Fellowship Hosts: Joyce & Roxie Grimmer
Ushers: Team 1: Duane Cleven, Bob Leverenz, Ryan Moldenhauer, Art Plautz
NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Greeter: Dorothy Young
Flowers: The Roska Family
Communion Setup: Renee Steffens
Fellowship Hosts: Needed
Ushers: Team 3: Jim Mertz, Troy Moldenhauer, Josh Moldenhauer, Jim Prochaska
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5
Ushers: Team 4: Dave DeAngelis, Brian Haag, Craig Scherbarth, Matt Timm
AROUND THE WELS
Christmas Concerts & Events
Living Nativity at St. Paul's Muskego
November 30 & December 1, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
December 2, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Koiné Christmas Concert
Waukesha Expo Center
December 8 at 5:00 pm
Christmas at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
December 9, at 3:00 and 7:00 pm
in the WLS campus auditorium.
Free admission, a free will offering is appreciated