December 2016 Newsletter

November 2016 Newsletter


December 2016 Calendar

November 2016 Calendar



First Evangelical Lutheran Church and School
925 13th St. East, Glencoe, Minnesota 55336

CHURCH OFFICE: 320-864-5522
Pastor Daniel Welch: 320-864-2753
Pastor Ronald Mathison: 320-864-5616
DCE Tori Kidd: 320-854-1204
SCHOOL OFFICE: 320-864-3317
Principal Dean Scheele: 952-250-1149
COMMON CUP: 320-864-5511
PRAYER CHAIN: 320-864-3892
                             or 320-238-2148

Second Sunday in Advent
December 4, 2016

ORDER OF SERVICE: Setting 1 Page 151
HYMNS: 8 AM: 357 v. 1-4, 344, 359, (dist. 628, 347, 389), 357 v. 5-7
          10:30 AM: 592 v. 1-2, 344, 359, 357
SERMON: “Let’s Get Ready!” Matthew 3:1-12 Pastor Dan Welch
    Old Testament – Isaiah 11:1-10
    Epistle Lesson – Romans 15:4-13
   Gospel Lesson – Matthew 3:1-12
ORGANIST: Mrs. Luke Dahl
DEACONS: 8 AM: Jerry Strobel, Don Hepner, Lee Terlinden
              10:30 AM: Todd Trippel, Fritz Schulz
ACOLYTES: 8:00 AM: Austin Exsted, Blake Mickolichek
                    10:30 AM: Devin Chalupsky, Mason Dietel
10:30 AM: “Oh, Joy” Lambs of the Lord
SPECIAL NOTE: During all services with Holy Communion this Advent Season, we will sing the Sanctus, Agnus Dei, and Nunc Dimittis to the tune of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”. The special words will be on the screens.”
“Sharing Christ, Changing Lives”
VISITORS: WELCOME TO First Ev. Lutheran Church. Please fill out a Welcome card found in the cardholder slots in your pew. Tear off the top portion to keep and place the bottom portion in the offering plate. Members, please use these cards only to notify the Church Office of any changes or needs.
COMMUNION SIGN-UP BINDERS IN THE PEWS: Please sign up for communion only in the blue binders. If you have any questions, please contact a Deacon.
Dec. 4 – Outgoing Congregation Officers (Kermit, Rosie & Bruce)
Dec. 11 – Youth Board
Dec. 18 – Available
Dec. 25 – FLS Teachers
There are still dates open to serve. If you are interested in serving fellowship time, contact the church office.
BOARD MEMBERS: your agendas have been emailed out.
THE QUILTING LADIES will start tying quilts again on Jan. 9.
ADVENT DEVOTION BOOKLETS are on the entrance stands for you to pick up.
--Deb Ramirez: Fri. Dec. 9 thru Mon. Dec. 12
--Tori Kidd: Mon. Dec. 19 thru Sun. Dec. 25
--Pastor Welch: Mon. Dec. 26 thru Sat. Dec. 31
--Continuous prayers for Sheila Rand, Mary Husberg, Henry Henkelmann, Greg Wendinger (brother of Ken)
Blessed Are Those Who Die In The Lord
--The family of Frances Plath, who passed away.
--The family of Henry Henkelmann, whose funeral arrangements are pending as of the emailing out of this bulletin. --Jaxson Otto Wright, son of Justin Wright & Jacklyn Fehlandt, who will be baptized at the 10:30 AM service.
JOIN US TODAY for Adult Bible Study, led by Pastor Welch, in the Fellowship Center: from 9:15–10:15. Join us as we conclude our look at the movie “Luther”. We will watch 30 minutes of the movie followed by discussion and Bible Study.  
--Sun. Dec. 11: we will look at the history behind “The Real St. Nick” with the help of our DVD Bible Study featuring former Lutheran Hour speaker, Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus.
A SOUP AND SANDWICH SUPPER hosted by FLS 7th & 8th grade students and parents will be served Wed. Dec. 7 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM to raise money for their class trip to Wolf Ridge. A free-will offering will be accepted. This is a Thrivent Action Team Event.
--THE ADVENT CHORAL SERVICE will follow the soup and sandwich supper with various choirs from our church singing at 7:00 PM including ALL FLS Choirs, Sr. Choir and Handbells.
LWML CHRISTMAS POTLUCK is Mon. Dec. 5 at noon. Bring a dish to share if you’d like. All women of the congregation are invited and may bring a friend. Pre K – 2nd grade will provide the entertainment.
THE MEN’S NETWORK will meet at St. John Lutheran, Plato on Tues, Dec. 6, from 7-8 pm. All men are invited to attend. When the things we hope for are sure promises of God, they are certain. We must simply wait until the time God fulfills them.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Please make plans to attend a Special Congregational Meeting on Mon, Dec. 19, at 7 PM in the Church Fellowship Center with Minnesota South District President, Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy. President Nadasdy will be here to inform us of the process of calling a Seminary graduate to be our new Associate/Assistant Pastor. All members are invited and encouraged to come.
Happenings At “First”
WED. DEC. 7 ~ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Advent Soup Supper
WED. DEC. 7 ~ 7:00 PM
Advent Worship Service / Choral Concert
WED. DEC. 14 ~ 7:00 PM (No Worship at “First”)
Choral Concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Gaylord
SUN. DEC. 18 ~ 10:30 AM
Sunday School Christmas Service
WED. DEC. 21 ~ 7:00 PM
First Lutheran School Children’s Christmas Service (Pre-K – Gr. 8)
LIVING NATIVITY – Sat Dec 17th. Volunteers are still needed to fill the spots for Angels, Shepherds, Wisemen…as well as set up and take down. Contact Lynn at 320-510-2020 or Cindy at 612-205-7575 or visit glencoemnlivingnativity on Facebook.
A “CHRISTMAS WISHES” TREE sponsored by First Lutheran School to help provide items for the classrooms. The tree is located next to the Church Office. Choose one of the paper ornament(s), put it in an envelope with your monetary donation & place under the tree. Make checks payable to FLS.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Please join us on Sun. Dec. 18, at 12:30 PM. Meet here at “First” before heading out to bring cheer to area senior centers and community shut-ins. There will be snacks and fellowship at Grand Meadows.
REMEMBERANCE TREE: In December, A Christmas tree in the South main seating area is decorated with pictures of members who have passed this past year. Family members may take the keepsakes AFTER the Christmas Day Service.
FISCAL YEAR:  Jul 1, 2016 – Dec. 3, 2016   (22 of 52 wks)
General Fund (only) Receipts:                                   $471,124.45
General Fund (only) Expenses:                                   522,418.43
Abundance or (Shortfall) to Date:                             ($51,293.98)
GENERAL FUND INDEBTEDNESS:      ($223,218.86) ***
             ***includes $25,000 from our line of credit at 4.25%
DEBT REDUCTION Receipts: Jul. 1, 2016 – Dec. 3, 2016
     Total Receipts to Date:        $14,606.08
ATTENDANCE: For the Period of:  Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, 2016
                                   In Worship     Communed     Visitors     Classes
Wednesday (23)            216                  167                    3             N/A
Thursday (24)                258                  185                  12             N/A
Sunday (27)                    356                  125                    4               40
Wednesday (30)              76                    49
ANGEL SEEDS:  the months of Oct, Nov, & Dec. has been designated to “Faith Comes by Hearing: Military Outreach”. For more information, visit their website or call 1-800-545-6552.
ATTENTION THRIVENT MEMBERS: Martin Luther exhibit at MIA (Mpls. Inst of Art). Receive up to 4 FREE admissions on FRIDAYS. Must reserve by calling 612-870-3000 or visit Use promo code THRIVENTMIA.
THE FLS 7TH & 8TH GRADERS would like to thank everyone who purchased pizzas for our Wolf Ridge fundraiser. Your support is greatly appreciated! Bon appetit!
NOW TAKING DONATIONS! The Flame Boosters Club is accepting donations for the 10th Annual Silent Auction & Luncheon taking place on Sun, Mar. 5, 2017. Please keep that in mind when doing your holiday shopping! ***NEW THIS YEAR: Wall of Wine! We are seeking donations of unopened bottles of wine for the Wall of Wine. All donations are greatly appreciated! 
WEEKLY SERVICES                       CABLE TV, CHANNEL 10
Sunday’s 8:00 & 10:30 AM         Wednesday’s 6:30 PM
                                                        Fridays 5:30 PM
THE FIRST LUTHERAN CEMETERY BOARD is accepting sealed bids thru Tues. Dec. 20 for lawn mowing at the church cemetery for the calendar year 2017. Please submit bids, a copy of liability insurance and applicator’s license to the office.
PLEASE PRAY for our Partners in Mission team. Rex & Linda Rinne serving in Ostrava in Czech Republic; AND Deaconess Gail Ludvigson, in the Dominican Republic.
FIRST EDITION BOOK CLUB is reading “If I Run”, by Terri Blackstock. All women are invited to join a discussion on Tues, Dec. 6 at 7 PM at Deb Donnay’s home, 1523 McLeod Ave.
ANNUAL BAKE & CRAFT SALE will be held on Sat. Dec. 3. Donations from the congregation are needed to make the sale a success. Please consider putting your needlework, painting, sewing, woodwork, jewelry making, baking and other talents to work. Any and all donations will be appreciated.
THE MARY MARTHA ALTAR GUILD collected 425 pounds of food for the Thanksgiving display. FLS Preschool also collected 88 pounds of food. A total of 513 pounds was brought to the McLeod County Food Shelf. Thank you to everyone who donated.
THE STILLE NACHT – GERMAN CHRISTMAS SERVICE will be Sat. Dec. 17 at 11 AM at St. John’s in Plato. Sponsors are needed for radio advertisements and a one-hour rebroadcast the following Sunday. The estimated cost is $700. Please call 320-238-2338 if interested.
2017 LCEF SCHOLARSHIPS: There are six scholarships available to be awarded. The application deadline is Feb. 28, 2017. Any questions may be directed to or call toll free at 1-877-371-5233.
This Week at First Lutheran
Sun. Dec. 4         Worship, Comn., 8:00 AM
                      Fellowship Time: Endowment Outgoing Officers, 9 AM
                              Sunday Bible Classes, 9:15 AM
                              Worship, 10:30 AM
                              Youth Leadership Team Meeting, 7:00 PM
Mon. Dec. 5        LWML Christmas Potluck, 7:00 PM
                              Trustees Board, 7:00 PM
Tues. Dec. 6       Bible Study, 9:30 AM
                              Office Staff Meeting, 1:00 PM
                              Evangelism Board, 6:30 PM
                              Day School Board, 7:00 PM
                              First Ed. Book Club, Deb Donnay’s Home, 7 PM
                              Stewardship Board, 7:00 PM
                              The Men’s Network/St. John’s Plato, 7:00 PM
                              Youth Board, 7:00 PM
Wed. Dec. 7        Christ Chimes, 3:15 PM
                              Public School Confirmation, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
                              Advent Soup & Sandwich Supper, 5 – 6:30 PM
                              Gospel Ringers, 6:00 PM
                              Advent Worship, Choral Service, 7:00 PM
Thur. Dec. 8       Pastor’s Circuit Conf., St Peter’s, LP, 8:00 AM
                              FLS Chapel – Pastor Welch
                              Chapel at Grand Meadows, 1:30 PM
Sun. Dec. 11      Worship, 8:00 AM
                              Fellowship Time: Youth Board, 9 AM
                              Sunday Bible Classes, 9:15 AM
                              Worship, Comn.,10:30 AM
Communion Policy
 We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a Sacrament in which Christ’s body and blood are given in and with the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins (Matt. 26:26-28). When we receive Holy Communion at a church, we show that we agree with the faith that is taught there (1 Cor. 10:14-18).
St. Paul cautions us about receiving the body and blood of Christ in an unworthy manner (1 Cor. 11:27-29). Therefore, we invite to Holy Communion those who have received instruction in the teachings of the Lutheran Church and who agree with the confession of faith as taught in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. If you are not a member of a LCMS church, we kindly ask that you speak to one of the pastors first.