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Sunday Notes 11-23-2014


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

            CHURCH OFFICE: 320-864-5522                                    SCHOOL OFFICE: 320-864-3317
            Pastor Daniel Welch: 320-864-2753                        Principal Dean Scheele: 952-250-1149
            Pastor Ronald Mathison: 320-864-5616              
        WEBSITE:        COMMON CUP: 320-864-5511       E-MAIL:        PRAYER CHAIN: 320-864-3892 or

Last Sunday Of The Church Year
November 23, 2014

ORDER OF SERVICE: Setting 4 Page 203
HYMNS: 905, 705, (dist. 741, 852, 857), 924
SERMON:                  On the last day Jesus will be:
1. Revealed as our Judge   2. Revealed as our Savior
Matthew 25:31-46  Pastor Ronald Mathison
ORGANIST:                  Mr. Rick Grieger
DEACONS:                  8 AM: Todd Trippel, Joe Streufert
                  10:30 AM:  Dave Schauer, Kevin Becker, Brian Becker
ACOLYTES:                  8 AM: Austin Brelje, Travis Dahlke
                  10:30 AM: Reid Busse, Jordan Forar
                  First Lesson – Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
                  Psalm - 95:1-7a
                  Epistle – 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
   Gospel Lesson – Matthew 25:31-46
“Sharing Christ, Changing Lives”

GUESTS: Welcome! Please complete the friendship register as it is passed to you.
PLEASE JOIN us for Fellowship Time today:
Nov. 23 – Endowment Committee           
Nov. 30 – Youth Board
Dec. 7 – Day School Board
There are still dates open to serve. If you are interested in serving fellowship time, contact the church office.
Wed. Nov. 26 at 7:00 PM with communion
Thurs. Nov. 28 at 9:00 AM with communion
QUARTERLY VOTERS’ MEETING is Mon. Dec. 1 at 7:00 PM. All church members age 18 and older are encouraged to attend. Business will include: election of 2015 officer and board positions; the release of funds from the Leona & Anne Stoeckman Fund for the painting of the bell tower of the Church building; and the release of funds from the Victor Dietel Fund for Deaconess Gail Ludvigson Career Missionary and her work in the Dominican Republic. Agenda Packets can be picked up on the entrance stands.
LWML CHRISTMAS PARTY! All ladies of the congregation are invited to a Christmas Party pot-luck on Mon, Dec. 1 at 12:00 noon. Bring a dish to share. We will eat at noon with a short executive board meeting at 1:00. Ruth Terlinden will lead devotions. First Lutheran School grades 1 and 2 will entertain us. It's fun to get together. We hope you come!
CONGREGATION MEN: How did Muhammad practice jihad, and what does the Qur'an say about spreading the Islamic faith throughout the world today?  Men, join us Monday night at 7 pm as we learn from Ephesians 6 to "be strong in the Lord . . . stand firm . . . be alert . . . keep on praying".
PRAYER REQUESTS: Known to be hospitalized: none
--For the family of Herbert Becker who passed away. Blessed are those who die in the Lord. Flowers are placed in his memory.
JOIN US for Adult Bible Study today, in the Fellowship Center led by Pastor Welch from 9:15 – 10:15 AM. The topic is: Jacob and Esau – Genesis 25:19-34; 27:1-40. God worked through Jacob and Esau, despite their sin, to advance His plan of salvation. In spite of our sinful actions, God accomplishes His will and plan for our lives. 
--Next week’s topic: Jacob’s Dream – Genesis 27:41 – 28:22. God revealed the certainty of His presence now and forever to Jacob in a dream. God reveals Himself and His plan of salvation for us in His Word and Sacraments; we respond with praise and worship.  
NEW MONTHLY YOUTH BIBLE STUDY with Pastor Welch Sun. Dec. 14 from 6:00 – 6:45 PM. Join us as we examine the book “Broken: 7 ‘Christian’ Rules That Every Christian Ought To Break as Often as Possible” by Jonathan Fisk. Free snacks are available at 5:30 PM.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A two-week Advent  midweek sermon Series on Wed. Dec. 3 will be from the story of Elizabeth’s husband Zechariah (Luke 1:5-24a, 57-64) and Wed. Dec. 10 from the story of Mary’s betrothed husband Joseph (Matthew 1:18-25), both led by Pastor Welch.
NEW AT First Lutheran this Christmas Eve: Christmas Eve Services this year will be at 2 PM, 5 PM, and 7 PM. The 5 PM & 7 PM services will be candlelight services. There will be no 11 PM service this year. We are trying this new order of service times this year and then will evaluate whether or not to return to the Christmas Eve Service times held in the past. Thank you. In Christ, Pastor Welch on behalf of the Board of Deacons
FINANCIALS: For the week of:  Nov. 16 – Nov. 22
General Fund & Debt Reduction Receipts $  11,641.57
Weekly Budgetary Needs for 2014-15         $ 17,177.00
Weekly Abundance or (Shortfall)          ($  5,535.43)
2014-15 Year-To-Date Totals for:  Nov. 16 – Nov. 22
Receipts = $254,591.39  Budgetary Need = $360,717.00
PLEASE NOTE: the above “Budgetary Need” is our budget, not what is actually spent. This reports a shortfall of our budgetary needs not our indebtedness.
ATTENDANCE: For the week of:  Nov 16 – Nov. 22
             In Worship   Communed    Visitors                  Classes
Sunday      419                            138                10                     101
Wed. Dec. 3, 7:00 PM – Advent Worship, Comn.
Sat. Dec. 6 – 8:30 AM – 1 PM - Brunch, Bake & Craft Sale
Wed. Dec. 10 – 7:00 PM – Advent Worship/Choral Concert
Tues. Dec. 16 – 7:00 PM FL Preschool Christmas Program
Wed. Dec. 17 – 7:00 PM FLS K-8 Christmas Service
Sat. Dec. 20 – 10:30 AM Still Nacht Worship (German)
Sun. Dec. 21 – 10:30 AM Sunday School Christmas Service
Sun. Dec. 21 – 3:00 PM KDUZ rebroadcast of German service
Wed. Dec. 24 – 2:00, 5:00, 7:00 PM – Christmas Eve Services
EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMITTEE SEEKING DIRECTOR(S) FOR BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAM! We are looking to hire a director(s) for the Before and After School Care Program. This can be one or two people. This is a paid position, $9/hour with possible pay raises prayerfully beginning January 2015. TENTATIVE TIMES? Morning: 6:00 AM to 7:50 AM. Afternoon:  3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. DAYS? School days for 2014 – 15 school year. (We hope to continue the program for the summer. MEALS:  Breakfast served from 6:30 - 7:30 AM. Snacks provided at 3:30 PM. ACTIVITIES PROVIDED? Devotions, Homework Assistance, Breakfast/Snack as appropriate, Activities, Christian Nurturing. If interested or questions, please contact Laurie Halligan or Amy Welch. Please keep this program in your prayers!
THE COMMON Cup Diaper Distribution will be held here, in the lower level Common Cup area, on Tues. Nov. 25 from 11:00 – 12:30 PM
THE LIVE NATIVITY IS BACK FOR 2014! WHEN: Sat, Dec. 20, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Oak Leaf Park. Volunteers are needed to dress up as Mary, Joseph, Shepherds and more! There will be two, 1-hour shifts. If interested, contact Lynn Exsted (320-510-2020). There will be a Food Shelf collection (free will donation of ‘cans or cash’).
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: NYG Youth reserved Fri. Nov. 28 from 9 AM – 3 PM to work at the processing warehouse. Anyone interested in going, contact Cindy Litzau at 864-5025 or Shoeboxes can be dropped off at the Church Office with $7 per box. Make checks to Samaritan’s Purse.
ALTAR GUILD UPDATES: The next meeting will be Tues. Dec. 2 at 6 PM for decorating church, followed by a light meal and short business meeting where you will sign up for the 2015 monthly work schedule. Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend.
COMING TOGETHER IN SONG VIII: Music provided by the choirs of Common Cup Ministry Churches, TODAY at 3 PM, Hutchinson High School Auditorium. A free will offering will be taken.
CEMETERY LAWN CARE: The Cemetery Board is accepting sealed bids for lawn mowing and weed spraying at the First Lutheran Church Cemetery for the calendar year 2015 until Fri. Dec. 19. They can be submitted to the Church Office. Contact Don Wolff 864-5013 with questions.
ATTENTION CRAFTERS! The annual Bake & Craft Sale will be held on Sat. Dec. 6. All donated items can be dropped off in the Fellowship Center on Thurs. Dec. 4, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM & Fri. Dec. 5, from 10 AM – 6:00 PM.
PLEASE PRAY for our partners in mission team. Rex & Linda Rinne serving in Ostrava in the Czech Republic.
FREE SAVVY SOCIAL SECURITY PLANNING workshop hosted by Thrivent on Tues. Nov. 25 in the Church Fellowship Center at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Call Michele at 952-240-3510 or email to reserve a place for yourself and a guest.
THE FIRST EDITION BOOK CLUB will meet for their Christmas appetizer supper and then discuss Karen Kingsbury’s book The Bridge on Tues, Dec. 9 at 6:30 pm. (The Donnay’s home 1604 Birch).
ANGEL SEEDS: October – December will be for “Orphan Grain Train”
Sundays 8:00 & 10:30 AM            Wednesdays  6:30 PM
            Fridays 5:30 PM
This Week at First Lutheran
Sun. Nov. 23            Worship, 8:00 AM
            Fellowship Time: Endowment Comm., 9 AM
            Sunday Bible Classes, 9:15 AM
            Worship, Comn., 10:30 AM
Mon. Nov. 24             Men’s Monday Night Bible Study, 7:00 PM
            Flames Booster Club, 7:00 PM
Tues. Nov. 25            Bible Study, 9:30 AM
            Common Cup Diaper Distribution, 11:00 AM
            Free Savvy Social Security Workshop, 2 & 6 PM
Wed. Nov. 26            NO Christ Chimes
            NO Public School Confirmation
            NO Gospel Ringers
            Senior Choir, 6:15 PM
            Thanksgiving Worship, Comn. 7:00 PM
Thurs. Nov. 27            Thanksgiving Day Worship, Comn., 9:00 AM
(KDUZ Live Broadcast)
Fri. Nov. 28            CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
Sun. Nov. 30            Worship, 8:00 AM
            Fellowship Time: Youth Board., 9 AM
            Sunday Bible Classes, 9:15 AM
            KDUZ Broadcast, 9:30 AM
            Worship, Comn., 10:30 AM
Stewardship Message
Jesus reminds us, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where you treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). People, of this world, chase after fulfillment, fame, and wealth. The world only disappoints. However as Christians, we respond to God’s free gift of salvation in Christ by our good works that we do for eternity. Because our deeds are done in the name of Jesus, our good works will last forever. Faith enables us to understand that we live as forgiven people who are empowered to lay up treasures in Heaven.
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.
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