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Sunday Notes 12-14-2014


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 320-238-2148
Third Sunday In Advent
December 14, 2014
ORDER OF SERVICE: Setting 3 Page 184
HYMNS:  8 AM: 338, 346, 359, 388
              10:30 AM: 605, 346, 359, (dist. 393, 376, 366, 338), 388
SERMON: “Focused on Christ” John 1:6-8, 19-28 Pastor Dan Welch
ORGANIST: Mrs. Robin Kruse
DEACONS: 8 AM: Scott Litzau, Todd Trippel
                 10:30 AM:  Kevin Dummer, Robert Schuft, James Mathews
                  Wed. 7:00 PM:  Paul Sievert, Dave Schauer
ACOLYTES: 8 AM: Reid Busse, Jordan Forar
                 10:30 AM: Austin Brelje, Travis Dahlke
                 Wed. 7:00 PM: Madison Mathews, Abigail Maunu
          Old Testament – Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
          Epistle – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
          Gospel Lesson – John 1:6-8, 19-28
SPECIAL MUSIC: 8 AM: “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” Gospel Ringers
                          10:30 AM: He Is Born” Christ Chimes
“Sharing Christ, Changing Lives”

GUESTS: Welcome! Please complete the friendship register as it is passed to you.
PLEASE JOIN us for Fellowship Time today:
Dec. 14 – Stewardship Bd – Fellowship for Jesus’ birthday
Dec. 21 – NYG Youth, Destiney Exsted, Katy Kunkel,
Paul Lemke, Haley Lukes, Madi Mathews
Dec. 28 – Altar Guild
There are still dates open to serve. If you are interested in serving fellowship time, contact the church office.
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’).
A SPECIAL WAY TO DONATE: THE LWML is sponsoring a “Christmas Wishes” Tree to provide special items for FLS. The tree is located in the Fellowship Center. Choose one of the paper ornament(s), put it in an envelope with your donation & place under the tree. Make checks payable to First Lutheran School.
“STILLE NACHT” A German Christmas Service will be hosted here at First on Sat. Dec. 20 at 10:30 AM. Prior to the service at 10:15 AM the First Lutheran Choir will sing Christmas Carols. A light lunch will follow the service with a free-will offering being accepted.
--The service will be rebroadcast on KDUZ 1260 AM, Sun. Dec. 21, at 3:00 PM.

PRAYER REQUESTS: Known to be hospitalized: Lorna Shanahan
--For Evie Kruse
--For Savannah Sue Mathews, daughter of David & Jenna, who will be baptized today at the 10:30 AM service.
--Flowers are placed by Nicholas & Larissa (Pool) Jaskowiak, in celebration of their wedding here yesterday.
JOIN US for Adult Bible Study today, in the Fellowship Center from 9:15 – 10:15 AM. The topic is: An Angel Visits Joseph – Matthew 1:18-25. Just as the angel proclaimed to Joseph that Mary would bear an infant who is the Son of God, the Savior, so God proclaims to us in His Word that this same Jesus is our Savior from sin and death. 
--Next week’s topic: The Birth of Jesus – Luke 2:1-20. In the nativity, the Son of God became what we are, human, to make us what He is, a child of the heavenly Father. He also revealed where He is to be found: in His Word and Sacraments.  
NEW MONTHLY YOUTH BIBLE STUDY continues with Pastor Welch tonight 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.
WHO AM I? What am I doing here? On Mon. Dec. 15 at 7 PM Men's Monday night Bible Study begins a six session study by Pastor Joel Biermann. What has God revealed to us about life's biggest questions? Join us for Study 1 – “In the Beginning”.
FINANCIALS: For the Period of:  Dec. 7 – Dec. 13
General Fund & Debt Reduction Receipts         $  14,621.46
This Period’s Budgetary Needs in 2014-15         $  17,177.00
This Period’s Abundance or (Shortfall)        ($    2,555.54)
2014-15 Year-To-Date Totals for:  Dec. 7 – Dec. 13
Receipts = $303,544.16   Budgetary Need = $412,248.00
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 Period of:  Dec. 7 – Dec. 13
             In Worship     Communed     Visitors     Classes
Sun             396                 163                  13               96
Wed            354
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 Stille 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
Thurs. Dec. 25 – 9:00 AM – Christmas Day Worship
Wed. Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Worship, Comn.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY for the Flames of Faith Kids Club is: A Director(s) for the Before/After School Care Program. It is a paid position at $10/hour and can be one or two people acting as director(s). If interested, pick up a job description and application in the Church Office and return by Wed. Dec. 31. Any questions, call Amy at 864-2753.
Early Childhood Updates: 1) Name chosen for Before/After school care is “First Lutheran Flames of Faith Kids Club” selected by FLS students. 2) Donations needed: cube shelf, cabinet/table/cart, college fridge, microwave, toaster, large trash can, disposables: paper plates, cups, napkins, and silverware; board games, puzzles, coloring books, etc. Drop donations off at church by Mon. Jan. 19. 3) Flames of Faith Open date: prayerfully Feb/Mar., when committee may become a board.
LAST WEEK TO HAND IN: 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.
4th ANNUAL CAROLING, Sun, Dec. 21 at 3 PM. Please join us! We will meet at Good Shepherd church and plan to visit Grand Meadows, Orchard Estates, and GRHS Long Term. At 5 PM we return to First for fellowship.
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.
YOU’RE INVITED to Christmas Dinner at Dennis Wolter’s home. For more information and/or to RSVP, call 320-510-0206 by Wed. Dec. 17. Please indicate if you need a ride.

ADVENT DEVOTION BOOKLET. On entry stands provided by Lutheran Hour Ministries. Help yourself.
...To Thrivent members. $686 Choice $ were received for November! See monthly newsletter for more info on the great program!
…To everyone who donated items for the craft & bake sale. It was very successful and the brunch was well-attended. Please check to see if you have items left over to pick up from the pew on the north side of the Fellowship Center.
…From Early Childhood Committee for all of the donations that they have received for the Before/After Program.    
INSTALLATION SUNDAY: Reminder to all 2014 Officers and Board members that installation and rededication will take place Sun. Jan. 4. You may attend either service.
--The re-org meeting will take place at 9:15 AM between services.
PLEASE PRAY for our partners in mission team. Rex & Linda Rinne serving in Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

SIX LCEF 2015 SCHOLARSHIPS are available. Each in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to six graduating high school seniors or current full-time post-secondary students (see November Newsletter for more information) The application deadline is February 28, 2015.
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. Dec. 14             Worship, 8:00 AM
            Fellowship Time: Stewardship Board., 9 AM
            Sunday Bible Classes, 9:15 AM
            Worship, Comn., 10:30 AM
            NYG, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
            Youth Bible Study Gr. 9-12, 6:00 PM
Mon. Dec. 15             Men’s Monday Night Bible Study, 7:00 PM
            Early Childhood Committee, 7:00 PM
Tues. Dec. 16             Bible Study, 9:30 AM
            Preschool Christmas Program, 7:00 PM
Wed. Dec. 17             Newsletter Deadline
            NO Christ Chimes
            Public School Confirmation, 3:30 PM
            NO Gospel Ringers
            Senior Choir, 6:15 PM
            FLS K-8 Christmas Service, 7:00 PM
Thurs. Dec. 18             NO Church Council
Sat. Dec. 20             Christmas Carols pre-service, 10:15 AM
            Stille Nacht Worship (German), 10:30 AM
            Live Nativity drive through at
Oak Leaf Park, 5:30 PM
Sun. Dec. 21             Worship, Comn., 8:00 AM
            Fellowship Time: NYG Youth, 9 AM
            Sunday Bible Classes, 9:15 AM
            Worship, Sun. School Christmas
Service, 10:30 AM
            Private Rental, 12:00 PM
            Christmas Caroling, 3:00 PM
            KDUZ Rebroadcast of German Service, 3 PM
Stewardship Message
The Apostle Paul learned the secret of contentment, of experiencing joy in the blessings God chose to give him and in every circumstance in which God placed him (Philippians 4:10-13). Paul had been at the point of death several times. If anyone could have said he was in need or want, it was Paul. He had suffered much, yet he said, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Contentment involves learning to love the will of God regardless of the circumstances in which we find ourselves. We are content and joyfully receive whatever God sees fit to give us.
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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