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Announcements for December 10, 2017

WEEKLY DEVOTIONS

Here is the Blue Sheet home devotional for the week of Sunday, December 10th. Please download and use in your household to sanctify your home with the Word and prayer this week!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POINSETTIA ORDER FORM ~ Red order forms are available on the table in the narthex. Deadline to order is Sunday, December 10th! You may place your payment with order form in the  mailbox on the office door.  Please make checks payable to Craig Schultz.

ADVENT MIDWEEK SERVICES ~ This Wednesday, December 13th, dinner is served at 5:45 p.m. and the Service is at 7 p.m. 12/13 is St. Lucia’s day. Lucy teaches us how to be steadfast in our confession of Jesus Christ, even unto a martyr’s death. Come and ponder the immoveable, unshakeable hope we have in Christ Jesus.

LESSONS & CAROLS ~ Mark your calendars! On 12/17 at 6 p.m. will be the Service of Lessons & Carols and our renowned dessert smorgasbord!

DECEMBER YOUTH EVENTS ~ Opportunities for time together abound in December! On 12/16 JH and HS youth meet for our regular Saturday Youth Night from 6-8pm. Then on 12/23 all are invited to the Lash’s house for our Christmas Movie Marathon from 2-7pm. Lastly, HS youth will meet for a progressive dinner on 12/30 from 5:30-8pm. Friends are welcome at all events! Sign-up today!

YOUTH SPONSORED ADVENT DINNER ~ The youth will serve dinner on 12/20. Please sign-up to donate items needed for baked potato bar and sides.

CAROLING AT THE VILLA ~ All are invited to sing some of our favorite Christmas carols at Villa West on 12/24 during the Sunday School/Scripture Study hour. Meet in the sanctuary to receive a caroling booklet when the bell rings.

TWELFTH NIGHT PARTY ~ Let’s get together on the last evening of the Christmas season – the Twelfth Night – for some food and fun! The festivities begin at 6 PM on Friday, January 5th, in the parish hall. We’ll share a potluck dinner, sing Christmas hymns, and play a game or two. Sign-up today! 

ANGEL TREE ~ If you took an angel from the angel tree, please return the wrapped gifts by Wednesday, 12/13 so they can be picked up in time for distribution to the children.

FAMILY CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE PRACTICES ~ All students in preschool through high school are encouraged to participate in this year’s Family Christmas Eve Service on 12/24 at 6:00 p.m. If you have not already confirmed your child’s participation with Betsy, please speak with her as soon as possible. Practices continue today and next Sunday from 11:30-1:00. Please send along a lunch or snack for your child. Questions or concerns? Please speak with Betsy.

PEW SISTERS ~ Looking for sisterly fellowship in the church? Interested in stimulating conversation about theology and how it applies to our daily lives? Then the Pew Sisters book group might be just for you. We meet the last Tuesday evening of every month from 7 to 9 PM in peoples’ homes. Starting in January, we will be reading and discussing the book Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? by Matthew Richard. Interested ladies – youth and adult alike – please contact Katie Schuermann at katie@katieschuermann.com

TALK RADIO & PODCAST FOR THE ADVENT SEASON ~ You can listen to Lutheran experts teach on subjects like: The Testimony of John the Baptist, Decorating Your Home for Advent, The Advent Hymn “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry,” Ways to Observe Advent, and more. Issues, Etc. is produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.

CAMP CILCA BANQUET ~ You are invited to the Camp CILCA Annual Banquet from 5-8 p.m. on January 28, 2018 at the fellowship hall of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Springfield. The evening includes musical entertainment, dinner, and guest presenter Rev. Dr. Joel Heck who will speak about the importance of Creation for Christian faith and life. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased from the camp office at 217-415-2311 or camp@cilca.org. Child care will also be available for $5.