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Announcements for December 16, 2018


Here is the Blue Sheet home devotional for the week of Sunday, December 16th. Please download and use in your household to sanctify your home with the Word and prayer this week!



ADVENT MIDWEEK SERVICES ~ Our Advent devotion to the Scriptures continues on Wednesday, 12/19. Service is at 7 p.m., with the youth serving the meal beforehand at 5:45 p.m. This is one of those special Lutheran “extras” that helps us prepare for the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, at Christmas!

JUNIOR ALTAR GUILD ~ Calling all daughters of the congregation! Advent and Christmas are soon upon us, and there is much decorating to do. The Altar Guild would like to invite you to join them for the following festive activities this winter:

  • Saturday, December 22, 10:00 AM – Arrange poinsettias around the chancel
  • Saturday, January 6, 11:30 AM – Take down the sanctuary Christmas tree and decorations

Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided. Won’t you please join us?

CHRISTMAS SERVICES ~ The time is at hand for our yearly celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ! Please make plans to keep both Christ and the “Mass” (that is, the Divine Service) in Christmas.

  • Christmas Eve Family Service – 12/24 at 6 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Divine Service – 12/24 at 8:30 p.m. or 11:00 p.m.
  • Christmas Day Festival Divine Service – 12/25 at 10:00 a.m.

Note: there is no Wednesday Divine Service on 12/26

NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTMAS CAROLING ~Sign up on the bulletin board to go around the local neighborhoods, Christmas caroling and inviting to Christmas services here at Good Shepherd. We’ll go on Sunday, December 23, from 2-4 p.m. Any questions? Speak with Pastor Schuermann.

DECEMBER YOUTH EVENTS See the youth bulletin board for sign-ups for the December events! Events include our regular Saturday Youth Night from 6-8 p.m. on 12/22, the Christmas Movie Marathon from 2-7 p.m. on 12/30.  The sign-up sheet is posted for the youth-sponsored Advent dinner on 12/19. The HS youth will serve dinner at Contact Ministries on 12/27. Please speak with Betsy if you have any questions.

PROGRESSIVE DINNER All adults are invited to attend our annual progressive dinner on Saturday, January 5th, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. starting with appetizers at Perry & Nadine Kraft’s home (25 Cabin Smoke Trl), followed by dessert and a $15.00 gift exchange in the parish hall at 7 p.m. If you are interested in attending this fun event, please sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Dannewitz at (217)899-0141.

A MOBILE LUTHERAN BIBLE STUDY ~ Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: The Birth of John the Baptist, The Book of Obadiah, Thy Kingdom Come, The Apostle Thomas, Ahab Steals Naboth’s Vineyard and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.