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Rev. David Tews
With November 29th we begin the new church year which centers in the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. The new year begins with Advent, a time of repentance and renewal, which prepares us for the celebration of Christ�s birth on Christmas Day. Our Advent mid-week services this year follow the theme �The Word and the Wonder� written by Carol Geisler from Creative Communications for the Parish. Dr. Geisler is a former Lutheran elementary school teacher and principal who currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri. The Word and the Wonder celebrates the wonder of the Word made flesh, our Savior Jesus Christ. Services for the three mid-week services of Advent , Christmas Eve and Christmas Day consider the response � the wonder � of Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the angels as each awaits and experiences the fulfillment of God�s promise to send a Savior.

These mid-week services are wonderful opportunities to invite and bring along friends or neighbors to join us as God speaks to us through his Word to prepare our hearts for the true wonder of Christmas � Jesus. Each service is followed by a lite supper prepared by the Shepherd�s Guild. This time the funding for these meals comes from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans� program called Action Teams. We have been awarded a grant of $250 to purchase the supplies for the meals as an outreach not only to our members but also to the people of our community. So here is a great way to feed both body and soul with these special services during the month of December.

The schedule for these special services is as follows:
All mid-week Advent Services are on Wednesday at 5 p.m. lasting about 45 minutes followed by the lite Supper.
December 2 �The Word for Zechariah�
December 9 �The Word for Mary�
December 16 �The Word for Joseph�
December 24, Thursday, Christmas Eve 5 p.m. �The Word for the Angels and the Shepherds� - A Candlelight Service on The Nativity of our Lord

December 25, Friday, Christmas Day 9 a.m. �The Word for Us� - A Celebration of the Nativity of our Lord with Holy Communion.

Christmas Day Dinner at 12 Noon - Please see the sign-up sheet that will posted the 2nd week of December. This meal has also been granted $250 from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for supplies in preparing the meal. With this extra funding we hope to reach out to more members of the community who may be alone for Christmas without any family. We hope to make a special effort to reach out to those who are homebound or shut-ins by preparing take out boxed meals to be delivered after the meal at church. If you know of someone who would benefit and enjoy a takeout meal please talk to them and encourage them to make a reservation for a takeout box.

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