Bulletin – The Epiphany of Our Lord, January 6, 2019

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCHThis Weeks Events  (January 7 – 13, 2019)

Monday:                                   FLCA Back to School

Tuesday:                7:00 p.m.      Elders

Wednesday:           8:30 a.m.      Chapel Service (at FLCA)

7:00 p.m.      Trustees

Thursday:        4:30-5:45 p.m.      Confirmation Instruction

7:00 p.m.      English Choir

Next Sunday:          8:45 a.m.      German Worship/Holy Communion

9:45 a.m.      Adult Bible Class

11:00 a.m.      English Worship

VISITOR AND FRIEND, we are a family of believers gathered around the promises of Jesus Christ.  Your presence today is a real encouragement, and we’re glad you’re here!  Speak to one of our ushers if you need anything during your visit.  Come again soon, especially if you have no other church home in the area.  Welcome!

ATTENDANCE Sunday, December 30:  German Service, 28; English Service, 76; TOTAL, 104.

LUTHERAN HOUR:  “The Word Turned Toward” (John 1:  1-18) – People use their words to build bonds of trust with people they love.  In Jesus, God does the same – He turns His Word towards us.  Hear this inspirational message by Speaker Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler on the Lutheran Hour, Sundays at 560AM (WRDT) at noon.  Streaming audio and pod-casts at www.lutheranhour.ca.

NEW PORTALS OF PRAYER are still available at the back of the church and in the church hallway.  The new issue covers the period January – March 2019.  Help yourself to this helpful daily prayer guide!

ABOUT THE EPIPHANY SEASON:  The 12 days of Christmas ended yesterday.  Now we’ve moved into the Epiphany time on the Christian calendar.  “Epiphany” is a Bible word for “uncovering” or “revelation.”  Gospel readings during Epiphany relate how God revealed His Christ to various groups of people, beginning today as the wise men from the East saw Him as the promised Saviour.

THE CANADIAN LUTHERAN, Lutheran Church-Canada’s national magazine is available for you today at the back of the church.

USE YOUR ENGLISH … HELP NEWCOMERS!  We need volunteers to help at the ESL (English as a Second Language) classes on Mondays and/or Wednesdays (from 10-12 Noon) at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1921 Cabana Road West.  Newcomers to Canada are eager to learn and have contact with people like you who speak English natively.  This would be a great service of love toward these people.  Classes will begin January 7.  If you have questions, contact Javed Khan.  Javed is a member of our church and Director of the Windsor-Essex County Lutheran Outreach organization (usually called “WECLO”).

HOLIDAY ATTENDANCE REPORT:  Average attendance at midweek Advent services in 2018 was 42 (compared to 23 in 2017).  Christmas Eve German service was 73 in 2018 (compared to 49 in 2017); Christmas Eve English stood at 186 in 2018 (up from 175 in 2017); Christmas Eve total was 259 (up from 224 in 2017).  Christmas Day service was 44 (compared to 22 in 2017).  It should be noted that there was bad weather in 2017, but we thank God for the strong response to the Word being proclaimed here at Advent and Christmas.