Bulletin – The First Sunday in Advent, December 2, 2018

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCHThis Weeks Events  (December 2 – 9, 2018)

Today:                  7:00 p.m.      Voters’ Assembly

Monday:               7:00 p.m.      LWMLC Christmas Gathering

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

7:00 p.m.      Mid-Week Advent Service

Fellowship following hosted by the Elders

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

Installation of the 2019 Church Officers during the English Service

WELCOME!  WELCOME!  WELCOME!  If you’re joining us today as a visitor and guest, please know we are glad to have you here!  The outline of our service is on the cover page of this bulletin, so that you can follow along.  If you need anything, please speak to one of our ushers.  Come again soon if you have no other church home in the area.

ATTENDANCE LAST SUNDAY (November 25):  German Service, 34; English Service, 100; TOTAL, 134; Adult Bible Class:  38.

TODAY’S USHERS:  Chris Anderson, Russ Anderson, Ben Eberhard, Javed Khan

USHERS FOR MID-WEEK ADVENT SERVICE:  Dan Keech, Javed Khan

NEXT SUNDAY’S USHERS:  James Krestick, Jordan Sands

TODAY’S ACOLYTES:  Abigail McLeod, Kelly Owenya

ASLEEP IN CHRIST:  Kate Hankewitz (1921-2018), who died at Heron Terrace this past Sunday and was laid to rest after private services yesterday, December 1 … 20 years to the day after the funeral of her late husband, Heinz.

VOTERS TONIGHT:  Our regular congregational meeting is set for this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.  Among other things, the agenda includes election of officers for 2019, and adoption of a spending budget for the new year.  Join us!  It really helps to have as many members as possible informed about the issues that affect our congregation.

90 YEARS AGO THIS DAY – on December 2, 1928 – the church building where we meet was dedicated to God’s glory.  We still benefit from the sacrifice and love shown by the mothers and fathers of our congregation, who gave us this “home” where Christ keeps coming in His Word and at His Table.  “Lord, I love the house where You live, the place where Your glory dwells” (Psalm 26:8).  We honour this place best of all when we hurry here time and again to meet Him here, week by week and year by year!

WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS GATHERING TOMORROW:  Our Lutheran Women’s Missionary League—Canada (LWMLC) Christmas-season meeting is Monday, December 3, 7:00 p.m.  We’ll reveal “prayer partners” for this past year, and choose news ones for 2019.  Bring a small dessert to share with others for the fellowship time … join us!

ADVENT DAILY DEVOTIONALS (“The Coming King”) are now available at the back of the church.  Please help yourself to these wonderful daily devotional books, printed each year by Lutheran Hour Ministries, as they will help you walk through this Advent season with daily Bible readings and prayers.  LARGE PRINT COPIES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE.

PLEASE PICK UP 2019 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES today from the Parlour.  If you have other family members or others whose box you could take along and deliver, that would be great, too!  Let’s get these home as soon as possible … thanks!

START PRAYING TOWARD CHRISTMAS:  Take time in your personal prayers to think about someone you could invite (or bring along) to worship, especially for Christmas Eve; a relative, an inactive member of our church family, a friend who would benefit from hearing the Good News of Jesus.  Pray that the Lord would bring someone to mind … would open a door for you to invite … and give you the right words to say.  Christmas can be a great “outreach moment” if you see it through God’s own eyeglasses!

DIE „FESTE BURG“ KALENDER SIND DA!  Nach dem deutschen Gottesdienst können Sie mit Cindy im Aufenthaltsraum (Lounge) sprechen, um Ihr vorbestelltes Exemplar zu bekommen.  Wir haben zwar keinen Kaufpreis für die Hefte festgelegt, aber mit einer freiwilligen Spende (um $20) werden die Versandkosten aus Deutschland gut gedeckt!

OUR PARTNER CHURCH IN GERMANY has given us German-language altar agenda, which provides the details for each Sunday and festival, as well as rich resources for congregational prayers.  This is an expensive book, and our friends there have gifted it to us at no cost, for which we’re deeply grateful.

LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Reality Therapy” (Ruth 1-2) – The book of Ruth deals with unimportant people and unimportant matters, but deals with them in such a way as to show that God is active in ordinary lives – like yours and mine.  Hear this inspirational message by Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler on the Lutheran Hour, Sundays at 560AM (WRDT) at noon.  Streaming audio and pod-casts at www.lutheranhour.ca.