Bulletin – The Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 23, 2018

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCHThis Weeks Events  (December 24 – 30, 2018)

 Monday:                                   Christmas Eve

5:00 p.m.      German Service of Lessons and Carols

7:00 p.m.      English Service of Lessons and Carols

Tuesday:                                  Christmas Day

11:00 a.m.      Festival Holy Communion Service

Next Sunday:       8:45 a.m.      German Worship

11:00 a.m.      English Worship/Holy Communion

                                                (No Bible Class – resumes on Jan. 6)

WELCOME, FRIENDS!  We’re happy for those who have joined us as visitors and guests in this service today.  If you need help with anything while you’re here, please speak to one of the ushers … and if you have no “church home” here in the area, come see us again soon!

 ATTENDANCES LAST WEEK:

(Sunday, December 16):  German Service, 33; English Service, 82; TOTAL, 115; Adult Bible Class:  42;  Afternoon Installation Service, 99.

(Wednesday, December 19):  Advent Midweek Service, 42.

USHERS’ SCHEDULE:

(Today):  Jonathan Buller, Rich Garton, Paul Taylor

(Christmas Eve):  Chris Anderson, Joshua Buller, Mike Gagnier, Evan Johnson, Dan Keech, Scott McLeod, Robert Stark

(Christmas Day):  Dan Keech, James Krestick

(Next Sunday, December 30):  Rich Garton, Evan Johnson, James Krestick

CHRISTMAS EVE ACOLYTE:  Kelly Owenya

ASLEEP IN CHRIST:  Anna Crack who died in the Lord on December 15, received Christian burial after services in our church this past Wednesday.  God bring His comfort to her son, Paul, and all others who feel sorrow at this loss.

THE LORD’S TABLE FOR CHRISTMAS:  We encourage our members to be at the Lord’s Table for the Christmas season, and have expanded the schedule:  On Christmas Day (Tuesday, December 25), we offer Holy Communion at the 11:00 a.m. Festival Service; on the First Sunday after Christmas (Sunday, December 30), at the 11:00 a.m. English Service.

INVITE LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS to come with you to our Christmas Eve services tomorrow night.  Pray also that the Lord will open ears and hearts to hear the Good News of the holy Christ-Child at this time of the year.

PICK UP 2019 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES today from the Lounge after services.  If you have relatives 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!

LIMITED OFFICE HOURS this week at our church:  Tomorrow (Monday, December 24), the office is only open to finish all the printing, etc., necessary for the Christmas services.  Then we also expect to be open for one day this coming Friday, December 28.  Otherwise we’re hoping to give our staff some rest-time after a busy Advent season, which included also multiple funeral services.  We’ll be back to normal on Wednesday, January 2, 2019!

A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR CHILDREN:  If you have not yet responded, we encourage you to consider the “Advent Appeal” of First Lutheran Christian Academy as a place to show love with a gift at this time of the year.  Envelopes are available at the back of the church.

 NEW PORTALS OF PRAYER are now 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!

THE SHEPHERD’S GUIDE, a directory of Christian businesses and organizations in Windsor and Essex County, is yours for the taking at the back of the church.  This is a new, updated edition.

GIFTS FROM THE HEART, a catalogue from Canadian Lutheran World Relief, is now available in the church hallway.  It provides gift ideas to share God’s love with the world, and to change lives through this agency which is supported by our Synod.  More information is available online at www.clwr.org.

LUTHERAN HOUR:  “The King’s Strength” (Luke 1:  26-56) – A true king’s strength is seen, not in vaults and arsenals, but in the loyalty of his people.  We celebrate the birth of the King who won the victory, not by taxing his subjects and killing his enemies, but by serving, loving and dying for them.  By His resurrection, He destroyed the power of sin and lends us strength to become His loyal subjects.  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.