Bulletin – The Third Sunday in Advent, December 16, 2018

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCHThis Weeks Events  (December 16 – 23, 2018)

Today:                  4:00 p.m.      Service of Installation for Rev. Dr. Wilhelm Torgerson (followed by a potluck supper in the auditorium)

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

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

Fellowship following hosted by the English Choir

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

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!

ATTENDANCE LAST SUNDAY (December 9):  German Service, 35; English Service, 96; TOTAL, 131; Adult Bible Class:  32.

ATTENDANCE AT MID-WEEK ADVENT SERVICE (December 12):  45.

TODAY’S USHERS:  Bryan Johnson, Scott McLeod, Cuthbert Owenya, Robert Stark

USHERS FOR AFTERNOON INSTALLATION SERVICE:  Bryan Johnson, Dan Keech

USHERS FOR MID-WEEK ADVENT SERVICE:  Evan Johnson, Dan Keech

NEXT SUNDAY’S USHERS:  Jonathan Buller, Rich Garton, Paul Taylor

TODAY’S ACOLYTES:  Grace Johnson, Ashley Verdonck

ACOLYTES FOR AFTERNOON INSTALLATION SERVICE:  Abigail McLeod, Kelly Owenya

SEMINARIAN MATTHEW FENN, a “son” of our congregation, is preaching here at both services this morning.  He’s on hand to help us celebrate Pastor Torgerson’s installation this afternoon.  Let’s welcome and encourage him!

FINAL MIDWEEK ADVENT SERVICE is set for this Wednesday, December 19, at 7:00 p.m. here in the church.  As we conclude our look at Mary’s “Magnificat,” the song she sang after the angel’s visit, we focus on how the Lord remembers His promises and His people.  These 40-45 minute devotions are followed by refreshments in the auditorium, hosted this week by the English choir.  We’ve had such an encouraging response to these midweek services this month, and hope you can be there.

INSTALLATION SERVICE AND ADVENT DINNER TODAY:  We gather at 4:00 p.m. to celebrate the induction of Dr. Wilhelm Torgerson as our part-time Assistant Pastor in his retirement.  Afterward there’s a congregational potluck and Advent celebration in the Auditorium.  Special music, out-of-town pastors and guests from other church families are all part of the day.  Do join us!

LUTHERAN HOUR:  “In Anxious Times – Rejoice” (Philippians 4:  4-7) – 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.

BE CHRIST’S HEART AND VOICE FOR CHRISTMAS:  Take time already now in personal prayers to think of someone you might invite—or bring with you—to worship, especially for Christmas Eve.  Maybe it’s a loved one, an inactive member of our church, or a friend who needs the Good News of Jesus.  Ask God to open a door for you to invite, and to give you the right words to say.  Christmas can be a fruitful outreach moment.  Will you see it that way?

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!

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.