Loving and Learning in Lodi December 3rd 2017
Happy New Year!! We begin a new church year this Sunday as Advent begins! So…Happy New Year!!
We start our Advent journey with the guiding theme of ‘Hope.’ For me, hope is often what keeps me going. It’s a lightness in my soul that stubbornly refuses to go away or to be snuffed out. What does ‘Hope’ mean to you?
See you Sunday!
Prayers from Sunday, November 26th
Anniversaries: Neal & Pat McCloda are celebrating 60 years! LOVE sustains them!
Joys: Jim Baughman is happy his family is in town and his mom joined them for Thanksgiving dinner.
~Bob & Dee Heitkamp’s former pastor and his wife were in a terrible car accident. His wife is finally beginning to recover from her injuries.
~Janet Freiberg - prayers for Baby Brett 1# 4 oz. in Fairview Hospital.
~Irene Scott had an allergic reaction to medicine.
~Martha Zona had afib and was hospitalized for a bit.
~Mary Jane Rice - prayers for her sister, Linda, as she faces hip replacement surgery.
~Always remember our military and those “unspoken prayers”.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Dick Chapman, Tom & Lu Repp, Ruth Hebble, Leonard Barnhart, Mac McCrary, Irene Scott, Martha Zona
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Juanita Lockard, Delbert Miller, Rev. Doug Lewis,
Families Grieving: The Baker Family, The Geissman Family, Grandma “Margaret” House family, The Mabel Damas family, The Max Yergin family, The Marge Lance Burton family, The Irene Warner family, The Donna Grimm Family, The Max Longsdorf family, The Jean Parker family, The Acey Baker family
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Liturgist: Larry Cray Greeter/s: Lil Tozser
Hymns: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel verses 1, 2 & 4 #211
Emmanuel, Emmanuel sing once #204
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus verses 1 & 2 #196
O Come, All Ye Faithful verses 1, 3 & 6 #234
Scripture: Isaiah 61:1 - 4 Common English Bible
The Lord God’s spirit is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the poor,
to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release for captives, and liberation for prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and a day of vindication for our God,
to comfort all who mourn, to provide for Zion’s mourners,
to give them a crown in place of ashes, oil of joy in place of mourning,
a mantle of praise in place of discouragement.
They will be called Oaks of Righteousness, planted by the Lord to glorify himself.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins; they will restore formerly deserted places;
they will renew ruined cities, places deserted in generations past.
THE CHURCH IN ACTION
Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7. Come join us!
We have our monthly potluck this Sunday. The youth are providing two main dishes. Please bring salads, vegetables and desserts.
Our 2017 Advent Devotional Booklets are ready! Pick one up on Sunday in Fellowship Hall. Advent begins on Sunday, December 3rd.
Holiday Vendor/Craft Fair, Saturday, December 2nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Come do some Christmas shopping with our vendors and crafters! Grab a sweet treat from the bake sale. Bring a friend and have lunch! Our Vendors are: Scentsy, LulaRoe Gourmet Cupboard, Tastefully Simple, Lipsense, Essential Oils, Creative Memories, Avon, Stanley/Fuller Brush, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Elfin’ Crafts, Pampered Chef, Crafts by Melanie, 31 Bags, Homemade Stampin' Cards by Debbie, Larry and Katrina-local authors, Light bulb snowmen ornaments & various wooden items. All proceeds benefit our Youth Missions Team.
We are asking for donations for the bake sale! Bake up your favorite sweet treat to share! Bring them in Friday afternoon after 12:00pm, Dec. 1st.
Our Christmas Giving Tree this year will include the following ways to give to others: You can take a tear off tag from the poster board at the front of the sanctuary with an item to buy for a member of the two families we help celebrate Christ’s birth. You may give a donation to our monthly community meals, Feed My Sheep or you may give to the on-going ministry of our local Food Bank at the Good Samaritans. Ornaments will be placed on the tree at the front of the sanctuary for those donations and can be taken home Christmas Eve.
We are taking Poinsettias orders through Sunday, Dec. 17th. The poinsettias come in 6-inch pots with a donation cost of $10 each. A form is included at the end of this email for you to use to designate if the poinsettia is “In Memory of…” or “In Honor of…” those special people in your life. Make any checks payable to ‘Lodi UMC’ and note that it is for ‘poinsettias.’ Poinsettias can be taken home Christmas Eve.
Swiss Steak Dinner Chippewa Lake UMC: Saturday, December 9th, 4:30-7:00 pm. Donation for Swiss Steak and all the extras (except dessert) is $9.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Kids. Desserts are $1.00. Carry out is available.
Tuesday, December 12 at 7pm: Blue Christmas Service. a time when we can, with others, acknowledge the “blue” feelings we have at Christmas time, the losses behind them, and offer them to God. In this service, we’ll share in some quiet music, hopeful words, and find a place to simply be ourselves in the struggles of the season.