December 15, 2016
for Sunday, Dec. 18
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
We’re almost there!!! Sunday is the last Sunday of Advent—the Sunday when we get to light all four of the blue candles!!! There remains one more candle however…the white Christ candle which will be lit on Christmas Eve, as we celebrate the birth of the savior of the world. But what difference does this make the other 364 days of the year?
We will see those at worship that rarely, if ever attend. Some will be family members. Others may simply be looking for something to make this season special. Unchurched people still want to celebrate Christmas. Maybe some recognize that there has to be more to Christmas than the materialism we are encouraged to pursue in our culture.
“Emmanuel,”[means] God with us. This reality changes everything. Never is God so with us as in Jesus of Nazareth. Here is God-made-flesh, and in his very name, the Son of God proclaims just how with us and for us God really is. This fulfillment of prophetic promise offers us a delicate and dramatic reality: God has slipped into skin and walks among us in a totally new way, offering us life and salvation (sundaysandseasons.com).
Let us share that life and salvation in creative and different ways that will touch the lives of everyone with whom we are in touch. God really is with us.
18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
23“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means, “God is with us.”24When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.
Names will remain of the Prayer List for a month - at which
time it will be taken off unless, or course, there is still a continued need
for our prayers and we’re asked to keep the name on.
***Pick up your Honduras Christmas Cookie orders this Saturday, December 17th from 9 am – 12 pm.
***Snow Shoveling: The Property Committee is seeking volunteers to shovel both church entrances on Sundays during the winter. It involves being at church before 8:00 a.m. If you are able to help, please put your name on the sign-up sheet located on the table in the church narthex. THANK YOU!
***St. Timothy’s is collecting mittens, gloves, scarves and hats for those in need. Place your donations on the white stick tree on the table in the narthex.
***The Confirmation Class will not be meeting this Sunday. Class will resume after the holidays on January 15th at 10:45 am.
***The Choir will be singing at Lutheran’s Chapel next Thursday, December 22nd, from 6:00-7:00 pm. All are welcome to come and join the fun.
***On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, we will have regular worship at 9:30 am. There will be no Sunday School on either day.
***The annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, January 8, 2017 immediately following worship. A light lunch will be provided. All members of the congregation are encouraged to attend.
Committee heads: Please turn in your annual reports to the office by December 24th. (Electronic reports emailed to the church office, firstname.lastname@example.org are appreciated.)
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class is on break for the holiday season. The new session starts Monday, January 9th at 9:00 am. Anyone is welcome to join this low-impact, bone-strengthening class, suitable for both men and women.
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***Make plans to attend the Christmas Eve worship service at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Saturday, December 24th at 4:00 pm.
We will light the white Christ candle, the last candle in the Advent Wreath and observe Holy Commummuion.
Bring your family and friends to participate in joyous, candlelit worship, singing familiar carols while observing the birth of our Savior.
· For our community of faith as we seek to do God’s work in the world.
· For those in our congregation and community who suffer silently with illness, financial burdens, and family obligation.
· For victims of violence and their families in all places
· For Al Lamb, Elenor Burgeson Orman, Bob Samuelson, Arden Johnson, Ralph Prieur, Jill Scott, Bill Reel, Helen Cogliano, John Bylund, Joanne Aron, Pastor John Klatt, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Todd Reel, Maj-Britt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla,
· For people serving in the military and their families, those caught up in war who have no safe home in which to live.
· For all children, that the love of Christ may reach them through all of us who have resources to love, protect, pray and provide for them.