Important Upcoming Events:
Christmas Lunch for All St. John Ladies.....................................................................................................December 5, 2019  
Faith, Family, Fellowship...........................................................................................................................December 11, 2019
Advent Services.............................................................................................................................December 4, 11, & 18, 2019
Children's Christmas Program...................................................................................................................December 15, 2019
Christmas Eve Services...............................................................................................................................December 24 2019
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From The Board of Elders...     

            

At a time when much of the world is frantically gift shopping, putting up Christmas lawn decorations and anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus, Christians around the world are observing the liturgical season of Advent. From the Latin word for “coming”, Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of Christ both in the past in His incarnation as the baby Jesus, but also in the future with His promised second coming as Christ Triumphant. Furthermore, Advent is a time to focus on His present coming to us in the Word and Sacraments.

 

In the Lutheran church there have been many traditions observed during Advent that help Christians to both prepare for and anticipate His coming at this time.  Martin Luther encouraged families to observe Advent as a time for them to teach their children about the coming of Christ.  Christians are to fast during the beginning of Advent.

 

Advent marks the beginning of the church calendar. It traditionally starts on the Sunday closest to St. Andrew’s Day (November 30th) and continues for four Sundays until Christmas. During this time the liturgical paraments and vestments in many churches will change to blue to recognize Advent as a time of preparation and repentance as well as a symbol of the royalty of the coming King.  

 

An Advent wreath is set up for this season.  The wreath is made out of evergreens in the shape of a circle to represent eternal life.  It consisted of four candles originally; three are blue because blue is a liturgical color that signifies a time of prayer, penance, and sacrifice,  and one pink candle lit on the third Sunday in Advent. This third Sunday is known as Gaudete Sunday, meaning “rejoice” in Latin and comes from Philippians 4:4. Lighting this third candle, Christians relax the fast to rejoice for the promised Messiah is coming soon.

 

There is so much beauty and rich tradition during the season of Advent to prepare Christians for the coming of Jesus, the babe of Bethlehem. When you see the altar draped in blue, remember your King who came to bring you life and salvation, who continues to come to us in Word and Sacrament, and who promises to return again that all the faithful may be with Him for all eternity.

 

Have a blessed Advent and a very Merry Christmas!

 

**Information for this article was obtained from Lutheran Reformation.org:  "Lutheran Advent Traditions" by Deaconess Betsy Karkan, December 2, 2016

    

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Stitch & Chatter Quilters

The Stitch & Chatter quilters have quilts for sale.  These quilts are located in the fellowship hall and are tagged with prices and the approximate sizes.  Checks can be made out to Stitch & Chatter and left in the church office or mailed to the church.

Most of the quilts made by Stitch & Chatter are donated to missions, the Empty Stocking Fund, fire victims, and members who might be in need of them.

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 LWML NEWS...

Sharing Jesus' Love Through Action:  Human Care

What can you do?

   Use an Advent devotion throughout the season.  Involve your family and discuss each day's reading together.

Action:

  Provide guidance to families on how to keep Christ in Christmas, to slow down and focus on what's important for children to learn.  One idea is to make an Advent wreath and use it as a focal point for Advent devotions.

More Action:

   Sponsor a parent's night out so that parents are able to do some Christmas shopping or decorating without the little ones underfoot.  Be sure to have babysitters on hand and involve the youth from the congregation in entertaining the smaller children.

      

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Sunday School

 Pastor Meltzer and Bonnie E. lead the Sunday School students in singing their favorite Bible-based songs during the opening of Sunday School.  All students are invited/encouraged to attend Sunday School classes at 10:15 AM on Sundays after the Divine Worship Service to read the narratives of our "fathers in faith" as recorded in the Bible.

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Board of Evangelism:

   

  The pine tree stands majestic and proud,

All heavy laden in winter's white shroud.

The snow clinging and hugging each limb,

As beneath carolers sing a Christmas hymn.

Outside the warmth of that old country house,

The cold air echoes the call of a grouse.

To the smell of chimney smoke add the sight

of the warm glow from winters light.

And there's no question, no question at all,

Christmas has come with the snowfall.

The them of the carol that's sung

Makes us thankful for the life begun.

When with the birth of Virgin Mary's child,

God brought peace to earth and mercy mild.

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Youth Group News:

    The youth group usually meets the 2nd Sunday of each month.  Watch the Sunday bulletins for more information.

Sunday School:

     Everyone from 3 years old through 12th grade is invited to attend Sunday School.  We meet downstairs at 10:15 a.m.  Sunday School  begins again on September 15, 2019.

Confirmation Classes:

     Confirmation classes are for ALL 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  Classes are at 6:00 PM on Wednesday evenings.   

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 Lutheran Island Camp Registration

    Our congregation pays the registration fee for any youth from St. John who wishes to attend Lutheran Island Camp.

        For a positive change in your life, plan to attend 

Lutheran Island Camp this summer!

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 Mary Guild-Ruth Guild Christmas Potluck

December 5, 2019

ALL LADIES ARE INVITED!

9:30 AM--Mary Guild Business Meeting

10:15 AM--Punch and Coffee Served

Christmas Devotion with Joyful Singing

11:30 AM--Lunch provided by Mary & Ruth Guilds

After Lunch--Ruth Guild Business Meeting

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