Announcements — November 18, 2014

christ the kingThe following announcements were in the November 13th bulletin.

WELCOME TO NEW BEGINNINGS LUTHERAN CHURCH: We are glad you are worshiping with us today.

COMMUNION: All are welcome to receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.
The center section of each Communion tray has two types of glasses. There are glasses with white grape juice, and also glasses with a lesser amount of wine. Please feel free to take which ever will best meet your needs. The communion bread is gluten-free.

PLEASE STAY FOR FELLOWSHIP: After worship you are invited to join us downstairs for refreshments and fellowship. An elevator is located at the end of the hall.

LIFETREE CAFÉ TONIGHT: Tonight’s program, titled “The Power of Thankfulness: Trista Sutter’s Life After The Bachelorette,” includes an exclusive film of Sutter discussing life since her $4 million televised wedding. Sutter, author of Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart, credits a decision to focus on being thankful with helping her cope with parts of daily life that have proven challenging. “Gratitude lifts me up in the times I’ve struggled and grounds me when things are going well,” says Sutter. Lifetree participants will consider how thankfulness might impact their own lives and explore practical ways to develop an attitude of gratitude.
FEARLESS CONVERSATION SUNDAY SCHOOL meets Sunday mornings at 8:45 in the Café downstairs. JH students through adults are welcomed to join the conversation on Matthew and Luke. Come be a part of the dialogue and get to know God and each other better by exploring “wondering” questions and looking to the Bible to seek answers to our questions.

JESUS AND ME (JAM) SUNDAYS AT 8:45 AM. Preschoolers through 5th graders are invited to join us in the Nursery and Confirmation room for a faith activity, snack and lots of fun.

WEDNESDAY NOON BIBLE STUDY will not meet this week.
AMPED (Active Ministry Producing Energized Disciples) will not meet this week due to Thanksgiving Break.

THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION! Join us on Thanksgiving Day at noon for an intergenerational Thanksgiving dinner and fellowship here at church. The purpose of this celebration is to provide an extended family to those that might not be with theirs on Thanksgiving. If you are interested, please let Bobbie Schnitkey, 898-0358, or Laura Magyar, 649-7170, know or sign up on the board in the Fellowship Hall.

ADVENT ANNOUNCEMENT The Advent series this year is entitled Comfort and Joy. The Advent services will be Wednesday, December 3, 10, and 17 (Christmas Eve is Wednesday Dec. 24th) at 6:30 p.m. We will gather for worship around the themes of: The Peace of Christ, the Pardon on Christ, and the Presence of Christ. Plan to come and hear what Isaiah prophesies regarding Christ.
ADVENT MEALS will be served directly before the Advent Services. Details to come. Please join us for food & fellowship!
THE ADVENT OFFERING for this year will be given to the Mahomet Ministerial for its activities. Primarily the funds in the Ministerial Alliance are used to help transients who are passing through Mahomet, but who need a meal, or some gas, or lodging for the night. The Mahomet police is the clearing house for all seeking help, those seeking help are given vouchers by the police dept. so that they can receive the help they need and then go on their way.

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL BOOKLET FOR 2014 is now available. This devotional booklet is similar to last year’s edition. It can be used by anyone including: individuals, families, Bible studies or small groups interested in a biblical, devotional journey through Advent. The booklet is titled, “Amen, Come, Lord Jesus!” and is written by Pastor David Wendel, NALC Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry and Ecumenism. It is available free on the NALC website, http://thenalc.org

CHRISTMAS DINNER BAGS We are collecting non-perishable food items for delivery to help local families have a nice Christmas dinner. These items are canned ham, canned sweet potatoes, canned vegetables and fruit, packaged dessert mix. Please take 1 or 2 tags from the poster in the narthex and return the item to the church before Dec. 10.

PURCHASE GIFTS FOR LOCAL CHILDREN for Helping Hands to distribute. Tags with the children’s age are hung on the small tree upstairs.

DONATIONS OF NEW OR GENTLY USED WINTER WEAR: coats, gloves, hats & scarves are being collected in the box by the coat rack. These items will be donated to an area assistance program.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT WILL BE DEC. 14TH! Practices will be held before Advent services on Dec. 3rd & 6th and Sunday, Dec. 7th after the service, at 11:15.

WE WILL “GREEN” THE CHURCH NEXT SUNDAY, Nov. 30, after worship. Plan to stay and help prepare for the Advent and
Christmas seasons. It is a wonderful time of God’s blessings!

QUARTERLY OFFERING STATEMENTS are available in a basket on the table in the narthex.

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, November 16th was 92. The undesignated General Fund offering was $2,505.00. $40.00 was designated to repairs, $100.00 the mortgage payment, $200 to the Building Fund, and $25 to Lifetree Café.

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