Announcements at Dec 13 Service

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 9.26.50 AMTHE ANNUAL CHICKEN DUMPLING DINNER is today after the service. Please stay and enjoy this wonderful dinner and fellowship.

THIS TIME OF YEAR CAN BE A DIFFICULT TIME OF YEAR FOR MANY PEOPLE; perhaps you are experiencing the loss of a loved-one, or a significant change in your life, the long nights and short days, or these holy days are not all we anticipate. Whatever might be diminishing the joy of these days, New Beginnings will be offering a Blue Christmas Service of Hope/Longest Night service on Monday, December 21st, at 6:30. Come and receive support. Come and support those who are hurting during this time of year. Invite family and friends who are also struggling with these days.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES WILL BE AT 6:30 AND 9:00 P.M. ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24TH. Each will be a candle lighting service. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshments between the services. Snacks are welcome. Invite family and friends to join us for worship!

THIS YEAR OUR ADVENT WORSHIP SERVICES ARE ENTITLED: HARK THE GLAD SOUND. Service 3, The Song of the Angels, is based on Luke 2:8-14, and announces the great joy of the Good News of Christ’s birth, and reveals how the angels’ message echoes through our lives today as a melody of rejoicing. We join with the angels in singing a melody of rejoicing for the glorious good news of great joy found only in our Savior, Who brings peace, good will to all.

The Advent service will be at 6:30 on Wednesday, preceded by at pot-luck supper at 5:45. Come and worship the Lord!

Practical and fun ways to add excitement and adventure to your world will be explored Lifetree Café on Thursday at 11:30 am at the Pool House at Candlewood Estates.

The program, titled “Pursuing an Audacious Life: Inspiration From a Man Who’s Traveled to Every Country,” features a filmed interview with Chris Guillebeau, an author who set a goal to travel to all 193 countries in the world and did so in 10.5 years. Guillebeau first developed the dream while working as an aid worker in Western Africa.

“Once I had this idea, it felt totally crazy, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it,” says Guillebeau. “I knew if I didn’t pursue it, I would always regret it. I saw it as a challenge, and I knew I had to try it.”

NEW BEGINNINGS IS OPENING OUR DOORS TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS studying for finals. We will provide study space on Sunday, December 13 from 5-10 pm and Monday – Thursday, December 14-17, from 3:30 – 10:00 pm. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex to monitor a shift. Monitors welcome the students, answer questions about the facilities, and help keep things orderly. This would be a great time to catch up on some paperwork or read a book. Also, donations of snacks would be appreciated. For more information contact Nichole Jessup, 621-2693, or Bobbie Schnitkey, 898-0358.

THE GREAT RIVERS MISSION District is arranging a bus trip to the 2016 March for Life in Washington D.C. The deadline for registration is today. If you are interested, please see the poster on the bulletin board in the education wing or in the basement.

CHRISTIAN RECORDING ARTISTS, FINDING FAVOUR, will bring their City Night Tour to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 802 E. Douglas, in St. Joseph, on Thursday, December 17th, beginning at 7pm. All are invited for a great evening of contemporary Christian music and Christmas favorites performed by one of today’s most popular groups.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6pm. Seating is limited. For more information contact Chuck Sims at 217-788-4193 or Bring family and friends for an unforgettable evening of music and fellowship with Finding Favour!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6TH attendance was 67and total offering was $14,796.00.

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