Announcements for the week of Dec. 17, 2017

ADVENT The Advent Wednesday worship this year will be at 7:00 p.m. The theme is: Together in Advent. In the series we will celebrate together as the family of God the coming of His Son for our salvation. The theme verse for the series is: “Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy Name and glory in Your praise.” (Psalm 106:47). Week 4: Wrap in Love. Plan to come! The Wednesday evening Advent offering will be given to the NALC Disaster Relief and the Champaign County Christian Health Center. Go to to learn more about the Champaign County Christian Health Center, which offers free healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS There will be a box in the Nartex for gifts for Pastor and Kathi. The box will be there all this week through the services on Christmas Eve. Please feel free to drop something by to let them know how much their service means to us this Christmas season!

CHRISTMAS SERVICE SCHEDULE Christmas Eve services will be: Sunday morning at 10:00 (4th Sunday of Advent), then 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm for the Christmas Eve candlelight service. December 31st will be the Service of Readings and Carols at the 10:00 a.m. service. We will have a time a refreshments and fellowship between the Christmas Eve services next Sunday evening. Feel free to bring cookies, snacks, etc. to share.

SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS. On Sunday, December 31st, we will have a service of Lessons and Carols. We will need readers for that service. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex if you would like to read during that service. Thanks!

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM AND CHICKEN AND DUMPLING DINNER. Thank you to the youth and adults for presenting the Christmas pageant this year! We always enjoy the presentation. Thank you to Cheryl Heinold and all who helped her organize the pageant this year. Thank you to Nichole Jessup and Mary Tollakson for organizing the chicken and dumpling dinner this year!

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE OF HOPE. We will be offering a Blue Christmas service of Hope on Thursday, December 21st, at 7:00 p.m. This service is designed for all who are having a difficult time during the holidays; perhaps you are missing a loved-one, or the long nights are hard, or some other difficulty. Plan to join us for the service, and invite others who are struggling during this time of year. The service gives us comfort and hope in Jesus.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO NEW BEGINNINGS LUTHERAN CHURCH. The end of the calendar year will be Sunday, December 31. Please have your financial contributions given by that Sunday so that the financial records for 2017 can be completed. Also, please submit all forms and bills for reimbursement by December 31. And, feel free to use the envelopes in the pew racks for your offerings. If you give cash, and would like a record for taxes, please fill out the contact information on the envelope.

THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS WILL CONCLUDE with the Day of Epiphany on January 6th. As we begin Epiphany, we will “degreen” the church after worship on Sunday, December 31. Please help get the sanctuary ready for Epiphany by helping on December 31.

MEN’S REPAIR MINISTRY M25:40 New Beginnings Lutheran Church is developing a Home Repair Team that handles basic repairs and small projects for people in God’s Family who have a need. We can use all levels of skill or come and learn a new one. If you are interested in helping please contact Rich Gegg or

SOUP KITCHEN AT CANDLEWOOD A soup kitchen is being organized at Candlewood. It is open to anyone in Mahomet. If you are interested in helping or being a participant, please contact Pastor Oman.

GIVING STATEMENTS The 3rd quarter giving statements are available in the basket in the narthex.

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, December 10th was 49 and total offering was $1,881.00. Offering Total for the Wednesday Advent service was $321.00.

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