Announcements for the week of Dec. 9, 2018

THE ADVENT WEDNESDAY EVENING WORSHIP SERVICES will continue on Wednesday, Dec. 12th, at 7:00 p.m. The theme this year is: God With Us. Week 3: Our Living Branch; Week 4: Our Guide. The Wednesday Advent worship offering has been designated for the Mahomet Helping Hands and the North American Lutheran Seminary.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO NEW BEGINNINGS LUTHERAN CHURCH. The end of the calendar year will be Dec. 31. Please have your financial contributions given by that day so that the financial records for 2018 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 Wednesday Advent worship offering has been designated for the Mahomet Helping Hands and the North American Lutheran Seminary.

FAIR TRADE POP-UP SHOP If you are looking for Christmas gifts consider the Fair Trade Pop-up Shop sponsored by Jackie Johnson, wife of Pr. Jay Johnson, St. John Lutheran, Royal. Jackie works with Fair Trade artisans in Bangledesh, and hosts this event during the Advent season to help those who have made these items. Please see the flyer in the narthex, and contact Jackie Johnson for details and times.

READINGS AND CAROLS Sunday, December 30, will be the service of Readings and Carols, a wonderful service that goes through Old Testament prophecies of Jesus’ coming, through His birth; and Christmas Carols that correspond with the readings. We need readers for that service. If you would be willing to be a reader, please sign on the sheet in the narthex. Thank you!

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE OF HOPE: Again this year we will host a Blue Christmas service of Hope on December 21, at 7:00 p.m. This service is designed for those who are struggling during this time of the year. Perhaps you, or someone you know, has lost a loved-one, or are facing health issues, or find the short days and long nights to be problematic, or you want to help support those who are struggling this time of year, plan to come to the service and be surrounded by the grace, mercy, and steadfast love of the Lord.

THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM will be during the worship service today. The annual chicken and noodle dinner will follow worship. Come and bring your appetites! Thank you to all those who volunteered to help!

THE EMPTY TOMB CHRISTMAS GIVE AWAY is coming Dec. 7-8, 2018, and there is much that needs to be done in preparation for it. Cindy Gates is overseeing the event and she is looking for volunteers to help her. Empty Tomb already has hundreds of gift items; volunteers are needed to put together theme baskets for children to give to their parents, and to clean and organize toys. In general, volunteers can help on Tuesdays and Saturdays anytime between 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays between 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., as well as Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day) between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. If you are able to help, please call empty tomb and leave a message for Cindy at 217-356-7913 (not a public number). Thanks!

REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR This year a new Advent activity is being hosted, it’s called a Reverse Advent Calendar. The calendar consists of gathering food items for those in need. A list of the items is included on the back of the bulletin. Please bring the items to the church as you gather them, a place will be provided in the overflow/Sunday School room. If you would like to contribute money, please make the check to New Beginnings, and put Reverse Advent Calendar in the memo line, or place it in an envelope marked for the Reverse Advent Calendar activity. If you know of a family who might benefit from the food items, please check with the family to see if they would be open to receiving food, and then let Pastor Oman know. For questions contact: Elaine Skold, 217-979-1020,, or Pastor Oman. Thank you for helping those in need!

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, Dec. 2nd was 83.

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