Announcements for the week of Dec. 8, 2019

ADVENT The Advent series this year is entitled Arise and Shine. We will look at the themes of: Rising Light, Reflected Light, and Healing Light. The Advent services will be Wednesday evenings December 4, 11, 18 at 7:00 p.m. Plan to come and worship the Lord! The Wednesday evening Advent Service offerings have been designated for Helping Hands and C-U at Home.

KEYS We have rekeyed the church locks. If you need a new key, please see Pastor Oman.

JUST SAY CHEESE Our church photo board in the Narthex is missing some smiles. Over the holiday season, take a quick photo and share it with your church family. The board provides an easy way to put faces with names, as well as, provide visual connections. Place your labeled photo in Lisa Schwarzentraub’s church mailbox and it will be posted.

THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM and chicken and
noodle dinner will be Sunday, December 15th. Come to worship and enjoy the children’s program, and then stay for a great meal! We have added a new noodle to our recipe this year. Amish fresh noodles! We need your help with bringing of desserts and sides for our salad bar. We will provide the lettuce and the dressings, you can help add the pizzazz to the salads. Also, we will be setting up for the dinner on Saturday, December 14 at 9 a.m. Tara and I will always take anyone’s help with the cooking Sunday morning. If you have any questions, please contact Nichole Jessup (217-586-7056).

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE OF HOPE On Saturday, December 21, we will have a Longest Night/Blue Christmas Service of Hope worship service at 7:00 p.m. The holiday season is not always a time of joy and celebration for everyone; perhaps the long nights and short days are hard to endure, perhaps someone has experienced a loss in their life, perhaps these days bring back unpleasant memories, or whatever the reason, this service is designed for those who are struggling at this time of year. It is a service of readings, songs, and the lighting of candles. Feel free to come, and to invite others who might benefit from this service.

THE CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE will be Tuesday, December 24th, at 7:00 p.m. Come and celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior!

WELCOME TO THE MADRIGAL SINGERS from Mahomet-Seymour High School! Thank you for adding to the worship service today! You are a blessing to all.

THANK YOU for your contributions to New Beginnings Lutheran Church. The end of the calendar year will be December 31. Please have your financial contributions given by that day so that the financial records for 2019 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.

OSF HEALTHCARE HEART OF MARY MEDICAL CENTER FAITH IN ACTION “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center Faith in Action is looking for volunteers to provide transportation to seniors 55+ in Champaign County. Flexibility to work around your schedule. To learn more about volunteer opportunities please contact Volunteer Services at 217-337-2378 or Faith in Action at 217-337-2778.

JAKE’S BOYS MUSIC MINISTRY We are excited to have the Jake’s Boys Music Ministry coming to Peace Lutheran Church of Thomasboro, Sunday, December 8th at 4:00pm. Singing a variety of gospel music. Refreshments will be served following the concert. There will be a free will donation. Please come and bring your family and friends.

WE ARE DOING A BASKET FULL OF BLESSINGS again this year, if you can help with food please pick up the form in the narthex with the list of what is needed and if you know someone in need please pick up the form in the narthex to fill out with the recipient information.

CHRISTMAS BOX A wrapped gift box has been placed in the Narthex. It will be given to Pastor and Kathi after Christmas Eve services. Please feel free to place your Christmas greeting &/or gift in the box. We are blessed to have Pastor and Kathi Oman as part of our church family.

WINTER GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY Wishing to escape the Illinois winter? Then “pack your bags” for Saturday, January 28th and a trip around the world (also known as then 2020 NBLC Women’s Retreat). More details coming but hold the date and spread the word!

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 was 65.

 

 

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