From the November 2017 Good New Newsletter:

From the Pastor

This section will resume at a later date.

Worship Notes

First Sunday of Advent: December 3rd at 10:30am worship
Second Sunday of Advent:
December 10th at 10:30am worship with decorating the Christmas tree and sanctuary.
Advent Mid-Week:
December 6th, 13th, and 20th with Soup Supper at 6pm followed by Holden Evening Prayer at 6:45.
The Giving Tree:
Each week in Advent we ask you to bring the following items and put them on or under the Christmas tree in the back of the sanctuary to help those in need. All items will be donated to the Free Community Pantry.

  • Week 1: Personal Care Items
  • Week 2: Hats, Gloves, Mittens, Scarves
  • Week 3: Diapers and non-perishable food

Fourth Sunday of Advent: December 24th worship at10:30am
Christmas Eve:
December 24th worship at 7pm
Lessons and Carols:
December 31st worship at 10:30am


Holiday Bazaar Thank You

The Women of the Church wish to thank everyone for their participation with this year’s bazaar! We are grateful for the generosity of our congregation! Because of your help, we are able to continue to support our outreach ministry and camperships...and God is surely blessed. Thanks again,

Linda Willand

Lutheran World Relief Quilters

Your LWR Quilters sent off the 16 quilts on October 20th.  They were pleased with our numbers and told us not to quit, and we won't!  We will be working through the winter and spring for the shipment that will probably be in May 2018.  We are so blessed with the donations we have received, and we thank you so much.  Keep the donations  coming, we will do our best to work with anything we receive.

LWR Quilters


Building and Maintenance

Many of you have noticed the roof of the sanctuary has a few loose shingles. I have contacted two roofing contractors and am currently waiting for estimates for repairs. My last phone call from one contractor let me know we are 35th on their list. Most roofing contractors won’t repair someone else’s work. This makes it difficult to have a roof repaired not replaced.
One contractor turned down the job because his wife didn’t want him to be on a very steep and tall roof. He told me that from what he could see through my binoculars we shouldn’t have a problem with leaking. There is still some shingle and roofing paper there.

The long and the short of it is we wait for our turn. I will be monitoring the situation.

On a different note, winter is here, please try to close doors when rooms are not in use. This will help with our heating bills.

Show shovels and deicer have been placed by the exterior doors. Please use the deicer sparingly. Heavy use of deicer causes damage to concrete. Deicer is not as effective below 20 degrees.

Please let me know if you experience any problems with door locks; cold weather tends to stiffen them making it hard to unlock the door. Please
do not us WD-40 on any locks!
As always, contact me if you have questions or see a something that needs attention.



Hospitality Chair

Hello and Merry Christmas from the Hospitality Chair
We are ending a wonderful year.  Thanks to the Team Leaders, we have fulfilled Sundays with the necessary people to see that we have a smooth running Sunday Worship.  Thanks to the congregation for all the help with this process.  We might be small but we are mighty.
Thanks for a great year.  Here are some thoughts to ponder:  the month of June needs a Team Leader.  Please think and pray about this, and let me know if you are willing to be a part of this Ministry. We would like to have a few more folks trained and willing to be Acolytes. I am willing to train if you are willing to step forward.
Thanks again for a wonderful Church Family.



Community Pantry

Our community pantry continues to draw people of need and those who donate items daily. I found 6-8 “Random Acts of Kindness” gallon size bags containing personal care items in the pantry one morning, and they were all gone by the following day! Thank you to the congregation and community for your continued donations.

Our pantry is always in need of non-perishable food and personal care items for all ages. High protein food, like peanut butter and canned meat, always move fast, as do canned heat-and-eat food like chili, Chef-Boyardee, etc. Vegetables, not so much! So there are plenty of those. An occasional unexpected snack is welcomed too!

There is plenty of bar soap. Needed are toilet tissue, toothpaste & brushes, and shampoo.

Dish soap, cleanser, sponges, dishcloths and dishtowels, and scrubbies are useful too.

To insure the safety of our pantry visitors, please donate only unopened food and personal care items.

A few gently used or homemade gloves, mittens, and hats of all sizes would be welcomed as well.

As always, if you want to donate items not included in the above list, please feel free! Our next Pantry Sunday is December 31st. Thank you again for your continued support!


Christian Education

SUNDAY MORNINGS, 9:00 to 10:00 am

Adult Bible Study on the book of Luke is held in the upstairs kitchenette.

A class for middle school and older elementary school students gathers in the “Sunday school room” downstairs, but may be found in other parts of the building on occasion.

Note: Neither group will meet on December 24th or 31st.


1) December 3rd is the first of four Sundays in the season of

__ __ __ __ __ __, a time when we remember that God the Son was born as baby Jesus over 2000 years ago; while we also look forward to his future return as King and Judge.

(Look for the answer on the cover of a December bulletin.)

2) Martin Luther wrote several hymns for people to sing during worship, including F __ __ __ H __ __ __ __ __ A __ __ __ __, a 14-verse-long Christmas carol.

(You can find it on page 268 in our hymn book, Evangelical Lutheran Worship.)

3) The cover story in the November issue of Living Lutheran magazine tells about the more than 160 ELCA pastors who are employed by our government as chaplains. According to the article, they serve in three settings: the U.S. military, VA medical centers, and federal prisons. (True or False)

(A copy of the magazine can be found in our church library; the article begins on page 14.)

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