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Sunday (12/4)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 4:30 pm—Live Nativity


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward to Sunday Bible Study
  • 7:00 pm—Midweek Advent Service


  • 1:30 pm—Ladies Aid


  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (12/11)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:15 am—LWML Cookie Walk
  • 10:30 am—Sunday School
  • 11:15 am—Church Council Meeting
  • 6:00 pm—Sunday School Christmas Service


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Leona Czerwonka; Alberta Dallas; Howard Eskridge (friend of the Stumeiers & Alexanders); Janice Funk (mother of Mike Ekstrom); Paula Hancock; Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; Trena Knauss (sister of Tresa Pollock); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Ken Moen (friend of the Vukeliches); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Joan Rahn; Ellen Shawgo (niece of Ruth Rentschler); Roland Spomer; Sara Urban (wife of Ron Urban).

DEATH: Family and friends of Max Scott (grandfather of Celeste Nau).



MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Alan and Patricia Ludwig; Julie Lutz.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Joan Mulligan; Janet Pollock; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

MILITARY: John Bookas; Carl Crawford; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Chase Reifsteck; Blake Stokes; Paige Stokes; Ruben Wilson.


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Isaiah 40:1–8; 1 Corinthians 4:1–5; Matthew 11:2–10.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The day on which our Lord returns will be a “great and awesome day” (Mal. 4:5). For He will come in a cloud with great power and glory. To the wicked and the proud, it will be a Day of judgment that will “set them ablaze” (Mal. 4:1). The signs preceding this Day will bring them fear and fainting. But to those who believe, who fear the name of the Lord, this Day is one to look forward to and rejoice in: “. . . straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28). Christ our Redeemer is coming; the Sun of Righteousness will bring healing in His wings. Let us, then, give attention to the words of the Lord, which do not pass away. Let us “through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures” (Rom. 15:4) be strengthened in our hope by the Holy Spirit and watch diligently for Jesus’ coming. Then, by God’s grace, we shall escape all these things that will come to pass and stand before the Son of Man.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Romans 15:4 “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction.” God’s Word was given to us to bless us. The Bible warns us of our sin and points us to Christ for our salvation. The Bible also instructs us as to how to live out our Christians lives—this is the “third use of the Law.” As Christians we should welcome this instruction in humble faith.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is today, Sunday, December 4. Angel Tree envelopes and all loose cash in the offering will go to the Angel Tree. This year your generous donations will be used to benefit a local family with six children.

THE LADIES AID . . . will be disbanding as of December 8, 2016, due to low membership. With the help of the ladies in the congregation, we will have funeral dinners. The donations given will be given to LWML.

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS SERVICE . . . is set for Sunday, December 11. The service is at 6:00 pm, followed by cookies and punch hosted by the Board of Education. Join us for a Christmas Service where our children will remind us of the real reason for the season with all your favorite Christmas hymns and then food and fellowship.

THE 16TH ANNUAL LWML COOKIE WALK . . . will be held in the fellowship hall after the church service on December 11. We appreciate all the support from the congregation for these many years! This is our main fund-raising event and has enabled us to donate to many charities and organizations since we started this in 2001. Some of these have included: Lutheran World Relief disaster funds, following earthquakes, tornados, and floods (both in the U.S. and abroad); SAM food pantry; BETHS Place (domestic violence shelter); The Salvation Army (locally); the local Christmas Bureau; Lutherans For Life; Lutheran Indian Ministries; Camp CILCA; Seminary food pantries; LAMP; Angel Tree; and support for a seminary student. This was all made possible with your help! If you have any ideas for future projects/donations, please contact Irene Wattjes, Theresa Fields, or Joyce Alexander. Any donations of cookies would also be appreciated. Come purchase a tin of cookies (again $7.00 each this year). Hope to see you there!

POINSETTIA ORDER FORMS . . . are included in today’s bulletin. Please complete and return them to the church office by Sunday, December 18. The cost for each poinsettia is $13.00.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR SEMINARY STUDENTS . . . If you’d like to send Christmas greetings to our seminary students, their addresses are:  Mr. Hayden Folks, 5502 River Run Tr., Apt. D, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, 46825; Ms. Carolyn Walsh, 6600 N. Clinton St., Box 294, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, 46825.

THE VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY BUDGET AND ELECTION MEETING . . . will be on Monday, December 19, at 7:30 pm.

CHECK YOUR CHURCH MAILBOX . . . to pick up the offering envelopes for 2017.


  • Wednesday, November 23, 7:00 pm—Thanksgiving Eve Service
  • Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • Saturday, December 3, 11:00 am—Christmas Town Parade
  • Sunday, December 4, 10:30 am—Sunday School stays until noon
  • Sunday, December 4, 4:30 pm—Live Nativity
  • Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • Sunday, December 11, 10:15 am—LWML Cookie Walk
  • Sunday, December 11, 10:30 am—Sunday School stays until noon
  • Sunday, December 11, 6:00 pm—Sunday School Christmas Service
  • Thursday, December 15, 1:30 pm—Ladies Aid
  • Monday, December 19, 7:30 pm—Voter’s Budget Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • *Saturday, December 24, 7:00 pm—Christmas Eve Service
  • Sunday, December 25, 9:00 am—Christmas Day Service
  • *Saturday, December 31, 7:00 pm—New Year’s Eve Service

* 7:00 pm services on these Saturdays replace the 5:30 pm service



  • Kenny & Tammy Kresin (West)
  • Tim & Teri Pollock (East)


  • Donna Campbell (West)
  • David & Michelle Stumeier (East)



  • Ron Legg
  • Judy Legg; Marissa Russo


  • Ron Legg
  • Judy Legg; Lexie Russo



  • Ethan Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)


  • Caleb Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)


  • Laverl Byers—December


  • Scott Dallas & Sharon Allen—December


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