Beginning on December 6, worship times will change at Our Savior’s & Emmanuel.
At Our Savior’s, worship services will begin at 9:30 a.m., with Sunday School Beginning at 10:30 (or right after services end) and ending at 11:15 am. This is a correction to the times printed in the Messenger.
At Emmanuel, worship services will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Sunday School keeping the start time of 10:00 a.m.
These changes are part of our cooperative ministry agreement with Nazareth Lutheran in Withee, and will allow Pastor Brian to also lead their services.
During Advent and Lent, our churches have skipped collecting a noisy offering, and have water jugs near the sanctuary entrances to collect a special seasonal offering. For this Advent and Christmas, our Noisy Offering will go to the Malawi Famine Fund.
Our brothers and sisters in our companion synod in Malawi are suffering. The Synod office sent the following information.
As of this October, 2.8 million people starving in Malawi according to the UN Food Bank. It is anticipated that the food sources growing around the villages will be depleted as the famine progresses. In the urban capital of Lilongwe, many will be left with one meal a day, which is far more than what many throughout Malawi will have. Maize or corn is being rationed at exorbitant costs. Many of these centers are a far walk, and the maize is unaffordable. This is a dire situation. Malnutrition and starvation cause physical and developmental damage. Please help the saints of our accompanying church. All funds that are raised in this appeal will be sent to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi, and they will administer these gifts for hunger relief.
Given the success of our Walk4Water challenge, I have no doubt your generosity will allow our churches to send more than $1,000 to Malawi. While I hope we can raise this without me needing to embarrass myself, I am prepared to put on the appropriate green & gold or cheese related items if such motivation is needed.
Edited: Since this appeared in the Messenger, Pastor Brian has been challenged, should the goal of $1,000 be reached, to wear a cheese head during announcements during the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany. Below is a potential picture.
Christmas Eve services will feature Lessons & Carols with Communion and Congregational Candle Lighting as we sing “Silent Night.” On Thursday, December 24, we will have a service at Emmanuel at 4:00 p.m., with bell ringing to follow. At Our Savior’s, the service will begin at 8:00 p.m.
On Christmas Morn, Friday, December 25, services will also feature Lessons & Carols with Communion at NEW Sunday worship times; Our Savior’s at 9:30 a.m. and Emmanuel at 11:00 a.m.
Combined Sunday School Service on December 20
Sunday School students will present a COMBINED Christmas Programs between Our Savior’s, Emmanuel and Nazareth churches. There will be only one service on Sunday, December 20. It will be at Our Savior’s at 10:00 a.m., with a cookie and dessert potluck following the service.
Prior to the November 17 Sowing Seeds Lutheran Ministries meeting, the combined councils from Our Saviour’s in Holoway and St. Paul’s in Curtiss voted to table the approval of the contract for Pastor Kris Bjerke-Ulliman to participate in providing pastoral care and leadership for Nazareth Lutheran in Withee.
At the November 17th meeting, representatives from Our Savior’s and Emmanuel, along with those from Nazareth discussed how the working relationship could continue. It was decided to go forward with the responsibilities that Pastor Brian was going to undertake for Nazareth – leading worship, administrative duties and teaching. He would add leading any special worship services (funerals and weddings) as needed. The members of Nazareth would handle doing visits for homebound members.
This arrangement prompted the change in worship times for Our Savior’s and Emmanuel, and allow Pastor Brian to also lead services at Nazareth at 8 am on Sundays. These discussions also lead to the Combined Christmas Program service on Sunday, December 20 at 10 a.m. at Our Savior’s.
Beginning on December 6, worship times will change at Our Savior’s & Emmanuel. At Our Savior’s, worship services will begin at 9:30 a.m., with Sunday School Beginning after the service. At Emmanuel, worship services will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Sunday School keeping the start time of 10:00 a.m.
This arrangement is currently for six months, and will expire at the end of May. Discussions and evaluations of how it is going, and what should happen next will be ongoing.
This past year, the quilters and others from Our Savior’s and Emmanuel created, collected, and prepared the following items to be sent to Lutheran World Relief:
A special thanks to Brenda Noah for her leadership.
The quilters are taking a break, but they could use donations of cotton fabric. Any cotton fabric, scraps, or flat sheets are useable. Twin size flat sheets are the perfect size for their needs.
A Special Note
Our Savior's Quilters were one of the groups recognized by the Greenwood Ecumenical Community Organization as a Community Unsung Hero for 2015!!
Extra Special Note
On Monday, December 7, we tweeted this:
This year, the ladies of Our Savior's sent over 70 quilts to @LuthWorldRelief. But where did they actually go? ow.ly/VpMlE
The link is to a spot
@EmmanuelOurSavr 70 quilts is impressive - we're so grateful. Keep an eye on the mail for the 2015 map w/ ALL Quilt & Kit distributions!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Another successful Lutefisk Supper is now history. I cannot say THANK YOU enough to everyone who helped to prepare all the food, donated ingredients, made a monetary donation or worked the night of the Supper! We served 344 meals! This count also includes carry-outs. This is truly a congregational event with great-grandparents down to elementary age children working side by side.
If you did not have the opportunity to sign up to donate a food item, work during any of the preparations, or receive a phone call asking for a donation, it is not too late to make a monetary contribution to help defray the cost of the lutefisk. This can be mailed to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 27, Greenwood, WI 54437 marked “Lutefisk Supper.”
Again thank you everyone!
Cathy Langreck, Coordinator
Two pound bags of lutefisk are available at Our Savior’s for $9.50 per bag.
Our website hasn't had any updates since early November, and items from the November newsletter were not posted. I must apologize because I thought I had set them to post on different dates, so as not to flood or overwhelm any one at one time. I thought I had the feature to schedule posts figured out. It is obvious that I do not. I'm sorry for the delay in information.
Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Christmas Cooking baking days set for December 4th & 5th. Anyone of any age is welcome to join us for either or both days or for just a few hours – starting about 8:00 a.m. or whenever you can make it – to help with the mixing, baking, decorating and packaging. There will be sign up sheets available at the church the first part of November for ingredient donations and worker commitments.
This year the proceeds from the Homemade Christmas Cookie sales will benefit the Clark County Department of Aging Food Pantry and the Greenwood Angel Tree Project.
Last year’s endeavor is making it possible for us to contribute a total of $1,200.00 to these organizations this year! All the ingredients needed to do the baking were generously donated by members of our congregation and community.
An order form can be downloaded from this page.
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