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December 20, 2017

Saint Andrew’s Calendar

Devotional Word….

  

A Christmas Blessing Received: God With Us

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

O come, O Wisdom from on high, embracing all things far and nigh:
in strength and beauty come and stay; teach us your will and guide our way. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

O come, O come, O Lord of might, as to your tribes on Sinai's height
in ancient times you gave the law in cloud, and majesty, and awe. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

O come, O Branch of Jesse, free your own from Satan's tyranny;
from depths of hell your people save, and give them vict'ry o'er the grave. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

A word of thanks from the Ministry Team for the many words and acts of kindness expressed during this season of blessing. We appreciate each of you and are thankful for your constant loving support of our ministries in your midst. Merry Christmas and a truly blessed new year of life together in Christ!

Pastor McEachran

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Text: Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, Köln, 1710; tr. Composite. Text stanza 2 © 1997 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

 

Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…

 

December 24 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Worship with Holy Communion:

9:30 am

 Sermon:

Pastor McEachran, “All Ready – 1, 2, 3”

Readings:

Luke 1:57-66; Luke 2:1-7

Please Note:

· There is no Discipleship Hour

 

 

December 24 – Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve

Worship:

4:00 pm:

Family Worship (no Holy Communion). Prelude music is by the youth of Saint Andrew’s.

 

6:30 pm:

Worship with Holy Communion (Chancel Choir sings at this service)

 

9:00 pm:

Worship with Holy Communion (Handbell Choir rings at this service)

 

News to Share…

 

Thank you from Director of Discipleship Ministries Emily Harrow:
Adam and I appreciate the warm welcome back and all your well wishes to our family. I am incredibly grateful for the gift of time to bond with our newborn. Many thanks to a fantastic team of volunteers, the Discipleship Committee, and Sherry Grindeland who continued the ministry in my absence. And thank you to a supportive staff who went above and beyond to keep things running smoothly. I am thrilled to be back and look forward to introducing you all to Silas!

 

Advent
Our Advent theme is “Just in Time”. In God’s time, the time of Mary was suddenly changed into nine months’ time when an angel visitation promised a birth that would change the world. Download a printable flyer with information about worship opportunities.

 

Christmas Eve Prelude Music
for youth
We welcome all children and teens to consider sharing a piece for the prelude music to the 4:00 pm Family Worship service on Christmas Eve. The piece does not have to be Christmas themed but can be something played in a recital. Contact Dr. Will Simpson, will@SALChome.org or 425-746-2529, to participate.

 

End-of-Year Contributions
To be counted for 2017, contributions need to be dated December 31 or earlier.
If mailed, they need to be postmarked by December 29.
If brought to church, they need to be received no later than December 31.

 

2018 Commitments
Thank you to all who have pledged your giving for 2018. To date, we have received 138 pledges for a total of $531,293. Commitments/pledges are welcome. A printable commitment form can be found here. You may also pledge online here.

 

Trendings eNews
There will be no Trendings eNews next Wednesday, December 27.
The next Trendings will be emailed on Wednesday, January 3.

 

Coming Up @ Saint Andrew’s…

 

Advent Mid-week Worship
Wednesday, December 20
Soup Supper, 6:15 pm, 301/Fellowship Hall North
Holden Evening Prayer Worship, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Advent mid-week worship focuses on the theme, “The Advent of Our God”. Pastor Paul Hoffman is our Devotional Leader.
The text for tonight is Galatians 5:13-18.

 

Monday, December 25 – Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day
There are no worship services scheduled.
The church office will be closed.

 

End-of-Year Office Hours
Please note that the church office hours are 9:00 am – 12:00 noon Tuesday-Friday, December 26 – December 29.

 

End-of-Year Schedule
Please note ….
· On Tuesday, December 26, Parish Nurses will have office hours beginning at 11:00 am. There is no Tuesday Morning Men, no Tuesday Morning Bible Study, and no Handbell Choir rehearsal..
· On Thursday, December 28, there is no Chancel Choir rehearsal.

 

Sunday, December 31
There will be one worship service on Sunday, December 31, at 9:30 am. There are no Discipleship Hour classes that morning.

 

Office Closed on January 1
Please note that the church office will be closed on Monday, January 1.

 

Dorcas Circle
Tuesday, January 2, 9:30 am, 302/Fellowship Hall South
Everyone is always welcome to join as we sew quilts, school bags, and complete other projects. Drop in anytime during the morning – sewing skills are not required! You can help from home by cutting and/or sewing quilt squares. Also welcome are donations of fabric, sheets, crochet or embroidery thread, quilt batting, sewing supplies, and blankets. Contact Linda Willenberg for more information.

 

W.E.B.S. (Women’s Evening Book Study) Winter Session
Wednesdays, January 3 – February 7, 7:00 pm, 322/Conference Room
Do you want to learn more about India? We will discuss marriage, society, women’s roles, cuisine, and other issues depicted by the author in the book selection for Winter Session for W.E.B.S. Now is the time to get your copy of The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (available on Amazon for $10). Join us for a lively discussion, prayer, sharing, laughter, and maybe some service projects! We hope to include an Indian meal and a special speaker. All women are welcome. Bring a friend! For more information, contact Cheryl Jurrus.

 

  

Be sure to sign up ….

> Youth, to play music during the Prelude on Christmas Eve at 4:00 pm. Email Dr. Will Simpson.

> God Squad youth in grades 9-12, to be a part of the 2018 Summer Mission Trip. Complete a commitment form by January 14.

> God Squad youth in grades 9-12, to go to Holden Village May 18-20. Sign up in the Narthex by January 14.

> to be a Saint Andrew’s Ambassador. Email Kurt Lutterman.

> to bake Communion Bread. Contact Jill Nichols-Hicks for more information.

> to be an Usher. Sign up in the Narthex or email Sherry Grindeland.

> Youth Registration Form for 2017-2018

 

 


Outreach Opportunities….

~  Corner of Blessing: In December, we are collecting canned meats for Hopelink: SPAM, chicken, tuna, and Vienna Sausage.

~  Donate socks and warm knit hats for Compass Housing Alliance.

~  Donate items for the Plaster House in Tanzania.

~  Donate box tops for the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission School. Place box tops in the envelope on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

~  Deliver meals for Chicken Soup Brigade on Thursday afternoons  

~  Provide financial support for students at MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School (MGLSS)

~  Donate items for Lutheran World Relief, Compass Housing Alliance, and Congregations for the Homeless. Donations can be brought to the baskets in the Narthex.

~   Visit our Current Outreach Events and Projects webpage for more opportunities to serve.

 

 


Looking Ahead….

*  Advent Mid-Week Worship,
December 20
Soup Supper, 6:15 pm
Holden Evening Prayer Worship, 7:00 pm

*  December 24
Fourth Sunday of Advent Worship, 9:30 am
No Discipleship Hour classes
Christmas Eve Family Worship (no Holy Communion), 4:00 pm
Christmas Eve Worship with Holy Communion, 6:30 pm
Christmas Eve Worship with Holy Communion, 9:00 pm

*  Christmas Day, December 25
No worship service scheduled

*  Sunday, December 31
One Worship Service, with Holy Communion, 9:30 am
No Discipleship Hour classes

*  W.E.B.S. (Women’s Evening Book Study) Winter Session begins, January 3, 7:00 pm

*  Early Sunday Morning Bible Study begins, January 7, 7:15 am

*  Sunday, January 7
Worship Service, with Holy Communion, 8:30 am and 11:00 am
Discipleship Hour, 9:45 am
Altar Guild, 9:45 am

*  Dinner with Young Adults, January 10, 6:30 pm

*  Little Lambs Fellowship, January 14, 9:45 am

*  God Squad 2018 Summer Mission Trip Team, January 14, 12:15 pm

*  O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Lutheran Saints), January 16, 11:45 am

 

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