HOPE LUTHERAN is responsible for staffing the Walker Area Food Shelf on Tuesdays during December. We need volunteers from 11:00-3:00 on Dec 4, 11 & 18. If you will take a shift, sign up on the bulletin board across from the church office or call 547-1850.
Wednesday Advent Services
December 5, 12 and 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Featuring “Tales of Sacrifice”
12/5: “The Littlest Angel”
12/12: “The Gift of the Magi”
12/19: “Barrington Bunny”
Advent… A Time to Reflect, To Wait, To Pray
What better way to be part of this special time… to worship on three Wednesdays
beginning on December 5th and continuing on December 12th and 19th. Each service will be short, including a responsive liturgy, two Christmas carols, a Reader’s Theater, and a candle-lighting prayer time.
The theme for this Advent season is “Sacrifice”. You might wonder, “Isn’t that a Lenten theme?” Actually, when you consider the whole of our Christian faith, sacrifice is at the center of our beliefs. And, so, the Reader’s Theater’s presentations will center on sacrifice … giving, sharing, reaching out, turning from one’s self for the sake of others.
“The Littlest Angel” is the first of the three. It’s a powerful children’s story, one that speaks to a little boy’s supreme sacrifice. The seventh grade confirmation class will be reading, taking the parts of the small Angel, the “veteran” Angels, the Gate Keeper, the Understanding Angel, and God.
“The Gift of the Magi” is a familiar tale all about hair and a watch fob. Della wants so badly to give her husband Jim a special Christmas present, and Jim agonizes over his dilemma as to what he can give his wife. They’re poor, their resources are scant. And yet, with their sacrificial schemes, they find a way.
You may not have heard the tale of “Barrington Bunny”. A bunny, you ask? Not only the bunny, but squirrels, beavers, and mice… And, a wolf. Barrington is a Christ figure, offering himself, the ultimate sacrifice.
So, mark your calendars for 7:00 on the three Advent Wednesdays. The Readers will bring you a special Advent message.
Christmas Eve—Monday, December 24th
Morning Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Candlelight Communion Worship at 3:00, 5:00 & 9:00 pm
Christmas Eve Morning, December 24
Fellowship & Worship beginning at 9:00 am
It was so much fun last year, we are doing it again! Join us for a casual worship service in the Fellowship Hall! We will gather at 9:00 am for some hearty Christmas goodies including cinnamon rolls, fruit, cider, coffee and hot chocolate. Worship will begin around 9:30 am with Christmas Carol requests, some prayers, and a reading of a Christmas classic! Worship will conclude with more time of fellowship around 10:00 am. Come as you are and we mean it! Kids wear your jammies! All are welcome!
FOOD BOXES FOR NEEDY FAMILIES in our community will be put together December 13th. You can help support this project with a donation made payable to Hope Lutheran, marked “Food Box”. Pick up an honorarium postcard in the narthex to slip inside your Christmas card to let someone know you’ve made a gift toward the Food Boxes in their honor. Your gift in any amount will help feed hungry families in our community!
A food box for family of 1-2 costs about $35; a family of 3-4 about $60; a family of 5-6 about $85; and food boxes for family of 7-8 cost about $100.
Last year, we gave food boxes to 102 families, serving over 400 people!
Included in the Christmas Food Boxes are fleece tie blankets for children. We need to get all of our tie-blanket kits assembled this week! Pick up a kit from the classroom nearest the fireplace in the Fellowship Hall to take home and complete. Please return all blankets by Dec. 8
100th Anniversary: Committee Volunteers Needed
Find a calendar for next year (2019) and mark Hope’s 100th Anniversary on June 29 & 30th, 2019! We are forming committees to help plan the various aspects of the weekend. Pick a committee and get involved in this fabulous celebration of the first 100 years of Hope!
How do you plan to leave a legacy?
The Hope Lutheran Church Endowment Fund was established in 1984 as a permanent fund in which to receive gifts and bequests to the Church. Earnings from the Fund may be used for purposes tied to the mission of Hope Lutheran Church not related to normal operating or capital expenses. Over the past three years, the Endowment Committee has reviewed applications and awarded funds to the Food Box Ministry, to support visiting speakers and a seminary student, to Faith in Action for Cass County’s transportation and home repair programs, to a family in need, to support Youth Ministry projects, and to the Phebe Project. Organizations, individuals and church programs may apply and funds may be awarded at any time during the year. The Endowment Grant application is available in the Church Office.
As a Christian you are the caretaker of unique gifts – your time, your talent, your loved ones, and the financial resources given to you by God. One way to steward these gifts wisely is through contributions to the Endowment Fund, which will strengthen our mission and ministry today and in the years to come. There are several options for contributing.
Give Now: To provide immediate support for Hope Lutheran Church’s ministry and mission through the Endowment, you can make a cash gift at any time. You can make a one-time gift, one that renews each year, or give as a memorial or for a special event like a birthday or anniversary, or as part of year-end tax planning. Send a check to the Hope Lutheran Church with “Endowment” indicated on the memo line.
Give Later: Planned giving is another way to invest in the Endowment Fund. With planned giving, your legacy gift is received upon your death. Planned giving can be done through wills and bequests, life insurance and annuities, stocks, bonds, mutual Funds and real estate. Contact an Endowment Committee Member for information.
Your legacy is welcomed regardless of its amount. Contributions of all sizes continue working for Hope’s mission forever. Gifts or bequests to the Endowment Fund should not be considered in lieu of a member’s annual contributions for the current financial needs of the congregation.
Endowment Gift envelopes are located in the brochure racks at either end of the sanctuary doors. In each envelope is a postcard you can use to tell someone you have made a gift to Endowment in their honor for a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. Along with your holiday giving, consider a gift to the Endowment Fund today.
Every Sunday at 8:30 a.m, listeners at home can tune their radios to 101.9 FM and hear Hope Lutheran’s worship broadcast live from our sanctuary. This service is greatly appreciated by those who cannot be with us in person due to health, weather or other conflicts. Individual donors make this ministry possible. The cost of each weekly broadcast is $75. You may sponsor a broadcast (or be a co-sponsor for $40) in memory or honor of a loved one or special event on the Sunday of your choice. Your dedication will be listed in the Sunday bulletin and announced over the air. Sign up on the bulletin board across from the church office, or call 547-1850.
NEED A NAME TAG? Everyone is encouraged to wear your name tag during worship… it helps us all become acquainted with those we don’t know. If you don’t have a name tag, contact the church office
Lectionary Bible Study
Join the pastors on Tuesdays at noon at May Creek Lodge for discussion on the upcoming Sunday’s scripture. No advanced prep or special materials required. Just join in as often as you are able.
Prayer Shawls Available
Is there someone in your life who you would literally like to wrap up in prayer? Giving the gift of a prayer shawl is a wonderful way to do that. Prayer shawls are available at no cost. They have been knit or crocheted with prayer by members of the Hope community. You can request a prayer shawl in the church office.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR FLOWERS FOR WORSHIP?
We welcome flowers from your own garden, or you can order them through the church office. Sign up for the date of your choice on the bulletin board across from the church office.