December Advent Study - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Sundays between services
The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is a cherished symbol of Christmas. Join us as we read together the original A Christmas Carol as a people of faith. Within the story are themes of hope, redemption, transofmration, the work of the Spirit, and the Christian life which makes this a perfect study for the Advent season. Grab a cup of coffee and meet in the Music Room following the 8:30 worship.
Wednesday Evening Advent Vespers
“In Silence We Wait”
December 4, 11 & 18 at 7:00 p.m.
“The ABCs of Christmas”
Sunday School Christmas Program Worship
Sunday, December 8th at 10:30 a.m.
Potluck Lunch Sunday, December 8th at 11:30
Bring something to share & invite some friends!
After lunch join our Christmas Caroling Caravan as we walk over to May Creek Edgewood to sing holiday favorites with our neighbors!
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
Performed by Hope’s Confirmation Students
Sunday, December 15th at 3:00 p.m.
Freewill offering to the victims of Hurricane Dorian
Christmas Eve, Tue, 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 the past couple of years, 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!
The Hope Lutheran “RECIPES FROM THE HEART” CENTENNIAL COOKBOOK is here and available for sale for $12 each. Great gifts for Christmas or any occasion.
LECTIONARY BIBLE STUDY—Join the pastors at noon on Tuesdays at May Creek Lodge for discussion on the upcoming Sunday’s scripture. No advanced prep or special materials required. Just join in whenever you are able!
Volunteer coordinator needed for Community Meal
The Board of Outreach is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator for the community meal, on the fourth Wednesday of each month, serving at 5:30 p.m. Duties include:
Making sure there are enough volunteers each month and recruiting more if necessary
Providing oversite and direction to the volunteers serving and cleaning up
If you could help in this capacity, please leave a message in the church office, or talk to Board of Outreach Chair, Pat Roush.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO HELP WITH A/V during worship services. The task involves advancing the slides during service. No technical skills required, just the ability to follow along and push a key to advance the slides being projected on the screens. If you are interested please talk to Jill Anderson, or leave a message in the office.
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.
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
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.