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Program for the Week of December 10 – 17, 2017
Sunday: 
8:00  Worship with Communion
8:03  Sunday Matins on KTOE
8:15  Coffee Time
9:15  Sunday School
9:15 Youth Bible Class
9:25  Adult Bible Class
10:30  Worship with Communion
5:45  Sunday Matins on KTOE
Monday:
  6:30  Early Bird Bible Study
9:00  Quilting
11:30  Widowed to Widowed
Tuesday: 
10:00  Staff Meeting
1:00  Bible Study
5:15  Board of Education
7:00  Church Council
7:00  Worship Service on KTV
Wednesday:
12:30  Christus Choir
1:30  Advent Worship
2:00  Worship Service on KTV
2:15  Coffee/Fellowship Time
5:00  Kids Ring
5:15  Meal
5:30  JAM
5:30  Adult Bells
5:30  Organ Fundraising Committee
6:30  Advent Worship
7:15  Adult Choir
7:15  Jr. Confirmation
8:15  Brass
Thursday:
6:30  Stephen Ministry
7:30  Men’s Bible Study
Friday: 
  4:00  The Voice Deadline
Saturday: 
10:00  Christmas Program Practice (Grades PreK – 5)
4:00  Pre-Service Recital
4:30  Children’s Christmas Service
5:30  Christmas Reception
6:00  NO 6PM Worship
Next Sunday:  
8:00  Worship with Communion
8:45  Coffee Time
9:15  Sunday School
9:15  Youth Bible Class
9:25  Adult Bible Class
9:45  Christmas Ensemble
10:30  Worship with Communion
3:00  Christmas Caroling

Chancel Flowers are provided by Norma Burns in loving memory of Jerry Burns.

Attendance last Saturday, 22; Sunday 8:00, 138; 10:30, 165; Sunday School, 50; Wednesday 1:30, 63; 6:30, 105.

About the Cover:  God the Father speaks clearly to His people. Through the words of the prophet Isaiah, He tells His people what He is doing and why He is doing it.  Therefore, He sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus, and He sends His people of faith to prepare the way for people to come to faith through the Holy Spirit.  As a Christian, you have also been made a messenger of God.

God’s Creation Calendars are for sale in the narthex. These beautiful calendars make great Christmas gifts. Wall calendars are just $7 each and pocket calendars are $6.  Please drop payment in the box next to the table.  Checks payable to: Our Savior’s Youth.

Do you enjoy children? We have an opening for a part-time 2nd grade Sunday School teacher. Would you be willing to try something new or dust off your skills and put them to use. It’s a fun class. Contact Deaconess Lisa Brand, if this might interest you. ([email protected] or 385-2185)

Christmas Again – So many happy memories. Family gathered together, a beautiful tree, special worship celebrations – but it isn’t that way this year, and your heart aches to think about it. During this season and beyond, a Stephen Minister would like to be there for you. Your Stephen Minister will care for you, listen to you, and help you find the resources to make it through this time of pain. To find out more contact Deaconess Lisa Brand at 385-2185.

Widowed to Widowed is meeting at Pappageorge’s Restaurant at 11:30 on Monday, December 11th. We will order off the menu. The theme is “An Alphabetical Rendition of the Greatest Truth Ever Told.”

Advent Fellowship served by Ruth/Lydia Circle on Wednesday, December 13th in the Fireplace Room after the afternoon service.

Choir Rehearsal Schedule, Wednesday December 13: Christus Choir – 12:30 in the Chapel; Kids Ring – 5:00-5:30 in the balcony; Kids Praise – 5:30-6:00 in Room 113; Adult Handbells – 5:30-6:00 in the balcony, Adult Choir – 7:15-8:15 in the balcony; Brass – 8:15-8:30 in the balcony.

Wednesday Night Meals are served from 5:15 – 6:15 during advent. This week, December 13th, we will enjoy Sloppy Joes. A free-will donation will be accepted (suggested donation of $3 per person).

Men’s Bible Study meets Thursday, December 14th from 7:30 – 8:30 in the Fireplace room.  The discussion will be on the vocation of husband.  This Bible study for men only, led by Pastor Matheny, meets the 2nd Thursday of each month.

The Voice Deadline: Articles for the January 2018 issue of the monthly newsletter are due by Friday, December 15th at 4pm. Please drop off any submissions at the church office or e-mail to [email protected]  Thank you.

Our children have “Good News to Tell” at this year’s Children’s Christmas Service. They will share how Jesus came from heaven above to earth in love. The service is at 4:30pm on Saturday, December 16. Individuals will share their musical talents beforehand, and refreshments will be serve afterward. Hope you can join us!

Christmas Caroling:  Sunday, December 17, meet at church at 3pm. We’ll split up into four groups and go out to spread some Christmas Joy to some of our members in their homes. Everyone is welcome to participate. We’ll meet back at church for refreshments and fellowship.

Sunday Morning “Coffee Time” is being served before Sunday School/Bible Class in the Fireplace room. The Board of Deacons is looking for volunteers to serve muffins, or bagels, or donuts with coffee, milk or juice on Sunday mornings.  Please contact Kris Asleson, 507-947-3535, if you are willing to help.

Wednesday Night Meals – The Board of Deacons is looking for volunteers to prepare and serve meals in January & February.  Please contact Kris Asleson, 507-947-3535 for more information to volunteer to lead a team, help on a team, or offer baked goods for dessert.

Young Musicians are needed for the annual kids recital before the Sunday School Christmas program December 16th.  This is a chance for elementary, middle or high school students to play or sing Christmas songs before the service. Any skill levels are welcome and music can be provided if needed. We will have rehearsals Saturdays at 11:30am after the Sunday School program practice. If you are interested, please contact Suzie Gangi, [email protected] or 507-341-4173.

Mite Sunday December 17. The National Mite Focus is Tanzanian Sewing Center. The Tanzanian project is in place to teach young women sewing, life skills, and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in the classrooms, enabling women to have pocket money, purchase a sewing machine, and buy materials to create sewn items to sell for income.

No Mission Service in December, but the donations continue and can be placed in the former card shop.

Christmas Eve Instrumental EnsembleMusicians are needed for our Christmas Eve Pre-service Orchestra at the 5:00pm and 7:00pm services. If you play or played long ago a brass, woodwind, or string instrument, you are invited to join us!  We’ll play simple Christmas tunes and music will be provided. Anyone young or old, advanced musicians or beginners are all invited to play.  We will have one rehearsal December 17th between services from 9:45-10:15 in the chapel. Please contact Suzie Gangi if you are interested 507-341-4173 or [email protected]

Newly elected and returning officers and board members are asked to be present at one of the morning services on Sunday, January 7th for installation. The rite of installation itself is not required, but it is very helpful to members to see the number of people it takes to fill all of our positions and to recognize the faces of those who are serving. Around the time of the offering in both services we will recognize and install all those who will be serving in 2018 (that are present at the service).

Lutheran Layman League/Young at Heart did not meet on December 4th. Our next get – to – gather will be the first Monday in February. Everyone who has ever been or wanted to be an LLL member is encouraged to attend the February 5, 2018 meeting. Time to look back and look ahead to the Future.

Our Savior’s Worship Service is aired Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday at 2 p.m. on KTV, Charter Cable channel 181; Consolidated Communications channel 7.

Sunday Matins can be heard on radio station KTOE (1420AM) every Sunday at 8:05 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. If you would like to sponsor a broadcast in memory of a loved one, or in celebration of an event, contact the church office at 385-2180. The cost is $14 for each week.

Anyone interested in placing flowers for our worship services in December, please contact Judy Mensing, phone 387-4908.

The 2018 Lutheran Hour Ministries Tournament of Roses Parade Float is entitled: Bringing Christ to the Nations. The theme of the parade is “Making a Difference.”

Advent Devotions are available on-line. For Lutheran Indian Ministries devotion go to: https://www.lutheranindianministries.org/devotions/#advent to download and print a copy at home.  Free daily devotion e-mails are available during Advent. To sign up for the devotion via e-mail go to: www.eepurl.com/urL8f. For Lutheran Hour Ministries devotions “Love Came Down” go to:  https://www.lhm.org/advent/.  If you do not have access to a computer, please see Sue in the church office for a copy.

From The Stewardship Committee:  1 Corinthians 1:7 “…so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The Lord sees to it that we do not lack any gift – He has given us every spiritual blessing in Christ as well as every earthly need. He is the Provider. And we can trust Him to always provide for us in every way.

Listen to KFUO.ORG, your radio station for news, talk, and sacred music with a cross-focused, Christ-centered Lutheran worldview. All programs are archived at KFUO.org for 24/7 on-demand listening. Have a question or comment? Find us at @KFUOradio on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  This week we broadcast the Lutheran Senior Services Christmas Special (12/14 at 1pm), hear about tasty Christmas treats with the STL District Dairy Council (12/12 at 10am), cover 1 John, Jude, and dive into Revelation on Sharper Iron with Rev. Jonathan Fisk (weekdays at 8am), and begin studying Titus on Thy Strong Word (weekdays beginning 12/13 at 11am).  Hear the live midweek Advent service broadcast from Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, MO on 12/13 at noon.