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Carthage, Missouri

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Christmas Party

The LWML is sponsoring a Christmas Holiday centered evening for all the ladies of the congregation, Sunday, December 10, at 5:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of the church.

You don’t have to be a member of LWML, or a participant in the Secret Sister Program, to take part in  this evening of fun with your fellow Good Shepherd Christian Sisters.

It will be a salad supper, so please bring a salad to share.  Drinks and dessert will be provided.  There will be a Christmas ornament exchange for those who would like to participate and secret sisters will be revealed.  Come and join us for an evening of Christmas fun and festivities!  If you have questions, you can contact Lora W.

 

Savior of the Nations

Christmas creep is such that we have been seeing Christmas things in stores for some time now. I was looking for something in Lowes back in early October and while I expected to see Halloween things I was a bit surprised to see the Christmas trees right behind them. At this point I’m not sure there is much use in telling you but, in case you didn’t know it, Christmas will be coming soon. In the Church we have our own way of preparing for Christmas and that is the season of Advent. Advent is a time to look forward to Christ coming to earth. It is a time to look backward and remember that God’s people of old waited for a long time and trusted in a lot of promises of a Savior before He was   actually born. And Advent is a time to look at ourselves right now and consider how our Savior’s return effects our lives in this moment.

This Advent and Christmas we will be looking at the miracle of Christ’s birth with the theme of “Savior of the Nations”. The first thing that comes to mind for many is the familiar Advent hymn Savior of the Nations, Come. We  will use this hymn (and others) this season as we consider how Our Lord was born to save not only you and me but all  people. The hymn beautifully focuses on the two natures of Christ and the full revelation of God in the person of Jesus.

Not by human flesh and blood,

By the Spirit of our God,

Was the Word of God made flesh—

Woman’s offspring, pure and fresh. (LSB 332)

The flesh and blood of the God-man brings our salvation. God has become one of us. He has been eternally joined to the stuff of Mary’s womb so that He might be present for us. And this not of man, but a gift of God, a work of the Spirit. The mystery of the incarnation causes all of us to ponder anew the sacrificial love of God. To be fully one of us, to share with us in all things, to know no sin, and yet to become sin for us, that is the stuff that causes all creation to fall at His feet and worship. There is no greater love of God than the work of Jesus Christ in rescuing falling creation.

Have a blessed Advent as we prepare for our Lord’s coming and a blessed Christmas as we celebrate the birth of the Savior of the Nations.

– Pastor Mehl

Announcements — December 3, 2017

† IN OUR PRAYERS  Katherine R., suffering with Shingles; Virginia S., suffering from a broken arm after a fall; Jack H., back at home recovering; Marcella M., recovering from a fall;  Earl G., suffering various serious health issues; Lee Ann C., back at home but continuing to undergo physical therapy; Nan B., undergoing rehab at home for her shoulder; Jody G., on hospice; Kathy P., suffering health issues; Sara P., undergoing treatment for  cancer; Stephen Ministry and their care receivers.

† NEWSLETTER CORRECTION  The LWML will NOT meet this Tuesday evening, instead they will be hosting the Christmas party on December 10.

† TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY will be taking a break until the new year.  The class will resume on Tuesday, January 9 and will be studying the book of James.

† LWML CHRISTMAS PARTY  The LWML is sponsoring a Christmas Holiday-centered evening for all the ladies of the congregation, Sunday, December 10, at 5:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of the church.  It will be a salad supper, so please bring a salad to share.  Drinks and dessert will be provided.  There will be a Christmas ornament exchange for those who would like to participate and secret sisters will be revealed.  Come and join us for an evening of Christmas fun and festivities!  If you have questions, you can contact Lora W.

† ANGEL TREE  Thank you to everyone who took an angel from the tree.  Please remember to place the unwrapped items back under the tree with the ornament attached by next Sunday, December 10.  This project is being coordinated by  our Sunday School in cooperation with the local Salvation Army.  Thanks for your support of this project.

† THE SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM is scheduled for Sunday, December 17, at 7:00 pm.  Along with working on the songs and speaking lines     in Sunday School, there will be rehearsals today and next Sunday, December 10, after the late service.  A light lunch will be provided before we start rehearsal.  Please encourage your children to get excited about this special opportunity to tell the story of Jesus’ birth to our church family!

† DIRECTORY  The new church directory is almost complete!  If you would like an electronic copy of your photograph, please contact Karen M. or mumom52@hotmail.com.

† MIDWEEK ADVENT SERVICES  As in recent years, Good Shepherd will provide  midweek worship services at 11:00 am and 7:00 pm each Wednesday during    Advent.  The first Advent service will be this Wednesday, December 6.  This year’s theme is “Savior of the Nations”.  Please join us!

† OLDER TABLET/IPAD  One of the props needed for the Sunday School Christmas Program this year is a tablet/Ipad.  It doesn’t have to be functional and the bigger the screen is the better.  If someone has one and would be willing to let the Sunday School borrow it, please contact Denise Golden, 438-7835.  It would be greatly appreciated.

† CONCRETE PILE REMOVAL  GSLC is in need of a place not too far from the church to dump the rest of the concrete pile left from our entry update.  Doug S. is willing and has equipment to take care of this, but is looking for a place close to the church to take it.  If you know of a place, please contact Doug, or the church office, 358-1325.

† POINSETTIAS  If you would like to purchase a poinsettia(s) to help adorn the    sanctuary at Christmas, please use the sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex.  The cost is $8.00 each.  See Diana E. with any questions and about payment.

† NURSERY/CRY ROOM  Should your child become distressed or distract others during the service, a furnished nursery/cry room is located in the narthex for your use.  Please ask one of the ushers if you need directions.

 

Sermon Audio — November 26, 2017