Midweek Advent Service:  Christ Compared with Old Testament Heroes

People like to have heroes. At different stages of life we have superheroes, sports heroes, war heroes. They entertain and inspire us. The Old Testament is full of heroes, men and women who demonstrated bravery, perseverance, and faith. However, by telling us about these heroes the Bible has a greater purpose than entertainment or inspiration.  The Bible uses these heroes to point to Christ.  As we prepare for Christ to come near this Advent, we will compare him with Old Testament heroes.  This Wednesday, December 14, our focus will be: "Christ, Our King, Compared with David."  Worship begins at 7:00pm.

 

Come for Advent Supper on Wednesday

You are invited to come for supper this Wednesday at 6:00pm in the church basement.  The Hill/Kamm/Pope families will be hosting with a menu of:  Pasta and meat sauce, salad, Italian bread, dessert and beverage.  Please sign up at the north bulletin board if you plan on attending this meal (freewill offering).

 

Congregational Voters’ Meeting Scheduled

A Voters’ meeting will be held on Thursday, December 15 at 7:00pm in the church basement.  On the agenda: 1) Discussion ONLY on a 9:00am Sunday service time between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Final voting on this measure will be at the spring Voters’ meeting. 2) 2017 Budget approval. 

 

Christmas Caroling Event

We are inviting all teens and college age students to go Christmas caroling for some of our shut-in members on Saturday, December 17.  Plans are to meet in the church basement at 3:00pm.  After caroling, all will be invited for food (no cost) and fellowship in the FEC.  Please sign up at the south board if you plan to join the fun!  Contact Brian Lash if you have any questions at brian.lash@att.net

 

German Service Next Sunday

In keeping with our German heritage and tradition, there will be an all-German language Advent worship service with Das Heilige Abendmahl (Holy Communion) at 9:30am next Sunday, December 18.  Pastor Emeritus Nathan Pope will be preaching.  Again this year the service folder will include an English translation.  You are invited to come to this service whether you understand German or not.  The English will allow you to follow along and understand what is happening, even allowing you to participate.  Please join us!

 

Christmas Cookie Donations Needed!

Get out your baking sheets and oven mitts!  It’s time to bake cookies!  Our Ladies Aid members are asking for cookie donations from you so we will once again have a wonderful array of Christmas cookies to offer at the Cookie Walk.  Donations may be dropped off to the church basement this Saturday, December 17 from 1:00pm-2:30pm OR before the early service on Sunday, December 18 from 7am - 8am. 

 

Ladies Aid Annual Cookie Walk is Next Sunday, December 18

Please join us for our annual walk down “Treat Street” for some scrumptious homemade Christmas cookies on Sunday, December 18, after services in the church basement.  Cookies may be purchased for $8.00/lb.  Proceeds from the Cookie Walk will be used toward the purchase of a new drinking fountain in the south tower room.  Alongside the Cookie Walk, you will find Joanna Mission Circle’s renowned Dilly Beans available for $6.00/jar, plus First Evan ornaments will be offered for $10 each.  (Proceeds to East Fork Lutheran School in AZ.)  WLS Home and School will be selling Kwik Trip gift cards, and Keturah Mission Circle will have homemade ornaments and wall plaques available for  purchase.  Stop down and enjoy the fun!

 

You’re Invited to Shop at the Sewing Circle Gift Sale

The Sewing Circle will have on sale a large assortment of handcrafted items next Sunday, December 18, in conjunction with the Cookie Walk held in the church basement.  Selections are: Adult and child bibs, colorful tote bags, pot holders, unique 4-way placemats, Christmas table runner, quilted lap robes, decorative plate covers, child aprons, burp pads, knitted items, embroidered dish towels and MORE! Sale proceeds continue to be used toward support of our church expenses.

 

WLS Christmas Services Next Sunday

Wisconsin Lutheran School students in all grades will present their Christmas Service, “What Child Is This?” on December 18, at 2:30pm and again (identical service) at 4:00pm here at First Evan.  Due to the large number of people that are expected to attend, we ask that families try to attend the service indicated, if at all possible.  Families with last names beginning with A-K — 2:30 service; and those beginning with L-Z — 4:00pm service.  We hope you can attend! 

 

Upcoming Special Worship Opportunities in December

Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve Sunday School Service at 6:30pm        Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day Festival Service w/Communion at 9:30am Saturday, December 31, New Year’s Eve Service at 6:00pm                                Sunday, January 1, Sunday worship services w/Communion at 8:00am and 10:45am