The Third Sunday of Advent

December 16, 2007

Prayer:

Lord, how shall I thank you rightly?
I am saved eternally
By your life and death for me.
Let me not regard you lightly
But on you in faith depend,
Praising you, my heav'nly friend.
Joy, oh joy beyond all gladness,
Christ has done away with sadness!
Hence all sorrow and repining,
For the Sun of grace is shining!
(Christian Worship 45:3)

The Third Sunday of Advent

December 16, 2007

Focus: Rejoice!

Order of Worship: Service of the Word, p. 38

Hymns: Hymn Sing, 14, 34, 62:1, 3, 4

God's Word

First Lesson Isaiah 35:1-10

Rejoice at the glory of the Lord

Psalm 146, p. 120

Rejoice in God's blessings.

Second Lesson James 5:7-11

Let your joy shine through as you patiently persevere.

Gospel Matthew 11:2-11

How could John the Baptist persevere as he languished in prison? By rejoicing that Jesus was the Messiah, who fulfilled the prophecies of old. Jesus was his Savior.

Isaiah 35:1-10

Have a Radical Christmas,
Filled with Radical Joy

  1. What brings joy even when we feel like a dry desert?
  2. What is the glory of the Lord?
  3. Where are you tempted to look for joy?
  4. How does radical joy become rooted in your heart?
  5. Why can sinners like us joyfully journey on the highway called the Way of Holiness?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of December 16, 2007

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class: Jesus takes care of me
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Christmas Eve Practice
    • 9:30am Advent Coffee Hour (Sandy & Norma)
    • 10:30am Worship our Lord
  • Monday
    • 7:00pm Christmas Eve Worship (Dec. 24)
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00am Christmas Day Worship (Dec. 25)

Flowers: The flowers are from the family of Mary Evink.

Wednesday Bible Class: We will meet again on January 2 at 7:00pm to take a closer look at Luther's Catechisms.

Christmas Eve: The Sunday school will present the Christmas Eve service at 7:00pm on December 24.

Christmas Day: Like the shepherds of old, be a witness of how important the birth of our Savior is by coming to worship him on this very important day. Worship time is 10:00am.

Calendars: Calendars for 2008 that focus on the mission work we do are available for purchase in the narthex by the cards. The price is $13.

News and Notes

Advent Fellowship: Come and join us for some refreshments before church, served by the Ladies' Society during Advent. A free will offering will be taken to support the Ladies' Society in their work both inside and outside our congregation. Supplemental funds from Thrivent will be asked for.

Council Notes:

The meeting opened with prayer and a Bible study on Matthew 6 & 7.

Pastor reported the deaths of Richard Allenspach (Nov. 21) and Melvin Becker (Dec. 4). Weekly attendance in November was 61 and 53 attended the Thanksgiving Eve service.

Under old business it was reported that Scott Boettcher had agreed to have his name on the ballot for elder. Barry Nelson said he would serve a second term as secretary. Some names were suggested for the trustee position. Chad Rohloff, the outgoing trustee, will contact them.

The treasurer reported a balance of $3,997.66 in the General Fund and a deficit of $73.64 in the Improvement Fund for the end of November. $9,372.40 had been sent to WELS toward the annual mission goal of $10,000.

Under new business:

1) The council approved the request from Allan Saugstad, the Thrivent representative, to provide coffee and donuts after a service and distribute Thrivent brochures.

2) The council approved the purchase of a copier for the church at about $2,100 to be paid for from memorial money.

3) Several councilmen shared the sentiment that many members preferred a real Christmas tree. Since our insurance has no rule against a real tree with lights, we will continue to have one.

4) The council approved some minor changes in the offering envelopes for 2009 to more closely reflect our worship schedule. The New Year's Day envelope will be changed to Christmas Day. The Christmas envelope will be changed to Christmas Eve and East Fork School will be printed on it. The CEF envelope will be discontinued. The Reformation envelope will fall on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009.

5) The council directed the Christmas Eve offering to be used for East Fork Lutheran School (Apache Mission) as in previous years.

6) The council is making the following recommendations to the annual meeting:

Times for the midweek Lenten services (beginning Feb. 6), Maundy Thursday, & Good Friday to be 7:00pm. Easter (Mar. 23) worship to be 9:00am with breakfast starting at 7:30am.

The interest from the CEF Scholarship fund to be given for Christine Lubenow's tuition at Bethany Lutheran College.

The Congregational Mission Offering (CMO) goal for 2008 to be set at $10,000.

The commitment to the Lutheran Institutional Ministry Association (LIMA) to be set at $500.

Organist salary to be set at $2,900 with her paying for substitutes. In addition, the church is to reimburse her up to $300 to attend the WELS Worship seminar this summer in St. Peter.

Pastor's salary to be set at $34,500, of which $4,000 is designated as parsonage allowance. $5,800 to be contributed by the church to his health savings account. Family high-deductible health insurance and housing utilities to be paid for by the congregation.

7) Replacing the parsonage furnace due to higher energy costs was discussed. Estimates should be brought to the annual meeting.

8) The annual meeting will be Sunday, January 13 after the annual potluck.

Dec. Ushers: Chuck Nelson (capt.), Daryl Dosdall, Josh Nelson, Kyle Roth, Sam Roth, Ryan Schroeder

Dec. Cleaners: Barry & Sandy Nelson, Cuck & Lisa Nelson

Greeters Dec. 23 Joel Flaten

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St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
859 5th Street
Hancock, MN 56244
(320) 392-5313

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