The Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 18, 2011
Oh, come, O Root of Jesse, free Your own from Satan's tyranny; From depths of hell your people save, and bring them vict'ry o'er the grave. Oh, come, O Key of David, come, And open wide our heav'nly home. Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 23:2,4)
Worship Focus: Jesus was born to be our King
Order of Worship: See the insert
Hymns: Advent Candles, 23, 5, 1
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
Christmas Eve: On Christmas Eve, the Sunday school will present their program telling us how the Christmas tree reminds us of the truths of Christmas. Children are asked to be here no later than 6:00pm.
Dec. 24, Saturday, Christmas Eve, 6:30pm
Dec. 25, Sunday, Christmas Day, 10:00am (not 10:30)
Jan. 1, Sunday, New Year's Day, 10:30am
No Sunday school, Bible class, or youth group on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Marriage Retreat: St. Paul's of Litchfield and Immanuel of Willmar are hosting a marriage retreat at Cragun's near Brainherd, MN, on March 9-11. More details and registration information are included in the brochure available in the narthex.
The council meeting opened with prayer on December 11, 2011, with five members present.
Under old business the council discussed property/liability insurance and also the Child Protection Policy that will be presented to the voters at the annual meeting. Possible candidates for Chairman were discussed. Chariman Don Spencer will contact those on the list to see who is willing to be on the ballot.
The Treasurer reported that the General Fund started the month at $2106.54. However, the Mission Offering need $1490.25 to meet our annual commitment of $8000.
Four windows in the parsonage had been replaced and the Improvement Fund would cover those costs.
The council did not object to the distribution of the Great Plains flier requesting a Christmas offering.
The following items were discussed for the annual meeting:
Lent (starting Feb 22) and Holy Week services at 7:00pm. Easter (Apr. 8) breakfast 7:30am and worship 9:00am.
Interest from the scholarship fund to be distributed on behalf of our members (Abi & Caleb Bitter) who are students at GPLHS.
Congregational Mission Offering to be discussed by the voters after we know what we gave in 2011.
Recommended $500 for Lutheran Institutional Ministry Association.
Organist's Salary and Pastor's Salary were discussed. The council will share their thoughts at the annual meeting.
Recommended mileage reimbursement remain the same at $0.50/mile.
Recommend the guest preacher stipend remain the same at $80 + mileage up to a total of $200.
The Annual Meeting was set for January 8 after the potluck (approximately 12:15pm). We closed with the Lord's Prayer.