Church News & Events
The Advent Wreath: Today the third candle is lit. The Shepherd Candle (pink) reminds us that the shepherds were the first to be told of the birth of the Messiah; the first to behold Christ and to spread the word to all. The color pink symbolizes hope.
Note: There will not be children’s Sunday School on December 23 or 30, but there will be Adult Bible Study.
Altar Flowers: The Christmas poinsettias that beautify our service today were given to God’s glory by these families– Crass (3) Root (2), Sazy (2), Voss, and Reinhold.
Midweek Advent Services: Wednesday night services for the season of Advent will continue on December 19 at 7:00 pm. Come get ready to make your Christmas celebration a truly meaningful one! We will be serving meals prior to the service, starting at 5:30 pm. Please plan on joining us on Wednesday evening!
2019 Snack Schedule has been posted on the Fellowship Hall bulletin board. Please consider hosting the snack during fellowship on Sundays, 9:00-9:30 am, prior to Bible Class.
Annual Report: It’s time for all the heads of church and school committees and groups to write a note for our 2018 annual report. If you are able, please write your report this month and turn it in by January 1. You may put a paper copy into the “Annual Report” church mailbox (upper right corner), or e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, Deanna Pentis
Called Worker Gifts Due Today: Each year, a special effort is made to collect / distribute a special monetary Christmas gift from our members to our seven full time staff to say “thank you” for their committed service, show our appreciation, and “wish them a very Merry Christmas.” If you would like to contribute, please place your gift (check payable to “Lawrence Sak” or Cash) into the specially marked box in the Narthex or hand it to Council President Larry Sak today.
Practice Continues for the Children’s Christmas Service. Practices for K-8 are today in church, 9:30-10:30 am, and also December 20 and 21 at 9:30 am. Preschool children do not need to attend practices, but will be invited to come forward to sing “Away in a Manger” during the service. This service, “Children of the Heavenly Father,” will be at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 21st.
2019 Offering Envelopes: Communicant members, the boxes of envelopes for 2019 have been placed in your mailbox. If you have not done so already, please take yours home today! If you would like to donate towards our Deficit Reduction, please place your donation in a separate envelope. (A few blue Designated Offering envelopes are on the credenza.) On the outside clearly note “Deficit Reduction” and include your envelope number. – Gifts given to Deficit Reduction are automatically used in their entirety to pay down our internal General Fund deficit or money that we’ve “borrowed from ourselves” from other funds to pay for our ongoing expenses.
New Picture Directories: New Picture Directories were placed in the mailboxes of those families who had their picture taken by LifeTouch or submitted photos. If you did not get your picture taken but would like a new directory, there are a few available on the credenza in the church entryway.
Christmas Music: Visit http://wels.net/news-media/radio/christmas-radio/ to listen to Christmas music recorded by WELS musicians.
DG Instant News: Would you like an easy way to get instant news from Divine Grace on your smart phone? This would not be an often-used news feed, but only when we need to get news out to members quickly – informing them of a death in the congregation, reminding them about an upcoming event, etc. If so, you can now sign up to do so. Simply text the code @dglutheran to the number 81010. When prompted, please enter your name. When it asks you if you are a teacher, parent, or student, please select parent (no matter what your status happens to be). This is an app (Remind App) that was originally made for schools, so Divine Grace members would select “parent” to get the notifications from us. You can opt out an any time. We are hoping that this will be a tool for getting out important information in a timely manner. If you have any questions, please speak with Pastor.
Hmong Outreach: The Vietnamese government has invited WELS to build a theological training facility in the capital city of Hanoi. WELS is collecting a special offering through June 2019, with the goal of raising $2 million to purchase land, construct the campus, and cover the initial two years of operational costs. Read about this unprecedented opportunity through the special brochure that has been placed in your mailbox. For even more details on how God has opened this door to mission work, visit wels.net/vietnamhmongoutreach. Join me in the prayer that God will not only enable us to see this opportunity, but to seize it with joy and commitment and to support this effort with our prayers and offerings. –President Mark Schroeder
25th Annual Today’s Christian Women Retreat: Registration is open for the Women’s Retreat held March 22-24, 2019, at the Auburn Hills Marriott Campus in Pontiac. Retreat attendees will explore ways that God comforts us with the promise, “He has made everything beautiful in its time!” Ecc. 3:11. Registration fee: Early Bird $155/person (by Jan 18); Regular $165/person (by Feb 11); Student Rate for 16-24 yr olds: $115/person (not including hotel room). Register via the website www.tcwr.org. Password: retreat. Mail-in forms can be found on the WSC bulletin board. Consider attending. It is a wonderful time!
Men’s Rally: Plan ahead for February 16, 2019, at the Great Hall Banquet & Convention Center in Midland. “Men Alive!” is a gathering of men who meet to be encouraged and strengthened through the study of God’s Word. “God made us alive with Christ”- Ephesians 2:5. “Men Alive!” serves the WELS Michigan District by holding an annual rally. The annual one-day rally features worship, keynote address, presentations, good food, and fellowship. Their goal is to offer an annual rally that will not dwell on problems, but will allow men to find renewed strength and joy through the study of God’s Word and fellowship with other Christian men. The theme this year is “What Does the Lord Require of You?” Keynote speaker is Pastor Aaron Robinson from Milwaukee. This year’s presenters are Police Chief Don Pussehl, Pastor Michael Biedenbender, and retired Pastor John Seifert. The Men’s Conference goes from 7:15 am to 3:30 pm. You can find more information and registration forms online at www.menalivebalm.org or in the Fellowship Hall on the bulletin board. Registration deadline is January 31.
Michigan Lutheran Seminary (MLS) News…
LIGHT UP A STUDENT’S LIFE: During the month of December you will have the the opportunity to Light Up A Student’s Life! For each $10 gift during those months, a light on the Christmas tree in the MLS commons will be changed from red to white in memory or in honor of a special person in your life. The MLS Foundation will also send a Christmas card to the honoree or family to acknowledge your caring gift to MLS and its students. Gifts benefit the Student Need Fund, which provides financial assistance to MLS students. For more information visit: http://mls-foundation.org/LUASL.
MLS CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Michigan Lutheran Seminary Christmas Concert will be presented on Friday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited. The concert is free to the public.
FUTURE CARDINAL REWARDS PROGRAM: Every year MLS is excited to welcome new students into the MLS family! This year we want to thank you by giving any NEW students who apply early a reward! Prospective students who submit an online application by January 31, 2019 will receive a gift card, upon registration in August, to the Cardinal’s Nest, which can be redeemed for great MLS apparel or other MLS merchandise. Apply by December 31, receive a $50 gift card. Apply by January 31, receive a $25 gift card. It is the goal of the MLS admissions department to get 65 applications this year, so please encourage anyone thinking about attending MLS to please apply. Visit www.mlsem.org/apply to apply.