Church News & Events
Advent by Candlelight
Sunday, December 15 at 12:00 pm
Ladies, this event includes lunch and a short program that will focus our hearts on God’s precious gift, Jesus. Come and experience a wonderful Christ-centered service, complete with ice-breakers, games, and crafty-fun!
January 31-February 2, 2020
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Once again this year arrangements have been made for a WELS Day at Ford Field. This year’s game will be on Sunday, December 29, as the Lions take on the Green Bay Packers. Tickets may only be purchased at a discounted rate through a special website set up just for this event at www.detroitlions.com/wels. Please note that there may be a ticket handling fee included. Tickets are $102.17 for lower deck seats, and $74.39 for upper deck seats.
Thursday, December 26 at 7:00 pm – Pistons vs. Washington Wizards
Saturday, February 8 at 7:00 pm – Pistons vs. New York Knicks
Don’t miss your chance to receive discounted tickets to see the Detroit Pistons! Limited number of tickets are available so purchase now to get the best seats! Visit www.pistons.com/wels.
Volunteers for Next Week:
12/18 7:00 pm Advent Service Ushers – J. Merritt, K. Uhlig
12/21 Church Cleaning : volunteer needed
12/22 8:00 am Sunday Service:
8:00 Ushers– A. Reinhold, R. Jorgenson, N. Reinhold
10:45 Ushers– T. Lane, J. Backer, E. Lane, M. Voss
Fellowship Snack – Voss/Kerlin
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.
Altar Flowers: The Christmas poinsettias that beautify our service today were given to God’s glory by these families– Crass, Root, Sazy, and Reinhold.
Christmas Music: Visit http://wels.net/news-media/radio/christmas-radio/ to listen to Christmas music recorded by WELS musicians.
Special Voters Meeting: On Sunday, December 15 following the 10:45 service, there will be a special Voters Meeting to obtain Voter approval of Nominations for open Church Council positions.
Advent by Candlelight at Divine Grace: Sunday, December 15th, Women Serving Christ of Divine Grace will be hosting Advent by Candlelight in the Fellowship Hall, starting at noon. Following lunch, we will have a short program that will focus our hearts on God’s precious gift, Jesus. If you haven’t been to Advent by Candlelight in while, you should come! You’ll be happy you did. All women of the congregation are invited!
Staff/Called Worker Gift Donations 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.
2020 Usher Schedule is now available. The Jan-May 2020 Usher Schedule is available on the credenza in the church entryway for anyone who did not receive it via email. If you would like to be added to the Usher email list please let me know. Thanks again for your service! -Eric Nordlie 248.249.9983
Annual Report: It’s time for all the heads of church and school committees and groups to write a note for our 2019 annual report. If you are able, please write your report this month and turn it in by January 1. You may e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you! -Deanna Pentis
Worship Services: Extra flyers are available in the church entryway that you can use as an invitation to hand out to friends!
- The Children’s Christmas Service is Friday, December 20 at 7:00 pm
- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is Tuesday, December 24th at 5:00 pm
- Christmas Day Worship is Wednesday, December 25th at 9:00 am
- New Year’s Eve Service is Tuesday, December 31st at 6:00 pm
There will not be children’s Sunday School on December 22 or 29, but there will be Adult Bible Study.
Children’s Christmas Service for all member children preschool through grade 8 will be at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 20. Remaining practices for YF-8 are Sunday December 15 in church, 9:30-10:30 am, Thursday, December 19 at 9:30 am and Friday, December 20 at 9:30 am. Preschool children do not need to attend practices, but will be invited to come forward to sing during the service.
Midweek Advent Services: The final Wednesday night service for the season of Advent will be held on December 18 at 7:00 pm. PTO will be serving a meal prior to the service, starting at 5:30 pm. Please plan on joining us!
2020 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.
Offering Envelopes: Offering envelopes are available in the Fellowship Hall. Please take the one with your name on it. If you would like an extra box for your high school or college-age child that is Fellowship Hall Roof: The voters approved the expenditure for the Fellowship Hall roof ($55,000). Please consider donating by using the Property Improvement envelope, or by enclosing your gift in an envelope labeled “Fellowship Hall Roof.” Be sure to include your envelope number and name for this charitable contribution. Thanks in advance for your generosity!
Electronic Giving: This holiday season, we thank everyone who has supported Divine Grace this past year with their time, talent and financial contributions and look forward to support from all of our members in the year ahead. If you need a convenient way to make regular offerings or if you plan to make an additional gift before the end of the year, we encourage you to check out our electronic giving options. As the pace of life speeds up, especially around the holidays, you may find electronic giving a most welcome way to make contributions. “Simply Giving” applications can be found on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Sheets with labels denoting your use of the electronic donation service are available in the entryway tract rack for use on your regular offering envelopes. Simply place the label directly under the date on the front of the envelope (so that it covers the words “Amount $ ___ Weekly Offering”). In order to keep our accounting straight, please do not write an amount on the envelope – that information is submitted to us electronically.
WELS Marriage Enrichment: Space is limited, so register early for the weekend event at Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth, Michigan, January 21 – February 2, 2020. Your getaway package price of $420 includes two nights’ lodging, breakfasts, lunch Saturday and all the enrichment sessions. For more information pick up a brochure in the Fellowship Hall or visit www.wels.net/marriage-enrichment to register. Registration ends December 31.
WELS Outings: Two opportunities to enjoy WELS fellowship at a discount price are coming up! WELS Day at Ford Field on Sunday, December 29 to see the Lions vs. Packers and WELS Nights at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday, December 26 and Saturday, February 8 to see the Pistons play. Tickets may only be purchased at a discounted rate through websites set up just for these events at www.detroitlions.com/wels. or www.pistons.com/wels.
Camp Killarney Association will have its annual meeting on January 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Adrian. See the flyer in the entryway for more details.
The Redford Pregnancy Care Center is eager to enjoy a greater participation with the WELS congregations who so graciously support this charitable work. In the past, the role of the center was mostly to offer free pregnancy tests to concerned women, to give encouragement to cherish the child they were carrying so that they would carry their child to term and give birth, and to witness with the Gospel as much as possible. With pregnancy tests so readily available from many sources, that kind of interaction doesn’t happen much anymore. The role of the center has become much more a source of support for the women who have given birth and now whose concern is caring for their children. The Redford Pregnancy Care Center, therefore, is mainly a center for charitable aid to struggling mothers/families. Of course, the encouragement to cherish life and witnessing with the Gospel remain a strong emphasis. In order to continue our service to mothers and families, we think it is important to have our congregations aware and engaged in this ministry. We hope to increase and improve the communications on our end so that you know the connections we are making with people. And we hope that these connections will lead to people connecting with our congregations. For now, we are hoping to increase awareness by asking you to like our Facebook page. Search for “The Pregnancy Care Center” and follow us for updates.