Church News & Events
Christmas Worship Services
Preschool Service – Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 pm
Children’s Service – Friday, Dec. 22 at 7 pm
Christmas Eve – Sunday, Dec. 24 at 9 am
Candlelight Service – Sunday, Dec. 24 at 5 pm
Christmas Day – Monday, Dec. 25 at 9 am
The Advent Wreath: Today the second candle is lit. The Bethlehem Candle (blue) reminds us that Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to be enrolled as part of the Roman census, and while they were there Jesus was born.
Baptized in the 10:45 am service today is Kyzer David Shimmel, infant son of Matthew Shimmel and Jennifer Miller. He was born on June 9th, 2017. May God keep Kyzer in baptismal grace all the days of his life.
Advent by Candlelight: Sunday, December 10th, Women Serving Christ will be hosting Advent by Candlelight in the Fellowship Hall, starting at 12:00 pm. All women of the congregation are invited! The luncheon will conclude with a brief program that will focus our hearts on God’s precious gift, Jesus.
“Jesus- God’s Gift to You” will be presented on Tuesday, December 12th, at 6:30 pm. The students in 3 and 4 year-old Preschool, Young Fives, and Kindergarten invite you to attend!
Plan Ahead: On Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) there will be only one morning service at 9:00 am. The Candlelight Service will be held at 5:00 pm. Christmas morning, December 25 (Monday), there will be one service at 9:00 am.
- The Children’s Christmas Service is Friday, December 22nd at 7:00 pm.
- Sunday Morning Service on Christmas Eve will be at 9:00 am.
- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is Saturday, December 24th at 5:00 pm.
- Christmas Day Worship is Monday, December 25th, at 9:00 am.
- New Year’s Eve Service is December 31st, at 8 & 10:45 am (no evening service)
There will not be Adult Bible Study or Sunday School on December 24. There will not be children’s Sunday School on December 31, but there will be Adult Bible Study.
2018 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 2017 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
Offering Envelopes: Divine Grace members, in an effort to cut down on wasted envelopes, this year again we are merely giving a set to everyone who has a church mailbox. However, if you would like an extra box for your high school or college age child that did not receive one, we have plenty to go around, please just ask either Pastor Voss or Mrs. Pentis. May God bless our generous gifts and offerings!
Night Angels: Women Serving Christ will be sponsoring a congregational giving opportunity for Christmas that will be focused on Night Angels. Member Jessica Wainwright and her parents work with the program. Night Angels is a non-profit organization operating primarily on the streets of Detroit, focusing on outreach efforts to victims of human trafficking. Their core values include: heightening awareness of the problem of human trafficking, providing outreach and assistance to human trafficking victims, advocacy for these victims, providing awareness and outreach efforts locally and nationally. In the narthex there is a tree set up tags for various items you can donate such as socks, warm goods, and gas cards to fuel the outreach vehicle. If you feel led, please take a tag and return your donation by Sunday, December 24th. If you wish to make a monetary donation, please put your donation in the offering (checks made out to Divine Grace) in an envelope marked “Night Angels” throughout this holiday season.
School Giving Tree – Thank you! Thank you to all the many families that donated gifts! This year Divine Grace School adopted six needy children for Christmas. The gifts have been delivered, and the children will be very blessed by the generosity of our congregation.
Called Worker Gifts: 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.” They are: Pastor Voss, Jesse Nofftz, Charlotte Huebner, Kristi Coffin, Barb Musinski, Debbie Baker, Deanna Pentis. If you would like to participate in this monetary gift for our full time workers, please place your gift (check payable to “Art Reinhold” or Cash) into the specially marked box in the Narthex or hand it directly to Council President Art Reinhold. These anonymous gifts will be totaled after services Sunday December 17th and distributed to the staff as directed by the Church Council. Thank you in advance for your warm and caring generosity, Art Reinhold.
Midweek Advent Services: Wednesday night services for the season of Advent will continue on December 13 and 20 at 7:00 pm. Come get ready to make your Christmas celebration a truly meaningful one! We will be serving meals prior to these services, starting at 5:30 pm. Please plan on joining us on Wednesday evenings during Advent!
Midweek Advent Dinner: On Wednesday, December 13th, PTO will be hosting a soup and salad dinner. The dinner will begin at 5:30 pm.
Practice Continues for the Children’s Christmas Service. Practices for K-8 are today and Sunday Dec. 17 in church, 9:30-10:30 am, and also December 21 and 22 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, “Fear Not!” will be at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 22nd.
Lions Game: Once again this year Lucas Schroeder, a member at Crown of Life in Warren, has arranged for a WELS Day at Ford Field on Saturday, December 16 at 4:30 p.m. as the Detroit Lions take on the Chicago Bears. Tickets this year may only be purchased through a special website set up just for this event at www.detroitlions.com/wels. Discount prices are being given, and all those ordering tickets through that website will receive a free pair of Lions sunglasses and carrying case.
WELS Marriage Enrichment: Spend the weekend growing closer to your Savior and each other at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, MI, February 9-11. See the poster and brochures in the Fellowship Hall or visit www.wels.net/adult-discipleship.
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.
Christmas Music: Visit http://wels.net/news-media/radio-2/seasonal/ to hear Christmas music recorded by WELS musicians.
Together Newsletter: Copies of the WELS e-newsletter are available on the credenza. Topics include: Intersynodical Meetings Continue, New Director of Discipleship Joins Congregational Services, Celebrating 20 Years of Hispanic Outreach in Phoenix.
Michigan Lutheran Seminary News—
The Michigan Lutheran Seminary Christmas Concert will be presented on Friday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited.
All new students who apply to Michigan Lutheran Seminary for the 2018-2019 school year before December 30, 2017 will receive a $150 discount on their tuition. If you know of someone who could benefit from this, please help us spread the word! This is the only discount that will be offered this year. This does not apply to current students. Current students are not asked to apply again. Thank you!
Light Up a Student’s Life: Each year the MLS Foundation sponsors a Light Up a Student’s Life Program. This program gives people the opportunity to purchase a light bulb on a special tree in honor of, or in memory of, someone special in their life for $10. For more information please call the Foundation office at 989-793-7511.