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Divine Grace Lutheran Church News and Events

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Voters Meeting:  The budget voters meeting is Sunday, December 13, at 11 am – immediately following Bible Study.

The Advent Wreath:  This week 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.

Advent:  Advent is the beginning of a new church year.  We use blue for the color of the paraments to symbolize hope.  Just as the Old Testament believers looked to heaven in anticipation of God sending the promised Messiah, we, too, have hope because Jesus has come into the world.  The trumpets on the bookmarks of the pulpit represent the annunciation of the coming Christ.  The frontlets on the altar have the Greek symbols ΧΡ as an abbreviation of the Greek word Christ — the Anointed One.  The symbols Α and Ω are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha and omega, and remind us that Jesus is the eternal God, the beginning and the end of all things.

Altar Flowers:  The Christmas poinsettias that beautify our service this week were given to God’s glory by these families–  Root (2), Kelling-Babe, Kelling, Pentis.

Worship Services:  All of our worship services will now be available on the Divine Grace YouTube homepage https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrQK-b10yBhiQuUyngdmsDA/videos.  The Thursday services will be live-streamed at 7:00 pm.  The video will remain on our YouTube page after the live stream and beyond for those unable or uncomfortable coming to in-person worship.

Forward In Christ:  The December edition of the Forward in Christ magazine has arrived.  It can be picked up in the church entryway, or it can be found in a plastic bin under the overhang outside of the church doors for curbside pickup.  

Staff Gifts:  Each year, a special effort is made to collect and distribute a monetary Christmas gift from our members to our staff to say “thank you” for their committed service, show our appreciation, and wish them a very merry Christmas. They are: Pastor Voss, Rachel Nottling, Kadie Westendorf, Charlotte Huebner, Kristi Coffin, Barb Musinski, Debbie Baker-Griffiths and Deanna Pentis.  If you would like to participate in this monetary gift , please place your gift (check payable to Lawrence Sak, or cash) into the specially marked box in the Narthex, or you can mail it to Divine Grace or to Lawrence Sak, 980 Indianwood Rd., Lake Orion, MI 48362.  These anonymous gifts will be totaled after service on Sunday, December 20th and distributed to the staff as directed by Church Council.  Thank you in advance for your warm and caring generosity.  Larry Sak

Sign-Up for Altar Flowers:  You may sign up for altar flowers for 2021 by scrolling down to the bottom of the home page at DivineGrace.net and clicking on the button which will take you to an electronic sign-up sheet.  Please pay $20 for the flowers online by clicking the “Donate” button at the bottom of the home page and selecting the Flower Fund, or use the GivePlus app.

Directories Available:  A new church directory is available in the church entryway.

2021 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 not currently receiving one, please just ask Pastor Voss.  Your box of envelopes for 2021 comes with a word of thanks. Thank you for your past generous support of the Lord’s work here at Divine Grace.  While the Lord doesn’t need our gifts, we desire to give them as a generous token of our thanks for his many gifts to us – chief among them the gift of our Savior, and in him the promise of forgiveness and everlasting life in heaven.  Our annual budget covers our general expenses and is primarily funded by the General Fund envelope that appears in your box, one for each Sunday of the church year.  There are also envelopes for special services such as midweek Advent and Lent services, as well as for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, etc.  In addition to the General Fund envelope, there are periodic special envelopes. Thank you for your continued support; may the Lord move the hearts of his people to respond with generous gifts of love!  “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11).

Thanksgiving Offering: The Thanksgiving offering this year was divided equally between the DGLS Tuition Assistance Fund and the DG Scholarship Fund for students at one of our Synod’s prep schools, MLC, or WLS.

New Ushers Needed:  We’re looking for new ushers for 2021.  Gentlemen, if you are interested in learning to usher and would like to be on an ushering team, please contact Eric Nordlie.  Training is on the job and it’s a great way to serve the congregation.  Eligible ushers should be confirmed or older.   

Scrip Gift Cards- Ship to Home: NEW!  You can order physical gift cards using the RaiseRight app and for a small fee, they can be shipped right to your home!  See the Ship to Home Flyer for more details.  Using Scrip benefits Divine Grace.  If you don’t have an account, contact Amy Bennington (text or call 248-830-4114) for the Divine Grace enrollment code to get started! 

“The I Am Statements Of Jesus”  Sundays at 10:00 am.  We will take each of the 7 “I Am” statements of our Savior and look more closely at what he meant by saying them, and all of the truths and hope and comfort that they convey.  I pray that you will join us!  Classes will be offered in-person in the Fellowship Hall, with proper distancing, and will also be streamed live via Zoom.

“Law and Gospel”  This course will be our focus on Wednesday evenings, at 7 pm.  Law and gospel are the two main teachings of Scripture.  Misunderstanding them will lead to all kinds of theological problems.  We’ll learn the difference between law and gospel, and how to apply them in our everyday lives.  Classes will be offered in-person in the Fellowship Hall, with proper distancing, and will also be streamed live via Zoom.

Marriage Moments:  Our Synod’s Adult Discipleship Commission has rolled out a new tool to help married couples to grow. Click on the link below to subscribe to receive free videos.

Online Giving. You may, of course, mail your offerings in (3000 S. Lapeer Rd, Lake Orion, MI  48359), but if you’d like to give online, it’s now easier than ever.  You can go to our website divinegrace.net and scroll down to the bottom of the home page and fill out the “Give Now” form.  If you prefer, you can use the GivePlus App by just following these few simple steps: 

  1. Download the GivePlus App. It is a secure app, and is connected to our Simply Giving online offering program. It is secure, and will link your offering to our contribution statements for your tax purposes.
  2. Search by zip code to select Divine Grace. Our zip code is 48359.
  3. Link to your bank account.
  4. You can select what fund you’d like to give to, just like your envelopes.
  5. You will have the option of just going in each time you want to give a single gift, or, if you’d rather, you can sign up for weekly giving.

Upcoming Birthdays:

12/4  Renae Woiak

12/7  Andrew Kobs

12/8  Megan Wood 

12/9  Paul Merritt

12/13  Philip Kasischke,  Noah Nordlie

12/15  Nicholas  Luedtke

12/16  Ann Chalker,  Kim Ruediger

12/17  Milliana Cartwright,  Nash Cartwright 

12/19  Michael J. Armstrong, Manu Kasischke,  Alex  Lemke

12/22  Nicole  Brockman,  Kevin  Morse

12/23  Kali  Connolly

12/26  Olive  Armstrong,  Daniel  Bartz,  Katherine  Grimm

12/27  Steven  Burnham

12/28  Olivia Hagewood,  Duane Kells,  Kirsten Ostermann

12/29  Cory  Doble,  Ryker  Schwartz,  Mary Ann Watson 

12/30  Jayce  Baker,  Calvin  Koch,  Gavin  Morse,  Maverick  Watson  

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