† Bulletin Announcements †
December 13, 2015
THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:5-6 ESV). Wouldn’t you like to be free from worry and anxiety? Isn’t it worry and anxiety that often keep us from living the generous life God has called us to? St. Paul contrasts anxiety with prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving in making our requests known to God. In other words; when you are tempted to anxiety and worry: pray to the Lord with a thankful heart and pour out your supplications before Him.
THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck and meeting in the church basement at 9:15 a.m. is studying “Lutheran Doctrine and Practice Today”.
TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL the children will hear the message “The Birth of Jesus Foretold.” God favored Mary, choosing her to be the mother of Jesus. God favors us because of Jesus Christ, choosing us to be His children! Ask your children, “How did God show Mary, and us, His unmerited grace and favor?”
MIDWEEK ADVENT WORSHIP SERVICE: Our Choir – “A Service of Lessons and Carols”, will lead our third and final Advent Service. Please come and support these men and women who have given of their time and God-given talent to praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Service begins at 7:00 p.m. Our Advent meal will start at 5:30 p.m. You may sign-up to bring food in the narthex. This week the free-will Offering will go to Wittenberg Lutheran Student Center at Illinois State.
POINSETTIAS: If you would like to contribute toward the purchase of a poinsettia for the church altar at Christmas, the cost is $8.00. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex and also an envelope to put your money or check in. Please indicate on the memo line of your check: Poinsettia. We will need to have your order by this coming Wednesday, December 16th. You may pick up your poinsettia on Sunday, January 3, 2016. Thank you.
PORTALS OF PRAYER: The January – March 2016 Portals of Prayer are available on the book rack in the narthex. Pick up your free copy today.
HELP US CELEBRATE: In honor of her 100th birthday this coming Thursday, December 17th, Pauline Hanner and her family would appreciate a card or note be sent to her. She is a charter member of Good Shepherd and has gladly served her church and community all her life. You may send your card to: Pauline Hanner, Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka, 610 W Cruger, PO Box 128, Eureka IL 61530.
CHOIR PRACTICE: Choir is meeting every Wednesday from 7-8:00 p.m. and we always need more voices. If you would like to learn more about choir, contact Steve Parry at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 533-5200. Come make a joyful noise until the Lord!
FELLOWSHIP HOSTS: The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell. We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee. If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled. We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.
YOU ARE INVITED to take a free 20-minute walking tour and experience “The Journey” that Mary and Joseph took so many years ago. This tour features indoor and outdoor scenes with live drama, live animals and singing. The “Journeys” begin inside every 10 minutes from 5-7:00 p.m. TODAY at Christ Lutheran Church, 311 N. Hershey Rd., in Normal. Free cookies and hot chocolate will be available. Meals are also available for purchase between 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. If you would like more information, please call Christ Lutheran Church at (309) 452-5609.
POSITION AVAILABLE: Christ Lutheran Church at 311 N. Hershey Road in Normal is seeking to hire an Office Manager. The list of Qualifications is posted on the bulletin board. You may submit a letter of interest and resume to Christ Lutheran Church, Attention: Employment Committee; or email to: email@example.com. For additional details see http://christlutherannormal.org.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “The Gift In the Manger” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from Luke 2:8-12. From the manger to the cross to resurrection life, God is in the giving business for all of us to receive and believe. The speaker will be Reverend Gregory Seltz. Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tune in! You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org
PRAYER CHAIN: If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582. The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.