A BLESSED NEW YEAR TO ALL:
May the Lord Jesus rule in our hearts with His forgiving love and powerful Word so that our hearts are moved to make 2011 a year of dedicated commitment to the WORD and the WORK of His Kingdom. May we be busy “working while it is day, before the night (of eternity) comes” in spreading the Good News of a Savior for sinful mankind.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT:
Will be held on Friday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m

CHURCH COUNCIL
meets on Sunday, January 9th at 11:15 a.m.

VOTERS:
Don’t forget our Annual Voters’ Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 16th after church. We will be accepting the 2011 budget and holding our elections for the New Year.

HANNAH’S HELPING HANDS:
The Ladies will be meeting on Tuesday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m.

B.O.C.E.
meets Thursday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m.

EVANGELISM COMMITTEE:
Will meet on Sunday, Jan. 23rd at 11:15 a.m.

WANTED:
Any new phone numbers, new e-mail addresses. If any members have gotten a new phone number, new e-mail number or moved to a new address during the past year, please contact Pastor so he can add it to or change it for the 2011 directory. Thanks!

NEW ENVELOPES:
Everyone should have a new box of envelopes for the new year in your mailboxes.

DEVOTIONS AVAILABLE:
There are 10 copies of “The Bread of Life” Bible readings for the year 2011 that are normally found in the Lutheran Spokesman. Due to budget constraints they were not printed in December’s issue. Please take one with you and we pray you use it during the year reading God’s Word. If we run out we will print more.

NEW BIBLE STUDY:
Beginning in January we will be holding a new Bible study on Stewardship—Our Use of our Finances and Blessings in Christ. Much of the study will be based on 2 Corinthians 8 & 9. We encourage all of our confirmed members to come at 9:00 a.m. for Bible Class on Sunday mornings.

WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE CLASS:
will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 5th at 7:00 p.m. We will continue our study of the book “Out of Necessity: A History of the CLC.”

CAMPBELLS LABELS:
Don’t forget to keep those Campbell labels for school supplies.

December Activities: As we approach the Christmas season, we center our thoughts upon the Reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ. He came into this world as a human being to be our Substitute, to take our place under the Law and to keep it perfectly. But we also must look beyond the cradle and His birth to His cross and death and the empty tomb and His resurrection. Without His death for us as full payment for our sins and without His resurrection back to life, Jesus’ birth would be meaningless. May our Christmas busy-ness be busy about Christ and His Word in our worship, in our visits, in our gift-giving, and in our helping of others. Listed below are the many activities which you are encouraged to participate in–to help make your Christmas celebration truly Christ-centered and blessed.

MID-WEEK ADVENT:
The word ADVENT means “coming.” During this four-week season we prepare our hearts for Jesus’ coming.
1) His coming into the world as a human baby born in Bethlehem to take our place.
2) His coming into our hearts through faith.
3) His coming again on Judgment Day to take us
to heavenly glory.
May your Advent worship prepare your hearts and lives with God’s Word.
This year’s Advent mid-week Series is: REACTIONS TO JESUS’ BIRTH.
We will have a pulpit exchange with Pastors Paul Krause and Mike Schierenbeck. We pray your Advent worship prepares you for your Christmas celebration and worship of the Christ-Child. The first Advent service is Wednesday, Dec. 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 1   John leaped for joy — Luke 1:41-45—Mark Bernthal
Dec. 8   Herod was troubled with fear — Matthew 2:1-8—Paul Krause
Dec. 15 Shepherds were eager for news — Luke 2:8-20—Mike Schierenbeck

COMING-UP IN DECEMBER
Dec. 1: 7:00 p.m. Advent Worship I
Dec. 4: Christmas Program Practice Time-TBD
Dec 5  11:30 a.m. Christmas Tree Decorating
Dec. 8:  7:00 p.m. Advent Worship II
Dec. 14 7:00 p.m. Christmas Program Practice
Dec. 15:  7:00 p.m. Advent Worship III
Dec. 16  B.O.C.E.
Dec. 17: ILC Christmas Concert
Dec. 19: 11:30 a.m. Christmas Program Practice
Dec. 19: 5:30 p.m. Christmas Caroling
Dec. 21: 7:00 p.m. Ladies’ Christmas Gathering
Dec. 24-Dec 31   No School—Christmas Vacation
Dec. 24: 6:30 Children’s Christmas Eve Service
Dec. 25: 10:00 a.m. Christmas Day Song Service
Dec. 31: 7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Communion Worship

PARENTS/CHILDREN:
Our Children’s Christmas Eve practices are Saturday, Dec. 4th Time to be determined, Tuesday, Dec. 14th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 19th at 11:30 a.m. Make sure your children practice learning their parts at home and make all of the practices so the practices can run smoothly and not take too long.

TREE DECORATION:
We will be decorating the tree, church proper and fellowship hall on Sunday, Dec. 5th around 11:30 after our choir.

HANNAH’S HELPING HANDS:
The Ladies will be enjoying a night out to celebrate a Christmas Gathering. There will be a sign up sheet. Come on out Ladies! Tuesday, Dec. 21st around 6:00 p.m.

ILC CHRISTMAS CONCERT:
This annual concert conducted by our Immanuel Lutheran College will be held on Friday, Dec. 17th at7:30 p.m. It is worth the trip to listen and to enjoy as our young people sing their praises to our Triune God especially at this most joyous time.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING:
Plan to set aside the evening of Sunday, Dec. 19th to participate in Christmas caroling to the residents of Oak Park Place and Walnut Grove and to the Riggerts. Come, join us sing praises to our new-born King. Please meet at church around 5:30 p.m.

NEW YEAR’S EVE:
Our New Year’s Eve Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated. Close out the old year and welcome the new with worship and praise to our Triune God and partaking of our Lord’s Supper.

SEPTEMBER Newsletter 2010

download pdf of Sept 2010_newsletter

Our fall schedule of activities is already beginning and there is more to come.

There is the excitement of a new school year, Confirmation and Sunday School, Bible Classes, Hannah’s Helping Hands, other board meetings and Family Fun Nights. But the real EXCITEMENT is that all of these activities will center in and around our Savior Jesus and His Word. Without Christ we would be eternally lost and without His Word we would be spiritually dead. May the Spirit make this year the year WE GET INVOLVED and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior. Then out of love for Him, we will all willingly serve Him and one another.

S.S. Teachers: Our first meeting is after church on Sunday, Sept. 5th. We are still in need of one or two more teachers. Please contact Pastor Bernthal if you are able to help.

SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY & CHURCH PICNIC

Our opening of Sunday School will be September 12. After Church/S.S. a rally will take place. Our Sunday School/Church picnic will follow with games and special activities. Make a point to be here for this special day. Please bring a meat to grill (hot dogs, brats, hamburgers) and a dish to pass. Please also sign the sheet in the entry-way if you are planning on coming.

B.O.C.E.: will meet on Thursday, Sept. 16th at 7:00 p.m.

CHURCH COUNCIL: will be meeting on Sunday, Sept. 19th at 11:15 a.m.

LADIES: The first meeting of the fall is on Tuesday, Sept. 21st at 7:00 p.m. Come, be enriched and serve your Lord.

Great Lakes’ Pastoral Conference will be held Sept. 21-23 at Ascension Lutheran, Batavia, IL. Pastor will be attending the Conference.

FUN NIGHT: Our first fall fun night will be held on Friday, Sept. 17th beginning at 7:00. This is open to all members, young and old. Bring games (board games, cards) to play. If you have questions or would like to help organize this event, please see pastor.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

FAMILY WORSHIP SERVICE 10:00 a.m. Sunday • Lord’s Supper celebrated the first Sunday of the month and privately upon request

SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:00 p.m. Sunday All children ages 3 -8th grade (Starts Sept. 12)

SUNDAY ADULT BIBLE CLASS 9:00 a.m. Sunday ALL adults (Starts Sept. 12)

WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE CLASS 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday evening: Starts Sept. 8

EVANGELISM COMMITTEE Once a month after church (Next meeting, Sept. 26at 11:15 a.m.)

CHOIR REHEARSAL Usually after church-male and female voices needed

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS’ MEETING Monthly meetings (First meeting after Church Sept. 5)

LADIES–HANNAH’S HELPING HANDS Meets the third Tuesday of the month for all ladies 7:00 p.m. (First meeting Sept. 21)

ADULT INSTRUCTION CLASS Meets upon request (anytime)

FAMILY FUN NIGHT Meets monthly during school year (First meeting Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m.)

ASCENSION DAY WORSHIP
Ascension worship service will be held on Thursday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m.
CLC 50th Anniversary Celebration
Our CLC 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held in our 10:00 a.m. Worship Service on Sunday, May 16th
Congregation pictures will also be taken for our Congregation’s poster to be displayed at the 2010 CLC Convention.
Last Sunday School/Bible Class
Our last Sunday School and Bible Class will be held on Sunday, May 23rd. We will go to our summer schedule on Sunday, June 6th with our worship service at 9:00 a.m.
Examination/Confirmation & Graduation
The Examination and Confirmation of Joseph McDonald and Rachel Schaser will take place on Sunday, May 30th. The examination will be held at 9:00 a.m. and Confirmation at 10:00 a.m. we will also celebrate Rachel’s graduation from 8th grade from Peace Thru Christ Lutheran School.  A lunch will follow the worship service.
NEEDED:
We are in need of two delegates to our Pastoral/Delegate Conference June 7-8 at Faith Lutheran, Coloma, MI and to our CLC Convention, June 21-25 at ILC. If interested, please contact Pastor.
VBS:

Our VBS will be held August 2-6 from 9-11:45 a.m. Parents, please mark your calendars. If you would like to help out with teaching, arts & crafts or singing, please contact Pastor Bernthal. The VBS Flyer team will be coming July 12-13 to help distribute flyers.

Spring Work Day
Our Spring Work Day has been set for Saturday, May 1st. We will begin around 9:00 a.m.
Church Council
will meet on Sunday, May 2nd at 11:20 a.m.
B.O.C.E.
will meet on Monday, May 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Kindergarten Round-up
A Kindergarten Round-up will be held at Peace Thru Christ School on Wednesday, May 12th beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Field Day
Field Day events will be held at Faith, Markesan on Friday, May 14th.
HANNAH’S HELPING HANDS:
Tuesday, May 18th, 7:00 p.m.
Cystic Fibrosis Walk
A walk to help support Cystic Fibrosis will be held on Wednesday, May 19th. Children, work on getting your pledges.
Evangelism Meeting
Our monthly Evangelism meeting will be held, Sunday, May 23rd at 11:15 a.m.

GOOD FRIDAY—EASTER
The Events that Changed the World
The death of our Savior and His resurrection are the two most important events in history. Without these two actions–God pouring out His wrath and damnation upon His Son and then raising Him from the dead–life would be useless, meaningless, hopeless and end only with the certain prospect of eternal death in hell. No other events in history, no world war, no peace accord, no person’s birth or death has affected every single person from the beginning of time to the end of time. Come. Worship with us and celebrate the death of our Savior and His resurrection from the dead.
HOLY WEEK THEMES:
Where in the World is God
Maundy Thursday Communion Worship 7:00 p.m.
In the Savior’s feast (Matt. 26:26-30)
Good Friday Worship 7:00 p.m.
In the Savior’s promises (John 19:31-37)
Easter Sunrise Service 7:30 a.m.
Easter Breakfast 8:45 a.m.
Easter Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
In the Savior’s triumph (Matt. 28:1-10)

NO SCHOOL:
There will be no school Monday, Apr. 5th for Easter vacation.
B.O.C.E.:
7:00 p.m. April 5th
PASTOR’S VACATION:
Pastor Bernthal will be on vacation from Thursday, April 8th-12th.
BOARD MEETINGS:
Pastor Bernthal will be attending Coordinating Council Meetings at ILC April 13th-15th.
QUARTERLY VOTERS’ MEETING:
Sunday, April 18th at 11:20 a.m. All Voters are encouraged to attend this meeting as we take up the Lord’s work in bringing the Gospel to others.
HANNAH’S HELPING HANDS:
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 20th.
BIBLE CLASS:
Wednesday evening Bible Class resumes on Wednesday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m.
FAMILY FUN NIGHT:
7:00 p.m. Friday, April 23rd.