December Newsletter 2014

PEACE THRU CHRIST Lutheran Church and School

3232 West Point Rd. Middleton, Wisconsin 53562 Pastor: Mark H. Bernthal • School Teacher: Miss Claire Abbas
Church/Office (608) 233-2244 Parsonage (608) 442-9986

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.

Dec. 3: 7:00 p.m. Advent Worship I

Dec. 6: Christmas Program Practice—Time TBD

Dec. 7: 11:30 a.m. Christmas Tree Decorating

Dec. 10: 7:00 p.m. Advent Worship II

Dec. 13: Christmas Program Practice—Time TBD

Dec. 16: 6:30 p.m. Ladies’ Christmas Gathering

Dec. 17: 7:00 p.m. Advent Worship III

Dec. 19: 7:30 p.m. ILC Christmas Concert

Dec. 21: 11:30 a.m. Christmas Program Practice

Dec. 21: 5:30 p.m. Christmas Caroling

Dec. 24: 6:30 Children’s Christmas Eve Service

Dec. 25: 10:00 a.m. Christmas Day Song Service

Dec. 22-Jan. 2   No School—Christmas Vacation

Dec. 31: 7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Communion Worship/Hymn Sing

MID-WEEK ADVENT:

The word ADVENT means “coming.” During this four-week season we prepare our hearts for Jesus’ coming.

This year’s Advent mid-week Series is: Behold, Your God!

1) Behold and Shine—Isaiah 60:1ff (Pastor David Ude)

His coming into the world as a human baby born in Bethlehem to take our place.

2) Behold and Marvel—Isaiah 9:6-7 (Pastor Bernthal)

His coming into our hearts through faith.

3) Behold and Tell—Isaiah 40:9-11 (Pastor Paul Krause)

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.

We pray your Advent worship prepares you for your Christmas celebration and worship of the Christ-Child.

PARENTS/CHILDREN:
Our Children’s Christmas Eve practices are Saturdays, Dec. 6th & 13th time to be determined and Sunday, Dec. 21st at 11:15 after church. 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.

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. 17th around 6:30 p.m.

ILC CHRISTMAS CONCERT:
This annual concert conducted by our Immanuel Lutheran College will be held on Friday, Dec. 19th at7:30 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran, Eau Claire. 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. 21st to participate in Christmas caroling to the residents of Artisan and Heritage and to Duane Riggerts. Come, join us sing praises to our new-born King. Please meet at church by 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 and a hymn sing afterward.