WELCA Christmas Tea
December 3, 17
December 5, 12, 19
December 6, 13, 20
Mid-week Advent Services
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
Week of Christmas Visits
Pick up maps and
Mary Martha Dinner at
Lydia Ruth Circle
Sanctuary Tree Trimming
Children’s Program Rehearsal
& Pizza Lunch
Children’s Christmas Program
Worship for 4th Sunday of Advent
Eve of the Nativity
Candlelight Worship & Communion
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Join us for coffee and conversation in the
parlor before and after Sunday School and
Adults – 8:45 a.m
Children – 9:00 a.m.
that you would tear open the heavens and come
So begins the first lesson from Isaiah 64 on
the first Sunday of Advent this year. Many of
you know that we work with a three-year cycle
of readings called the Revised Common Lectionary,
and we are preparing to enter Year B. This year
our Gospel readings will predominantly come
from either Mark or John. Advent, the season
that kicks off the church year annually, helps
us to prepare for the coming of Emmanuel, or
“God with Us.” God broke into this
world in a new and powerful way in his son Jesus
Christ thousands of years ago. God has promised
to return to transform this world into a place
of love and joy sometime in the future. And
God breaks into our lives at different times
when sin, death and the devil seem to be winning
out. There have been many times over the last
year where we have thought, either out loud
or to ourselves, “O that you would tear
open the heavens and come down …”
It is fitting that we begin this new year by
focusing on our prayers for God to interact
with the evil of the world to defeat it.
This year is a little unique in that Christmas
Eve is on a Sunday. December 24 will have a
bit of a “dual purpose.” In the
morning at the 10:00 worship, we will observe
the Fourth and final Sunday of Advent. We will
celebrate Christmas Eve that evening with one
worship service at 5:00 p.m. It is the hope
of the worship and music committee and church
council that with one service, it will be a
joyous, festive time to celebrate the birth
of Jesus together with our whole congregational
family. The service will be centered on a Cantata
for choir and congregation called “Wonderful
Counselor!” There will be some other special
music from our keyboards and bells, our traditional
children’s sermon at the nativity scene,
Holy Communion and the candlelight singing of
“Silent Night”. I am excited to
have everyone together for Christmas this year,
and I hope it is as wonderful as Easter was
last year when we had everyone at one service!
May the presence of the loving God fill you
with all joy and hope as we anticipate the coming
of Christ our Lord. Amen!
WITH THE SAINTS
On Wednesdays, December 6, 13, and 20, at 11:30
a.m. morning prayer will be held in our church
sanctuary. Each of these three days is a time
to commemorate saints in the Christian Church:
December 6 is St. Nicholas Day, December 13
is Saint Lucy Day, and December 20 is the commemoration
day for Katarina von Bora, better known as Katie
Luther. As part of the Morning Prayer, there
will be a short devotion by Pastor Wolfe on
the appropriate saint for the day. After the
half-hour worship time, all are invited to the
education wing for soup and bread and fellowship.
Make these Wednesdays a part of your Advent
A CHRISTMAS TEA
Join the women of WELCA on Saturday, December
2, 2-4:00 p.m. for a lovely tea party. Our costumed
guests will share stories and history of tea
parties. Bring your daughters, granddaughters,
aunts, sisters and friends. Wear your pearls,
hats and gloves. Join us for lots of fun.
Once again the Fellowship Committee and WELCA
ladies are putting together goodie bags and
cookies to take to some of our members who cannot
get to church. We are looking for donations
of cookies to take as well as people to take
them. There are sign-up lists on the bulletin
board for visitors and for cookie bakers. Everything
will be made ready on Sunday, December 10, so
please have cookies here by 10:00 a.m. that
morning. Visitors, be ready to take the cookies
with you on the 10th and visit one day that
The holiday decorations for the sanctuary will
be appearing throughout Advent. The Arts and
Decorations Committee would welcome your help
to trim the sanctuary Christmas tree on Wednesday,
December 13, at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome!
Lots of help makes for a quick job – and
lots of fun!
OUR FAVORITE CAROLS
The 10:00 worship service on December 17 will
feature our annual Clinton Heights Youth Christmas
Program. This year the program will focus on
five of the kids’ favorite Christmas Hymns.
Come and see the anchors from WCHL News interview
Clinton Heights youth, then interact with characters
from the nativity scene to share these carols
and some background behind each. There will
be a little humor and a lot of carols to sing.
Do you remember the name of the meanest teacher
or boss you ever had? What is or was the hardest
thing about your job? As we read Exodus 5:1-21,
we will consider these and other questions at
our December Men’s Bible Study. We will
be at Panera Bread on Saturday, December 9 from
9:00 to 10:30 a.m. The text is the story of
the Israelites in Egypt having to make bricks
for their masters without any straw. It was
the first battle that Moses had with the Pharaoh,
and it set up the story of the escape of God’s
people from slavery. Join us!
DINNER INVITATION FROM MARY MARTHA CIRCLE
All women are invited to an evening out for
dinner at La Chatelaine in Worthington. Meet
there at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12,
for an evening of relaxing conversation and
good food. Call Mary Jones at 614-406-5382 to
let her know you are coming.
REHEARSAL & PIZZA PARTY
Clinton Heights youth are learning and rehearsing
their Christmas program, the delightful “Our
Favorite Carols.” The final rehearsal
and a pizza lunch will be on Saturday, December
16, 10:00 until noon. The program will be presented
at the morning worship service on Sunday, December
18, 10:00 a.m.
Our Mission Committee is collecting men’s
gift items for CRC’s Secret Santa program
where children shop for gifts for their parents
and guardians. We ask that you use a plastic
grocery bag and include 4 gifts: one food item
(candy, nuts, etc.), one clothing item (like
gloves, t-shirt, hat, socks), one hygiene item
(tooth care products, soap, shampoo) and one
item of your choice. Items need not be expensive
but should be new. You may put your gifts in
a container in the narthex marked CRC Men’s
Gifts by December 3. The Mission Committee will
provide containers for our gift collections.
CARDS FOR OESTERLEN:
November means Thanksgiving and Christmas preparations.
Once again, the women of WELCA are asking our
congregation to remember the children of Oesterlen
Services for Youth as you shop. Your gift cards
make possible holiday extras. You may put the
cards in an envelope marked WELCA in the offering
plate, give them to Anne Saylor, or put them
in her box in the office by December 10.
Gift cards in $5, $10, or $20 amounts are requested
from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger
King, Donato’s Pizza, Frisch’s,
Lowe’s, WalMart, Meijer, Hobby Lobby,
AND MITTEN TREE
There’s still time to add winter hats,
scarves, gloves and mittens to our Hat and Mitten
Tree in the parlor. These cool-weather comforts
are taken to the LSS Food Pantry for distribution
to the children (infants to teens) there. New
or gently used stuffed animals would also be
appreciated. Items will be taken to the Pantry
on December 13.
CONCERT AT HOLY TRINITY
Everyone is invited to the Holiday Concert by
the Brass Band of Columbus at Holy Trinity Lutheran
Church, 2001 Northwest Blvd, Upper Arlington.
Starting at 4pm on Sunday, December 3, this
large ensemble promises to deliver a rousing
performance of popular holiday tunes and crowd
favorites. Join us and bring a friend. A reception
will follow. Free will offering to support the
AT PRINCE OF PEACE
A Service of Lessons and Carols will be presented
at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand
Road in Dublin, on Sunday, December 3, at 4:00
p.m. First held at King’s College, Cambridge
in 1918, the Service of Lessons and Carols is
a popular format in which we celebrate the story
of Christ’s birth. The Prince of Peace
version will include Rutter’s Gloria.
You will also have the opportunity to lend your
voice in singing favorite carols. A reception
will follow in the church Fellowship Hall. A
free-will offering will be received.
Welcome to WELCA!
Mary Martha – Tuesday –December
12 – 6:30 p.m. – Dinner at La Chatelaine
Lydia Ruth – Wednesday – December
13 – 10:00 a.m. – Advent service
December Bible Study: We will feature the Joy
to the World Advent devotional from our Gather
Magazine, page 24. Several authors offer insights
into the Christmas season.
YOU ARE INVITED! We hope you will come to our
December general meeting and Christmas tea at
2:00 on December 2nd. Wear your gloves and pearls
and tea hats and enjoy a program about tea and
tasty tea-time treats. All women are invited.
Bring a friend!
ARE INVITED! All women are invited to an evening
out for dinner at La Chatelaine in Worthington.
Meet there at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December
12th for an evening of relaxing conversation
and good food. Call Mary Jones at 614-406-5382
to let her know you are coming.
Cards for Oesterlen: Watch you Sunday bulletins
for Christmas cards reminding you that Oesterlen
Services for Youth in Springfield woul d like
to have gift cards in $5, $10, $15 and $20 amounts
for McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger
King, Donato’s, Frisch’s, Lowe’s,
WalMart, Meijer, Hobby Lobby, or Home Depot.
These cards may be used as Christmas gifts for
clients, special treats for students throughout
the year or materials for projects. The cards
can be put in the offering plate or given to
Anne Saylor for delivery to Oesterlen. Thank
you in advance for thinking of these troubled
children during the holidays.
A very merry and blessed
Christmas season to you all!