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The Bellringer
December 2018


December 1
WELCA Christmas Gathering
2 p.m.

December 4, 11, 18
Lesson Study
11 a.m.

December 6, 13
Bells Rehearsal
7 p.m.

December 6, 13, 20
Choir Rehearsal
8 p.m.

December 8
Distribute Christmas door hangers
10 a.m.

December 9
Serve Dinner at Faith Mission
5 p.m.

December 11
Mary Martha dinner at
Rusty Bucket
6 p.m.

December 12
Mid-week Advent Service &
11:30 a.m.

December 12
Sanctuary Tree Trimming
& Pizza
6 p.m.

December 15
Children’s Program Rehearsal
& Pizza Lunch
10 a.m.

December 15
CHLC Community Meal
5:30 p.m.

December 16
Week of Christmas Visits
Pick up maps and cookies at
11 a.m.

December 22
Choir Dress Rehearsal
10:00 a.m.

December 16
Children’s Christmas Program
10:00 a.m.
Go Tail It on the Mountain

December 23
Senior Choir Christmas Cantata
10:00 a.m.
The Glory of Christmas:
Celebrating Christ’s Birth

December 24
Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord
Candlelight Worship
Children’s Message
5:00 p.m.


Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Join us for coffee and conversation in the parlor
before and after Sunday School and Worship.
Sunday School:
Adults – 8:45 a.m
Children – 9:00 a.m.



From The Pastor

Advent is the first season of the Church year, and it will begin on Sunday, December 2. It is always exciting to begin something new, and when the church year starts it will include some different kinds of activities and emphases.

Lutheran World Relief Project – Our Sunday school will be leading us in a project to raise money to purchase piglets through the ELCA Global Barnyard project. This is a way we can help people in developing countries to have the resources they need to be independent. For every $30 we collect, one piglet can be purchased for a farmer to use to support his family. Our regular Sunday school offering during December will be directed toward this project as well as special donations. In order to encourage your gifts, you can take home a special “piggy bank” to collect your coins and bills, and bring them in by Christmas Eve. We also have piglet Christmas tree ornaments, and we will put one ornament on the tree for every $30 that we collect.

In order to keep everything together with this focus, I have written a Christmas program for our Sunday schoolers to perform on December 16 during the 10:00 worship service called “Go Tail It On The Mountain.” All of our youth will be playing the part of little piggies, sharing their own perspective of Jesus’ birth. It is sure to be fun, and I hope it inspires you to think of others during this Advent and Christmas season.

Midweek Advent – We will not have three mid-week advent services and soup lunches this year. Instead we will focus one day, December 12, as an Advent preparation day with two opportunities for you to participate. At 11:30 a.m. we will have a worship time centered on the “O Antiphons” – the basis for the hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” The service will be followed by a light luncheon. At 6:00 p.m. we will finish decorating the sanctuary for Christmas in advance of the Sunday school program that following Sunday. The tree will already be up, so we will be putting ornaments and lights on, and placing our wreaths around the sanctuary. We will share some fellowship with pizza and refreshments for all who come out.

Choir Cantata - On Sunday, December 23 our worship will primarily consist of a choir cantata called “The Glory of Christmas: Celebrating Christ’s Birth” written by Lloyd Larson. This piece intersperses choir songs based on well-known hymns with readings from the Christmas story.

Christmas Eve - We will once again have one worship service at 5:00 p.m. It will include special music, the reading of the Christmas story, a children’s message, lots of Christmas Carols, Holy Communion and Silent Night sung by candle light. It is a quiet, contemplative service focusing on the gift of the Christ Child for this sinful world that God loves so much.

I am excited to prepare for and celebrate the birth of the messiah this year with my church family, and I hope that you are too. Blessings to all of you
during this holiday season!

Pastor Wolfe


The Evangelism Committee is preparing hangers to be placed on our neighbors’ doors with information about our Sunday and Christmas Services. If you would like to join the group in walking the neighborhood, be at the church Saturday, December 8, at 10:00 a.m. Coffee will be provided.


WELCA invites you to join them for A Bit of Heaven during their general meeting on Saturday, December 1, 2-4:00 p.m. in the education unit. Bring a friend and your favorite angel ornament (s) to share.


An Advent time of worship on Wednesday, December 12, 11:30 a.m. will center on the “O Antiphons” – the basis for the hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” The service will be followed by a light luncheon. Join us for a time of Advent reflection and fellowship.


At 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, we will finish decorating the sanctuary for Christmas in advance of the Sunday school program that following Sunday. The tree will already be up, so we will be putting ornaments and lights on, and placing our wreaths around the sanctuary. We will share some fellowship with pizza and refreshments for all who come out.


Once again the Fellowship Committee and WELA 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 16, so please have cookies here by 10:00 a.m. that morning. Visitors, be ready to take the cookies with you on the 9th and visit one day that week.

Clinton Heights youth are rehearsing their Christmas program, “Go Tail It on the Mountain.” The final rehearsal and a pizza lunch will be on Saturday, December 15, 10- noon. The program will be presented at worship on Sunday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.


The men who gather at Panera Bread decided not to meet in December, so our next gathering will be Saturday, January 5, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. The scripture that we will read and discuss will be John 3:1-21, the story of Jesus and Nicodemus meeting under cover of the night. Please consider joining us for this time of fellowship and Bible study.


Time to hang winter hats, scarves, gloves and mittens on our Hat and Mitten Tree. You might even enjoy knitting or sewing items. These cold-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. Look for the tree in the parlor. Items will be taken to the Pantry in mid-December.


Once again, WELCA is asking our congregation to remember the children of Oesterlen Services for Youth. It is through your donated gift cards that the children have extras other families may consider to be standard. Gift cards are used for rewards, parties, teaching proper public behavior, and for supplies for Life Skills Center programming.

Gift cards are requested in $5, $10, $20 amounts for Kroger, WalMart, Meijer, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Frisch’s, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Pizza (Donato’s, Dominoes, Little Caeser’s, Pizza Hut). You may put the cards in an envelope marked WELCA in the offering, give them to Anne Saylor, or put them in her box in the office by December 16. Your gifts make ministry happen!


On the second Sunday of every other month, volunteers from CHLC prepare and serve dinner to women and families at Faith Mission. Our next dinner is Sunday, December 9. There are always people in need of a meal, a kind word and a warm smile. If you would like to volunteer at the mission or help provide food, please contact Elaine Botkin, Carol Myers or Martha Ratliff or sign up on the poster in the church narthex.


Our monthly Community Meal is Saturday, December 15, at 5:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for fellowship with folks from our neighborhood. Please join us. If you’d like to help in the preparation, see Carol Myers or Martha Ratliff.

Welcome to WELCA!

December Circle Events:

Mary Martha –December 11, 6 p.m. – Christmas dinner party at the Clintonville Rusty Bucket. All women are welcome.

Lydia Ruth – The December 12th Advent service and luncheon will serve as the December meeting.

Even though our circles are not meeting for Bible study during December, don’t miss the wonderful study called Fear Not – God is at work beyond our ability to imagine on page 22 of the December Gather Magazine. Your Christmas will be enriched by it.

Watch the December bulletins for an opportunity to purchase gift cards for Oesterlen Services for Youth. A list of appropriate stores will be included. These gift cards are used to provide treats for the students, to give as gifts and incentives and to purchase craft and woodworking materials. Oesterlen does wonderful work with very troubled youth. Let’s make their holidays a little brighter!

Our Annual General Meeting and Christmas Party will be Saturday, December 1st at 2:00 p.m. Bring your favorite angel ornament and come prepared to enjoy “A Bit of Heaven” to start the Christmas season. All women are invited. We would love to see you there!

All women are invited to a Christmas night-out at the Clintonville Rusty Bucket on Tuesday, December 11th, at 6:00 p.m. Come enjoy some pleasant conversation, relaxation and good food amidst the craziness of the holidays.

Don’t miss our Advent Service and Luncheon, Wednesday, December 12, at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon following the service will be hosted by both Lydia Ruth and Mary Martha Circles. Everyone is invited to celebrate Advent with worship, good food and good fellowship.

Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.
Luke 2:10