WELCA Christmas Gathering
4, 11, 18
6, 13, 20
Distribute Christmas door hangers
Serve Dinner at Faith Mission
Mary Martha dinner at
Mid-week Advent Service &
Sanctuary Tree Trimming
Children’s Program Rehearsal
& Pizza Lunch
CHLC Community Meal
Week of Christmas Visits
Pick up maps and cookies at
Choir Dress Rehearsal
Children’s Christmas Program
Go Tail It on the Mountain
Senior Choir Christmas Cantata
The Glory of Christmas:
Celebrating Christ’s Birth
Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Join us for coffee and conversation in the
before and after Sunday School and Worship.
Adults – 8:45 a.m
Children – 9:00 a.m.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
THE DATE: DECEMBER 1
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.
REHEARSAL & PIZZA PARTY
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.
AND MITTEN TREE
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
CARDS FOR OESTERLEN
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
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!
DINNER AT FAITH MISSION
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
Welcome to WELCA!
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.