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The Bellringer
December 2017


December 2
WELCA Christmas Tea
2:00 p.m.

December 3, 17
Catechism Class
11:30 a.m.

December 5, 12, 19
Lesson Study
11:00 a.m.

December 6, 13, 20
Mid-week Advent Services
& Luncheons
11:30 a.m.

December 9
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
9:00 a.m.

December 10
Week of Christmas Visits
Pick up maps and
cookies at
11:00 a.m.

December 12
Mary Martha Dinner at
La Chatelaine
6:30 p.m.

December 13
Lydia Ruth Circle
10:00 a.m.

December 13
Sanctuary Tree Trimming
6:00 p.m.

December 16
Children’s Program Rehearsal
& Pizza Lunch
10:00 a.m.

December 17
Children’s Christmas Program
10:00 a.m.

December 24
Worship for 4th Sunday of Advent
10:00 a.m.

The Eve of the Nativity
Candlelight Worship & Communion
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

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down …

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!

Pastor Wolfe



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 preparations!


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 week.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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, Home Depot.


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.


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 series.


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!

December Meetings:

Mary Martha – Tuesday –December 12 – 6:30 p.m. – Dinner at La Chatelaine

Lydia Ruth – Wednesday – December 13 – 10:00 a.m. – Advent service after

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!

YOU 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.

Gift 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!