3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Bells Rehearsal 7 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal 8 p.m.
Men’s Bible Study at Panera
The Epiphany of Our Lord
8, 15, 29
No study on 22nd
Take down Sanctuary Tree
Mary Martha Circle
Lydia Ruth Circle
Annual Meeting of the
Congregation & Dinner
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.
1 is more than just the first day of a new year.
Ever since the sixth century, the Christian
Church has observed this day as “Name
of Jesus” day. This observance stems from
the ancient Jewish tradition where families
would circumcise and formally name male children
on the eighth day of their lives. The older
name for the day is “The Circumcision
and Name of Jesus.” Already in his youth,
Jesus bore the mark of God which all Jewish
boys bore. As a good Jewish family, Jesus, Mary
and Joseph followed all of the expectations
for the people of Yahweh. This involved regularly
worshiping, making sacrifices, and observing
laws related to food and lifestyle. As the Son
of God, Jesus was fully divine; as the son of
Mary and Joseph, he was fully human.
is not much recorded in the Bible about Jesus’
growing years, but we can imagine the influence
that Mary had on her son. The assigned Gospel
reading for the Fourth Sunday of Advent is always
Mary’s song, sometimes called “The
Magnificat.” We didn’t get a chance
to hear that passage this year since the choir
cantata was on the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
Modeling her words after Hannah’s song
from the Old Testament, Mary sings of the joy
which is in her heart because of the favor that
God has shown to her, a lowly servant. Her song
has the sentiment which challenges the powers
of the world, extolling God for bringing down
the powerful from their thrones and lifting
up the lowly, filling the hungry with good things
and sending the rich away empty. Having this
view from the bottom of society, Mary believed
the promises of God’s love and favor for
her with her whole heart.
It was the basis of her hope.
then, the time she spent rearing Jesus. Do you
think she shared with Jesus this point of view
from her lowly estate? Considering Jesus’
life and his concern for the poor, sick, meek
and weak, it is that Mary had an immense influence
on Jesus during his early years. God chose her
because of who she was, as counter-cultural
as it seems. God wanted his son to be raised
by a woman who lived by hope and faith, not
by someone who had wealth, power and prestige.
is the Jesus that we worship and serve and follow
all the year round. As this church year unfolds,
from Epiphany through Lent, into Easter and
then Pentecost, may we remember the roots of
Jesus’ earthly, human life. May God bless
us to be a blessing to those around us, especially
those who may not know many blessings in their
FLOWERS FOR 2019
The 2019 chart for Chancel Flowers is posted
on the bulletin board opposite the coat racks.
Please sign up for your chosen Sunday. You will
be contacted with necessary information before
Church Council for 2019 has organized itself
– Kevin Kelley
– Kenn Cahill
– Hillary Lorton, Monica Ray
– Hillary Lorton
– Martha Ratliff
– Eva Cahill
-- Steve Hainen,
Randy Ketcham, Ryan Miller
– John Botkin
-- Holly Lorton, Jason Zander
– Jabe Miller
Council members will be installed at
the January 20 worship service.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 6:30 P.M.,
EVERYONE IS INVITED TO GATHER TO HELP TAKE DOWN
THE SANCTUARY TREE, AND DECORATIONS.
JOIN US FOR THE FUN AND FELLOWSHIP.
After taking the month of December off, the
Men’s Bible Study will meet on Saturday,
January 5, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at our regular
Panera Bread restaurant. The scripture passage
we will read and discuss is John 3:1-21, the
passage where Nicodemus comes to Jesus under
cover of the night to ask him about his identity
and how Nicodemus can himself be saved. All
men are invited to join us!
has designated Sunday, January 27, as the day
for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation.
Reports for 2018 and initiatives and projects
for 2019 will be discussed. Join us for a luncheon
following our 10:00 worship service. Meat, rolls
and beverages will be provided. Please bring
a side dish, salad, or dessert to share.
reports from committees (email or hard copy)
are due in the church office by January 16 for
distribution on January 20.
NOW FOR ENDOWMENT ALLOCATIONS
Applications are now available in the narthex
or church office for allocations from the Outreach
Endowment of Clinton Heights Lutheran Church.
Deadline for submission of applications to the
church office is Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
They will be reviewed by the church’s
Endowment Committee at its February meeting.
are made from interest earned on the principal
in the endowment. According to endowment guidelines,
endowment income can be used as follows: to
assist programs designed for persons in our
parish area who are in spiritual or economic
need; to provide seminary or college scholarships
for student members of the congregation; to
assist with capital projects of the church;
to help with new projects of the southern Ohio
Synod; and to assist with special missions of
from the church’s other endowment, the
Current Use Endowment, is used to support the
annual operating budget. Allocations are made
at the discretion of the Endowment committee,
which is comprised of five members appointed
by the Church Council chairperson. Additional
information about these endowments and how to
make a gift is available in brochures in the
narthex and church office.
Mary Martha Circle—Tuesday,
January 8, 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study & Hostess – Martha Ratliff
Lydia Ruth Circle—Wednesday,
January 9, 10:00 a.m.
Bible Study & Hostess – Anne Saylor
Our monthly Community Meal is Saturday, January
19, 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