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Pastor Ralph's
Weekly Update
December 6, 2018


Greetings, CHLC family and friends!

And a blessed St. Nicholas Day to you all! Today is the commemoration day for St. Nicholas of Myra, a real-life Christian Bishop from the third century who has come to represent anyone who defends children and others who are vulnerable in society.

This coming Sunday, December 9, is the second Sunday of Advent. We will meet up with John the Baptist as he breaks into the scene with a baptism for the repentance of sins, calling us to prepare the way of the Lord.

On Saturday at 10:00 a.m. a group of people will take door hangers into our neighborhood which invite people to let us be their church home for the holidays. It will not involve knocking on doors, so anyone who would like to join is invited, even if you are a little shy! Coffee will be provided.

Next Tuesday evening a crew will bring the tree and other decorations up from the basement so that on Wednesday, December 12 we can decorate the sanctuary in time for the Children's program the following Sunday. If you are available to help that Wednesday at 6:00, we will have pizza and other refreshments to share as we prepare the worship space for our Christmas celebrations. Come on out and join us!

We continue to collect hats and gloves on the tree in the parlor, gift cards for Oesterlen, and offering money for piglets through the ELCA Global Barnyard/Good Gifts program. We are also getting ready for the annual Cookie Project - please consider baking and donating cookies to be delivered to our homebound members. Also consider signing up to deliver some goodies to one or two of these folks. The sign-up is on the bulletin board in the narthex, and we will send the goodies out Sunday, December 16 after the Christmas Program.

I will see you in worship!