Weekly e-News Friday, December 16, 2016

Looking Ahead

            Worship and Youth Sunday School at 10:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. Adult Sunday School and Fellowship time; 1:00 p.m. Worship in Nepali.

            Bible Studies: Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. will meet at the home of Cheryl Melby; and Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.

Monday, December 19 Session meets at 6:30 p.m.

Would you like to sponsor a tree for $20? The cost of the electrical connections for the year is 9 X $20 with three yet available.

Installation of officers elected in November will be on the first Sunday of January, New Years Day.

             

            A special treat on Sunday will be Michaela Ausland Peters bringing us an interpretive dance as she is home from her studies at the University of Minnesota at Mankato.

The Sermon Sunday will be covered by the Children’s Christmas Program and Hymn Sing. If you have a Christmas song you would like to sing that is not in our hymnal, you will need to submit your suggestion before the worship (ASAP) so Toni can prepare and we can project the words to sing along with.

Also, if you have a reading you might like to share, please let me know.

We will be taking up the special Christmas Joy Offering on Sunday – even a small gift will be added to others across the PCUSA to do good work.

 

Around Church this Week:

            The hard drive on the computer in my office failed permanently on Friday. It had been giving a message on start-up for a while that sectors were failing, so I had backed it up and was daily sending the work I was doing to myself, so that when final failure happened I didn’t lose much.

            Lanny Auringer cleared the parking lot again, and thanks to Larry Anderson for blowing the sidewalks clear on Sunday morning.

The snacks after worship were a special treat including some interesting looking characters created by Mary Ann Kjergaard and her great-grandkids. Here are a couple examples:

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Several people helped set up for the funeral after worship on Sunday morning (and came to set up tables after the funeral and take them down, clean up and put the sanctuary together again.

A small, but enthusiastic group went Christmas Caroling Monday and were greatly blessed while sharing Christmas joy! We gathered back at church for hot apple cider and goodies afterward. Here are a few pictures of our bringing smiles to Betty Peters, Fred and LaVonne Volzke, Lew and Joyce Carpenter, and the folks at Meadows on Sycamore including Diana Anderson’s mother,

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On Tuesday the Bible study group combined with the Wednesday coloring fellowship group combined to meet at the home of Cheryl Melby for a Christmas party.

Xtreme Faith had 14 present for their Christmas Party on Wednesday. I put a number more pictures on the Wild Flower Facebook page.

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We earned $26 from egg sales last week and have a new batch of 30 dozen fresh eggs in the refrigerator for 75 cents a dozen. The profit we receive goes into the parking lot fund.

Calendars are available on the table in the sanctuary for $7.00 to support our Youth ministries.

Chuckle:  “The One whose throne is in heaven sits laughing. . . .” (Psalms 2:4)

How My Kids Ruined Christmas

This year we bought two of those Advent chocolate calendars. I have fond memories of these calendars from childhood and wanted my kids to have the same experience. There’s something about waking up every morning and opening a little door with a candy behind it that builds anticipation for Christmas.

Well, things didn’t exactly work out that way.

We left the children alone with the calendars for (I swear) two minutes. We came back to find all the little calendar doors torn open and our little wolves sitting there with guilty, chocolaty grins. I guess Christmas came early this year.

Bottom line: kids have no self-control. I thought about how sad that is yesterday as I ate a mountain of mash potatoes followed by seven sugar cookies.

Don’t let your Christmas go to the wolves. ~ Drew Dyck

Birthdays this Week:

18 Paige Oien

Anniversary this Week:

23 Wendell & Carol Pribyl

Prayer Thought:   “Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the omnipotent muscle of God.”  ~ Charles Spurgeon.

The more you get in the habit of praying, the more you will accomplish through prayer and the happier you’ll be, because you will have learned the secret of staying in constant, close communication with your loving Savior and friend.

Please keep in prayer: Elvena Hyronimus, Jayden Ausland, Betty Peters, Jeanne Marsh, Jeff Lewis, Rose Thuringer, Esther Bakker; Ardella Kjergaard; Don Crichton; Cami Kuchta;. Candace Roelfsema-Stansbury.

                Here are a few words from the Executive Presbyter of North Central Iowa Presbytery:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A couple days ago, one of our pastors began our meeting by reading John 1, “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us”.  It is the power of the Advent/Christmas in a sentence.  It is difficult to understand the magnitude of the meaning of “the word”.  God’s communication to us took on flesh in Jesus of Nazareth; God’s love came and walked among us.

Several weeks ago we held a one day seminar on preaching.  “The Word”, John 1, is the heart of Christian preaching.  And, words are the only tools preachers have.  Of course, behind the words stands the integrity of the preacher.

The little book of James in the New Testament has much to say about the tongue and that WORDS MATTER.  James has strong words of warning for those who use words.  My study informs me that it is a Hebrew concept of words.  Some think words die once they are spoken, James teaches words take on a life of their own once they leave our mouths.  They will fly to places unimaginable.  Emily Dickinson captures it –

A word dies when it is said some say, I say it just begins to live that day*

Words have had a bad run lately.  We hear of fake news stories, which are completely fabricated and fly through social media.  Our politicians have reached new depths of lack of concern for truth and how words are used.  Do we want a society where we can trust nothing spoken or written?

I felt the need to offer a feeble reminder that one of the great ends of the church, per our constitution is “the preservation of the truth” (Book of Order F-1.0304) and that words matter.

I once saw a bumper sticker which read, “If the people will lead, the leaders will follow”.

With love in Christ,

David Feltman

*I am working from memory, please forgive if it is not exact.

                                                                               

Eternally Blessed,    

Pastor Dave Ullom <*}}}<  

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