News and Announcements:

Calendar of Events for the Week of November 27, 2022:
Monday-  5:00pm Karate
Tuesday -  
Wednesday-               
Thursday –  9:00am  Quilting Group; 9:00am  Living Nativity Costume Set-up/other tasks; 1:00pm Choir Rehearsal
Friday -  
Saturday - 8:00am Living Nativity Set-up; 5:00pm - 7:00pm Living Nativity
Sunday - 3:00pm Living Nativity Set-up; 5:00pm – 7:00pm  Living Nativity
 
2023 GIVING ENVELOPES ARE IN THE PARLOR - Please pick up your packet.

THRIVING CONGREGATIONS TEAM MEMBERS - The following members of our congregation are serving as the "Thriving Congregations" leadership tema: Pastor Deb, Lew Dryfoos, Mike Ziegler, Ashley Marsicano, Fred Jaxheimer, Tom Boock, Russ Nyblade and Tyler Russell. The team will have more information soon on next steps in this process.
POINSETTIAS AND HUNGER APPEAL DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS - Orders for poinsettias are now being taken. There will NOT be a sign-up sheet. Please use the envelopes from the basket on the table in the narthex. And, make sure the information on the envelope is complete and clear. Place it in the offering plate or return to the church office. Fifty poinsettias will be purchased and the balance of money received will go to the Hunger Appeal. All gifts will be listed in the bulletin on Christmas Eve. The cost of a poinsettia is $10.00, but any amount of your donation is appreciated. All donations must be in the church office by Sunday December 11th.
LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE - Funds are being raised to help the current hurricane victims. You may donate to: 

Lutheran Disaster Response
P. O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
Give by phone at 800-638-8009
Online earmark: ‘Hurricanes”

If you write a check to our church please designate ’Lutheran Disaster Response”

2023 CALENDARS ARE AVAILABLE - The 2023 Calendar of Word and Season is available to pick-up in the parlor. Please help yourself. Our calendars are sponsored again this year by Krapf & Hughrs Funeral Home and Crematory. Out thanks to them.
STEPHEN MINISTRY UPDATE 

Ministry is not just the role of the clergy—the opportunity and responsibility has been given to all Christians.  God gives spiritual gifts to each of us-faith, mercy, teaching the faith, encouragement, and listening.  We pass these gifts along by using them to serve others.  Do one or more of these gifts describe you? Are you a caring, compassionate person?  Are you a good listener?  Do you enjoy helping those in need?  If your answer is yes, please consider becoming a Stephen Minister.

We are actively looking for people to train as Stephen Ministers. Training will be on Tuesdays from 6:30 PM -8:30 PM beginning in January and ending in May. New Stephen Ministers will be commissioned in May which will allow them to be assigned a care receiver.  The Stephen Minister then meets with his/her care receiver once a week for an hour for as long as the care receiver needs this ministry.  A Stephen Minister also meets for supervision and continuing education twice a month after commissioning.

Our current Stephen Ministers have begun to meet some of the needs of our congregation and we thank God for the gift of their ministry.  Their training has given them the knowledge and skills to provide one-to-one Christian care to those in need.  But more Stephen Ministers are needed to minister care receivers in our congregation.  Please pray for the Holy Spirit to move those to serve as Stephen Ministers and keep your heart open to God’s calling for yourself to hear God’s call.  To learn more, feel free to talk with Marty Kellow, Anita Urso, Deb Jones, or Pastor Deb about Stephen Ministry training and being matched to a care receiver.  You can contact any of these people through the church office.
 
TTHE DATES ARE SET AND HELP IS NEEDED
Our annual Living Nativity will be held Saturday December 3rd & Sunday December 4th from 5pm-7pm each evening.
Sign-up sheets are on the table in the parlor for the many areas where help is needed along with the poster boards for the scenes on the bulletin board in the back of the church.

MARK THESE DATES!
SET-UP:  
Saturday December 3rd at 8am
Sunday December 4th at 3pm
CLEAN-UP:
Saturday December 3rd at 7pm
Sunday December 4th at 7pm

FINAL CLEAN-UP:
Saturday December 10th at 9am

COSTUMES AND OTHER JOBS:
Thursday December 1st at 9am
Please mark your calendars and see where you can help before, during and after the 
Living Nativity
PARTICIPANTS: PLEASE ARRIVE 1/2 HOUR BEFORE YOUR SHIFT TO GET INTO COSTUME
PARK AT THE UCC CHURCH LOT ACROSS THE STREET!


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