This will be the last daily devotion email for the year. I may have a reminder email or two and any prayer requests will be forwarded through here. I'll see you Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday for worship!
DEVOTION : Luke 1:39-56 English Standard Version (ESV)
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be[a] a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."
Mary's Song of Praise: The Magnificat
46 And Mary said,
"My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever."
56 And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK:
Thurs- Little Lambs Christmas party; Karate Christmas Party 6:15-7:45
Fri- Bible study at Hendershot's house 7pm
Sat- Men's bkfst 8am
Sun- Adult Bible Class 8:15; Worship 9:30; NO DISCIPLE MAKERS
Mon, Dec. 24- Christmas Eve worship 6:30
Tues, Dec. 25- Christmas Day worship 10am
Wed, Dec. 26-Sun, Dec. 30- Pastor gone
Organist- Pat Golden
Acolyte- Isabel Benke
Ushers- Rich Talbert, Tom Linke, Don Hance, Kent Jacobsmeyer
Altar- Set up- Don Hance; Clean Up- Paul and Teresa Brockfeld
Communion assistant- Randy Fischer
Greeters- Al and Karen Benton
Projectionist- Erv Yoder
Lay Reader- John Hachtel
Monday, Christmas Eve-
Organist- Molly Hendershot
Acolyte- Nick Schulze
Ushers- Don Turnure, Dave Burmeister, Larry Schulze, Brent Davis
Altar set up- Terry McKenzie
Altar clean up (Tuesday after worship)- Terry McKenzie
Communion assistant- Al Benton
Tuesday, Christmas Day-
Organist- Karen Haak
Acolyte- Kodi Butler
Ushers- Lew Feldkamp, Rich Boeger, Brett Nordwald, Scott Schulze
Communion assistant- Jason Cluver
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Who was Timothy and where did he live?
Timothy is the son of Eunice, a Jewess and a Gentile father. Born in Derbe or Lystra,,Lyconia. Converted by Paul and became a close friend and valuable assistant. Recipient of two of Paul's epistles, 15th and 16th New Testament books, I and II Timothy. The first was written to him in Ephesus, probably from Macedonia about 65 A.D. The second seem to have been written from Rome some three years later. They are called pastoral epistles because they are devoted to description of church work and earnest exhortation to faithfulness.
TODAY'S QUIZ: Who was James (the one who write the Epistle of James.)
12/16/18 WORSHIP (including baptism of Voss family) Enjoy!
IT WAS A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION LAST NIGHT!
We had a ton of food and everyone had lots off fun playing games, taking silly pictures, and learning about the real story of Christmas. If you weren't there, you missed out!
A huge thank you to the Tom and Pam Linke who hosted the meal, to Taryn Linke who spent hours getting all the games together and decorating the tables, to Molly who played all those wonderful hymns and songs for us, and to Karin who did a great job with our photo area! PRAISE BE TO GOD!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WORKERS TO HELP WITH SECURITY, PROJECTION, AND SUNDAY SCHOOL!!!
WE REALLY NEED PARENTS WITH YOUNGER CHILDREN TO SIGN UP TO BE SUNDAY SCHOOL/KID'S TIME HELPERS!!!
Thanks to Don Nolte for filling up our lists of altar clean up and 9am lay readers!
Here's what is still needed. PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL TO SIGN UP IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY!!! If you have questions as to what the job entails, feel free to reply or to call pastor for an explanation!!
SECURITY TEAM MEMBERS (It is preferred that you have some security training)
8:30-10:15- two more needed
10:15-12- Two more needed
Monday, 6:15-7:45-- Four more needed
Sunday, 9am-- 2 or 3 more If you're already on the current list, please let us know that you'd like to continue.
10:45- 2 or 3 more
Monday, 6:30—2 or 3 more
SUNDAY SCHOOL/KID TIME HELPERS) THIS IS WHERE WE STILL NEED THE MOST HELP!!
10:15 and or 11:15 on Sunday and 6:30 on Monday
(One or two more needed for each service!!)
Here's how it will work-- Kids will go to Sunday school right after the first service until the second service starts. Approximate time will be 10:15-10:45.
Also, halfway through the second service, at approximately 11:15, the kids who are at worship will leave and have a lesson on their own while the rest of the congregation will finish worship.
Monday night will be the same as the late service on Sunday as long as we have people to take kids and help them.
GET YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM CHURCH!!!
They are $6 a box. They're on the glass cabinet in the fellowship hall. Please put the money for them in the box on the cabinet, or in a marked envelope on the office desk.
LITTLE LAMBS IS STILL COLLECTING PLASTIC CAPS FOR THEIR BENCH!!
Any plastic lid will do! They need 300lbs total! There are boxes in the narthex and in Little Lambs.
OPERATION BACKPACK CONTINUES!!
There are hundreds of kids in need in Warrenton. Many of them go to homes without food, especially on weekends. The food that is collected from us gets put into kids backpacks discreetly on Fridays and sent home with them on Fridays. This month's collection is individually wrapped snacks and packets of oatmeal.
For DIANNE FELDKAMP'S SISTER, DONNA MAYES, who has been diagnosed with ALS, and her other sister, DEBBIE BURGER, who has been sick for 7 weeks and the doctor's are unable to determine the cause. She is in the hospital now.
For FRANCIS ABBAN, pastor's sister Mary's boyfriend, as his brother, Mike, died in a house fire Sunday night in Nigeria.
For BETTY TAMELER recovering from a concussion after a fall last Wednesday
For PASTOR RON LEHENBAUER who is dealing with a return of his cancer.
For LIL WINTER as she is having hernia surgery Christmas Eve.
For GEORGE HOELSCHER, as he has a trial cancer treatment every Monday at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
For HOWARD LINKE, brother of Bob Linke, who remains hospitalized with complications from a triple bypass. .
PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL:
For CONNER FIGURA going through tech training for the Air Force. .
For DAVID TATE stationed in Japan, and ALEX WALTERS, stationed in Tennessee. That God would bless their service to our country and keep them safe as they all await possible deployment.
For CALEB FIGURA AND VINCE MASTERS who are both serving our country in the National Guard and take time out of their