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Sunday, December 8, 2019

First Sunday of Advent: Worship at 8:00 & 10:30 am


The Gospel for this Sunday:

Matthew 3:1-12 Click here to read.


At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the approaching light of Christ. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. We wait with hope for that day when the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and there will be no more hurt or destruction. From the Lord’s table we are sent in the spirit of John the Baptist to proclaim that in Christ the kingdom of God has come near.


Annual Congregational Meeting

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Sunday, December 15 at 10:30 am

There will be one combined worship service on this day that will include the Sunday School Children’s Christmas Program. The meeting will follow worship at approximately 10:30 am.

Christmas Program!

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Sunday, December 15; One Combined Worship Service at 9:30 am

Join us for one combined worship on December 15 as the Sunday School children present their annual Christmas program.

Join Us for Christmas Worship!


Christmas Eve, December 24
Worship at 6:00 & 9:00 pm
Christmas Day, December 25
Worship at 9:30 am

Confirmation Student/Family Meeting

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Sunday, December 8; 11:45 am; Youth Room

Open to all 6th-8th grade youth and their parents/families to discuss our plans for confirmation classes in winter/spring 2020. Please contact Pastor Martha or Jason Xiong with questions or if you have a youth who may be interested in starting confirmation classes.

The Ministry Evaluation Task Force Needs Your Input!

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Thanks for your participation in the “Questions of the Week” so far! There are visual displays showing the high level findings to date for questions 1 and 2 in the narthex. The MET is working on summarizing the responses to question 3. Task force members are currently scheduling meetings with various established small groups in the congregation to obtain additional input. More information about next steps will be coming soon. In the meantime, you are always welcome to submit your thoughts via email to, or in our mailbox near the nursery.

Women’s Afternoon of Reflection

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Saturday, January 4; 1:00 to 3:00 pm

All women are invited to Lake Edge Church for an afternoon of Reflection meeting in the Library from 1 pm to 3 pm. Our leader has not been secured- so keep this date open.
We look forward to sharing time with our sisters in Christ. We will enjoy refreshments and the warmth of the fireplace. If you need a ride, we will have someone available to pick you up.

Revised Worship Helper Schedule

December 2019 Worship Helper

Please note changes in this revised Worship Helper Schedule for December 2019.
Click here for schedule..

MOSES Meeting

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Sunday, December 8; 2:00 pm

James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Church, 2146 E. Johnson St
The speaker will be Ada Deer, a Native American activist and leader who has just come out with a book about her life. The name of her talk will be “Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice, including reentry projects for native people.” Many of our older members remember Ada Deer. Here is a summary of her life accomplishments, from
“Ada Deer was born in Keshena as a member of the Menominee Tribe....She was the first Menominee to earn an undergraduate degree at the...UW....In 1961, she was the first Native American to receive an M.S.W. from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Her work on behalf of the Menominee led to the Menominee Restoration Act of 1972, which officially returned the Menominee Reservation to federally recognized status. Because of this accomplishment, Deer became the first woman to chair the Menominee Tribe in Wisconsin....
“...In 1992, she became the first Native American woman in Wisconsin to run for U.S. Congress. In 1993, Deer was appointed assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; she was the first Native American woman to hold that position....As an educator and social worker, she taught classes at the UW-Madison School of Social Work, and, in 2000, she became director of the American Indian Studies Program.”


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