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December 17, 2017: Third Sunday of Advent

Christmas Program

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The Gospel for this Sunday is

John 1:6-8, 19-28

Click Here to Read.

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“Rejoice always,” begins the reading from First Thessalonians. Isaiah and the psalmist make clear that God is turning our mourning into laughter and shouts of joy. “All God’s children got a robe,” go the words of the spiritual. It is not so much a stately, formal, pressed outfit as it is a set of party clothes, clothes that make us feel happy just to put on. We receive that robe in baptism, and in worship we gather for a foretaste of God’s party.

Congregational Meeting Sunday, December 17

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One Worship Service at 9:30 am

Meeting to Follow Worship

Sunday School Christmas Program

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Sunday, December 17 at 9:30 am

Only one worship service on this day.

Young Adult Event at the Zoo

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December 17; 7:00 pm

Hosted by Madison Area Young Adult Ministry (MAYAM)
Revisit your childhood at Zoo Lights! Meet in the parking lot at Vilas Zoo at 7pm. Admission is $7, possibly less if you RSVP in advance. We’ll enjoy the lights for about an hour. Optional post-party: drinks/dessert at Brocach on Monroe St, around 8:15pm.

Advent Awakenings

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Thursdays, December 7, 14 & 21; 7:00-8:00 pm

Pastor Stephen will be leading three mid-week Advent experiences on the Thursday evenings of Advent, in the sanctuary. Our text will be Luke 1:46-56, the Magnificat, or Mary's Song of Praise. We will use that scripture to "awaken" ourselves to issues of white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism. All are welcome for worship and discussion during our season of awakening.

Join Us for Christmas Worship!

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Sunday, December 24

9:30 am - Fourth Sunday of Advent Worship
6:00 pm - Christmas Eve Worship
9:00 pm - Christmas Eve Worship

Monday, December 25

9:30 am - Christmas Day Worship

Cristo Rey Scholarship Program

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Lake Edge has had a relationship with Cristo Rey in Santa Ana, El Salvador for 25 years. Several years ago we asked Pr. Carlos how we could help them. He said the best thing we could do was to provide an education for the children. Education is not mandatory and requires the student to wear a uniform and have their own school supplies. The cost to send a child to school is about $100.00, a month’s income for a family. Every fall Lake Edge members provide scholarship funds, which are wired to Cristo Rey in January before the start of their school year. We have been able to support around 150 children each year. Some of the children have actually been able to pursue educational opportunities after high school. If you wish to participate in this program, please identify your donation as Cristo Rey Scholarship. There are cards in the fellowship area if you wish to donate in someone’s name as an alternative holiday gift.

Matching Gifts Update

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During August and September, we drew attention to two needs for fund raising through the gifts committee:

1) The congregation approved funding a youth pastor part time for the next year for $14,400. Parents and kids both spoke up in support of retaining Pastor Christa Fisher to continue in this position. Gifts given so far total $1,755, which the gifts committee has matched. Please support this position with donations made to the gifts committee for “youth pastor” and we’ll match your gift up to a total of $3,600. The gifts committee has already spent another $3,600 for this position for January through March 2017 and is in need of your support.

2) The congregation approved funding through the gifts committee of the repair of the front rock wall and fixing the drainage issue near the front door to prevent rain water from reaching our elevator shaft and basement hallway. The total for this project is $12,650. To date, we’ve raised $25. Please donate to this project through the gifts committee and mark your donation for “rock wall repair."

As always, thank you for your support of these types of special initiatives through the gifts committee. Jim St. Vincent, Chairperson, Gifts Committee

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