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Sunday, December 1, 2019

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


The Gospel for this Sunday:

Matthew 24:36-44

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The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In today’s readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord’s coming. Isaiah proclaims the day when God will gather all people on the holy mountain and there will be no more war or suffering. Though we vigilantly watch for the promised day of salvation, we wait for what we already have: Christ comes among us this day as the word and meal that strengthens our faith in the promises of God.


Poinsettia Garden: Order Poinsettias

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Sunday, December 1

A beautiful poinsettia garden will again adorn the altar for Christmas. On December 1st a member of the Altar Guild will be taking poinsettia orders in the narthex between services. The cost of each plant is $16.00. Prepayment is required. You may pick your poinsettia up after service on Christmas Day. Any poinsettia not picked up by January 5th will be given to a shut in, a local nursing home or someone in need of cheering up. On behalf of the congregation and the Altar Guild we thank you for your past orders and rely on you to once again be part of this festive tradition.

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.

The Ministry Evaluation Task Force Needs Your Input!

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Thanks for your participation in the “Questions of the Week”! There won’t be a new question this
Sunday. However, if you haven’t participated yet, you can still submit your answers to previous questions through 12/1.
If you have not been at worship lately, your voice still matters and we want to hear from you! Submit your responses via email to Your email is confidential.

Question 1: In one or two words, what keeps you coming back to Lake Edge Lutheran Church?”

Question 2: Which of the following statements reflect your current feeling, during this interim time?”
 I feel ready to move forward.
 I have unresolved feelings and need more time before moving on.
 I continue to grieve and/or feel angry. I am not ready to move on.
 I don’t know.

Question 3: What are your hopes for LELC and what are your fears at this time?

Journey Through the Wilderness of Grief

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Final Session: Wednesday, December 4; 3:00 pm

I’ve had the opportunity to lead several grief support groups in the last several years, and I have been asked to facilitate a similar group ministry here at Lake Edge. My years of working as a nurse and as a pastor have helped me to develop an understanding of the power that grief has on us. If we don’t do the work of grief, if we don’t walk through the grief rather than around it, we deprive ourselves of having a full and loving life. Unresolved grief has a way of sneaking up on us and causing havoc in our lives. If someone significant in your life died, and you think you are still grieving, this is the place for you. Please call the church office if you want to sign up. Pastor Martha Butzier

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.

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.


See you at church!

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