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December 3, 2017: First Sunday of Advent

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The Gospel for this Sunday is

Mark 13:24-37

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Stir Up Your Power, and Come!

Stir up your power, and come! The psalmist’s plea in Psalm 80:2 has become familiar to us in the Advent prayers. Isaiah wants God to rip the heavens open. Both cry out for an apparently distant, angry God to show up, to save, to restore. When we hear Jesus describing the coming of the Son of Man with stars falling from heaven, it can sound dire and horrible, not like anything we would ever hope for. But when we really look at the suffering of people God loves, we can share the hope that God would tear open the heavens and come.

Young At Heart Dinner for Members 65 & Over

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Sunday, December 10 at Noon

All LELC members age 65 and over are invited to this wonderful dinner and social occasion! We'll gather in Good Shepherd Hall at noon. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board or call the church office at 222-7339 by Tuesday December 5th.

Congregational Meeting Sunday, December 17

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One Worship Service at 9:30 am

Meeting to Follow Worship

Sunday School Christmas Program


Sunday, December 17 at 9:30 am

Only one worship service on this day.

Poinsettia Garden

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Order by December 3

A beautiful poinsettia garden will adorn the Altar this Christmas. On November 26th and December 3rd 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 worship on Christmas Day. Any poinsettia not picked up by January 7th will be given to a homebound member, 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.

Advent Awakenings


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.

MOSES Annual Banquet

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Purchase Tickets Now! Scholarships Available

Saturday, December 9; 5:30-8:30 pm

Christ Presbyterian, 944 E. Gorham St.
Attend the MOSES Annual Banquet and learn more about prison conditions and our justice system in Wisconsin. LELC is a member of MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, and Solidarity), the Dane County branch of WISDOM, statewide faith-based prison reform and justice organization in Wisconsin (
At the banquet you will meet members of EXPO (Ex-Prisoners Organizing). Tickets are $45. Scholarships are available (See bulletin board). Purchase tickets from Mary Graper and Diann Oyan, LELC MOSES representatives,or on-line:

MOSES Monthly Meeting: Sat., December 2 at the Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St., 9:30-11:30 am.

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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