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December 10, 2017: Second Sunday of Advent


The Gospel for this Sunday is

Mark 1:1-8

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Lift Up Your Voice!

John called people to repent, to clear the decks, to completely reorder their lives so that nothing would get in the way of the Lord’s coming. The reading from Isaiah gives the context for this radical call: the assurance of forgiveness that encourages us to repent; the promise that the coming one will be gentle with the little ones. Isaiah calls us all to be heralds with John, to lift up our voices fearlessly and say, “See, your God is coming!” We say it to one another in worship, in order to say it with our lives in a world in need of justice and peace.

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 call the church office at 222-7339.

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.

Reflections on Worship at Trinity UCC, Chicago

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December 10; 9:30 am in the Adult Education Room

Spend time in conversation with the confirmation students this Sunday, as they reflect on their experience of worshiping at Trinity UCC in Chicago, a congregation which is “Unashamedly Black & Unapologetically Christian.”

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.

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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