Pastor's Weekly Update
Good morning,
The Advent season has begun, and for many people that means a list of things to do in preparation for Christmas.  God adds one more thing to our list this Sunday.  Actually, he calls John the Baptist to do it.  Actually, as we study it more, perhaps it isn't something we add to our list, but that God adds to his list.  Come Sunday to hear more.
Serving on Sunday (Thank you!):
Greeters: Granberg (E), Streblow (L)                      Acolyte: I. Hartzell (E), A. Skory (L)
Ushers: Grimstad, Maguire (E), Miller, Streblow (L)  Snacks: Hunter family
Organist: Becky Seeger                             
Altar Guild: Frey (E), Ballentine (L)                          Flowers: Poinsettias
Prayer Notes:
- Please continue your prayers for our members who are sick or shut-in because of surgery or illness.  May the peace of our coming celebration of our Savior's birth bring hope and healing of the heart.
- Let's pray for Brian Mooney and family.  Brian's father was called home to heaven unexpectedly.  May Brian and all who mourn be lifted up in God's loving care and receive strength in his promises.
- We pray for Sharon Stephen who will be having gallbladder surgery on Monday.  God bless her with peace and quietness as she prepares, and also confidence in God's perfect care and plans for his people.
Other Notes:
- An Open Forum is Sunday between services to review the 2022 Ministry Plan and budget, and also to hear more about the Call that Mr. Seeger has received to serve in Washington, MI.
- Youth Choir (grades 5-8) rehearses Sunday at 9:40 a.m. in church.
- Sunday School youth (K4-4th) have an important rehearsal Sunday at 9:30 a.m. as they prepare a song for Christmas Eve.  
- Thank you to those who helped last night to decorate the church for Christmas!
- Our annual December coat and blanket drive has begun.  Drop donation in the basket in the church entryway.
- Thank you to all who donated food for our November drive.  We dropped a truckload this week at the local Food Pantry.  They say: "Thank you!"
- Deadline to donate a poinsettia is this Sunday.  If you have not yet paid for your donation, please do that on Sunday.  Thank you.
Special Note:
Capital Campaign pledges have been coming in. The deadline is Sunday, December 19.  Thank you for considering how you might generously support Gospel ministry expansion.  See the pledge card basket on the entryway table.
Those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries the week of December 5-11 (to extend a greeting, if you wish):
"Happy Birthday" to: Dune Clarke (5), and David Bubzyn (9).
"Happy Anniversary" to: Luther & Kat Tollison (5), and Tyler & Chase Kay (7).
That's all for this week.
See you Sunday.
- Pastor Duane