Pastor's Weekly Update

December 13, 2018
Worship Focus:
We have a redo and then something new this Sunday/Monday.  Due to last week’s “snow out,” this weekend we will take up two gifts that Jesus brings with him – that is, peace and joy.  We will redo the service from last Sunday, except without communion.   We focus on those gifts in our 8:15 service (and also Monday night).  New this Sunday is the APA Children’s Christmas service (10:30 a.m.).  We look forward to our preschool and elementary school students bringing us the good news of Jesus that brings us peace and joy.
Scripture for Sunday: Malachi 3:1-4/Luke 3:1-6
Prayer Notes:
We pray for Scott Perkins, close friend of Leah and Jerry Sparks, who is battling bone and other types of cancer.  We ask the Holy Spirit to bring peace and quietness to Scott as he rejoices in the gift of full forgiveness and the gift of salvation through Jesus.
We pray for our young people as they prepare for their Christmas services this Sunday and also Christmas Eve.  We give thanks to the Lord for his blessing and privilege to proclaim -“Christ our Savior is born!”
Highlight Notes:
BIBLE STUDY SUNDAY (9:20-10:00 a.m.):  Justification – How God forgives sin
TUESDAY “Women in the Word” resumes in the New Year with a new study
WEDNESDAY Men’s & Women’s study resumes after Christmas
We need cookies for Sunday!  Thanks!
SS and Confirmation students will rehearse Sunday from 9:20-9:45 a.m. as they make preparations to sing and ring on Christmas Eve.
NO snacks on Sunday between services.  Cookies and drinks will be after second service.
Our December charity continues.  Bring in slightly used coats, blankets, mittens, and caps.
Hymnsoft is our computer organ program that plays hymns, liturgy, and more.  We welcome a few more volunteers to serve in this way.  You will be trained.  No special computer or music skills are necessary.
Butter Braids are in the freezers in the kitchen.  Thank you to all who ordered as part of an APA fund raiser.
Christmas caroling is Wednesday.  Meet at The Crossings at 6:00 p.m.
A Christmas Eve invitation card will be available on Sunday for you to take and share with a friend, co-worker or neighbor, as Christmas is one of the best times (and easiest) times to extend an invitation.
Other Notes:    
If you are a member and plan to attend Sunday’s APA Christmas service, please consider parking in the grass area (as far back in the woods as you can go) to make room for as many guests as possible.  Thank you for your help.
Snack servers are needed.  See the serving island in the Fellowship Hall and take a turn to set out snacks on Sunday.
Give gift cards for Christmas and use SCRIP (a % comes back to APA).  See the table on Sunday, or see Liz Tiedemann.
Christmas Eve preparations continue – only two rehearsals left!  Students meet Sunday from 9:20-9:45 a.m.
Donations to help fill the children’s Christmas treat bags may be given to the Chiffon family.  These will be handed out on Sunday, and also on Christmas Eve (to those who do not get one on Sunday).
Hearing assistance is now available.   See an usher to pick up the receiver and instruction to plug in to the loop.
Birthdays/Anniversaries for this week:
Happy Birthday to: David Budzyn.
Congratulations! Celebrating a wedding anniversary: none, according to our records
                Note: If I am missing a birthday or anniversary, please let me know.
Serving this Sunday:
Greeters: Streblow (E), Schmidt (L)        
Acolyte: Baylis Carroll (L)
Ushers: Al Eggert, Dan McConnell (E), Jamie Pierson, Rob Swanson, Chad Gantt, Joe Carroll (L)
Organist: Doug Rall                                         
Snacks: Christmas cookies
Altar Guild: The Kimballs (E), Kathy Ballentine (L)
Soloist: Christina Brumback (E)
See you on Sunday or Monday!
- Pastor