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Week of December 2nd thru 8th

28 Nov

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL meets 8:30 – 9:20 A.M. each Sunday in the west Sunday School room. The class is studying Exploring God’s Word – New Testament. All adults are welcome!

CHURCH OFFICE – If you need to meet, speak, or make an appointment with the Church Secretary the office is open on Monday and Wednesday. If you need to meet or speak to Pastor Kuhlman you can always reach him on his cell 812 361-7403 and at his home 260 338-1997. Please note that the church will be locked at all times unless two people are present. If door is locked please ring the doorbell.

FLOWERS – The flowers on the altar today are given to the glory of God by Marie Heller’s family in honor of her birthday.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK – Monday – 6PM Elders, 6:30PM Trustees, 7PM Church Council, Saturday – 11:00AM Sacred Heart Service

DECEMBER NEWSLETTERS are in your mailboxes! Pick yours up today!

2019 JANUARY – MARCH PORTALS OF PRAYER are in the information rack in the east entrance and on the table in the back of the church.

2019 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES are in your mailboxes.

CHRISTMAS EVE POINSETTIA SIGN UP SHEET is on the table in the east entrance. They will be single red poinsettia’s for $13:00 each. Any poinsettia’s ordered we will place your name in them. You may also bring in you own poinsettia by the morning of December 23rd. Please place you name on the poinsettia. You may take your poinsettia’s home after Candlelight Service Christmas Eve. Deadline to order is December 9th.

CHURCH DECORATING – Today we will be decorating the church for Christmas following morning service. All members are welcome and encouraged to come and help prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth. We will be taking the decorations down following morning service on December 30th.

BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS will be Sunday, December 23rd following morning worship in the Fellowship Hall. There is a sign up sheet for donating cookies in the east entrance on the table.

AVILLA CHRISTMAS CHARITIES
Avilla Christmas Charities, which is a group of volunteers from the Avilla Chamber membership and from the churches of St. Mary of Assumption, Immanuel Lutheran and Avilla United Methodist, have been raising funds throughout the year and are working on additional activities, such as a hat and glove drive and food and toy drives, as well as the Annual Christmas Benefit Turkey Dinner to be able to help provide a joyful and happy Christmas to children and families in the Avilla and LaOtto area.
Immanuel will again be receiving funds to purchase and distribute the gifts and food. Keep this in mind as we will be asking for the congregations help like we did last year! Thank you.

ADVENT SERVICES will be on Wednesday evenings December 5th, 12th, and 19th at 7PM. This Wednesday will be: “The King’s City: Safe and Secure” Jeremiah 33:14-16

THE 2019 ALTAR FLOWER CHART is up! The cost is $30 for the 2 vases. We need January 13th, February 17th, 24th, all Sunday’s in March and many more throughout the year. If in memory of someone or in honor of a special occasion, please make a note of that. Make checks payable to Immanuel Chancel Society and place it in their drawer in the east entrance.

CHANCEL SOCIETY sign up sheet for 2019 is up in the Chancel Room on the inside of the 2nd upper cupboard door. Anyone interested in joining us please contact one of the Chancel members.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS – Would you like to remember our Pastor & Seminarians Caleb and Matthew with a special gift at Christmas time? You may place your gift in a envelope, clearly marked with the Pastor’s, Caleb’s or Matthew’s name and put it in the offering plate.

BRIDGE BUILDERS WELCOME ALL
Next Sunday, December 9th from 1p.m. to 2p.m. All Immanuel children are invited to join Bridge Builders in helping with the Red Kettle collection at Kendallville Kroger Supermarket at the entrance – all proceeds go to Common Grace. The kids should come at 1 p.m. to help ring the bell for one hour. The children will be outside so dress appropriately. Some of us will be staying an additional hour, until 3p.m. because they have two-hour slots; anyone is welcome to stay or come at that time if they cannot come earlier. This is a wonderful way for kids to help their neighbors and learn to share God’s love at Christmas time!

BRIDGE BUILDERS will begin our second semester on Monday, January 7 and continue for ten weeks ending on March 11. We have received suggestions from the Bridge Builders on topics to explore, and crafts. Based on their input, we will be exploring why Jesus needed to die for us, and we will have at least one wood craft that will take a few sessions to complete. We are looking forward to second semester with your children and seeing new faces too!

COPY OF SUNDAY SERVICE ON CD – If anyone would like a copy of the Sunday services on CD’s please contact Terry Linnemeier, call and leave a message at the church or leave a note on the secretaries desk.

AVILLA FOOD PANTRY – Please don’t forget the needy people in our community. You may place your food donations in the box in the east entrance.

PRAYER LIST- Prayer for the sick & recovering: Judy McKinley, Dan Phares, Georgia Zimmerman, Greg Kaiser, Donna Gienger, Claire Fickenscher, Jason Hendricks, Ruth Prentice, Kim Leiter, Christopher Duerk. Serving in Afghanistan: Ryan Petrie and Jacklyn Petrie

HOSPITAL STAYS – Anytime our congregational members are in the hospital please contact Pastor Kuhlman or the office. Also be sure to let the hospital know the name of your church so when pastor checks the hospitals your name will appear.

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS are now on our website. The announcements in the bulletin each week can be seen on our website under Blog and then correct month.

BULLETIN BOARD – Cross Connection; Worship for Shut-Ins;

INFORMATION RACK- last week’s bulletin; extra December Newsletters; Visitors Packet; January – March 2019 Portals of Prayer; Lutheran Witness; Cross Connection; Thrivent Dollars information; Lutherans for Life

LAST WEEK’S STATISTICS: Worship Attendance – Wednesday – 7PM – 24 + Jesus, Sunday – 9:30AM – 71 + Jesus

God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

WORSHIP SERVICE NEXT WEEK: Wednesday: 7PM Advent Service, Sunday: 8:30AM Sunday School, 9:30AM Worship Service/HC

THE THOUGHT FOR TODAY – Let us never stop learning from the Lord.