Week of November 15th thru 21st

11 Nov

MASKS – Masks are strongly encouraged and at this time we request that our congregation wear a mask anytime you are inside the church to help protect all of our members.

FLOWERS – The flowers on the altar today are given to the glory of God by Billie Gienger in memory of Martin Heller, John and Berniece Gienger.

MEETINGS AND EVENTS: MondayBridge Builders 6:30PM,

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is tomorrow December 16th.

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE will be next Wednesday, November 25th at 7PM with holy communion.  Offering will go to the Avilla Food Bank.  Also you can bring a canned good to place on the giving table that will also be taken to the Avilla Food Bank.

2021 CHANCEL SIGN UP SHEET is up in the chancel room inside the cupboard door. Sign up today!

2021 CALANDARS are available on the table in the east entrance.

THE 2021 ALTAR FLOWER CHART is up in the back of the church next to the balcony stairway.  The price 2021 price is $30.00 for the 2 vases.  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.

LUTHERAN WITNESS RENEWAL – To renew your Lutheran Witness please contact Shelia.  The cost is $19.00 a year.

NEW FURNACES NEEDED FOR THE SANCTUARY – An upgrade is needed to the 2 furnaces that supply heat to the sanctuary.  The congregation voted to replace them at a cost of $7,100.00.  There was also a discussion of a fundraiser within the congregation to raise the needed monies for the project.  The goal is to prevent the depletion of the current Building Fund.  We ask that special gifts to the Building Fund for the furnaces be placed in the collection plates or mail them to the church with funds earmarked for the Building Fund – Furnaces.

ADVENT SERVICES will be on Wednesday evenings at 7PM.  They will be December 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd.

POINSETTIAS – The signup sheet for Christmas poinsettias is on the table in the east entrance.  The cost is $13.00 each and the deadline for signing up is December 6th.  You can also bring your own poinsettia to share.  Please have the poinsettia at the church no later than Monday, Dec. 21st.

CHURCH DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS will be on December 6th following morning worship. All members are welcome and encouraged to come and help prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES – This year here at Immanuel there will be 2 Candlelight Christmas Eve services with Holy Communion on Thursday, December 24th.  The first will begin at 4:00PM and the second will begin at 8:00PM. After each service please take your bulletin and your candle home with you.  There is a sign up sheet for the congregation to choose which service they will be attending on the table in the east entrance.  The purpose is to keep our social distancing and time to sanitize and get the church ready for each service.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM AND PRACTICES  Watch the bulletin for more information as it becomes available.

JESUS BIRTHDAY PARTY – Unfortunately we will not be having Jesus Birthday Party in the fellowship hall this year.  We are though making up bags for the children to take home so if you have any items to contribute to the bags please talk to Connie Kaiser.

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE – We are looking for a family for our Christmas Giving Tree.  If you know of a needy family the church can help this Christmas please contact Elizabeth Pfafman.

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.

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

PRAYER LISTPrayer for the sick & recovering: Judy McKinley, Dan Phares, Judy Hillegass, Carole Bishop, Roger Reichhart, young relative of a church member who is suffering mentally and parents who need wisdom and comfort.

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.

INFORMATION RACK– last week’s bulletin; extra November Newsletters; Visitors Packet; October – December 2020 Portals of Prayer; Lutheran Witness; Cross Connection; Thrivent Dollars information; Lutherans for Life.

LAST WEEK’S STATISTICS:   Worship Attendance – Sunday 51 + Jesus

God loves a cheerful giver.  2 Corinthians 9:7 

WORSHIP SERVICE NEXT WEEK:  Sunday: Children and Adult Sunday School 8:30AM, Morning Worship 9:30AM

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Pause to reflect.  God has given you saving faith.