December 2017 Newsletter

Announcements

Service Circle for December is Naomi.

Worship begins at 11:00am

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Every week you can be part of helping feed many hungry people in body and spirit by bringing non- perishable food for the Southquill and Area Food Bank. There are boxes and baskets by the pew in the Narthex.

Pastor's Perspective

Bob Dylan’s song “The Times, They Are A-Changin’” expressed the inevitability of the changes occurring in the 1960’s. The song from 1964 expresses how universal change is. The readings for Advent are also about change. There are changes in the earth and there are changes in the heavens described in the scriptures. The changes in the heavens and on the earth described in Mark interpret the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by the Romans. The changes in the heavens and on the earth signify internal changes in the spiritual life of the Jews and Christians of the time. The changes in their spiritual life are traced back by the Gospel writers to Jesus’ birth and his baptism by John. The record of Jesus’ ministry serve to clarify just what these changes entail.

Whenever there is great change in an individual’s life, or the life of a culture, or a nation several things happen. First there is a sense of disorientation as the old ways disappear and the old vision about how things are fades; and the new ways haven’t yet become apparent. This disorientation may be accompanied by fear. There may be grieving connected with letting the old ways go. There may be depression, and a sense of helplessness, and there may be anger. We see these behaviours now as the changes in society wrought by the information technology seems to swamp old ways of understanding what is going on. Things like ISIS and the forces of fascism are reactions to change. Mass shootings also may be expressions of anger in reaction to uncontrollable change. The new tsunami of information tends to obscure how decisions are made and actually what is happening, so people are becoming disoriented and confused.

In the face of such confusion here is a great need to make sense of the new ways, and the new realities. So there are lots of theories, and experts. As Mark puts it “And if anyone says to you at the time’Look here is the Messiah! Or look there he is!’ do not believe it. False messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be alert; I have already told you everything.” (Mark 13:21-23)

The changes in our society and in the way the church exists in a new situation are ongoing with no signs of slowing down yet. For us as Christians it is reassuring that Jesus says “Be alert I have already told you everything” It is not necessary for us to reinvent the wheel. Jesus tells us that the Creator calls us to love and respect one another and love and respect ourselves as we love and respect the Creator. What is more, we are to forgive each other when we do fail in this task so that we may change direction and try again. We will have to invent new ways to love and care for each other, but actually, even in the midst of tremendous change, that is all we need.

Submitted by Pastor Jim

Christmas Nightmare

When Jesus called that Christmas week, I wasn't at my best.
And the house was much too cluttered to entertain a guest.
He seemed to notice everything the cards still unaddressed,
The gifts piled high awaiting wraps
The baking and the rest.
His eyes fell on the evergreen and the presents ‘neath the tree
“It’s my birthday that you celebrate- What are you giving me?”
“What am I giving him?”, I thought, ashamed, no words I found.
So many costly things I’d bought, He looked at me and frowned.
I prayed he’d let the question pass, but when he did persist, I blurted out the truth at last,
“You were not on my list”

Submitted by Dolores Hall

Council Report

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:30 p.m.

Altar Guild committee members now include Heather Howdle, Cathy Hackenschmidt, Barb Clarke and Mary Nichols with LaVerne Uhl, Gale Johnson and Dorrie Gusdal as mentors (spares).

LaVerne and Heather did a cleanup in the stairwell moving the risers into the old music room and reorganizing the banners so personal risk of falling is reduced.

Some banners and paraments from Onanole United church were given to Neepawa United Church. Other paraments (from Clanwilliam) will be passed on to Bethel Lutheran Society.

Thank you to LaVerne, Gale, Dorrie and Mary for their years of service to the congregation. Thank you to Heather, Cathy and Barb for stepping up to a new challenge and to Mary for continuing on.

Annual General Meeting will be held on January 28, 2018 after church service.

Committee reports for Annual Congregational Report should be in to Sylvia-Linda by January 12, 2018 (or before the submitting Snow-birds leave). Sylvia-Linda requests that reports submitted digitally be in Word format although hand written is acceptable.

Submitted by Benita Nylen

CLWR gifts from the heart catalogue have arrived. They provide meaningful and tangible gifts that will share God’s love with the world. The gifts you give will save and change lives.

A Live Christmas

Thank you to all who made the re-enactment of the story of the birth of Jesus “A Live Christmas”, a success. A special thanks to the inter church committee and Jake and Katie Hoogstratten with their baby daughter (role of Mary, Joseph, Jesus). Ron Gawiuck narrated, Katie Lake Petting Farm provided the animals.

Erickson living Christmas

Erickson living Christmas

Erickson living Christmas

Erickson living Christmas

Erickson living Christmas

Erickson living Christmas

Erickson living Christmas

Erickson living Christmas

ELW News

Service Circle is Naomi

There are no circle Bible Studies this month.

Christmas Dinner and Program is on Wednesday December 6 at 5:30 pm. Please arrive before and be seated by 5:30 pm. Please let me know if you plan to attend and how many guests are coming with you. Remember your prayer partners. After supper and program there will be a short business meeting.
The offering will be divided between ELW and local food bank.

Other Dates to Remember:
Blue Christmas service 7 pm Friday December 15 at St. Judes.
Lighting of Community Memory Tree at Personal Care Home 6:30 pm Thursday December 21st.

Submitted by Dolores Hall

In Reach/Out Reach Committee

If you know of someone who would like a visit please contact Viola Burkett, Dolores Hall, Mary Nichols, or Heather Howdle.