Church News

For the Week of December 17th 


Sunday, Dec. 17:
  8:45 a.m.  Christmas Eve Practice, 9:00 a.m.  Family Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.  Worship, Devotion Book Door Offering, Fellowship-Family Bible Study Class Serving

Monday, Dec. 18:   10:00 a.m. Calendar Information Due

Tuesday, Dec. 19:  10:00 a.m. Good Samaritan  Service 

Wednesday, Dec. 20:  2:00 p.m.  Bible Study, 3:45 pm Confirmation Class, 7:00 p.m.  Choir Practice

Thursday, Dec. 21  10:00 am Bulletin Information Due,  11:00 a.m.  & 3:00 p.m. Our Service on Cable TV – Channel 8

Saturday, Dec. 23:  9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve Practice

Sunday, Dec. 24:  10:00 a.m.  Worship with Communion, 6:00 p.m. Children's Christmas Eve Service

Monday, Dec 25:  9:00 a.m. Christmas Day Service


Mission Prayer Martin Luther College – Lord of the Harvest, the fields are always ripe and the need for workers is ever present. We praise you and bless your name that you have given young people the desire, talents, and tools to teach future generations of your wondrous love. Be with the 13 graduates who finished their work at Martin Luther College this week, and – according to your will – use them in your kingdom where they may serve you well. Keep our educational systems strong, and move even more to answer your call. Amen.

WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASS meets this Wednesday, Dec. 20.  We are still studying the book of Galatians.  The lesson this week is “Justified People, You Are Free to Serve the Lord.”  Paul stresses in this section because we are free from the law, we will want to live a life of love.  This is called sanctification. Find out what else he says about that.  Hope you can join us at 2:00pm.  We’re in the church basement.  There will be no Wednesday Bible Class on Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.
BETHELEHEM EXPRESS  All good things must come to an end.  We will need to take down the Christmas trees and the rest of the decorations from Bethlehem Express.  If you could help on Tuesday, Dec. 26 or Wednesday, Dec. 27 it would be greatly appreciated.  Beginning start time is 8:30am both days, but you can come anytime.  Thanks for your help!
FellowshipSunday morning Family Bible Study Class is serving fellowship after church Sunday, Dec. 17.  Please come down to the auditorium and join us for refreshments.
Christmas Eve Practice Saturday December 23rd from 9:00-10:30
Christmas Eve DVD’sIf you would like a copy of the Children’s Christmas Eve Service sign up in narthex - cost is $5.00 each.
Early Food Shelf DeliveryThe Sibley County Food Shelf’s delivery for December will be made Wednesday, Dec. 20th.  Please bring your donations before then. Thank you.
Sunday Morning Bible Studies will be taking a break for the next two weeks; Dec. 24th & 31st there will not be any class.
MVL High School Christmas Concertis Thursday, Dec.21, at 7:00 pm.
THANK YOUto all those who gave Christmas gifts to the Martin Luther College married students.  Your gifts are much appreciated.
Thank YouA big “thank you” to whoever found the silver bell earring Wednesday night at the Advent service and placed it in the lost & found box.
AEDPlease consider giving to the Defibrillator Fund in the weeks to come. We are hoping to place the order before January 1st to avoid the new year price adjustments.  Thank you:  Gene Johnson
Mission SocietyYour meetings for January, February, and March will be the 4th Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.
2018 ANNUAL VOTERS’ MEETINGCouncil has scheduled the annual meeting to be Sunday, January 28, please have all reports turned into the office by Tuesday, Jan. 2.  We want the annual reports available to you a week before the meeting.  Thank you.
Interactive Faith online Bible StudyThis 5 week study will begin Wed., Jan. 10, 2018. Rev. Daniel Habben, St. John’s, Saint John, Antigua, will lead the study twice each Wednesday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (central) through Feb. 7.  Theme: “Isaiah: God confronts and comforts his people”  What is this study about?  Through the words of Isaiah, God still confronts and comforts his people. Find out how in this study of the first twelve chapters of the Old Testament book of Isaiah.   To learn more or join the study, go to
 OPEN GYMPlay games in our school gym every Sunday from 6:30-8:00 during the winter months, except for Dec. 24.  The gym will be open to all members of the congregation.  Please be careful about little ones; there is no supervision for them.   Dust off your sneakers and hope to see many of you there.  Follow us for specific dates at
Devotional Books for Prison MinistryWe can send Meditations, Portals of Prayer, and Time of Grace devotional books to New Ulm for the Prison Ministry.  If you subscribe to the Time of Grace quarterly devotionals and they are less than 2 years old you may place them in the basket on the table by the mail slots along with Meditations and Portals of Prayer.  Keith & Kathy Eggersgluess deliver the boxes to New Ulm.
REMINDER OF ANNUAL REPORTSChair persons of boards and committees, church officers, and organizations; your reports for the 2017 Annual Report are due in the church office January 2, 2018.  We want the annual report to be printed and available to the congregation a week in advance of the Annual Meeting, January 28th. THANK YOU!
Food ShelvesMost of us buy groceries every week.  The grocery stores run special ads and coupons each week, such as “buy one get one free”.  The Food Shelves need to be restocked every month.  Share some groceries with those in need.  Please place your items in the cart in the narthex for the Sibley County and Martin Luther College food shelves before our next delivery to them, on Wednesday, December 20.     
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.   Hebrews 13:16
November 2017 2016
Sibley County 74# $20.00 312# $20.00
Martin Luther College 30# $45.00 84# $20.00
“Time of Grace” If you are not able to come to church, you can watch “Time of Grace” Ministry with Pastor Mark Jeske at St. Marcus Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  “Time of Grace” is on at 6:30 a.m. on KMSP Fox Channel 9 on Sunday mornings.  You can also go to their website and access it at any time you want.