I mmanuel Lutheran Church E-News

Immanuel Lutheran Church
Crosby, MN
December 2017

Children's Christmas Program

The annual Children's Christmas Program was held on December 17th. The children acted out the Jesus' birth. 

Handbell Ministry
by Judy Kirchoff

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the anthem on Dec. 10.  "How Quietly", sung by the adult choir, is a beautiful song about the birth of the baby Jesus and "Away In A Manger", which was within the music selection, was sung by the children's choir. 
Judi Burson directed the vocal choir and played the piano.  Hannah Bliss assisted the children and Judy Kirchoff directed the handbell choir and overall group.  This performance will be shown by video during the offertory at the 2:00 and 4:00 Christmas Eve services.  Everyone who participated will be named in the January newsletter.
The Hallelujah Bell Choir visited the Care Center on Dec. 11 and played both religious and holiday music. 
The Chapel Chimers had their last performance on Dec. 17.  While playing their 2nd song, "O Come Little Children", six adult bell ringers joined them by playing the smaller and larger bells.  Great work everyone.
This fall the Chimers are:  Svea Johnson, Garrett Kinzer, Lydia Nelson, Ember Popkes, Ava Johnson, Isabelle Thompson, Reece Morrisette and Corbin Kinzer.
T he Chimers will have a "bell party" on Dec. 20 and then have a winter break until April 4.
Merry Christmas from the bell choirs,
Judy Kirchoff, Director
Blue Christmas Prayer Vigil

The Blue Christmas vigil was held on Saturday, December 16th. This vigil provides a time for some "one on one" personal reflection with God. It is for those who have experienced a loss in the past years. 

Children's Ministry

Children's Ministry News
by Katie Kovatovich, Children's Ministry Coordinator
Thanks to the volunteers, costume helpers, musical talents and parents who helped make the Christmas program a reality. The support from the congregation and staff that has been given is a statement itself. It is very much appreciated to see our children take part in a story about the first Christmas during this hectic family holiday season with the encouragement there to help guide and give confidence to their efforts. And a BIG thank you to these special LITTLE ones for taking on the BIG roles in this never-forgotten story! 
With your LITTLE blessings around your table this holiday season, and thoughts about the new year - 
new beginnings... We invite you to join in our 
children's program. We are looking forward to sharing ways you can build your faith at home. As many of us know parenting is a big job with many joys, and in the shuffle between school, sports and work, it's often put aside the time to press pause and say praise. We are all on a faith journey on our own paths, but we all have the same destination - and we here at Immanuel - are excited to help with those first steps of introduction.
ENJOY THE HOLIDAY BREAK - Sunday school will resume January 7th! 


Youth Ministry


CREW is Immanuel's youth group for grades 7-12.  CREW meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. 

CREW met Wednesday, December 13th for their Christmas party. The students did an impromptu production of the Christmas Story with John Gordon as narrator. They then played a game for their gift exchange. 

CREW will meet again January 10th at the chu rch.

Check out CREW on  Facebook.

Christmas Eve Worship

There will be three candlelight worship services at 2:00pm, 4:00pm, and 8:00pm on Christmas Eve, December 24th. There will not be a worship service in the morning on Sunday, December 24th.

There will be only one worship service on Sunday, December 31st at 10:30am.

Meal With A Mission

The November Meal With a Mission was Sunday, November 19  and benefited REC (Residents Encountering Christ.)

There was not a Meal With A Mission in December. The January Meal With A Misson will be January 21st and will benefit Days for Girls.

Quilt Blessing

Quilts made by Immanuel's Quilters were blessed on Sunday, December 10th. Dotty Hayes reported that the quilters made 117 quilts this past year. They have been donated to Teen Challenge, The Women's Shelter, and to other organizations. There are 10 women in the group. Dotty gave special recognition to June  Leopold for making 95% of the quilt tops. 

Thanksgiving Praise and Pie
Thanksgiving Eve worship featured talks by Lynette Taylor and Hannah Bliss. Lynette spoke about her near death experience and Hannah spoke about a mission camp that she attended last summer.

Following worship CREW members assisted with serving pie.

Care Kits

Photo courtesy of Brenda Booth
Each year Immanual  delivers "care kits" to the elementary school in Crosby.  The recipient of each kit is determined by the social department at CRES.
All kits contain the same items.   Each kit contains:  Tooth paste, two tooth brushes, lip balm, brush/comb, socks, two bars of soap, dental floss picks, shampoo and conditioner, hat, one pair of gloves, one pair of mittens, deodorant, a small toy, and a $5 Dairy Queen card.

This year CRES received sixty care kits from Immanuel.

Members of the Care Kit Committee are Melva Panitzke, Judy Running and Jan Doonan.
Hanging of the Greens
Photos by Brenda Bongs

The church was decorated for Christmas on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Thank you to all who participated in this.

Sunday, November 26th was Christ the King Sunday. The crown of thorns was added at that time to the decorations in the sanctuary.

New Year's Eve at Hallett

Hallett Community CenterThe Cuyuna Lakes Ministerial Association is again sponsoring a New Year's Eve party for the whole family at the Hallett Community Center on December 31st from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Swimming and ice skating will be available. The cost is $1.00 per person and you do not need to be a member of the community center. Friends are welcome. Please bring a snack to share and a board game to play if you are not interested in swimming or skating.

Sermons on the Web

The weekly sermons are available on Immanuel's website,   www.immanuelcrosby.org. Click on the link on the home page for the sermons.

Immanuel's Facebook Page

Check out Immanuel's  Facebook  page. Brenda Bongs is maintaining this page and is posting photos of happenings at Immanuel as they happen. If you have information that you would like to see publicized on Facebook, please contact Brenda at  brendab@immanuelcrosby.org .

Immanuel's E-News

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