Mission & Ministry Moments
"E-Version Edition"
Weekend of December
2 & 3, 2017
Our mission is to reach up to God; to reach in to each other; and to reach out to others.
THANK YOU!!!
Thanks to the generous donations received during the fall appeal and a matching $25,000 gift from the Endowment Fund, $53,996 will be added to the Guardian Angel Fund.

First Immanuel’s Guardian Angel Program helps bridge the tuition gap, providing a Christian education to children who may not otherwise be able to attend our school.

What a blessing it is for First Immanuel to exist as a place where children can learn and grow in God’s love and feel his abundant grace. You may continue to give online at http://bit.do/givetofil (select Guardian Angel as the fund) or use the Guardian Angel envelope in the church pew.
REACHING UP TO GOD
GATHERINGS IN GOD’S WORD
Sundays, Weekly 
·  9:30 am Bible Study for adults (River of Life Campus)
Bible Study Topic: 46 Parables of Jesus
·  10:10 am FIL Bible Blast & Sermon Rewind
(Note: these groups will not meet on December 24th and 31st)
Tuesdays, Semi-Monthly - Next Study: December 12th
Bible Study Topic: The Gospel of Luke
·  2nd & 4th Weeks at 9:00 am Cami Juergensen Leads Ladies' Bible Study (River of Life Campus)
Wednesdays, Weekly - Next Study: December 6th
·  9:00 am Pastor Raasch leads a Bible Study for adults
(Note: the 7:00 pm class will not meet in December)
Thursdays, Semi-Monthly - Next Study: December 14th
 Study Topic: Handling Stress
·  2nd & 4th Weeks at 9:00 am Where Moms Connect (An Adult Ministry for Women of all ages)
Fridays, Monthly - Next Study: January 5th
·  1st Friday at 6:00 am Pastor Raasch Leads a “Breakfast Bible Study” for adults
Saturdays, Semi-Monthly - Next Study: December 16th
Study Topic: WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR ? (Based on Rick Warren's book "The Purpose Driven Life")
·  1st & 3rd Weeks at 7:30 am Men’s Bible Study
PRAYERS FOR MILITARY AND MISSIONARIES OF OUR CONGREGATION AND THEIR FAMILIES  Aaron McCatty, Greg Highstrom, Stephen Delcuze, Robert Brooks, Eric Albrecht., Kristin Czisny, Tyler Schleg, Clay Felmer.

PASTOR’S PRAYER PARTNERS PETITIONS This weekly email communication outlines those for whom we pray (including individuals, families, ministries). A copy of the most recent email is also available at the information desk at FIL.

ROL SUNDAY SCHOOL Class starts after the 8:30 am service in the Fellowship Hall. Students should get a snack and beverage from the refreshments available after the 8:30 am worship and bring to class. Children age 3 - 8th grade are all welcome. (PLEASE NOTE: No Sunday School December 24th and 31st)

BIBLE BLAST  At FIL from 10:10 am - 10:30 am. 3K thru 1st grade: Nursery Classroom (steps from the church narthex on the right) ~ 2nd –12th Grade: School lunchroom. The attendees are placed in grade-level small groups.  (PLEASE NOTE: No Bible Blast December 24th and 31st)

SERMON REWIND  Have you ever wanted to speak up during a sermon and say, “Pastor, can you repeat that last comment, I didn’t quite get that.” How about, “I really don’t understand where you are going with this message, Pastor!” SERMON REWIND can be your opportunity to do just that. SERMON REWIND will take place in the Fellowship Hall at FIL from 10:10 am – 10:30 am each Sunday morning. You can get your questions answered or get a sneak peek at the sermon of that day. It is an informal Q&A-based discussion, so bring your questions and your sermon outline!

ROL BIBLE STUDY  Starting on January 7th for six weeks, this group will be shown the Luther film for 15 minutes per Sunday with discussion and Bible references afterwards. All are invited to join in!

SENIOR CHOIR Thursdays at 7:30 pm. For more information contact Ellen at etolzman@aol.com
REACHING IN TO EACH OTHER
HOSPITAL NOTIFICATION Please call the church office if you wish to have a pastor visit while in the hospital.
ADULT MINISTRIES
STEPHEN MINISTR Y - Next Meeting Monday, December 4th 10:00 am & 7:00 pm

In Ephesians 4 (NIV) Paul talks about pastors and other leaders as gifts God has given the church “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up...(verse 12).  Stephen Ministry has given us an organized way to equip those gifted for caring ministry so that they can help build up the body of Christ by providing Christian care and support to those experiencing a difficult time. If you would like more information about our Stephen Ministry for yourself or someone you care about, please contact Pastor Reichmann through the church office at 377-6610, remembering to ask permission before referring another person.
FAMILY VOLLEYBALL Has resumed on Sundays at 6:20 pm and all are welcome to participate!
INTERGEN LIFE   (Meets in the Friends of Concordia Room at CUW)
Monday, December 4th   at 7:00 pm we will have an OPEN QUESTION NIGHT.  This event brings together a panel of three generations of women.  Any question can be ASKED! No question is off the table. In the past, we have covered life events, life’s transitions, relationships, and many others. There is ALWAYS great conversation.  EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED . Special snacks and refreshments will be provided. Bring a friend, your daughter, your mom or cousin! Both events are Free and open to women (young, young-at-heart and anywhere in between) from the CUW, FIL & ROL community. Friends are also always welcome. For additional information about the Intergen Life Ministry contact Bonnie at  ( 262) 375-1786  or  wtreloar@wi.rr.com
LADIES AID   (Meets Monthly September - May, 1st Tuesday at 11:30 am) N ext Meeting: December 5th
Ladies Aid Christmas Meeting
Begin the Christmas season enjoying music, sharing lunch and being in Christian fellowship with each other. All ladies of the congregation are invited to join us as our guests at this event. Please meet in the FIL Sanctuary at 11:15 am to enjoy entertainment by the Jazz band of LWLHS directed by Bob Cody beginning at 11:30 am. Following the program, enjoy lunch in the Fellowship Hall followed by a very short meeting. Members are reminded that this is a free will offering.
Christmas Cards
Boxed and individual Christmas Cards are available for sale in the Fellowship Hall.
LWML ( Meets Monthly September - May, 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 pm) N ext Meeting: December 12th
We will enjoy a pizza party and pack the cheer bags! We have a donation of clementine oranges, toothpaste, toothbrushes and ChapSticks so no need to bring those. Please bring items such as lotions, tissues, combs, breads, and cookies (please bring 2). A suggestion was made that Lasata welcomes Andes Candies, and no perishables. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you.
REACH GROUPS   REACH  group is a small gathering of members that meet on a regular basis to help each other build a relationship with God and others. Prayer and Bible study are two objectives as is service to others, whether individually or as a group. Click  here  to learn more about REACH groups
WHERE MOMS CONNECT ( Meets Semi-Monthly September - May, 2nd & 4th Thursday at 9:00 am ) Next Meeting: December 7th
Please join us for a  Where Moms Connect Christmas Brunch . Our discussion will be focusing on “Handling Stress”. Every mom says life is stressful. There’s just too much going on and too many tasks to complete. When life feels overwhelming we’re not that pleasant to be around. In this session moms learn tips on how to handle stress and how to move things off their plates and on to God’s.  FREE CHILDCARE is provided with a bible story, craft, and snack.  Please join our group at any time. To register online, go to:   TINYURL.COM/FILMOM2017  
Joining a ministry group is a great way to get involved with your Family of Faith! 
Visit our  website  to learn more about our Adult Ministry opportunities. 
  REACHING OUT IN SERVICE
GLORY AND PRAISE Each month there are opportunities to help in area nursing homes by assisting those in wheel chairs to get to a common area for a time of devotion and singing. Contact Betty at (414) 702-7920 for more information. The next opportunities are McKinley Place on December 12th at 6:00 pm and Hamburg Family Tree on December 27th at 6:30 pm.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Help with childcare during Where Moms Connect sessions. If you’d be willing to help either on a regular or  just occasional basis please call Jane at (262) 993-7970.
Get Connected in 2018  - Visit a shut-in from church once a month.  Connect with them and they will feel God’s love through you. The new schedule will begin in January. Call Karen at (262) 692-9227 to be that caring person that will make a difference.
BOARD REPRESENTATIVE NEEDED   The Food Pantry is in need of representative from FIL/ROL for its board. Please contact the director Christine (262) 284-9348 for more information or express interest in the role.
EXTRA NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES
2018 DIRECTORY  IMPORTANT NOTE - The number listed as your Home Phone should be your primary phone number. This is the ONLY phone number that will be included in the directory. To update your information or to see if your information is current, call the church office at (262) 377-6610 or use this online form:  http://tinyurl.com/ContactInfoFIL
CHORAL SERVICE  The 69th annual Choral Candlelight Service at Trinity Lutheran Church Sheboygan, is Sunday, December 17th at 4:00 p.m . The service features the music of Dr. Kenneth Kosche, who will also be in attendance, guest organist Dr. John Behnke as well as Trinity's Mixed Choir, Singers, Handbell and Joy Choir. A free-will offering will be received. Refreshments follow the service. For more information, contact Trinity’s church office at (920) 458-8246 or visit   www.trinitysheboygan.org.
DIVORCE CARE FOR KIDS (DC4K) The next session begins on January 4th.  The sessions run on Thursdays at 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.   Volunteers to help provide the snack are needed. Contact Margaret at (262) 375-9286 if you are interested in helping provide snacks during the 13 week session. Thank you for sharing this ministry which touches so many families.

Registration is also now open for DC4K. There is no cost. Contact the office or use this link to register https://tinyurl.com/DC4K2018
RIVER OF LIFE CHRISTMAS CHOIR   All voices are welcome! Rehearsals have started. Join us Thursdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm at ROL. Please contact Jennifer at (262) 302-0175 or jenni@ctrpnt.com with questions.
PARENTS NIGHT OUT  Cedarburg’s national Honor Society members will baby sit while your enjoy an evening on December 16th from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm . The event is fee however participates are encouraged to bring a donation for the Hope Network (toiletries and toys for newborns through age 4 will be accepted at the door).
MEN’S RETREAT  The 18th annual Men's Retreat is February 9th -11th  at the Holiday Inn in Manitowoc. The early registration deadline on December 11th - save on the registration fee! First time attendees are especially encouraged to register early. Come to the retreat and learn what God's grace can do for your life: erase guilt, cover shame, heal relationships, cure bitterness, heal brokenness, deal with disappointments. Any questions call Jim (414) 462-5871 or email:  jnrberg67@gmail.com
SHARE-A-MEAL  Bring a prepared meal to someone in need. The freezer is now conveniently located next to the Christian care center. If you have questions or would like to help cook meals contact Mary at  mary@labudde.com
INTERFAITH CARGIVERS OF OZAUKEE COUNTRY   Annual fund raiser is December 6th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. For more information on the event (or to volunteer), call (262) 376-5362 or go to  www.interfaithozaukee.org
HOLIDAY REMEMBERANCE SERVICE  Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00 pm. Mueller Funeral Home will host this event. Reservations are needed. Please call (262) 377-0380 for information or place your reservation.
BUILDING PROJECT SURVEY The final component of our building program feasibility study is a survey to gather opinions regarding the vision for the future of First Immanuel Lutheran Ministries. To complete the survey online visit:   https://tinyurl.com/FS2017Survey Paper surveys will also be available in the Narthex next week.

The opinions of our school and member families is valuable. To refresh your memory on the proposed building plans and the impact on our ministry areas, please watch this video presentation at: https://tinyurl.com/FSBPVideo For more information or questions, please contact nirish@fils.org

FIRST IMMANUEL DAY SCHOOL - A Christ-Centered Education Is An Option For All Families!
·  Current families with re-enrolling children or a new child to enroll, are highly encouraged to complete the process ASAP !
·  Our Early Childhood Classes Are Filling Fast Now is the time to learn more about 2K, 3K or 4K.
·  If you have an older child and the school year isn’t going the way you’d hoped it’s time to explore FILS!  Enrolling mid-year could make the difference for your child and family!
·  If tuition is a concern, the Guardian Angel program, and the Wisconsin & Milwaukee Parental Choice Programs are very real blessings. Let us give you more information about these!

For more information, a school tour, assistance with the enrollment process
Contact Teresa in the Admissions Office.
Phone: (262) 377-6610 ext. 124 ~ Email:  thajdu@fils.org ~ Text/Cell Phone: (262) 627-9737

“I love how I am able to be surrounded with great Christian people!” - FILS 8th Grade Student

LIVING WORD LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL
Enroll Now!!!
Register by December 31st,
 receive up to $450
in tuition credits.
Contact Mr. Josh Steffen
Jsteffen@lwlhs.com  ~ ( 262)-677-9353
Looking To The Future...

EARLY CHILDHOOD OPEN HOUSE Thinking of enrolling your 2, 3, or 4-year-old in an Early Childhood Program? Plan to attend our Open House Sunday, January 7th, 2018 10:00 am - Noon. More Details coming soon.
SAVE THE DATE
First Immanuel Lutheran School
Spring Dinner Auction!

Saturday, March 10th

River Club Of Mequon
Sunday, December 3, 2017
First Immanuel (Cedarburg)
7:30 am Traditional Worship (w.comm)
9:00 am Traditional Worship
10:10 am Bible Blast and Sermon re-wind
10:35 am Contemporary Worship (w.comm)
6:20 pm Family Volleyball
 
River of Life (Saukville)
8:30 am Traditional Worship (w.comm)
9:30 am Adult Bible Class & Sunday School
10:45 am Contemporary Worship (w.comm)
Monday, December 4, 2017
 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
11:30 am Ladies Aid
 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
9:00 am Adult Bible Class
11:00 am & 6:30 pm Traditional Advent Worship
Noon & 5:30 pm Light Meal Served
4:30 pm Contemporary Advent Worship
5:30 pm Faith Education Grades 5-8
6:30 pm Adult Bells
7:00 pm Adult Bible Class
 
Thursday, December 7, 2017
7:30 pm Senior Choir
 
Friday, December 8 2017
January Newsletter Deadline
 
Saturday, December 9, 2017
First Immanuel (Cedarburg)
10:30 am Early Childhood Christmas Program
5:00 pm Traditional Worship (w.comm)
 
Sunday, December 10, 2017
First Immanuel (Cedarburg)
7:30 am Traditional Worship
9:00 am Traditional Worship (w.comm)
10:10 am Bible Blast and Sermon re-wind
10:15 am Griefshare: Surviving The Holidays
10:35 am Contemporary Worship
6:20 pm Family Volleyball
 
River of Life (Saukville)
8:30 am Traditional Worship (w.comm)
9:30 am Adult Bible Class & Sunday School
10:45 am Contemporary Worship
 
DID YOU KNOW...

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