This weekend, we enter the season of Advent. It is a season of preparation, expectation and waiting. The word Advent means "coming", and so we wait for Jesus to come into our lives at Christmas. 

The First Sunday of Advent always points us to the skies instead of the manger, beginning each new Church Year with predictions and promises of the Second Coming. 

This week, Jesus tells us to "keep awake!" What do you think Jesus wants you to do while you are waiting for his return?  Over the next few weeks, you're invited to color Advent candles, wreaths, coloring sheets and posters in meditation and prayer of Jesus' arrival.

Check out what's happening at Edgebrook Lutheran  this Advent season...

Thank you for Giving!!
Over the last two weeks, ELC's Sunday School students and leaders have raised over $1300 to go to families and communities in need through ELCA Good Gifts! Through Candy Cane Lane,  ELC's Youth, parents and friends raised over $1000 towards next summer's mission trips!

You donated so much food and gift cards for the holiday food drive with New Hope Food Pantry that they're overflowing with good things to eat!!

Thank you for giving and serving in this way, and special thanks to the ELC community for embracing a spirit of generosity and God's abundance!!!

If you're still interested in collecting items for New Hope Food Pantry, please considering donating toiletries for adults and babies, plus diapers (size 1 and larger) and cream to prevent diaper rashes (cornstarch-based instead of talc). Thank you!

Adult Christmas Party THIS Saturday

Saturday, December 2nd 
at 7pm

ELC's annual tradition of a Grownup Christmas continues into 2017, and i t's open to ALL adult  members of the congregation!! 

We have a lively event that features fun, fellowship, food and is highlighted  by a hilarious and spirited Gift Exchange. 

Cost is $10 per person (includes libations)
Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share and a wrapped gift ($15 value) suitable for both men and women.  We'll also be collecting for Toys for Tots. 

Reservations are being taken by Liz Schmidt and Pat Morin (  Click HERE  for more info.

OASIS Senior, Senior Christmas Luncheon
Tuesday, December 5th at 10:30am

Our program is John Boda and he will be presenting a program on HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS and lunch will be ham, baked potatoes, cauliflower and cheese sauce, salad, Janet's jello, another veggie, and some sort of dessert. Please contact Jeannie Greenberg for more information.

Santa Lucia & Advent Activities
We're making this Advent season full of 
family-friendly fun for all ages! 

WHAT IS ADVENT?  --  Preparing for Baby Jesus
Wednesday, December 6th at 6pm
Color an Advent wreath for your home to count the weeks before Jesus' arrival, and get started on some giant coloring sheets for the congregation.

SANTA LUCIA  --  Procession & Potluck
Wednesday, December 13th at 6pm
Join us for a night of celebration, singing, and gathering with friends of all ages. As we feast together, the church will provide the entree and everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite holiday dish. Then stay for the annual Lucia procession, led by our children.

THE INN CROWD --  Children's Christmas Program
Sunday, December 17th at 10am
Our Sunday School students share the story of "The Inn Crowd" on that first Christmas night. What does the Royal Family of King David have in common with Mary, Joseph and the shepherds? Come find out!

SHARING THE STORY -- A Spirit of Hospitality
Wednesday, December 20th at 6pm
Tell the Christmas story by creating thoughtful cards and decorating cookies for our neighbors in our community, and our homebound and hospitalized sisters and brothers. We'll also continue coloring those giant Advent posters as a large group.

Toys for Tots
Toys are being collected again this year for Toys for Tots, in memory of Andrew Sikorski.  Every child deserves a new toy for Christmas! This is the goal of the Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots toy drive. This is the 18th year that we have collected toys in memory of Andrew Sikorski. Andrew was a young member of our church who died 19 years ago. He was also a member of scout troop 957 and his Eagle Scout project was working with the Toys for Tots toy drive.

Each year the requests from organizations increase making it more difficult for the Marine Corps to reach their goal! Please donate a NEW, unwrapped toy... especially for older boys and girls. NO stuffed animals, toy guns, knives, etc. Sports equipment, board games, and books make great gifts! As we count our many blessings please be generous and donate with a loving heart. Please leave your toy in the box in Fellowship Hall and the gathering space by December 10th.

Special Services this December
Celebrate the season of Advent with joy and gladness as we journey to Christmas and wait for Jesus' birth.

December 17th: Worship at 10am, with our                                         Sunday School Christmas Program

December 24th: Worship at 10am (Advent 4)
                         Family Christmas Eve worship at 4pm
                         Lessons & Carols worship at 11pm

December 25th: Merry Christmas!! 
                          No worship services

December 31st: Worship at 10am

Communications at ELC

If you have any communications/marketing needs, such as news for the weekly email newsletter, special email announcements, social media, the church website, flyers, brochures, mailers or anything else related to church communications, PLEASE CONTACT Pastor Christina at and copy Pat Godek at

Meetings & Activities at ELC Next Week
Friday 6:30 p.m.                     A.A. Meeting
Saturday 3:45 p.m.                 Discussion Group
Saturday 5:00 p.m.                 Spoken Word Service
Saturday 7:00 p.m.                 Adult Christmas Party
Sunday 8:45 a.m.                    Traditional Worship Service
Sunday 9:45 a.m.                    Coffee Hour & Sunday School 
Sunday 10:45 a.m.                  Contemporary Worship Service
Monday 7:00 p.m.                   A.A. Meeting
Monday 8:30 p.m.                   A.A. Meeting
Tuesday 10:30 a.m.                 Senior, Senior Christmas Luncheon
Wednesday 1:15 p.m.              Small Group Bible Study
Wednesday 6:00 p.m.              Advent Activities

Contact Us
C hurch Office Phone:                 773-763-2121 
  Pat Godek                        
Pastor Joe Schultz                      773-647-1739     

Pastor Christina Garrett Klein     773-763-2121
Jason Schultz                      

Communications Team                
Steve McChesney                             
Council President               




The Staff at
Edgebrook Lutheran Church