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The minibuses are on the auction block, and we are registered to bid! Thanks to everyone who has already contributed to the purchase of a bus for Cristo Rey in El Paso. Contributions continue to be received, and any excess, over the cost of the bus, registration, insurance, and travel from and to El Paso will be passed along to Cristo Rey toward future maintenance of the vehicle.



We welcome one and all to Christmas worship. Christmas Eve services at 4:30 begin with Las Pasadas: the later service at 10:00 p.m. will be preceded by a CarolFest at 9:30.  The service on Christmas morning is at 10:00 am. 
 
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Especially for Christmas, you might enjoy the St. Olaf  Sing for Joy special half hour highlights from the 107th Christmas Festival Concert at the College. Go to  https://www.stolaf.edu/singforjoy/listen/2019-12-21.

Come tonight for jazz carols at 4:30 pm and CarolFest at 9:30 pm.   Merry Christmas!

Adult Formation
ADULT FORUM


Join us for an informal forum this Sunday at 9:00 am in the Memorial Room. Bring a poem or reading to share.

                                    
CLC BOOK GROUP January 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Set in suburban Shaker Heights, Ohio, this novel explores the relationships between the comfortable, established Richardson family and a mother-daughter duo who rent a house from them. The pending adoption of a Chinese-American baby pits the two leading characters against one another and exposes the delusion of a post-racial America.

A provocative novel that helps you think differently about humanity and the current state of affairs in the U.S.


                                     
BIBLE STUDY

There will be no Bible Study this week.  Next Thursday Bible study will be held at the Natick home of Pastor Richard Hurst;  please check next week's enews for final details.


Call to Action


Be sure to put the CLC mid-winter retreat at Calumet on your calendar for January 31-February 2. The theme will be immigration, and registration forms will be available in  The Reporter  and at church.



                                         
                  

           

Consider whether your family, friends, and neighbors have plans for Christmas worship, and invite them to join you for one of the services at Christ Lutheran Church.            


Watch for the January Reporter, which will offer an opportunity for you and your friends to vote on a wig (but not any of these - LOL!) for Pr. Bourret. It'll be fun, and help support the minibus project.

                  

           

           
Looking Ahead



Wonder and Wisdom returns January 5! We'll grow together in faith and love, celebrating a pick-up Epiphany pageant and celebrating a whole and holy meal.

Old-sters and youngsters, come one, come all!
                                      




                                                    
On Sunday, December 29,  we celebrate the First Sunday of Christmast ,  10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - First Sunday of Christmas
December 29, 2019  

As we celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas, our gospel today confronts us with the death of innocent children at the hands of Herod. The birth of Christ does not remove the power of evil from our world, but its light gives us hope as we walk with all the "holy innocents" of past generations and today who have suffered unjustly. In our gathering around word and meal, God continues to redeem us, lift us up, and carry us as in days of old.

            First Reading                          Psalm                     Second Reading                         Gospel
              Isa 63: 7 - 9                           Ps 148                        Heb 2: 10 -18                           Matt 2:13 - 23
Sing For Joy
Enhance your understanding of the weekly scripture readings by listening to Sing For Joy http://www.stolaf.edu/singforjoy/ from St. Olaf College.  The Sing For Joy radio program, produced by St. Olaf College , has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.
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