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The mid-winter retreat at beautiful Camp Calumet in West Ossipee, New Hampshire is one of CLC's most beloved and enduring traditions.  It is a time apart, and a time together; it is young and old;  it is longtime members and new friends; it is skating, skiing, sledding, and books, puzzles, and knitting together by the fire.

The deadline for registration is this Sunday, 1/19, and there is discounted participation for any of the following folk:  first time adults, CLC youth, and any member who needs it (just speak to Pastor Bourret). 



 
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director

Our Christ Lutheran congregation sings hymns robustly.  Even the less familiar ones. What a joy, as organist to accompany such wonderful singing Sunday after Sunday!
 
In selecting hymns, the AugsburgFortress resource  Sundays and Seasons  provides excellent suggestions that I often use based on the readings for a given Sunday, with special attention to the Hymn of the Day, complementing the Gospel lesson. Other considerations are based on:

       -   "what's familiar," or probably better said "What I think is familiar!".
       -   frequency of use.
       -   musical or text quality (they are not all singable or equally worthy).
       -   variety of style
       -   musical appropriateness: (Bach Sunday, Land and Seasons, Jazz, Gospel...).
       -   emotional quality (joyful, reflective...).
 
Would you take a moment and let me know if there is a hymn (or, at the most, two hymns!) that you've missed singing? I'll try to include your choices as they become appropriate. Please e-mail me at  tomberryman@rcn.com.

  Thanks!

Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hello, CLC Youth and Families!

A reminder for those of you who plan to attend our annual retreat at Calumet, Friday, Jan. 31, thru Sunday, Feb. 2: please get your registration and $40 deposit to the church office this week.  If you don't have the form, please call the office and they can email it to you, I believe.  I do hope you can come and help make the weekend reasonably unpredictable and raucous.

And now that the mini-bus is purchased for Cristo Rey-yaaay!!-we have much to discuss: how can we help prepare it and its contents before Pastor Rose Mary and her husband come up to drive it to Texas?  Can you help fill it with coats, shoes and boots? What else can you do to add to the blessings we'll be sending the people of this sister congregation as they help the migrants released from ICE detention? Temporary appearance modifications? You tell me.

Plus there's youth group meetings: I need your calendarized input.  I'll be contacting you this week so please watch out for me on your phones and such. It has been too long since we last played Unfair 4 Square!

Thank ye kindly and peace be with you! -Gail W-R
 
Adult Formation

ADULT FORUM

"Evangelicals" are frequently in the news.  Are we Evangelicals?   Are we
Evangelical?  (Our denomination is the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America).

Come to the Adult Forum Sunday at 9:00 am for conversation about the "E" word.


                                     
CLC@the Movies                    DON'T MISS THIS!
Faces, Places                          PG
January 19, 2019                    1 hr. 29 min.
4:00 p.m.
 
Agnes Varda, 88 year-old famed French film-maker teams up with 33 year-old French photographer, JR, to film a documentary of their travels through the rural villages of France.
 
Along the way, they create art as they spontaneously respond to the people and situations they encounter. The film captures the power of imagination as the two artists set out to "see what happens" as they travel in JR's van which houses a small booth where subjects are photographed, with a poster size snapshot emerging from the side of the van seconds later.
 
Where they hang these photos becomes a visual delight for ordinary people who see themselves for the first time larger than life.
 
French peasant fare will be the theme for the potluck which follows the film. No time to cook? Come anyway and share the good company.

                                     



BIBLE STUDY

 We invite you to join with us this Thursday morning  as we gather for coffee and refreshments at 9:45 a.m. in the Memorial Room so that the hour discussion/study can begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.


Call to Action

We have multiple collections underway, so it's a good time to dig through closets and drawers to cull items no longer in use.

For Christo Rey's border ministry: shoes in men's sizes  up to 8 - 9 , women's up to size 7 or 8, and kids' sizes to 3; warm sweaters and hoodies in all youth sizes and adults' size small.
 
For Fiona Ripp's Gambian exchange program: any clothing or textiles for donation to Savers. This fundraiser ends Sunday, 1/19.

                                           
Looking Ahead
Our semiannual meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 9, following worship. We will review 2019 financial statements, and vote on both a 2020 budget and changes to our bylaws. All active members - those confirmed who have received Holy Communion and made of contribution of record in 2019 or 2020 - are urged to attend.
                                               


                                                    
On Sunday, January 19,  we celebrate the Second Sunday in Epiphany ,  10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Second Sunday in Epiphany
January 19, 2020  

Today's gospel opens with further reflection on Jesus' baptism. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and the one anointed by the Spirit. In the liturgy we come and see Christ revealed among us in word and meal. We go forth to invite others to come and worship the Holy One and to receive the gifts of grace and peace made known among us.

            First Reading                          Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
              Isa 49:1-7                             Ps 40 :1-11                   1 Cor 1:1-9                         John 1:29-42
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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