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Evening Prayer: Immigration

Outstanding choral and instrumental musical offerings, combined with a very fine sermon and thoughtful discourse over dinner made for a well-spent few hours at Evening Prayer: Immigration on Sunday. More than eighty people, including Associate to the Bishop Sara Anderson and friends from Nuevo Amanecer, a Synodically Authorized Ministry in East Boston came together for the event.

The Congregation Council "retreated" to Grace Lutheran Church in Needham on Saturday to do some goal setting and preliminary planning for the year ahead. With input from the Stewardship Committee's fall cottage meetings, council members established priorities for youth and family ministry, work in behalf of refugees and the migrant ministry of Cristo Rey in El Paso, and internal and external communications.

Prayerfully consider the gifts you might bring to these vital ministries!
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Thank you to our CLC singers and players and our guest musicians for leading the Evening Praryer service on Sunday so ably, for bringing such varied music to life and for lifting our spirits. The flexible seating in the front of the church allowed us to easily accommodate the CLC Choir, guest singers, a marimba, a grand piano and members of the World Band and the Land and Seasons Band.
Adult Formation

                                         ADULT FORUM 

In the Adult Forum participants are looking at some of the Bible passages that are too often deemed too difficult to read in public worship. Up for discussion this week: Esther 7:1-10. Newcomers are always welcome in the Memorial Room Sundays at 9:00.

CLC@the Movies
November 17, 4 pm
Departures is an Oscar winning film that depicts an unemployed cellist who takes a job that he thinks is for a travel agency, but learns to his chagrin is for a mortuary assistant who prepares bodies for their final journey. Despite the disapproval of his work by his wife and friends he gains an appreciation for life.
Join us for the movie followed by a potluck featuring Japanese foods. Teriyaki? Sushi?
Sashimi? Soy sauce? Tea? Use your imagination or check online for creative ideas. No time to cook? Join us anyway. You'll enjoy the follow-up conversation.

November 18 Read

The Girl with Seven Names is a memoir that recounts the escape of a 17-year old girl from the repression of North Korea, first to China, then to South Korea requiring her to change her identity seven times.
Living a better life than most North Koreans, Hyeonseo Lee, grew up believing that her home country was really the greatest country on earth. It wasn't until she crossed the border into China that she began to realize the deprivations of her former life. She spends the next years trying to rescue her mother and brother to bring them to safety. Meet for a lively discussion at 7:30 pm on Nov. 18 at the church.                                 


Led by Pastor Richard Hurst, the Bible study group meets each Thursday at the church. We invite you to join with us 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
During the dinner discussion following Evening Prayer on Sunday, the inevitable question was raised: Where do we find hope? What can we do?" Our prayer is, of course, our first response. Jeff Kinney also offered this more material response: [You may] call to voice your support to mayors of cities in MA and NH where refugees are currently being resettled.  

 Under the recent Executive Order issued by President Trump, which will take effect on Christmas Day, all mayors are required to publicly affirm their willingness to continue to accept refugees into their communities.  If they do not, refugees will no longer be able to be resettled there.  This pledge of support, arranged by Ascentria, will aggregate responses from supporters to encourage those mayors to continue to offer their hospitality.  Please consider adding your support:

Are you ready to consider bolder action? Consider becoming a foster parent to an unaccompanied refugee minor.


Slowly but surely pledges of financial support as well as of time and talents are trickling in. If you have not yet made yours, please do so. Remember, every contribution counts, and helps CLC leaders plan responsibly for the year to come. Also, a pledge is not a legally binding commitment, and may be changed at any time as your circumstances require!
Looking Ahead

Early "Black Friday" offers are already streaming into our inboxes, and Christmas catalogs into our mailboxes. On Sunday, November 17 & 24, Christ Lutheran Church will hold a SERRV fair, an opportunity to purchase handmade goods at prices fair to their creators, almost all women in developing nations. The financial well-being of women is among the strongest indicators of well-being for entire communities! A few local artisans will also have goods available for sale.          


On Sunday, November 10,  we celebrate the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost ,  10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Angel Murrero  preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost
November 10, 2019  

We worship on the first day of the week because our Savior was raised on that day. Every Sunday is a little Easter. This Sunday feels more like Easter than many as the appointed texts celebrate the reality of the resurrection. Live it up this Lord's day. Our God is the God of the living.

            First Reading                           Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
           Job 19:23-27a                           Ps17:1-9                2 Thess 2:1-5,13-17               Luke 20:27-38
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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