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We own a minibus!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who generously contributed to the purchase. Gifts are still trickling in, but with a lower-than-anticipated auction price of about $3000, we'll have enough left, after registration and title fees, insurance, gas, and other travel expenses to establish a healthy maintenance account for Cristo Rey as a hedge against future repairs.

Plans for delivery to El Paso are still forming, but we're looking at later in February. Watch for further information about Pastora Rose Mary's and Fernando's return visit to Natick

The mid-winter retreat at Calumet is around the corner. In keeping with our emphasis over these last many months, our focus will be on migration, with a simulation for all ages planned for our Saturday morning block. Registration forms are available on the narthex table or in the January Reporter. Housing is available in the Conference Center, Village Cabins, and heated cabins. CLC youth in confirmation or high school come for just the $40 registration fee, children under six are free, and first-time adult participants will receive a $25 discount. And no one should stay home on account of cost. If cost is a barrier, please speak with Pr. Bourret.

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director

This week I will be attending the National Conference on Sacred Music in Charleston, SC, hosted by St. Matthew Lutheran Church and sponsored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, AugsburgFortress Press, Morning Star Music Publishers and Hinshaw Music Publishers. The Conference features presentations by leading church musicians and composers. Of particular interest to me are sessions offered by David Cherwien (Cantor at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and Director of the National Lutheran Choir), poet and hymnwriter Susan Palo Cherwien, Tom Trenney (Music Director at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE) and composer Mark Hayes.
For this Sunday, January 12 Karin Gustafson will be leading the music for worship at Christ Lutheran.

Adult Formation

In the adult forum Russell Pollard leads discussion of Slavery in the Bible, Part 2: Philemon. Please read the book-a letter, really-of Philemon in advance of the forum. No time? Come, anyway, Sunday at 9:00 in the Memorial Room.

CLC@the Movies
Faces, Places
January 19, 2019
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.

 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
With the minibus just about ready to roll, let's aim to fill it as much as is practicable with items Pastora Rose Mary has requested:

Sturdy shoes : Men's sizes 5-8 (a few nines); women's sizes 4-8; and children's sizes 6-2 or 3 (new or with plenty of life left).
Quilts: full (60" x 80") or half-sized (finished 40 x 60").
Sleeping bags : new or gently used.
Hoodies and jackets : children's and adult sized small.

Temperatures have dipped into the 20s even in Juarez, where thousands of migrant families wait in hopes of having their pleas for asylum heard, living in parks for weeks on end.

While some leave Christmas decorations up until , February 2 Candlemas (also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ and the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple), we usually take down the tree, put away the ornaments and chrismons and wreaths, etc. after Epiphany. Please plan to stay for a little while after worship to help accomplish the annual task.

Looking Ahead

The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible  unfolds like a detective story as Chanan Tigay recounts the story of Moses Wilhelm Sigera who in 1883 arrived in London with a Bible scroll he said he had found in a cave in an area east of the Dead Sea. At first acclaimed, then discredited for his discovery, Sigera committed suicide and the scroll disappeared. 70 years later the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a location similar to the one Sigera described. Journalist Chanan Tigay sets out to find the missing scroll and to determine whether Sigera was innocent of forgery-a fascinating read!

Calumet: Need we say more?


On Sunday, January 12,  we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord ,  10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Baptism of our Lord
January 12, 2020

In the waters of the Jordan, Jesus is revealed as the beloved Son of God. Through this great epiphany, Jesus fulfills all righteousness and becomes the servant of God who will bring forth justice and be a light to the nations. In the waters of baptism we too are washed by the Word, anointed by the Spirit, and named God's beloved children. Our baptismal mission is to proclaim good news to all who are oppressed or in need of God's healing.

            First Reading                          Psalm                       Second Reading                         Gospel
             Isa 42: 1-9                               Ps 29                         Acts 10:34 - 43                        Matt 3:13-17
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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