January 7, 2020
Worship With Us Online
Sunday, January 10
9:30 a.m.
Pastor Laura
Preaching This Sunday

"Jesus is Who God says He is."
Baptism of Our Lord
SPARK Lesson: "Jesus' Baptism"
This Sunday, during the Children’s Message, Jenni Payne will be reading Mark 1:4-11 from our SPARK Story Bibles. Be sure to have yours with you and follow along! We will hear about how Jesus was baptized and that through our own baptisms, we can remember that we are God’s beloved children! Do you remember your baptism? Ask your parents/guardians to tell you about that special day and show you your baptismal candle!
 
January SPARK Bags

Due to increased COVID precautions, January SPARK bags have been cancelled.
Nursery Nuggets
Hi Nursery Buddies and Parents!

Since yesterday was King’s Day, we are done with all the celebrations surrounding the birth of Christ Jesus. But wait! Does it have to end? I sure hope not. Each and every day Jesus is with us, and that calls for a celebration of joy for every one of them! Although I took down the Christmas decorations at my house, I still have some winter decorations up to help keep light throughout the winter. There are always things to look forward to, like setting goals. You could set a goal to help cook dinner a few times a week, or keep your room picked up and tidy for a whole week with out being asked! Those things can actually bring us closer to Jesus by being obedient, hard working and helpful.

Activity: Here is a list of something called affirmations. An affirmation is a daily reminder of something good. A daily way to keep celebrating Jesus is a by celebrating Jesus in us through the Holy Spirit. I have put together some and made them in away that you can color them yourself!

Jenni Payne
Nursery Coordinator
Music Notes
"We are baptized in Christ Jesus; we are baptized in his death;
That as Christ is raised victorious, we might live a brand-new life.
And if we have been united in a dreadful death like his,
We will all be reunited, for he lives."
(John Ylvisaker, ELW #451)

These words probably sound familiar to you; we sing this song two or three times a year in worship. They are a good encapsulation of the many reasons why we baptize and help us teach what we believe. (It also has a creative, sing-able melody, which always helps!) In baptism we remember that each person is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God, blessed to be a blessing, to ourselves and others.

On Sunday, we’ll read in the gospel of Mark how Jesus came to the river Jordan to be baptized by John, the Baptizer. Jesus came to be claimed by God as a unique and unrepeatable miracle, to be claimed as God’s beloved.

As I write this on Thursday morning, January 7, 2021, I take extra comfort in Mr. Ylvisaker’s words. In my baptism God claims me as God’s own. I am claimed by the light of the world, the word made flesh, the God of love, the bread of life, the same God that claims you, and all people. I pray that God gives me, you, and all people, the grace, and the will to live into that claim.

Tom Paulson
Director of Music & Worship
Restoring God's Earth: A Year of Personal Action
What if there were a series of small acts of faith, small practices, and new habits we could start that would make a difference in care and concern for God’s creation? Would you do it?  

The Creation Care ministry is pleased to launch “Restoring God’s Earth,” a year-long program focused on caring for God’s creation. Each month we’ll introduce a new theme with information, tips, and practical ideas you can introduce into your life. These themes have been shown, and we have faith, that they will indeed make a change in the ways we treat creation. Small changes by all of us can make a big difference for our earth. 

We invite you to learn more here and check out our January theme. Happy New Year! 
CoG Member Seeks Home Caregiver Assistant
Stacie and Rick Nordvold, members of Crown of Glory, are seeking to employ in person assistants to care for their parents. The Nordvold’s are seeking kind and patient people in the Chaska area who can assist in household duties. No medical training or skills are required. Perhaps you know someone that comes to mind! For more information about this Home Caregiver position, click on the job description here. For additional questions, please contact Stacie Nordvold by phone 651-964-8562 or by email stacie.nordvold@gmail.com
Women's Bible Study
Join us via Zoom on Saturday, January 16 at 9:00 a.m. as we dive into our next book of the Bible. Women of all ages are welcome to participate! We meet virtually once a month on Saturday mornings. Interested? Questions? Contact Pastor Laura!
Justice and Inclusion Team Book Study
Crown of Glory’s Justice and Inclusion Team will lead small-group discussions of Austin Channing Brown’s book, I’m Still Here. All sessions will be held over Zoom, either on Sunday afternoons starting on January 24 or Wednesday evenings starting on January 27. Please indicate your interest and preferences on this Google form.

The Justice and Inclusion Team encourages participants to support local bookstores when obtaining a copy of the book by following this link.

If you know anyone who may appreciate a special invitation to this discussion, please contact Pastor Reggie or Pastor Laura.
We Reached Our Giving Goal for December!
Unaudited Sustaining Fund Summary - Year through December 31, 2020:
Revenue: $761,828
Payments: $755,428
Balance: $6,400

We give thanks to all who supported our 2020 Sustaining Fund Budget with gifts of generosity!
Offering and Electronic Giving
Please consider continuing your weekly offering during these times when we are not gathering, as our congregation will still have our regular financial obligations. Thank you for considering one of the following ways:
  • Mailing your offering to our address at 1141 Cardinal Street Chaska, MN 55318.
  • Getting signed up for Simply Giving, an automated giving option, by filling out this form and sending it to our Director of Finance, Ashley Pederson.
  • Trying “Text to Give” by sending a text to our secure account at 833-497-3991.

Please scan our QR code to be taken to our giving page or click here to learn more. Thank you.
What's for Dinner?
Try this recipe for Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti!
Crown of Glory Updates
Pastors:
  • Pastors will be available by phone or email in case of an emergency or for any other pastoral care needs. To reach one of our pastors directly, please call the church office at 952-448-3230 and select the appropriate extension. The office phone system will forward the call directly to the pastor’s personal cell phone every time you call.

Building Use: 
  • The church is closed, and staff will work from home during the week when possible until further notice. For the full building use update, please click here. Thank you for your support during these times.
  • DS West Driving School instructors and students are using the church parking lot for behind the wheel instruction.

Church Council Update:
  • The November Church Council minutes are now available. Please contact Pastor Reggie if you would like a copy emailed to you.
  • The next Church Council Meeting is on January 11, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Update: Mask Mandate
  • Please click here to read our response to Executive Order 20-81.

Carver County Resources:
  1. COVID-19 Website: www.co.carver.mn.us/covid-19
  2. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@CarverCounty) for daily updates 
  3. Need Help Coping? Call First Street Center at (952) 442-4437
  4. County’s Community Resource Response - Link to resources such as employment, business support, child care, transportation, food access, domestic violence, housing, mental health and more:
Worship Attendance
In Our Prayers
January 3, 2020
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Next Day: 146 Total Views
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