DECEMBER NEWSLETTER
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CONGREGATIONAL MEETING NOTICE
T o the congregation of Christ Lutheran Church                                                     CONGREGATIONAL MEETING SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016
(Following 9:15 am worship)
Items for Review and Approval:
  • Election and approval of Council, Day School and Foundation Board Nominees
  • Election and approval of Nominating Committee for 2017
  • Election and approval of Synod Assembly Delegates
  • Approval of 2017 Budget
CHRIST LUTHERAN PICTURE DIRECTORY
Our NEW directory won't be complete with YOU!
 
Photo dates will be:
Thursday, December 15
Friday, December 16
Saturday, December 17
Make-up dates Mon., Dec. 19 & Tues., Dec. 20                 
Family Advent Event
A Night in Bethlehem  - December 13, Come and Go from 5:30-7:30pm. 

Journey with us through A Night in Bethlehem, where families will explore the city at the time of Jesus' birth. Through hands-on experiences they'll find out about the most important baby ever. 

Pizza will be served. 
MISSION
GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS 
 
MISSION TREE 
This year our annual ""Mission Tree" is covered in ornaments that have  opportunities for everyone to support their favorite mission projects and         ministries....choose an ornament from the tree and put your name next to that ornament's number on the sign-up sheet.  What better way to share God's  blessings at this time of year than to set aside part of your Christmas giving budget to bless those in need
 
 
BLESSING OF THE CAPS
We will have the Blessing of the Caps during worship Sunday, December 4th.  You are invited  to make caps for cancer patients undergoing treatment.           Patterns are at the Heartline desk.  Remember to bring your caps to worship on Sunday, December 4th.  The caps will then be  delivered to the American Cancer Society for distribution.
 
WORLD HUNGER & WATER WELL #8 
We are still raising up the ministries of World Hunger and the Water Well program. Please consider supporting one or both of the efforts. We are helping our Synod raise $500,000 for this year's world hunger project and we are well on our way to collecting enough to dig Well No. 8 in Africa. Your support is appreciated.
 
HUNGER
Canned and non perishable food donations in December will be donated to Bread Partners. Please help by bringing your canned and non-perishable food items to the food table located in the narthex. 
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Wednesdays        6:30 pm    Wiggle & Worship
Sundays               9:15 am    Wiggle & Worship  
Sundays             10:30 am    Fresh Coffee Adult Conversation - Fellowship Hall
Sundays             10:30 am    Word and Wonder - Adult study - Conf. Rm.      
1st Saturday        8:00 am     Men In Mission - Fellowship Hall
2nd Tuesday        7:00 pm    Mary Martha Ruth Circle Bible Study - Conf. Rm.
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
Your call to serve is always welcomed,encouraged and needed.
 
LAY MINISTERS CHANGE
Heartline and Greeter duties have been combined on the Lay Ministers schedule.   The new title of these lay ministers is CLC Greeters. As you welcome guests and members please direct them to the Heartline desk for  sign -up opportunities,  Portal of Prayers, Living Lutheran magazine, etc.
                                     
COLLATE NEWSLETTER
December 27, 9:00 am Conference Rm

COMPANIONS
" Companions Needed! "   says Pastor Walt.  " Companions " visit those who find it difficult to attend worship regularly due to health problems.  We bring   friendship, the Lord's Word and Holy Supper.  And we have equipping sessions the 1st Sunday of each month during Bible Class.  Moved to help?                   Call Pastor Walt 979-203-0822.
 

RECYCLING AT CHRIST LUTHERAN
Volunteers are need to take the recycling at the church and Day School during this month.  
There are still opportunities for you to help with recycling during 2016.  
The sign-up schedule is  at the Heartline desk.  Our schedule is:
 
                      CHURCH                   DAY SCHOOL
    Dec.            Needed                     Needed
 
SILENT AUCTION  DEC. 1-11
Come shop for that perfect Christmas present. All proceeds from the Silent Auction benefit our Youth and Family Ministry at Christ Lutheran Church.  The auction is set up in the hallway at the church .  
    
MARY MARTHA RUTH CIRCLE
Tuesday, Dec. 13   6:00 pm                                                  
Home of Carol Eben (1701 Ellen St.)
Christmas Social with food and fellowship
             
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM AND BELL CHOIR

The annual Children's Christmas Program will be held Sunday, December 18 during the 9:15 worship service.  The Christ  Lutheran Bell Choir will also accompany the program with special Advent music.  Come hear the Christmas story told by our Christ Lutheran Youth and our Bell Choir perform their special music during this Advent season.  Our children will prepare to tell the story of the coming of the Christ Child with rehearsals:
Sunday, December 4, 11 - 10:30 am; Wednesday, December 7, 14 - 6:30 pm; Saturday,  December 17 - 10am           
POINSETTAS
Reserve your poinsettia in celebration  or memory of loved ones. The poinsettias will decorate the church for Christmas Eve and then you  should take your plant home.  Cost:  $10  Signup at the Heartline

FLOWER CHART  - 2017
The 2017 Flower Chart is now posted on the bulletin board in the hallway.  You are welcome to sign up for flowers in 2017
2017 OFFERING ENVELOPES
Reminder - Please pick-up your 2017 Offering Envelopes from the table in the Narthex.
                                     
SPECIAL THINGS
  • Gluten free host and grape juice are available for Holy Commuion
  • Portals of Prayer for October - December are available at the Heartline Desk.
  • Living Lutheran magazine is available for anyone who would a copy at the Heartline Desk.
IN OUR PRAYERS                                    

Our Christ Family:
Avery Applewhite, Willie Brinkmeyer, Annie Mae Buerger, Sterling Crabtree, Bonnie Demuth, Verna Mae Druckhammer, Laverna Jacob, Laverna Landua, Esther Neumann, Larry Schulz, Nicole Schulz Carr, Allen and Jeanie Stepan, Laura Winkelmann Jones  

Our Personal Concerns:           
Donnie Appling, Christina Ashorn, Lilia Avila, Betty Boeker, Donna Bridges, Betty Bryant, Lyrik Campbell, Betty Crain, Susan Deski, Gary Devlin, Rita Diamond, Andrew Dietz, Brandy Dillard, Scooter Dillard, Wanda DuBose, Allen Gene Eckermann, John Exter, Jr. Carol and Liz Fenton, Anna Finke, Donna Fourroux, Angela Gentry, Larry Glenz, Dorothy Goodlett, Teresa Gutierrez, Wanda Hamilton, Beatrice Helwig, Michael Hendricks, Brenda Herrmann, Greg Hester, Jamie Hobson, Michael Holder, Lee Horak, Amber Kirschke, Harry Kluttz, Baily Lantz, David Lawrence, Tara Limmer, Allene Machet, Houshang Masudi, Shirley Mueller ( Renee's mother), Naomi Naper, Michael Parker, Lucas Paul, Rita Perkins, Spencer Ramirez, Lamont Rothrock, Matthew Rotter,  Mary Ann Ruhland, Bobby Schlabach, Amanda Sebastian, Kyree Koehne Shaver, Dorothy Sommerfeld, Erin Stavros, Noelle Stokes, Tracy Sullivan, Renee Turner, Ginger Vaudrey, James Vaughn, Lisa Wise, Deloise Wright       
       
Those in Military Service: 
Kyle Babbitt, David Crabtree, Spencer Ganske, Johnathon LeBoeuf, Kim and Elijah Nemeir 
CELEBRATIONS
If you see one that is missing, please let us know.

December Birthdays
1
Laura Jones
14
Will Grabarschick
 
Mary Stolz
 
Judy Hassebrock
2
Diego Estrada
16
Evan Weiss
3
James Luedke
17
Lynn Boeker
 
Lauren Stewart
 
Brenda Galle
6
Olivia Howk
19
Dewayne Gajewski
 
Norman Lonsert
20
Vic Fair
 
Tom Ochsner
 
Randy Jacob
7
Caitlin Gajewski
 
Janet Mantey
 
Robert Hajek
21
Bailey Grunder
9
Pat Heller
22
Amber Boeker
10
Alan Ochsner
 
Amber Zelenka
11
Chris Allen
23
Jody Vaughn
12
Katherine Wellmann
24
Carl Kolwes
13
Logan Grabarschick
27
Ron Kuecker
 
Albert Linke
 
Lacey Roeske
 
 
29
William Kuretsch

December Anniversaries 
December 7
Richard and Marjorie Wilke-Baker
December 9
Winston and Tanya Rosenbaum
December 21
John and Terry Brieden
December 21
Eric and Kathy Winkler
December 22
Don and Lois Holley
December 23
Willie and Margaret Brinkmeyer
December 28
Allen and Melody Kuhns

THANK YOU!

A huge Thank You to  Allen and Mary Stolz and Scott and Kim Applewhite for again preparing our church for the Advent Season.   Each year through their  faithful service they bring the Advent Season decor'  to our church.  Thank you James Morgan for lending a hand in helping with this years creation. 
 
As we end another year we want to acknowledge a Special Thank You to our offering counters  Debra Kovar, Johnnie Jankowiak, Wallene Ludwig and Shirley Moehlmann who each Monday morning count and prepare our weekly       offerings.  Special Thank You to Gretchen Jones who retired from the counting duties earlier this year and to Shirley Moehlmann who stepped in and is now a part of the team.  A Special Thank You also to our Newsletter collators who prepare the monthly newsletter for mailing.  Those serving each month are Magdalene Knuppel, Bob & Shirley Mueller and Diane Winters. 
 
CHURCH COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS
November 16, 2016
  • Use of Church grounds/rooms was approved for  any organization that does not conflict with Christ Lutheran beliefs/values. 
  • Pictures will be taken for church directory in Dec.
  • Nominated /approved Sharon Logan and Sharon Schwartz for church council.  Nominees will be brought forward for vote at the December     Congregational meeting.  One position remains open at this time.
  • Budget was discussed. Council decided more clarity needed concerning salaries.  Tabled vote.  Council will vote by email proxy referencing the 2017 budget.  The 2017 budget will be brought to the Congregation for approval at the December Congregational meeting
FOUNDATION BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
November 3, 2016
  • Approved minutes and treasurer's report.
  • Received/approved the 2016-17 Calculation of Funds available for Distribution - $205,567:                                                                          40% - Christ Lutheran Church  ($82,227)                                                   7.5% - Christ Lutheran Day School Endowment ($15,418)                    7.5% - Christ Lutheran Day School Budget ($15,417)                                     10% -  World Hunger ($20,557)                                                                 35% - Grants ($71,948) 
  • Approved Grant Awards for 2016-17 (Grant award recipients for 2016-17 are posted on Foundation Bulletin Board in church hallway)
  • Nominated Bill Beach, Eric Winkler and Matthew Wehring (seeking 2nd Term)  for Foundation Board. Nominees  will be brought forward for vote at December Congregational meeting
  • Thank you to Roy Beckermann and Coy Fontenot for their service to the Foundation Board.
  • Approved 2017 Foundation Budget
  • Confirmed audit firm of Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Terrell, P.C. for the Agreed Upon Procedures for Foundation's accounting system
DAY SCHOOL NEWS
day schoo letterhead
                                                                                        
November reminded us to reflect on all that we are thankful for, and at the Day School, the list is long!  Our Family Feast, now a warm memory, found us together in one place hearing the sweet sounds of the kiddos singing and sharing a wonderful meal as Christ Lutheran family.  We are thankful for our Staff who prepared the children to sing, Board members who set a beautiful scene for our meal and for families who brought their favorite holiday dishes to share. 
We look forward to blessings coming in December.  Watch for our float in the Downtown Lighted Christmas Parade on December 3 rd .  Thanks to Crystal Raley and our CLASS members for making this possible!  Santa will join us for breakfast on December 9 th , and everyone is welcome to stop by for a bite to eat. Bring your camera!  Our Staff will enjoy a holiday party on December 15 th , provided by CLASS parents.  We can't wait!  Finally, we are thankful to live in a country where we can openly celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Our children and Staff will enjoy time to honor this special time of year with family and friends as the Day School closes for Christmas from December 23 rd through December 30 th

From all of us, to all of you, WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Ginny Gaskamp

YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY

Children's Ministry
Faith Formation -  Wiggle and Worship (3yrs-5th grade):
 Sundays 9:15 am,  Wednesdays - 6:30 pm 
Fellowship -  Elementary (1st-6th grade) Advent retreat @ Lutherhill, Dec. 2-3
                     Downtown Lighted Christmas parade/stroll - December 3
Christmas program  - rehearsals: Sunday, December 4, 11 - 10:30 am; Wednesday, December 7, 14 - 6:30 pm; Saturday,  December 17 - 10am
Program: December 18, 9:15am during worship.
 
Christmas Program- 
Our children will prepare to tell the story of the coming of the Christ Child with rehearsals:  Sunday, December 4, 11 - 10:30 am; Wednesday, December 7, 14 - 6:30 pm; Saturday,  December 17 - 10am
Our children will share the story of the Christ Child's Birth -  December 18, 9:15am
 
Confirmation  
Bible Year: Wednesdays (December 7, 14), 3:30-5:30 pm
NO CONFRIMATION - December 22, 28- Christmas

Family
Family Advent Event: 
A Night in Bethlehem  - December 13, 5:30-7:30pm, 
Join us for this Come and Go Event with pizza and advent activities as we prepare for the coming of the Christ child. 
 
High School Youth
Teen talk - Wednesdays - 7:30-8:30 pm  meet after church and head to Starbucks for faith and life discussion.                    
           
Silent Auction
December 1-11
Come shop for that perfect Christmas present. All proceeds from the Silent Auction benefit our Youth and Family Ministry at Christ Lutheran Church.  The auction is set up in the hallway at the church .
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