DECEMBER NEWSLETTER


NOTICE
To the congregation of Christ Lutheran Church                                                          
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2017
(Following 9:15am 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 2018 Budget
MISSION


GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS 
 
BLESSING OF THE CAPS 
Our annual Blessing of the Caps will take place at our December 10th worship service....if you have been working on caps this year please bring them for the blessing. We'll be taking them that week to the American Cancer Society office in Bryan and the Adam's Angels ministry in Brenham.
 
HUNGER
Canned and non perishable food donations in December will be donated to Bread Partners of Washington County. Please help by bringing your canned and non-perishable food items to the food table located in the narthex.

ELCA WORLD HUNGER CAMPAIGN
A Big THANK YOU to all the folks who contributed to Pastor Mark's Birthday Gift and raised more than $6700 for our ELCA World Hunger campaign. This means that we've raised more than $10,000 and packaged more than 10,000 meals to feed hungry people here in America and around the world. Good Work, Brothers and Sisters at Christ!

MISSION TREE
Only a few cards are left on the Mission Tree...Thank You to all who have taken one or more cards to gift one of the many ministries, both inside and outside our Christ Lutheran family, during this Season of Gratitude. Your generosity to the children and families being helped by your gifts will be a blessing. Be sure to get your unwrapped gifts back to church by December 6th!
 
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF SOAP PROJECT
Our Soap Tub runneth over.....and Thank You to everyone who brought soap for our women's Lutheran World Relief project. We'll pack this up and ship it around next Easter when we send off all the quilts and school supplies.
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 - Resumes in September
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.
                                       
COLLATE NEWSLETTER
December 26, 9:00 am Conference Rm

GROUNDS COMMITTEE
Grounds Committee #2(Coy Fontenot, Eric Winkler, Charles Heller, Todd Hertel, Ronnie Lueckemeyer will be maintaining the routine tasks at the church  during December
   
MEN IN MISSION
Men in Mission meets the first Saturday of the month at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast.  We'll offer breakfast, a brief devotion and then we will try to complete a few small jobs around the Day School or the Church, none lasting more than an hour.  So, bring a few tools just in case, an appetite for breakfast and a servant's heart. 

RECYCLING AT CHRIST LUTHERAN
Thank you to the Loza Family  for taking the recycling in November. The Morgan family has volunteered for the recycling duties in December. 
   
2018 Recycling Opportunities:
Thank you to everyone who helped with the recycling at the church and day school during 2017.  The 2018 Recycling schedule is now at the Heartline desk for you sign up and help with recycling in 2018.
SPECIAL THINGS
  • Advent Calendars are available at the Heartline Desk.
  • Gluten free host and grape juice are available for Holy Commuion
  • Portals of Prayer for January - March are available at the Heartline Desk.
  • Living Lutheran magazine is available for anyone who would a copy at the Heartline Desk.
  • No worship service scheduled for Christmas Day
REMINDERS

POINSETTIA SIGN UP
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:  $12  Sign up at the Heartline.
 
2018 FLOWER CHART
The 2018 Flower Chart is posted on the bulletin board in the hallway.  You are welcome to sign up for flowers in 2018 now.
 
2018 OFFERING ENVELOPES
Reminder-Pick up your 2018 Offering Envelopes from the table in the Narthex.

THANK YOU
  • As we end another year we want to acknowledge a Special Thank You to our offering counters Johnnie  Jankowiak, Wallene Ludwig, Shirley Moehlmann and Allen Stolz who each Monday morning count and prepare our weekly  offerings.  Special Thank You to Debra Kovar who retired from the counting duties earlier this year and to Allen Stolz 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. Thank you all for your faithful and dedicated service.
  • A Special Thank You to Mary Stolz, Shirley Schultz and James Morgan for preparing the beautiful church decor' for the Advent season. 
IN OUR PRAYERS                                    

Our Christ Family:
Terry Brieden, Patt Crabtree, Sterling Crabtree, Bonnie Demuth, Verna Mae Druckhammer, Conrad Goeth, Charles Heller, Shannon Heller, Laverna Jacob, Ora Nell Kuretsch, Nathalie Luedke, Laura Metheny, Jack Rhine, Nicole Schulz Carr, Allen and Jeanie Stepan, Craig Stickley, Jeramie Zelenka                                           
                                                 
Our Personal Concerns:           
Donnie Appling, Christina Ashorn, Betty Boeker, Betty Bryant, Hadrian Brown, Dane Bybee, Lyrik Campbell, Jessica Chatham, Betty Crain, Ms. Curry, Gary Devlin, Rita Diamond, Andrew Dietz, Brandy Dillard, Don Dolson, Scooter Dillard, Wanda DuBose, Allen Gene Eckermann, Isabella Edmondson, John Exter, Jr., Anna Finke, Angela Gentry, Debbie Giammalva, Dorothy Goodlett, Gary Grantham, Cassie Green, Teresa Gutierrez, Beatrice Helwig, Michael Hendricks, Cris Hernandez, Jamie Hobson, Lee Horak, Amanda Hugo, JoAnn Hundemer, Bubba Jurries, Amber Kirschke, Harry Kluttz, J. Frank Lamp III, Baily Lantz, David Lawrence, Tara Limmer, Mark Lundquist, Allene Machet, John Meadows, Marilyn Miertschin, Shirley Mueller ( Renee's mother), Naomi Naper, Michael Parker, Lucas Paul, Rita Perkins, Donna & Marshall Paulk, Spencer Ramirez, Matthew Rotter, Bobby Schlabach, Amanda Sebastian, Kyree Koehne Shaver, Jeff Smith, Erin Stavros, Noelle Stokes, Wade Thoron, Renee Turner, Ginger Vaudrey, James Vaughn, Robert (Bobby) Wagner, Lisa Wise, Brian White, Zachery Wilke, Deloise Wright, Richie Zoch   
                                                                       
Those in Military Service: 
Kyle Babbitt, David Crabtree, Spenser Ganske, Danny Hart, Johnathon LeBoeuf, Colton Logan, Kim & Elijah Nemeir.
CELEBRATIONS 
If you see one that is missing, please let us know.

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

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

DAY SCHOOL NEWS
day schoo letterhead

December is busy time around the Day School! With parties for children in their classrooms, Breakfast with Santa, caroling at Brenham National Bank and the Pre-K Nativity program, there's a lot of fun to cram in before a nice long holiday!  We look forward to The Polar Express rolling in to the station in the Discovery room for the month.  The oversized engine and diner car, rolling hills of snow, lighted trees, Lionel train running 'round the track and the peaceful Dickens village that resides on the snowy banks of book cases really sets the mood for a wonder-filled month.  The staff will enjoy a party just for them at Kenny Store, provided by CLASS.  They really know how to take care of us!  "Thank you" ahead of time for those that have selected classroom wishes from the tree.  We appreciate you and will enjoy new items in the classrooms.  Everyone is welcome to join us for Breakfast with Santa on Friday December 8 th from 7:30- 9:30.  Bring your camera!  Stop by any time to experience The Polar Express, CLDS style!

Merry Christmas!
Ginny Gaskamp
YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY

Children's Ministry
  • Wiggle and WorshipSundays 9:15 am; Wednesdays 6:30 pm
  • Christmas Program Rehearsals:  Dec. 3, 6, 10, 13 during Wiggle & Worship; Dec. 16 10:00am
  • Children's Christmas Program - Dec. 17 during worship service @ 9:15 am
  • Christ Lutheran Day School Christmas Program - Dec. 20 during worship service @ 6:30 pm
 
Confirmation
Confirmation: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
Sixth grade Bible Orientation - December 6, 3:30-5:30pm


Silent Auction
Silent Auction benefiting our youth activities will be held November 19-December 10. Check out all the great items to purchase in the church hallway.  Great Christmas gifts!

BOY SCOUT PACK/TROOP 577

Seafarers Christmas Box Program
Great Job!  Our Pack/Troop #577 collected & packed           36 Christmas boxes to be handed out by the Port              Chaplains at the Port of Houston to seafarers this           holiday season.  Thank you to Richard and Margie Wilke Baker for delivering the boxes to the port.  A big, Thank you to our pack /troop for supporting this ministry.
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