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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
When & Where to Find
Christmas Services
With COVID-19 still in our midst, we’ve had to re-imagine our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at English Lutheran Church so that they can be done virtually. Each service will offer you the opportunity to worship and celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ in a meaningful and unique way. We invite you to attend one or all of them!

December 24 – Christmas Eve

3:00 pm – While this service is designed with our young people in mind, there is something in it for all ages. Many of our Sunday School children will tell the story of Jesus’ birth as seen through the eyes of the donkey who carried Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem so long ago.

4:00 pm – This is a livestream worship service with communion done in cooperation with our ELCA partner congregations at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Be sure to pick up your communion kits at English or have bread and wine available if you choose to participate in communion.

10:00 pm – “Live” from Bethlehem…it’s Christmas Eve with ELC news anchor "Anita Room!" This service features a modern interpretation of the classic Christmas story featuring several of our members and our pastors telling the story, as well as a variety of songs by several of our musicians.

December 25 – Christmas Day

9:30 am – Our ELCA partner congregations during COVID-19 – Bethel, Good Shepherd and Our Savior’s Lutheran Churches – join English for this combined worship service. Each church's portion of the worship service was filmed in their own sanctuaries to give parishioners a sense of home as well as see the dynamic partnership between all of these churches. This traditional worship service will feature our favorite Christmas hymns, and each congregation's pastor(s), musicians, and lectors.

Sunday, December 27

9:00 amNo Sunday service on ELC's YouTube channel. Join us as we celebrate with our friends at Our Savior's. Tune in here at 9am.
Your Estimate of Giving
is appreciated!
You may submit your 2021 Estimate of Giving online - click here! We know it's hard to keep up with things when our world is turned upside-down. Please remember to take a moment to turn in your 2021 Estimate of Giving.

Your gifts, no matter what size, are important to the ministry we continue. We pray that in 2021 we can begin to be together as a church family. Your Estimate of Giving for next year helps our Vision Board and Finance Committee plan for the momentous day when we're together again!
Year End Loose Ends
2020 offering must be in hand at the church office by December 30th. Our office hours are:

Monday Dec 28-Wednesday Dec 30

If you can't make it during that time, contact Jennifer to make an appointment. She is happy to meet you in the afternoons! Please postmark any offering for 2020 ASAP. If it is received after December 31st, it will be recorded as 2021 offering.

Thank you for your generous support of English's mission. In a time where many churches, nonprofits, and small businesses are struggling, we realize how important your gifts to the church are. We have been surprised and humbled by your continued support. "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
from Bishop Eaton
"I remember one young woman in particular. She was pregnant when she tried to migrate to the United States. She had the baby somewhere along the way. She was far from home, mostly alone and desperately wanted her mother to be with her. None of this is what she had hoped for when she was growing up. Circumstances beyond her control had forced her into this new and strange existence."

Christmas Giving
Thank you. Because of your generosity, we are able to help others in our community with Christmas gifts, gift cards for essential workers, and help our own members with Christmas expenses, new car tires, unexpected dentist bills and appliance repairs, and so much more.

The Communion Fund continues the spirit of giving long after Christmas (in fact, all year long!). We spend from the Communion Fund to directly assist those in need in our church and in our community. To contribute, send a check to the church office and clearly mark it "Communion Fund."

From a "Secret Santa" that gave out essential worker gift cards: "That was fun! I hung around staff entrances for Gundersen (woman going in to work) and Mayo (man coming off a shift), hit up a SMRT bus transit driver by Western, put one on handle of a parked postal truck, and took one to a small auto mechanic near the university! Thanks for giving me joy today!"