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Christmas is a time to sing what we believe!
This four-week series provides an opportunity to appreciate the season's expressions of hope, lament, joy, and devotion in Christmas music.
Each week features a passage of Scripture, as well as a well-known Christmas carol that illustrates the true message of the season.

This week we will be looking at the classic Christmas Carol

"Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel"

and we will be looking at Scripture in relation to this carol from
See Christ Clearly in 2020
With the year 2020 just around the corner, AdventELC will be focusing on a theme: Seeing Christ Clearly in 2020 . We look to direct our attention and energy in two ways: seeing Christ clearly personally and showing Christ clearly to the world.
Instagram is a popular smartphone app which provides a simple, fun and creative way to capture, edit, and share photos, videos and messages with friends and family. Instagram is the fastest growing social media platform. There are over 1 billion users, and nearly half of them use the platform at least once per day.

The " Top Nine " posts as of Wednesday, December 11, are seen in the graphic.

@AdventELC on Instagram has an account total of 1,614 posts and 249 followers. In 2019 alone, @AdventELC has received over 6,500 likes on 448 posts averaging 15 likes per post.

If you are on Instagram and do not follow us or if you haven't seen what we've been up to, please do so today!
As a church AdventELC wants to connect people with Jesus. We want to help people See Christ Clearly . And one way to do that is engaging in the "Digital Mission Field."

We are looking to expand our digital reach
and you can help!

  • Follow to our Instagram account. We post pictures and videos of ministries, both past and future. We also put devotional material to meet you in the moment of the day with Jesus.
  • Like our posts. Our church Instagram helps us build connections with new and existing church members outside the confines of our weekend services. It's a platform for evangelism and outreach, which is good for you and others.
  • Relive the event. We have many ministries and events that are wonderful to remember. Look back and relive those ministry moments on our Instagram account, @AdventELC.
Save a Stamp
The youth of AdventELC are doing a service project this Advent season.

If you are filling out Christmas Cards for members here at AdventELC, PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM IN THE MAIL. Save a stamp and place them in the marked box in the narthex. The youth will alphabetize them every Sunday night and you can pick up your Christmas cards on the table in the narthex!
The Bible App’s Most Popular Verse of 2019: ‘Do Not Worry’
The smartphone Bible app, YouVersion, says users look for comfort the third year in row, while Bible Gateway’s list includes John 3:16 and multiple psalms.

Upcoming Worship Services
Blue Christmas
For some people this is not the most wonderful time of the year.
Join us for a time of lament and joy, light and darkness, longing and hope.

Saturday, December 21, 7:00p.
Christmas Eve at AdventELC
Join us for two wonderful worship services on Christmas Eve.
  • The 4:30p service is for those families with youth who like to make noise and participate.
  • The 7:00p service is our traditional candlelight service.

Holy Communion will be served at both services.
Lessons and Carols
The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. On Sunday, December 29, we will be singing many of your Christmas Carol favorites! There will be only ONE SERVICE beginning at 10:30 a.m. We look forward to singing with you!
Mitten Tree Donations end this Sunday
Again this year, we will be collecting hats, gloves, scarves and mittens for middle school students in the hilltop area. Please place your donations on the tree that will be located in the Narthex in the near future. Deadline for donations is December 16. See Jennifer Parker with any questions
Thrivent Members
Calling ALL Advent Thrivent members!! You have an opportunity to assist our Worship and Witness Team with our outreach projects. Thrivent allows each member to apply for a yearly grant to support a worthy cause. Please contact Holly Cronau for details.
Altar Guild Needs Your Coffee Cans or Large Juice Cans
Please drop donations off at the Sacristy.
Youth Calendar Sales
Advent’s youth are selling the beautiful and popular “God’s Creation Calendars” after the morning services. We are selling the New International Version. Here is a link for more information about the calendars:

All proceeds will go to help pay for the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN.
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