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December 23, 2022

CHRISTMAS EVE

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Saturday, December 24

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

4 pm Traditional Worship Service

7 pm Praise Worship Service with candle-lighting

9 pm Traditional Worship Service with candle-lighting


All services will celebrate with Holy Communion


Our 7 PM Praise Service will be Livestreamed

to our Facebook page at facebook.com/gslcwoodstock/videos


Following the service we will post any recorded services to our YouTube channel and our website on the sermon page gslutheran.org/sermons.

 

You do not need a Facebook account to view our livestreamed services.


Please print your bulletin from home if you are able.

Worship Bulletins:  4:00 PM | 7:00 PM | 9:00 PM

THIS SUNDAY, CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE ONLY AT 10:30 AM

A Service of Lessons and Carols and celebration of Holy Communion

Come as you are! (jammies, Sunday best, sweats, whatever!)

Please print your bulletin from home if you are able.

Worship Bulletin:  10:30 AM

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No Sunday School class until January 8th.

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SERVE FOR CHRISTMAS

We are still in need of worship servants for Christmas Eve, during all service times, Christmas Day and January 1 at both services. Some of the servant spots we would really like to have filled are :


  • Altar guild for 7 and 9 PM Christmas Eve
  • Assisting Minister for 4 or 7 PM Christmas Eve and January 1.
  • An AV (livestream operator) 9 PM Christmas Eve & January 1 (could be either service, just let Donna know your preference time).
  • Ushers for 9 PM Christmas Eve and Jan 1 at 8:30 AM.
  • Families to light Advent Wreath at 4 and 9 on Christmas Eve.


Please click the button below and sign up to serve today.

I will serve on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and/or January 1

The church office will be closed December 26 & 27 & January 2nd and 3rd for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Kindly call before stopping by, as we are operating with a very limited staff until January.

It is not too late to submit your offering pledge forms. As a reminder, please be sure to submit a new Simply Giving Authorization Form if you are changing your Simply Giving amount in any way. 

Stewardship Forms
Click to visit our church calendar for upcoming meetings and dates

Pastor Rosy will be doing House Blessing during Epiphany from January 9-26. You do have to sign up using the link below. You do not have to be home when she comes by. She will be using chalk to mark the exterior portion of your home door frame. If you’d like a home blessing in the new year, use the link below to sign up!

If your address has changed in the last year, please email Pastor Rosy to ensure she is blessing the correct home!

 


https://doodle.com/bp/rosalinarivera/home-blessings

 

New Member Class

A new member class will meet every other Sunday, beginning January 15th and use the study “Come and Grow with Us”. The study will introduce new and prospective members (or current members) to Christian faith and Lutheran practices in a nonthreatening, airy, user-friendly format. All are welcome to attend. Classes will be in between services in the small room adjacent to the Entryway. New Member Sunday will be March 5th.

 

SERVE

You May Have Been Assigned a Servant Role in January


The Sunday Servant Worship Schedule can be found by clicking the button and viewing on our website. There is a link on our home page under "Quick Links."


We have very limited servants signed up for Assisting Minister, Acolyte and Crucifer for both services. Please prayerfully consider if you are willing to serve in one of these roles.

 

If switching to a new role, please email our Office Coordinator, Melina, so she can add you to our schedules. Also, please let the office know in advance if you are scheduled, or future plans have you going away and cannot serve. Thank you.

January Servant Schedule

SMALL GROUPS

CARE FOR CREATION


Soles 4 Souls (S4S) has been collecting new and gently worn shoes for years, and our GSLC youth have spent several mission trips sorting shoes at their facility in Nashville, TN.

 

Our Caring for Creation Team and youth will be collecting new and gently used shoes for S4S during the month of January. Collection boxes, decorated by our GSLC youth, will be in the Fellowship Hall. A friendly competition of whose box gets the most shoes wins a prize for our youth. Now clean out that closet! 

We are now collecting used eyeglasses. A box is located in Fellowship Hall. These will be donated to the Lion's Club.


Our next Caring for Creation meeting will be Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. We will be working on new ways to care for God's glorious creation during the coming year. 

 

We continue to collect oral care waste for recycling. These items are mailed to TerraCycle where they are made into plastic pellets which can be made into outdoor furniture of playground equipment.  

 

Hefty energy bags for hard to recycle plastics are available in the Fellowship Hall for a nominal charge. These are collected on Two-Can Sunday and taken to the appropriate recycling facility. 

 

We also continue to collect used batteries to take to the appropriate recycling facility. This keeps the toxic materials out of landfills. 

 

YARN ANGELS

Our next meeting will be on Monday, January 16th, from 11 AM to 1 PM, at the home of Susan Epling.

 

MUSIC MINISTRY

The Bells of Good Shepherd rehearse Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM If you are interested in joining this group, contact Thomas Eisnor or email him using the link below.


The Celebration Ringers rehearse Tuesdays at 6 PM. This is our beginner handbell group. Contact Thomas is you are interested in joining using the link below.  


Click here to email our Director of Music

The Praise Team rehearse Thursday evenings from 7-9 PM. Contact Pam if you are interested in being in our Praise Team. The group will continue to meet on Saturday’s but only the first Saturday of each month.


Click here to email Pam, our Praise Service Coordinator

News from the  SES Synod and ELCA

Connect with the ELCA and SE Synod

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Available for any and all ages!!

Sunday School will resume January 8th.

Faith Stories meets Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM titled, "“Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US”. Book available on Amazon. We meet in room 117.

 

Monday’s Lunch and Learn: A new study begins mid-January.


If you’d like to begin with lunch and fellowship come at noon, otherwise we will begin our study at 12:30 PM.



Contact the church office or Brenda Kviten if you are interested in joining our group.

Word on Wednesday Bible Study

New Study will begin on January 11. Come join us.

  • Would you like to meet new people? Join a small group? Expand your Bible knowledge?
  • Word on Wednesday small group meets via Zoom virtual format from 10:00 – 11:30 AM on Wednesdays, for study of The Word, discussion and fellowship.
  • You are welcome to join anytime.
  • Our study format allows flexibility for your schedule.
  • For more information, please contact Lori Peters, small group leader or the church office.
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Thursday Morning Bible Study

We will start a new study on January 5th.

at 10 AM, “An Unexpected Revival”: Experiencing God’s Goodness through Disappointment and Doubt An 8 week study of Ezekiel.

 

Encounter a unique picture of revival through Ezekiel's prophecies in this 8-week Bible study, An Unexpected Revival: Experiencing God's Goodness through Disappointment and Doubt. God chose to spark revival through people who seemed counted out, cast aside, and disregarded. However, God pursues us with His goodness desiring to bring revival to our broken hearts.

THEOLOGY ON TAP

 New location at Game Day. Every other week, beginning January 4th at 7 PM. Join us for fun, fellowship and answers/discussions challenging your faith. All are welcome.

OUTREACH

Blood Drive

 

The next blood drive is January 7th, from 8 am until 1 pm. If you want to give blood please go online to redcross.org and sign up. All presenting donors are offered a chance to win Super Bowl tickets in Phoenix and a Cheeseburger Bobby's coupon!

 

The Outreach Committee will be collecting gently used children's books to give to The Encouragement Project the entire month of January. They will deliver them to children in need. There will be plastic bins in the Fellowship Hall labeled for the collections. 

 

Sign-up for Chili Cook-off  This is not just for Youth, all can enter!
MUST Ministries URGENT NEED

MUST Ministries is currently experiencing an increase in families that are in need of food. The organization is looking for supporters to try unique ways to obtain supplies for their food pantry initiatives.


Current most needed items from MUST Cherokee:


Food items: Jelly, salt, pepper, grits, ramen, oil, mustard, mayonnaise, flour, corn , carrots, yams, broth, cereal, stew, dressings, ketchup, coffee, instant potatoes, snacks, spaghetti noodles, canned potatoes, mixed vegetables, cornbread, cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, mac & cheese, spam, sugar.

Non-food items: Diapers size 4, 5, 6, Pull-ups size 4t-5t, baby wipes, conditioner, razors, Chapstick, towels, grocery bags.


We continue to collect food items on our front porch. Please consider a way to help your neighbors. 


Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us - Ephesians 5: 1-2a.


Must Ministries Website

YOUTH AND FAMILY

Looking for all the news for our Youth? Be sure to read your Wednesday, Weekly Lamb Buzz Email. Some exciting things are happening at GSLC for all ages of our youth. Access each week on our website under the Youth Tab, the button below or sign-up to be on the e-mail list. Let Mel know at youthfamministry@gslutheran.org if you want to be included in the email blast. 

 

We will continue to list important youth activities in our worship bulletins.


Confirmation and FX3 will meet next on January 8th.

We did not get enough support to run a Winter VBS program this year. We hope to see you all during the summer for a fun, filled morning at our annual VBS program. Continue to watch your Lamb Buzz and website for all the details.

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BUILD OUR LIBRARY

As Youth & Family Ministry continues to expand, so does our library! We are looking to start a book drive & donation for new books to fill our Worship Bags and Children’s library. All you have to do is grab one of the pictures of books hanging outside of Melina’s office, purchase it, and place it back in her mailbox. Only a few books left. Please contact Melina with any questions. 

PRAYER MINISTRY

PRAYERS@GSLUTHERAN.ORG


This is our e-mail address for you to submit prayer concerns. Prayers will be posted to the Prayer Circle, via e-mail, during normal business hours. You can also drop us an e-mail at this same e-mail address if you would like to be a part of the Prayer Circle.

Current Prayer List


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Go in peace. Christ is near.

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