November, 24, 2021
Your Weekly KOG News & Updates
Advent Concert
December 5 at 3 PM

By consensus, and with great delight, a request from Steve Eulberg to present a dulcimer concert at King of Glory on December 5 at 3 PM was accepted. In an agreement with the American Federation of Musicians, we will be a co-sponsor for this live concert in our sanctuary and will also offer live-streaming for a virtual audience. (Access information and links for the concert will be published closer to the event.) As part of the agreement, King of Glory has agreed there will be no admission charges or free-will offering; and recording of the performance by any means is prohibited. Steve will have his music available to purchase. Thank you to Wes Lewis and Matt Lee for assisting with the technical aspects of the live streaming which is something “new” for King of Glory!
Staff Christmas Remembrances

It’s traditional for King of Glory members to remember the church staff at Christmas in many special and meaningful ways, besides chocolate. We will set up a special fund for your donations through a Vanco designated fund or checks. Please designate Staff Christmas Gift on your check. Thank you!
Nominations Open!

The 2022 Nominating Committee is beginning their work. Elected at the 2021 Annual Meeting were Dan Johnson, Mark Drew, Nicki Tompkins and Roxanne Jensen. They will be seeking candidates for Council terms (3 year terms) two full 3 year-terms on the Columbarium Board of Directors and nominations for the Nominating Committee Thank you for your interest if asked!
Lewis’ Honorarium

Since March of 2020 Wes and Dawn Lewis have provided a faithful ministry among us producing weekly virtual worship services. They put in thousands of hours into this unique ministry, and used their technical expertise to produce worship services for the whole world to participate in while we were distanced from each other and our sanctuary. We would like to thank them for this ministry and have set up an honorarium in their honor. You may donate on-line in a Vanco designated fund, or by check or cash. Please designate your gift for the Lewis Honorarium. We will present this gift at our January Annual Meeting. And yes, they are continuing their ministry among us until we are able to “live stream” from our sanctuary.
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KOG Candle Lighting Sign-Up

Advent is a time of preparation, waiting, watching and expectation for the coming of the birth of Jesus. One of the traditions of Advent is to light candles for each week before Christmas Eve. This time of waiting allows us to carve out time to be silent in our wait to pray and listen for the voice of God. Many people have an advent calendar and advent candles where we mark off each day during the anticipation of the coming of the Christ child. Candles have traditionally marked our time of expectation and preparation as we note the passing of each week before the celebration of Jesus’ birth. 

The Worship Committee would love to have volunteers videotape lighting their Advent candles and reading a prayer. This is easy to do with a phone and send it to Pastor Connie (pastorconniewe@gmail.com) and to Wes Lewis (wrlewis0706@gmail.com). Please contact Pastor Connie to be sent the prayer for the week that you are recording.  

The worship Committee would love to have volunteers at each of our Sunday in-person services to read a prayer and then light the Advent candles. Please contact Pastor Connie at 970-222-8394 to receive the prayer beforehand and tell her which service you are available to light the Advent candles. 
The advent wreath with candles will be placed to the left of the altar.
Advent and Christmas at King of Glory

You are invited to take quiet time during this Advent season by attending Wednesday in-person worship services at 7 PM in the sanctuary or a virtual dulcimer evening prayer service led by Steve Eulberg and Erin May Lewis, also offered on Wednesdays at 7 PM. The link for the service and the link to down-load the bulletin will be available on King of Glory’s website.

Christmas Eve services, both in-person and virtual are being planned and the actual worship times to be announced. We are excited that a special gift at the services will be “singing”! With the ending of crisis standards of care at area hospitals, a lower community transmission rate, and the ability of children to be vaccinated it will be special to celebrate with song! We are thankful that our music staff and choir members shared the gift of music with us as we listened to the words. We will still require all to be masked while singing.
Book Club - December 4, 2021
For December, this months book is Finding Gobi by: Dion Leonard.

Meeting will be lead by: Jan Colburn
Interested in joining? Please contact Lisa Kraft below!
NOVEMBER COUNCIL CONNECTIONS
The King of Glory Church Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, November 10. Here are November meeting highlights:
 
Financial Report
Income received as of October 31, 2021:                                    $390,078
Income budgeted:                                                                      $362,568
Income Received without the two Paycheck Protection Program Loans: $309,850
The church received two Paycheck Protection Program loans in 2021 for $80,228 added to the total income received.
These loans were part of the Rescue Act passed by Congress to assist businesses and non-profit organizations with revenue shortfalls during the pandemic. These two loans have been forgiven and do not to be repaid.
Actual Expenditures as of October 31, 2021:                               $355,275
Budgeted Expenditures:                                                              $379,835
The expenditures do not include the capital improvement projects which are being funded by the loan from the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA.
We appreciate the careful monitoring of expenses by all of our committees and staff.
We were notified recently that King of Glory is a recipient of a Walking Together grant from the Northwest Intermountain Synod. These funds will be used to assist in outreach ministries in our community. 

The Stewardship Committee continues the focus on 2022 pledges. Thank you to all who have returned pledge commitments and new Time and Talent information. Your timely return of pledge commitments will assist the Council in preparing the budget for 2022. Pledge cards and Time and Talent forms are available in the church.
2021 Holiday Bazaar Update

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the WELCA Bazaar a success. We made close to $10,000. This money funds the quilters, and prayer shawl ministry and women’s projects at KOG and in the community for the coming year.
The day was sunny and the tents gave the event a festive air. Being outside with masks helped us reduce the risk of being gathered. It was so good to see everyone and work together. We sold out of lefse and cookies and sold almost all the crafts and jams. We thank the congregation for all they did. Special thanks to Pat and Shirley, cookie ladies; Anise, Nancy, Tom, Ron and Carolyn Jean, crafts; Sharlene, Lonnie, Becky, Shirley and Charolette; cashiers; Terri, publicity, Lyman, Nick, Joel, Jack, Bob, Jordon, Ron, Mary, Nicki and Pastor Connie, setup; Anise’s friends from the Boise Society of Creative Anachronism for their tent; Greg for overnight security; cookie and fudge makers, jam and bread makers, lefse makers, quilters, gardeners, youth, greeters and sales helpers and Donna Groth’s daughter Caroline for her roadside bagpipe playing. (I’m sorry if I missed anyone!).    
 
Next spring we are planning to set up the tents again for another sale. It will include a Gramma’s attic and Grandpa’s garage, bake sale, spring crafts and gardening goods. Start setting aside possible donations. If you are interested in being on the planning committee, please contact Patty Larson, 208-863-9760. 
We would like to include anyone who wants to be involved . 
 
Mary Kay Tinker, Bazaar chair
Prayer Requests

Prayers for God’s Healing:
Tim Pfankuch, Son of Paul & Bonia Pfankuch.
Louise Moore
Marge Holmquist
 Helen Gregory’s Grandson Andy
Tom & Sharyn Christensen
Nancy Serverson's niece Sabina Severson.
David Fredrich, nephew of Mark Drew

Prayers for Strength and Wholeness:
Nelson Family
Hendershot Family
Helen Gregory & Family after the death of her Grandson , Andy.

Prayers for Unspoken Needs and requests, those whose hurts are too deep to be spoken.

Prayers for all Healthcare Workers, Military, and the family that
surrounds them.

Prayers for Safe Thanksgiving Travel.

Prayers of Thanks for all Gods Blessings.

*Marge Holmquist needs someone to take care of her dog for a few months. Yorkie/Poodle named Jewel. She loves people and is a great companion. Jewel is trained. If you can help, please contact Pastor Connie at: 970-222-8394.

Christian Life Break

It’s Advent break time for the Christian Life Study group who will not meet again until Monday, January 24, 2022 beginning discussion of a new book for the New Year:

Who Will Be A Witness? Igniting Activisim For God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance by Drew Hart offers a vision for the communities of faith to organize for deliverance and justice in their neighborhoods, states, and nation as an essential part of living out the call of Jesus. Hart, a public theologian and profession of theology at Messiah University calls the church to action, offering a way forward that is rooted in the life and witness of Jesus.

Interested in joining a group critiquing strategies the church can use to be a liberating and redemptive force in the world? Purchase the book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

The Christian Life Study group normally meets the first and third Mondays, beginning at 1 PM via Zoom. Questions?—contact Mary Rickerd.
Advent Worship Services
Midweek Services
In-person worship services for Wednesdays:  December 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 7:00 pm. All in-person worship has the requirement of people being vaccinated and wearing a mask over the nose and mouth while in the building. 
 
  • These Midweek in-person services will feature the liturgy called “Mountain Vespers” by Kent Gustavson. This is a beautiful service. Laurann Taylor and Seth McMullen will musically lead this worship. The congregation will listen to the liturgy and follow along with our bulletin. We will reuse the bulletins for each of the 4 Wednesdays in Advent. Our lessons for each Wednesday will be an insert in the bulletins. 
 
  • On-line Wednesday Advent worship (December 1, 8, 15, 22) will be sponsored and led by Steve Eulberg and Erin Mae Lewis. The liturgy is “Dulcimer Evening Prayer” written by Steve Eulberg. These contemplative, 30-40 minute services feature the music of Advent accompanied and led by mountain and hammered dulcimers. 
      The directions to receive the bulletin are:
 
DIRECTIONS:
Click on this Zoom Link
THEN: Register and then you will receive an email that provides you a bulletin on the day of the service.  
Topic: Dulcimer-Friendly Advent Play-Along Service
Time: Dec 1, 2021 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
    Every week on Wed, until Dec 22, 2021, 4 occurrence(s)
    Dec 1, 2021 07:00 PM
    Dec 8, 2021 07:00 PM
    Dec 15, 2021 07:00 PM
    Dec 22, 2021 07:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 839 2376 5598
Passcode: 565057
The meeting ID will remain the same each week.
Please contact Steve (steve@owlmountainmusic.com) if you are interested in reading a lesson during one or more of the services.
 
 
 Sunday In-Person Advent Services
– November 28, December 5, 12 and 19.
  • All in-person worship has the requirement of people being vaccinated and wearing a mask over the nose and mouth while in the building.
  • The Sunday Advent services will include the lighting of the Advent wreath, three lessons from scripture, and an invitation for the congregation to join in the singing of one Advent hymn plus kids message, sermon and liturgy as usual. 
 
  • Christmas Eve On-Line Worship
     On-line worship will include the entire liturgy, and 10 songs sung by the choir. Viewers will be able to sing to their hearts content. 
Songs include: Angels we Have Heard on High, Angels from the Realms of Glory, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Jesus, What a Wonderful Child, Joy to the World, Laurann’s Holy, Love Has Come, O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, Holy Night. 

This service includes members of KOG lighting the Advent Wreath and the Christ candle as well as pictures and video of Christmas Eve scenes. We invite all on-line viewers to have communion bread and wine/juice and a lit candle nearby. 

This service will be sometime between 4 pm – 7 pm on Christmas Eve. More information will come on this.

The advantage of this on-line worship is being able to worship with family and friends who are unvaccinated, the ability to worship without leaving your home and the ability to worship in your pajamas at midnight. 
 
  • Christmas Eve In-Person Worship
December 24 at 7:00 pm
All in-person worship has the requirement of people being vaccinated and wearing a mask over the nose and mouth while in the building.
 
The in-person worship will include congregational singing on three hymns during the service: Away in a Manger, O Little Town of Bethlehem and Silent Night, Holy Night with the candle lighting. 
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Altar Guild is Recruiting…
We need volunteers from both services to join us in this rewarding ministry.  
Please contact:
Shirley Dodson
(208)870-7429 or
Nancy Severson
(208)340-7042 for more information.
Christmas Lefse Pre-Buy Orders
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We will be taking pre-buy orders along with your check or cash starting Sunday, Nov.21st after each service. In order to get your order processed you must pay for your lefse! Our lefse team is only making enough lefse to cover pre-buy orders for Christmas. Last day to pre-buy your order is Dec. 5th. We will distribute your pre-buy orders Sunday, Dec. 12th and Sunday, Dec. 19th in time for your Christmas dinners.
November is Brick Month in the Columbarium
This is a very special way to pay tribute and honor loved ones, especially during the last month of the church year! A $75 donation, payable to the King of Glory Columbarium Garden, will add a brick to the Columbarium Memorial Garden patio. Proceeds from the brick sales assist with the maintenance of the Columbarium Memorial Garden, which operates independently from church funding. The Columbarium Memorial Garden is a separate financial entity of the congregation, supported by the sale of contracts for niches and memorial bricks with no assistance from the General Fund.

Fill out an order form with a check, payable to the King of Glory Columbarium Garden and put in offering plate or send to Church Office. Order forms available at the Columbarium Garden display at the usher’s stand, in the hallway that leads to the Columbarium Memorial Garden or the Information Kiosk in the narthex. A beautiful lasting legacy!
KOG Projects Update!
Great things are happening at King of Glory!
Thanks to the vote of the congregation to approve funding, our much needed building projects have begun. The facelift on the cross is peeling away the old and freshening up the look. On the south side, the sidewalk has been leveled to prevent any trips or falls. And finally, the roof crew is hard at work removing the old roof and putting on new shingles. 

A deposit has been made on the audio/visual project with Neurilink. This will start the process of ordering components and the building a timeline.
We are blessed to be able to give the building the attention it is in need of.
King of Glory Lutheran Church
3430 N. Maple Grove Rd., Boise, ID 83704
208-377-0220
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