WEEKLY E-MESSENGER FROM THE LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REFORMATION
For the Week Beginning December 7, 2018
Second Sunday of Advent
THE WEEK AT REFORMATION
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. Service of Holy Communion
Sunday – 9:30 a.m. Service of Holy Communion
Wednesday – 10 a.m. Eucharist followed by Prayer Ministry
Wednesday – 7:00 p.m. Midweek Worship and Faithful Conversation
Sunday, Dec. 9th – St. Nick will be visiting during the children’s sermon and afterwards in SCS
This weekend – We hope to have out annual Christmas ornaments up on the bulletin board in the gathering area by this weekend. We’ve had a tradition here at Reformation for many years now where ornaments are made and members can “purchase”, for a donation, an ornament to take home for their tree. The proceeds from this “sale” is donated to our fund specifically to refurbish the SCS wing windows. Please consider purchasing one of these unique and beautiful Chrismon ornaments created by Lorraine Cotter and Sue Homza.
Wednesday, Dec. 12th – WELCA’s annual Christmas gathering is a luncheon this year next Wednesday at 12 noon. All the women of the congregation are invited. This event is catered and there is a signup sheet on the kiosk so Norma will know how to order the food. There is a nominal cost to cover the luncheon
Wednesday, Dec. 12TH and 19TH at 7:00 p.m. we will gather for a Service of Evening Prayer and Holy Communion followed by a “faithful conversation” on praying with the saints in Advent
Thursday, Dec. 13th – “Greening” of the Church – come and help us decorate the church for our Christmas season. We’ll be starting at about 6:30 and the more the merrier!~! Many hands make for light work!!
Sundays during Advent – SCS Pageant rehearsals during 2nd half of SCS with Pastor Matt and Julia Homza;
Handbell rehearsals every Sunday following worship at 11
Bible study continues on Sundays during Advent
Details on all these events are in the monthly newsletter sent out at the end of November
This year during Advent why not try something new? The book of Luke has 24 Chapters and tells the story of Jesus’ life. Read one chapter per night in December and wake up Christmas morning knowing why we celebrate the King of Kings. And, please consider doing the REVERSE Advent Calendar below where you gather a food item each day of Advent and bring the box of collected to food to church on Christmas Eve for the food pantry.
Hard copies of this flyer are on the round wooden table in the gathering area.
If you have someone on the prayer list and you would like them to remain on the prayer list for the new church year, please call (732-229-9180), email (email@example.com) or leave a note on Debbie’s desk. Please remember, unless otherwise asked, we will put your loved ones name on the weekly spoken prayer list for 4 weeks and then they will remain on the prayer list below and in the monthly messengers indefinitely (until you let us know we can remove them).
Amy Appleton, Joann Angellia, Linda Brady, Diane Clarke, Joe Clarke, Joy Crane, Isabella Downer, Bill Eidenire, Betty Errigo, Dave Fieltsch, Laurie Geckeler, Diane Kanach, Don Keller, Alan Keszler, Kathy Meyer, Mary Presley, Bonnie Skolnik, Helen Shiffler, Jeff Sperling, Annelene Zimmermann
We’ll soon be putting together our 2019 Church Directory. Please check the current directory and send any necessary changes for your information to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don’t assume we have any changes. We try to make the directory as accurate as possible but we do make mistakes from time to time. Thank you!
DETAILS ON UPCOMING EVENTS LISTED ABOVE:
TODAY: 2018 HOLIDAY BAZAAR AT THE LONG BRANCH SENIOR CENTER – Friday, 12/7 from 10-2 the Long Branch Senior Center will be hosting their annual holiday bazaar, bake sale, and auction. Breakfast and lunch will also be available to purchase. All proceeds will benefit their center programs.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT “Sounds of Christmas” concert at Colts Neck Reformed Church on Sunday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m. All are invited to this free concert! 139 Rt. 537 Colts Neck NJ
“Greening” of the Church
On Thursday evening, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. all are invited to join us in decorating the sanctuary and narthex for Christmas. Many hands make for light work! Please see Craig Munson if you have any questions.
CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS FOR MEMBERS OF REFORMATION
We are again continuing the project that Pat Zweig began many, many years ago. There will be a display of ornaments in the gathering area hanging on the bulletin board with our Advent display. This year’s ornaments were created by Lorraine Cotter. They promise to be unique and beautiful depictions of Chrismons. Chrismons decorate our large tree on the altar each year. “Chrismon” is a combination of the words “Christ” and “monogram,” and means “symbols of Christ.” Chrismons are traditionally gold and white, representing majesty and purity. Ornaments may be purchased (for a donation) and taken home to decorate your tree right away. There will be envelopes and a donation box next to the bulletin board in the gathering area for your donation. Please make checks out to Reformation Lutheran Church. The donations will continue to be used for the West Wing Window Project.
Please see Lorraine Cotter with any questions as she has again taken on this project for us for 2018!
WELCA Christmas Luncheon
Wednesday, December 12
12 noon in the Great Room
$10.00 per person
Sign up on Kiosk
PLEASE SEE NORMA BEATY FOR MORE INFORMATION!!
R E V E R S E
EACH DAY ADD AN ITEM TO A BOX.
ON CHRISTMAS EVE DONATE THE CONTENTS TO OUR PANTRY
December 1 – box of cereal; Read Luke Chap. 1
December 2 – peanut butter; Read Luke Chap. 2
December 3 – jar of jelly; Read Luke Chap. 3
December 4 – boxed potatoes; Read Luke Chap. 4
December 5 – mac & cheese; Read Luke Chap. 5
December 6 – canned fruit; Read Luke Chap. 6
December 7 – tomato sauce; Read Luke Chap. 7
December 8 – canned tuna; Read Luke Chap. 8
December 9 – dessert mix; Read Luke Chap. 9
December 10 – applesauce; Read Luke Chap. 10
December 11 – kidney beans; Read Luke Chap. 11
December 12 – baby food; Read Luke Chap. 12
December 13 – canned beans; Read Luke Chap. 13
December 14 – black beans; Read Luke Chap. 14
December 15 – rice; Read Luke Chap. 15
December 16 – oatmeal; Read Luke Chap. 16
December 17 – package pasta; Read Luke Chap. 17
December 18 – pasta sauce; Read Luke Chap. 18
December 19 – can of soup; Read Luke Chap. 19
December 20 – tomato soup; Read Luke Chap. 20
December 21 – can corn; Read Luke Chap. 21
December 22 – can peas; Read Luke Chap. 22
December 23 – can carrots; Read Luke Chap. 23
December 24 – green beans; Read Luke Chap. 24