WEEKLY E-MESSENGER FROM REFORMATION LUTHERAN CHURCH

 

For the Week Beginning December 8, 2017

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 p.m. Evening Prayer during Advent followed by a bible study

 

Thank you everyone who ordered a Poinsettia for the altar for Christmas Eve. We now have 35 poinsettia ordered and can take no more orders.

 

HANDBELL REHEARSALS

Handbell rehearsals for Christmas Eve have begun and you are WANTED!

Rehearsals are Sundays after worship; no experience necessary!! Please see Kevin or Lorraine Cotter for more information

WEDNESDAY EVENING WORSHIP

During Advent we will hold our Wednesday evening prayer services at 7 p.m. (12/6, 12/13, & 12/20) followed by a study with Pastor Matt.  Evening prayer is approximately 30 minutes and the study is about an hour.  Can’t make it all – that’s ok! Come when you can and stay for the as long as you can – can’t make the prayer service, you can still come to the study – we want you! You are welcome!!!

 

PRAYER LISTS/REQUESTS

 

As we began our new church year, we too began our new prayer lists.  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 (reformationwlb@gmail.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).

 PRAYER REQUESTS

 Baby Arabella, Wally Colmorgan, Amanda Ferraro, Don Keller, Joe Lombardo, Beth Nilsson, John Powlesland, Glen Robinson, Joyce Taylor

Christian Sympathy to the family and friends of Donna Ramistella, Debbie Keszler’s niece, and Ruth Mullany, Edie Jansen’s Aunt and Godmother

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES AT REFORMATION

Sunday, Dec. 10th – Northern Cluster Choir’s Christmas Cantata at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16th – Dress rehearsal for the Christmas program at 2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16th – Parents “Time Out” babysitting event from 4-6

Monday, Dec. 18th – Greening of the Church for Christmas at 6:30 p.m. – Come help us decorate the church!! All are invited – kids, adults, men, women – everyone!!

Saturday, Dec. 23rd – On Saturday, Dec. 23rd at 5 p.m. we will have a special service of Holy Communion acknowledging the struggles many face at this time of year while trusting God’s shepherding love for us.

 

Sunday, Dec. 24th – Decorate the altar after worship with the poinsettia we are all ordering – form is below.  We’ve ordered 30 and so far have 21 taken – it’s not too late – order yours today!! The order form is below.

Sunday, Dec. 24th – Ushers needed for both the 4 and 9:30 services. Please see Curt Aussicker or Craig Munson.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN THE COMMUNITY

Friday, December 8 – German Christmas Service at Luther Memorial Church, 818 Tinton Ave., Tinton Falls at 7:30 (that’s tonight!)

Sunday, December 10th – 2017 NJSYO Winter Concert at 1:30 p.m. at the Middletown High School South. Tickets are $15 and are available through the Middletown Arts Center.  See the flyer on the kiosk for more details.

Sunday, Dec. 17th – Monmouth Civic Chorus to perform their annual Christmas concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank at 4 p.m.

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

On this Sunday, December 10th at 3:30 The Northern Cluster Choir will be performing Sing Joy to All the World by Lloyd Larsen followed by refreshments in the gathering area.  There will also be a free-will offering taken to help offset the costs of the Northern Cluster Choir. Pat VanBenthuysen also needs help with refreshments for this concert.