December Calendar

December 2014

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Elder of the Month

Emily Tewes

(920) 246-2478

1

930am Candle Making

530pm Fund Raising Committee Meeting

630pm Elders Meeting

2

1230pm Decorate @ Heritage Hill

3

930am Bible Study

6pm Hand Bells

645pm Choir

4

5pm Worship Ministry Committee

630pm Joshua Mental Health Mtg.

5

Office Closed

6

8am Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

7 2nd Sunday of Advent

9am Worship

Holy Communion

1015am Sunday School

1115am Child. Chime

Christmas Caroling

8

930am Candle Making

725pm Packer Home Game

9

630pm CEC Mtg.

10

930am Bible Study

6pm Hand Bells

645pm Choir

11

6pm Crafter’s

12

Office Closed

13

1pm Choir Sings @ Heritage Hill

14 3rd Sunday of Advent

9am Worship

Ministry of the Month

1015am Sunday School

1115am Child. Chime

15

530pm Trustee Meeting

Pastor Marian at Western District Conference

16

17

930am Bible Study

6pm Hand Bells

645pm Choir

18

5pm Joshua 11 x 15

19

Office Closed

20

10am Sunday School Program Practice

Newsletter Deadline

21 1st Day of Winter

4th Sunday of Advent

9am Worship

Joyful Noise Offering

Sunday School Program

No Sunday School

430pm NEW Meal

22

23

24

Christmas Eve

5:00pm

Candlelight & Lovefeast

7:30pm

Candlelight & Lovefeast

25

26

Office Closed

27

8am Loaves & Fishes

28

9am Worship

No Sunday School

*Noon Packer Home Game

(Time of game may change)

29

9:00am – 9:00pm

West Side Unity Prayer Watch

Pastor Marian on vacation

30

31 New Year’s Eve

No Bible Study

1 January

Office Closed

2

Office Closed

3

8am Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

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Unity Prayer Watch ~ December 29th

The Unity Prayer Watch has its roots in the Renewed Moravian Church of the 1700′s. The group in Herrnhut, Germany believed that God was seeking to work through their community. They set about to keep a “holy watch” over their congregation through intercessory prayer.

In 1957 the Unity Prayer Watch was installed as a worldwide prayer chain within the Moravian Church. This continues uninterrupted throughout the world wide church. It is an opportunity open our hearts in prayer the world-wide community we share and seek God’s continued guidance.

Our invitation to share in the prayer watch is Monday, December 29th and we ask that you sign up on the office bulletin board to pray. There are sheets with prayer suggestions that you can take by the sign-up sheet.

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Unity Prayer Watch

West Side Moravian Unity Prayer Watch

~ December 29th ~

The Unity Prayer Watch has its roots in the Renewed Moravian Church of the 1700′s. The group in Herrnhut, Germany believed that God was seeking to work through their community. They set about to keep a “holy watch” over their congregation through intercessory prayer.

In 1957 the Unity Prayer Watch was installed as a worldwide prayer chain within the Moravian Church. This continues uninterrupted throughout the world wide church. It is an opportunity open our hearts in prayer the world-wide community we share and seek God’s continued guidance.

Our invitation to share in the prayer watch is Monday, December 29th and we ask that you sign up on the office bulletin board to pray. There are sheets with prayer suggestions that you can take by the sign-up sheet.

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Ministry of the Month

Wow! Different ministries have been featured on the second Sunday of every month for almost a year now. Hopefully, as you listen to the descriptions of the various ministries, you will consider joining some of the wonderful people who serve our congregation and the surrounding community in so many Christ-like ways. Thanks to the CEC members and the Candlemakers who shared insights about their ministries during the months of October and November. Check out their temporary digital photos in the fellowship hall while the ministry scrapbook is being updated.

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Photo Directory Update

Slow and steady work continues on a new directory. Jim Huss and Alexis Srenaski are available to take your picture after all services. No appointments are necessary. However, if you wish to have a “sitting” after the Sunday School program, or on Christmas Eve, prior contact with Jim would be appreciated. He can be reached at 434-3674 or leave a voicemail message on his cell at 819-0842.

If you are unable to attend any services in the near future, give Jim a call. He is available during the day, as well as most evenings, for gathering additional photos. Shut-ins are welcome to contact him as well, if you have a preferred time to have him visit to take your picture.

It’s a fact that many people don’t like to have their picture taken, but please, PLEASE consider helping the Directory committee achieve a 100% participation rate. Your immediate family, of course, knows who you are, but not everyone else is able to always put the proper name with the appropriate face. An all-inclusive directory would be very helpful to these people. Because this is an “in-house” project, there is no cost involved. Committee member Paul Nelson is currently compiling the pictures and information sheets that have already been submitted into a format that will eventually be printed for interested congregation members prior to our 165th Anniversary next fall.

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Worship Service Ministry

The committee on worship service wishes to thank all those who returned a survey indicating their areas of interest. Schedules are currently being developed for liturgists, scripture readers, greeters, and ushers, with an implementation date of January 4th in mind. Completed schedules will be mailed to all participants in mid December. Please feel free to approach committee members Bill Madden, Jim Huss, Emily Tewes, Mary Schlader, Kailyn Schlader, and Pastor Marian with any questions or concerns about the new procedure

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Stewardship Musings

As we come to December there are many ways to live generously. We invite you to consider how this spirit of generosity can be shared in your church community.

We are invited to share our time generously in worship as this is a gift we lift up to our God. We are invited to generous sharing of time with church community and extending our own talents to build up the community. We are invited to share time in service within and without the church walls. We are also invited to share generously of our financial resources. Consider your year-end giving in light of the deficit we carry in our budget and the special roof project. In all things within and without the church community prayerfully consider how you can share in a spirit of generosity this December.

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Joshua News

Thank you to all who brought items for the JOSHUA Silent Auction and those who shared in our 10th Anniversary Banquet. As we progress through December and into 2015 we are continuing work on prison reform with the 11×15 committee, on mental health concerns with our Mental Health Task Force, and civil rights of immigrants with the Migration Advocacy Network. We invite you to be part of these task forces and this justice work into 2015. If you would like more information talk to Judy Winney or Pastor Marian.

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Contribution Guidelines

Checks written in December 2014 and deposited in church offering in December 2014………… Report for 2014

Checks written in December 2014 and deposited in church offering in January 2015….… Report for 2015

Checks written and deposited in church offering in January 2015 but “backdated” to December 2014…………….Report for 2015

Checks written and deposited in church offering in December 2014 but “post-dated” to January 2015…Report for 2015

Checks written in December 2014 and deposited in the mail and postmarked in December 2014 but not received by Church until January 2015………….Report for 2014

Checks written in December 2014 and deposited in the mail in December 2014, but not postmarked until January 2015 and not received by the church until January 2015…………….. Report for 2015

Important: To ensure the deductibility of your church contributions, please do not file your 2014 income tax return until you know you have received a written acknowledgment of your contributions from the church. Some of your contributions may not be tax-deductible if you file your tax return before receiving a written acknowledgment of your contribution from the church.

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Bible Study and Adult Study

Wednesday Morning Share in a time of fellowship, prayer and Bible study on Wednesday mornings from 9:30am-11am. The focus is on the biblical texts of Advent. We will meet Wednesdays December 3rd and 10th. No Bible Study on December 17th, 24th, or 31st.

Advent Devotionals are available at the entrance to the sanctuary. There are several to choose from for individuals and family daily devotions during this Holy Season.

Sunday Mornings Adult Bible Study There is an Adult Bible Study that meets in lounge after worship at 10:15am. We will consider the Scriptures share on Sunday morning and incorporate some spiritual practices that may be helpful in one’s daily prayer life.

In January we will be sharing a study from the Wisconsin Council of Churches called “Hunger at Our Doorstep” regarding hunger issues and income inequality in Wisconsin

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