Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services
On Christmas Eve, (Wednesday) the Sunday School will present their service entitled “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!”
beginning at 6:30pm. The service will again close with the traditional hymn of “Silent Night,” followed by the darkening of the church in preparation to sing “The Lord’s Prayer” by children and congregation. Our Christmas Day service, “The Miracle of Christmas – God Became
on Thursday will begin at 9:30am. Pastor Roekle will be preaching and the choir will be singing. Please join us! Bring a friend!
Hymn of the Week
You are encouraged to take home a copy of The Hymn of the Week devotion, which is located at the top of the stairs for your personal meditation at home. If you need to take a hymnal home, please do so, but remember to bring it back this week for worship.
2015 Budget Approved
The proposed church budget for 2015 was approved as amended, at the Congregational Voters’ meeting held this past Thursday, December 18th. Copies of the approved budget are available in the north tower room. If you would like a copy emailed to you, please contact the church office at email@example.com to request one.
A Look Ahead to New Year’s Eve
Ring in the New Year with Jesus by attending our New Year’s Eve service on Wednesday, December 31st. The service is scheduled to begin at 6:00pm so that you are able to get to other celebrations held on this night. Plan to attend prior to your other engagements!
2015 Contribution Envelopes
The 2015 contribution envelopes have arrived. You will find your packet in your church mailbox. (Multiple packets for family members can be found on the table in the church library.) For our record keeping purposes, please do not
use these envelopes until 2015 as a few envelope numbers have changed. A new category was added to the envelopes for the “4 Steps” debt reduction program that was presented at the 165th anniversary breakfast. If you’re interested in giving to the “4 Steps” program yet this year (2014), please use the “Other” category and write “4 Steps” in the blank. At the start of 2015, you may use the new category “4 Steps” which is printed on the new envelopes. These funds will be used to pay off our loan debt.
36 Hours of Christmas Sponsored by WELS Groups
WELS congregations, schools and groups in SE Wisconsin & northern Illinois, including First Evan, are again sponsoring the 36 Hours of Christmas on WRJN, 1400 AM. The continuous Christmas music begins at noon on Dec. 24th & continues for 36 hours. The WELS groups are the sole sponsors of the Christmas music mix and have a brief message every hour on the hour. Sponsoring
ongregations, schools and groups will be identified every fifteen minutes. Please tune in and listen! Make a note of the new channel this year; it is on WRJN, 1400 AM. (For those who wish to listen online, go to www.wrjn.com.)
Worship Service Recordings on DVDs
Please be reminded that our worship services are recorded onto DVDs by our teens. Tim and Jan Weidner make several copies and distribute them accordingly so our shut-in members who request these copies receive them. Paper copies of all sermons are also available and may be emailed, put into your church mailbox or mailed to your home. If you or someone you know would like to start receiving these DVDs or copies of the sermons, please notify the church office -firstname.lastname@example.org or 633-8267.
Are you interested in walking in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul? A 10 day tour of Greece, including a 3 day Mediterranean cruise is scheduled for October 19-25, 2015. The tour is being hosted by Pastor Gene Kock. See such places as Kavala, Philippi, Thessaloniki, Meteora, Athens, Corinth, Mars Hill & much more. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Roekle at email@example.com.
Taste of Shoreland Volunteer Meeting
The Taste of Shoreland (a dinner and auction which raises thousands of dollars for tuition assistance) will be held on April 25, 2015 at Shoreland Lutheran High School. Many volunteers are needed for this event. Please contact Joy Lee in the Mission Advancement office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help. There will be a volunteer meeting on Tuesday, January 20th at 6pm at Shoreland LHS
Please Consider a Gift to the Organ Fund
Please be reminded that we have an organ fund needed to rebuild our existing organ or to purchase a new one. We encourage you to contribute to this fund whenever possible. To make a contribution, you may do so along with your regular offering. On your offering envelope, simply write “organ fund” with the amount you are contributing in the category marked “other”. There is already a substantial amount of money in the fund, but we anticipate that we will need a sizable amount in addition.
Member Assistance Reminder
Keep in mind that a group has been set up to help if members ever find themselves in need of necessities such as food, clothing, etc. If you are in need, you can contact the Member Assistance Team (MAT) for help. Either send an email to email@example.com or drop a written request in the locked dropbox in the church library with your name and contact information. Also, if you would like to be included among those members who are notified when donations are needed, please contact the MAT at the email address listed above.