Our Savior’s this week:
  • Thank you to all who helped with Altar Guild cleaning/polishing and decorating the sanctuary. All is certainly looking festive as we look toward the end of the Advent season and Christmas coming. Reminder of worship services: December 24, 10:00 am, Advent 4 worship with Holy Communion, December 24, 4:00 pm, Youth and Family worship with Holy Communion (all children invited to participate in the telling of the birth of Jesus, and youth and family invited to play in the band – any questions, please contact Ellen Forslund), and December 24, 10:00 pm, Candlelight worship with Holy Communion. Come and worship.
  • 2018 Giving Envelopes are available on Sunday, December 18, in the back of the sanctuary. Please take yours home with you. If envelopes for you are missing, please let Emily know in the church office.
  • Young at Heart will meet Monday, December 18, at 1:00 pm in Lunde Hall for a Christmas Journey across Europe with Rick Steves. Bring a small plate of your own Christmas Treat to share as we enjoy our trip.
  • Martha Circle will meet for dinner at Perkins on Monday, December 18, at 5:00 pm.
Upcoming Meetings/Studies/Fun: (A busy couple of weeks with lots of opportunities to be involved!)
  • Wednesday, 12/13: Bible Study, noon
  • Thursday, 12/14: Human Concerns, 7:00 am (Bill and Judy's home), Ladies Let's Do Lunch, 11:45 am (City Bar)
  • Sunday, 12/17: Worship with Holy Communion, 10:00 am, Youth/Family Band rehearsal for Christmas Eve Family Worship, follows worship (Sunshine Room), Fellowship follows worship
  • Monday, 12/18: Young at Heart, 1:00 pm, Martha Circle Dinner, 5:00 pm (Perkins), Executive Committee, 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 12/20: HS Youth 6:15am at Schulte’s, Men’s Square 7:00am at JB’s, Bible Study, noon, Council 7:00pm

    Scripture for Sunday, 12/17: Psalm 33:13–22; Romans 8:18–25; Luke 1:67–79

    Scripture for Sunday, 12/24 (10:00 am): Psalm 96; 1 John 3:1–3; Luke 1:26–38

    About the ELCA: What is the ELCA about? Who are we as a denomination and a people of faith? For the next several weeks, I am sharing from the article "Freed in Christ to serve the neighbor" by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni in the October, 2017, LivingLutheran magazine: "Global Church Sponsorship [http://elca.org/globalchurch] supports long–term missionaries; the YAGM [Young Adults in Global Mission] program; ministry projects by global partners, such as new church buildings and training workshops; and an international women leaders' initiative that provides scholarships to women for ELCA seminaries and undergraduate programs."

    Prayer for the week: Almighty God, bring forth your hope in us as we wait for the fullness of your reign. Amen.

    Prayer requests for Pastor Anna. If there is a request you would like Pastor Anna to include in her personal daily prayers, please call 836–7464 or send an email to pastor@oslcgreatfalls.org