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Notes from Sara – November 2019

“Come, ye thankful people come. Raise the song of harvest home. All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin. God our maker doth provide, For the wants to be supplied. Come to God’s own temple, come. Raise the song of harvest home.”

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Ps. 136:1

We are entering our “busy” church season.  Hopefully, the harvests are in and fields semi-prepared for next season’s plantings. Here at LCGS we, too, look forward to a busy season.  November is the month of Thanksgiving.  Hopefully our thanks giving is year round.  On the 17th we’ll not only have our semi-annual congregational meeting but that will be Womens’ Thankoffering Sunday.  We encourage not only the women who are active in Women’s Bible Study and Wednesday Quilting Group but ALL attending and/or reading this to participate in giving to support the quilting.  You will read and hear about the work of the quilters and just how many quilts have been given away not just to needy and shut ins but particularly to the all day pre-schoolers and Cheryl Johnson will have on display some of the quilts and the thank yous from the various teachers and children.  Following the 10:30 service will be our ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER. A “crew” will prepare the mashed potatoes, gravy and dressing and are asking that attendees provide either a vegetable, salad or dessert.  There will be a FREE WILL OFFERING to defray the expenses of the turkey and trimmings. Let’s have a big turn out to share our thanks with one another.

We are announcing the annual Cookie Walk and Craft Sale will be on Saturday,  December 7th this year. This is the major source of funding for the quilts.  If you bake cookies and are willing to help, contact Millie Kruse and let her know. If you make crafts of any kind, Jackie Posekany is the person to contact.  I know that just about any craft is acceptable.

We hope you all have the opportunity to be with family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday AND WE ESPECIALLY hope that with the summer/fall/sports, camping and vacation seasons over that we will see more of you at our services. We have missed you, especially the younger people and the Sunday School Children.

Right after Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 30th we will be decorating the church for Advent/Christmas.  That is a fun time to enjoy getting together to prepare our church for these seasons. If some can come and put up the “big” sanctuary tree ahead of that day, let the church office know. Also,this will be the last year for Sara’s Tree and I thank Ken and Carla Horner in advance for volunteering to put it up and decorate with my special Christmas pals.  “Pick a Pal to keep and bring back tagged item”. You can help the church with various supplies and have some fun doing it. Ken and Carla have also volunteered to continue the tree in future years. 

December first is also the first day of Advent. That is a day of celebration with the traditionalHanging of the Greens Service.  We enjoy seeing and hearing the many participants, especially the children,  welcoming the season. Won’t you join us in the four weeks in preparing for the coming of Christ?

WE NEED AND WANT YOU!  We want to hear the noise and singing of the children down stairs and more from a fuller sanctuary not only for these coming seasons but every week. Many have yet to meet Travis, our new Pastor. The upcoming days are good times to make that acquaintance. Wishing you an appreciative Thanksgiving and a joyous Advent season.

We are one in the Spirit; We are one in the Lord. We are one in the Spirit; We are one in the Lord, And we pray that all unity may one day be restored: And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love; Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. By this all people shall know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.  John 13:34

Sara Downs

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