Good News, 12-21-2011

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” (C. S. Lewis)

Saturday Dec. 24
Children and Family worship at 5 pm
Candlelight and Communion at 10 pm

Sunday Dec. 25
Worship at 9:30 am Please invite friends and family!

Special Request: If you have Bells (of any size or sound) please bring them to worship with you on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s!

The Christmas Pageant Rehearsal is this Thursday at 6:00 pm. Expect a wonderful Christmas Gift from our kids and Youth Group.

Thanks to all who contributed to our Giving Tree Gifts for Families in need. Over $1100 was presented for our Partnership Families in Laurel Galan, Nicaragua and Lwamondo Parish in Venda, South Africa. The staff at Shelter, Inc. was delighted by all the gifts for the homeless families whom they and we serve.

And thanks to our Youth Group for the Snowman Soup, to Margit Johansson for the Glogg, to Greg Grebe and all who formed the Tree Decorating Party, to Alexei Griesbach for his guitar music, to the chorus for the Magnificat, to Bill Carmel for his painting “Spark”, and Richard Caemmerer for “Corona – the Pregnant Cosmos”.

A word from Seminarian Brenda Bos:

I am going home to Los Angeles on Friday, December 16 and will be there through the month of January. Several years ago the ELCA made a commitment to multi-culturalism, and as part of that commitment, seminarians are required to have a “cross-cultural immersion” where we live among people from a different culture for three weeks. In January I will spend 4 days with an African American family in Los Angeles and worship in their Lutheran congregation, then spend 2 1/2 weeks with a Spanish-speaking family, worship in their Lutheran church and experience Los Angeles from their perspective. I look forward to reporting back to Peace and know I will miss you all while I am gone. Joyous Christmas! Brenda

Additional Blessing: Seminarian John Brett, a first year student at PLTS Seminary, has been assigned to work at Peace as our second Teaching Parish seminarian. John will begin working with us in February of next year. Look forward to meeting and working with him.

The Winter Solstice arrives on the 21st – the darkest night of the year. This is a precious time to Walk the Labyrinth and absorb the Peace Mosaic with open eyes and heart. (Can you guess which Mandala is in the center now?) Invite family and friends to walk the labyrinth and/or worship with you this Christmas.

Epiphany Open House: Bev and I and the Church Council invite you to our home on January 8 from 1 – 4 pm. You can join us for Jazz at Peace afterwards if you wish.

Advent Blessings, Pr. Steve