News & Notes – December 10

  • Christmas Poinsettias: Today is the last day to sign up for Christmas poinsettias.
  • Christmas Baskets: Today is the last day we will be collecting a free-will offering in the back of the church. We will be delivering baskets for Christmas to some of our members who could use a little extra help at this time of year.
  • The Women’s Bible Study group will meet at 6:30 tonight  for our annual Christmas gathering. Please bring a yummy treat to share and a gift for our gift exchange. All women of the congregation are welcome to attend. Friends are welcome too.
  • MLS Choir: Please join us for the Michigan Lutheran Seminary Concert Choir singing at our church next Sunday, December 17 at 8:00 and 10:30 AM. We are delighted that they will be presenting their program of music at our congregation.
  • Children’s Christmas Service will be next Sunday December 17 at 3:00 PM. Following the service there will be a fellowship gathering with cookies being served.
  • Giving Tree for the Pregnancy Care Center: On the bulletin board across from the Pastors’ offices is a special Giving Tree. The tree is decorated with star shaped ornaments with gift suggestions for helping out the families served by our Pregnancy Care Centers. This is an easy and fun way for your family to get involved with this ministry. Choose whichever ornament you like, purchase the item and place in the collection box located in the secretary’s office. The volunteers at the PCC will combine your gifts of love with God’s Word to help meet both the physical and spiritual needs of the families who come to the Centers for help. Have a blessed Christmas!
  • Caroling: Our annual caroling group will gather at church at 6:30 PM on Friday, December 15. Following caroling, all are invited to the Behnken’s for food and fellowship.
  • Special Offerings: In keeping with the congregation’s custom to use special offerings to support the Lord’s work outside of Good Shepherd, the Voters made the following special service offering (special envelopes and loose offering) designations: Advent Service: Beautiful Savior – LaPorte, IN; Children’s Service and Christmas Eve: Good Shepherd Scholarship Fund; Christmas Day: MLS; New Year’s Eve: Christian Life Resources of Saginaw Valley; Epiphany Service: Crown of Life – Cadillac, MI.

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