This Sunday, December 23rd, is the 4th Sunday of Advent and Lutheran Loose Change Sunday. It’s also Sermon-in-Song Sunday, when the Choir takes over the Message slot at both services with a mini-concert of sorts. This year, each of the songs is told from the point of view of a person from the Christmas story. I call it “Christmas: A First-Person Perspective” (rejected titles: “Christmas: This Time It’s Personal” and “Christmas: What Were They Thinking?”). If you think that’s a bit of a stretch for a theme, just wait until next year’s “Carols with Dangling Participles!”
If you signed up to bring poinsettias, please remember to get them to the church by 10 am Monday morning (bring ‘em this Sunday!). Even if you didn’t sign up, you can still bring poinsettias, you just won’t get credit for it in the bulletin (if that’s something that’s really important to you). They can be any color or size. Just drop them off in the Activity Room, write your name on one of the provided sticks and stick them in your poinsettias. That way, you can know which ones are yours when it comes time to take them home – any time after the 9 pm Christmas Eve service, please. And no swapping sticks with the big, healthy poinsettias (I’m surprised you even thought of such a thing!).
Christmas Eve Services will be at 5 pm and 9 pm, with candle lighting, familiar carols, and special music. Bring your friends and relatives (that’s not necessarily mutually exclusive). You can point out the big, healthy poinsettia and tell them it’s yours (they can’t read the sticks from the pews, anyway). Randy and Vicky Kuhlmann will have their usual Inter-Service Nosh at their home between the services, so you don’t even have to cook! I’m sure directions will be provided (right, Randy?).
We will be having a single 10 am service on Sunday, December 30th. We will forego our usual “Service of Lessons and Carols,” which tells the whole story from Advent to Epiphany, in favor of some special Christmas readings from Pastor Tim and Meg Ehmann interspersed with whatever Christmas carols we didn’t get to sing on Christmas Eve (I’m shaking out the hymnals to see what’s left). Our usual two-service schedule with Sunday School and Adult Forum resumes the following week on January 6th (Epiphany!).
The Church Office will be closed on Christmas Day and maybe Christmas Eve, probably New Year’s Day and possibly other days in the next couple of weeks. Just call first to make sure the person you want to pester is actually there.
Arriving in January: Stewardship 2019! Due to the poor organizational skills of Erik Holland, this is a Stewardship program nearly two years in the making and is only coming together now due the creativity of Meg Ehmann and the support of other Stewardship Committee members. The program will provide an opportunity to highlight all that is done at Holy Trinity, in the surrounding community, and all the other gifts we share with the church. Pastor Tim described his anticipation by saying “If Holland is in charge of this, I will get excited about it when I actually see it.” Please be sure to spend some time the next few weeks thinking about the gifts that you have shared and may share in the future with HTLC.
The previous self-deprecating paragraph was written by Erik Holland himself (I just didn’t want you to think I was that hard on him [this time]).
See you in church! Merry Christmas!
(Yes, I know it’s still technically Advent – please don’t notify the Liturgical Police!)