A lot is happening This Sunday, November 18th, so put on those particulate masks and come on over! We are having a SINGLE SERVICE AT 10 AM (sorry for shouting, but I wanted to make sure you heard that). It’s Fill the Food Barrel Sunday and it’s also WELCA Thankoffering Sunday – when we celebrate the women of the church and give thanks for all we are blessed with. There are blue envelopes in the pews if you would care to donate to WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) to support all the great work that they do (https://www.womenoftheelca.org/ministry-action). Before the service starts, there will be a Christmas Pageant read-through at 9 am for all you young thespians (more Pageant info below). After the service, we will be having our annual Thanksgiving Potluck in Holland Hall – sure to be enjoyable no matter your stance on the inclusion of marshmallows on sweet potatoes (or, for that matter, whether they’re sweet potatoes or yams [they’re sweet potatoes: https://ncsweetpotatoes.com/pop-quiz-sweet-potato-or-yam/]). Bring your favorite potluck dish. Don’t feel constrained by tradition! After the potluck, there will be a Council Meeting at about 12:15 pm in the Activity Room, where the council will discuss who has dibs on the couch in the Youth Room.
There are also a lot of things that are NOT happening this coming week: There will be no Adult Forum this Sunday, no Sunday School this Sunday or next Sunday, no Tuesday Bible Study or Daytimers’ Luncheon this coming Tuesday, and no Movie Night next Friday. The office will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.
Here, as promised, is the Sunday School and Christmas Pageant schedule for the rest of the year:
- Sun. 11/18: 9 am – 9:45 am: Pageant read-through, No Sunday School (single service)
- Sun.11/25: No rehearsal, No Sunday School
- Sat.12/1: 2 pm – 4 pm: Pageant full rehearsal, 4 pm: Family Advent Night
- Sun. 12/2: 10 am: Pageant read-through w/music followed by short lessons/activities
- Sat. 12/8: 1 pm – 3 pm: Pageant full rehearsal
- Sun. 12/09: 10 am: Pageant between services, No Sunday School
- Sun. 12/16: 10 am: Normal Sunday School
- Sun. 12/23: 10 am: Christmas craft/activity
- Sun. 12/30: No Sunday School (single service)
- Sun. 1/06: 10 am: Normal Sunday School
For those of you who have been breathlessly waiting for the results of the Christmas Pageant casting, here they are:
- The Director — Elizabeth
- The Announcer — Wesley
- The Gumshoe — Katarina
- Shepherds — Nathan, Zoey
- Little Abe — Christopher
- Wise Men — Annelise, Madeline, Elizabeth
- The Angel — Kiersten
- Joseph — Wesley
- Mary — Cassie
- Luke — Marielle
Anyone else who wants to participate in terms of wearing a costume & singing the songs is certainly welcome. Kathleen is looking forward to working with everyone beginning this Sunday at 9 am! (I forget – which Gospel does The Gumshoe appear in?)
On Saturday December 1st, following the Christmas Pageant practice (2 pm – 4 pm) we will be having a Family Advent Night starting at 4 pm. There will be crafts, dinner, activities, and caroling including a visit to a local retirement home. While the carolers are away, we will have the Hanging of the Greens in the sanctuary at 6 pm (sign up to help at the Media Table). Then the carolers will return to HTLC for hot cocoa and tree decorating. Fun for the whole family!
There are still nine tags left on the Angel Tree in the narthex. Don’t let these foster kids be left out! Take a tag and purchase the gift by next Sunday (Nov. 25), or give Cheryl Kuhlmann some bucks or a gift card and she’ll shop for you. And remember to sign up for the Angel Tea on December 8th – all the delectable delights you could want for only $40, all while helping those foster children! (supply your own couch for napping afterward)
I forgot to mention last week that during Sunday School the HTLC youth packed 54 shoeboxes (they were only expecting to do about 10!) with donations of small toys, school supplies, soap and toothbrushes, coloring books, small crafts and other items for Operation Christmas Child. They’ll track them and let you know where they end up. Thanks to the HTLC congregation for supporting the Helping Hands kids with your donations!
See you in church! Hug a Turkey!