Our Chancel flowers are donated to the Glory of God by Joan and Jim Riley in honor of son Michael’s birthday. Happy Birthday!
Our missionaries who spread the gospel throughout the world are sponsored to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for their service by Charlie Kramer.
We learned yesterday that the dove hanging from the handle was made from wreckage of the Haitian earthquake by a local artisan. Beauty transformed from destruction.
Attendance 11/24/13: 8:30-25, 9:15-20, 11:00-135
General Fund $4,581,05 Facilities Support $84.00 God’s Pantry $485.00
Thanks to those serving this week: Hospitality Team—8:30 Tom and Sandy Wise, 11:00 Perry & Denise McKain, Paul Anderson, Eric Pilkenton, Nancy Rogers; Lay Assistant—8:30 Sonny Patrick, 11:00 Melody Oliver; Acolyte – 11:00 Bobby Casey; Counters – Janet Olsen, Brenda and Gary Safrit
The church office is open 9 until 12 and 1 until 3.
THIS WEEK AT LCOS – 1st SUNDY OF ADVENT – 8:30 Holy Communion, 9:15 Emergent Worship, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Holy Communion, 12:00 Hanging of the Greens party; MON – 6:00 SMART meeting, 7:30 Jubilate Handbells; WED – 9:15 Chapel for Day School, 11:00 Kairos Bible Study, 6:30 Advent Worship 7:00 Fellowship Board, 7:30 Choir; THURS – 10:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry, 7:00 Basket Guild, 7:00 CKCC; FRI – FH reserved – 6:00 Babysitting fund raiser, 6:00 Girl Scouts; SAT – 9:30 WELCA, Club 456, FH reserved/TOAD dinner, 4:00 Praise Band Practice; SUN, DEC 8 – 2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT - 8:30 Worship, 9:15 Emergent Worship, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Worship, 12:30 Council Meeting, 3:00 LCY Planning Meeting
This week, we remembered in our prayers: Will Anderson, Adam Cerniglia, Brandon Field, Michael Ferunden and Kevin McKeen serving in the military, George Finkelstein, Dorothy Rimer, and Shelton Rimer who are coping with illness and our friends Tom Arcuri, Pat & Judy Kenney, Bill & Judy Jordan, Matt Thomas, and Bradley Cade & family. We pray that God’s comfort and healing be upon our members, friends, and all caregivers.
Our Golden Group and friends will travel to Myrtle Beach Monday through Thursday this week. We pray for their safe travel.
Our prayers are with Judy Wilkins as she mourns the death of her brother-in-law Cary Anderson and with Ramona Hopper as she mourns the death of her father. May these families and all who mourn find comfort in the power and the promise of the resurrection.
ALL are invited to come to the Hanging of the Greens party and potluck lunch today following the 11:00 worship service. Help us decorate our chancel for the holiday season!
Many thanks to our LCOS elves who begin today sorting out cards we bring for other members. BE SURE to check EACH WEEK for greetings left for you!!
KAIROS Bible study will resume this Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
Midweek Advent worship will be held WEDNESDAY evenings at 6:30.
MOMS AND DADS – take advantage of babysitting services here FRIDAY evening beginning at 6 p.m. Get some holiday preparations complete – or take a nap! Proceeds will benefit this summer’s Lutheroad experience for kids.
WELCA Bible Study will meet Saturday, December 7th at 9:30 a.m. The morning and evening groups will meet together for study and then go out to lunch. ALL ladies – come and bring your friends!
Saturday night the 7th , Therapeutic Outdoor Adventures (TOAD) will hold a fund raising spaghetti supper in our Fellowship Hall. Will George – Pat’s son – has started this non-profit which is dedicated to taking those living with special needs on super awesome outdoor adventures. See Pat for details! We hope you will come out and participate!
The charts for flower donors and missionary sponsors for 2014 are now in the narthex. Sign up now to reserve your weeks! Flowers are billed directly to you by Drake’s Florist. Cost per week for the two bouquets delivered to the church is approximately $75. Missionary sponsorship is only $25 for a week and you are asked to submit your donation with your weekly offering.
Pick up your copy of a daily devotional book (available in regular or large print) and the SC Lutheran and national Lutheran magazines in the narthex!
Gifts of Hope, a Synod Social ministry program offering alternative gift-giving, will enable us to purchase unique gifts costing $10 to $80 which truly reflect the gift God gave us, God’s Son Jesus Christ. Needs throughout our Synod and the world are great, so take this opportunity to “Give Hope” this Christmas season. The Gifts of Hope catalog IS AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX! Call the church office with any questions 244-2836.
Be An Angel! Tis the Christmas Season!
Our Angel tree is in the narthex. This year, your gifts will benefit the children in our After School Program. Pick a name and don't forget to put your names by the child's name whose ornament you select. We ask that gifts do not exceed $35. LCOS members are encouraged to partner up so that the expense to you is minimal. We hope to see as many members as possible playing Santa to our after school children. Presents should be wrapped or placed in decorative bags under tissue paper and placed under the tree. You should put your presents under the tree as soon as you can. All presents should be under the tree by no later than Sunday, Dec. 15. The children will receive their gifts the week of the 15th, the last week of school before the holidays, during their Christmas party. Our tree and presents will be a big part of their party!
This will be a wonderful class craft project for the children that ends with a party and presents from LCOS Santas! Afterwards, the children will practice writing skills by creating thank you notes to their Santas. These letters are why it is important that you put your names on the sign up sheet. Thanks for participating!
Dear LCOS Family,
Thank you for the wonderful sending off you gave to me and my family last Sunday. The cards and gifts are simply overwhelming. Your love has been and continues to be deeply felt, and it helps to give us strength and courage as we enter our new call. You will always be in our prayers, and we will see you soon!
Days are getting shorter; nights, ever longer. It seems like an appropriate season to fall asleep. It can be difficult, after all, to work in the dark, to plan in the dark, even to hope in the dark. All the more reason to curl up with a good book or television show and let the comfort of sleep take over. All the more reason to forget the cares and concerns of life and, if possible, just let oneself drift off.
But we are called in this day, as much as in any other, to "Keep awake" (Matt. 24:42). Even in these shortened days, there might be something new coming just over the horizon. Something spectacular. Something the eye may not believe it is seeing, the ear may not believe it is hearing. Something we will not want to miss, for being asleep.
"Keep awake!" Jesus cries. He is coming again, just when we least expect him to return. For sure, no one knows the day and hour, but return he will, right in the midst of ordinary life. Right in the midst of working and preparing meals. Right in the midst of taking care of children and tending to bills. Right in the midst of driving the car, taking the transit. Possibly, right in the midst of lengthening nights..
"Keep awake!" We're going to want to see this one who comes with healing on his wings, who comes to forgive and to redeem. We are going to want to see this one, the resurrection, the life, the beginning of all things and their end. We're going to want to see him and be a part of his love, his mercy, his grace.
Days are shorter; Advent is here. Far from drifting, it's time to focus. How shall we make our lives ready for the coming king?