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Our chancel flowers are donated to the Glory of God by Mary Ann Copenhaver in loving memory of husband Hal and in honor of her family.
Our missionaries who spread God’s gospel throughout the world are sponsored to the Glory of God by Lynn and Marilyn Gerhart thanking God for their good work throughout the world.
Thanks to those serving this week: Hospitality Team—Perry & Denise McKain, Paul Anderson, Eric Pilkenton, Judy Madaus, Lay Assistant — 8:30 Mary McKeen, 11:00 Dru Yount; Acolyte – 11:00 Natalia Tapia; Counters – Elaine Bruce, Laurette Saffy
Attendance 11/16/14: Emergent Worship–17, 10:00–152, Spanish - 22
General Fund $5,406.50 Facilities Support $141.50 God’s Pantry $235.00
THIS WEEK AT LCOS – TODAY CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY –8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Holy Communion, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion; MON – 10:00 WELCA, 6:00 SMART Recovery meeting, 7:00 Jubilate Handbell Practice, 7:00 WELCA; WED – NO KAIROS, 7:30 Choir Practice; THURS – HAPPY THANKSGIVING! – FRI – Office closed; SAT – 3:00 Praise Band Practice, 5:30 Emergent Worship; SUN, NOV. 30 1st SUNDAY ADVENT – Joy Offering for WELCA – 8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Holy Communion, 12:00 Blood Pressure Clinic, 3:00 Spanish Worship/ Holy Communion
This week, we remembered in our prayers: Will Anderson, Adam Cerniglia, Brandon Field, and Kevin McKeen serving in the military, Rosalie Burnett, Vivian Cockman, Cyril DeMars, Russ Hudson, Pam Kendig, John Kingsbury, Susan Powell, Pastor Emeritus Safrit, Annette Weaver and Ruth Wells who are coping with illness and our friends Margaret Anderson, Eli Aurand, Richard Cockman, Michael Cooper, Jeff Goulsby, Ken Moody, Bob Pitts, Dave & Patty Skewes, Clifton Weaver, and Bradley Cade & family. We pray that God’s comfort and healing be upon our members, friends, and all caregivers.
We offer prayers of thanksgiving for the safe arrival of Pat George’s first grandchild. Congratulations!
Pastor Alejandro will travel to Arkansas tomorrow through December 2nd
We wish him a refreshing time away and ask God for his safe travel.
Kairos Bible Study will take a fall break this week. See you again on Wednesday, December 3rd.
The church office will be closed for the holiday weekend. Call Pastor Mark or Karen at home if you have an emergency.
Our Emergent Worship Service has moved to Saturday evenings at 5:30. Early tee time or want to sleep in on Sunday morning? Worship with us Saturdays at 5:30. All the great Lutheran tradition at a new time!
Next Sunday is the 5th Sunday of the month so we will collect a JOY OFFERING for WELCA. Bring some extra folding money and donate to WELCA’s good works.
The elves will decorate our sanctuary for Christmas on Saturday December 6. Strong help to get the boxes down from the choir loft if needed at 9:30 that day. Decorating the trees should begin around 10:30. PLEASE come out and help!!!
THANK YOU to everyone who provided Christmas greetings for our armed service members. We received OVER 400 cards!
Our elves will begin our early exchange of cards for members NEXT SUNDAY. Bring your greetings and check each week for cards sent to you. Remember to MAIL your cards to our shut in members.
Would anyone like to Hear the Spirit call that Nicole spoke about during last Sunday’s temple talk and volunteer?!? We have a great opportunity to get to know the Council. We have a need for a council secretary due to Chelsea Jones moving to Charlotte. The commitment is only a couple of hours one Sunday a month after the 11:00 service. Fringe benefits include great lunches, camaraderie and laughter! Please see Clint Eastham, email him (email@example.com) or call him and leave a message (he is always on the phone for work) 864-616-2930.
A special request to everyone –
PLEASE do not wear perfumes or colognes to church. We have several members that are highly sensitive to scents. Even a light fragrance can ruin their worship experience. Please help others and refrain from wearing scents to church.
Third quarter giving statements for both members and regular visitors are available in the church narthex. Please pick yours up today and check it over. Many thanks to Connie Gawne, our financial secretary, for sharing her time and talents in this position. If you have questions about your statement, see Connie or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 220-3584
NEWS FROM OUR LIVEWELL INITIATIVE
Please join us on Tuesday, December 9th at 6pm for our monthly healthy cooking class. We will be making some breakfast items including granola and some holiday dessert favorites. Please let Pat George know if you are planning on attending. Pat George: email - email@example.com or call or text 864-201-1684
Be a Weekend Warrior - You've been following your diet plan to the letter, but enter the weekend. To deal with three nights of eating temptations, up your activity level for the week. For instance, try taking an extra 15-minute walk around your office each day. Enjoy a 100-calorie snack before a celebration, which can help you eat fewer munchies at the event.
Fun Up Your Food - It's easy to get in a diet rut, even if you're loading up on flavorful fruits and veggies. The solution? Have plenty of spices, fresh herbs, and lemons at your cooking beck and call. A little dash of spice, sprinkle of herbs, pinch of lemon zest, or squirt of lime juice can liven up a dish and your diet. The best part is they contain almost no calories.
We only have a handful of LCOS/Luther Rose magnets left!! Just $8 each and all profit goes to the church general fund. Get yours TODAY – when they’re gone, they’re gone!!
God’s Pantry has asked LCOS to collect PEANUT BUTTER. And our pantry here is always in need of canned chicken, canned tuna and canned Vienna sausages. ALL non-perishables are ALWAYS welcome. But we ALWAYS, ALWAYS need these protein packed items. Thank you so very much for your continued support!!
NOVEMBER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Sunday, November 23 – Christ the King
8:30 Holy Communion – Pastor Mark
11:00 Holy Communion – Pastor Mark
3:00 Spanish service – Padre Alejandro
Wednesday, November 26
No chapel - No Kairos
Saturday, November 29
5:30 Emergent Worship – Pastor Mark
Sunday, November 30 – First Sunday in Advent (HOPE)
8:30 Holy Communion – Pastor Mark
11:00 Service of the Word – Pastor Mark
3:00 Spanish service – Pastor Cedric Gibb
Each holiday season, The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour anticipates and relies on a seasonal increase in contributions. It is through the donations of every individual and family in the congregation that we are able to carry on our work now and throughout the year.
If you need a convenient way to make recurring contributions or plan to make an additional gift before the end of the year, we encourage you to check out our electronic giving options. As the pace of life speeds up around the holidays, you may find electronic giving a most welcome way to make contributions.
There are two ways to set up a recurring giving schedule. Please complete a paper authorization form and return it to the church office. Or, go to our website lcosgreenvillesc.org and set up a one time or recurring payment through Pay Pal on the homepage. Call 244-2836 for more details.
A member who attends our Spanish worship service on Sunday afternoons does housecleaning. Call her for an estimate. Get your house cleaned before the holiday madness. Treat yourself and help a small business! Call - Patricia Cruz (864) 449-9049.
GIFTS OF HOPE is an alternative gift-giving program in the SC Synod ELCA. This Christmas give gifts that really matter. Give HOPE!
$10 will supply women in Colombia craft materials to make and sell to supplement their family income. $15 will help the only refugee settlement agency in SC provide bus passes to refugees to travel to and from work each day. $25 will provide half a scholarship for one Spanish speaking child to participate in a week of summer enrichment here at LCOS this summer. Gifts can also go to hospice patients, seminary students and the Lutheran Retreat Centers. So little from you means SO MUCH for someone else. PLEASE HELP! Call the church office to receive your gift card and box!!!
The Angel Tree will go up today and be decorated this week by the children from our After School Program. You can pick an ornament next Sunday and return your gifts by Sunday, Dec. 14th. See the December Messenger for complete details.
We will hold midweek Advent Services on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 beginning Dec. 3rd. We will use the Holden Evening Prayer as the basis for these weekly worship opportunities.
This year we will offer a “Blue Christmas Service” at 6:30 pm on Sunday, December 21 for those persons who want to remember loved ones who are no longer a part of our joyous celebrations during this season. This service is especially designed for those who feel “blue” or have difficulty fitting into the party spirit that swirls around us during this time of year. Participants are invited to bring a photograph or memento of their loved ones to set on the display table in the chancel area during this service.
God of Mercy, hear our prayer in this Advent season for ourselves and our families who live with the painful memories of loss. We ask for strength for today, courage for tomorrow, and peace for the past. We ask these things in the name of you, Christ, who shares our life in joy and sorrow, death and new birth, despair and promise. Amen.
Be An Angel! Tis the Christmas Season!
November 30th, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Angel Tree will be in the narthex with paper ornaments for the choosing. This year we will be playing Santa to our after school elementary children. Laura, the after school director, will be working with the children to make a wish list. The list, along with the child's first name and age, will be on the back of paper ornaments that the children decorate. A sign-up sheet will be placed by the tree. Please don't forget to put your names by the child's name whose ornament you select.
We have asked that the wish list be limited to $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. It makes it so festive!
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 one of the reasons it is important that you put your names on the sign up sheet.
Kingly Brother of the Least
The reign of Christ is something to celebrate because it is not the reign of earthly rulers. Human history is filled with rulers who use power for themselves. Monarchs, dictators, and even elected officials commonly build up religious, economic, and military support to protect themselves from their own people: the lowly, poor, and hardworking people who serve the king's bidding.
The reign of Christ in Matthew is a reign of compassion. It is a kingship of care. It is the image of a monarch whose deep desire is for the neediest and lowliest of his people to be given life, dignity, healing, food, clothing, and shelter. Why does this ruler care so much about ordinary people? Because the lowly are his brothers and sisters, his family.
In Matthew, Jesus calls those who follow him his family, his mother and brother and sister (12:48-50). Jesus gathers them into a new family. He mentors them in the way of the kingdom, forgives them when they fall short, and empowers them to do great things in his name. And when their discipleship ends up being costly, leaving them imprisoned, hungry, estranged, or naked, this brother king rules through compassion on their behalf.
When we gather at the table with Christ and one another, we gather as sisters and brothers with Jesus. He reigns among us as the loving and compassionate brother of us all. After sharing bread and wine with him, we go from this sacred table into the world where many are hungry and lonely, sick and suffering, longing to drink from a compassionate cup. The mission for those who eat and drink with their kingly brother Jesus is to go and share the good news through word and deed with other lowly folks, who are also brother and sister of the one who reigns over all with infinite love.
The Staff :
Senior Pastor: The Reverend Mark A. Cerniglia firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Emeritus: The Reverend Gary L. Safrit
Council Chairperson: Clint Eastham
Director of Music: Robert Chesebro
Organist : Rahab Hackett
Asst. Music Director: Anne Marie Cummings
Jubilate Handbell Director: Donna Kinsler
Children's Choir Director: Anne Marie Cummings
Nursery Attendant: Terri Vanselow
Secretary: Karen Fivecoat email@example.com