We Proclaim our Faith without Hesitation
Tuesday, December 19
6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Spiritual Mindfulness
We’ll explore simple practices for very busy lives that generate an appreciation for life’s small moments. Recognition of God’s presence in those moments, insights into their possible meanings and cultivation of the peace that passes human understanding are intended to bring active renewal into your mont in 60 calming, but enlightening minutes. Come early or stay later to enjoy .a relaxing atmosphere – but the 60 minutes will be the focus.
Sunday, December 24
10:00 a.m. Communion Worship
7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
Monday, December 25
10:00 a.m. Christmas Day Communion Worship – Cancelled due to Weather
A seven week course exploring the Small Catechism beginning Wednesday, November 1 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Meeting Room. By Heart has three focuses – Scripture & Tradition; Luther’s explanation of Scripture or doctrine from Christian tradition, and the story of Luther’s own life and times that influenced the Reformation. The book, video and lively discussions are aimed to create faith and help us make sense of our lives as Lutherans in the 21st century. Please notify Pastor Chris if you are interested in this course, so she can order an accompanying book for you. A generous donor has graciously offered to pay for the books.
A group spent the day at Enfield Loaves & Fishes this past Monday as part of the ELCA Day of Service.
Enfield Loaves and Fishes is a Local Area Soup Kitchen providing hospitality to all those in need by offering meals, aid, and companionship at no charge.
The goal was to beautify the yard by trimming & pruning bushes, cutting and edging the lawn, removing bittersweet from the fence and trees, and planting some flowers.
The regular Enfield Loaves & Fishes volunteers graciously provided lunch for the SHELC crew.
“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Mark 10:14
During the Children’s Message or Fellowship Time most Sundays, children are given a treasure chest with a lock and a colored tie on it. Someone in the congregation has the key on a matching colored bracelet. When the child finds the person with their matching colored key, they exchange names, maybe a fun fact for the day and the child then opens their chest and keeps the treasure. The chest with its lock is then returned to Pastor Chris.
Why do we do this?
- It provides an opportunity for adults to get to know and interact with the children that are part of our congregation or with children that are visiting
- Adults can model hospitality and demonstrate an active interest in the future generation of the church and help fulfill their promises made when children are baptized
- Children practice social skills in meeting others and become more familiar with the sea of faces in the congregation
- Relationships form
- Most often the treasure somehow reinforces the Children’s Message
- Adults are “key” to unlocking the mystery of grace for children
- Children experience grace – free gifts of love – in the smiles and friendly comments of the people they meet, as well as in the treasure
- People of all ages discover that each person is a treasure to be appreciated
Pastor Chris approaches folks randomly before the service asking if they would like to be a key bearer for the day. Feel free to approach her. It’s ok to build familiarity with any child, if you volunteer regularly and feel free to follow-up and remind the child of your name other Sundays. Pastor Chris would also appreciate a volunteer to distribute keys.