Worship this weekend

Forerunners and messengers advance the advent of our God. While John the baptizer’s voice in the wilderness may be the principal focus of the day, Malachi’s prophecy could as easily herald the coming Lord Jesus as forerunner of the Lord of hosts. Finally all the baptized are called to participate in the sharing of the gospel. In so doing we prepare the way for the coming of the Lord and assist all flesh in capturing a vision of the “salvation of God.”

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Year end giving

All 2018 gifts must be received at the church by noon, Monday, Dec. 31, or postmarked by that date. Offerings received at the Dec. 29-30 weekend services will be credited to 2018 unless otherwise marked. You may also contribute online at stpaulswaverly.org/giving. Click on the box labeled “give online.” Thank you for your faithfulness of generosity in support of St. Paul's Lutheran Church & School.

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Donna Nelson

For those who want to send cards to Donna Nelson, please send them in care of her daughter Mary Eliason at 7420 Chanhassen Rd., Chanhassen, MN 55317. Mary reported to Pr. Patricia that Donna is now in a rehabilitation facility and is expected to go home to Mary's house from there, possibly as early as next week. Donna has made good progress toward health and healing. She welcomes your prayers and cards.

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Holiday office hours

The church office will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1. The church office will close at noon on Dec. 31. Thank you for your understanding to allow our staff time with their families.  

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Advent fellowship meals

Advent supper will be offered from 5-6:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall prior to Advent worship on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Free will donation will be accepted. Invite a friend, all are welcome!

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Adult Education: Year of Luke

This Sunday, Dec. 9, at 10:10 a.m. in room 121, Pr. Arthur will give an overview of the upcoming church year's Gospel readings. All of the Gospel readings for this church year are from the book of Luke. Come hear about the unique voice of Luke as we enter this new church year.

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Children's Ministry Christmas Program

Please join St. Paul's Children's Ministry Sunday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary for its annual Christmas Program. The program will be in place of regular Rejoice worship. The program will feature preschool through sixth grade students in song and reading of the Christmas story.

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Capstone Soup Lunch

Make plans to attend the soup lunch after the Children's Ministry Christmas Program. The St. Paul's School 6th graders will be serving soup, salad, sandwiches, and dessert for a free will donation. The money raised will support their trip to our nation's Capitol in March.

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Circle Meetings

Kettner Circle
9:15 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, Marianna Waldstein, Eichhorn Haus Apt. 207

Ruth Circle
9:15 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, Barbara Zemke, church narthex

**Luther Circle
6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 20, East Bremer Diner

Bowman Circle
7:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, Duo's Coffee & Ice Cream 

**different time and location than usual

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Backpack Program

St. Paul's will be responsible for delivering the weekend food packs for eligible school children in Waverly and Shell Rock during the month of January. We are looking for volunteers to deliver packs to several locations. We will meet at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly at 9:30 a.m. each Thursday in January. 

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Poinsettias

Order Poinsettias now to be placed in the sanctuary during worship at Christmas. Poinsettias may be given in memory of loved ones, in honor of blessed events or as a gift. Cost is $18.50 to be paid at the church office. Please include the appropriate notation to be printed in the bulletin. Order by Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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Fox River sock sales

St. Paul’s Capstone Program has again partnered with Fox River Mills, Inc. to raise funds for the 6th Grade Capstone trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2019. How does it work? Simply go to www.foxsox.com and place an order for the best socks you will ever purchase! Bonus: Fox River socks are made in the USA. Use the promo code PR18SPL to get 30 percent off your order. St. Paul’s Capstone will receive a generous portion of the total sales. This offer is valid through Dec. 31, 2018.

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Christmas Shoppe donations needed

The Capstone Program is seeking inexpensive gift donations for their annual Christmas Shoppe. The Christmas Shoppe is an opportunity for St. Paul's Lutheran School students to shop for their parents. Men's gifts, gift bags, and tissue paper are especially needed. If you have any questions regarding items to donate, please emai lcapstone@stpauslwaverly.org.

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Advent soup supper volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to assist with the 2018 Advent supper on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Please sign up in the narthex or call the church office if you are able to help serve, clean up, or donate baked goods, carrots, celery, or milk. Donated items should be dropped off in the kitchen and labeled "Advent supper."

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Ladies' Night Out

The next gathering will be on the same evening as Christmas on Main, Thursday, Dec. 13. Plan to meet at East Bremer Diner around 6 p.m., or whenever you are done with your holiday walk. All women are welcome to come and enjoy the fellowship of like-minded women.

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Worship this weekend

Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Our Lord’s contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.” With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the advent of our Lord in word and supper.

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