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“Home for Christmas”– A Video Message from ELCA Bishop Eaton

“Home for Christmas”

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that regardless of where we might find ourselves this season, through Christ, we can be at home. A message for Christmas 2016. http://www.ELCA.org

Design Your Family’s Advent Arrangement – Nov. 27th at 10:15 am

advent-candle-activityThe Advent season begins November 27th. Celebrate the first Sunday of Advent, November 27th  by making an Advent Arrangement for your home. This activity is for all ages and will take place between services at 10:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.   Each family will design their own arrangement complete with LED candle to take home and enjoy in the weeks before Christmas.  An Advent Devotion booklet will also be provided.  Please let Martha R. know by November 20th if you would like to participate so there are enough supplies (mrau08@verizon.net).  Celebrate the days upcoming to Jesus’ birth and the meaning of Advent with a hand-made arrangement to teach and remind us of the beauty of this season.

Empty Nester Group to Attend “White Christmas” in December

white-christmasThe Empty Nesters Group will attend the Port Tobacco’s Players production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas on Sunday, December 11, at 3 pm. The tickets are $18 ($15 for military/senior plus a $3 service fee).  Ten tickets have been purchased early and the show does not have many seats left for the Dec. 11th date.  Please let Jill W. know as soon as possible if you would like to attend.

After the show we look forward to having dinner together for those that would like to join us at a restaurant. Let Jill W. know if you have any suggestions. It should be a fun afternoon and we hope you can join us.  Talk to Jill W. or Diane H. if you have questions.

Christmas Events & Christmas Dinner at The Mission

The Mission at 21015 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD is a faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in the community in need. This week leading up to Christmas, The Mission is having a week filled with Christmas events and Christmas dinner. There are few, if any other places that we know of in St Mary’s County that offer a free meal on Christmas Day to those people who have no place else to go.
The Mission is in need of a few items for their Christmas Dinner and still have a few spots open for volunteers from 3:00 – 6:00 pm to help with food service and clean up.
Needed items:
10 lbs butter                                            Salads
5 lbs oranges                                           Pies
1 gallon whole milk                                Desserts
15 quarts chicken broth                        Cookies
5 lbs sweet onions                                  Cooked corn (fresh or frozen)
Dinner rolls
Anyone wishing to help volunteer or provide supplies, please contact Brenda Myers at 760-902-8648. 
Christmas Week Events: 
Dec 18th – Christmas wrapping and pizza party
Beginning at 5 pm–wrapping party for the community Christmas party on Dec 19th. 70 children are signed up and have been invited to the Christmas Party to learn the true meaning of Christmas and receive gifts to be opened on Christmas Day.
Dec 19th –  Christmas Party
The party is from 12 – 5 pm for the 70 kids invited.  They are still looking for a Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves with their own costumes for that day.  Additionally, last year the kids had a great time doing simple crafts, activities and riding around the block in a fire engine. If you can help out in any way or have suggestions to make this a memorable party for the children as they learn the true meaning of Christmas, please contact Brenda Myers.  A donation of finger foods and desserts for the kids to enjoy would be greatly appreciated.  
Dec 19th – 24th – Christmas Turkey Dinner Distribution with Mike’s Bikes
Dec 24th – Preliminary Set Up for Christmas Day Dinner
Final night of Mike’s Bikes Turkey Dinner distribution.
Dec 25th – Christmas Day Dinner for everyone!!  
Serving 12 noon until 5:00 pm; then cleaning up of The Mission and putting it back together
21015 Great Mills Road
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Join us for great food & fellowship!!
Everyone is welcome!!
In God’s love, 
Brenda Myers
The Mission

A Christmas Giving Opportunity with Mike’s Bikes Food Drive

Can you imagine NOT having Christmas dinner this year?
For over 1500 families in St. Mary’s Country this is a reality.

You can change this and make a huge difference!  With a donation of only $20.00, we will supply a local family in need with:

  • A 10-pound turkey,
  • 10 pounds of potatoes
  • and canned goods for a traditional Christmas dinner.
We need cash, food, and helpers!
To make a donation or to volunteer, please call 301-863-7887.
Or send a check to: Mike’s Food Fund
21310C Great Mills Road
Lexington Park, Md 20653
Merry Christmas!
Mike
(from Mike’s Bikes – Great Mills Road)

December Highlights

 Wednesday Dec 2, 6:30 pm “The Posture of Prayer for Advent”

Sunday Dec. 6, 8:45 am & 11 am “Here it Comes, is it Beginning to Dawn upon You?”

Wednesday Dec 9, 6:30 pm “The Posture of Praise for Advent”

Sunday Dec 13, 8:45 am & 11 am “Bringing Forth the Fruits of Life”

Wednesday Dec 16, 6:30 pm “The Posture of Change for Advent”

Sunday Dec 20, 8:45 am & 11 am “With God’s Word Comes Real Encouragement”

Thursday Dec 24th Christmas Eve      

                        5 pm The Christmas Story for Families with Candle Light and Communion

                        8 pm Traditional Christmas Eve with Candle Light and Communion

Sunday Dec 27, One Service at 10 am “Lessons and Carols for Christmas”

Thank You for Supporting Local Families Through the Angel Tree

The 2014 Angel Tree was a great success! We helped 40 children in 13 families have a brighter Christmas. Thank you to everyone for supporting this ministry!

–Diane H.

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Church Office Closed December 24-26 and January 1

The church office will be closed Wednesday-Friday, December 24-26. The following week, it will be closed on Thursday, January 1.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Christmas Cookie Sunday — December 21

Christmas cookieMark your calendar for December 21 for the annual Christmas Cookie fellowship. Members are asked to bring a plate of Christmas cookies. Last year, there were about 25 plates of various yummy and ethnic, Christmas cookies. This is so much fun. We will have some bags for any leftovers, but these special cookies usually fly off the table! Please see Sue V. if you have questions.

Staff Christmas Gift

merry_6195cAs in years past, we are accepting donations for the staff Christmas gift. This is our way of saying thank-you to the folks behind the scenes that keep things running smoothly here at Good Sam.

If you wish to donate, please either write Staff Gift in the memo line of your check, or in the “Other” line on an envelope found at the Information Station (at the back of the sanctuary).          – Tim P.

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