Three Days of Prayer

Three Days of Prayer – Every congregation, member, and pastor in the LCMC is invited to join together in prayer from January 3-5, 2017.  The theme for each day is as follows: Tuesday, January 3rd: Confession.  Wednesday, January 4th: Petition.  Thursday, January 5th: Vision.

Day One: January 3rd – This is a day focused on confession.  We have made our lives, our relationships – and even our church – in our own image.  We confess that the church belongs to Jesus and not to us.  We gather to lay down our pride, our sin, and our agenda and ask the Lord of the church for forgiveness, which He gives us freely and with mercy.

Day Two: January 4th – Prayer Service in PM – Time TBA – This a day of petition.  Pray for your congregation, for the pastor, for the leaders, for those who carry out ministries, for the Sunday School teachers, for the Confirmation leaders, for those leading adult Bible studies and for those leading small groups.  Pray for those in hospital and nursing home ministries.  Pray for all those connected to your church that they might know God’s redeeming love for all in Christ.

Day Three: January 5th – Prayer Vigil – Pray from home or work or at church is one has key access.  Times: Beginning at 6am and concluding at 11pm on the quarter hour (sign-up sheet on bulletin board in education unit entrance for your time) – This is a day for vision.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will again move through the hearts and minds of leaders and pastors that God’s vision for His church might be revealed and fulfilled.  This is a time of prayer for renewal, revival and encouragement.  Pray for God’s vision.

No matter how you structure this time of prayer, let’s come together as an association of congregations across the U.S. and around the world to pray!  I believe that the church will never rise up until we first get down on our knees!

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Advent/Christmas Schedule

As we approach the “Holy Days” of the season – this is our worship schedule:

Wednesday, December 7th -  7:30pm – Midweek Advent Service

Sunday, December 11th - 3rd Sunday in Advent – Sunday School, 9:00am with SS Christmas Eve Program practice; Worship w/Holy Communion, 10:30am.

Wednesday, December 14th – 7:30pm – Mid-week Advent Service.

Sunday, December 18th -  4th Sunday in Advent – Sunday School, 9:00am with SS Christmas Eve Program practice; Worship w/Holy Communion, 10:30am with our Senior Choir performing a Christmas Cantata.  Christmas Caroling; 2:30pm.

Wednesday, December 21st – 7:30pm - Mid-week Advent Service

Saturday, December 24th – Christmas Eve – 3:00pm, Traditional “German Carol” service.  7:30pm, Sunday School Christmas Eve program.  11:00pm, Festive Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Sunday, December 25th – No Sunday School; Worship w/Holy Communion, 10:30am.

Sunday, January 1st - No Sunday School; Worship w/Holy Communion, 10:30am.

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Mid-week Advent Services

During the month of December on the 7th, 14th, and 21st, we will be offering Wednesday Advent Worship as a way to prepare for the Savior.  Services will be held at 7:30pm.

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Advent by Candlelight

All women invited to our Advent by Candlelight.  This year it will be held on Sunday, November 27th at 4:00pm.  Sign-up sheets for tables are available in the overflow room.  Decorate a table and ask some friends to share with us the preparation for the advent season.  All women of St. John’s are asked to either a bring dessert or appetizer that will feed 12.  Any questions, please see Shirley Kruger

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Food Drive

Because it is a great tradition of reaching out to others this Holiday Season, we will once again be collecting Non-Perishable Food Items for the Manchester Community Resource Center (CRC) and the Clinton Food Bank, during the month of November.  Non-perishable items such as soups, pastas, cereal, baking items, etc.  Especially appreciated are items for holiday baking!  There is a table in the overflow room for your donations.  How many tables can we fill?  This is being sponsored by the Outreach Committee.

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Euchre Night!

St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bridgewater invites card players of all types for a fun night of Euchre and Family Games.

Join us on November 5th from 7 – 10 p.m. for a fun night of Euchre.  Dominoes, board games and supervised games for children will be provided.  All welcome!!!!  Come out of the Cold – and into the Fun!!

Drinks and Snacks will be provided.

All ages and skill levels welcome.  Bring a partner or a friend who wants to learn!

 

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Thanksgiving Dinner

The Mary Martha Circle with the help of the Men’s Group will be sponsoring a free Thanksgiving Dinner for the entire congregation on Sunday, November 13th after services.  Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and beverages will be furnished.  Families attending are asked to bring a salad, vegetable or dessert.  Please RSVP on the sign-up sheet in the overflow room or to Sue Weidmayer or Louise St. Clair by November 6th if you plan on attending.

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Angel Painting Class

Easy for Beginners Angel Painting Class with Truth Be Told Artist Stephanie Long.  Tuesday, November 1st from 6:00pm to 9:00pm here at St. John’s.  Stephanie will lead you and your friends step-by-step through a design to create a canvas you can take hoe at the end of the party.  You’ll have fun even if you can’t draw a stick figure!!  Please bring a friend, your favorite beverage and a snack to share.  The cost is $30.00 for materials.  Any questions, please see Donna Marion.

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10th Annual Priceless Toy Box

We are once again collecting new and gently used toys for this program.  This mission is located in Jackson, MI.  It allows parents to shop for Christmas gifts to give their children.  Without this program, these children would NOT have a blessed Christmas.  We are also collecting personal care products for family gift bags; shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, soap, deodorant, dental floss, toothbrushes/paste, washcloths, shavers, lotions etc.  Also Ziploc bags of all sizes, batteries, baby wipes and Mr. Clean erasers.  In November we will be going and helping at this mission like we have in previous years.  There is a “Toy Box” in the overflow area to collect the toys and other items.  If you have any questions, please see Sue Eversole.

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Trunk ‘r’ Treat!

St. John’s 6th Annual Trunk ‘r’ Treat on Sunday, October 30th.

3-5 pm

Not so Spooky Alternative to Trick or Treat!

Refreshments provided.  BONFIRE, GAMES, Costumes are encouraged!!  Community is Welcome

St. John’s Church

8805 Austin Rd. Bridgewater

 

 

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