Church News

December 10, 2017 The Second Sunday of Advent

Today’s altar flowers given in memory of Ann Holderman by Dennis and Linda Holderman.    

If you wish to become a member, please contact Pastor Haberkost or the church office.

The December Collection Box: Our Giving Tree. It is a way for us to help make Christmas brighter for a Medina family in need. Now that all the tags are taken, please feel free to cover the tree in hats, scarves, and gloves to be given to keep people warm!

POPE ORCHESTRA REHERSAL SCHEDULE  TODAY at 3:30pm, Saturday, December 16, 9-11am

ADVENT MEALS Help is needed to cook, serve and clean up after our Advent meals. The food is provided but we are in need of wiling hands to help make the two remaining Advent meals run smoothly. Please help us fill these spots. A sign up is in the Narthex.

POINSETTIAS for will be on sale December 10th and 17th for $8 each. Please sign up and use the envelope on the board in the Narthex.

DICIPLESHIP NEWS

**Discipleship Meeting Monday, December 11, @ 7pm

**We still have some Fair Trade candy bars for sale at $3.50 each these make great stocking stuffers.

**Campus Crusade Ministry in Podgorcia Montenegro, Eric Bode.

Please consider sending a Christmas Card to him.

Vasco Tomic

za Scott and Kristen Ebsen E.B.

Vladike Danila  28

81000 Podgorcia Montenegro

**We are collecting Blankets & Throws for Mayle’s Homes in Stark County. Place in house in Narthex.

WFS (Women Flying Solo) will meet on Tuesday, December 12 at Miss Molly’s Tea Room for our Christmas Luncheon at 11:30am. Please contact Carolyn Dietsche to RSVP.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP We will be reading The Christmas Blessing by Donna Van Liere. Adeline Wadel has invited us to her home to discuss this book, 4666 Ridgewood Rd. in Copley at 5:30pm TOMORROW. Please sign up in the Narthex.

ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH will host is Christ-Mas Sing TODAY at 2pm. All are welcome to this service of hyms and carols that includes the reading of Christ’s birth from the Gospel of Luke. Fellowship to follow.

2018 OFFERING ENVELOPES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX. Please pick yours up today! Also, someone accidentally took Marcia Braun’s 2018 envelopes from the table. They are Box # 24. Can you please double check your envelopes at home and bring the box back if you mistakenly grabbed them? THANK YOU!

STAFF VACATION Pastor and Sandy will be on vacation from December 25 –January 2, 2018. Jim and family will be on vacation from December 19 - December 23, December 26-30, and January 1-2, 2018. Jill will be off on December 15 and December 25 – January 1, 2018.  The office will be closed.

A BIG THANK YOU to all of the following who handled Sunday morning coffee set up and clean up duties this past year. If you appreciated the coffee, tell them "Thanks"! Set up: Mike & Vicky Greene, Ray & Marty Johnson, Terry & Carolyn Leu, Mike & Jen Martin, Danette Sims, Dennis & Pam Weismantel, and Dan & Diane Willhoite.

Clean up: Dennis & Juanita Barowicz, Mark & Denise Cartwright, Jill Manley, Eric & Dina Nixon, Jeff Nixon, Steve & Stacie Tschiegg, and Mary Weyandt.

MORE HELPERS ARE NEEDED for coffee set up and clean up on Sunday mornings. We would be happy to show you the ropes! If you are able to help out once every couple of months, please contact Dan Willhoite at 330-725-4463.

STEPHEN MINISTERY The joy of Christmas can turn into a time of painful loneliness and emptiness for those who have suffered a loss or who are going through a difficult time. But help is available. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care. They will listen, care, encourage, pray with and for you, and support you through the holidays and as long as your need persists. If you or someone you know is hurting, find out more by talking with one of our Stephen Leaders, Greg or Kristin Ulm, 330-421-5759. There is no fear in love. 1 John 4:18a

SENIOR SAVINGS! You’ve all heard the commercial tag line “More Taste; Less Filling”.  How about “More Donation; Less Taxes”?  Find out how in this month’s newsletter, or contact William Walker, member of the Stewardship Committee, at wwalker@invent.org or (330) 725-6431.

POST OPERATION RECOVERY AIDS Many members of our congregation have had serious operations that required using aids such as walkers and bath benches. Other members anticipate operations that will require using them in the future. The cost of these items when new can become significant.  There are 3 organizations we are aware of that provide these aids for little or no cost and may possibly accept donations of used items. If you wish to donate recovery aids, or anticipate a future need, please contact any of the following organizations:

Medicare – Toll Free 877-267-2323. Free Equipment Available

Medwish International

1625 East 31st Street, Cleveland, OH 44114 216-692-1685

Paradise Village/The Arc of Medina County/SHC 4283 Paradise Road, Seville, OH 44273

ADOPT A GRANDPARENT I am asking people in the community to sponsor and bless 1 or multiple residents at Evergreen Health Sanctuary this Christmas. The goal is to give a gift to all 90 residents that reside there. Each sponsorship is only $20. I met with the facility manager on what would be most helpful for the residents.  For some this might be the only gift they receive.  Please consider what a blessing this is for the men and women who once lived and worked in our local community.  $20 to sponsor a resident and each gift is wrapped and hand delivered by my family. Deadline is December 18. Becky Thompson (Dennis and Linda Holderman’s daughter): 216-536-8121 becky12mooney@gmail.com *Checks can be made to Becky Thompson.

HOLIDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 12/03 First Sunday in Advent

 Wednesday 12/06 2nd Wednesday Advent Service, 7pm

 Sunday 12/10 Second Sunday in Advent

 Wednesday 12/13 3rd Wednesday Advent Service, 7pm

 Sunday 12/17 Third Sunday in Advent (Sunday School Christmas Program at 10:45am service)

 Sunday 12/24 Fourth Sunday in Advent

(No morning services, no Sunday School)

Christmas Eve services, 7pm & 9pm

 Monday 12/25 Christmas Day Service, 10am

 Sunday 12/31 New Year’s Eve Regular Sunday Schedule with Sunday School; No evening service