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December Newsletter - The Tie Binder
December Events
Merry Christmas! 
May you walk closer to Jesus in this Advent season!

It’s exciting to prepare and plan for our church. The Sundays in Advent, the next four Sundays, represent a preparing of our hearts and lives for the coming of the Christ Child. And really, we can see everything that happens as a step in that direction, on the road to Bethlehem to worship the newborn King. 

I wonder if we can walk through the month of December with a more focused attitude. What if we focused on finding the blessing in all things. Every card and email received, another blessing from a friend. Every Salvation Army kettle passed, another opportunity to give to a reliable Christ-oriented organization. Every snowed-in day, a chance to have a bit of time to ponder God’s love for us. Every church activity a chance to walk closer to the Christ Child.

The preparations I am talking about (well, writing about, actually) are concerned with taking care of ourselves. It might look like making a healthy lunch before we run out the door in the morning, giving ourselves
 permission to not send Christmas cards this year because it is just overwhelming to think about doing, agreeing with family to spend time together with a focus more on Jesus and each other than TV and food. Cooking one less time-consuming treat this year, and adding in a great concert or movie. 


And, when people ask what you want for Christmas, you know the answer, don’t you, I’d love for our whole family to be in church at Dorothy Lane together. Put our warm, loving, and candle lit Sunday evening Christmas Eve Service at the top of your list. Be ready to kneel at the manger, let yourself be touched by the Savior, and loved by the Lord God.

‘Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’
-1 Thessalonians 5:18

Many blessings, in this Christmas season and always,
                                                                            Pastor Karen

Sunday, December 3
1st Sunday Advent
Hanging of the Greens, after church

Monday, December 4
CWU Christmas Tea, Zion Baptist, 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 5
Bingo @ the Oaks, 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 7
Women’s Christmas Party, 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 10
2nd Sunday Advent
Church Christmas Party & Lunch, Noon
Poinsettia orders due

Sunday, December 17
3rd Sunday Advent

Sunday, December 24
No Sunday School
4th Sunday Advent
Christmas Eve Service, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 31
No Sunday School

Tuesday, January 9 
Baby shower for Mesert Wodaj at My Favorite Muffin in Crosspoint Shopping Plaza, 10:00 A.M.

Thanks For Serving in December

Worship Leaders
Amy Thompson & Linda Emmons

Greeters
Josh & Megan Farnham

Cookie Baker
Bev Scarpelli

Children’s Church
December 3   N/A
December 10 Lori Frueauf
December 17 Connie Sinks
December 24 Linda Emmons
December 31 Linda Emmons

Nursery
December 3   Judy Teeters
December 10 Linda Emmons
December 17 Susan Sinks
December 24 Bev Scarpelli
December 31 Connie Sinks

Refreshments
December 3   Amy & Megan
December 10 Christmas Party
December 17 Jerri & Ernie
December 24 Vera & Joyce
December 31Lillie Mae & Bev

Ushers
December 3   John Frueauf
December 10 Edmund Sasak
December 17 Edmund Sasak
December 24 Brian Thompson
December 31  

Diaconate Caring Board
Beginning in January 2018 the Diaconate Caring Board and the Board of Missions will combine to be the Mission & Caring Board. Our board members will be: Betty Asher, Beverly Scarpelli, Flo Smith-Heizer, Judy Teeters and Amy Thompson. Please contact any of them if you have needs the church can help you with. We thank 2017 members who served: Elenor Evans, Ernie Keucher, Vera Trigg and Jerri Wood.
    The schedule for fellowship time 2018 is posted on bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. Please check when you are scheduled and let Jerri Wood know of conflicts. If you are not listed and would like to help, it is not too late to volunteer.
    There will be no new church directory printed until August, 2018; however, if you would like to have a list of changes please get a copy from envelope on bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

American Baptist Women
Now is the time to get your tickets for the Women’s Christmas Party to be held on Thursday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. The meal will be catered by Kohlers and cost $12.00. You can purchase your tickets from Pat Trent or Joyce Kelley. Each lady is to bring a $5.00 wrapped exchange gift. If you have questions, contact one of our coordinators: Joyce Kelley, Pat Trent, or Pastor Karen Johnson. Talk to them regarding bringing children!
    Our January program is “Feel the Need to Serve” with coordinator Pat Trent. We will work on our White Cross work. We will meet at 10:00 a.m. January 18 in Fellowship Hall. Pat is also presenting devotions and will be the hostess serving us lunch. Bible book of the month is Proverbs. All women are invited.
    The Church Women United Christmas Tea will be Monday, December 4 at 1:00 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church (1684 Earlham Dr.). This is the time we honor priests, pastors and spouses. Please contact Jerri Wood if you would like to car pool.

Mission Board
Disbursements were:
    Wu’s $100.00
    Dayton Christian $75.00
    United Missions Basics $434.81

Thanks to those who helped with November Bingo: Lillie Mae Allen, Pat Trent, Bev Scarpelli and Rev. Dr. Karen Johnson
    Thanks to those who put together the Shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse and also to those who kindly donated money. There were 41 shoeboxes sent.
    Because of St. Paul Lutheran's closing, the Mission Board will no longer do the feeding of the hungry. Thanks to all who have donated their time to this project.

Off the Library Shelf….
Looking for Christmas poetry or short stories? We have quite a few Ideals magazines with both. Our collection of children Christmas books is grouped together for you to choose just the right book for that little one in your life! (Such as Polar Express, Follow the Star, Christmas Donkey and so many more.)
    Always endearing at Christmas are:
Jan Karon’s Mitford Snowman and Edith’s Gift (which includes her famous cake recipe
Debbie Macomber – Where Angels Go
Donna VanLiere – Christmas Shoes and Christmas Hope
Richard Paul Evans – Timepiece
Collection of stories from Guidepost in Christmas in my Heart (book 1 and 2)
Make a visit to our Church Library which is always open with a self-check out policy and find a book you will enjoy.
Christmas Poinsettias for the Sanctuary
Orders are currently being taken for Christmas Poinsettias. The cost is $10 each. Please contact the church office by December 10 if you are interested in ordering or fill out the form in the Sunday Bulletin. For more information, contact Joyce Kelley.