This Sunday at Central

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2019 8:30am and 11:00am

PROCESSIONAL CAROL #264 Prepare the Royal Highway
ADVENT HYMN #240 Light One Candle (Stanzas 1 & 2)
SERMON Pastor Laurie A Jones

CAROL OF THE DAY #249 On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry
(8:30) OFFERTORY CAROL Shepherd’s Pipe Carol Wood
(11:00) MEDITATION upon Besancon Instrumentalists
COMMUNION CAROL #256 Comfort, Comfort Now My People
CAROL #260 The King Shall Come

We encourage you to read next Sunday’s lessons ahead of time, they are:
Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11

Join us in the Parish Hall between services for our annual Advent Fair. This intergenerational event, beloved by children of all ages, is a fun activity of craft-making to celebrate the season. Please note: There will be a Godly Play story-time with Gaye Haverland, after which they will join the rest of us.

Sunday at 3pm come and enjoy Handel’s Messiah being performed here at Central. Under the direction of our Choirmaster/Organist, Dr. A. ElRay Stewart-Cook and Associate Organist, Dr. Lindsey Hendriksen Rodgers, and featuring the Central Lutheran Chorale and the Central Chamber Orchestra with soloists: Bethany Battafarano, Sonia Cummings, Carol Welch, Alyse James, Carly Walker, David Gustafson, Steve Rodgers, James Brown, Blake Hodgetts, and John Shields this event is sure to make your spirit soar. Suggested donation to: Food for Lane County ($10/person; $20/family).

Join us for Together Tuesdays and Holden Evening Prayer on December 10th and 17th. Start the evening with the meal in the Parish Hall beginning at 5:15pm and end with Holden Evening Prayer in the Sanctuary from 7-7:30pm. In between there is something for all ages!

The Equal Exchange products will be available every Sunday through December 22 for all your holiday wishes and needs. We will have in stock your favorites: peppermint dark chocolate candy bars, peppermint tea, and French vanilla coffee, in addition to our regular items. All these items make great gifts, stocking stuffers and hostess gifts. Come and shop, we believe that together we can help build a more equitable and sustainable food system in our world.
The CLC Book Club will meet on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at 7:00pm, in the CLCW Room to discuss The Library Book by Susan Orlean. The discussion will be led by Gary Wolfe. Come join us! Looking Ahead: We will meet on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at 7:00pm, in the CLCW Room to discuss We Carry Kevan: Six Friends, Three Countries, No Wheelchair by Kevan Chandler. The discussion will be led by Norma Vettrus.

Calling all you shower singers, radio sing-a-longers, and choir aficionados! On December 15th we will spread some Christmas cheer to some of our homebound members. Help us prepare cards and goodies for the Bags of Joy between the services that morning, and/or join us after the 2nd service for a light lunch followed by an afternoon of caroling from around noon-4:00pm! All ages.

Blue Christmas Service Thursday, December 19 at 7pm in the Sanctuary
Sometimes called “Longest Night” services, Blue Christmas services are offered across the country on or near the winter solstice. These are quiet, contemplative services designed to offer solace and space for those who struggle through this season. Society at large insists on good cheer during a season in which many are vulnerable for a variety of reasons – prolonged darkness and cold, grief of loss, loneliness and isolation, and more. While this service includes traditional Advent and Christmas hymns some traditional texts, participants will find also space for prayer and remembrances, petitions for comfort and peace, silence and the lighting of candles. All who seek a gentle, inviting holy space this season are welcome to this service.

Church Council Members:
Jack Bennett (Sec.)
Matt Haugen
Chris Henry
Debbie Hudson
Lauralie Kallinen
Dennis Lindsay (Pres.)
Sonia Macke
Ike Olsson
Sheri Pyron
Chris Rodgers, (Treas.)
Larry Sutton (VP)