ALL CHILDREN (Pre-Kindergarten-High School) will be singing together on Wednesday, November 27 (Thanksgiving Eve) at 6:30 PM. We have special music planned for this service and are excited to share our praises with the congregation. We hope all the children will be able to participate! Please have the children at the church by 6:15 PM that evening. THE JUNIOR CHOIR (GRADES 3-6) WILL NOT SING ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 8:30 AM.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM PRACTICES will be held during the Sunday School hour each Sunday in December - December 1, 8, 15 and 22. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT CHILDREN WHO ARE PLANNING TO BE IN THE PROGRAM ATTEND SUNDAY SCHOOL IN DECEMBER. We will briefly go over the traditional Sunday School lesson for each Sunday, and then practice for the program. SUNDAY SCHOOL WILL BE FROM 9:30 AM - 10:55 AM ON THESE SUNDAYS IN DECEMBER.
The Quarterly Voters Meeting will be held on Sun., Dec. 15 at 2 PM. The proposed budget for 2020 will be voted on at this meeting. AT THIS MEETING WE WILL ALSO VOTE ON THE NEXT PASTOR WE WILL BE EXTENDING A CALL TO. You will need to be a member of Grace Lutheran Church and sign the Constitution. If you have not already done so, a sign up sheet will be on the table in the upper Narthex. Pastor Francik and/or President Snow will be in attendance at this meeting. MARK SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 ON YOUR CALENDARS.
THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM WILL BE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 6 p.m.
CHRISTMAS NATIVITY OPEN HOUSE - Do you have a special Nativity that you set out each year with pride and joy? We invite you to share it with others at our Christmas Nativity Open House on Sun., Dec. 8, from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM in the church fellowship hall. Nativities will be displayed along with a brief description as to why this is special to you. If you would like to display yours, please sign the sheet in the upper Narthex. Please have Nativities at the church to set up by noon on Sat., Dec. 7. Anyone can help set up or you can set up your own.
2020 Officers-Installation of Officers: Sun., January 5, BOTH SERVICES-Newly elected officers and those continuing in their respective offices for 2020 are as follows: ELDERS: Ron Klaus, Gregg Roesler, Greg Weers, Joel Fredrickson, Bob Bauer, Mike Harms, Russ Hennerberg, Mike Lofing & Schaun Schroeder; TRUSTEES: Dave Kettelhut, Eric Engelman & John Hammer; FINANCE COMMITTEE: Dave Bedlan, Ron Duensing, Trevor Steinmeyer, Jason Luebbe, Dennis Reedy & Dwight Schmidt; CHAIRMAN: Jason Grant; VICE CHAIRMAN: Neal Onnen; SECRETARY: Rose Wiegert; CONTROLLER: Jody Lucking; TREASURER: Lynne Blackwell; RADIO BROADCAST AND MEMORIAL FUND: Linda Hammer; CEMETERY BOARD: Dennis Meredith, Sheryl Schoenrock & Alan Dux; TRUST FUND COMMITTEE: Connie Schouboe, Jerry Knispel & Don Haake. Installation of new and returning officers will be Sunday, January 5 at both services. We will publicly recognize the service of the past and present officers at that time. Thank you to those of you who have served your term - it has been vital to the work of our ministry here at Grace.
A copy of the proposed budget is included in this newsletter. The budget will be voted on at the December Voters Meeting.
Thanksgiving services will be held on Wednesday, November 27 at 6:30 PM.
The Christmas decorating committee is looking for young replacements who like to climb ladders. For anyone who is interested, we decorate the Friday after Thanksgiving at 7 AM. If you have questions, please call Rita Beachler at 402-729-6591 or Ken Nance at 402-587-0745.
Family Christmas Caroling will be held on Sun., December 8. We will meet at the church at 4:30 PM and fan out to carol to shut-ins and the residential care facilities in Fairbury. We will NOT return to the church for snacks, due to the low attendance last year.
Contribution boxes for 2020 will be placed in mail boxes this month. PLEASE PICK THEM UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you received a form about automatic withdrawals, please fill out that form and return to Lynne by Tuesday, December 3.
Advent Services will be held Wed., December 4, 11 and 18 at 5:15 PM AND 7:30 PM. This year’s theme is “Arise & Shine”. We welcome the Christ Child, who is the light of the world this Advent. Each week illustrates a different way in which we are enlightened by Jesus now and throughout our lives. On December 4, the trees will be decorated by the children. PLEASE NOTE the different format for these services on the Worship Assistant “Special Services” page. We will have an upper greeter and elder only at these services. The elder will need to light the candles at the 5:15 PM service - there will be an acolyte scheduled at 7:30 PM. The greeters may need to assist with the elevator. The offering plate will not be passed. There will be a table at the back of the church for the offerings.