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                                                                             DECEMBER NEWSLETTER                                                                    

                                                                      MOUNTAIN VIEW LUTHERAN CHURCH

December 2019

Where can I find God?

What are you looking for this Christmas season? All life’s searching really comes down to one big question: “Where can I
find God?” Long ago shepherds heard the first Christmas announcement. “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to
you; He is Christ, the Lord” (Luke 2:11). They went to see. And they found God!

Join the shepherds again this Christmas as we come to see the Son of God who came to earth. We had all lost our connection with God. We couldn’t find Him. He came to find us – to open the way to life with God, now by faith, and forever in heaven.
Every opportunity to worship is an opportunity to find God, for Jesus promised, “Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). We find God as we hear His Word in worship and Bible study. Look at the many opportunities, Sundays in Advent, mid-week Advent, and Christmas Eve & Day festival worship. Then let’s spread the news to everyone we can, “To you is born a Saviour, Christ, the Lord!” So many are looking for a deeper meaning to Christmas, other than toys, parties, and full stomachs. Invite them to worship with you & learn of Jesus, the “Reason for the Season.”

Lord’s Supper in December Jesus came once as a human baby to save us. Now He comes in communion to give us His Body and Blood to forgive us and unite us to Him in faith. Since our youth Christmas Worship is on a communion Sunday, we’ll offer the Lord’s Supper on the 2nd & 4th Sundays, December 8 and 22; in our midweek Advent worship, 6:30 p.m. December 4 & 18; Christmas Day, 11:00 a.m.; and New Year’s Eve, 6:30 p.m.

Mid-week Advent Worship- Dec. 4, 11, & 18, 6:30 p.m. In our quiet, meditative worship service we sing the beautiful hymns of Advent and Christmas and hear the promises of our Savior through Isaiah!

Our Holy-Day Worship Schedule
Advent Youth Christmas Service

Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m.

Christmas Eve Candlelight
Youth Service – 4:00
Carols and Lessons – 7:00.

Christmas Day Festival Service (with
Lord’s Supper) - 11:00 a.m. Worship your Savior and King as He comes in Word & Sacrament

Advent Youth Christmas Service is Sunday, Dec. 15th, in our 9:30 a.m. worship. Parents, the teachers have sent home lessons & songs for the children to learn so they can have the joy and faithbuilding experience of learning & sharing the Christmas Gospel. Help them learn their parts. Full rehearsals are Sunday December 8 - 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, December 14, 10:00 a.m. – Noon.

Youth Christmas Party is Saturday the 14th at noon (after Christmas rehearsal). We’ll have a light lunch; with an activity and then stuff the Warm Feet for the Street Christmas socks for the Mustard Seed.

Christmas Dinner is Dec. 15th after morning worship. Please sign the list on the counter or sign-up genius for menu items.

New Year’s Eve Service of Word, Sacrament, and Prayer Tuesday, December 31, 6:30 p.m. What better way to mark this passage of time than with Word, prayer, and fellowship with the Lord
through Holy Communion? Note the time is 6:30 p.m.

Sunday School & Bible Study will not be offered December 15th (Christmas dinner) or December 29th. December 22nd our youth will review the service for Christmas Eve. Regular Sunday Bible study for adult and youth resume January 5th.

Be a Christmas Angel! We’re going caroling to our shut-in members Sunday, Dec. 8th after worship. Everyone is welcome. Please sign the list on the counter to join us. Watch for further information about time and place to meet.

Christmas Eve – How can you serve? We’ll need greeters, ushers, parking lot attendants, and help cleaning between services on Christmas Eve. Please sign on the list on the counter to offer your
service to our Savior.

Invite a family member or friend to Christmas worship. Let them know of the Savior whose birth we celebrate. Our website offers our messages and other information about Jesus and His Word. www.mountainviewchurch.org. Be a friend of Mountain View on Facebook.

2020 Religious Calendars are in your mailbox. Share extras (on the counter) with family and friends to bring God’s Word as a daily encouragement into the homes of your family and friends.

Warm Feet for the Street: To contribute to our Christmas gifts of love project for the Mustard Seed, note the information sheet on the entrance door bulletin board. Please sign up bur items you’d like to contribute. Bring them to church by Dec. 8th since our children will stuff the socks
during the Christmas for Kids program following their Christmas worship dress rehearsal on Dec. 14th. Thank you!

Meditations: The new issue of these daily devotions begins Dec. 1. This year’s devotions follow the second lesson we hear in our worship service. What a blessing we can all apply the gospel and
pray with our brothers and sisters in Christ in our daily devotions!

Liturgy Review Worship Dec. 1st. In our worship we’ll pause to explain the worship service to enhance our appreciation of the way we worship the Lord together – and how He comes to bless us in the Scriptures we hear in Word and song.

Poinsettias You may bring poinsettias to adorn our altar. The green color reminds us of the eternal life Jesus brought us. The red color reminds us of the price He paid! You may take them home with you after our Christmas worship.

Ladies’ Christmas Tea is hosted at Krista Reinhardt’s, Sat. Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. Join your sisters in Christ for an afternoon of devotion, fellowship, snacks & crafts.
RSVP at (403) 586-4552 or