The Vine Newsletter





                         December 12th, 2018


Did you know that the true Christmas season actually starts on Christmas Day itself.  That's right: December 25 marks the official start of the 12 days of Christmas, the Christian tradition that shares its name with that Christmas carol that sticks in your head.

What are the 12 days of Christmas?

The 12 days of Christmas is the period that in Christian theology marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 (Christmas) and runs through January 6 (the Epiphany, sometimes also called Three Kings' Day).

Marking the 12-day period by planning daily Christmas-related activities could be fun.  I’ll make it a challenge to sing a Christmas carol each night for twelve nights in a row at dinner time.    For example sing one each day:  Joy to the Word, Go Tell it on the Mountain, O’ Little Town of Bethlehem, O’ Come All Ye Faithful, Angels We have heard on High, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, What Child is This, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, Holy Night, Angels from the Realms of Glory, The First Noel or another you like.

Matthew writes that when the magi saw the shining star stop overhead, they were filled with joy.  “On entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.”  Twelfth Night (January 5) offers and occasion for blessing the home.  Consider taking a few minutes on the twelfth night to read this blessing:

O God, you revealed your Son to all people by the shining light of a star.  We pray that you bless this home and all who live here with your gracious presence.  May your love be our inspiration, your wisdom our guide, your truth our light, and your peace our benediction; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Blessings to you in your Christmas celebrations—Merry Christmas

Pastor Carol



Wishing you a blessed beginning to Advent,

Pastor Carol


"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them."                                                                                                  Matthew 18:23






Tool Box



All Stars for Jesus & Good News Bearers

 December 16th

( 3yrs - 5th grade)



Parents please bring 1 dozen cookies to serve after the program.


Burt & Lynda Bardal,

Brent & Stacy Barsness, Hunter & Dane


THANK YOU: to everyone  who helped with the church decorating, looks beautiful here on the hill.


SNOW SHOVELLING: looking for volunteers to shovel sidewalks  & back patio this winter. sign up  on hallway board. Thanks



You are invited to an evening of fun & fellowship  on December 14th 6-9pm at The Village Theater Children's  movie starting at 6pm~ followed by refreshments & a time to silent bid on the Christmas trees displayed in the


WOMEN'S SUPPER & STUDY:  Bible study this week  at the home of Patty Ulrich , 3980 Cedar Lake Blvd. Please bring your Christmas gift for the exchange. Next Bible study is January 7th, 2019 at Jenny Coulsey.


TREATS~ on Sunday  mornings if you would be wiling to make bars, rolls etc. Please sign up on the hall board.


BIRD FEEDERS ~Looking for a great Christmas gift idea? Bird feeders!  Two Styles , suet & seed s.  For sale in the Narthex area.                     




SENIOR CHOIR ~ rehearsals each Sunday morning at 8:30am


LOOKING FOR DRIVERS ~to bring Jean Johnson to church each week. Please talk to Jenny  Coulsey.


5:30pm Christmas Eve Family Service with Holy Communion


10:30pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service  with Holy Communion

                                         December 24th, 10:30pm






Bell Ringers: December 15th at Fareway Foods, 8-10am & 4-6pm available.

call the office if you can ring the bells for the salvation army.


Caroling ~ December 16th , 2-4pm . Meet at the church. Bring $$ for supper at The Deport for those that wish.





             December 2nd


                                                        CURRENT        MORTGAGE


                                                            $1810..00         $450.00

NEEDED  weekly

                                                                  $2,888.00     $150.00


         December 9th   


                                                    CURRENT             MORTGAGE


$3,354.00       $925.00

NEEDED for the week






Pastor Carol Sinykin contact information:  Office at 507-334-8821.

Pastor Carol's cell : 507-301-2438  

Email is:




 Monthly Worship schedule for December

Communion set up~ Sue Brewster

 Please feel free to step up and help us serve each other.


December 2nd                                        _________                                9:30am

Acolytes: Aubrie & Ashlin Havumaki      Cross Bearers: Mae Tinaglia

Ushers:  Wally Walburn

Money Counters Dan Tinaglia  & Nita Baldwin

Council Hosts: Dan Brewster

Communion Assistants: Paul & Linda Foellmi, Jane Voit


December 9th                                    _____                                           9:30am

Acolytes: Mila Schweisthal                    Cross Bearers: Marisa Parkos

Ushers:  Kelly Livingood 

Money Counters: Luke Havumaki  & Jenny Coulsey

Council Hosts: Tod Vaudrin


December  16th             ___    ASFJ Christmas program                    9:30am

Acolytes:  Reid Wildgrube/ Daijah MacRunnels  Cross Bearers: Mason  Delaney

Ushers:   Brian Gunderson

Money Counters: Liz Tinaglia &  Jenny Coulsey

Council Hosts: :Liz Tinaglia

Communion Assistants: Brenda Crissinger & Tod & Pam Vaudrin



December  23rd                                                 _______                           9:30am

Acolytes: Jones Stricker & Lilyana Dube     Cross bearer: Hunter Mueller

Ushers:  Luke Havumaki   

Money Counters Linda Hesse & Liz Tinaglia

Council Hosts  Sally Walburn


                        Christmas Eve Worship 5:30pm   & 10:30pm


December  30th                                        ________                                   9:30am

Acolytes: Jones Stricker & Lilyana Dube     Cross bearer: Tyler Heintz

Ushers:  Luke Havumaki  

Money Counters Luke Havumaki  & Liz Tinaglia

Council Hosts  Dan Tinaglia

Please note that the acolytes will be exiting the church with the candle holders lit, showing the

light of Christ going out into the world.

Please remain seated till they leave the sanctuary.







December Wedding                                                                Anniversaries


             Gary & Lonna Kruchten                      12/13

            Rob & LeeAnn Zak                              12/19

            Dan & Angie Tinaglia                            12/31



                  Birthday's in December

            Linda Foellmi                            12/3

            June Hanson                             12/3

            Michael Crissinger                    12/5



            Nickolas Heintz                        12/16

            Gordy Kosfeld                         12/22

            Flora Klement                          12/24

            Lily Dube                                12/25

            Tyler Heintz                              12/25


             Kayla Schweisthal                   12/27

            Claire Wildgrube                    12/27

            Jodi Buescher                           12/28

            Lonna Kruchten                        12/28


            Brian Schweisthal                     12/28

            Vanessa Brooks                       12/29

            Shawnee Tinaglia                      12/31









Christmas 2018


Warm Christmas greetings to you and your family,


The church has been beautifully decorated.  The children will bring the story of Jesus’ birth to us in story and song in the Christmas Program.  The anticipation is building with each day that passes.  We are ready once again to celebrate Christmas!


What a blessing and joy it is to serve God here at Christ, especially during the most special time of the year.  God is up to amazing things in and through this congregation and I get to be here to see it all happen first hand.  Thank you for the privilege of serving here.


At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.  God did not choose to enter our world as a king or a ruler, a priest or a scholar, God chose to enter the earth in the most humble and common way, as a baby. Yet through what was common, through what was humble, God brought about our salvation.





 It is a miracle that God enters our world and it is a great thing to celebrate!  You are invited to join us for worship this Christmas Eve at either 5:30 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. as we bring our praise and worship to God.


And during this season of generosity, we ask that you please remember Christ Lutheran, and share generously just as you have received generously from God.  If you choose, please take a moment to go on-line or write out a check, to make a gift, out of love and gratitude this Christmas.


May this Christmas season fill you and your family with a spirit of hope, peace, joy, love and generosity that comes through knowing Jesus Christ our Lord.


Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas




Pastor Carol Sinykin


Christmas Eve Services:

5:30 p.m.         Candlelight Service with Holy Communion

10:30 p.m.       Candlelight Service with Holy Communion


Christ Lutheran, 1200 NE 1st Street, Faribault, MN 55021
































                                 Christmas Eve Family Service

                                        with Holy Communion

                                    December 24th,  5:30pm



                                  Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

                                       with Holy Communion

                                         December 24th, 10:30pm