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
Wishing you a blessed beginning to Advent,
"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them." Matthew 18:23
All Stars for Jesus & Good News Bearers
( 3yrs - 5th grade)
Parents please bring 1 dozen cookies to serve after the program.
KEEP IN PRAYER
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.
NEEDED for the week
Pastor Carol Sinykin contact information: Office at 507-334-8821.
Pastor Carol's cell : 507-301-2438
Email is: email@example.com
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
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