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The Season of Epiphany

In western Christian tradition, January 6 is celebrated as Epiphany. It goes by other names in various church traditions. In Hispanic and Latin culture, as well as some places in Europe, it is known as Three Kingsí Day (Span: el Dia de los Tres Reyes, la Fiesta de Reyes, or el Dia de los Reyes Magos; Dutch: Driekoningendag). Because of differences in church calendars, mainly between the Eastern Orthodox and the western Catholic and Protestant traditions, both Christmas and Epiphany have been observed at different times in the past. Today, most of the Eastern Orthodox traditions follow the western church calendar. The exceptions are some Greek Orthodox Churches and related traditions (for example, Russian and Serbian Orthodox) that still follow the older calendar and celebrate Epiphany as the Theophany on January 19th.
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Council Highlights -- December 2014

  • Congregation council approved upgrading the PC and software in the choir loft to better enable our homebound members to access the Sunday morning services.
  • Approval was given to the Girl Scouts to participate in worship on March 18 as part of "World Thinking Day."
  • Newly elected officers of congregation council for 2015 are Linda Williams, president; Craig Haupt, vice president; and Lee Becker, secretary. Also appointed were Kay Becker, treasurer, and Dawn Mulcahy, financial secretary.

Activities

Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday, January 18, at 10:15 a.m. in Luther Hall. Snow date is January 25.


New Members' Brunch

The Evangelism and Hospitality Committee will hold a New Members' Brunch in Luther Hall on Sunday, January 25, following worship. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please join in and become acquainted with all of your sisters and brothers in Christ.

Service Times
  • First Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
  • First Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday School at 10:30 a.m.
Volunteer Groups
Women of the ELCA
This community of women gathers regularly with the mission of mobilizing women to boldly act on their faith in Jesus Christ. They gather to grow in their faith, affirm one another in their calling and to reach out to others with their offerings and projects.

Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7PM in Luther Hall (except January and August).

All women of the community are welcome to attend.
Altar Guild
This ministry involves preparing the worship space with the furnishings, appoinments, vessels, elements, linens, and paraments used in the liturgy (Altar Guild and Sacristy Handbook, S. Anita Stauffer).

Translated, the people of this committee set up and care for the altar paraments according to the color of the liturgical season, as well as preparing for the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism.

Members usually serve one month at a time, twice a year.

Montly meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of most month at 8PM. Volunteers are welcome.
The Knotters
A "circle" of the Women of the ELCA who meets to make patchwork, knotted quilts for Lutheran World Relief or local disaster. They meet every Thursday from September throgh May, 8:30-11:30 AM, in Luther Hall.

The quilts, made with love, provide comfort, warmth and shelter for our brothers and sisters around the world who experience disasters or war.

Anyone who would like to sew,cut a square or tie a knot is welcome to join this fellowship.
The Pantry
Is one of nine food distribution centers affiliated with Shepherd House Inc. Its staff consists of volunteers who are responsible for stocking, packaging and dispensing food supplies to individuals and families in Carbon County.

The Pantry is open to the public every Tuesday from
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Item needed this month:   Pasta

Please place donation in the box by the church entrance or bring it to the church office.

Brown paper grocery bags
are always needed.

Thrift Store
A bargain store stocked with womenís, menís and childrenís apparel, shoes, household items, jewelry, books, games and much more. Most of the merchandise is used, although you can also find brand-new items.

Most weeks in the month they offer discounts of up to 70% off the price.

The store is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Volunteers are always needed.
Other News

Inclement Weather Policy
In the event of inclement weather which would necessitate the cancellation of church services or other events, the following procedures are in effect:

We are registered with WFMZ-TV (Channel 69) and TV13. Any delay or closing information will be available at their websites and on the TV stations.

Within two hours of the worship time, a message will be recorded on the church phone answering machine. Call 610-377-4303 and you will be informed via the recorded message.

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