“And she gave birth to her first born, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and place him in a manger.” Luke 2:7; “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.
Did you ever notice how things settle down around the house when the baby is asleep in the crib? The door slams shut and the pushing and shoving to get to the afternoon snack first sounds like a noisy battle as the older kids come running into the house after playing outside. Dad hollers up from the basement for someone to turn the light back on that mom turned off because she forgot that he had finally gone down to fix the leaky washing machine hose. All the noise could wake the dead, and so mom has to tell everyone, “Quiet, please. The baby is sleeping.” And then what happens? The house quiets down as everyone settles down. A sleeping baby has a way of slowing down, settling down life that can be busy and noisy.
Did you ever stop to think that that is what the baby Jesus does? As we enter the month of December and anticipate all the activities this busy time of the year demands of us, there is a place that can bring quiet and peace, not just to our busy schedules but also to our hearts. It’s the manger where the baby Jesus was sleeping. As we see him lying and resting in the manger, we know why he came. He came to bring peace on earth, good will to men. It’s not the peace that the world gives, but peace with God through the forgiveness of sins. Only the good news that our sins are wiped away from our record can bring real rest to our souls and quiet our accusing conscience. Only through that forgiveness can we look forward to the eternal rest and peace of heaven. Only the baby Jesus can bring that kind of peace and quiet to your heart and home.
During this month of December we will have many opportunities to gather at the manger and receive the peace and quiet only the baby Jesus can give. It starts with the midweek Advent services. It continues on with Advent by Candlelight and the children’s Christmas services on Sunday, December 16th. And then on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we will celebrate the great miracle of our Savior’s incarnation as we join in singing,
“Away in a manger no crib for his bed,
the little the Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky look down where he lay.
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.”
Oh, by the way, “Quiet. The baby is asleep!”
May you have a quiet and restful Christmas celebration in the Holy Christchild!
Serving You in Christchild,
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S SERVICES
Come join us for worship this Christmas season as we celebrate our Savior’s birth!
Sunday, December 16 Children’s Christmas Services 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve 3:00 & 5:00pm
Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day 9:00 a.m.
Monday, December 31 New Year’s Eve 1:30 & 6:30pm
St. Paul Mission Society meets Monday, December 3rd at 7 PM. Come and join us for an evening of Christmas snacks and treats and a Program of songs and scripture. All women of St. Paul are welcome to join us. We will meet in the school library.
MIDWEEK ADVENT SERVICES
The Prophet Haggai Advent means “Coming.” Jesus came at Christmas and is coming again, so we need to wait and watch and be ready. That waiting and watching connects us with God’s Old Testament people, who looked forward eagerly to the coming of the Messiah. So, at our Wednesday Advent services this year, we’re going to read the prophet Haggai from beginning to end. We prepare our hearts to celebrate the Savior’s birth with midweek Advent services on three Wednesdays of Advent: December 5, 12 and 19. Service times are 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. A light supper will be served at 4:30. Lakeside’s Operation Go will serve loaded baked potatoes December 5, Mission Society will serve Sloppy Joes December 12, and the Youth Group will serve Tacos December 19.
SPECIAL VOTERS’ MEETING
A Special Voters’ Meeting will be held Sunday, December 2 after the second service. The purpose of the meeting is to consider a proposal by the church council to address our offering shortfall through dedicated funds, to discuss the possibility of having to revise our current budget, and to approve the rates proposed by the Bank of Lake Mills for our building project.
ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT
Make plans to attend this year's Advent by Candlelight event...An Evening with Isaiah. It will be held on Sunday, December 2nd. All ladies 6th grade and older are welcome. Sign up for attending and/or hosting is in the lobby. For more information or any questions, text Becca Lauber at 648-2676 or email at email@example.com
St. Paul Festival Choir will again be joining their voices with the Praise Singers to sing for the Christmas Eve 3:00 and 5:00 services as well as the 9:00 am Christmas Day service. Practices are on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, and Dec. 18. All members of St. Paul are welcome to join this choir. Even if you can only sing for one or two of the services, we still need you. Please let Mrs. McKenney know if you’d like to sing with the choir but can’t get to all of the practices. (text 920-988-0177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
INSTRUMENTALISTS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
Do you play the clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, guitar or any other instrument? We are planning to have an ensemble accompany the hymns and play special music for the Christmas Day service on Tuesday, December 25, at 9:00am. If you are interested, please sign up by Thanksgiving Day in the church lobby or contact Lois McKenney (text 920-988-0177 or email email@example.com). Practice times will be determined after the sign-up.
We join the following couples in thanking the Lord for blessings received as they celebrate special wedding anniversaries (multiples of five years) this month. May God’s blessings continue on you and on all of our families!
Michael & Monica Ponyicsanyi December 7 30 years
Larry & Karen Hafenstein December 8 45 years
Jason & Kim Langille December 12 20 years
Mike & Norma Garman December 14 55 years
Vernon & Melody Wolff December 15 50 years
John & Sue Schmidt December 21 50 years
WITH THE LORD
STEVEN SPENCER departed this life on November 7, at the age of 71. His funeral was held on November 13. Blessed are those who die in the Lord!
RUTH KUHL departed this life on November 9, at the age of 94. Her funeral was held on November 14. May the Lord comfort her loved ones through his Word.
Our review of Christ’s love and goodness during the recent weeks provides motivation for our giving for the work of his kingdom. His daily blessings supply the means to do so. May our response always be grateful and generous! Offerings of recent weeks for the general operating budget are listed below. Average weekly needs are currently $ 27,900.
November 4 $ 22,682
November 11 $ 17,579
November 18 $ 17,564
November 25 $ 33,668
Also received during those weeks were gifts of $8,762 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $100 for the Improvement Fund, $21,238 for Phase 2 Building, and $469 for Tuition Assistance.
We express sincere gratitude for these recent memorial gifts presented to the Phase II Building Fund and Bountiful Blessings:
In memory of RUTH WOLLENBURG, $945
In memory of FLORENCE TOPEL, $1040, $20 toward a new oven and $115 for tuition assistance
In memory of STEVEN SPENCER, $1030
TWICE IS NICE December 2018
Shop: We all know that the Reason for the Season is our Savior Jesus, yet it’s the rare one among us who doesn’t succumb at least a bit to the shopping fever around this time of year. We at Twice is Nice encourage you to not forget about us even as you are bombarded by the colorful fliers and catalogs from everywhere else – from decorating to gifts to warm and cozy or festive and fancy seasonal apparel, we are open 9-5 six days each week for you to find those merry bargains! We’re easy-to-find just a minute east on the Hwy 18 exit off the 26 bypass at 907 W. Racine St., next to the Jefferson Piggly Wiggly.
Volunteer: See your church among our new volunteers? Ask how it went and join us! Thanks to Frieda Ninmann (St. Luke, Watertown), Chris Johnson (Mt. Olive, Weston), Sue Schroedl (St. John, Jefferson) and LLHS Student Volunteers: Janelle Arndt (St. Mark, Watertown), Janae Jensen, Jennica Jensen (St. John, Juneau), Gracie Hillier, Grace Krieser, Ally Murray (Peace, Sun Prairie), Abbie DiGiovanni (St. John, Jefferson), Madelyn Plitzuweit (St. Matthew, Oconomowoc), Megan Reinke (St. Luke, Watertown), Anna Swenson (St. Stephen, Beaver Dam). Thanks also to Jeremy Harneck, trainer and mentor to students Nathan K. and Rebecca Bielinski from Jefferson High School! Could you donate a Saturday a month, or is yours a congregation who could provide a team volunteer one Saturday a month? There are also jobs that could be done from home. Call 920-674-6868 ask for the day manager.
The December meeting of OWLS will be a Christmas Party on the third Tuesday, December 18th beginning 12:00 NOON at St Paul Lutheran Church in Marshall. Yes, we start at 12:00 NOON with a potluck meal. As at the summer picnic, please bring your own tableware and beverage along with an item of food to share. After the meal in the fellowship hall we will enjoy some games, sing carols, take care of business and hear a Christmas message from Pastor Arthur Faught. We are an Organization of WELS Seniors (OWLS) providing ministry along with fellowship and fun for those of us who are retired and/or 50 years and older. St Paul Church is located at 204 Deerfield Rd (Hwy 73) just one block south of Main Street (Hwy19) on Marshall's south side. We are preparing for Christmas. All are welcome. Come and bring a friend with you.
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Friday, November 30 at 7:30pm (tickets needed)
Saturday, December 1 at 7:30pm (tickets needed)
Sunday, December 2 at 2:30pm (tickets needed)
Martin Luther College
Saturday, December 1 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 2 at 4:00pm
Saturday, December 8 at 5:00pm at the Waukesha Expo Center.
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 and 7:00pm
St. John Lutheran Church in Jefferson
Sunday, December 9 at 3:30pm.
Lakeside Lutheran High School
Sunday, December 16 at 7:00pm
Luther Preparatory School
Sunday, December 16 at 3:00pm;
Thursday, December 20 at 10:00am
WELCOME TO...LAKESIDE LUTHERAN OPERATION GO 2019!
a message from Director Pastor Mike Helwig
Greetings in the name of our Advent King! This fall over 60 Lakeside students were selected to be on Operation Go teams. In 2019, seven teams will travel to missions and congregations all over the United States.
First up: we are sending out a mission work team to Phoenix over Spring Break. They will help a growing church and school reach out to the community. Then, in summer, we will send out two Christian soccer camp teams, a Christian-based STEM camp team, and two Vacation Bible School teams to places including Anchorage, Boise, New Orleans and Long Valley, New Jersey (just west of NYC). Finally, new this year is the privilege of sending a team to Salt Lake City. This team will be trained by a WELS ministry called “Truth in Love.” Our teens will learn and practice the specialized mission skills for reaching out to people in Mormon communities. All of our Warriors are saying with Isaiah-like eagerness: “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6: 8).
Historically, the Lord has truly blessed Lakeside with large numbers of talented students eager to be sent out on these mission trips and share the love of Jesus. All will all be directly involved in the sharing and teaching of God’s Word. They will return with experiences and memories that will serve them, their school and their home churches for a very long time.
We need your help to keep this vital program going full-steam! All of these trips are energized by the efforts of the students, parents and mentoring staff members to raise dollars, increase awareness, help plan for the work and the travel. We invite your prayers for our teens, the chaperones, the congregations, and the work. Pray that the Lord carries them safely to and from these mission fields, and that he uses them as his instruments for sharing Christ.
We also invite your help when possible to help with fundraisers and publicizing events. We encourage you to support these trips financially and to share the news of these mission trips among the Lakeside congregations. You can do that in any of several simple ways:
1. Donate online when you go to llhs.org/opgo. On this Operation Go page, you’ll see photos of our eager student teams with a yellow donate button for that team. Click to donate with debit, credit or Paypal-- be sure to leave a message of support too!
2. Consider it a Christian gift of faith as you write a check to Lakeside Lutheran. Designate Operation Go on the memo line and it will be directed to the OpGo program by our Development and Finance departments.
3. Watch for opportunities to assist the Operation Go team members by volunteering and participating in their various fundraising events around the Lakeside federation and on campus.
4. Visit Operation GO on Facebook -- @OperationLakesideGO -- to keep up with team progress, see upcoming events, share news and giving opportunities, and leave messages of support and encouragement!
May the Lord bless our Advent preparations with his Word of peace and the spiritual readiness that comes from knowing Christ Jesus as Savior and King. It is He who said to his disciples: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you!” (John 20:21). If you have questions or comments about Operation Go, please direct them to Pastor Mike Helwig, Operation Go Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.