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News letter from Al and Ellen Smith

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Christian Formation

We explored the Woman at the Well in October. We learned many things including: how important clean water is, what it takes to make it clean, how nice it is to have water come into our homes (carrying water from our “well” helped us see how much work it can be!), how the Samaritan and Jewish people felt about each other and where Samaria and Judea were located.
In November, we will discuss Jesus and the Children. This lesson comes from Matthew 19:13-15 and focuses on how the Disciples and many people of the time didn’t want children to disturb them. When parents wanted Jesus to bless their children, the Disciples tried to push them away, but Jesus felt differently. He said “The kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these” as he blessed them.

On Sundays:
Stop off in Nelson hall for the coffee hour first. We will begin in the basement Room 102 around 10:45. We are starting to collect for Bees, so remember your offering! The K-2nd and 3rd-5th classes will rotate separately after our opening and we will conclude around 11:45.
Nov. 18th – Focus on Spiritual Practices and Science
Nov. 25th – No Church School
Dec. 2nd – Focus on Mission and Advent
Dec. 9th – Pageant practice during the Church School hour
Dec. 16th – Pageant during service, no Church School for K-5th
Church School resumes on Jan 6th!

Changes to the offertory

It has come to the attention of the Worship Ministry Team that increasingly a majority of our members contribute their offering monthly, annually, or through direct deposit. This Sunday we are initiating an experiment to collect the offering at the end of the service. This change will allow us to make better use of volunteers (two ushers instead of four) and during the offertory time in the liturgy to celebrate other examples and opportunities for spreading the Gospel. We will still have ushers to prepare the sanctuary for worship and greet members and guests and collect prayer requests. For those members and guests who have an offering, the ushers will be stationed at the head of the center aisle with collection plates at the end of the service. Once we have had a few weeks to try the new process, we welcome comments and suggestions

Advent Decorations

All Hands On Deck—We have traditionally decorated the church for the Advent season on the Saturday prior to the first Sunday of Advent. This year that Saturday will be the Santa Lucia celebration. Therefore, we have changed the day for decorating to Monday, November 26th. We will be preparing for Advent and Santa Lucia, so we’ll need lots of volunteers. We will also need one or two people to help bring the decorations upstairs Sunday after church on the 25th so they are ready to put in place on Monday. (Any youth available?) There will be a sign-up this Sunday in Nelson Hall.

Santa Lucia breakfast and celebration

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Beginning on Monday, September 17, reservations and payments can be made for the Santa Lucia breakfast and celebration. Sales will continue until all seats are sold. Reservations can be made through the church office (262)547-5100. Payment can be made by cash, check of credit card. Prices are $15.00 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-10 and free for those 4 years and under. Santa Lucia will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Doors will open at 8:45!

In less than a month, the Santa Lucia Festival will commence. There will be delicious traditional Swedish food followed by a slide show of Santa Lucia’s past. The young children will then decorate the Christmas tree and dance around it. Santa Lucia and her court will sing as they process to the stage. What an event to begin the Christmas season!

Remember reservations will be taken through November 19. Call the office to place your reservation. Leave a message for Shelby if she is not there and she will get back to you!
Doors open on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8:45 am. with breakfast served at 9:00.

Advent Events

Dec. 2nd, 9th, and 23rd – Advent Sunday worship at 9:30
Dec. 16th – Pageant during 9:30 service, no Church School for K-5th
Dec. 24th – Communion & Carols at 4 p.m.


There will be a Called Congregational meeting on December 9th to review the 2019 budget, electing Nominating Committee members, and reviewing changes in Pastor Christian’s Call.
Proposed 2018 budget
Electronic Donations Form

Healing Hearts

Healing Hearts of Waukesha County launches its fall sessions:
Do you know of a family struggling with a death, divorce, abandonment, separation, incarceration or other life-altering event? If so, give them the gift of friendship. Suggest they attend Healing Hearts. We provide a peer-to-peer support program for children, teens and adults, who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Meeting in a confidential setting, participants are guided by trained volunteers to work through the grieving process with others experiencing similar losses. The program is free to all participants. and is offered in Waukesha and Oconomowoc.
Waukesha (121 Wisconsin Ave.) Mondays, September 24 through December 10.
Oconomowoc (800 Lake Drive) – Thursdays, October 11 through November 15.
At both locations: 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. (a light meal is offered at no cost)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. peer-to-peer group meetings are held.
Spanish-speaking materials and facilitators are offered in Waukesha.
Families may sign up at any time. They need not fear that they cannot attend if the Fall Session is already in progress.
For more information and registration materials, view our website: Call 262-751-0874 or contact to register.
Any questions, you may also contact Steve Schmitendorf

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