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Christmas is the season in which we hear the “tidings of great joy” that the Savior of the world was born in Bethlehem. The Second Person of the Trinity had to become man in order to redeem man. After the Feast of the Resurrection, then, the Feast of the Nativity is the greatest in the Church. The atmosphere and appearance of the church building, in addition to its message and music, reflect the exceeding gladness of this celebration.
Flowers and greenery also help to beautify the church building and aid in expressing the joy of the season. The flower most commonly used for Christmas decoration is the poinsettia. Greenery such as fir boughs or holly branches may be used to decorate windows, columns, and other architectural pieces (but not the altar, pulpit, or font). in the scene. Mary, Joseph, the Babe, and a few animals are always appropriate. Shepherds may be added for christrnas and the sunday after. The Wise Men may replace them for the Epiphany.
The flower for the Christmas season is the poinsettia, though several other kinds of flowers-for example, mums-could be used. Red poinsettias are the most popular color, but white is more in harmony with the celebration. An impressive display could be arranged using both colors’ As with other flowers and greenery, their placement should be dignified and not interfere with the prominence of the altar and chancel cross. Because of the festivity of the season, Christmas flowers may be more numerous than during tire non festival seasons. However, consideration of the fact that other decorations will probably be in use should be kept in mind so that the total effect is not overwhelming.
Another appropriate Christmas decoration is the nativity scene. Local custom, and/or the design of the chancel and nave may determine where this accessory is placed. Only nativity scenes of high quality and craftsmanship should be used. This mean’s that plastic figures should not be employed Attention also needs to be paid to which figures are placed.
Just a friendly reminder to take advantage of the opportunity to dig into God’s Word and prepare for Pastor’s message this coming Sunday morning. J
TO PREPARE FOR WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, DEC. 24 …
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14a)
Christ did it all for demoted, devalued, and dismissed people. He did it all for us! For THIS Sunday, Read John 1:14 and answer these questions:
Mount Calvary will host a Cross Cultural Family Night on Wednesday, September 20, beginning with a meal at 5:30 pm, and some fun learning activities until around 7:00 pm. We are partnering with Maria Krawczyk, our liaison with Michigan Migrant Children Support, and look forward to enjoying food and activities that are traditional favorites for migrant worker families. This “Cross Point” event is open to everyone in the community! You’re welcome to bring a favorite Spanish/Mexican dish as part of a potluck! We look forward to the opportunity to interact and learn more about cultural traditions of our migrant families, neighbors and friends!
For more information, contact Pastor Jeff Wilhelm.
Just few Pictures from The Mount Calvary Lutheran Women (MCLW) Retreat Last Saturday. (Click or tap below to view)
Video’s are made: Courtesy of Western Michigan Photography
“The Case for Christ” premieres in theaters this weekend (more
info below). At Mount Calvary, we will be providing booklets
written by the same author, Lee Strobel, “The Case for Easter,”
that you’re welcome to read and pass along to others, possibly
as an invitation to join us at Mount Calvary for Worship and
Bible study. We are privileged to be on the front lines of
Jesus’ church, reaching out with the Good News, to positively
impact people’s lives now and for eternity. See you Sunday!
also New Member Sunday and “Bring-a-Dozen Sunday.”
because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
starting in junior high, your teenagers are beginning to hear
offhand comments like these in class discussions and even from
teachers—and this kind of missional skepticism only
intensifies in high school and college.
is just a bunch of fairytales.”
science don’t really mix.”
“Jesus may have
existed, but the whole Messiah thing sounds like a hoax.”
During my first
week in college, a science professor asked for those who
believed in Creation Theory to raise their hands. As everyone
stared at the two people who raised their hands, the professor
dismissed the theory as nothing more than folklore and said it
would never be discussed in class.
Faced with the
tension between what they’re taught on Sunday mornings and the
predominant worldview of their teachers during the week, many
students learn to compartmentalize their faith. Jesus is in
one compartment, science in another, history in a third. As
a result, Jesus becomes less and less real as life goes on.
I read Lee
Strobel’s The Case for
Christ in my 20s, and it opened my eyes to the
truth. Through it, I realized that God and science can
coexist…quite well, actually. Most of all,
it solidified Jesus’ place in my heart and mind as Lord and
week the movie based
on Strobel’s book is premiering in theaters
across the country. The film is based on the best-selling book.
A journalist and atheist, Strobel decided to investigate the
claims of Christ and simply to go where the evidence led him. In his
investigation he came face-to-face with overwhelming
evidence that Jesus was and is everything he claimed to be.
encourage everyone to see this movie.
Matty, Group Youth Ministry
Mount Calvary Youth and Families served a Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner for the community in celebration of Shrove Tuesday, and to prepare for the seasonal theme of Lenten devotion and service. Our community was inspired by the service of our youth and families, as well as being well fed and given the opportunity to participate in a silent auction. There was generous giving and sharing of time, talents and treasure as the meal was prepared and served, tables were decorated and cleaned up afterwards, and there was generous giving of a dozen items or more for a silent auction, along with generous donations. This event raised funds for a new Preschool playground and an upcoming Youth Gathering. Consequently, the playground will better serve our community, and students will be equipped and given the opportunities to make community improvements near the Gathering site this summer.
“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
How often do events in your life bring about a sense of fear and dread?
Holiday seasons like Thanksgiving and Christmas can easily lose their joy and delight when little things relentlessly nag at us and annoy us. Maybe the busy preparations of the season have you down, or perhaps you are reeling from a major life crisis or catastrophe.
Written by: CVDaily Editors
As we approach the winter season it brings to mind the extreme cold, snow, ice, and other wintry conditions we expect to see this time of year. So grab a cup of hot chocolate and consider these creative ways people at your church can serve their community this winter.
Whatever you decide to do—please be sure to do it safely and with good judgment. After all, it can be slick out there!
[Used with permission from Send Me St. Louis.]
CPH is excited to introduce our new devotional blog, Today in the Church Year. We hope this resource is helpful as you continue to grow in Christ and His Word. Each blog post features a short devotional passage on feasts, festivals, and Sundays.
Hey Parents, Youth Leaders, Pastors, etc.,
August means getting ready for school, fall programs, etc. but we don’t want you to miss out on the incredible summer your kids experienced here at Camp Concordia. Please click on this You Tube link to watch a 3:44 minute highlight video and then share it with everyone you can think of who might like to join your kids next summer. Thank you!
~See you next summer,
My mother and father moved into a retirement community when Dad could no longer provide all the necessary care for Mom’s dementia, diabetes, digestive problems and spinal stenosis that makes her wheel-chair bound. That huge adjustment and expense could be eased if Dad’s long-term care insurance could be approved to pay the in-home care for Mom. On the day the insurance company sent a RN to do the physical check of my mom the nurse found her vitals to be concerning and recommended mom be taken to the hospital ER. An endoscopy and colonoscopy was performed among other tests and found cancer in the right side of Mom’s colon. Prayer requests went out and were answered. Mom’s colon surgery was successful and her related physical therapy has allowed her to walk better than she had in 12 years!
-submitted by Dave Gantz
At the apartments where I work a tenant came to the office very angry about noisy neighbor kids often unsupervised by their parents and how many times he has complained without seeing anything done by the management. His apartment is next the only playground on the property and kids also live near him. All I could do is thank him for his information on the noisy neighbors and insure management was investigating. On my drive home that night I asked God for him to have a peaceful diversion from the problem. I prayed, Lord give this person some serenity and a break from his frustration; like Your Holy Spirit gives me when I’m walking my dogs in the country.
A few weeks later I saw the guy in the parking lot talking happily to others so I went up and ask how it was going. He said, “Hey, I had a God-thing happen to me. I was walking my dog in the park [a few miles away from our apartments] when I saw a lady with a dog like mine. I went up to her and realized it was a friend from High School I hadn’t seen in years. We had a great conversation . . .” He went on to say, that only God could have made that chance meeting occur and that they both have the same breed of dogs!
-submitted by Dave Gantz
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