Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
Mid-Week Messenger
Hello Christ Lutheran!


Hope you are having a blessed ADVENT!

 Here are a few of the many things going on at Christ Lutheran . . .

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE – Our annual Blue Christmas service happens WEDNESDAY at 7:00 p.m. This contemplative service ministers to those of us who are having trouble getting into the Christmas Spirit because of current or past situations and circumstances. We’ll acknowledge our challenges and celebrate the hope we have in Christ born in a manger.

FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY– Starting tomorrow and continuing for three weeks, join us from 10:30 a.m. to noon for “People of the Nativity.” We’ll look at the birth of Jesus from the perspective of some of the people who were there.

505 SERVICE– Our new Saturday Evening Service, 505 Worship, continues Saturday at 5:05 p.m. in Zick Hall. The first 505 service last Saturday was well-attended and well-received. Join us for this alternative worship experience that will continue through the Advent Saturdays (12/8, 15, and 22). Dinner (PIZZA) is included in worship.

SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT – This week we’ll light the candle of PEACE this week. The Scripture reading and sermon feature the exciting story of Queen Esther’s daring rescue of God’s people from destruction.

IMPROMPTU CHRISTMAS PROGRAM – This year’s Christmas Program is just one week away. It will happen at both services on December 16, and, just like last year, every young person who shows up will be invited to participate.There are no rehearsals, just (sort of) follow directions on the morning of the 16. We’ll have all the costumes and props ready to go. Parents . . . it will be wonderful if children can attend both services. You can leave after the play during the second service, which will take the place of the Scripture Readings and Sermon.

WINTER RELIEF HOMELESS SHELTER- We have responsibility for the Anne Arundel County Shelter Thursday evening January 3 through Friday morning January 5. There is a sign-up board in the church lobby if you can help in person, and also a board with sticky notes with items needed for meals. Plus there’s a box for dropping off these needed items. Call 410-897-2822 for more information.  

FINALLY, UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS

- Youth Christmas Party happens Sunday, December 16 from 2-4 p.m. at the Glen Burnie Ice Skating Rink. $11.00 per person, snacks provided. RSVP to Kim Ryan – kryan19@verizon.net

- Youth Group Returns on Sunday, January 6, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.!

- Youth are selling Cookie Mixin the lobby, only $10.00 per jar! This is the last week to purchase this excellent gift idea.

Sunday’s Sermon Scripture: Esther 4:1-17
Sermon Title: “For Such a Time as This”

Something to think about between now and Sunday:

· What is worth risking your life?

Pastor Dave will be at Panera today from 1-3 for Public Office Hours.

2018 CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT WORSHIP

2:00 PM
Traditional Candlelight Servicewith Holy Communion
Music: Christmas Hymns with Organ Accompaniment and Guest Musicians
5:00 PM
Contemporary Candlelight Servicewith Holy Communion
Music: Christmas Hymns with a GAP (Praise Band) Twist
11:00 PM
Traditional Candlelight Servicewith Holy Communion
Music: Christmas Hymns with Acoustic Guitar and Bass Accompaniment
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