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Worship Schedule

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Sunday School

8:45AM-10:00AM

Sunday Worship

10:00AM-11:00AM

June-Labor Day

Sunday School

Summer Recess

Sunday Worship

9:00AM-10:00AM

Rev. Laura Yurs, Pastor

An unsupervised nursery is available during worship for young children

This Week at Immanuel

Tuesday, Dec 12, 9:30 am Daytime fellowship & study group

Sunday, December 17, 2017

8:45 Sunday School
10:00 Worship – Holy Communion - Advent

Scrip Sales

Announcements

WE WELCOME ALL TO WORSHIP WITH US.

Please sign our guest register if you would like to register your visit. Speak with Pastor Laura Yurs or a member of our congregation if you are interested in church membership or knowing more about becoming part of our Immanuel UCC family. Wherever you are on your life’s journey, we welcome you and invite you to be with us again and again! Restrooms are located on the lower level. In accordance with Immanuel UCC’s Safe Sanctuary Guidelines, an unsupervised nursery is available during our worship service for parents and their young children in the Sunday School room at the rear of the church sanctuary. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children at all times while on the church premises.

Christmas Program

Christmas Program rehearsals began today and will continue during our regular Sunday School time for the next two weeks with additional rehearsals for 2nd – 8th graders on Wednesday, December 13 from 6:30 – 8:00pm. Please plan on joining us for the program on Sunday, December 17th at 7:00pm.

From the Mission Committee

We at Immanuel UCC will be compiling activity bags for social workers to give to children when they are taken to a center (CAC) for forensic interviewing after they have been abused. It is often a long day for them, and these bags provide goodies and things to do (items could include a pen, small notebook, sticker sheet, snacks--fruit snacks/cheese and crackers single serve packs, matchbox car, gum, candy, lip balm, wet ones, individual Kleenex pack, crayons, anti-bac gel, etc., etc.--the possibilities are really limitless). The items are packed in gallon-sized Ziploc bags and decorated a bit with duct tape (can differentiate between "girl" and "boy").
Beginning today through Wednesday, December 20th there will be a box at the rear of the sanctuary for you to bring donations of the above items. On Wednesday, December 20th at 5:30pm, we will be assembling these activity bags during our fellowship time here at church before we go Christmas caroling at Harvest Home. Please consider participating in this opportunity to actively support kids in our community!

Moment for Mission

We at Immanuel UCC will be compiling activity bags that social workers like Kristy give to children when they are taken to a center (CAC) for forensic interviewing after they have been abused. It is often a long day for them, and these bags provide goodies and things to do (items could include a pen, small notebook, sticker sheet, snacks--fruit snacks/cheese and crackers single serve packs, matchbox car, gum, candy, lip balm, wet ones, individual Kleenex pack, crayons, anti-bac gel, etc., etc.--the possibilities are really limitless). The items are packed in gallon-sized Ziploc bags and decorated a bit with duct tape (can differentiate between "girl" and "boy").

Beginning next Sunday, December 3rd through Wednesday, December 20th there will be a box at the rear of the sanctuary for you to bring donations of the above items. On Wednesday, December 20th at 5:30pm, we will be assembling these activity bags during our fellowship time here at church before we go Christmas caroling at Harvest Home. Please consider participating in this opportunity to actively support kids in our community!

Christmas Fund UCC Special Mission Offering

Beginning Sunday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 31st we will be collecting gifts for the Christmas Fund, one of the five UCC Special Mission Offerings. The Christmas Fund provides direct financial assistance to retired and active UCC authorized ministers and their surviving spouses. Gifts to the Christmas Fund directly assist pastors, provide for the Supplementation of Small Annuities, Supplementation of Health Premiums, Emergency Grants, and Christmas Thank You Gift Checks to lower-income retirees. Your gifts are needed more than ever to help the growing number of retirees whole low-income annuities make it difficult to meet increasing living costs. Envelopes for the Christmas Fund offering will be available on the tables near both sanctuary entrances December 3 – December 31. Please consider giving generously to this mission of our wider church.

Christmas Caroling

Save the Date: On Wednesday, December 20th our church will be Christmas Caroling at Harvest Home in Howards Grove. Meet at the church at 5:30pm for hot cocoa, cookies, and fellowship provided by the Christian Education Committee. Then we will carpool to Harvest Home to bring some Christmas cheer to the residents there. All ages and singing abilities are welcome! We should be done for the evening by 7:30pm.

"Let It Be Christmas"

Calling singers of ALL ages and abilities! We will be singing Alan Jackson's "Let It Be Christmas" during the 10 a.m. worship service on December 24th. Our group will meet after church on the following Sundays to practice briefly: 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17. Contact Ed or Kristy Pahl with questions. Please join us--we would love to have a large group of singers! We can't wait to have you sing along :)

Weather Announcements

Your safety is our first priority. In case of bad weather, Immanuel UCC will notify WISN-TV 12, WISN.com, WBAY-TV 2, and WBAY.com. Please check those stations for up-to-date information. The decision to close will be made at least one hour ahead of the event.

Christmas Donations

Women's Fellowship is collecting items on the Christmas tree that will be donated to Health and Human Services in Sheboygan at 1011 N. 8th Street during the dates Nov. 26 to Dec. 17th.  A more complete list is available near the tree but here are a few items to help you choose something that is needed now;  Clothing items;, socks, jacket, flannel shirts, t-shirts, pajamas for kids, jeans, under ware,  Baby Products; Diapers, baby shampoo, baby powder, baby lotion, Wipes, baby food, bibs, hats, infant Tylenol, baby gate , car seats, teething rings,  Personal hygiene items: shampoo, cream rinse, toothpaste, razors, bar soap, liquid soap, deodorant, paper towels, laundry detergent, batteries, napkins, tin foil, Pine Sol, Cold Medicine, Trash bags, lunch bags,  Toys and items for children;  games, coloring books, basketball/ football, watch, Barbie Dolls, books, animal figures, calendars, pillows, bikes, action figures, lego's ,soccer ball, sheets for twin bed, bus tokens, educational toys.  Please see list supplied by Health and Human Services on the table by the tree or call Laurie Lorenz at 467-6677 or by email lorenzml@outlook.com.     

On behalf of the Women's Fellowship we thank you all ahead of time of what we hope will be a outpouring of love from our congregation.

Upcoming deadlines:

December 31, 2017 – All 2017 financial books close.
January 2, 2018 - January Financial reports due to Tracy Kracht
January 4, 2018 – All 2017 Annual Report information MUST be submitted to Kim – no exceptions
(Please remember, we look forward in our newsletters.
We will look back at 2017 in our Annual Report.)
January 28, 2018 – 2017 Annual Meeting immediately after our 9:30 a.m. Worship service

Scrip

Scrip cards make great gifts and are perfect stocking stuffers!! We try to always have a supply of popular cards on hand for

immediate purchase. If you would like us to fill a special order for you, please make sure that you have that information and payment to us by Sunday, December 17th. New order forms and complete vendor lists are available at the Scrip table. You can also go to the website www.shopwithscrip.com to see what cards are available and in what denominations.

Daytime Fellowship and Study Group

The Daytime Fellowship and Study group will be meeting this week on Tuesday, December 12th at 9:30a.m., upstairs in the back Sunday School room. All are welcome!

Closed Doors

Year-round we need to remember to close ALL doors EXCEPT the one downstairs that leads to the back hallway and stairs on the north side of church. This needs to be done to ensure that we do not waste valuable resources. Thank you!

Assisted Listening Devices

We have several assisted listening devices that are available for use during worship. Please see Mike Gottsacker to get one.

Large Print Bulletins

Large Print Bulletins are available for members who are visually impaired. Please see an usher if you would like one.

Northeast Wisconsin Association Web Site

Please check out the Northeast Wisconsin Association United Church of Christ web site for invitations/involvement in the wider life of our area churches. www.neaucc.org What a joy to share life in the Spirit! Also check out the United Church of Christ website for weekly devotions and UCC news.

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