FALL 2019 CHURCH NEWSLETTER
ADOPT-A-STREET It’s time again to clean up Smoke Tree Lane. We’ll do this the week of October 13-19. If you have the time, take a walk and “tidy up“ Smoke Tree Lane.
OPEN FORUM An Open Forum (for all members of the congregation to ask questions and offer suggestions) will be held on Sunday, October 6, at 10:30AM (during Fellowship Hour). Plan on attending.
LWMS FALL RALLY The LWMS Grand Canyon - West Circuit Fall Rally will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Grace-Glendale; with registration/check in beginning at 8:15AM. Guest Speakers are Rev. Kirby Spevacek; who will speak on “Mission Jouneys, by Grace” and Rev. Jeff Gunn; who will speak on “My home mission experience and strategies for reaching out to people right here”. Registration sheets are available from the table under the Narthex bulletin boards.
MISSION FESTIVAL Our congregation will celebrate Mission Festival on Sunday, October 20 (in the 9:30AM worship service). Guest Speaker will be Rev. Howard Mohlke, Director of ACTS (Apache Christian Training School). A Fellowship Meal will follow at 11:00AM. Everyone is encouraged to be in attendance that day and stay for the Fellowship Meal.
VOTERS’ MEETING The Quarterly Voters’ Meeting of First Ev. Lutheran Church will be held on Sunday, October 27, following Reformation Worship (with Communion) at around 10:45AM. Agenda items include acknowledgement of membership changes, a preliminary 2020 Smoke Tree Village Budget, and committee reports. All voters are encouraged to be in attendance.
REFORMATION Our congregational observance of Reformation will be on Sunday, October 27, in the 9:30AM worship service. May the observance of the Reformation help us better understand and appreciate our Lutheran heritage!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD The Ladies League will again be participating in Operation Christmas Child. The program provides gift-filled shoe boxes to less fortunate children around the world. Monetary gifts are always welcome. See Harriet Burger or Jodie Herod for more information.
THANKSGIVING “Count your blessings one by one”, an old Gospel hymn tells us. David does this in Psalm 103. He realized that God had given him everything he needed in life and he wanted to show his thankfulness. We too have to admit that we have received “every good and perfect gift” from our Heavenly Father. We have the “extra” opportunity to show our thankfulness in a special worship service on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day), November 28, at 9:30AM. Let’s ALL make use of this worship opportunity to thank and praise God for all his goodness!
SPECIAL OFFERING The Church Council has determined that the Thanksgiving Day Offering will be designated to assist local benevolences. May the Lord bless this offering!
YAVAPAI FOOD BANK There's always individuals in our community who can benefit from your generosity. If you'd like to assist the "hungry" in our community, just bring your canned goods and/or non-perishable food items to the Church kitchen and set them on the counter next to the refrigerator. And remember: the last Sunday of every month has been specially designated as “Yavapai Food Bank Sunday”. A basket will be in the Narthex to receive your donations.
COUPON CLEARINGHOUSE A basket has been placed in the Narthex (under the track rack) to receive your unwanted coupons. If you’re not going to make use of them, maybe someone else can. The purpose of the Coupon Clearinghouse is to assist those individuals who might be able to make use of them (either for themselves or when purchasing items for the Community Cupboard). Stop by and either drop off or take out some coupons.
ADVENT The Church year begins with the season of Advent; which literally means “coming”. The season commemorates Jesus’ first coming as a baby in Bethlehem’s manger and his anticipated second coming as judge on the last day. We’ll “kick-off” the Advent season on Sunday, December 1. May our Advent worship prepare us for Jesus’ “comings“!
HOLIDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE Our Christmas Eve Worship Service will be at 6:30PM; followed by a Christmas Day Worship Service at 9:30AM.
SIGN-UPS There are still dates open to sponsor flowers on the altar and host Sunday Fellowship Hour. If either of these areas of service interest you, please sign up on the appropriate sheets located on the Narthex bulletin board.
TRI-CITY FELLOWSHIP The Tri-City Fellowship Organization generally meet on the first Tuesday of the month at one of the Tri-City WELS Churches. Following a Potluck Meal at 12:00PM, there is usually a brief business meeting followed by a program and/or games. All WELS seniors and retirees are encouraged to be a part of Tri-City Fellowship.
LADIES LEAGUE The Ladies League meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30PM. All ladies of the congregation, by virtue of their Church membership, can be a part of Ladies League. Stop by their bulletin board located in the hallway leading to the Fellowship Hall to see what they’re up to.
“OPEN FOR BUSINESS” The First Ev. Lutheran Church Memorial Garden is “Open For Business”. Niches are available to congregational members (and members of the tri-city WELS congregations). Cost of a single niche, which stores two sets of cremains, is $500. This includes all costs for the urns, copper nameplates, and engraved niche covers. Cost of a half niche for a single set of cremains is $250 and includes a single urn, nameplate, and half of the engraved niche cover. If you’d like more information or would like to receive an application form, contact Sharon Radichel in the Church office.
AZ TUITION TAX CREDIT This program offers Arizona taxpayers the option of
donating up to $1,000 to private education for tuition scholarships and/or grants. ACSTO (Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization) stands ready to assist with these donations. Students who have ties to our congregation (and could be recipients of your AZ Tax Credit dollars) include Zachary & Tanner Plitzuweit (grandchildren of Adela Burk) who attend Arizona Lutheran Academy & Cross of Glory-Peoria, respectively. On the form (under #2 - option #1), designate the recipient of your donation and complete #3. More information and application forms are available from the table in the Narthex (by the secretary’s office).
CHRISTMAS-TIME ACTIVITIES Get into the “spirit” this Christmas-time by joining in one or more Church activities. The Tri-City Fellowship will hold their Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 3, at 11:30AM, at a local restaurant (check bulletin for exact location). More information and a Sign-up Sheet will be posted on the Narthex bulletin board. The Ladies League will hold their Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 10, at 5:00PM, in the Smoke Tree Village Clubhouse. All Ladies of the congregation are invited! A Congregational Christmas Party/Potluck will be held on Sunday, December 15. After the worship service we’ll view a “seasonal video”, sing favorite Christmas Carols, and end the day’s activities by enjoying a Potluck Meal. The Altar Guild (and anyone else who would like to join in the fun) will trim the Church Christmas Trees and decorate during the week of December 1. Look for date and time in the weekly bulletin.
OFFERING ENVELOPES The 2020 Offering Envelope Boxes will be available for pick up in the Narthex on Sunday, December 15. They will be on the table by the Office Secretary’s door. Please pick yours up and make good use of them in the new year!
EXPLANATION OF THE LITURGY Have you seen the “Explanation Of The Liturgy” on the first page of the Hymnal? Take a look and have a better understanding and appreciation our Liturgical Worship!