Bulletin Board

            Association Retreat Center

       2372 30th Avenue, Osceola, Wisconsin  54020

              715-294-2877       www.arc-aflc.org

 

Psalm 40:5 “Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done,

the things you planned for us.

None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds,

they would be too many to declare.

 

* 40th Anniversary! Praise the Lord for all of His Blessings!!

 

** June 9 - 12, 2020  AFLC Annual Conference at the ARC. ‘Will He Find Faith?’ Luke 18:8

     Call Val for information on lodging and meals. You may register on the ARC website.

 

Retreats:

January 31-February 2, 2020  Sno-Daze (grades 5-8) and Side x Side (grades 9-12)

Two great camps, one fun weekend! The ARC staff will work closely with the Assn. of Free Lutheran Bible College to provide each age group with sound, relevant Biblical teaching as well as social and physical recreation. Play broomball on Lake Elim, go tubing on the tube chute, or enjoy some gym time.

April 24-26, 2020  Women’s Retreat  Plan ahead for a women’s weekend getaway. Enjoy spiritual and physical refreshment with great teaching and fellowship with other women of all ages.

April 26, 2020  ARC Spring Boutique 11:00-3:00  Local vendors and artisans will be at the ARC providing crafts and other items for your shopping pleasure.

 

Intercessions:

- We have received a $20,000 matching Kingdom Gift for 2019! Financial gifts may be sent to the ARC with ‘Kingdom Gift 2019’ on the memo line. Or go on the ARC website under ‘Support the ARC’ to donate fiscally and type in ‘Kingdom Gift 2019’ in the comments box.

- Pray for the safety and health of ARC staff as we enter the winter months.

- Pray for opportunities to share the gospel with groups at the ARC and our community.

 

Needs:

- We are in need of a skid-lift for various projects around the ARC.

- Support the ARC by visiting our Amazon Shopping List: www.arc-aflc.org/current-needs

- ARC Proposals/Projects: www.aflcdevelopment.org/arc-proposals/

     * For information on ARC service projects please contact Kirk at 715-294-2877 or

        director@arc-aflc.org.

Pastor Gideon Johnson

How do we worship and why? That has been the question we’ve been answering for quite a few months, and now we come to the end. Now we come to the final moment in the divine service when everything comes to a climax. That is, after every confession has been made, every note sung, every offering given, every prayer offered, every word spoken, every divine blessing declared and received; like putting the icing on a cake or reaching the peak of a mountain top, we come to the climax of it all, and it comes in the form of the doxology; a brief moment in the divine service that may at times feel like just a final step before going on our way, yet a moment no one ought to miss or misunderstand.

            What is doxology? Doxology, which means “to praise” or “to give glory,” is to praise the Lord or glorify the name of the Lord. Doxology is worshipping as the angels did in Luke 2. After Jesus was born to us, here they praised God saying, “Glory to God in the highest.” In other words, as Fanny Crosby writes, doxology is giving to God the praise He is due by declaring, “To God [alone] be the glory, great things He has done.” 

Again, the doxology is not to be considered as simply a traditional tag at the end of the divine service. Rather, it is to be the climax. Or, we might actually say, doxology is to be seen as the main point of the entire divine service. For here, after every confession has been made, every note sung, every offering given, every prayer offered, every word spoken and believed, every divine blessing declared and received; we proclaim this has all been done, offered, and received unto the glory of God (soli deo Gloria). 

It is very easy in our humanistic culture to assume that everything is about me. Yet, here in the doxology we weekly put that idea to rest by proclaim and being reminded that everything we do, everything we are, everything we have, and everything God has revealed and done for us is all by His grace and for His glory. In other words, it is all about Him.

Therefore, as we worship the Lord in the divine service and in our daily lives, we ought always to be reminded of this. “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).

 

 

Council Minutes

Call to Order @ 7:30 by President Stolee.  Present were: Pastor Johnson, Allen Stolee, James Lehman, Jerry Houglum, Cory Vold, Elrene Clauson, Heather Olson, Molly Barsness, Dean Houglum, Clair Boyum, Wayne Walker and Rebecca Peterson.

 

Devotions were given by Pastor Johnson from Psalms:  His steadfast love endures forever.  Devotions followed by prayer.

 

Secretary’s Report was read and will stand as read.

Treasurer’s report was presented and approved as presented.  Balance in savings and checking account, not designated as of October 31, 2019, was $8,741.57, compared to $8,985.25, as of September 30, 2019.  

Pastor’s Report:  Seventeen (17) visits (25 individuals) total visits in October.  Pastor will be on vacation Thanksgiving week.  Pastor Aadahl will preach while Pastor Johnson is on vacation.

Youth Director’s Report:  All youth activities are well attended and going well.  Advent event will be held at Emmanuel will include activities, fellowship and supper.  Molly will present a proposed budget for discussion. 

 

Old Business:

  1. Wish List (need to think about a list in case memorial donations are available).
  2. Lights for the basement: Installed and looking great. Will add sanctuary lighting to the pending list.   
  3. Annual review for the pastor:  Will be on agenda for joint Emmanuel/Hauge Council meeting in December.  Review will be completed before joint meeting.  
  4. Church Website:  Clausons are working on website.  Discussed criteria.   
  5. Sunday School:  Is FUN!! Christmas will be celebrated December 22nd during 10:45 church service followed by lunch.
  6. Choir folders have been received, labeled and distributed.
  7. Mold in parsonage:  New kitchen cabinets, countertop and bathroom vanity are being manufactured and will be installed while Johnsons are on vacation during Thanksgiving week.
  8. Answering Machine in Church Basement:  If light is blinking please listen to message and pass on information.
  9. Address numbers on church (302 Bullis): Fred & Rebecca Peterson will get numbers on the church.
  10. Other:

 

New Business:

  1. Discussion on agenda topics for joint meeting with Emmanuel Council – scheduled for Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 PM.
  2. Outside Drainage issue on both sides of church kitchen: pending
  3. Approve spending for “Patterns of Evidence” films – approximately $100.00: M/S/C R Peterson/E Clauson.
  4. Christmas / Sunday School Program / Christmas Eve Service
  5. Discussion on Annual meeting.  Scheduled for Sunday, January 19 after 9:00 AM church service, Sunday School  and pancake brunch.  Alternate day was set to Saturday, January 25, but Pastor Johnson has a conflict – tentative date change to February 1, 2020.  Alternate date will be approved at Dec or Jan Council meeting.  Budget items discussed which did include salary discussions. 
  6. Other:  His Servants group is looking for an additional Hauge rep.  Will be on Annual Meeting agenda.

 

Adjournment 10:00. M/S/C: R Peterson / C Boyum

 

WMF

Here it is Advent already and we are getting ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We will be holding our Christmas Gathering on December 7th at 9 a.m. The hostesses are the WMF Officers. The food chairmen from each circle help with clean up. Each circle should have designated a person to assist with the program. Hope to see you there as we remind ourselves the reason for Christmas isn’t Santa Claus, making your list of things that you think need to be done, trying to figure out how you’re going to find time to get all those things done and still get some sleep before December 24th. We get caught in the hustle and bustle of life and don’t take time to stop and thank God for the gift of his Son. Please join us December 7th at 9 a.m.

 

The needs for missionary families include dry soup mixes, kool aid, card games and small toys, chocolate and gummy bears, mac and cheese, and special occasion napkins. If you are interested in donating some of these items, please place your donations in the box in the kitchen.

 

Our knitting and crocheting group is taking a break for a couple of months. We made and donated over 300 hats, from newborn/preemie size to adult size hats. We donated newborn/preemie hats to The Birth Center at Northfield Hospital, and newborn/preemie size to adult size to the Alaska Mission, as well as the Kenyon Police Department to distribute to those in the community that are in need of warm hats. If you have any unwanted yarn laying around that you want to get rid of, please keep in mind that the knitting and crocheting group could use it. We will be resuming our group in February.

 

We are always in need of volunteers to serve coffee and refreshments on Sundays before service. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at the front door of church (right next to the sign-up sheet for communion set up and clean up); please think about serving one Sunday. Starting in January, it will be after the 9 a.m. service, as we change service times in the first Sunday of January. Don’t feel that you  need to get up before dawn to make something to serve—there are no guidelines for what should be served.

 

Julie Walker will be putting up the tree with the gift needs for the family we have been given to supply Christmas gifts for. Please pray for those receiving the gifts as you shop.  Julie asks that the gifts not be wrapped.

 

At the time of writing this, I do not have information regarding the plan for the Christmas Sunday School program. Please refer to the announcements and news that is communicated through your circle.

 

Our Hauge Annual Congregational Meeting is currently scheduled for January 19th. The council will be providing a pancake breakfast for us that morning between church and our annual meeting. 

 

 Coming events:  

* Hauge WMF Christmas Celebration is on December 7th at 9 a.m. WMF Officers serve and WMF food chairmen clean up. One member from each circle is needed to help plan the program.

*Church Service time changes the first Sunday of January. Hauge service will be at 9 a.m.

If at any time you wish to contact us with questions, comments, etc., please feel free to call Elrene at 507-951-7222 or email at clauson2000@yahoo.com, or Lois at 507-271-9434 or email at lolobauer@frontiernet.net, or catch any of us anytime.

Elrene, Lois, Polly, and Brenda

 

Youth

December Youth Schedule

Dec 1: Youth Group. Emmanuel. 5:30-8pm.

Dec 5: HS Bible Study. Hauge. 7:30am.

Dec 8: Youth Group. Emmanuel. 5:30-8pm

Dec 15: PreHEY Christmas!

                       Emmanuel.12-2:30pm

              Christmas Party! Emmanuel. 5-8pm

Dec 19: HS Bible Study. Hauge. 7:30am.

Dec 22: Movie Night! Emmanuel. 5:30-8pm

Dec 26:Fun Day&Bible Study!Hauge.2-8pm

Dec 29: HEY-all Game Night.

                       Emmanuel. 5-9pm

 

December promises to be as fun-filled as ever as we anticipate celebrating the birth of Christ!

 

HS Bible Study: This is open to students in grades 9-12. We meet at Hauge. Breakfast is ready at 7:30 and study starts at 7:40. We will be done it time to for school. This month we will be meeting December 5 and 19.

 

HEY Christmas Party: The youth group Christmas party will be Sunday, December 15 from 5-8pm at Emmanuel! We will be making homemade pizzas, decorating cookies, opening white elephant gifts, and celebrating the birth of Christ! Students should bring a ~$5 wrapped white elephant gift and wear an ugly Christmas sweater if you have one!

 

Movie Night: December 22.5:30-8. Emmanuel. We will be having a movie and popcorn night! There will not be supper provided that night but there will be popcorn and toppings!

HEY-all Game Night: 5-9pm. Emmanuel. We invite the young adults to join us for a night of fun and games! Bring a snack to share as that will be supper that night!

 

HELP! We serve supper every week at the beginning of youth group. Look to the bulletin boards for a schedule. There will be parts/ingredients listed for each week. Sign up to bring part/all of the ingredients for a given week if you feel so led. If you would like to change the meal and provide the whole thing, feel free to do that as well.

 

 

Youth group starts at 5:30 with supper then continues with our study and fellowship time together. We finish at 8. Come and join us! It is open for any students in grades 7-12. I would continue to ask for your help by encouraging our young people to attend youth group.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts, comments, questions, or concerns!

 

Molly Barsness

651.212.3919

mollymbarsness@gmail.com

 

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PreHEY:

Grades 4-6

PreHEY Christmas Shindig: December 15.

Noon-ish-2:30 at Emmanuel.

Please join us and bring friends!

This one is our Christmas Party! We will be making pizzas and decorating cookies in addition to our lesson and games!

It is like youth group time for the 4th-6th graders!

 

Sunday School

EVERYONE is invited to Hauge ALL CHURCH Sunday school! We long for you to join us each week at 9:15 for different activities and Bible lessons. For December, our weekly activity schedule is below. Please join us in the sanctuary as we learn more about Jesus and our need for Him. 

 

"Bless the Lord, o my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness." Psalm 103:1,8

 

 

December 1 Hot beverages and hang out (Thanksgiving weekend)

December 8 Mission video

December 15 Music, memory, activity

December 22 Bible lesson ~ Birth of Jesus (prep for 10:45 worship service) 

December 29 No Sunday school

 

On December 22, we will have a special worship service with Sunday School and adult participation as we read, hear, act out, and learn about the birth of Jesus and what this means for us today! Lunch will be served following the service.