Once again, we will be adorning our altar with poinsettias for the glory of God this Christmas season. Please sign up if you would like to purchase a red poinsettia. Each plant is $9.45. Please write your check to Beautiful Savior, with “poinsettia” in the memo line. You’ll be able to take your plant home any time after Christmas Eve.
The 2015 Children’s Christmas Program “Joy to the World” will be next Saturday, December 19, at 6:00pm. Our final practice is December 19. Practice times are 9am-11am for Grade 1 and up, and 10am-11am for Preschool and Kindergarten students. For more information, please contact Jennifer Larsen.
We are taking donations for the Christmas goodie bags to hand out at the Christmas Program. The items may be things like candy, pencils, small trinkets, etc. Please no breakables. Donations are due by December 19, the day of the program. Any questions? Contact Korey.
Advent Devotions published by Lutheran Indian Ministries are available in the communication center. Pick up a copy today!
The 2015 Children’s Christmas Program “Joy to the World” will be Saturday, December 19, at 6:00pm. All children, age 3 (potty-trained) and older, are invited to join us in telling the Christmas story. We will have practices on December 5, 12, and 19. There will be two practice times, depending on age: 9am-11am for Grade 1 and up, and 10am-11am for Preschool and Kindergarten students. Children can sign up in the information center if they are interested in reading or acting roles. We are also in need of volunteers to assist with keeping practice organized and serving snacks. If you have questions or would like to sign up to assist, please contact Jennifer Larsen.
The high school students are running the Upward concessions again this year for their National Youth Gathering fundraiser. We are in need of donations of Coke, Sprite, miscellaneous candy, chips, Gatorade, water, and other concession stand items, which will be sold during Upward games. A donation signup board is posted in the narthex. Thank you for getting our students to New Orleans!
Performing in Concert! The Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Concordia University will perform here at Beautiful Savior on January 14 at 7:00pm. This group, which toured Europe last January (performing concerts in Munich, Germany and Salzburg and Vienna, Austria) is led by Dr. Louis A. Menchaca, Conductor, and Mrs. Johanna Anderson, Associate Conductor. Their concert will feature a mix of both sacred and contemporary wind band selections by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsokov, Samuel Hazo and Michael Oare. Admission is free, and we will take a free will offering as a gift for the ensemble in thanks for their sharing their gift with us! Plan now to join us, and invite your friends! (Members, we will be looking for help hosting the band members for one night, so please talk to Pastor Jon if you are able to help.)
Here we come a-caroling! Today, December 6, all ages are encouraged to join us in sharing the Gospel and spreading Christmas cheer to our shut-ins and local care facilities. This is an enjoyable time of fellowship and a great way to meet new people. We will meet at church at 2 pm.
Wednesday Advent services will continue on December 9 and 16 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Advent meals will be served from 5:45 to 7 p.m. This Wednesday, December 9, the high school students will be serving lasagna. Everyone attending is asked to bring a side or salad to share. (Thrivent will be providing the dessert.)
On Wednesday, December 9, from 5:45-7:15 pm, Thrivent Financial will be holding “Shred Day & Dessert” to celebrate Choice Dollars directed to Beautiful Savior. Each person will be limited to (3) grocery bags of documents to be shredded. Identity Theft pamphlets will be on hand with tips to prevent risk. Bring your documents to be shredded with you when you come to the Advent meal on the 9th!
The annual Our Redeemer Christmas Dinner will be December 13. We are asking for six volunteers and six to eight pies. The meal will be served at 3:00. To carpool, please meet at the church at 1:30. Please sign up to volunteer or to provide pies. For more information, please contact Pam Fowler at 816-304-4043 or 816-524-9923.
Celebrate the “Season of Giving” by offering your time. One of our church’s ministries is to special needs children and their families. Every year they look forward to the Respite Christmas party, and we need your help. The party will be next Sunday, December 13, in the FLC from 1:30 to 4:30. We have several activities planned and need adults to help these special kids to create some gifts for their parents and have some fun. It will be a blessing to them as well as to yourself. Contact Denise Murphy at 816-229-2625
FIRE Students! “ALL ABOARD! JOIN THE COOKIE EXPRESS!” On December 13, from 2pm-5pm, students will be delivering Christmas cookies to local service agencies, hospital staff, military recruiting offices and more. We will also have a white elephant gift exchange, Christmas games, and enjoy dinner together. Please bring a dozen cookies/bars and a white elephant gift. What is a white elephant gift? Find something appropriate from your house which your family no longer uses, wrap it up, and you have your gift for the gift exchange. If you plan to attend, please sign up outside Korey’s office by Wednesday, December 9. Parents, please sign up if you are available to drive.
Christmas Baked Goods Needed! Are you gearing up for Christmas baking? Please consider making an extra dozen cookies or bars (or more) to donate for BSLC’s FIRE Jr. High Ministry Cookie Express event. Students will be packaging your baked goods and delivering them to local public service agencies, hospital staff, military recruiting offices, etc. If you will donate baked goods, please sign up, or email Korey (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please indicate how many dozen baked goods you will bring. Baked goods are to be brought to the church by Sunday, December 13, before 12 noon.
5th Annual BLAZE Christmas Port-a-Party! It will be a wild sleigh ride (well, without the sleigh) on Saturday, December 12, as we celebrate Christmas through cookie decorating, a trip to SkyZone, Christmas dinner, and a gift exchange! The fun begins at church at 2:00pm, and will end at church at 7pm. Please bring $15 for SkyZone, extra money for SkyZone concessions, and a wrapped white elephant gift for the gift exchange. What is a white elephant gift? Find something appropriate from your house, which your family no longer uses, wrap it up, and you have your gift for the gift exchange. If you plan to attend, please sign up outside Korey’s office by Wednesday, December 9. We will need parent drivers. Parents, please sign up if you are available to drive.
12/24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship times:
3 pm, Family Traditional in Sanctuary (Nursery will be staffed during this service.)
5 pm, Family Contemporary in FLC
7 pm, Traditional with Holy Comm. in Sanctuary
10 pm, Traditional w/Holy Comm. in Sanctuary
12/25 – No worship services
12/26 – No Saturday night worship
12/27 – Services of Readings and Carols 8:00, 10:30 & 10:45
12/31 – New Year’s Eve Worship, 5 p.m.