The Augustana College Scandinavian Department and the American Scandinavian Association cordially invite you to join us on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 to observe the festival of Sankta Lucia. This holiday tradition starts at 7:00 PM in Wallenberg Hall, on the 2nd floor of Denkmann Building, (corner of 7th Ave & 35th St.). The free evening features performances of traditional Swedish Christmas songs and stories by Augustana’s Swedish-language students. Following the evening’s celebration of Swedish heritage, the American Scandinavian Association will serve cider, coffee, and homemade cookies in the Denkmann lobby. Celebrate St. Lucia at Augustana!
Please come to a
Candlelight Communion Service
Christmas Eve, December 24th
Service of Lessons & Carols for Christmas
Sunday, December 29th
First Lutheran Church, Rock Island
November 19, 2013
After more than 40 years of Parish Ministry, I have decided to retire in 2014. I have had a wonderful 12 years of ministry serving First Lutheran, Rock Island. I will miss the daily fellowship, the celebrations, teaching, worship, and the people of First Lutheran.
The Bishop has been informed of my decision and will give support to the congregation during this time of transition. My retirement will take effect January 31, 2014.
I ask for your prayers and support during the next 2 months as I move from active ministry into retirement. I will pray for First Lutheran, as it moves into another phase of its 143 year ministry and service.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Gregory Mayer
The primary reason we share our gifts is out of joy and thanksgiving for God’s blessings, especially for God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and God’s grace through him. This is the foundational reason for our giving as God’s people in mission.
Mark your calendars: Saturday, December 14th, 6:30pm, in the Parish House. Cocoa, stories, fun… Stay tuned for more details!
These annual Men’s Advent Breakfasts will be held in Founders Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th Street, Moline, starting Saturday, November 30th, and continuing through December 21st. Breakfast (free will offering) is at 8:00am, followed by a devotional, led by an area ELCA pastor, at 8:30am. This Advent series is for all men of the West Conference – and their guests! For more information please call 762-3624.
To all of the members of the First Lutheran Congregation who donated monetary gifts, baked goods and /or crafts, thank you for your generosity! Also, thank you to all those who helped the day of the sale and on Sunday after church. Ron Raymond and Doug Hall deserve a special thank you for helping set up Fellowship Hall for the sale, and Ron for helping people move their items up and down the elevator! We did it again—made more than we expected!!! The grand total of the proceeds from the sale as of 11/20/2013 is $1441.05. This total represents many people purchasing sweets, treats, crafts or coffee and coffee cake. The Committee: Jean Dasso, Sylvia Martin, Sherry Proehl, Marilyn Raymond, and Sandy Stoit
Hannah………. No Meeting in January!
Convener: Marilyn Raymond,309-787-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chloe………. Bible Study: In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women, “Widow of Zaraphath” from the November Gather Magazine. Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. at Pam King’sHome, 2002 46th St, Rock Island, IL
(Please call convener for any questions concerning Circles.)
This Quad City Community Handbell Ensemble presents its first annual holiday concert, at 6:00pm, Sunday, December 1st, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 W. 12th Street, Davenport. Admission to the concert is free, but a free-will offering will be accepted. First Lutheran’s handbell choir director, Robin Gravert, is a member of RiverBend Bronze.
Stay after worship on Sunday, December 1st, for some Advent fun! Help decorate your Parish House and Church. After Coffee Fellowship, we will start in the Parish House at 12:00noon and decorate until 2:00pm. Bring finger food goodies to share for lunch. At 2 o’clock, we’ll move over to the church building and decorate there until 4:00pm. Stay for it all, come and go, or be here for a short time. Do whatever you can to decorate your Church and Parish House.
The winter Retreat will be held Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at First Lutheran, 1600 20th Street, Rock Island. Registration is at 9:30am. A soup lunch, bread, and dessert will be supplied by the Board. Cost of the retreat is $5.00. Future information will come in the January Newsletter. Circle your calendar.
The church office will be closed Tuesday, December 24th – Thursday, December 26th, and Tuesday, December 31st – Wednesday, January 1st, 2014, in observance of Christmas and New Year’s. The deadlines for announcements for those weeks are Monday, December 23rd, for Sunday, the 29th, and Monday, December 30th, for January 5th. Thank you for your support.
We received a letter from The Lutheran thanking us for our continued support and letting us know that after 10 years of no price change, they will not be able to maintain the group subscription price of $8.00. They believe that it is important to connect as many Lutherans as possible through The Lutheran and, with that objective, have been able to minimize the impact by increasing subscription prices by only one dollar. The new group rate is only $9.00.
The Lutheran is not mission supported by the ELCA and is sustained exclusively by subscription and advertising revenue. They are an independent source of news and information with dependent relationships. They count on their relationship with us.
There will be special envelopes for The Lutheran Magazine available in December. They will be in bulletins for a couple of weeks, in the Narthex, and in the Parish House. Thank you for making your contribution for your 2014 subscription now.
December 15 the Sunday School classes will make ornaments from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the Parish House. Each child will make some ornaments to take home and some ornaments to give to shut-ins during Christmas Caroling after church that Sunday. Come and join the fun, and get into the Christmas spirit!!