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Announcements for Sunday, November 27, 2022

Prayer of Preparation

Praise and thanks be given to Thee, Lord our God, that we are again permitted to commemorate the coming of Thy dear Son. Grant, that we may receive Him with joy, and serve Thee in purity of heart and abiding faith through Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

from Evangelical Book of Worship, Eden Publishing House 1916

WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE—Is this your first time at Salem?  If so, welcome. We’re so glad to have you with us.  If you’d like for us to get to know you better you can use a connection card located in the seat pocket in front of you and drop it in the offering plate in the Narthex. Also, be sure to stop at the Narthex on your way out for a gift from us. Thank you for coming! 

TODAY IS THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT.   Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas.  During these four Sundays Christians remember the long process God used to prepare his people for the coming of the savior.  We are reminded that the true meaning of Christmas comes only to those whose hearts have been made ready.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY – Join us each Tuesday in the weeks leading up to Christmas from November 29th through December 20th at 6:30pm in the conference room.  Pastor David will be leading the 4-session study titled “Unwrapping the Gift of Christmas”.

BOXES FOR OUR SERVICEMEN/SHUT-INS – The Women’s Guild will again be sending boxes to our servicemen for Christmas and delivering cookies to our shut-ins.  We are in need of cookies and ask them to be brought to the kitchen on or before Friday, December 2nd at 10:00am.  Please mark the containers for “shut-ins” or “servicemen”.

WANT TO GET IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT?  Join us Saturday, December 3rd at 9:00am to go Christmas caroling to our shut-ins.  Everyone is invited to join us.  A bus and a light lunch along with a lot of fun will be provided!  Please bring a mask along in case required by the facility.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY PRACTICE for all the children singing in the choir will be on Sunday, December 4th at 9:00am in the sanctuary.  There will be Sunday School that day at 9am in the Elementary 2 classroom upstairs in the Fellowship Hall for those not singing in the play.

ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING – Salem’s annual budget meeting is planned for Sunday, December 4th following the 10:00am service in the sanctuary.  There will be no 8:00am service or 11:30am service that Sunday to encourage member attendance at the meeting.  Please join us for this meeting on 12/4 so we will have a quorum.  Copies of the budget will be available in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall entrance.  If you are unable to pick up a copy of the budget, please call or email the church office and a one can be mailed or emailed to you.

THE SR YOUTH will be meeting on Sunday, December 4th for their Christmas Party from 6:00-8:00pm.  Dinner will be served, & it is a Grinch theme this year!

NEW MEN’S BIBLE GROUP will be meeting here at the church at 5:30pm on Monday nights starting November 28th.  This established group used to meet at another church but have chosen Salem as their new meeting location, and all men are invited to attend.  This is a pretty laid-back group — come try it out!

WOMEN’S GUILD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM — The Women’s Guild invite all women of the church to our Annual Christmas Program and luncheon on Tuesday, December 6th at 10:30am.  We have invited the women of 12 neighboring churches to be our guest.  Please come and bring a vegetable or salad and a dessert.  The Guild is furnishing the meat, potatoes, and drinks.  We look forward to seeing you!  If you plan to attend, please sign your name on the list located in the Fellowship Hall lobby by November 28th so we know how many to prepare for.

THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY will be on Sunday, December 11th at the 10am service.  There will be no 8am or 11:30am service that day.  They are putting on an extra special hybrid Christmas Play this year, where some of the parts will be pre-recorded and then there will be in-person singing!

SENIOR YOUTH ROOM REVEAL will be on Sunday, December 11th after the 10am   service.  We invite you to come share cookies in the Fellowship to celebrate the completion of the remodel and then come upstairs to tour the room, which is the last classroom upstairs in the Fellowship Hall.  The senior youth room renovation was funded by a generous memorial contribution made several years ago and designated for that purpose.  We would like to thank Mike Lynn, Dave Lundy, Tim Pohl, and the Pugh and Feil families for their hard work and dedication to get this room ready.  It will be used for both senior youth gatherings and confirmation class.  Come celebrate with us!

THE PRAYER GROUP is meeting at church in the conference room at 6:30pm on Wednesdays.  If you would like the link for the online option, please email Pastor David at salempastor@gmail.com.

THE THURSDAY FLOCK will be meeting this Thursday morning.  They will have a 9:00-10:00am social hour with exercise, coffee and a continental breakfast.  There will be a Bible study from 10:00-11:00am.  Come join us!

THE UPPER ROOM regular print booklets for January-February are available in the Narthex.

2023 CALENDARS donated by the Rev. Gordon Jones are available in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall entrance.

THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN ED is looking for 6 more nursery volunteers for 2023.  If you would be interested or like more information, please contact Marcia Lynn at mlynn62@sbcglobal.net or Heather Russ at hruss718@gmail.com.

ATTENTION: SALEM CHURCHGOERS  It’s time to get your act together!  Literally.  The Evangelism Committee will be presenting a variety show on February 12, 2023 immediately following the Valentine’s Dinner.  So. . .please get out your dancin’ shoes, musical instruments, vocal selections, skits, recitations, comedy routines, etc. and share some fun.  It may be a solo, duo, or group act.  It does not need to have a Valentine theme.  We welcome participants of ALL ages.  Registration forms are in Narthex and the Fellowship Hall entrance.  So please, sing us a tune, do a little dance, tickle the ivories, play your fiddle, toot your horn, or make us laugh and let’s have some fun!

FROM THE PASTORAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE:  Each December we meet with Pastor David.  At that time we share with him any compliments or any suggestions we have been given by those who attend our church. We will include your name when we meet or your comments may remain anonymous.  Please let us know your comments by the end of November.  This is also a time when Pastor David can tell us of things he feels would be an addition to the life of the church.  We regard this meeting as one where we can share your ideas and receive any requests from Pastor David.  In this way, we can encourage each other as we all strive to glorify God by our work in our church.  Please contact any of us directly, or leave a note for us in the church office.  Thank you!  Debbie Balsdon, balsdon@att.net; Dan Alcorn, alcorn.dan@gmail.com; and Kevin Day, day_kevin@hotmail.com

Boy Scout Troop 335 and I are making the holidays bright again this year!! For the 3rd year in a row we will be putting together Tastefully Simple holiday gift bags for local Nursing Homes and Shut ins! All you need to do is donate $15, and the boys will prepare and deliver your gift! Thanks in advance for your generosity!! I have PayPal, Venmo, cash app Facebook pay, or you can even mail me a check! Message me today!! Our deadline is December the 1st!  Sara Porter — saraporter@ymail.com

There will be a Pancake Breakfast and Manger Scene Display on Saturday, December 3rd from 7:00-10:00am at Trinity Lutheran Church at 1401 W Boonville-New Harmony Rd in Darmstadt.  The all you can eat pancake breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, and fruit.  A freewill offering will be accepted.  The nativity scene display will be open during the pancake breakfast.  Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Advent Bible Study

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY – Join us each Tuesday in the weeks leading up to Christmas from November 29th through December 20th at 6:30pm in the conference room.  Pastor David will be leading a 4 session in-depth study of advent.

Prayer Group

THE PRAYER GROUP is meeting at church in the conference room at 6:30pm on Wednesdays.  We also have the online option for those you can’t make it in person.  If you would like the link for the online option, please email Pastor David at salempastor@gmail.com.

The Thursday Flock

Anyone from throughout the community is invited to meet each Thursday morning at Salem Church in Darmstadt.  This group is a comfortable, non-threatening environment for people to meet and enjoy the company of others.  Participation in activities is optional, and people may come and go as they please. Each Thursday of the month, they meet…

Christmas Caroling

Want to get in the Christmas Spirit?  Join us Saturday December 3rd at 9:00am to go Christmas caroling to our shut-ins.  Everyone is invited to join us.  A bus and a light lunch along with a lot of fun will be provided!  Please bring a mask along in case required by the facility. 

Children’s Christmas Play Practice

CHRISTMAS PLAY PRACTICE for all those singing in the choir will be on Sunday, December 4th at 9:00am in the sanctuary.  There will be Sunday School that day at 9am in the Elementary 2 classroom upstairs in the Fellowship Hall for those not in the play.