The Messenger December 2017
The Season of Advent
“Let each heart prepare a home where such a mighty guest may come!” Hymn 76, “On Jordan’s Bank”
Recently on one of my walks, I was pondering the different ways we prepare for things in our lives and in our world. It was a cold Saturday morning, one of the first frosts of the season. I was thinking about how nature prepares for the winter, the whales and geese that migrate south. I remembered a book that I read many years ago called, High-Flying Geese and I found myself pondering some of the things that I had learned. Their formation is important because it allows them to share the lead. The one at the tip of the “V” has the hardest job fighting the wind with no draft to assist them, so they trade off occasionally to share the burden. Their formation also allows them to fly much faster than if they were on their own. If one is injured and needs to land, they all land and one of the geese will stay behind with the injured goose until they can move on together. …and the noise…sometimes we can hear them before we can see them: Honk! Honk! Honk, Honk, Honk! They encourage one another by honking as they journey south. About this time I looked up and sure enough, there was a flock of “Canadian honkers” preparing for the winter by heading south. “How cool is that!” I thought…and I continued to ponder. I wondered, how might we prepare our hearts this Advent season? How might we encourage one another, “honking” for each other as we wait expectantly for the birth of Jesus? How might we care for those in our midst who are hurting or lonely during the holidays? How might we come alongside one another to help bring comfort? What would it mean for us to “fly in formation” in order to share the burden and the lead? These thoughts have led me to some specific actions that I hope to take to prepare my heart for the birth of Jesus, remembering the reason for this season. I hope they might be helpful to you as well. Advent and Christmas blessings to you and yours!
Faith Lutheran Church’s Community Advent Party
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM
The congregation of Faith Lutheran Church invites you, your family and friends to their Annual Community Advent celebration. The afternoon will be filled with music and ministry to draw our hearts into God’s presence. Refreshments will be served following the program, ending with singing carols together.
Southwestern Oregon Community College Choir’s Holiday Concert
featuring Southwestern Oregon Community Choir & Dave Aakre, Director
Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017 Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Rd, Coos Bay, OR 97420 This concert is free and open to the public.
The Music Department at Southwestern Oregon Community College announces their end of term concert at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Celebrating 52 years of music at Southwestern, the concerts are open to the public and will begin at 3pm.
On Saturday, December 3rd, the SOCC Choir, under the direction of David Aakre, will perform a variety of holiday classics. There will also be a guest appearance from the local group the “Gold Coast Chorus” who will perform holiday classics. After a short intermission the Symphonic Choir will perform excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah.”
For more information please call: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church office 541-267-2347
Donations Needed for Christmas Baskets
Emmanuel continues the important tradition of providing local children and families through our schools with a Christmas basket of basic necessities and also a fun toy to brighten up their holiday. Your help and financial donations are needed and appreciated! Envelopes are available for donations in the church entryway. Please save these dates:
Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 PM – meet at Walmart and shop for basket items (blankets, dish soap, laundry detergent, toothbrushes, special toy, etc.)
Sunday, December 10 after the 10:00 AM service – wrapping party! Donations of wrapping paper, tape, and bows are appreciated as well.
Join us for Christmas Worship
Invite a friend to join you!
4th Sunday of Advent, December 24th
We will have our regular Sunday morning worship services at 7:30 AM and 10:00 AM. Following the 10:00 AM service, please plan to stay and help the Altar Guild with the greening of the church and decorating for Christmas.
Christmas Eve, December 24th
4:00 PM – Our Family Oriented Christmas Service with Pageant, Carols and Holy Eucharist. This service includes a simple joy-filled pageant with a part for every child and adult who wants to participate in telling the story of Jesus’ birth. Rehearsal for the pageant will be Sunday, Dec. 17th at 11:30 AM. Please notify the church office or Christy if you or your child would like to participate in the pageant.
8:00 PM – The Holy Eucharist with sermon, traditional Christmas carols and special music by the Choir. This is the traditional “midnight mass” at a more convenient time!
Christmas Day, December 25th
10:00 AM Christmas Day Service with Holy Eucharist, sermon and carols.
The 1st Sunday after Christmas and 5th Day of Christmas, December 31st
7:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with a Christmas meditation.
10:00 AM Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long with Holy Eucharist. We will have a chance to sing many of your favorite Christmas Carols and we’ll let the words of the hymns speak to us as our sermon.
Our older Preschool class wants to remind you to fill the shopping cart each Sunday for those in our community who are hungry!
Join us for a festive meal on Christmas Eve!
Who: All are invited to attend
Where: Emmanuel’s Undercroft
When: 6 PM
We will gather between the 4 PM and 8 PM services for a meal with a Mexican theme. A taco bar and enchiladas will be the anchor foods, and we will plan for gluten and dairy free options. Bring something to share. RSVP to Nat or Sally Jaeggli, 541-266-0707.
Vestry Visibility To the Emmanuel Congregation:
Our 10th month vestry meeting was held on Tuesday, November 7. One of the items on our agenda was the status of our re-energized preschool: budget, playground and new plans in the formative stage. We also advanced our decision-making process toward shaping Emmanuel for the future, with the goal of sustaining Emmanuel’s spiritual life, community service and staff in the coming year.
Nancylee Stewart presented the Emmanuel Episcopal Preschool report with September budget figures and the plan to finish expanding the playground. Improving the playground to meet the larger and expanded age range of students has grown out of the successful expansion of the preschool population as well as income from fundraisers and donations. In the coming weeks we will see:
Installed: rubber matting in the circular center of our courtyard,
Installed: newly purchased playground equipment to fit that space,
Refurbished: existing playground equipment, and
Added: a portable play hutch capable of living outside in dry weather and being relocated inside the undercroft during the wet periods.
We meet December 6 to finish the process, setting the budget and goals for Emmanuel in the year ahead. Meanwhile all vestry members welcome further input from our congregation. Sheryl Gerety
Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake
Recipe contributed by Terrye Laird by popular demand!
Author: Cookies & Cups, https://cookiesandcups.com/easy-cinnamon-roll-cake/
Yield: serves 10
1 (15.25- ounce) box yellow cake mix
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream (not light)
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Coat a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
2. In the bowl of your stand mixer combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla and sour cream. Mix on low for 30 seconds and then raise the speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
3. Spread the cake batter into your prepared pan. In a medium bowl whisk together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this evenly on top of your cake.
4. Using a butter knife gently swirl the cinnamon sugar into the cake batter. Don’t over-swirl, as you want ribbons of the mixture throughout the cake.
5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick entered into the center of the cake comes out clean.
6. Cool cake for 15-20 minutes.
7. In a medium bowl whisk together the powdered sugar and milk. Pour this over the slightly warm cake. Allow the icing to set, or eat right away!
January 2018 Newsletter Submissions Deadline is Tuesday, December 19.
Newsy note about name badges
If you are new to Emmanuel or need a name badge and lanyard replaced, please let Carla Courtney know ( 541.266.9290 or firstname.lastname@example.org or see me after the service). We are happy to do a reprint or print a new one. We encourage all parishioners to wear their badges for the services and especially during coffee hour. ‘Tis the season we have visitors, and they appreciate knowing the name of the person/s they have spoken to. Thanks everyone! ~Carla
We honor the work of Mary Hansen and her gift of knitted caps for outreach
This amazing woman knitted nearly 60 hats in the last years of her life. While her mind struggled with remembering day to day, her fingers remembered the knitting skills she learned in earlier years as she created hat after hat. In the final year or so of her life, the sewing together of the hats became harder, but the knitting was still as good as ever. Her daughter Alanna Johnson wondered if the hats could be used for Christmas outreach if someone could finish them. Emmanuel’s knitters Nancy Cross, Loanne Lark and Sally Jaeggli did the final stitches on a few and assembled the unfinished. Mary Hansen’s work lives, like so much of the work we do in community. What one starts, another may finish.
Thanksgivings go to the donor of new tablecloths to be used in the undercroft.
There are both round and rectangle tablecloths for use on the tables in the undercroft. The shapes will fit the tables we have now and are commercial easy care. Because they are polyester, they only need delicate drying. Even though there has been some purging of the table clothes due to irreversible staining, the cupboards were full. Thanks to Eric for his contribution for organizing a designated closet for hanging the long clothes. It is the last lower closet on the west side of the hall between the kitchen and the preschool. If you have ever had to sort through to find a tablecloth to fit the long table (many are too short), you will appreciate the idea to hang only the cloths that fit. Don’t you love a time saver? ~Blessings, Terrye Laird
Stewardship Dinner Photo Album
As we continue to reflect on the reason for the season, let’s take a moment to share the joy of our community gathering together. Thank you to everyone who attended and all those who contributed to a delicious meal and fun filled evening and special thanks to our senior warden, Xandra McKeown, and our Vestry.