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Weekly News: Dec 21-28

Category: News, Weekly Tags: December 19, 2014 @ 9:30 am

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Luther Memorial Church - Christmas

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve
Wednesday, Dec. 24 | 5 pm & 11 pm

Christmas Eve Carol Sing
Wednesday, Dec. 24 | 10:30 pm

Christmas Day
Thursday, Dec. 25 | 10:30 am

Third Day Carol Sing
Saturday, Dec. 27 | 7 pm

Take & share a pew card!

christmas-pew-cardInvite a friend, neighbor or coworker to Christmas at Luther Memorial Church. Take a few pew cards with you today to share or post at a local coffeeshop or gathering space.

 


new-members-12-14Welcome, new members!

New members were received at Luther Memorial on Sunday, Dec. 14.
L-R: Susan Johnson, Branden Metzler and David & Susan Berggren.

 

Readings & Hymns

2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16
Luke 1:46b–55
Romans 16:25–27
Luke 1:26–38
#257 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (st. 1-4)
#263 Savior of the Nations, Come
#257 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (st. 5-7)

Greening of the nave: Sunday, Dec. 21 (NEW TIME! 4:15 pm)

Join in the annual tradition this Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4:15 pm. We’ll set up trees, lights, wreaths and greens. Cider and cookies will be provided.

Take part in Christmas Eve living nativity

A living nativity will be part of the reading of the gospel at the 5 pm service on Christmas Eve. Mary, Joseph, Angel of the Lord, shepherds and sheep are needed. See Pastor Brad to participate.

Incense on Christmas Eve

Incense will be used during the 5 pm service on Christmas Eve.

Third Day Carol Sing: Saturday, Dec. 27

All are welcome for this annual tradition of carol singing on the third day of Christmas at 7 pm.

The Practice of the Presence of God: Three-week Winter Women’s Study

Join Nancy Raabe Jan. 11, 18 and 25, 6:30–7:45 pm in the Library, as we explore and discuss The Practice of the Presence of God: The Wisdom and Teachings of Brother Lawrence, a classic of contemplative Christian spirituality. Books are available for $9 (checks may be made out to Luther Memorial Church). For reduced-rate copies, or if you need one to be mailed to you, please see Nancy Raabe or contact her at raabe@luthermem.org, or 258-3160, ext. 16. Sign up at the welcome desk.

NEW! Monthly Women’s Group

Nancy Raabe and Phyllis Pleuss will lead a new LM women’s group beginning the week of Jan. 13. The group will meet two times each month:

  • The second Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 pm in the Fireside Room, and
  • The second Thursday of each month, 10-11:30 am in the Library.

The same topic will be presented at both sessions each month. Upcoming topics: Living without fear: What scripture tells us (Jan. 13 &15); Managing stress (Feb. 10 & 12). Light refreshments and transportation as needed will be provided. For any questions or to arrange a ride, please contact Nancy Raabe at raabe@luthermem.org, or 258-3160, ext. 16.

Dinner with friends! Sign up for Breadbreakers

Breadbreakers is one of the best ways to meet others. The next round starts in January. Small groups, usually 6–10 people, eat together 2–3 times each season (fall, winter, summer), after which groups are shuffled and the fun starts again. Each group decides where to meet and when. Stop by the welcome desk or contact Kirsten at kheggeseth@gmail.com or (608) 616-0772 to learn more.

Save the date! St. Olaf choir concert: Friday, Jan. 30

St. Olaf Choir will perform at Luther Memorial on Friday, Jan. 30 at 8 pm. Tickets are available online now at stolaftickets.universitytickets.com. A UW men’s hockey game will affect parking availability and cost at nearby Grainger Hall. Find more parking options on our website at www.luthermem.org/about-us/location-and-parking.

Direct Charitable Rollover from IRA for 70-1/2+ year olds

Legislation is pending that would allow individual taxpayers age 70-1/2 and older to direct rollovers from their IRA accounts to charitable organizations for tax year 2014 only. This is an “above-the-line” reduction to adjusted gross income and does not require you to itemize deductions on Schedule A in order to take advantage of this income reduction. If you are interested in making a contribution to LM in this way, please contact your financial adviser immediately to be sure you qualify and get the transaction processed in time. Thank you!

2015 offering envelopes in narthex

Please pick up your 2015 offering envelopes. If you have questions, contact the church office at office@luthermem.org.

Year-End Giving

Please make a gift to support Luther Memorial’s ministries.
There are many ways to do this:

  • Your one-time cash, stock or mutual fund gift
  • Your recurring gift (pledge)
  • Your Thrivent Choice Dollars® (applicable to members)

Every dollar makes a difference. Thank you for your generous participation.
For assistance, go to www.luthermem.org/giving, ask at the welcome desk or call 258-3160.

Contributions received by noon on Dec. 31 will appear on your 2014 contribution statement.

Pastoral care

When in need of pastoral care, please call or email the church office (258-3160 or office@luthermem.org). In case of emergency or on weekends and evenings, please contact the pastors at home: Pastor Franklin Wilson (204-9268) or Pastor Brad Pohlman (444-7604).

Dec. 21, 2014

Sunday Forum

9:15 am | Great Room

This week: Messianic Expectation in Isaiah
Led by Pastor Wilson (series conclusion)

Next week: No forum 
Forums resume Sunday, Jan. 11

This week

Sunday, Dec. 21: 4 Advent
8 am Holy Communion
9:15 am Sunday Forum (Great Room)
Sunday School (3rd Floor)
10:30 am Holy Communion
4:15 pm Youth & Children’s Choirs (Nave)
4:15 pm Greening of the Nave

Monday, Dec. 22
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)

Tuesday, Dec. 23
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)

Wednesday, Dec. 24
Church Office Closes at Noon
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
10:45 am Bible Study (Fireside Room)
5 pm Christmas Eve Eucharist
(with incense)
10:30 pm Christmas Eve Carol Sing
11 pm Christmas Eve Eucharist

Thursday, Dec. 25
Church Office Closed
10:30 am Christmas Day Eucharist

Friday, Dec. 26
Church Office Closed

Saturday, Dec. 27
7 pm Third Day Carol Sing

Sunday, Dec. 28
8 am Holy Communion
10:30 am Holy Communion

Upcoming Events

December
Christmas Eve Eucharist: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 5 pm & 11 pm
Christmas Eve Carol Sing: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 10:30 pm
Christmas Day Eucharist: Thursday, Dec. 25, 10:30 am
Third Day Carol Sing: Saturday, Dec. 27, 7 pm

January
Epiphany Holy Communion & Pizza Dinner: Tuesday, Jan. 6, 5 pm
De-Greening of the Nave: Tuesday, Jan. 6, 6:30 pm
Women’s Study: Sunday, Jan. 11, 6:30 pm
Women’s Group: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 7 pm
Women’s Group: Thursday, Jan. 15, 10 am
Women’s Study: Sunday, Jan. 18, 6:30 pm
Young Families Brunch: Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30 am
Game Night: Saturday, Jan. 24, 6:30 pm
Women’s Study: Sunday, Jan. 25, 6:30 pm
St. Olaf Choir Concert: Friday, Jan. 30, 8 pm

SERMON: 3 Advent (Dec 14)

Category: News, Sermon Tags: December 14, 2014 @ 9:00 am

The Rev. Brad Pohlman

The Rev. Brad Pohlman

Readings

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

Listen

Greening of the nave: Dec 21

Category: News Tags: December 11, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Luther Memorial Church Madison Wisconsin - ChristmasJoin in the fun tradition of hanging Christmas greenery in the nave on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4:15 pm. Many hands are needed to set up trees, lights, wreaths and greens. Cider and cookies will be provided. Sign up at the welcome desk.

New! Women’s Group

Category: News Tags: December 10, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Nancy Raabe and Phyllis Pleuss will lead a new LM women’s group beginning the week of Jan. 13. The group will meet two times each month:

  • The second Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 pm in the Fireside Room, and
  • The second Thursday of each month, 10-11:30 am in the Library.

The same topic will be presented at both sessions each month. Upcoming topics: Living without fear: What scripture tells us (Jan. 13 &15); Managing stress (Feb. 10 & 12). Light refreshments and transportation as needed will be provided. For any questions or to arrange a ride, please contact Nancy Raabe at raabe@luthermem.org, or 258-3160, ext. 16.

Women’s Study: Sundays in January

Category: News Tags: @ 8:00 am

The Practice of the Presence of God: Three-week Winter Women’s Study

Jan, 11, 18 and 25 | 6:30-7:45 pm

Library

t-practice-presenceThe desire to know God in the midst of our fragmented world is a yearning common to all Christians. “The Practice of the Presence of God,” a book that gathers together the letters and teachings of the humble late 17th-century French Carmelite friar Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, leads us by the simplest of means to an awareness in which we may live fully and continually in God’s presence.

Join Nancy Raabe Jan. 11, 18 and 25, 6:30–7:45 pm in the Library, as we explore and discuss this book, a classic of contemplative Christian spirituality. Books are available for $9 (checks may be made out to Luther Memorial Church). For reduced-rate copies, or if you need one to be mailed to you, please see Nancy Raabe or contact her at raabe@luthermem.org, or 258-3160, ext. 16. Sign up at the welcome desk.

Dinner with friends! Sign up for Breadbreakers

Category: News Tags: December 6, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Breadbreakers is one of the best ways to get connected at Luther Memorial. Small groups (6 to 10 people) eat together 2–3 times, after which the groups are shuffled and the fun starts again. Each group decides where to meet and when. Families, singles and couples of all ages are welcome! New groups start in January. Sign up at the welcome desk or contact Kirsten Heggeseth, coordinator, to learn more: kheggeseth@gmail.com or (608) 616-0772.

Preschool Christmas program: Dec 16

Category: News Tags: December 5, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Luther Memorial Preschool Christmas ProgramTuesday, Dec. 16 | 10:30 am

All are invited to the annual preschool Christmas program on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 10:30 am. This heartwarming program is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit!

The preschool wishes to share this special celebration with family, friends and the Luther Memorial Church congregation, who take part so graciously in the preschool’s ministry throughout the year.

Parking in the garage is reserved for those who have difficulty walking; paid parking is available at Grainger Hall.

Click here to learn more about the Luther Memorial Preschool.

Advent Quiet Day: Dec 13

Category: News Tags: December 3, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Saturday, Dec. 13 | 9 am – 3pm

All are welcome to participate in a day of daily prayer, devotion, meal and quiet time.

Questions? Contact Cindy Cameron-Fix at bassoonmom@att.net.

 

9 am Morning Prayer
Nave
9:30 am Quiet Time
Meditate, pray, read, write, journal, draw, photograph, walk (Lakeshore Path, Picnic Point)
Nave, Library, Luther Room
11 am Advent Hymn Sing
Nave
11:30 am Midday Prayer
Nave
Noon Potluck Lunch
Soup, salad, bread, cookies
Great Room
1 pm Share Time
Advent practices among us
Great Room
1:30 pm Quiet Time
Meditate, pray, read, write, journal, draw, photograph, walk (Lakeshore Path, Picnic Point)
Nave, Library, Luther Room
2:30 pm Vespers
Nave
3 pm Depart in peace!

New members received: Dec 14

Category: News Tags: @ 9:00 am

New members will be received during Holy Communion on Sunday, Dec. 14. Stop by the welcome desk to register, or contact Suelyn Swiggum (swiggum@luthermem.org, 258-3160 ext 15) to learn more.

Sunday Forum series: The Church & Visual Arts

Category: News Tags: December 2, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Oct. 26–Nov. 30, 2014

A special six-week series on a variety of perspectives on religious or Lutheran art,
led by Father Arnie Klukas, Episcopal priest and retired professor of liturgy.

Click below to view a pdf of the PowerPoint presentations.

Oct. 26: Is there such a thing as ‘Christian’ or ‘religious’ art? pdf

Nov. 2: What did Luther and the Reformers say about the visual arts? pdf

Nov. 9: Is there a specifically ‘Lutheran’ approach to the visual arts? pdf

Nov. 16: Lutheran engagement with the American ethos pdf

Nov. 23: Requirements for worship: a walking tour of the LM nave

Nov. 30: The Gothic style and 21st century Christianity pdf