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					Grace Ev. Lutheran Church (LCMS)
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415 10th Street
P.O. Box 156
DeWitt, IA 52742-0156
563-659-9153 Church
563-659-3470 Fax
Rev. C. Ronald Rafferty (563) 503-2737                        Office Hours M-Th 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 pm., Friday 8:00 a.m.- Noon
Rev. Brad A. Brown (563) 468-1064

                     THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE— December 26th—January 2nd
               First Sunday of Christmas                                              THOSE IN SERVICE
                                                                                     SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26TH
Preacher: Pastor C. Ronald Rafferty
                                                                           8:30 a.m. Service        11:00 a.m. Service
Liturgist: Pastor Brad A. Brown                                         Organist: Diane Baetke      Music: Praise Band
                                                                        Elder: Ron Jurgersen &        Elder: Jon Betz
Hymns:            386      383      785 v1 & 3        368                     Gary Smith          Ushers: The Betz Family
                                                                         Ushers: John Pischke      Acolyte: Chad Marlowe
Glory Bound Choir directed by Julie Matzen                                  Allan Anderson           A/V: Rich Matzen
          “Shout Joy to the World”                                      Acolyte: Tyler Ketelsen
                                                                           A/V: Rich Matzen
Scripture Lessons: Isaiah 63:7-14
                     Galatians 4:5-7                                              NEW YEAR EVE, DECEMBER 31ST
                     Matthew 2:13-23
                                                                                        7:00 p.m. Service
Sermon:                                                                              Organist: Diana Baetke
    “Christmas is NOT a One Day Celebration”                                           Elder: Dick Schrage
                                 Matthew 2:13-23                                   Acolyte: MacKenzie Meggers
Now when [the wise men] had departed, behold, an                                        A/V: Nancy Haney
angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise,
take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there                       SUNDAY, JANUARY 2ND
until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy
him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and              8:30 a.m. Service         11:00 a.m. Service
departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This        Organist: Diana Baetke       Music: Praise Band
                                                                              Elder: Dave Wold         Elder: Lauren Hansen
was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt
                                                                             Ushers: Jim Owen,          Ushers: Mike Watts
I called my son.”                                                        Laura Norcross, Jared Wold,   Acolyte: Jacob Minick
    Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise                Randy Lange              A/V: Rich Matzen
men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in        Acolyte: Amber Meyer
Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under,             A/V: Rich Matzen
according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.
Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
         “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud                           Altar flowers today were given in
         lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused               memory of Tom Cawiezell by Claus &
         to be comforted, because they are no more.”                             Jennifer Maass.
     But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in
a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his
mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s   Installation of Officers—On January 2nd, during
life are dead.” And he rose and took the child and his mother and       both services, we will be installing newly elected
went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was        officers as well as returning officers from all
reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go   boards and committees.
there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of
Galilee. And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, that what
was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled: “He shall be called a    Installation of all Camp Board Members will be
Nazarene.”                                                              held on January 16th at both service.
                                                 HIS GREAT LOVE our response for 12/19/2010
                                                 In our Gifts, Tithes & Offerings
                                                 General Fund              $ 6,114.00     $7,250.00
Sunday, 12/26                                    Sunday Basket                    51.51      154.00
       8:30 a.m. Worship                         Advent                        1,034.00
       9:45 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible     Christmas Day                   200.00
                 Class                           Capital Improvements             80.00
      11:00 a.m. Praise Worship                  Kazakhstan Offering             142.75
Monday, 12/27 Office Closed/No Preschool         Sunday School Offering           34.75
       6:30 p.m. Outreach Committee              Grace Lutheran Camp             163.00
Tuesday, 12/28 No Preschool                      Total                     $ 7,820.01
       10:00 a.m. Scrapbooking & Craft Day in
                  Grace Hall                     Attendance for week ending December 22nd
Wednesday, 12/29 No Preschool                    In worship          Actual    Goal Communed
     No FaithWeaver Friends/Confirmation                 West Wing     19                   11
       6:00 p.m. Varsity New Year’s Retreat           Prayer Service   23        35
Thursday, 12/30 No Preschool                        Sunday Services
Friday, 12/31 New Year’s Eve/Office Closed                 8:30 a.m.  145       175        115
       7:00 p.m. Worship/Communion                        11:00 a.m.   77       175         58
Sunday, 1/2                                      Advent Services
       8:30 a.m. Worship/Communion                      11:00 a.m.     28
       9:45 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible             7:00 p.m.     59
                 Class                                        Total   351       435       184
      11:00 a.m. Praise Worship/Communion        In Study on Sunday
Monday, 1/3 No Preschool                         Sunday School           56          65
       6:30 p.m. Board of Elders                 Adult Bible Class       30          65
Tuesday, 1/4 No Preschool                        Staff                   17          25
       6:30 p.m. Board of Christian Ed.          Total                  103         170
Wednesday, 1/5 No Preschool
      10:30 a.m. West Wing Worship               Midweek
       7:00 p.m. Worship/Communion               FaithWeaver Friends     25
                                                 Staff                   17
                                                 Total                   42

             READY, SET, RECYCLE! Recycle, Recycle!! Let’s all do our part to recycle. Please
             remember to recycle your empty ink jet printer cartridges, used cell phones, PDAs,
             MP3 Players/I-Pods, pagers, digital cameras, DVD video games/players and laptops.
             These items can be placed inside the white box located in the coat closet in the foyer.

          The Junior Varsity and Varsity          THE ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE for Grace
          Youth Groups are gathering              Lutheran DeWitt Endowment Fund will be
          recipes so they can publish a new       accepting grant applications starting January 1st
          “Grace Lutheran Church Cook-            to January 31st, 2011. Applications for projects
          book.” For the next two weeks we        which provide support to missions, education,
are gathering Appetizer Recipes. Do you           youth, worship and music and/or capital projects
have a favorite appetizer that you would love     will be considered.      Please look for more
to share? Please, write it done on the recipe     information in the January newsletter if you have
submission forms located at the Welcome           a project that could benefit from the Endowment
Center and drop it off at the office.             funds.
                                                                      Developing an Unselfish
  CRAFTING. We will begin at 10:00 a.m. and work until?      Scripture says, “Do not conform any longer
  (no later than 11:00 p.m.).         This will be an        to the pattern of this world” (Romans 12:2).
  impromptu day, come when you can and stay for              The pattern of this world is to acquire and to
  awhile. You can spend the entire day with us or stay       hold on to material acquisitions. Romans
  as long as you want. You may bring a snack to share        12:2 continues, “but be transformed by the
  if you want and we will look into getting pizza, or        renewing of your mind.” This transformation
  subway or something else for lunch and supper (bring       is brought about in you, the believer, through
  money if you plan to order with us that day). All types    your relationship with the Holy Spirit, Who,
  of crafters welcome, bring your supplies and join us       through Word and Sacrament, renews your
  for a girls day out.                                       mind so that, instead of following the pattern
                                                             of the world, you seek to follow your Savior.
                                                             Like Jesus Who emptied Himself of equality
                                                             with God (Phil. 2:6), let us empty ourselves
The Moms Group at Grace Lutheran Church will meet            of the desire to acquire and hoard. This way
the 2nd & 4th Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the           of life leads only to misery, not self
lounge. This group is for mothers of all ages. There is no   fulfillment. Like Jesus, let us give freely,
cost to attend meetings.            Childcare is not         even sacrificially.
provided. Nursing babies are welome. B.Y.O. Beverage.
We will be studying Extraordinary Women DVDs. Study          1 Timothy 6:18-19 exhorts, “Command them
guide questions will be provided & discussed at each         to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to
meeting from Our first meeting is             be generous and willing to share. In this
January 27th. The semester will conclude in May.             way they will lay up treasure for themselves
                                                             as a firm foundation for the coming age, so
Sign up at the welcome center! Contact Lindsay Cagle         that they may take hold of the life that is truly
at 618-367-1490 or with questions.        life.” Life that is truly life belongs to those
                                                             who are unselfish givers. Giving is an
                                                             indicator of your unselfishness and an
There will be a Bible study opportunity for parents of       outward litmus test of the inner condition of
young children beginning in February during the Sunday       your heart.
School hour. Come be a part of a video-based series by
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. There will be a sign-up sheet   The astonishing thing is that, in God’s
available on the Welcome Center. Watch your News &           economy, the more you give, the more you
Notes for location and start date!                           have left to give. Because God replenishes
                                                             you, your giving can be a daily and a lifetime
                                                             activity. “You will be made rich in every way
Adult Confirmation Class—Beginning in the New Year           so that you can be generous on every
Pastor Rafferty will be teaching an Adult Confirmation       occasion, and through us you generosity will
Class. If you are an adult that has not yet been             result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians
confirmed or a confirmed member that would enjoy a           9:11).
refresher class, this is the class for you. If you are
interested in attending or would like more information on    A little girl exclaimed, “Poor Jesus!” when
this class please, call the church office at 659-9153        her mother told her that she had to give only
                                                             one dime of her ten-dime allowance. May
                                                             you acquire the same unselfish attitude as
           Offerings 2010—For offerings to be applied        the little girl when you come to the Lord with
           to your 2010 statement they must be               your offering.
           postmarked by December 31st and received
           in the church office by Monday, January 3rd.
               Note the dates of the January 2:00 p.m., Thursday afternoon, Prayer Service in the
               Sanctuary of Grace Lutheran Church:

                                      January 6, 2011—The Light of Life
                                      January 13, 2011—A Man of Action
                                       January 20, 2011—A Joyful Noise
                     January 27, 2011—What Are We Looking For When We Pray?

Stewardship Corner—Unlike the Rich Ruler who was
                                                          IT’S SPRING CLEANING TIME!
unable to part with his wealth in order to give himself
                                                          If it’s time to “spring clean” your baby or toddler’s
completely to Jesus (Luke 18:18-25), Christ gave up all
                                                          closet and chest of drawers, please consider donating
the glories of Heaven so that He could give Himself
                                                          your gently used, but nice baby items to Lutheran
completely to us. Unlike the Rich Fool who hoarded his
                                                          World Relief. Eve Circle is jump starting its spring
wealth, building bigger barns to store it all (Luke
                                                          collection drive for layette items and has placed a
12:13-21), Jesus emptied Himself and gave up everything
                                                          collection tub on the stage in Grace Hall for your
for those He came to save. “For you know the grace of
                                                          donations. Items needed include (up to size 24
our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for
[our] sakes He became poor, so that [we] through His
poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Let us      Lightweight cotton shirts or Onesies
thank God for the gift of His Son and seek His grace to     Long or short-sleeved gowns and sleepers
give as He gave.                                            Receiving blankets (suggested size is 36” x 36”)
                                                            Flat fold cloth diapers
                                                            Sweaters and sweatshirts
             New Year’s Retreat                             Baby washcloths and diaper pins
             For Varsity Youth
         December 29th - January 1st                      We are in special need of baby sweaters and sweat-
Registration forms are available at the church            shirts. Your help in sending layettes around the
and on the website. The cost for the retreat is           world, to convey a warm and Christian welcome to
$25.00 and includes all meals and activities              newborns and their parents, is greatly appreciated.
during the event and we are currently working on          Thank you! EVE CIRCLE/LWML
retreat t-shirts. The New Year’s Retreat will take
place at Grace Camp in conjunction with the                                   STAFF DIRECTORY
youth from Trinity Lutheran Church in                      * Senior Pastor                   Rev. C. Ronald Rafferty
St. Joseph, MI. Registration forms need to be                                Cell 563-503-2737 Home 563-847-2445
turned in by December 19th.
                                                           Associate Pastor                        Rev. Brad A. Brown
                                                                              Cell 563-468-1064 Home 563-659-3446
 "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as                        
white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they        Preschool Teacher-Director               Mrs. Deje Jensen
          shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18                                      
                                                           Pastor Emeritus                     Rev. Garland Gotoski
                                                           * Parish Nurse                        Mrs. Grace Gotoski
New Years Retreat Donations Needed—The                                       Cell 563-212-1855 Home 563-659-8146
Varsity New Year’s Retreat is scheduled for
                                                           Business Manager                       Mrs. Michele Traver
December 29th—January 1st. Donations of                                           
cookies, milk, cereal and snacks are needed. If            Secretaries                               Mrs. Kerry Good
you would like to donate any of these items,                                       
they can be left in the kitchen and marked “New                                                     Ms. Nancy Haney
Year’s Retreat”. Thank you for your continued
support of Grace Lutheran Youth Activities.                             WEB SITE:
                                                                         * New Contact Information

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