Carina Pearl Cottingham died Sunday, December 9. Her funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Friday, December 14, at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The Graveside Committal Service will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Please keep Matt and Dani and the entire Family in your prayers.
There will be no Visitation.
Rest eternal grant Carina, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon her. Amen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to:
John Thomas NKH Foundation
16858 Hickory Trails Lane
Wildwood, MO 63011
Every year as the weather begins to grow cold and the days a little shorter, we are blessed to have the joy of the wonderful Advent and Christmas seasons. This year is no different. On Sunday, December 16, during worship, the youth of St. Paul’s will perform “Sheep in Heavenly Peace.” It’s a zoo out there! Bethlehem’s homes and inns may be bursting at the seams with travelers for the census, but because of the animals they brought with them, the stable is simply out of control. Camels, donkeys and goats up to the rafters! Even the normally-sleepy hillsides are now teeming with an abundance of sheep, and Bethlehem’s top temp agency must call on their most eager (but often-inept) family of workers, the Wooltons to step up and answer the call (temporary “staffing” takes on a whole new meaning!).
What they expect to be an unglamorous assignment will soon put them face to face with the angel Gabriel, a sky-full of the Heavenly Host, and ultimately the Good Shepherd himself—Jesus! This incredibly funny and meaningful Christmas musical is sure to entertain as well as teach. We encourage everyone to attend and enjoy our production. The youth are very excited to give you your first gift of the season!
Everyone's invited to join the youth on Sunday, December 16th, at 2:00 p.m. for Christmas Caroling at a few of our local nursing homes. Bring your smiles, loud singing voices, and the Joy of the Lord with you, while we have a wonderful time sharing the good news of Jesus Christ’s birth to the Community. Christmas snacks and warm beverages will be provided for the carolers upon arrival back to the church. This year we will travel by car. If you are available to provide transportation for our members please contact Katie Funderburk by Wednesday, December 12th.
Following refreshments all of the Youth will enjoy a Country Christmas Train.
Once again Community in Schools are asking for volunteers to cook turkeys for a Christmas Meal for families who have children in CIS program. They will be available for pick up the afternoon of Monday, Dec.17 in the church picnic shelter refrigerator. They should be cooked and carved and placed back in the refrigerator by 8:00 am on Friday, Dec. 21.
This year they are going to give new coats away to children in need of the warmth of a coat. If you would like to donate a coat, I will have a collection place in the Narthex of the church. I will take them up on Thursday, Dec. 20.
Please let me know if you can cook a turkey. Thanks for helping those in need. If you are interested please contact: Susan Bernhardt
Get your mid week rejuvenation in Christ! Each Wednesday, we will offer a mid-week chance to refresh your spirit. A worship service will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary, lasting between 30 and 45 minutes. Over the next 9 months we will cover the general story of the Bible.
We welcome everyone to come and worship with us.
Lessons & Carols is based on ancient sources. The first service of this kind in modern times was held in Victorian England. Father E.W. Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury and father of E.F. Benson who authored the Lucia novels, began the practice of a Festival Service of Lessons and Carols in preparation for the Christmas Feast, first at Truro Cathedral (1880) and later at Canterbury Cathedral. Popularized by recordings from King’s College, Cambridge, this service has come to be associated with a traditional celebration of Christmas by millions of people throughout the world. Its spirit and content sum up the true spirit of the season, while taking us in heart and mind to the Christmas celebrations of former times.
Christmas is definitely a day worth celebrating and giving worship. In fact, on that first Christmas night, when the angels saw what was happening...they responded with singing the glory of the newborn king. And when the shepherds heard what was happening...they responded with worship. Running to go see Jesus and then telling everyone they met about what God had done. And when the wise men found out what was happening...they responded with worship. Coming to Christ and bringing the best they had to offer.
On Monday, December 24, at 8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary we will hear the Christmas story, and now it's our turn to respond. Tell others about the reason for the season, and invite them to our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.