December 2013 was a busy, busy month!
Beginning with a candle-lit remembrance ceremony at our water feature, the “Hanging of the Greens” event, the Women’s Christmas Tea, a Wesley Bell Ringers Concert, our Senior Brunch (wearing robes and slippers!),our Annual Christmas Program and ending with three very special Christmas Eve Services. Check out the live Manger scene at our “Child Friendly” Worship Service! Guest children were invited to be part of the “Angel Choir” in the scene, which was followed by the Children’s Message and all singing “Away in a Manger”.
On November 17, 2013 we celebrated Consecration Sunday, with one worship service with a combination of both the Traditional and Contemporary services. Bishop James Gonia (Rocky Mountain Synod) celebrated with us and delivered the sermon. We also blessed the 85 shoeboxes filled for Operation Christmas Child before shipping them off around the world to children in need. The service concluded with many families and individuals offering their commitment cards, pledging to support the ministries of Our Saviour’s. We then gathered for a luncheon of delicious Chinese food and fellowship!
2013 God’s Work – Our Hands Sunday of Service. For several weeks, the congregation collected and delivered items to Lutheran Social Services Thrift Shoppe, as well as diapers and wipes for new Quintuplets. On Sunday, Sept. 8th, we made pipe cleaner “mosquitoes” to raise funds for the ELCA Malaria Project; assembled bags of food, resources and scriptures of hope for those in need – the children drew pictures to place in the bags as well; offered blood pressure checks and heart-healthy info; harvested our community garden to give to those in need; teams went to two locations to work inside and outside; the Chancel Choir went to two nursing homes to sing for residents; a prayer team offered “drive-thru” prayers; gathered for potluck dinner, sharing of experiences, and closing worship. A great day – we were blessed!