CROSS AND CROWN
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
(Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod)
Pastor Eric S. Hartzell
Sunday Worship, 10:15 AM; Bible Study & Sunday School, 9:00 AM
Wednesday Bible Class, 7:30 PM; Thursday Bible Class, 10:00 AM
Organists: Amy Berg, Delora Hartzell, David Widiger
ADVENT III — December 13, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
The Common Service
(Front part of the hymnal, page 15)
239 443 341 23 (verse 4)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 114)
I WILL SAY IT AGAIN: REJOICE!
3800 SHELL RD., GEORGETOWN, TEXAS 78628-9204
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WELCOME TO ALL
All of us at CROSS AND CROWN LUTHERAN CHURCH invite you to worship with us regularly.
If you would like to know more about our church and beliefs, please contact Pastor
Hartzell at (512) 869-PRAY .
It is our prayer that you will be strengthened in your understanding of God's saving
love in Jesus.
If there is any way that we can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to call
on us. We offer:
- A Sunday school for children
- Sunday and two weekly Bible studies
- A Vacation Bible School
- An Adult Vacation Bible School (one week a year)
- Confirmation classes for adults and children
- A no-obligation course on the basics of the Christian faith, at your convenience
- Regular meetings for fellowship within our membership
If you do not have a church home, please consider learning more about our family
of believers that we call Cross and Crown Lutheran Church.
U THE BLESSED SACRAMENT U
WE BELIEVE that Jesus comes to us in the Lord’s Supper with his true body and blood
for the forgiveness of our sins. We also believe that in the Lord’s Supper we in
a special way confess the unity we have from a common understanding of God’s Word.
Therefore we ask that if you are not a member of our church that you give us the
opportunity to explain our church’s teaching to you before coming to the Lord’s Supper.
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
This is the third Sunday in Advent. The Old Testament reading for today is from
Zephaniah 3:14-17. Please notice the idea of rejoicing. God tells us to do this.
This idea of rejoicing comes in the other readings as well. Also look especially
at the last part of the reading. Is there any more heartwarming words than these?
God takes great delight in us, quiets us, and rejoices over us with singing? What
great words these are and what a good way to think as we come close to Christmas.
The second reading is from Philippians 4:4-7. These words are our epistle lesson.
They are also the words that support the sermon thought for today. Rejoice! There
the word is again and the writer even tells us, “I will say it again: rejoice!” Why
does he have to tell us twice to rejoice? That would be the question before us today.
The Gospel reading for this week is Luke 3:7-18. It says there at the end that
“John exhorted the people and preached the good news to them.” There were many things
the people could do as Jesus’ coming loomed on their horizons. You can read the
list of “dos” and “don’ts” for yourself. You should know as you read them that they
are still appropriate to do and not to do in our busy world today as we wait for
VOTERS' MEETING REPORT — Please notice that we had the annual meeting of our congregation
this past Sunday. The two main items on the agenda were: the budget and the election
of church officers. So far as the budget, the voters passed it without dissent or
disagreement. We were told that as of the end of November expenses were $4,000 more
than income for the year. One request from the voters was that we specially tell
the congregation of this shortfall so that if any would like to give a special gift
and have it be counted for tax purposes in 2009 they could do that. Milton Ritter,
the financial secretary of our congregation, expressed his willingness to give an
up to date report of personal giving for 2009 to anyone who would ask him for it.
The slate of elected church officers is as follows:
President: Matt Stump; Vice President: Larry Alexander; Treasurer: Richard Getz;
Financial Secretary: Milton Ritter; Secretary: Eric Jett; Elders: Dennis Falk, Marvin
Mueller, Lyndon Stearns.
These church officers will be installed into their elected offices on the first Sunday
of the new year…January 3.
THANKS TO THE RITTERS — Special thanks to the Milton and Rita Ritter for hosting
the congregational Christmas gathering yesterday.
CHOIR PRACTICE TODAY — There is choir practice today.
PERIDOT MEETING TODAY
FINAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRIP
There will be a meeting at Holy Word today (2:00 P.M.) to discuss final arrangements
and plans for the Peridot, Arizona trip to help renovate our earliest mission station
there. Remember that the work is being planned for January 17-22. If anyone who
plans to go is interested in prices for motels in Globe for their stay there, the
most reasonable (by far) is Motel 6. With the tax break, the cost for a room with
one bed is: $40.95 and for two beds: $45.18. The phone number is 928 425 5741. Days
Inn and Quality Inn gave us prices too but they were almost twice as expensive…but
available if someone should care to know. Ask Pastor Hartzell. There will also
be opportunities to stay on campus and in Globe at the vacant parsonage for the more
intrepid who would be able to provide their own bedding and “camp out” in the facilities
mentioned. Please remember that you wouldn’t have to stay for the complete time
but could come for a day or two or however long you could.
THIRD MID-WEEK ADVENT SERVICE — Wednesday is the third (and last) of the midweek
Advent services. This one is a special invitation to rejoice based on Luke 1:35,
“The child to be born will be holy. He will be called the Son of God.” The service
begins at 7:30.
CAROLING THIS SATURDAY
Don’t forget that Saturday evening at 6:00 we meet at the church to go Christmas
caroling. It is good fun. Come if you can. You don’t have to be Luciano Pavarotti
to come along. We will make our way around the community and sing Christmas carols
to those who are shut-ins or our friends. We will have some refreshments back at
the church when we are finished.
SPECIAL SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS
December 20 (next Sunday) is our “Pre-Christmas Christmas” celebration. This will
be a special service specially designed for visitors. We hope to have many visitors
in church that day. We hope you will bring many with you! Please plan now and invite
your friends and neighbors and acquaintances to come to be with us.
CHRISTMAS BIBLE SCHOOL — Please also don’t forget our Christmas Bible School on December
21 and 22. The sessions will go from 9-12. We would appreciate your help and participation
if you can. This will be our chance to tell children the real meaning of the season.
INFORMAL YOUTH GATHERING
COME IF YOU LIKE SHARING. COME IF YOU LIKE PIZZA.
DECEMBER 21, 22, FROM 1:00 - 2:00 P.M.
There will also be a special meeting for teenagers on December 21 and 22 from 1:00
p.m. until 2:00. We will meet for pizza at the church on these same two days as
the Christmas Bible School. The purpose for the meeting is to discuss the meaning
of Christmas as the Bible tells it to us in informal way where those present can
ask questions and have input in the conversation and discussion. There will be some
teenagers present who are not members of our church. Please invite any you can to
come and join us. We’ll provide the free pizza both days. You please provide the
teenagers who want to talk about and learn of the real meaning of this season we
CHRISTMAS SEASON SCHEDULE
Pre-Christmas – 20 December, 10:15 a.m.
Christmas Bible School, 21,22 December, 9-12 a.m.
Informal Youth Meeting, 21,22 December, 1 - 2 p.m.
Christmas Eve – 6:30 p.m. Our Christmas Eve service will be at 6:30. The sons and
fathers of our congregation will be reading the Christmas story to us all. Please
come and take part in our special Christmas Eve service with its Christmas story
presentation and the singing of familiar Christmas songs. We will close the service
with the candlelight singing of “Silent Night.”
Christmas Day – 10:15 a.m.
Christmas Sunday – 27 December, regular schedule
New Year's Eve, with Communion – New Year’s Eve service will be at 7:30 with the
Lord’s Supper. This will be the last time you will have the opportunity to take
the Lord’s Supper in 2009.
Epiphany – 6 January 2010, 7:30 p.m.