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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday Happenings

Tonight we gather at 6:30 for our first Advent Evening Prayer Service, following a 5:30 soup supper. We will be singing the service "Holden Evening Prayer" with a short reading and advent meditation during the service. Each week we will look at a section of the familiar Christmas story in Luke, Chapter 2 and asking the question: Where do we find Jesus?  Tonight we look for Jesus "In the World".  See you there!

The season of Advent begins on Sunday. Our worship service will have a couple of new (and traditional) elements added: the Service of Confession and Forgiveness at the beginning and the Apostles' Creed following the hymn of the sermon and hymn of the day. Advent is a season of "getting ready", focused on the impending and immanent presence of Jesus the Anointed one of God. Sunday worship in Advent is a wonderful way to keep the true impact of Christmas in our lives.

On the 2nd Sunday of Advent we will celebrate Holy Baptism, and on the third Sunday of the season we will be receiving new members! If you are interested in joining Shepherd of the Valley please contact Pastor Dan or the church office to make sure we are ready!

A note for your calendar: the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve are both on the same calendar date this year, December 24! We will have only one service that morning (and on December 31st, New Year's Eve Day as well).

Have a good Advent!

Along the way,

Pastor Dan

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Lessons for Sunday,  December 3, 2017  First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 9:30 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool
                     5:30 - 6:30 p Advent Soup Supper
                     6:30 - 7:00 p Advent Holden Evening Prayer Service
                     7:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday     9:30 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services

Scrip Sunday, December 3
Scrip cards makes great gifts; neighbor, co worker, stocking stuffers, hostess gifts etc.

Sunday School at 10:00
Please join us for Ornament Making, all are invited to attend.

Youth Group Fundraiser/s
Please continue to drop off your recycable bottles and cans.
To date the  youth has collected $275.00

*Holiday Drop N Shop

Saturday December 16th 1pm-5pm at SOV
Drop off your child(ren) for $10 a child and do some shopping for the holidays. We will have crafts and games for the children. All proceeds will go towards the ELCA Youth Gathering Trip to Houston