Announcements for the week of December 22, 2013

Office Hours – The church office will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day. If you are in need of pastoral assistance, please contact our Head Elder Mark Andrews at 807-1758.

2014 Offering Envelopes – are in the mailboxes in the chapel.

Caroling to Shut Ins – Please join us after church as we go caroling to our Shut Ins. – “The More the Merrier!”

Family Tracts – New tracts for children can be found in the fellowship hall on many family topics.

Advent Giving Tree –  Our Advent Giving Trees are set up in the chapel and the narthex through Christmas.  We are helping those in need through four local organizations with this project, including the Magdalene Project, Summit Life Resources, Community Mission, and Harry Abate Elementary School.  If you care to participate, please take a tag off the trees and purchase the item indicated, then return it to the tree table.  Your generosity is appreciated!

December Special Mission Envelopes – have been designated for “Samaritan Counseling”.  This organization provides faith-based counseling and is available to all in need on a sliding fee scale.  Counseling appointments are available at several convenient locations, including Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Wheatfield and St. Martin Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda.  Our own Pastor Brese is a counselor with Samaritan.  For more information, visit their web site at www.sccwny.com or call 743-9117.  Your donations will help make this valuable service available to all in need.

New Organist – Please join us after worship on Sunday, January 5 to welcome our new organist Maye Smith.

Lutheran Hour Ministries tracts – we have added several new topics to the rack in the Narthex. Check it out!

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