Weekly Update for December 9

Sarah Teichmann

Hi Folks.  Here is some news for the week!

2020 COOKIE DRIVE THRU IS CANCELLED

Due to the significant rise of Covid cases in the past week, and out of a deep desire to help keep people safe, the Tanzania Mission Committee has cancelled the Cookie Drive Thru this Saturday, December 12th.  The committee expresses its thanks to all of the support congregation members have shown through their cookie baking and donations.  The Cookie Walk with be back in business next year. Anyone who would care to make a donation to the Busoka orphans’ cause, which is what the Cookie Walk has always been about, may send checks made out to St Peter’s Lutheran Church to the church office. Please put Cookies in the memo.

LIVING NATIVITY

Join us on Sunday December 13th at 2:00 pm in our church parking lot for a live nativity service.  This will be formatted much like our earlier drive-in services and you will be able to hear by tuning into your car radio.  This will be a full worship service with a live nativity taking place during the Gospel and Sermon spots. Holy Communion will also be celebrated.  Our Children and youth will be walking through the parking lot representing the people and animals of the nativity.  In the event of inclement weather, the rain date is Sunday December 20th at 2:00 PM.

COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

Do you or a loved one have financial challenges at the moment?  St. Peter’s has a Relief Fund made possible by generous donations from our church members.  Modest grants can be made from the fund for those who can verify unemployment status.  Please contact one of the Church Office or one of a rostered staff member for more information.

LIVING PUPPETS FOR CHRISTMAS

In place of our usual Christmas Eve Children’s Sermon, we will have a digital “living puppet” show via Zoom … and your sons or daughters are needed.  We will gather virtually (and safely) in our homes, dress our kids up with masks and/or costumes, and re-enact the kind of children’s story we typically enact on Christmas Eve.  Your children can dress up as an animal of shepherd or wise man, and they will have sounds or words to say that characterize their role.  The night we will tape will be Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 PM.  It shouldn’t take us more than 30-40 minutes to do a run through and then a taping for real.  We will circulate this through our digital platforms so the congregation can enjoy it. If you … your son(s) and/or daughter(s) would like to be involved, send Pastor Craig Ross an email with “Living Puppets” in the subject line.

CHRISTMAS EVE DRIVE-IN WORSHIP

Our in-person Christmas Eve services will be at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm and will be in the Drive-In format this year. Due to rising covid-19 cases in our area, we can’t be inside for our family Christmas Eve services, but we will have a joyous outdoor Christmas Eve service. In the safety of your car, you and your family can sing at the top of your lungs favorite Christmas carols, kids will receive animal masks to remind us of what it might have been like at Jesus’ birth, and each car will receive battery operated lights to help bring light as we sing Silent Night. Our worship will include Holy Communion, liturgy and prayers to celebrate Emmanuel, God with us. Parking is at a premium, so please sign-up for a parking space using the following sign-up genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4BACAB2FAAFA7-christmas. If you are unable to sign up using the form, please call the church office weekdays between the hours of 9 to noon and let the office staff know your name, your contact information, and which service you plan to attend.

God’s Peace, Your Church Staff

Rev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor

The vibrancy of life here at St. Peter’s makes my service on our staff a joy and privilege. Visitation, teaching and preaching are the ministries that feed my pastoral identity, as together our staff and lay members share in our missional calling … Building a community of faith by God’s grace.

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