Concerts today

Bethany College, located in Mankato, MN, will hold a concert today celebrating the birth of Christ. It will feature music for band, strings, handbells, choirs, and audience. The concert will be live streamed at Bethany’s Chapelcast link. The live stream will start at approximately 2:50 pm. (click here to Download the program).

Martin Luther College, located in New Ulm, MN will also hold a Christmas concert today at 4:00.

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What’s on your calendar?

Sundays

9:00 a.m.  Bible Study & Sunday School

10:00 a.m.  Worship Service

December

  • 11th: Advent Service, 6:30 p.m. (meal at 6:00 p.m.)
  • 15th: Christmas caroling at retirement homes, after church
  • 18th: Children’s Christmas Program, 6:30 p.m.
  • 24th: Christmas Eve Service, 6:30 p.m.
  • 25th: Christmas Day Service, 10:00 a.m.
  • 31st: (No New Year’s Eve Service)

January

  • Jan 1st: New Year’s Day Service , 10:00 a.m.
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Second Sunday in Advent

candle 2In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. – Luke 2:1-7

Living Hope’s Advent & Christmas schedule:

  • Dec. 11: Advent Service, 6:30 p.m. (meal at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Dec. 18: Children’s Christmas Program, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 24th: Christmas Eve Service, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 25th: Christmas Day Service, 10:00 a.m.
  • Dec. 31st: (no service on New Year’s Eve)
  • Jan. 1st: New Year’s Day Service, 10:00 a.m.
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Jesus is our peace

He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace. ~ Micah 5:4-5

Peace is the absence of trouble, tension, disaster and surprise. Peace is the presence of safety, security, contentment and relief. When you experience peace, you’d like things to stay just as they are. You hope that nothing changes.

Unfortunately, earthly peace will always change. Earthly peace is always short-lived. Happy relationships bring peace, but can you guarantee that even for one fleeting year, your solid relationship will never once face discord? Christmas presents bring a little peace, but the very same gadgets that cause a hearty, “Thanks!” are soon broken or forgotten. And how many people ever get everything on their Christmas lists? And even if they did, would they have lasting peace?

For lasting Christmas peace, we look away from earthly stuff and we look to the Good Shepherd, Jesus. “He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace.” Jesus’ peace is not only for a time. Jesus’ peace is not isolated to one area. Jesus’ peace cannot be overruled. In power and compassion, his greatness reaches everywhere, all the time, penetrating into our hearts and lives.

Take note especially of this sentence of God’s Word: “And he will be their peace.” Jesus himself is our peace. It’s not just that he knows where to find peace, or that he shows us the way to peace-he IS our peace! In Jesus, we stand confidently under God’s favor. In Jesus, we live with the comfort of God’s abiding presence and almighty power. We know exactly what our eternal future will be. Jesus alone provides eternal safety, security, contentment and relief. Our peace will never change because Jesus is our peace!

Dear Jesus, prevent me from looking to earthly avenues of peace and thinking they will last. Instead, lead me to trust in you, so that I might find true peace that lasts. Then help me to enjoy all the other blessings on earth you provide in a way that honors you. Amen.

WhatAboutJesus.com

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Adult Bible Study

Join us as we study the Christmas gospels in some newer translations. We meet at 9:00 on Sunday mornings. We have plenty of room and plenty of coffee…join us soon!

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Advent Wreath?

wreath

.Have you ever wondered about those special candles that appear  during the Christmas season?  Why are they there?  What do they represent?  Click below to learn about the meaning of the Advent Wreath.

The Meaning of the Advent Wreath 

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Please join us for our special upcoming worship services:

  • Dec. 4:  Advent Service, 6:30 p.m. (meal at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Dec. 11: Advent Service, 6:30 p.m. (meal at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Dec. 18: Children’s Christmas Program, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 24th: Christmas Eve Service, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 25th: Christmas Day Service, 10:00 a.m.
  • Jan. 1st: New Year’s Day Service, 10:00 a.m. (no service on New Year’s Eve)

And join us on Sunday mornings!

  • 9:00 for Sunday School and Bible Study
  • 10:00 for Sunday Worship Service
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Christmas fun!

Sunday, Dec. 8th after Church

Food, fellowship, and fun!

This is for the whole family!
Please bring an appetizer to share with everyone.
We will be:
~ decorating the church Christmas tree
~ setting up a smaller tree for the food drive
~ assembling cookie plates for OPL families (please bring 40 cookies or Christmas candies for the plates)

We hope you can join us!

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