Sunday, December 20, 2020
4th Sunday of Advent
God keeps the promise made to David to give him an everlasting throne. The angel tells Mary that God will give David’s throne to her son Jesus. She is perplexed by Gabriel’s greeting and by the news of her coming pregnancy, but she is able still to say, “Count me in.” We who know that Jesus is called king only as he is executed still find it a mystery hard to fathom, but with Mary today we hear the news of what God is up to and say, “Count us in.”
Prince of Peace
Prince of Peace Update. Following the 13 Dec, Sunday service Bob reviewed council decisions made 8 Dec.
Congregational Meeting to be held 17 Jan 2021 following Sunday service. Purpose is to approve the 2021 budget, go over the 2020 Annual Report, and elect Council members for 2021-2022 terms. Council could not formulate the budget in time to do this in November. By combining the November meeting with the one in February we will save ourselves one meeting.
Sunday services will continue. The usual number of people attending (mid 20’s)) allows for proper social distancing. It has been decided that our worship is relatively safe.
Cancellation of Christmas Eve Service. Two reasons caused this decision. First we can handle about 30 worshippers in our sanctuary safely maintaining social distancing. Last year we had about 70 attendees. Once our safe capacity is reached we could not come up with way to turn away others who wanted to worship. We did not see a reservation system as a way to handle this situation. Second reason is Pastor Gail’s safety. With our service ending about 9pm it would cause her to be driving home at a very late hour. Council was not willing to accept the risk involved. Option is to attend a service at St. John at 6pm
Council agreed on a year round Sunday service time of 9:30 commencing 3 January 2021. Pastor Dave Vensel will preside over this his first service at PoP.
Congregation was reminded that envelopes were available in the narthex for Christmas gifts for the Pastor, organist, and secretary.
Council agreed to offer our secretary three days employment 3 hours each day from Jan through March. We have a lot to do with the disestablishment of the Parish. At end of March we will decide how to go forward.
Questions about the above should be directed to Bob at 330-637-8956.
ST. JOHN’S RETURNS TO IN-PERSON WORSHIP
Worship Time: 9:00 AM
Weekly, Sunday in-person worship will continue until further notice. This return to in-person, includes Christmas Eve Candlelight and Holy Communion, December 24, 2020, at 6:00 PM.
Lynn Bickford, President
St. John Church Council
This Christmas Eve Carol Sandrock will be 85 yrs old!! Let’s fill her mailbox with birthday cards!!
Prince of Peace
The Giving Tree project is done! As you all know we donated money in place of real gifts because of the coronavirus problems. We were a very generous group. We collected $1150 and purchased 23 $50 restricted Walmart Gift cards. The cards have been delivered to Margie Petrunia who puts this together each Christmas season. Many thanks to Margie and all of you for your passionate caring for local children!
There has been one major event in all our lives this last year that will never be erased from our memories. Covid 19! That one thing has caused a multitude of stresses to everyone. As we come closer and closer to the end of it, we may find reflection to be beneficial. What good, if any, did you recognize among its effects? Has this or another event brought you closer to God? Has your faith increased or diminished? Expressing the good, the bad, or the ugly is always a healthy thing for one’s mental status.
Contributing to the Lenten Devotional can bring meaningful rewards to the writer and to the reader. Sharing your own and other people’s joys and sorrows can be very enlightening. Because of an early Ash Wednesday (February 17th), contributions need to be submitted by January 31st. Submit your story to Carol Cleal. If you would like assistance in writing, contact Cindy Orth or Carole Wiley
With the parish parting ways I am switching Faith Lutheran parish.com to POPLC.com and St John’s will have there web address soon. I will still send out weekly emails to both churches. Please look for some new email addresses coming up like BrianK@poplc.com I’ll have some snazzy new logos, websites and newsletters for each church. If you have any suggestions or great ideas please email me or call.