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Nothing is impossible: #MorePeace

Last week we heard the story of the angel’s visit to Zechariah, who freaked out when the other-worldly creature appeared to him. This week we will hear the story of Mary’s annunciation which leaves her simply “perplexed.” Why would such an incredible message come to a common girl just barely a woman? Then her reply to such a foretelling about her purpose in life was also simple: “Let it be so.” Have you ever struggled with finding your purpose and being at peace with it? Or are you yearning for more peace in your life and relationships? #morepeace in the world happens when all of us feel #morepeace within ourselves and live out that message each day.
In place of a sermon this week, our children and youth will be presenting a short play called “Christmas Dinner” inspired by the Peter, Paul, and Mary song of the same name. We will witness a story of how a little boy offers and receives #MorePeace and reminds us that there are angels among us.

Pastor Leslie has posted her sermons online so you can access and share them! Click here to access the manuscripts. Selected sermons are uploaded to the church website:

The Committee Meetings are tonight! Thursday, December 7th
at 5:30 pm (instead of December 14th).

Council will meet on Wednesday, December 13th
at 7:00 pm (instead of December 20th).

The Annual Budget Meeting will be on
Sunday, December 17th following worship.
Sunday, December 10

Hosts: Maria Bertram & Itty Newgord
Ushers/Greeters: Mary Harder, Jack & Kay Kraywinkle & Austin Newgord
Counters: Deb Griffith & Judy Whiteman

Sunday, December 17

Hosts: Cheri Maxwell & Kathy Ogden
Ushers: Charlotte Goedsche & Cynthia Janes
Greeters: Marina Grabowski & Barb Stokke
Counters: Tracy Lyons & Mabel Schultz
Liturgists needed!
Please see Pastor Leslie if you would like to be a reader.
This Week
Friday, December 8

10:30 am – Book Group
11:30 am – Clergy Cluster

Sunday, December 10

8:30 am – Choir
10:00 am – Christmas Program
11:00 am – Fellowship & Potluck

Wednesday, December 13

9:30 am – Prayer Circle
11:30 am – Men’s Group, Sawmill
2:00-4:00 Pastor’s Drop In Hours
7:00 pm – Council Meeting
Thursday, December 14
Pastor’s Drop-in hours moved to Friday
Friday, December 15
10:00-12:00 Pastor’s Drop-In hours
10:30 am – Book Group
Folk Dance
Wednesday, December 20th
7-8:30 pm
Franklin Arts Center
Yoga room #228
Next week, Pastor Leslie’s Drop-in hours will be slightly different due
to a meeting conflict.
Drop in hours next week will be as follows:

Wednesday, 12/13:  2:00-4:00 (no change)
No Drop in Hours on Thursday 12/14
Friday, 12/15: 10:00-12:00pm (Added)

As always, if these times don’t work for you, don’t hesitate to make an appointment!

Sprout’s holiday market will be Saturday, December 9 at the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace (609 13th Ave NE, Door 8, Little Falls, MN) from 10 am to 3 pm. Sprout is making more room to host over 40 local food producers, artists, and artisans, who will gather at the warehouse facility to showcase their handmade, homegrown products for shoppers to purchase for the holiday gift-giving season.
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