Happy December,

Thanks for taking time to read this email.
Upcoming events:
Dec. 6–Kitchen DEEP clean from 8:30-noon. Many hands make light work.
Saturday, Dec. 8–Choir performs with Community Band at CPAC. No admission charge.
Dec. 9–White bags (personal care items) go out to be returned Dec.16.
Dec. 18–Living with Grief group meets at 10:00 am in the Annex Library.
Dec. 19–Community Dinner at the Eagles
Dec. 23–The morning service will include the Family program. Think back to how sweet last year’s program was and be sure to be there and bring children.
There is still time to turn in your pledge card if you have not done so already.
Please check the sign up sheets in the BFR for coffee hour hosts, and liturgists.
If you know someone who does not have the pleasure of receiving this weekly email and would like to please have them send me their email address. They will thank you.
The BIG THANK YOU of the week goes to everyone who gave of their time to decorate the church and set up the manger scene. Everything looks beautiful.
Please see the weekly advent update below.
Amy Frost,
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11/20  Festival of Trees is this weekend.
Please join us Friday from 5-8 and Saturday from 2-5.
The entries are amazing again this year. Bring some friends and enjoy the holiday season kick-off.
All proceeds benefit ECFC Winter Boots for Kids program so you might want to bring your check book.
Other upcoming events:
Dec. 1 Hanging of the Greens at 9 am. Contact Shirley Ripley with questions.
Dec. 2 Movie Night-It’s a Wonderful Life-6 pm.
Dec. 4 Bazaar Wrap up meeting 9am in the lounge
Dec. 6 Kitchen deep cleaning
Dec. 23 The Sunday service will be the Children’s service (remember how sweet last year’s was). Invite all the kids you know. Grown-ups can have a part as well if you have a desire to be a sheep or cow or whatever. Questions can go to Kathie Cook.
Ways to share this season:
Christmas family gifts are due back by Dec. 16. Please wrap the gifts and attach the original tag.
Winter coat drive is still going on. See the Yerkes’.
The Giving Tree theme for the month is hats and mittens.
The BIG THANK YOU of the week goes to all those folks who work behind the scenes to repair things, make things run properly, and fix what needs to be fixed.
Thankfully yours,
Amy Frost

11/6/18   Happy Election Day Everyone,  As usual there is lots going on this week. Here goes.

BAZAAR week has arrived.  Friday–luncheon 11:00-1:30  Everything else 9-6  Saturday Cookie Walk  9am – 2pm

Sunday is Brown Bag day. You will receive your bag to fill with non-perishable food items to return on Nov. 18. If you are not in church this week just fill up any old bag and bring it back on the 18th.

Also Sunday the Celestial Bells play at the GFWC/SIREN tea.

Sunday also–the Fall Multi-Cultural Series comes to an end with a delicious potluck followed by Pastor Maxwell Nkansah speaking about Ghana. Supper at 6 and presentation at 7.

If you have not returned your PLEDGE card yet it is not too late. Just drop it in the collection plate or turn it into the office. Every little bit really helps!!

Nov. 18 is the Ecumenical Service at Peace Lutheran at 7 p.m. The choir will sing.

FESTIVAL of TREES is coming Nov. 23 and 24. If you are donating a tree please let Amy Frost know soon. There is a sign up sheet on the credenza if you would like to help with treats, set-up or clean up. We are looking for someone to help David F. electrify the trees on Friday Nov. 23 from noon-?.

Lots of wonderful things are going on. Join in where you can and tell your friends.

The BIG THANK YOU of the week goes to all the hardworking Bazaar elves who give lots and lots of time to keep this special event going. So much goes on behind the scenes to make it all look flawless.

10/28/18
You are invited to join with others for a Jewish worship service Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Shaarey Zedek in East Lansing.  Many people of many faiths and backgrounds will be attending as an act of support.
We are all reeling from the shock of three major attacks on Americans on our home soil all just in a matter of days motivated by divisive words and demonstrated public behaviors giving permission to volatile persons heavily armed with destructive biases to take “action” against other innocent children of God.   God is calling us to sanity, justice, peace, and loving coexistence sharing the miracle of life with others.
Will you please consider joining us Thursday night? Your imaginations and hearts will be expanded.  A quote from my sermon last Sunday is from Mark Twain.  “You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Join others in living into a future that with work and wisdom can be vastly more hospitable for all persons.
Pastor Curt.
See attached information below for additional info on Bazaar and Festival of Trees.
2. The schedule for Bazaar events. Remember Bazaar is coming up
 Nov. 9 and 10.   There are many opportunities to help out with this event. See the credenza for sign-up sheets.
3. Information on Festival of Trees November 23 and 24.
If you are donating a tree please see Amy Frost for a registration form.
Sign-up sheets to help with set-up/clean-up and for treat donations will be on the credenza.
Brown Bags will be given out on November 11 and are due back on
November 18. These are the bags to collect food items. All donated items will be given to Helping Hands and SIREN/Eaton Shelter.
The COAT DRIVE is still going on. Carol and Bill Yerkes are spearheading the operation again this year and they are super shoppers.
If you have not already, please give some consideration to how you might like to serve in the new year. As we restructure teams there will be unlimited opportunities. Maybe you love to usher, or teach Sunday School, or you might want to be a liturgist, or maybe you want to work on mission projects. Watch for more information to come.
BIG THANK YOU of the week goes to EVERYONE who spreads love and compassion in any way. The world needs it now more than ever!
Hi All!  10/23/18
Reminder: if you missed pledge Sunday last week never fear. You may place your pledge card in the offering plate at any time.
News flash:
The church copy machine is currently broken. If you have to make copies for meetings, etc. the copy machine will not be available until further notice.
Upcoming Dates:
Nov. 9 and 10 Bazaar
Nov. 11 Bell Choir performs at the SIREN Tea
Nov. 23 and 24 Festival of Trees
Dec. 1 Hanging of the Greens at 9 a.m.
Dec. 8 Choir performs at CPAC with the Community Band
This Sunday is our next multicultural potluck and presentation.
This week we will sample food and learn about Vietnam. Bring friends and
a dish to pass. Dinner at 6 followed by the presentation at 7.
Looking for a way to help out????
Teach one week of Sunday School.
Sponsor a Coffee Hour.
Sign up to usher or be a liturgist.
The BIG THANK YOU of the week goes to Mary Normand and everyone who worked to make Harvest Feast such a delicious success!
Hi All!  10/23/18
Reminder: if you missed pledge Sunday last week never fear. You may place your pledge card in the offering plate at any time.
News flash:
The church copy machine is currently broken. If you have to make copies for meetings, etc. the copy machine will not be available until further notice.
Upcoming Dates:
Nov. 9 and 10 Bazaar
Nov. 11 Bell Choir performs at the SIREN Tea
Nov. 23 and 24 Festival of Trees
Dec. 1 Hanging of the Greens at 9 a.m.
Dec. 8 Choir performs at CPAC with the Community Band
This Sunday is our next multicultural potluck and presentation.
This week we will sample food and learn about Vietnam. Bring friends and
a dish to pass. Dinner at 6 followed by the presentation at 7.
Looking for a way to help out????
Teach one week of Sunday School.
Sponsor a Coffee Hour.
Sign up to usher or be a liturgist.
The BIG THANK YOU of the week goes to Mary Normand and everyone who worked to make Harvest Feast such a delicious success!
10/10
There is so much happening right now. So here goes.
This weekend is the Michigan Conference. If you volunteered to help out thank you so much.
Oct. 21 (next weekend) is Harvest Feast. Join us for a scrumptious meal for only $10/plate. Bring your friends.
Bazaar is Nov. 9&10. There will be a schedule attached to this email. Be sure to check it out.
Festival of Trees is Nov. 23 and 24. If you know what your tree will be please see Amy Frost for an entry form.
CROP Walk donations will be accepted this Sunday 10/14 also. Envelopes are in the bulletin. Please make checks payable to CROP Walk.
This Sunday Deacons and Outreach boards will both be meeting after church.
Trustees meet on Monday 10/15 and Advisory meets on Thursday 10/18, both at 6:30pm. Remember all meetings are open to everyone.
The BIG THANK YOU of the week goes to everyone working to make the Michigan UCC Annual Conference a success this weekend.
Reminder Pledge Sunday is Oct. 21. Your pledge (no matter the size) really does make a difference.
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In case you were not in church last week the Bylaws revision passed overwhelmingly. Watch for implementation details to come soon. If you have a specific area in which you would like to serve please see chairperson of the appropriate committee to let them know. You really are welcome to join.
Here is the email address for Pastor Curt
Opportunities continue to volunteer for our church on a one-time basis:
**Teach Sunday school for one week.
**Sponsor Coffee Hour–get together with a few of your friends and take a week together.
**Be a liturgist.
**Be an usher.
Sign up sheets are in the Bess Fulton Room at Coffee Hour.
The Outreach Board Giving Tree collection items for October are towels and washcloths.