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Christ Lutheran Church 
November 2019


Give to the 35th Anniversary Mosaic
During the last weekend of October, we will celebrate CLC’s 35th Anniversary. As thanks to God, the congregation decided to dedicate this celebration with a mosaic artwork to be placed in the Narthex. Theologically, a mosaic made up of individual pieces fits who we are — we are broken people in our own way but when gathered together we make something beautiful. CLC has commissioned local artist Julie Mazzoni to create the beautiful mosaic that will adorn a wall in the Narthex. You also had the chance to place your piece in the artwork.

If you would like to donate Mosaic Fund, please place your donation in the collection plate, with a mosaic fund designated in the memo line on your check or on the Giving envelope in the pew. You may also donate online at clcwestcobb.org/giving. 
 

How to Write a Thanksgiving Prayer
 
Ok, we’ve all been there at least once in our life.  The table’s set, the china’s laid out, the turkey is hot out of the oven, and those (insert favorite Thanksgiving Day food here) are giving off the most delicious and succulent smell ever. You’re gathered with all your family and friends around the table, and Great-Aunt Velma looks over at you innocently and says, “Would you give the prayer for us today?”
 
For some of us, it wouldn’t be a surprise; I have to admit that this tends to happen to me more often than not--occupational hazard. But for others, it can be rather intimidating. Even though I’ve prayed a time or two, I know that sinking feeling of getting into the prayer, and for one reason or another, getting lost, and then you find yourself repeating the words you already said and thinking, “I just want this to finish so I can get to this delicious food!”

Maybe this is a concern for you. Or maybe you’re looking for a creative way to do prayer a bit differently this year. As you think about how to pray the Thanksgiving table prayer, think about the name of the day itself: thanks-giving.  Quite simply, this is an opportunity to give thanks to all the different people, places, and things in your life.  So take a few moments now and write those people down. Or take a few minutes with your family, now or on the day itself, and write those people down (throw Great-Aunt Velma in there if you want major bonus points). Then think of the changes that happened in the past year and all of the things you want to thank God for.  Lastly, think of the incredible food just waiting for you on that beautiful table: who and what worked, died, or sacrificed to bring you this bounteous feast? Thank God for all of them.

Now all you need to do is add a “Dear God” to the beginning and an “Amen” to the end, and you’re done! Of course, if all of this fails or doesn’t work for you, remember the simple table prayer: “Come, Lord Jesus be our guest, and let these gifts to us be blest.”  If you want to be fancy, you can finish it off with “Blessed God, you are our bread may all the world be clothed and fed,” or “And let there be a goodly share on every table everywhere.”

There. Now you have yourself a wonderful prayer for the upcoming holiday. Get ready to floor Great-Aunt Velma.

May you and your household have a blessed Thanksgiving.
 
 
God’s Peace,
Pastor Tim
 

Remembering our Saints on All Saints Day
We celebrate All Saints’ Day on Sunday, Nov. 3rd, remembering the saints among us who have gone to meet our Lord. There will be a table set up in the Narthex. Please feel free to bring a picture of a loved one you would like to remember, along with a card noting their name and relationship to you. 
35th Anniversary Celebration
Thank you to everyone who could join our Anniversary Celebration and Worship weekend. It was a great day to give thanks to Our Lord for gracing his blessings upon Christ Lutheran for 35 years. A special thanks goes out to Pastor Richard Donoghue, Pastor Joe Holt, and Pastor Rusty Edwards for being a part of this special celebration. 
Would you like to order a 35th Anniversary Picture Book?
The 35th Anniversary Picture Book is available to order. The book is located in the narthex with an order form. It will be similar to the official church picture book, but it will not have the lay-flat design. Each book costs $60. Please complete an order form and place it in the collection plate with your payment. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Dickens. Thank you. 

Happy fall from the social ministry committee
A huge thank you to all who supported the blood drive in September and our Cobb diaper drive. Both were big successes. Thirty-six (36) pints of blood were collected as well as 8,493 diapers. We held our worship in pink celebration on October 6th. Thank you to all who participated by wearing pink and our homemade ribbons. Also, thank you for your donations to Susan G Komen. They totaled $885.00. That will pay for about six mammograms. I know that is a lot of numbers and I think it is important to share what we are capable of doing here at CLC, but the most important aspect is how we use the blessings and abilities God has given us and for that, you get an A+.  


Social Ministry Christmas Giving Programs
The end of the year is fast approaching and planning for our Christmas giving programs is already underway by your Social Ministry Committee. Many of our programs will be collecting items in November so they have time to process and distribute the gifts before Christmas. As you look forward to the upcoming Christmas Season, we hope that you and your family will consider participating in one of our programs for those less fortunate.

The Giving Tree (previously the Mitten Tree):  
You may buy scarves, hats, and mittens for all ages to keep those less fortunate warm during the winter months. You may bring them November 10th thru Christmas to decorate our Giving Tree in the Narthex. Donations for MUST or Simple Needs. 

MUST Toy Shoppe: Help brighten the holiday season for a child by providing a new, unwrapped toy for the MUST Toy Shop. Donations will be accepted at the church through Sunday, December 8th. Items for babies and teens are appreciated as these age groups are often overlooked. MUST also tries to provide each child with new underwear, socks, a blanket. 
Toy Suggestions: Action Figures ▪ Dolls/Barbies (All Ethnicities) ▪ Board Games ▪ Art Sets ▪ Remote Controlled Cars ▪ Puzzles ▪ Blocks ▪ Ride-On Toys (Big Wheels) ▪ Bikes ▪ Stuffed Animals ▪ Hot Wheels ▪ Toy Kitchens ▪ Sports Equipment ▪ LEGOs ▪ Nerf Toys

Suggestions for Babies and Toddlers: Sleepers ▪ Onesies ▪ Bottles ▪ Pacifiers ▪ Bibs ▪ Baby Soap ▪ Hats ▪ Washcloths/Bath Towels ▪ Rattles/Other Toys ▪ Diaper Bags

Suggestions for Teens:  Makeup Kits/Nail Kits ▪ Watches/Jewelry ▪ Perfume/Cologne/Bath Sets ▪Sports Equipment ▪Hair Dryers/Curling Irons ▪Handheld games ▪Purses/Wallets ▪Adult coloring books ▪Calculators ▪Headphones/earbuds ▪Skateboards/Scooters ▪Planners/Journals

LSG Hope Tree: We plan to have cards with special wishes and needs from approximately 10 adults with developmental disabilities. Signup sheets will be available in the Narthex in mid-November. Just select a wish and fulfill it by early December.
 
Cobb Street Ministries: Prior to Thanksgiving, we will have cards with clothing wishes and needs for the residents of Cobb Street and many of the families for which they provide extended support. You just sign up on the sheet, take a card and shop for the requested items. Items need to be provided to the church no later than Sunday, December 8th.
 
Senior Santa: Working with Cobb Senior Services, we will provide requested gifts to 10 homebound, low-income seniors. Requests include bathrobes, towels, sweaters, blankets, slippers, coffee, shaving cream, grocery gift cards, and bus passes. Signups will be available Nov 2 and items must be returned by November 17th.

Simple Needs of GA: Specific needs and dates will be outlined soon.
 
For additional information about any of our Christmas programs or if you are willing to provide Walmart gift cards to help support these programs, please contact Kathy Dickens at 770-401-5320 or kathydickens@bellsouth.net or Social Ministry Chair Paula Bode. 

 

Family Fun Day at Lutheranch

On Saturday, November 23rd, join us for a day of games, food, and fun fall-themed activities for the whole family. Hit the bulls-eye on our new archery course, get creative in our craft barn, ride a pony, compete in our scavenger hunt, catch a fish or go for a paddle on one of our lakes. We are excited to share all the fun happenings at Lutheranch. Gates open at 10 am and lunch is served starting at 11 am. Admission is FREE!

 


Getting Ready for the Holidays

CLC needs all of your help to get us ready for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. On Saturday, November 9th, we will get together for our annual Fall Cleanup at 9:00 a.m. Put on some coveralls, grab a rake, broom, etc. and help us spiff up the church before the holiday season.

Jobs include organizing the library, kitchen, and music room; remove wallpaper and paint the women’s bathroom; dust blinds and room partitions in classrooms; plus, clean up the landscape outside. Look for a sign-up sheet in the Narthex and help us.

Donuts and coffee will be provided, so please make sure you sign up so we have enough for everyone. 


Decorating for Christmas

Time to trim the trees! On Saturday, November 30th, we will start decorating for the church for Advent season (which starts on Sunday, December 1). Starting at 9 a.m., we will place the nativity, decorate the trees, place the holiday banners, and hang the wreaths. Christmas music will be playing to make it a joyful time to get you in the Christmas mood. The more, the merrier...and many hands make light work (kids are welcome to help too). Coffee and donuts will be provided. 



Celebrate the Season at our Second Annual Carols & Cocktails!

Join Christ Lutheran at Carols & Cocktails on Monday, December 16th at the Taco Mac on Dallas Highway at 6:30 p.m. We will gather together to sing carols, drink cheer, and bring the Christmas Spirit to West Cobb. Drinks and food are on your own. CLC will provide the music and song list.

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” (Elf.) 



Calling all kids! It’s time to sign up for the Christmas Program.

As we approach the season of Christmas and Advent we would like to ask God to be with us in all that we do and in all that we plan. We would like to ask for His blessings on the celebrations that we will be participating in. Amen.

You are invited to attend the Christmas Program on December 15th during the 11:00 a.m. service. We are looking for participants and volunteers. Our youth have several opportunities to participate in the program—we have speaking/singing parts as well as opportunities for solo performances. Roles will be assigned by November 3rd. Songs will be taught by Ms. Rachel Reaves during the Sunday School music fellowship in the Narthex. Please contact Rachel Reaves or Maxine Langford if you would like to participate or if you have any questions. We look forward to an amazing program and to your participation.

Important Dates for Christmas Program
November 3rd – Role Assignments
December 8th – Decorating after the 11 a.m. service
December 11th – Dress Rehearsal from 5:30-7:30
December 15th – Christmas Program presentation during 11 a.m. service 


Thank you all from Welcome & Witness

Thank you all for this adventure, honor, and opportunity to serve God through the Welcome & Witness Committee! I am so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to serve CLC the past 4 years as the committee chair. Prayers have been answered as the little committee of 1 has grown to a committee of 5. I want to thank those who have served on this committee officially and unofficially, and for Pastor Tim’s help in shaping what
Welcome & Witness is today. 

My commitment in 2020 is to remain on this committee supporting Stephanie King as the new Committee Chair. It is an exciting time of growing and changing at CLC. Welcome & Witness is vital because we are growing relationships; not just the congregation.

As I count my blessings this Thanksgiving and marvel at miracles this Christmas, I will thank God for all of you, and praise God for how he has blessed CLC with our new members.

Tiffany Sorrentino 


Give Joyfully

I have been blown away by the generosity of the CLC family yet again. Forever thankful for the ways God works through CLC to serve others. We ended the month of September with the “Diaper Drive” hitting an astonishing 8493 diapers donated. October had another successful “Blood Drive” and on “Worship in Pink” Sunday you generously supported giving toward mammograms for those that would otherwise not be able to afford it. God is Good!!!

Starting back on September 5th CLC has sponsored a Christian based financial management course created by Dave Ramsey called Financial Peace University (FPU). This course, being taught by our own Jason Lowe has taught me a great deal (much of it I thought I already knew) about being a good steward of money. I can only speak for my family and how in these nine weeks the course has allowed us to feel less stress over money and new ways to be joyful givers.

I have to let you in on a little secret. I took the FPU course to get my son Adam and his wife Ashlee to take the course. They are expecting their first baby in a few months and I felt it was important they take the right path now rather than later. A lesson many including me wish we knew sooner. Just a few days ago I received a call from Adam about a small emergency that came up in his life. Because of the education taught to him by Jason Lowe, he was able to handle the emergency with not a bit of financial stress. Jason has been a joyful giver of his time and talents. Thank you Jason for sharing the gifts God has given you to make a difference in the lives of others in our church and our community.

I am blessed that God led me to the stewardship committee. I have learned so much more about personal stewardship and I hope I have been able to pass it along in some way to all of you. Whether we are aware or not each day we make choices about how to live and how to allocate the resources God has given us. Each choice you make financial or otherwise makes a powerful statement about who you are and what you care about. When you decide to take a stand and allow your money to reflect your choices, it strengthens your own sense of self. What a wonderful and joyful feeling to be supporting others in our community and beyond.

What I have grown to love about being a member of CLC is the faithfulness to the mission God has empowered us to do. With God’s help, we each have the power to arrange life so we use our money each and every day to express our core values,
inside the church and out in the community. Each day there are chances to participate in expressing our choices and using our money, time, or talents to stand for or beliefs. Being an active participant gives us a sense of purpose. Even the smallest action floods you with the energy you only get when God is working through you in the lives of others. 

Watching God Work,
Your Stewardship Committee 


Join CLC at A Christmas Carol on Sunday, December 8th!

Join Christ Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 8th at 2:30 p.m. to attend The Christmas Carol at Alliance Theater (1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta). Celebrate the holidays with the beloved Dickens classic in this Broadway-scale production with beautiful music and an all-star Atlanta cast. It will be a great way to start the Christmas season. Transportation will be provided to the theater. Tickets are $42 each. Please pay by check made out to the church. Signup sheets are in the Narthex. All orders are due by Sunday, November 10, 2019. 


Sign up for Wild Women’s Weekend

Women’s retreat registration time is here! We are heading to Lutheridge, near Asheville, North Carolina for another Wild Women’s Weekend March 2020!  We are scheduled for Friday, March 20nd through Sunday, March 22nd. This weekend is filling up quickly, so please reserve your spot as soon as possible.
 
Gain a fresh vision and new strength with adult women of all ages from all across the southeast in the beauty of the mountains. Bible study and creative worship will focus on who Jesus is for us as women today. Thoughtful reflection and laughter and FUN make for a wonderful retreat.
Here are a few important details:
When:  Friday, March 20nd through Sunday, March 22th
Where: Lutheridge, Arden, NC.
Cost:  $229

Register:  www.clcwestcobb.org click the women’s retreat button
 
We are looking forward to a wonderful fun-filled and relaxing weekend in the mountains of North Carolina (just around the corner from Asheville, NC).  Please consider joining us and by all means, bring a friend!!!!
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sharon Hallberg at sharon.hallberg@gmail.com or call/text: 404-308-7279. 



Looking for Volunteers

As the end of the year is gathering to a close, are you looking to enrich your life or the life of the church? Starting in January, several of our church council groups are looking to add a member or two to their committees. The following groups are seeking new members, and please pray about how to use your talents at CLC:
· Worship - this committee assists the pastor in getting the church and the congregation ready for a meaningful and blessed worship experience. If you have some new ideas on how to enhance our worship services, you may consider joining this committee. Usually, meet on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
· Welcome & Witness - this group welcomes guests to CLC, hosts the new member classes, and plan the new member reception. They also plan new member gifts and congregational gifts.
· Fellowship - this committee is the party planner of the church. Help plan events to gather members together to meet each other and have fun. A few of the events planned are the annual church picnic and Christmas party, trivia night, Braves and ATL United games, and much more.
· Property -  Pray, plan and work for action that cares for the building and grounds of CLC. You can also join the building committee to plan the future space of CLC.
· Stewardship - Help our church family build and maintain a relationship with God by sharing the gifts (talents, tithes, etc.) he has provided.
· Mutual Ministries - Functions include supporting relationships with Pastor, staff and congregation, working jointly with the pastor to provide effective ministry to our congregation and community, more. This group is the human resources to the
congregation.
· Also, please consider helping during the Sunday Worship Services: lectors, ushers, altar guilds, greeters, counters, coffee hour/hospitality. Please have your child/children (must have First Communion) to signup as acolytes & crucifers.

Our congregation has experienced some health issues of people who were dedicated servants, but are no longer available to help. Please consider joining a council group or a Sunday Servant role. You can email the church office at officemanager@clcwestcobb.org or talk to any of the committee members to learn more about the individual committees. 


Giving Spotlight: ELCA World Hunger

     In November, our special offering will go to ELCA World Hunger Appeal. To give, simply place your monthly envelope in the collection plates on Sundays during November. Or give online at clcwestcobb.org/give and select Special Offering.
     More than 820 million people - that's about 11 percent of people in our world today - are hungry. As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work.
     By providing immediate relief to those who are hungry, we meet basic needs and recognize the universal human right to food. But ending hunger is about more than food. By connecting people with the resources they need to produce food and gain access to clean water, education, health care and sources of income, long-term, sustainable change can be accomplished.
     ELCA World Hunger starts with relationships marked by conversation and listening. We believe people know their own communities best. It is our congregations and our global companion churches that first identify the local needs and related solutions to help make a difference. Then, we partner with communities to help make those solutions a reality.
      Working through ELCA congregations, global companion churches, Lutheran World Federation and other partners like Bread for the World, Church World Service, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and Lutheran World Relief, the ELCA reaches more places more effectively than we could ever do alone. In addition to funding relief and development projects that assist our sisters and brothers in need, we engage members of the ELCA in education and advocacy to help change the systems that perpetuate poverty. Through this comprehensive approach, we work to address hunger from all angles — both domestically and globally.

 

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. 

 Matthew 25:35 


2019 Year to Date Financial Summary (as of September 30, 2019)
Operating Income Summary:
Year to date income:                                          $258,781
Year to date expenses:                                      $236,107        
Year to date net income:                                      $22,674
Year to date expenses as a percent of annual budget: 72.6% (On Track)
Account Balance Summary:
Checking/Money Market Balance:     $97,196
Mission Investment Fund:                  $20,378
Total Cash Balance                          $117,574
Mortgage balance:                             $83,655 


Online Giving — Giving Made Easy!

Our electronic giving program offers convenience for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account, or processed using your credit or debit card.

If you would like more information, simply take home an Online Giving card located in each pew, or visit the church website at clcwestcobb.org and click on the GIVE tab. There is an online tutorial to help you set up your electronic giving account.

In addition to web access, we have added the GivePlus App for smartphones that allows you to donate via the convenience of your phone whenever and wherever you want. GivePlus App can be downloaded via Google Play or the Apple App Store. Signup for Online Giving at clcwestcobb.org/giving.
 

 


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