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UPCOMING SPECIAL SERVICES

Advent Festival - Sunday, Dec. 4th

  • Worship Service at 9:30 AM
  • Special Fellowship and Craft for the Entire Family at 10:45 AM

Children's Christmas Candlelight Service - Saturday, Dec. 24th at 6:30 PM

Christmas Day Communion Service - Sunday, Dec. 25th at 10:30 AM


ADVENT FESTIVAL

New Life will celebrate "Advent Fest"" on the morning of Sunday, December 4th. A service of nine Advent lessons and carols will be held that will include the singing of the Sunday School and Preschool children. The service will begin at the regular time, 9:30 AM. After the service, all in attendance will enjoy fellowship time in the lower level and have an opportunity to work on an Advent craft. The craft for this year will be an Advent Spiral. Please be sure to mark your calendars to attend this special, one-time, festival of Advent.


SUNDAY SCHOOL STORIES FOR DECEMBER

  • 4th No Sunday School, Advent Festival Craft at 10:45 AM
  • 11th The Birth of John the Baptist
  • 18th The Birth of Jesus
  • 25th No Sunday School, Christmas Day

The Sunday School children are working on songs and recitations for the Christmas Eve program. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that your children attend Sunday School to prepare for the service on Saturday, Dec. 24th at 6:30 AM. Practice for that service will be held on Thursday, December 22rd from 6:30-8:00 PM.


SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS

Sunday morning Bible class will not meet on Sunday, December 5, because of Advent Fest. However, class will resume on December 11 with a one part look at the prophet Elisha. On December 18 Rev. Paul Prange will give a special presentation for Bible class. There will be no Bible class on Christmas Day.


MEN'S BIBLE CLASS

Men's Bible Class will meet twice in the month of December, on December 2nd and 9th. Bible class begins at 11:30 and includes lunch.

Men's Bible class is held on Fridays at 11:30 AM. The class starts with lunch and is usually over by 1:00 PM.


PRESCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

The Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool Christmas Program will take place on Sunday afternoon, December 18th, at 1:30 PM.


NEW YEAR'S DAY SERVICE

New Year's will be observed on Sunday, January 1 during our Sunday Service.


LITTLE SPROUTS TODDLER PROGRAM NEWS

It is so hard to believe that December is already here! Our Little Sprouts friends will start the month by learning all about bears. They will practice color matching with bear counters and listen to the classic children's book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt." The children will learn about hibernation and finish the theme by celebrating Teddy Bear Day where teddies and other stuffed friends will visit our classroom for the day.

Our next theme is "Merry Christmas". We will have a chance to sing "Jingle Bells" with a gingerbread boy shape game, but the focus on this theme is the story of the nativity. We will use flannel board pictures to tell the wonderful story of Jesus' birth and make a couple of Christmas nativity crafts. We will also create a secret (shhh!) surprise for parents. Jesus stories this month are "Mary's Big News", "Jesus is Born" and "Go and Tell."

Our last day of class before Christmas break is Thursday, December 22nd and we will resume class on Tuesday, January 10th. I wish everyone a most blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews


TREE OF LIFE PRESCHOOL NEWS

This month we will be very busy with many activities, as well as getting ready for our Christmas Program which will be held on Sunday, December 18th at 1:30 PM. Both classes will be talking about the true meaning of Christmas "Jesus Birth" and that it is better to give than receive. Additionally, the children will have another opportunity to sing in church with the Sunday School children, as well as enjoy a family craft while celebrating Advent Fest on Sunday, December 4th. Both classes will enjoy a special "Christmas Craft Day" On Monday, December 12th and Tuesday, December 13th. During Jesus' time we will learn the following stories: "God Gives the Ten Commandments", "God's Special Message for Mary," and "Jesus the Savior is Born." At the end of the month both classes will also enjoy Christmas parties.

Finally, we will be on break from Friday, December 23rd through Friday, January 6th with classes resuming on Monday, January 9th and Tuesday, January 10th. I want to wish everyone a blessed Christmas and very Happy New Year!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


TONE CHIME CHOIR

The Tone Chime Choir is scheduled to rehearse on Tuesday, December 13. The Tone Chime Choir will play for the Christmas Day service.


CALL TO OKLAHOMA CITY

On November 10 Pastor Bauer was informed he's received the call to be pastor at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Pastor Bauer will announce his decision on Sunday, December 11.


OFFERING ENVELOPES

Offering envelopes for 2022 will soon be assigned and available for pickup.


POINSETTIAS

Poinsettias will once again adorn the Lord's altar and chancel on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you'd like to purchase one or more, please sign up on the sheet located on the bulletin board downstairs at church. The cost for each poinsettia is $8.00.


ADOPT-A-SAILOR ON THANKSGIVING DAY

New Life successfully hosted 28 Naval recruits from Great Lakes on Thanksgiving Day. After the recruits were picked up, they enjoyed a treat at Dunkin Donuts. Then they stopped at the Lake Zurich fire department for a corn hole tournament. After the noon meal at New Life, the recruits called home, played bean bag battleship and minute to win it games. The day ended with two hours of bowling and pizza at Bowlero in Deer Park. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make the day a success!


GREEN TEAM

Green Team met once in November. The kids learned what an HVAC technician does for a living. The kids made the second part of their waterwheel as well as a welcome craft for the sailors on Thanksgiving Day.

Green Team is scheduled to meet once in December, on Thursday the 8th at 6:30 PM. That night the kids will learn about what a plumber does for a living. If all goes well, the kids will complete their waterwheel project so they can test it and compete against each other in January. The kids are reminded to invite a friend to Green Team!


BRANCH CONNECTION CHRISTMAS PARTY

The Branch Connection will be holding their annual Christmas party Tuesday, December 6th at 5:30 PM. Ladies, please bring a dish to pass and a $15 gift to exchange and your aprons. We will be putting together jars of cookie mixes that we will then have for sale. Proceeds will benefit New Beginnings-A Home for Mothers located in Milwaukee.


FELLOWSHIP

Prior to the pandemic, members would sign up to bring something to eat and drink for after the service. For the past several months, pre-packaged goods have been kept at church and served. It's time to get back to normal. Please consider taking a Sunday for fellowship. The sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board in the basement.


WELS CAMPUS MINISTRY

Heading to college can be exciting, stressful, and everything in between. WELS Campus Ministry can help! Let us help you stay connected to God's Word. To begin go towels.net/campus-ministry and click the button "College students register here". You can register for free subscriptions to Forward in Christ and Meditations booklets and will be connected to the campus pastor for your school. Students who have previously registered for WELS Campus Ministry are encouraged to check your profile and preferences and make any necessary updates. For questions please contact Ginny Mundstock at the WELS Campus Ministry office: 414-256-3279.


UNITED WAY

The United Way's fall fund drive is underway right now, and many employers will match employee contributions. Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool is recognized by the United Way, so this is a great opportunity to help out with our education and community outreach efforts via the preschool. "10438331" is the ID number for Tree of Life. All contributions are greatly appreciated!


EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

While updating Ministry plans for the next fiscal year it was noted that again the Elder's plan includes assisting members or friends of New Life with emergency assistance. Emergency assistance is often needed due to weather related emergencies. Be mindful that New Life has access to equipment and tools not always readily available to the person in need. Examples include generators, chainsaws, etc. Often times it may be as simple as just needing some extra hands to address a need. So, in the event you need help, please do not hesitate to call. To request assistance, simply call church at 847-438-5018 and leave a message. Have a wonderful safe summer!

-- Mike Spangle - Elder


THRIVENT CHOICE

The Thrivent Choice® program lets eligible members recommend where some of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' charitable outreach funds go by directing Choice Dollars®. You can direct your funds to New Life Lutheran Church and/or Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool. If you have any questions about how to do this, please speak to Craig LaPlante the Stewardship Chairman.