December 2013 Newsletter
The Seasons Of Advent & Christmas
From the Pastor…
"AdVentures in Evangelical Outreach"
When you called me to be your pastor, you asked me to work with you in two areas: 1) to help you grow spiritually, and 2) to help the congregation grow with new disciples.
The theme for our Advent Devotions is "AdVentures in Evangelical Outreach." We will read, study, and discuss three of Jesus’ parables. These three parables will challenge us to grow spiritually and our study of them will lead to being a growing congregation.
Please come on Wednesday evenings in December and be part of this important conversation.
THE WEDNESDAYS IN ADVENT
December 4 The Parable of the Sower
December 11 The Parable of the Lost Sheep
December 18 The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
6:00 PM Pot Luck Supper and Conversation
6:30 PM "AdVentures in Evangelical Outreach"
7:00 PM Evening Prayer
7:30 PM Choir
"Where People Discover Jesus and Grow in Faith"
THE SEASON OF ADVENT
I think I like Advent more than any other season in the church year. I admit my liking has a lot to do with feeling sympathy for the underdog. For a long time I have rooted for the Chicago Cubs, perpetual also runs in the National League! Often, Advent receives little respect or little notice! But that lack of notice is the real reason I so like Advent. Advent is out-of-step with the world. Advent swims up-stream. Advent is counter-cultural. During the season of Advent, life is frenetic! Our lives are always or always seem hectic. During Advent, our hectic lives become frenetic. There are gifts to buy. There are greeting cards to send. There are parties to attend. I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
I love the carols of Advent. They speak of night just before the rising of the sun. They speak of standing watch in the dark night, peering toward the horizon, searching for a long-awaited guest. They speak of desert waste land becoming a watered garden.
The music of those carols is haunting, unlike the music of any other season. The music of Advent transports me/us to other realities than the realities I/we know. And most of all, Advent is time God gives us to practice hope. Advent in-vites us to hope for Jesus’ love to be real in our lives and in the world. Hope and Love are in short supply in our real world. I love hoping! I love Advent!
December 1 The Prophet Isaiah "sees" a stream of people flowing up to Mount Zion, the City of God.
December 8 The Prophet tells about being in a right relationship with God that leads to being in right relationships with others, even
December 15 The desert shall bloom. The weak shall run. The messiah is
December 22 The Prophet, Isaiah, promises a Son. Mary and Joseph are the
parents God chose to birth and love God’s Son.
December 24 We will celebrate the great, joyful news that a Son is born,
the Messiah, the Lord. As a choir of angels sang at Jesus’
birth, we will sing beloved carols telling about the birth of
the babe of Bethlehem.
(Children, Youth and Adults)
December 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Come, Grow As Disciples
Sunday School is Fun
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM PRACTICE
December 1, 8 and 15
ITEMS FOR GI SANTA ARE DUE
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Every Tuesday Evening
December 3, 10, 17 and 31
7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
MR. JIM CAULDER
Presentation on Social Security
Thursday, December 5
Holiday Inn Express
Saturday, December 7, 2013
WOMEN OF THE ELCA
Saturday, December 7, 2013
PARTNERS IN CARE
Travel To Camp Dawson with General of the West Virginia National Guard
DINNER AND A MOVIE
Friday, December 13
The movie will be "Chocolate"
The menu will be French Food
DECORATING THE CHRISMON TREE
AND THE NAVE (preceded by lunch)
December 15, 2013
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
New Haven, West Virginia
The Holy Communion Service
of Carols and Candlelight
December 24, 2013
We celebrate the Birth of our Lord
December 25, 2013
THE COMMEMORATION OF STEPHEN,
DEACON AND MARTYR
December 26, 2013
THE COMMEMORATION OF JOHN,
EVANGELIST AND APOSTLE
December 27, 2013
THE COMMEMORATION OF
THE HOLY INNOCENTS
THE FIRST SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS
December 29, 2013
9:30 AM Sunday School
10:45 AM Worship
Thought for the Month:
Don’t worry about tomorrow; God is already there.
Dinner and a Movie
On Friday, December 13th, we will meet at 6 pm at the home of George & Linda Roland for aFrench dinner followed by the film Chocolat and a great discussion. We have a regular schedule of meeting the second Friday of each month. As usual the signup sheet is at the church or call Linda at 304-586-0167. Everyone is invited and please bring a friend or neighbor to join in the fun.
Cross of Grace Lutheran Church
A Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
P.O. Box 1025
30 Grace Drive
Hurricane, WV 25526-3025
Phone: (304) 562-0616
Rev. Thomas L. Quickel, Jr. Pastor
Office Ph# 304-562-0616// Cell Ph# 423-217-7854
"Where people discover Jesus and grow in faith!"
Crosswords is published monthly. The deadline for articles to be submitted is the 21st of each month. Please email your articles to Clem at MarcleEnt@aol.com
West Virginia—Western Maryland Synod of the ELCA
Rev. Dr. Ralph Dunkin, Bishop
503 Morgantown Avenue, Second Floor
Fairmont, WV 26554-4374
Phone: (304) 363-4030
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Elizabeth A.Eaton, Presiding Bishop
8765 W Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: (800) 638-3522
Effective February 19, 2013
Contact Person: Stacy Drehobl
Stacy Drehobl………………304-562-1981 firstname.lastname@example.org
Clem & Marilyn Pemberton..304-545-0189 MarcleEnt@aol.com
Linda Roland……………….304-586-0167 email@example.com
Jeannie Hughes…………….304-767-1376 JSparky67@aol.com
Barb Lauffer………………..304-562-2496 DLau2314@aol.com
Pastor Quickel…………… 304-562-0616 firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving This Month
We hope everyone can attend our annual children's Christmas program on Sunday evening December 15th at 630pm. Please invite your family and friends to come with you this evening. Life Together will provide punch and cookies in a reception to follow.
COMMUNITY SERVICE - DECEMBER 2013
TARGET FOOD FOR
COMMUNITY CUPBOARD: BOXED STUFFING MIX
CHRISTMAS FAMILY: Many thanks to our generous members who provided gift cards for a Christmas meal, as well as clothing and toys for the children, Niya (age 5) and 7-year old twins Jamison and Landon. We also provided a gift for their mom.
G.I. SANTA PROJECT: Thank you to our members who donated so generously to brighten Christmas for residents of the Veterans' Home in Barboursville. And, thank you, too, to Kelsey Spang, who collected a large quantity of donations from students at Winfield Middle School where she teaches. The WMS students also wrote letters thanking the vets for their service to our coun-try. What a wonderful way to express our gratitude to this deserving group that is so often overlooked.
HUNTERS HELPING THE HUNGRY: The Leadership Team responded to a request by the West Virginia Council of Churches by voting to donate $50 to Hunters Helping the Hungry, a unique program involving the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, hunters and donors, and two West Virginia Food Banks that provides nutritious, low fat, low cholesterol ground venison to many hungry West Virginians. Since its inception in 1992, the program has provided 846,395 pounds of venison for over 1,128,526 family-style meals via the Food Banks. Donations are needed to cover processing costs of $1.45 per pound, with the average deer producing 35.5 pounds of ground venison. The Food Banks are paid around 27 cents per pound to cover pick-up and distribution costs.
FOOD PICK-UP SERVICE: The Community Service Team is continuing a monthly food pick-up service for residents of Willow Tree Village Apartment #1 who have no transportation or any other way to obtain their food from the Christian Community Cupboard. Thank you to Linda Roland, Marilyn Pemberton, and Helen Yater for performing this vital community service. Thanks also to Sarah Kovarik, Carol Smith, and Pastor Quickel who have volunteered to serve as substitute deliverers when needed.
Ashley and Stephen
January 11, 2014
ASHLEY DIANE GIBSON
STEPHEN MALCOLM DREHOBL
We wish to invite you
to share in our joy
as we are
united in marriage
Saturday, the eleventh of January
Two thousand and fourteen
At five o’clock in the afternoon
Scary Creek Church of God
340 Scary Road
Scott Depot, West Virginia
RSVP to Doug and Stacy Drehobl by the fifteenth of December
304-562-1981 or email@example.com
Thanksto all the women of Cross of Grace Lutheran Church who participated and who gave to the Thankoffering in the Thankoffering Service on Sunday, November 17 during Worship.. The Thankoffering according to our treasurer, Linda Roland, was $200.00. It will be sent to the Women of the ELCA to assist with their programs.
OurBook Study group meets on Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m. and will finish our book. A new book study will begin in January.
OnSaturday, December 7 at 11:30 a.m. the women of Cross of Grace will gather for our Christmas Party. Please sign up and indicate what you will bring. We will eat first and then have devotions, a little business, choose a Lutheran World Relief Project for 2014, re-veal our Secret Sisters, and get a new Secret Sister for 2014.
TheWELCA Bible Study will meet on Wednesday, December 11, 11:30 a.m. at Mayberry’s in St. Albans. From our Gather Magazine we will be studying Miriam, A Loving Protector. We will be reading scripture from Psalm 149, Exodus 2:1-10, Exodus 15:20-21, Luke 2:1-20 and Luke 1:46-55 (The Birth of Jesus). I hope you will join us.
TheKnit Wits did not set another date to meet when they met November 16.
Since Christmas and New Year fall in the middle of the week this year, we will continue with Sunday School classes throughout the month.
Pastor Q will be discussing the topics of the church ministry and worship and presenting us with his own version of the spiritual gifts inventory. Please join in the discussion every week at 9:30 AM.
Many thanks to Marilyn Pemberton for hosting our November Life Together event, our progressive dinner. It was a great evening and well attended! Beginning on Wednesday, December 4th, we will begin our pot luck Advent suppers. A sign up sheet is posted in the hallway if you could please indicate what you are bringing. Everyone is welcome whether you provide food or not! Supper will be at 6pm followed by worship at 7pm. Hope everyone can attend this great opportunity for mid week fellowship and worship. As we look at how quickly 2014 is approaching I would ask everyone to please consider hosting a monthly Life Together event. It can something as simple as a dinner and movie, a game night, an evening of bowling.....please take an opportunity to create a great fellowship event.
Life Together is better!
Need a gift for someone who has everything? How about a co-worker or neighbor that you don’t know as well? Fill a basket with an assortment of coffees and teas from around the world. You can do it right here at Cross of Grace by purchasing some of our fairly traded products. At the same time you are helping small farmers from around the globe. We have some new blends available, so give them a try.
If they don’t like coffee or tea, another great gift idea is to look through the ELCA Good Gifts Catalog. You can make a donation in their name in any amount and provide a family with anything from chickens or goats to helping to build a well or a school in a third world nation..
Sexual Misconduct Policy
In September 2013, the insurance carrier for Cross of Grace notified us that coverage under our insurance policy was going to be significantly amended (coverage reduced) because the sexual misconduct requirement was not being followed.
The expectations of the insurance underwriter are that each insured -- in this case Cross of Grace -- has a formal written policy that includes procedures designed to prevent acts of sexual misconduct by all employees and volunteers involved with any activity involving a minor. A minor being anyone under the age of 18.
Details of the expectations are as follows:
Develop a screening process through use of a form on which we record information gathered from prospective Pastors and volunteers desiring to work with a minor if they have ever been accused of, participated in or been convicted of sexual misconduct.
All employees and volunteers who work with minors are required to sign a release form that is kept on file that allows COG to request a criminal background check on prospective employees and volunteers. COG is expected to do background checks.
Volunteers must be involved in COG for at least six months before they are allowed in any position involving contact with minors.
No minor is to be alone with only one child on church premises or in any church sponsored activity unless in a counseling or one-on-one mentorship situation.
Doors should remain open when meetings or classes are being conducted with minors unless there is a window in the door or beside it.
Given these expectations, the leaders of COG developed a policy that addresses each of the above expectations and the required forms -- Children's/Youth Worker Application which gathers from an interview with a prospective volunteer his/her background in working with minors. We also now have a Background Check Consent form that is used to gain a prospective workers consent to do a back-ground check if it is deemed necessary.
Training is available on child protection policies to all new childcare workers. Individuals interested in working with minors are strongly urged to attend these training events.
There is a copy of the complete policy on file in the church office should you de-sire to read and study it further. If you have questions concerning this policy contact Pastor, the Lay Vice President of the Leadership Team or Bob Henrich.
Submitted by : Bob Henrich
The Worship Team met on Sunday, November 24, 2013, following Worship with Roger Hughes, Bob and Mary Jane Knopf, Marilyn Pemberton, Harriet Peters, and Pastor Quickel present.
The meeting opened with devotions
+ $200 was collected for the Thankoffering Service
+Twenty-two poinsettias were ordered on Monday, November 18 and
will be delivered to the church on Saturday, December 21.
+ Sundays in Advent-December 1, 8, 15, 22 were discussed.
+ Wednesday Midweek Services will be at 7 p.m. on December 4, 11, 18.
+ Choir Practice will be at 7:30 p.m. following Wednesday Advent
+ Cross of Grace will be decorated for Christmas on December 15
following Worship with Soup and Sandwiches for those who stay to help
+ Christmas Eve Service will be December 24, 7 p.m.
+ Having a Christmas Day Service will be considered in 2014.
+ A healing Service will be January 5 and twice more in 2014.
+ A Contemporary Service will be discussed after the first of the year
+ A Hymn Fest will be discussed after the first of the year.
+ Complete hymns with music and words will be in the bulletin during
+ Kathy Lemke will be doing another painting and the Worship Team will
decide where to hang it.
The team selected hymns from December 24 to January 19.
The team will meet again on Sunday, January 19 following worship with Roger Hughes leading the meeting.
The meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer.
Property Team Activities
November 17, 2013
Heat Pumps --- Dodrill H & C installed a new part in the classroom/gathering room unit and it is now working. According to Dodrill, the required part that was needed is no longer made by Amana (brand of heat pump we have) so an intermediary fix was required to make the heat pump function. The sanctuary unit needs a part which also is no longer available from Amana, according to Dodrill's supplier, so some retrofitting using other parts is necessary to make the unit work properly. I am checking with Amana to confirm if the parts are no longer made or it is a case of Dodrill's supplier simply chooses not to carry parts for older Amana units. In any event if Amana parts are difficult to get then possible replacement is most likely warranted. Dave Lauffer (Dan's brother) serviced the one new heat pump unit and it is running just fine now.
Related to the heating system ------ I met with a representative of Mountaineer Gas last week and he determined that a 2 inch gas line runs through the edge of our property from Hurricane Creek Road up to the Ghiz building behind us. It would be relatively simple to tap into that line and run a new gas line to our church building then we could heat with gas which is significantly cheaper and more efficient. The Mountaineer Gas Rep gave me the necessary paperwork and phone numbers to call to begin this project. We must consult with a reliable HVAC contractor to determine the BTU requirement of the new gas furnaces required for our building so that the proper line size and meter setting can be determined. Dan and I are working on finding HVAC contractors to bid the job other than Dodrill. The gas company ser-vices are free (locating the line and working with a contractor to extend the line) but COG has to pay a contractor to install the line from the Mountaineer line into our furnace room. I am in the process of get-ting the necessary estimates.
Loading Dock ---- The City of Hurricane dye tested the storm water lines at the rear of the church to find out exactly where storm water flows. The City wants to meet with Randolph Eng to determine where the best location is for inlets when we fill the loading dock with gravel and dirt. We need the information on the inlet location to supply the contractors who we ask to bid on filling the loading dock. Filling the loading dock is part of the overall curb appeal project we undertook a couple of years ago.
Building Cleaning ----- I met with a representative from Teays Maids (residential & commercial cleaning service) to obtain the cost to clean the church once a month.
Sound system ----- I met with a gentleman who is familiar with sound systems and he advised me on how to run the lapel mic Pastor Quickel uses thru the organ speakers. After procuring the small parts required, and hooking it up there is a low hum from the organ speakers. I hope to meet with the fellow again this week to determine a fix for the hum. Sound will be dispersed better thru the organ speakers rather than the keyboard speakers as we now are doing.
Signage ---- I met with Jim Day from Day Sign Company to obtain designs and prices for a new double sided front lawn sign, a new parking directions sign along Grace Dr and a sign to install on the loading dock canopy identifying Cross of Grace. This also is part of the curb appeal project.
Insurance ----A new policy on Commercial Sexual Misconduct Coverage was developed by COG and provided to Payne & Garlow (COG Insurance Agent) on October 20, 2013. This more detailed policy was a requirement of the P&G insurance underwriters.
Weeds ----- All old weeds and vines have been pulled from the flower beds and from around the bushes around the front of the building as well as the back. Bushes on the north end of the building were trimmed back. Bushes in front of the building will be trimmed in the near future.
Submitted by: Bob Henrich
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