The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor Sander

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. And ransom captive Israel!


My Dear Friend:


And, just like that, it is Advent again! The first season of the church year, Advent has two very distinct themes: preparation for Christmas, and preparation for the end of time. The word Advent means “at the coming” – the coming of Christ.


During this four-week season that precedes Christmas, people go to great lengths to prepare their homes for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. A Christmas tree is put up and decorated with meaningful ornaments. Lists of gifts and meals are made, cookies are baked, gifts are wrapped, the homes are decorated with all kinds of festive lights and decorations. Everything must be ready by December 25!


On the other hand, Christians live their whole life in Advent. We keep in mind the promised return of Jesus Christ when he will judge the living and the dead. We prepare ourselves for Jesus’ return by living according to our Christian faith, by sharing God’s love with those around us, by praying, by worshipping God in church and in private, by nourishing our faith with word and sacrament. All these are ways in which we prepare ourselves for Judgment Day. But once the day comes, there will be no more time to get ready.


If December 25 comes and we are not ready for it, we will still be alright on December 26. Yet, it is different with the Last Day. Jesus himself tells us that now is the time to prepare ourselves for his return. If we are found unprepared to receive Christ when he comes again in glory, then there will be no second chance, and we will be condemned with all unbelievers.


May the Lord of all mercy and grace grant us to be found attentive to his word and be ready to receive him with joy! I wish a blessed Advent to you all!


Pastor Martinho Q. Sander

December Calendar

Serving Us in Worship

December Birthdays and Anniversaries

Preschool News

Love Came Down at Christmas

Luke 2:6-7 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.


The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. The struggle to find enough time to complete all our tasks looms over our heads. Can we do it? I am sure that we can and most of us are successful. But all of these things are trivial in comparison to the reason that we even have Christmas. CHRISTmas is exactly that! It is about Christ, the birth of our Savior in a stable in Bethlehem nonetheless.


While we are busy scurrying around trying to buy those last minute presents, decorating the house, baking cookies, sending cards, etc. let us not lose focus on why we even have Christmas. Too often we get caught up in the secular busy part of the world and forget to focus on the little things. Take some time to slow down and to focus on that little baby born in a manger. The little baby who would grow up to be a man and die on a cross to save us and then rise on Easter Sunday to give us eternal life in Heaven. What a loving God we serve. As we focus on trying to find the perfect gift to give, realize that the perfect gift has already been given and it came to us in Jesus.


Our focus is to keep Christ in Christmas. After all this humble little family traveled for miles to get to Bethlehem and bring into the world the Savior, Jesus Christ. He wasn’t born in a palace or showered with servants and special blankets and fancy gifts. Jesus was a humble man right from the start. The world likes to focus on the “shiny bling”, but we can focus on the “real thing”—Jesus who came into the world to save us from our own sinful natures. His light shines for us all, we don’t need gifts or snow or lots of expensive ornaments to put on our trees. We just need Christ and His saving love.


In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

Preschool

Preschool has been very busy and going strong. We just wrapped up Thanksgiving break! Our 4K friends loved celebrating Thanksgiving together complete with games and activities that would have been found at the first Thanksgiving. We are now ready for Advent and Christmas and all that those celebrations bring!

The students and staff of Blessed Savior Preschool wish a very blessed Christmas to you and your family and God’s richest blessings in the coming new year!

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Sunday School

Sunday school students are learning a hymn a month! These hymns are taken from One and All Rejoice or LSB. For the month of December they will be working on the hymn "O Little Town of Bethlehem". It is Hymn 361 in our Lutheran Service Book.

O Little Town of Bethlehem - Kid's Version w/ Lyrics

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL:

Please note that there will be no Sunday school classes on Sundays December 26th and January 2nd. We thank our teachers and volunteers that make Sunday school possible for all our children! We also thank parents and families for faithfully bringing their children to Sunday school to learn more about Jesus!

Our second trimester of Sunday school offerings will be going to Zambia! We have the opportunity along with our preschool students to participate in a global adventure through the wonderful program Gospel Adventures by Lutheran Hour Ministries. Students will get the opportunity to meet kids from Zamiba, see how they live, work, and play. Most importantly we will get to see how they love the same Jesus that we do! Offerings collected will support the furthering of the Gospel in Zambia. With our offerings Christians there will be able to host Vacation Bible School, youth programs, workshops, and reach out to youth in need! If you feel so inclined to give, there will be a collection bin in the narthex!

Christmas Decorating

Come help us decorate the Church for Christmas! We will begin at 10am on Saturday, December 4th, and lunch will be provided for those who are still here at 12noon. Come when you can and stay as long as you can!

SCRIP

As you prepare for the exchange of Christmas gifts, don't forget that SCRIP cards not only make great gifts, but also are an easy way to purchase all your groceries, gas, and more! SCRIP cards are simply gift cards that you can use like cash, but the church receives a percentage in return. Our Board of Education then uses the profits to help our students who may need additional tuition assistance, or to purchase things needed for our education program. In past years, we've been able to purchase projectors for all the classrooms, as well as external speakers.


SCRIP cards are on hand to purchase following the Worship Services, or by using the Order Form that is attached. Orders are placed on Monday mornings and are available for pick up on Thursday afternoon.


If you have any questions regarding the SCRIP program, please contact Jaime Greene.

Job Openings!

Preschool Office Staff

We are looking for part time help with scheduling, billing, and general office work.


Childcare Teachers Needed:

Blessed Savior is still looking for lead childcare teachers to join its team! We are looking for fun, energetic, kid-loving, team players! Early childhood courses and experience is needed. We are looking for morning and afternoon teachers. Hours are flexible and wage is based on experience. If you or someone you know is interested, please see Director Jennifer Leinss.


If you are interested, or if you know someone who may be, please contact the church office to obtain a full job description and an application.

Quarterly Missions

For the fourth quarter of the year, our Special Missions gifts will support the SOS Center, an agency run by the South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod that helps Milwaukee school children and their families. The SOS Center offers after school tutoring, teaches Bible Stories and exemplifies Christian love in action. Many volunteers make this ministry possible!


Our gifts collected the first quarter of the new year (2022) will sponsor the publication of two devotions books, the first is “Recipes of Love” and is for families with school-aged children. The second is called “Get Up And Walk.” It contains devotions for children that are sick – especially those undergoing extensive medical treatments. Both will be published in Portuguese, by Concordia Publishing House of Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Women's Ministry

CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT

We are excited to welcome back our annual Christmas by Candlelight event on December 7th at 6:30pm! The evening will include beautifully decorated tables, a delicious meal and Christmas entertainment. Tickets for the event are $15 and are currently on sale. If you are interested in serving as a table hostess or as a server, please sign up on the Women's Ministry bulletin board. Please note that in order to keep this event as safe as possible, masks will be required when not eating, and tickets are limited to 100 people.


CRAFT AND BAKE SALE

We will be holding our annual Craft and Bake Sale on Sunday, December 12th in Oswald Hall. Crafts that are made by our members will be available for purchase, as well as packaged containers of cookies. Stop in to shop between services and after late church! We would greatly appreciate any donations of items you have created! Please leave them in the Church Kitchen, marked "Women's Ministry Craft Sale". Cookie donations will be accepted on Saturday, December 11th.

Holiday Worship Schedule

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