CHURCH OF THE LAKES

Sunday Coffee Fellowship at 9:30 A.M.

Sunday Worship Service at 10:00 A.M.

Children's Sunday School at 10:00 A.M.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches that follow the Western Christian tradition.  It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which was November 30 this year, and ends on Christmas Eve.  The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival".  The focus of the season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of his return in his Second Advent.

We would like to invite you, your family and your friends to our Christmas Eve Service on December 24 at 7:00 p.m.  After the service we will be taking free family and group photos, and we will have cookies, punch and coffee for you to enjoy.  We hope that you will join us and if you have any questions please call the church at 317-933-2595.

This month Shepherd's Heart Ministries will be having a Christmas party for 35 juvenile offenders who have been waived as adults to the Marion County Jail.  We are told that this has been an especially difficult year to be incarcerated, so we have been assisting by providing funds, 35 toiletry packages, and - with the help of another church - stamps and envelopes so the inmates can write to their loved ones at home.  Please pray for the party's success and that Lynn and Shawn can continue to minister to each one of the young inmates during the holiday season.

 ONGOING ACTIVITIES

Parents, stop by the Harvestland welcome center and look at the books, magazines, games, Bibles, devotionals and tracts that are available.  There are great ideas waiting to be used as you share Christ at home.

How important do you think prayer is?  Do you believe it can cause miraculous things to happen or even simply make someone’s life a little better?  If you have a need for prayer, or know someone else who does, we would love to hear from you.  You can call in prayer requests to the church office at 317-933-2595 or via e-mail at churchofthelakes@yahoo.com.

Everyone enjoys having pastries, doughnuts and other treats on Sunday morning, but we need volunteers to help take turns providing them.  You don't have to do it alone, either!  Find a friend to volunteer with you and sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

Each month a group of nimble-fingered souls gathers at the church to fold newsletters for Ed’s Trading Post.  For those efforts, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is rewarded with a free advertisement in the newsletter.  Join us for lively conversation and camaraderie, usually at 9:00 a.m. on the last Thursday of the month.  Contact Pat Blocker for more information at 317-878-4417.

On the third Tuesday of each month (December 16) a group of church members meets at the church at noon, then travels to Nashville to The Seasons restaurant for lunch before going to the Brown County Health and Living Center to conduct a monthly birthday party for the residents there at 2:00 p.m.  The party usually lasts about an hour.  If you’re available that day, think about participating in this enjoyable and fulfilling activity.

Volunteers are needed!  The fourth Sunday of every month (December 28) is COTL’s day to cook and serve food at Mother’s Cupboard Community Kitchen in Beanblossom.  It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of other church members, learn how to prepare mass quantities of food and just feel good about knowing that 100 to 150 people will have a hot meal to eat that night.  We’d love to have some new volunteers join in so that the workload can be spread among a larger number of people.  Don’t worry, you don’t need cooking experience – there are plenty of non-cooking jobs to be performed.

Guardian Angels:  We'd like to invite everyone to become involved in this ministry which reaches out to those in the congregation who aren't able to regularly attend church worship services.  Some folks may be homebound or in a nursing home, may have an illness or may have had surgery, may be away at college or in the military, or could have other reasons for not being able to get to church.  Through the Guardian Angels we can let them know that they're loved and in our thoughts by staying in contact with them in various ways.  Some of the things we can do include preparing food after surgery, during illnesses or following funeral services; visiting congregation members at home, in the nursing home or in the hospital; making telephone calls; sending notes or cards for illnesses, hospitalization, births or birthdays; preparing "care" packages for college students or those in the military; and helping with transportation needs.  If we can organize a large group of volunteers, each person's time will only be needed occasionally.  If you can offer some of your time to help with any of these types of efforts, please contact Cheryl Robinson at 317-501-2553 or 317-878-4590 or Judie Petersen at 317-933-9755.

Don’t forget that the St. Vincent De Paul Society and The Lord's Locker have a constant need for non-perishable canned and boxed food items, as well as clothing and household items.  Please check your pantry and other parts of your home for unused items that you can contribute by placing them in the collection box at church in the Gathering Place.  There’s a particular need for packaged, uncooked spaghetti, so bring in all that you can provide.

 

Please join us as we continue to seek God’s blessing on the renewal of Church of the Lakes!

Yours in Christ,

Pastors Jon and Tracy Lucas, 417-0784

 

Church of the Lakes Website:  www.church-of-the-lakes.net

Church of the Lakes Telephone:  317-933-2595

Church of the Lakes e-mail:  churchofthelakes@yahoo.com

 

FREE BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOLERS!   Is your preschooler receiving a free book in the mail every month?  If not, please join the 450 children in Brown County and Nineveh who are receiving FREE books.  Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has been sending books to the children in our community since August 2008 and has since mailed books to over 850 children!  There is no cost to the families and all that is needed to get those books coming in the mail is to fill out the simple registration form below.  The child must be a resident of Brown County or Nineveh and be under age 5.  Please share this information with friends and neighbors in the community.   For questions, please call Vonda at (317) 727-2749. 

 

Dolly Parton’s IMAGINATION LIBRARY Official Registration Form (One form per child required)

REGISTER A CHILD (The child must be under the age of 5 years.) Please print legibly.

Privacy Statement: This information will not be used for any purpose other than the Imagination Library

Preschool Child’s Full Name_____________________________________________________________

Child’s DOB____/_____/______    Sex:  M / F        Phone # (             )_______________________________

Parent/Guardian’s Name(s)_______________________________________________________________

Child’s Home Mailing        

Address______________________________________________________________________________

City____________________  County:  Brown / Johnson    Zip Code___________ *Please notify us if this address changes

 Email Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________ “This child is a resident of Brown County or 46164 Zip Code

Signature of Parent/Guardian__________________________________________________________________

Mail form to: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, P.O. Box 54 Nineveh, IN 46164

 


Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

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