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January 12, 2020 

Our Life and Ministry Together...

THE EPIPHANY SEASON:  The word “Epiphany” is from the Greek word for “Showing forth” or “manifestation.” Epiphany Day (January 6) and the Season which follows and ends with Transfiguration Sunday, celebrated the events by which Jesus was shown forth as the Son of God. This showings of Jesus’ divinity included his birth, the coming of the Magi, his baptism and the Wedding at Cana where he miraculously changed water into wine.

UNDECORATING THE CHURH: Thank you to all who showed up in the bad weather and helped undecorate the church from the Christmas season!
CALL TO ANNUAL MEETING:     In accordance with the Constitution of GSLC,
the congregation is called to an Annual Meeting to be held Sunday, January 26, 2020, following the worship service. The purpose of the meeting will be to approve the 2020 church budget. 
The budget will be distributed in the entrance way on Sunday, January 19, 2020.
All voting members are encouraged to attend the meeting.

TUESDAY EVENING FAITH STUDY: The Tuesday Faith study, led by Pastor Krister, will begin a new this Tuesday, January 14. We will do a book study on the book “by heart – conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism”
Come, relive your Confirmation study all over again – for the first time! This book is more than just the Small Catechism – it links the biblical and historical context of the Small Catechism, explains the history behind Luther’s explanations, and connect it all to our lives and faith today.
There is no cost to the book and if you can’t make all the reading, come anyway and be part of the discussion.
THE GIVING TREE: This year we are collecting for the “Doc’s for Socs” program. The Docs for Socs program helps children, women, and families in need receive items that most of us take for granted, especially during the cold winter months here in Michigan.
In addition to socks all winter items are accepted, including jackets, boots, coat, and underwear. Distribution of these items go to numerous charities in the Southeastern metro Detroit area, including Royal Oak. Please bring in your items through the end of the month and place in the basket below the “Giving Tree” found in the narthex.
If you have any questions, please contact Linda Pressley

2020 OFFERING ENVELOPES: Your members envelopes are available for pick up on the porch. They are filed in alphabetical order by last name.

 Church Council has approved a policy in regard to closing of church and cancelling of activities due to weather.

The policy is as follows:
During the week (Mon- Fri), when the schools in Royal Oak School district close because of snow and/or cold, the church events for that day/evening are cancelled as well. The office will also be closed on these days.

Sunday morning closings and cancellation of worship will be determined by the Council Executive”
Currently we don’t have emails for all members but notices of Cancellation / Closing will be posted on our Facebook Page and our Website. Church Council is exploring if the new phone system will be able to have a phone chain to reach all phone numbers in our system. Further update on this will be posted as it becomes known.


Here are the assigned readings with introductions that will be read at worship
NEXT Sunday, January 19—2nd Sunday after Epiphany.

First Reading: Isaiah 49:1-7
Here the servant, identified as Israel, speaks for herself and describes her honored mission. Called before her birth like Jeremiah and John the Baptist, the servant is not only to restore Israel. The servant’s ultimate assignment is to bring news of God’s victory to the ends of the earth. God in faithfulness has chosen Israel for this task.
Psalm: Psalm 40:1-11
I love to do your will, O my God. (Ps. 40:8)
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Though God’s church in Corinth is a fractious congregation beset with many conflicts, Paul opens this letter by spotlighting the multiple ways God has enriched and sustained its life as part of the divine call into the fellowship of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel: John 1:29-42
John the Baptist’s witness to Jesus initiates a chain of testimony as his disciples begin to share with others what they have found.


DEATHS:      Barbara Lash, Marilyn Antilla, Jerry Tallman

HOSPICE:     Pr. Mike’s Father Martin Walters

Ron & Betty Bechill, Conrad Bock, Sherry Buczek, Sue C.,
Bradley Caldwell, Barb Carillo, Cathy Case, Richard Chicklas,
Bob Chism, Brandon Cross, Jim Danaher, Eunice Dean, Lois Durnil,

Sharon Feigley, J.J. Karrie Kochevar, John & Tracy Kripli,
Krissy, Steve Kukla, Lois Lampe, Dawn Leatz-Burke, Dana Lester,
Scott McClue, Cathy Merak, Robert Meyer, Claude Miller,
Carol Murray, Jan Murray, Olivia, Cindy Roeske, Annette & George Ryan,

Carol Walitalo, Paul Wieske, Chuck Wilcox
Kristen White, Megan Keller Young, Tonya Young