Message from Pastor Alessandri December 16, 2022

Haven Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, Maryland

December 16, 2022

CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS UPDATE

The Hunger Team helped us gather food for 6 average families. But this week, the Counselor who helps us connect with Fountaindale families asked if we could take on two more families.  With some of the families being larger, those eight families equal 40 persons!
After checking with our Christmas Basket fund, we realized we could do it!  But it would make shopping for the additional items ALOT easier if members could bring in some of the needed food this Sunday, December 18th.

So….. if you are able,….. could you bring in another of the item(s) that was on your tag(s)?

Please place any donations by the Christmas Giving Tree in the church narthex by this Sunday, December 18. (Don’t confused it with the separate box for Blessing Box donations.) We will be helping 8 families, 40 persons, to have meals for the Christmas holidays.

The Hunger Team thanks the congregation for their donations and helping families in need during this Christmas season. We also ask the congregation to pray for the families receiving the baskets and give thanks for the staff at Fountaindale who enable us to carry out this project.

 

FLASH MOB COAT COLLECTION CONCLUDES
THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18

Haven again rises to a need and a challenge. I am happy to say that there are already over a dozen children’s coats on or by the coat rack in the church narthex. All of the coats will be take to CHILDREN IN NEED to distribute to local children. Thanks for helping to wrap some of our Hagerstown kids in God’s love and a warm coat.

 

WHERE ARE OUR 2023 OFFERING ENVELOPES?

Our order was placed months ago. When our office administrator, Mary Grabill, contacted the company, we received the following e-mail reply:

Here is the status of your order:
Your orders are still here being worked on.  We apologize for the delay we have experienced some difficulties in a few presses going down and getting the parts here to fix them and also in extra hired help that we normally have no problem in hiring to help get the orders out the door.  We are working 6 days a week 12-hours a day to try to get every order out.  Every order we have is a priority and we will get them out to you as soon as we possibly can.  Our goal is to have every order we have out by Christmas but we cannot guarantee that.  We cannot honestly tell you that will happen and then it doesn’t.  If you do not have them by Christmas, it will most likely be sometime in January.  Again, we apologize for the delay.
 

It looks like we will not be able to get the 2023 offering envelopes prepared and out until early January at the latest.  In the interim, please mail or bring your offering to church in an envelope with your name on it. REMEMBER to indicate on your check if a portion of it is to go to replenishing the building fund.  Thanks for your understanding.

UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES

 Sunday, December 18, 9:30 am
Fourth Sunday of Advent – The Star of Joy

 Please pick up blessed communion sets to use at home
when you watch Christmas Day worship on line.

 

Saturday, December 24 Christmas Eve

6:30 pm       Christmas Eve Pre-Service Music

A wonderful variety of instrumental and vocal music to celebrate Christmas.

 7:00 pm      Christmas Eve Worship

Help us make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Bring a bell to ring during the chorus of “Angels We Have Heard on High.” (It’s fun, too!)

Any children who attend will be invited to participate in our totally unrehearsed presentation of the Nativity Story.  We will also have battery-powered candles for the little ones to use when we sing “Silent Night” by candlelight.

Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day

Worship with us on Christmas Day at *9:30 am ONLINE!

There will be no in-person service in the sanctuary that day,  but you can  join our pre-recorded service so we can worship together from wherever we are on Christmas morning. You can find the link to Haven’s Facebook page on our website www.havenlc.org and there is a direct link posted below.

https://www.facebook.com/Haven-Lutheran-Church-134647913268366

For fun, leave your name and a Christmas greeting when you tune in to the service. Just a way to connect with one another on this holy day.

*The program will be posted starting at 9:30 am on Christmas Day. However, you can watch it any time during the day after 9:30 am.

Sunday, January 1,  9:30 am

First Sunday of Christmas and New Year’s Day

 Our Christmas celebration continues with a service of Readings, Carols and Holy Communion. Come usher in the new year with our Lord and your church community.

There will be no Adult or God Squad Sunday School on January 1.

HOWEVER, we will be sure to have coffee for those who may have made merry on New Year’s Eve…. and everyone else, too!

PASTOR ALESSANDRI GOING SOUTH AFTER CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP

I will leave for Marietta Georgia after worship on Christmas Eve. I will only drive a few hours that night and finish my drive on Christmas morning. My sister says I’m to arrive in my pajamas since everyone else will be in theirs. I reminded her that I am the only one who would be out in public in pajamas to pump gas, get coffee or use a public restroom Christmas morning.  Her response? “And the problem?” I don’t know if that was a joke or a dare. I’ll let you know what I decide when I get back.

While I’m away, I will pray that you stay well and enjoy all the days of the Christmas season.

If you need pastoral care in my absence, please call:

Pastor Kim Nunberg at 240-446-4849 Dec. 25-28, Jan. 1-3 and

Pastor Allen Reed at 301-331-6368 (cell) Dec. 29-31.

Our outstanding music director and organist, Stephen Pastena, will also be driving to meet up with his family in New York on Christmas Day. Please pray for both of us to have safe travels.