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January 14, 2018

90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:
Today there will be a reception to celebrate Eileen Kelly’s 90th Birthday after the 10:30 service.

WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THE MIRROR?
In our Epistle for Epiphany 1 we read that we should not think too highly of ourselves (Rom. 12:3). When we look in the mirror of God’s Law we see the truth about ourselves apart from Christ (Rom. 3: 20 “Through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.”) But in Christ we learn that the Father sees us in His Son, who promises us in Rev. 2:10 : “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

NEW SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY:
“Exodus: The Gospel according to Moses”: Pastor Sparley will begin this study on Sunday, January 14. Exodus recounts how God came to dwell in the midst of His people, as He promised (Exodus 29:45) so that they would come to know Him as He truly is, full of grace and mercy, and would joyfully look forward to the Savior who God promised would walk among them and take their sins away. Come, join us to see how filled with the gospel the Old Testament truly is. Even if you cannot attend the first session, join us later, you will still gain a greater appreciation for the New Testament Gospels.

MEETING SCHEDULED:
The Pacific Northwest Lutheran High School Association Meeting will be held at Evergreen Lutheran High School on Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 2:00pm.

ELHS PRESENTS:
Amuse Bouche, A collection of 7 short plays about mishaps of everyday teen life. By Greg Cummings.

Thursday, February 8, 10:00 & 1:00pm

Friday, February 9, 1:00pm &
Dessert Performance 7:00pm

Tickets : Adults $3, Students $1
Dessert Performance $10; W/O Dessert $5

PROCLAIM THE WONDERS GOD HAS DONE: 1918–2018:
Although this year the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) is observing the 100th anniversary of reorganization, the synod has its roots in the former Norwegian Synod which was organized in southern Wisconsin in 1853. The Norwegian Synod was a liturgical church body which sought to maintain the doctrine and liturgy of the State Church of Norway.

SUNDAY’S LIVE-STREAM – OUR APOLOGIES:
For those of you who tried to watch our Sunday Service via Live-streaming, we apologize that you were not able to due to a technical difficulty. It seems that through an automatic updated, the software was removed from the system. We have it back in line now, so it should not be a problem for this week’s services. Thank you for your understanding. You can still hear the sermon, or download the sermon’s manuscript at our website as you have done so in the past.

LIVE-STREAMING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
We are looking for a number of reliable people to help work the cameras and the recording software for the Live-streaming of the Sunday 10:30 AM Divine Service. There is some technical knowledge and skill that is needed/helpful, but most everything has been very simplified. We will work with you to train you in. If you are interested, please contact Pr. Gullixson.

A CHRISTMAS THANK YOU NOTE:
We wish to thank all those who provided special music in our services the last several weeks and our carolers, thank you! PLC is blessed with so many who kindly share their musical abilities. Also, many thanks to those who decorated our sanctuary with the tree, wreaths, candles, and those who prepare the sanctuary for the Christmas services along with those who served at the congregational dinner. All these additional blessings help to make our celebration of Christ’s birth more festive and welcoming. Thank you!

CONGRATULATIONS – A GIRL:
Carin Seaburg (daughter of Carry our church secretary) & Michael Brett have been blessed with the birth of a daughter, CarLynn Gail (9lbs 8oz; 21 3/4”) on December 21, 2017. CarLynn will be baptized Monday, January 29 at the 6:30 pm service. There will be a baby shower for Carin & CarLynn on Sunday, February 25 after the 10:30 am service. “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3).

NEXT WEEK’S USHERS 01/21
Early: Mike Taylor & John Taylor
Late: Jon Kvale & Aaren Kvale

NEW MEMBERS:
On Saturday, December 23 Gary Lewis, Lance & Cindi Strubel were confirmed and received into communicate membership. They have been faithfully attending the late service at PLC with their neighbor, Odell Iverson, for over six months as they received instruction through our Christianity 101 course. Please introduce yourself and welcome them as our brothers and sister in Christ.

WINTERFEST:
The PLS Boosters would like to invite everyone to attend Winterfest 2018 on Friday, January 26, from 5:00pm to 8:30pm, in the Ark. Cost is $10 at the door (cash or check payable to PLS Boosters). Have fun with bouncy houses, obstacle courses, and a giant slide! Canteen food will consist of the Boosters’ famous taco salads, hot dogs, snacks, and special beverages. Friends are welcome to attend!

SAVE THE DATES:
The PLC Anniversary Committee has set the dates for two significant days during the year-long observances and invited the following to participate in the following ways:

Sunday, October 14, 2018 PLC 125th Anniversary:
Pr. P. Faugstad – Festival Service Preacher 4:00 pm.
Pr. A. Ring – Dinner/Program Keynote speaker 5:30 pm.

Sunday, October 20, 2019 PLS 125th Anniversary:
Pr. A. Ring – Festival Service Preacher 4:00 pm.
Mr. L. Rude – Dinner/Program Keynote speaker 5:30 pm.
All those invited to participate have accepted. Plan now to attend!

CONSTITUTION / BYLAW REVISIONS:
The Revision Committee with the approval of the Board of Directors is proposing some changes. An electronic copy can be sent to you upon request through the church office: revisions (in red) with the old crossed out for your consideration. We plan on taking it to the voters on January 17 for its initial approval. We invite you to read it through. If you need a hard/color copy please contact the church office. However if you can read it through your own computer or make your own color copies that would be preferred in order to save the church budget the expense. Nothing major is being proposed. We are allowing for an increase of the number of Trustees and Elders over three depending on need. We are making it easier to achieve quorum for voters meetings. We have also tweaked the requirements of conducting a call meeting for both pastors and teachers in making it less restrictive.

ELHS WINTER NEWS LETTER:
A copy of the Evergreen Lutheran High School Winer News Letter is available in the bins on the narthex table or from a link on the website.