January 14-18

All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:3-5

As We Approach Sanctity of Life Sunday in January

“But the value of children as treasured human beings demonstrated in the ministry of Jesus reflects a God who cherishes the least, the last, and the most vulnerable … As the Christmas season gives way to Epiphany, Christians around the world are invited to worship the Child Jesus Who was worshipped by kings. And all are invited to wonder and consider the mystery of a faith that proclaims the weakness of God and the foolishness of God to be strength and wisdom. The one who said, ‘Suffer the little children and do not hinder them from coming to me’ is the God revealed in a Child.”  A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

THURSDAY:
Women’s Club Cancelled

SUNDAY:
8:45 am – Divine Service
9:15 am – Sunday School & Bible Classes
9:15 am – Christianity (Xp) 101
9:15 am – Bible Class Online (use Zoom Meeting ID: 4563145918 with Zoom Password: 832934)
10:30 am – Divine Service/Communion

10:30 am – Divine Service Online
12:30 pm – Confirmation Class

MONDAY:
6:30 pm – Vespers Service/Communion

THOSE SERVING US THIS WEEK: 1/17
Ushers Early: Tom Langseth & Zach Ruhl  
Altar Guild: Mike & Lori Daniels

Ushers Late: Matt Daniels, Andy Daniels & Nik Mollenholt 
Altar Guild: Mike O’Neill

Organist: Michelle Minton
Vespers Accompanist: Mallory Daniels
Live Stream: Bryan Romnes

THOSE TO SERVE US NEXT WEEK: 1/24
Ushers Early: Tom Langseth & Zach Ruhl 

Altar Guild: Mike & Lori Daniels

Ushers Late: Matt Daniels, Andy Daniels & Nik Mollenholt 
Altar Guild: Mike O’Neill

Organist: Albert Harris
Vespers Accompanist: Mallory Daniels
Live Stream: Bryan Romnes

New Notes!

WOMEN’S CLUB CANCELLED TODAY 1/14:
Due to Government restrictions Women’s Club is cancelled for Today, January 14.

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS JANUARY 31:
Since Pr. Sparley will be absent on Sunday 1/31, Pr. Obenberger will conduct Bible Class at 9:15. He will be using a few articles from the Lutheran Witness on Ars Moriendi (The Art of Dying Well). The following topics will complement well Gerhard’s “Manual of Comfort” used for our Men’s Club devotions: “Pain of Dying”, “Incorrect Reception of the Supper”, “Haunting Sins”, “Family Provisions”, “What About Hospice?”, “Fear of Nursing Homes”. These are stand alone topics and do not require consideration of Gerhard’s works. We will have handouts for those present. If you plan on participating online and would like to receive copies of the articles, please contact the church office (253)-537-5492 and they will be snail-mailed to you.

BETHANY LUTHERAN COLLEGE’S MUSIC DEPARTMENT:
Bethany Lutheran College’s music department presents a series of virtual musical presentations!  Our professors are experts in a variety of topics, and they want to share that expertise with you! Learn about topics such as beginning conducting, themes in music, and the very musical Bach family.  All are welcome to join in over zoom on January 25, February 8, February 22, and March 8. Presentations begin at 7:30 and are free to join! Sign up at: blc.edu/masterclass.  See the Midweek Update for more details.

ATTENTION ALL PLC BOARDS, COMMITTEES & ORGANIZATIONS:
Thank you to all who have sent in their reports for 2020. All congregational boards, committees and organizations are requested to submit a report for the PLC annual report. If possible please email them to the church office at books@parklandlutheran.org. Those responsible for making those reports should have them in to the church office as soon as possible.

PLS TEACHER CALLS:
At the annual voters meeting on January 27, we will be issuing two calls for teachers for PLS for the 2021-22 school year. More information will be provided in next week’s update.

SPARLEY – RETIREMENT:
Pastor Sparley has announced that he plans to retire from teaching at the end of the 2020-21 school year. At this point he will be staying on the PLC pastoral staff with a limited role. Perhaps he will be entering the role of the primary pastor working in the vacancy work at Our Redeemer and Lakewood Lutheran Churches for up to a five year period. As we approach the summer months all such developments will be made as mutually agreed upon by him, PLC, ORL and LL.) We wish him well in all his endeavors as he enters retirement from teaching. While changes in staff will be forth coming at PLS leading up to the next school year, we know that God will continue to bless our school as He has for the last 126 years!

PLS CALLS:
Lower Grades – Due to the recently growing number of students in our lower grades, the PLS administration and Board for Christian Education are recommending that a 2nd grade teacher be called to meet the schools growing needs. The Board for Christian Education is suggesting this be a one-year call to make sure these larger numbers continue to hold. Mrs. McClung will continue to teach 1st grade at PLS.

Upper Grades – Pastor Sparley has announced that he plans to retire from teaching at the end of the 2020-21 school year. The PLS administration and Board for Christian Education will also be calling a person to fill Pastor Sparley’s position at PLS after the end of this school year.

Please keep Parkland Lutheran School in your prayers as we look to fill these teaching positions in our school.

LIVE STREAM TRAINING – JANUARY 24:
Especially in these COVID times, many of our members and guests have come to rely on our weekly live stream (or its recording) for the opportunity to hear God’s Word from His ministers. This program needs people each week to keep the stream going. Please consider the opportunity to serve your neighbors by learning how to operate the live stream equipment. We will have a training on Sunday, January 24 after the 2nd service (11:45 am — 1:45 pm, you might want to bring a light lunch). We will meet in the balcony. If you would like more information, please contact Pr. Gullixson.

ELHS 8th GRADE OPEN HOUSE:
Attention 8th grade families: Wednesday, January 27, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, all 8th grade students and their parents/guardians are invited to Evergreen Lutheran High School for their 8th Grade Open House. They will have school tours, a discussion of all things Evergreen, registration help, and prizes. This will be a Hybrid Open House. You may attend in-person or virtually. Just RSVP at www.elhs.org to let them know how you will be attending. If you plan to attend in-person, please bring a computer or person device with you. Families who register on the night of the event will receive a $150 credit toward their registration fee! Attend and discover how your student can thrive in the Evergreen family!

JANUARY GIVING FOR BUDGET AND MORTGAGE:
Please see the Midweek Update for more info.

DECEMBER BUDGET REPORT:
Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name! (Ps. 97:11-12)

In this Epiphany season, we rejoice that the Lord has revealed the Light of the World, His Son, Jesus Christ. To help us also spread that Light to the community and to our students, He has blessed us with a healthy half-way point through this fiscal year. December’s financial report ended with about $17,500 net income. After a number of good months, instead of our budgeted -$33,000 effective net income (ENI) shortfall, so far this year we have only -$1,727. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.

Reminder Notes!

LIVESTREAM HELP REQUEST:
PLC is looking for reliable volunteers to serve the congregation during the 10:30 AM Sunday Divine Service to help live stream the service. Some experience with computers is always helpful, but we are able train you. Please contact Pr. Gullixson if you are interested, or would like more information. In addition, soon, perhaps in the next few weeks, all volunteers will be able to be trained by the audio technician in procedures and trouble shooting. Again, please speak to Pr. Gullixson, if you are interested.

VACANCY COVERAGE ADJUSTMENTS:
So that the PLC pastors and members may see each other more consistently, beginning on Jan. 1st, our arrangement to cover the vacancy with Our Redeemer (Yelm) and Lakewood Lutheran has been modified. From now through June, Lakewood will be covered principally by Rev. Jesse Jacobsen while PLC pastors will still cover services at Our Redeemer at 9 AM. This will allow PLC pastors the opportunity to see PLC members prior to the 8 AM service and after the 10:30 AM service every week.

A CHRISTMAS THANK YOU NOTE:
We wish to thank all those who provided special music in our services the last several weeks 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. All these additional blessings help to make our celebration of Christ’s birth more festive and welcoming. Thank you.

NEW FLOWER CHART FOR 2021:
The 2021 flower chart is in the narthex. Please consider taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity to beautify our church throughout the year.

NEW USHERS SCHEDULE:
The new ushers schedule has been deposited in your mail slot and a copy posted in the Narthex. We continue to operate under the State’s Covid 19 guidelines. I see ushering during Covid as a voluntary duty however; if you are unavailable for your specific day please attempt to find a replacement. Call me with any questions or concerns.

Thanks, Mike O’Neill

ANNUAL VOTERS MEETING:
Make plans to attend the Annual Voters Meeting Wednesday, January 27 at 6:30 pm.

SYNOD PRESIDENT’S NEWSLETTER:
You can find a copy of the January Synod President’s Newsletter in the Narthex at the site below:
https://els.org/wp-content/download/newsletter_bulletin_inserts/2021-01january.pdf

ALTAR FLOWERS SIGN UP:
If you would like to sign up for giving flowers, please contact the church office at books@parklandlutheran.org. Be ready to give the date you would like to give flowers and the reason (if there is one). These dates are available/reserved:

Jan. 17 (Epiphany 1 – paraments are green) – Available
Jan. 24 (Transfiguration – paraments are white) – Available
Jan. 31 (Septuagesima- paraments are green) – Reserved
Feb. 07 (Epiphany – paraments are white) – Available

ELECTRONIC GIVING:
Parkland Lutheran Church has a convenient way to make your regular offerings. With our electronic giving program, you can easily set up a recurring giving schedule or make one-time contributions. Click here for more information.

  1. This is optional; the old system of contributing by check and cash still works.
  2. Members can still set something up through their banks so that regular checks are mailed in.
  3. If members choose this new option they might wish to consider still using their envelopes and indicate on them that contributions are given electronically (not necessary, but that way a young confirmation student sees regular contributions going into the offering plate.