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First Lutheran Church of San Diego welcomes you to receive Communion regardless of denominational affiliation or church membership. All our communion tables are open, in the sanctuary and on our patio, on Mondays and Fridays where hundreds come to receive their daily bread. Restrooms are available as you leave the sanctuary to the right. There is a nursery for little ones throughout the morning (see an usher for directions).

First Lutheran celebrates your presence with us on this All Saints’ Sunday. If you are looking for a church home, we would love for you to join our church family. You are welcome to receive Holy Communion regardless of denominational affiliation or church membership: all our tables are open, here in the sanctuary and on our patio where hungry people receive their daily bread on Mondays and Fridays. There is a nursery for little ones throughout the morning (see an usher for directions).

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First Lutheran celebrates your presence with us on this Second Sunday of Advent. If you are looking for a church home, we would love for you to join our church family. You are welcome to receive Holy Communion regardless of denominational affiliation or church membership: all our tables are open, here in the sanctuary and on our patio where hungry people receive their daily bread on Mondays and Fridays. There is a nursery for little ones throughout the morning (see an usher for directions).

The Annual Congregation Meeting Part I will be held between the services today. In addition to approving the 2018 budget and electing the church council, we will be voting on the revised Constitution and Bylaws. The Annual Meeting Part II will be January 21.

If you haven’t turned in your 2018 pledge card, there is still time! These pledge cards are what let the church council make the budget for 2018. You may turn them in by email, or snail mail, or in the offering basket in person, we just ask that you prayerfully consider your pledge and turn them in. Our ministries are important here at our corner of Third and Ash, as we are ‘The Heart of Christ in the Heart of the City.’

Our annual Children’s Christmas Pageant will take place during the 11:00 service on December 17. Children of all ages are welcome to participate. We’ll be preparing for the pageant during Sunday school today, and between services on Dec. 17. For more information please see Joe Slevcove.

Sunday school meets during the 11:00 service. Ages 4-7 (3-yr-old with a parent) will meet in the Lounge and ages 8-12 will meet in the Library. Children will rejoin the worshipping congregation at the Passing of the Peace. There will be no Sunday school classes on December 24 and 31. Classes will resume on January 7.

Welcome the Babe: This Sunday we continue to collect baby items for our Lutheran World Relief “Welcome the Babe” campaign. We will collect items to assemble baby care kits to send to families in refugee camps, hospitals and villages around the world. We hope to sponsor and assemble 40 Baby Care Kits to be distributed to new mothers in need around the world. Please stop by the table in the lounge or contact Mary Krueger for more information.

First Lutheran Church has an electronic option for making regular offerings. Contributions can be debited automatically from your checking or savings account, or put on a credit card. The program is called Vanco Give+. You can sign up for it through the “Give” section of the newly redone First Lutheran Church website (www.firstlutheransd.org). You can schedule a single payment or a recurring payment, using either your bank account or a credit card. Those who are already paying through Vanco can use their email addresses to access their accounts and make any changes or updates as needed.

Bible Study: Pastor Darryl’s Advent study on Ancient Spiritual Disciplines continues this Wednesday, December 13, during the usual Bible study times (1:15PM and 6:30PM).

Our email Prayer Chain is up and running! In an effort to focus our prayers, we have begun an email prayer chain. We will ask the specific reason for the prayer or thanksgiving and will ask that a monthly update be sent to Pastor Darryl for distribution. Please sign up near the name tags with your name and email address. The email address for the prayer chain is inourprayers@firstlutheransd.org

Holiday Schedule: Christmas Eve is a Sunday this year, so we will only have one service in the morning, at 10:00AM, and then the Candlelight Service at 7:30PM. New Year’s Eve will also only have one service at 10:00AM, followed by a potluck holiday brunch. The church office will be closed December 23-January 1, reopening January 2. Pastor Darryl will check his email and phone calls during this time.

Readings for next Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

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