FROM THE PASTOR
often comes up when it is time to open Christmas presents: “Who are we waiting
for?” There is always someone to corral
and direct toward the Christmas tree before the fun begins.
believers, this is the time when we remember who we are waiting for. Like an
expectant mother who is counting the days until she is due, we wonder when
Christ will come again to make everything new and good again. The Advent Season is all about watching and
waiting for God’s gift of his son, Jesus Christ.
God’s greatest gift came on Christmas, and we
believe Jesus Christ will come again!
THE COMING WEEKS:
“Who is Jesus?
The Second Sunday of
Advent December 7, 2014 Also, QUILT SUNDAY!
Following worship we
will have our Congregational Meeting.
“Who is Jesus? The Light of the World!”
The Third Sunday of
Advent, December 14,2014
We will also gather
and dedicate our pledges for giving in 2015
“Who is Jesus? The Son of God!”
The Fourth Sunday of
Advent, December 21, 2014
Who is Jesus? The Savior!”
CHRISTMAS EVE! 7:30 to 8:30 P.M. December 24, 2014
our wonderful choir and all the favorite Christmas Carols, we’ll have all the
sights, sounds and Good News of Christmas!
Invite your friends!
Who is Jesus? The Redeemer!”
First Sunday of Christmas, December 28, 2014
Thursday, December 4,2014
P.M. Come help decorate Prince of Peace Lutheran Church for Christmas!
– 7:30 P.M. Advent worship at Prince of
Peace, followed by coffee, cookies and fellowship!
Thursday, December 11,2014
P.M. Advent Potluck in the Fellowship Hall at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
– 7:45 P.M. Advent Worship in the sanctuary.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
– 7:30 P.M. Advent Worship at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Food Ingathering for the Needy!
Thanks to all who helped put together our food
bags. Thanks also to all who passed out
bags and helped pick them up. Also
thanks to those who will take our neighbor’s gifts to the Lutheran Social
Our council will meet Tuesday, December 16th
at 7:00 P.M. in the Fireside Room
Non “Cradle Lutherans, “ or folks who were not
born into Lutheran families, were asked in the November “Lutheran” magazine to
tell about their experiences. Here is
your pastor’s contribution:
I was raised
in the Assemblies of God, a wonderful group of believers who gave me a good
foundation in faith and knowledge of God’s Word. As a teenager at Bible Camp I
felt God’s call on my life to be a pastor.
college I directed church choirs in several churches, but I shall never forget
my first worship at Central Lutheran Church in Van Nuys, California. The
worship began with, “Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart,
and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching him, in the Name of our
Lord Jesus Christ, to grant us forgiveness.”
something new for me. I had believed that Christians go to church, and that
sinners stayed home or went shopping. I heard
for the first time that we are saints through what God has done for us, but
that we are also sinners who need often to confess, repent, and hear that we
director job worked out and I married one of the sopranos. Beth and I have been
married for 39 years.
teaching for seven years in public school, I again felt God’s call. Beth and I studied
at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, and am about to celebrate the 30th
anniversary of my ordination.
When I was
hired to be Central’s choir director, the pastors, Rev. Ernest Gjelten, Rev.
Jack Aamot and Rev. Glenn Hetland; knew I was not a “cradle Lutheran.” In Adult
confirmation they taught me Luther’s Small Catechism and kindly asked me to
“Listen to the scripture and sermons.” I
have been listening ever since, and their warm openness welcomed me into my
spiritual home for life. I am so
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES NEWSLETTER FOR DECEMBER, 2014
Greetings friends and supporters,
After months of preparation and
work, we are open in Canoga Park. Thanks to all who came to our Grand
Re-Opening November 5th.
Thanks also to all the
congregations, individuals and businesses who made it possible for us to serve
over 100 families with a Thanksgiving box complete with a voucher for a turkey.
Also making it possible for us to offer Boxes of Love for the holidays until
our supply runs out.
Now that we’re getting back to
business as usual, we are ready to do a number of things on Strathern Avenue.
·Our food pantry is up and running
again, Tuesday through Friday 10am – 12 and 1-3pm
·We’re still collecting toys for
our Christmas Toy Giveaway for the next few days. You have until this Saturday, December 6th, to donate toys. The
Giveaway will be Saturday the 13th at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 6020 Radford
Avenue, North Hollywood. For pickup or more info, call Jan Maseda
(818-288-7054). Please also call Jan if you would like to help volunteer on the
day of distribution.
·Our clothing bank is open and ready,
serving the needs of the community Tuesday through Friday.
.Our Homeless to Home (H2H) program
is up and running, if you have any homeless
individuals that have income of some manner and would like them to be assessed
for the program please call and as for Alex Meza.
.With the help of a volunteer ELCA
diaconal minister, we can now offer spiritual support and care on Fridays.
Sunday, November 30th marked the beginning of Advent, our season of getting
ready to celebrate the birth of Christ.
We will have normal operating hours
through most of December. Please note that we will be CLOSED from December 24th
to January 5, 2015.
Area Director – San Fernando Valley
LSS Community Care Centers
21430 Strathern Street. Suite A,
Canoga Park. Ca. 91304
Office: (818) 901-9480