White Creek Weekly

ADULT INSTRUCTION CLASS:  Pastor Whitmore would like to begin another adult instruction class soon.  If you are interested (or someone you know is interested) in learning about (or reviewing) our Lutheran teachings and becoming a communicant member of our congregation, please contact Pastor (pastorwhitmore@whitecreek.org or 812-799-6579) or call the church office (812-342-3516).
THE ANNUAL VOTERS’ MEETING will be held this afternoon at 1:00 p.m.  The election of 2018 officers will be among the business at hand.  All confirmed members of our congregation, 18 years and older, are encouraged to attend.
THOSE OFFICERS ELECTED at today’s meeting will have an orientation meeting this Thursday, January 18, at 7:00 p.m.  All officers are urged to attend. Also, all new officers will be installed during the worship service next Sunday.
NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, our congregation will join others across the country to commemorate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS)-an annual day to celebrate the immeasurable value of all human life and help to defend the sanctity of human life.  We will have a coin collection that day - please give one coin, any amount, for each year of your life, in thanksgiving to God for His many blessings.  A basket will be in the narthex for your donation. This collection will be forwarded to Clarity (formerly the Pregnancy Care Center) to help support their ministry of sharing the truth of life with women and men in our community who are facing unplanned pregnancies and to offer compassion and grace to those in need.
YOUTH will meet next Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
SENIOR LEAGUE will meet next Sunday at 5:00 p.m. for supper and then return to the Fellowship Room for socializing.  Guests are always welcome!
CRAFT NIGHT:  A craft night will be held at the home of Cathy Bontrager this Thursday, January 18, at 6:30 p.m. for anyone who has craft ideas for our annual bazaar and those who would like to help   make the crafts.  This will, hopefully, be a monthly event.  For more information, contact Cathy at 812-216-5061.
THE FIRST MEETINGof White Creek’s Endowment/Foundation committee will be held Tuesday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m.  All committee members, please plan to attend.
OPEN HOUSE:  White Creek Lutheran School will hold its annual Open House on Friday, February 2, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Interested persons may visit the classrooms, and the teachers will be available to answer any questions in between instruction times.  Please pass this information on to any prospective families interested in WCLS.CONGRATULATIONS TOThorn & Tara Murphy on the birth of their son, CARSON MICHAEL, Monday, January .  Carson arrived weighing 6 lbs. 8 ozs. and measuring 18 ins.  Keep Carson in your prayers as he has been hospitalized with some breathing issues, but is responding to treatment!
PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION:  St. Paul Lutheran Early Childhood Ministry (Clifty) will begin registering for the 2018-2019 school year on January 22.  Classes are offered for children who are 3, 4 or 5 by August 1.  New for this year are an afternoon preschool class for 4’s and a STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Arts, Mathematics) enrichment class on Wednesday afternoons.  The brochure and registration forms are available at White Creek School or by visiting our website at www.stpaulcolumbus.org.  Please contact Chris Behmlander at 812-376-6504 with questions.
A SOUP SUPPER/EUCHRE PARTY will be held at St. Peter, Waymansville, Sunday, January 28.  The soup supper begins at 5:00 p.m. ($5/person), with Euchre beginning at 6:30 ($5/person).  All proceeds will be given to the Orphan Grain Train for shipping expenses.  Everyone invited.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:   1 Cor. 6:19-20               “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  So glorify God in your body.”  God owns everything, including our very selves.  We were made to serve Him and glorify Him and will never truly be happy or find our fulfillment until we learn that lesson.  Jesus has redeemed us and brought us back into the Kingdom of the Father – and that has set us free to serve Him in joy, generosity, liberty, and faith.T BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK! T
PLEASE REMOVEyour poinsettia TODAY.  If you ordered through Karen, be sure to take a flower in a gold foil container.
YOUTH will meet this evening at 7:00 p.m.
2018 OFFERING ENVELOPES are available in the narthex.  If you have not yet picked yours up, please do so today.
THE ANNUAL VOTERS’ MEETING will be held next Sunday, January 14, at 1:00 p.m.  The election of 2018 officers will be among the business at hand.  All confirmed members of our congregation, 18 years and older, are encouraged to attend.
THE GUILD will meet this Tuesday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m.  Baptismal banners will be assembled, so please bring scissors and glue guns.
ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, our congregation will join others across the country to commemorate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS)-an annual day to celebrate the immeasurable value of all human life and help to defend the sanctity of human life.  We will have a coin collection that day - please give one coin, any amount, for each year of your life, in thanksgiving to God for His many blessings. This collection will be forwarded to Clarity (formerly the Pregnancy Care Center) to help support their ministry of sharing the truth of life with women and men in our community who are facing unplanned pregnancies and to offer compassion and grace to those in need.
POSITION AVAILABLE:  The school board at St John’s White Creek Lutheran School is accepting applications for the position of Principal.  The position is full-time and will involve working with students from grades K-8. The position requires the candidate to have a Master’s Degree and Administrative Licensing. The individual may have teaching duties in addition to administration responsibilities. We are seeking someone caring and diligent about the Christian education of our children, so a Lutheran background and Synodical training is preferred.  Please send your resume to the school office by January 11, 2018.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:   Mark 1:7               “And John preached, saying, ‘After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.’”  John is right: Jesus is immensely greater than any of us, yet behold how He came to serve!  That is the upside down, outlandish grace of God: the innocent Jesus takes our sinner’s place.  This is the greatest act of giving the world has ever known or will know: The Father gives His Son to die in the place of sinners.
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POINSETTIAS:  Please remove your flower after this Wednesday evening’s service.  If you ordered a poinsettia through Karen, be sure to take a flower wrapped in gold foil.
THE JANUARY CALENDAR AND NEWS is available in the narthex.
ELDERS will meet Wednesday evening after worship (8:00).
CHURCH COUNCIL will meet Thursday, January 4, at 7:00 p.m.  All council members are urged to attend as the agenda for the annual meeting will be discussed.
YOUTH will meet next Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
2018 OFFERING ENVELOPES are available in the narthex.  If you have not yet picked yours up, please do so this evening.
POSITION AVAILABLE:  The school board at St John’s White Creek Lutheran School is accepting applications for the position of Principal.  The position is full-time and will involve working with students from grades K-8. The position requires the candidate to have a Master’s Degree and Administrative Licensing. The individual may have teaching duties in addition to administration responsibilities. We are seeking someone caring and diligent about the Christian education of our children, so a Lutheran background and Synodical training is preferred.  Please send your resume to the school office by January 11, 2018.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:   Luke 2:39               “And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord…”  The Law of God is good.  Of course, it always shows us our sins:  but that is good, too!  We need to be driven back to the forgiveness of Christ.  But the Law also shows us the truly blessed way to live – as Mary and Joseph found their joy in a godly life, so should we see the Law as a guide for Christian living, as the roadmap for saying thank you to the Lord for all His grace and mercy to us.
T BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK! T
NO SUNDAY SCHOOL OR ADULT BIBLE STUDY will be held after worship today and next Sunday, December 31.  Today’s schedule includes our Family Worship at 4:30 p.m., followed by Pre-service Music at 5:30 p.m. and the Children’s Christmas Program at 6:30 p.m.  Tomorrow’s Christmas Day Worship w/Holy Communion will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Next Sunday, December 31, we will have our regular worship at 9:00 a.m. and the New Year’s Eve Worship w/Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.
MANY THANKS TO Leah Schneider for helping with today’s service and for providing musical accompaniment.
PLEASE ENJOY fellowship and light refreshments after today’s worship.  Many thanks to the Thrivent Action Team for the hot chocolate and the Guild for the donations of cookies and donuts.
POINSETTIAS have been given in memory of loved ones by the following:     *Franklin & Frances Burbrink, Orville & Edna Bode, Glen and Steve Bode by Dale & Bettie Burbrink     *Ed & Alma Dettmer by Paul & Gloria Dettmer, Ken & Sharon Dettmer, and Jim & Sheri Dettmer     *Nancy, Paul, and Leon Ferguson by Jackie & Steve Shroyer     *Chet & Edna Bode by Ken & Kyra Bode & Family     *Bernice Bode by Ken & Kyra Bode & Family     *Bill & Carol Thompson by Jennifer & Doug Borcherding & Family     *Ben & Mabel Burbrink by Bob & Karen Burbrink & Family     *Alan Schlehuser by Josh, Lindsay & Brogan Hendricks     *Jim Schlehuser, Russell & Margaret Foster, Bob & Erna Schlehuser, and Alan Schlehuser by Karen Schlehuser & Family     *James Ross by Mark & Kim Ross & Family and Mike & Kathy Ross & Family     *Lester & Shirley Enzinger by Rex, Kim, Erin, and Samantha Enzinger     *Omer & Hilda Dettmer, Ed, Kelli, and Julie Jack, Donald & Barbara Jack by Jean Jack & Family     *Kristie Wessel by Janice Acree and Jenni Acton     *Jay Lemmon by Cindy, Kayla, and Kylie Lemmon     *Loved ones by Mary Anne Schneider     *Alan Schlehuser and Henry Roettger by Terry, Ruth, and Betsy Schlehuser
     *Gene Garrison by Todd & Shannon Garrison & Family
PLEASE REMOVE your poinsettia after the New Year’s Eve service next Sunday evening.  If you ordered a poinsettia through Karen, be sure to take a flower wrapped in gold foil.
MANY THANKS from pastor, the school staff, and the organists for the Christmas gifts.  Your continued prayers and support are certainly appreciated!
NO WEDNESDAY EVENING worship this week. 
THE CHURCH OFFICE HOURS will be flexible during the school Christmas break until January 4.  Please call before you come!
POSITION AVAILABLE:  The school board at St John’s White Creek Lutheran School is accepting applications for the position of Principal.  The position is full-time and will involve working with students from grades K-8. The position requires the candidate to have a Master’s Degree and Administrative Licensing. The individual may have teaching duties in addition to administration responsibilities. We are seeking someone caring and diligent about the Christian education of our children, so a Lutheran background and Synodical training is preferred.  Please send your resume to the school office by January 11, 2018.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:   2 Samuel 7:4               “But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan...”  Nathan thought David’s idea was great, so he blessed it with the Lord’s name.  But later that night, the Word of the Lord set him straight.  The Word of the Lord must be the basis for what we think, say, and do in God’s Kingdom: not our own desires or whims.T BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK! T