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ELCA World Hunger Jam Sale—Saturday and Sunday this week (December 9-10) will be your last chance this year to help the ELCA World Hunger program by getting select jams and jellies after church. We have at least 8 types available now, but some will go fast as they are in limited supply. They make good holiday gifts, and a reminder that while we eat, others need food. See Larry Davis after church this week.

Lunch Bunch for this month will take place on Wednesday, December 13, at 11:30 a.m. at Colbert Hills. If you plan to attend, please notify the Drachs by December 11 by calling 785-539-0202 or emailing jsdrach@cox.net.

Christmas Eve Hospitality Team—Please notify Megan if you are able to serve as an usher or greeter at the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve worship service. We need four ushers and a few greeters, and new helpers are welcome!

Update on SHOES, SHOES and SHOES!  Seventy pair, yes 70, is the number of pairs of shoes and boots that were bought for the FIT Closet with the Pumpkin Patch funds!!!  What a blessing that will be for those kiddos who wear size 1-6 and need shoes.  Thank you again, members of FLC, for your generous support of the church's food booth at the Pumpkin Patch Craft Fair last September!

Advent Midweek Services: Plan to take some time during the coming holiday season to prepare yourself and your family for Christmas—not by shopping or baking, but in prayer and meditation. Join us on Wednesday nights during Advent for a light meal and Holden Evening Prayer service. The meal will be served at 5:30, and worship will begin at 6:30. We look forward to spending this time with you breaking bread, sharing fellowship, and joining our hearts and voices in prayer.

Personnel Support Committee—Your talents are needed! The Personnel Support Committee needs three individuals to fill vacancies beginning in January for a three-year term. The committee meets monthly as needed. Please consider volunteering your talents and assisting the Personnel Support Committee. Contact Pastor Jerry or Lana Oleen for more information.

Singers Wanted—The Chancel Choir is back in session, and we are looking to add some new voices to the group! The choir rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and sings during worship most Sundays. If you are interested in joining, contact Greg Knittel, knittel@vet.ksu.edu.

Saturday Altar GuildWe are looking for some assistance in setting up Holy Communion for Saturday evening worship services. It is a fairly simple process, and training will be provided. If you are interested in serving, please contact Megan or Kelly in the office.

Get Involved!—Many of our committees and groups have openings for new members. There’s something for everyone! If you have a little time to give, either during the week or during worship, please contact Megan in the office for a list of ways to share your time and talents.  

Have you lost something? We keep a basket of found items on a table just outside the church office. Please check there for any items you are missing. Items will remain in the basket for about a month before being donated.

Parish Photographer—We are always looking for photos of life at First Lutheran for the website and Facebook page and would love to have volunteers help us capture some memories, especially for important events. If you are interested in taking some photos around the church, please contact the office. If you have some photos you’d like to share, email them to kelly@firstlutheranmanhattan.org.

Going through a rough time? If you or someone you know is struggling, the Stephen Ministers of First Lutheran are here to help. Stephen Ministers are trained lay people who provide confidential, Christ-centered care for individuals going through a difficult time—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis. If you’d like more information or would like to speak to someone, please contact Kelly in the office.

Let’s Grow

Sunday School—Children in 5th grade and younger are encouraged to attend Sunday School each week at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The children are beginning to prepare for the Christmas Pageant, which will be presented on Sunday, December 17, at the 10:00 a.m. worship service.

LOG Soup Luncheon & Silent Auction—After the worship service on December 17, please proceed to Fellowship Hall to enjoy some soup provided by the PTO and participate in a silent auction to benefit the Lamb of God Early Childhood Ministry. Thank you for your continued support of this vibrant ministry!

Art Displays— Lamb of God invites your to view the art displays in the hall outside of the preschool main entry door. Rotating displays can be found as the children continue to explore art concepts during weekly Art Enrichment. The display includes art from our infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Currently there are examples of the children's exploration of robotics. Check out the robots that we used to create beautiful original works of art! A new collaborative art piece made with charcoal and erasers is also a part of the current display as well as a group art project completed during this year's art show. Displays will change periodically, so be on the look out for more amazing art!

Luther League Christmas Break—The youth of the congregation will celebrate the end of the semester on Sunday, December 10, with a Christmas party. This will be the last meeting of both Confirmation classes and Luther League for the year. Classes will resume in January (schedule TBA).

Let’s Serve

Angel Trees—Choose a tag from one of our trees, purchase the listed item, and return the tag with the unwrapped gift to the church by December 17. All those interested in helping wrap presents are invited to join us at the church at 1:00 p.m. on December 20 for a wrapping party. We thank you for helping make this Christmas extra special for a few of our neighbors.

Christmas Day Meal—Peace Lutheran Church is serving a community meal on Christmas Day, and they are asking for our help. We have committed to baking 51 frozen pies for the meal. If you can bake some pies, either at home or in our kitchen, please let someone in the office know. Pies can be picked up in the FLC kitchen on Dec. 22nd and brought back (cooked) on Dec. 24th.  Other help is needed on Christmas Day during the meal, which will be served between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  For more information or to sign up, e-mail Peace Lutheran at office@peace-to-you.org or call 785-539-7371. 

Patchwork—Critical Needs: Due to your generous support of this ministry over the past few months, the shelves of USD 383’s FIT Closet are getting full! We are currently accepting only the following critical needs items: children’s winter clothes (currently not taking summer), hats and mittens, winter coats for children sizes 5-16, laundry soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, soap and body wash, skin lotion, toilet paper, boys shoes sizes 1-6 (not toddlers), girls shoes sizes 3-5 (not toddlers), snow boots all sizes children – adult, and blankets. Please leave these items in the Patchwork hampers located in the Narthex and hallway. Thank you!

Prayer Shawl Ministry—There will be no Prayer Shawl meeting on December 18. Meetings will resume on January 15, and new members are always welcome.

Special Offering for December: ELCA World Hunger Appeal—Did you know that 1 in 9 people in the world are hungry? According to the World Food Programme, poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five—3.1 million children each year. Donations to the ELCA World Hunger Fund make it possible for the ELCA to respond to this problem by supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty. To support this ministry, write “Dedicated” or “ELCA World Hunger” on your check or envelope.