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Hope, Love, Peace and Joy
As the Christmas decorations, songs, movies, and ugly sweaters fill our days leading up to Christmas, it can seem a little overwhelming to be caught up in the Christmas spirit. I know my wife, Megan, and I love Christmas and everything that comes with it. When you wonder why they make so many C+ Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel, Megan and I are the ones watching every single predictable minute of it. Our new Christmas tree is up and our house decorations are sure to follow. In the midst of the Christmas hustle and bustle we hear many words like “giving”, “family”, “presents”, “caroling”, “snow”, and many more which get at the nonreligious aspects of Christmas. During Advent (the time before Christmas) I want to introduce four words that get to the heart of what  preparing for Christmas is all about: hope, love, peace, and joy.
Hope: Jesus’ birth was a sign of hope for God’s world. This was the beginning of something truly miraculous; Jesus sacrificing himself for our sake. Today, as we await Jesus’ eventual return and prepare for Christmas we can know that we live with the hope that our lives are in God’s eternal care.
Love: Jesus said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) When the Son became flesh he now had a life to offer up for our sake. Today, as we await Jesus’ eventual return and prepare for Christmas we can know that God’s great love was shown to us when Jesus gave his life for us.
Peace: “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us.authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) Jesus is the promised Prince of Peace. Today, as we await Jesus’ eventual return and prepare for Christmas we can know peace is what Jesus has left us (John 14:27).
Joy: What better way to speak of the joy of Christmas then to call back to “Joy to the World”: “Joy to the world, the Lord is come let earth receive her King!” Jesus’ birth is a joyful moment to treasure. Today, as we await Jesus’ eventual return and prepare for Christmas we can know that joy is our present reality and also that unending joy is promised beyond our lives on earth.
Each week during worship on our four Sundays of Advent (December 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd) we will highlight one of these four words to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. I hope you carry these words in your heart throughout the season. May these words be a constant reminder of the goodness Jesus brought to us 2,000 years ago!
   Liturgical Nerd Notes –
Moravian Stars and Chrismons
This Advent we will notice two new things in our      worship space: 3 Moravian stars hanging from the center chandeliers and new wooden Chrismons on our tree. Let’s talk about what a Moravian star is and how     Chrismons are different than regular Christmas           ornaments.
Moravian Stars: The shape of the star is technically known as an augmented rhombi cuboctahedron. They have been used in the Moravian Church, a  denomination similar to Lutheranism that still exists today, as a symbol for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. The stars remind us that Jesus is the light of the world (Advent and Christmas). They also are a call back to the guidance the three magi received from a star to find and pay homage to Jesus (Epiphany). These stars will remain up through Epiphany. We will then take them down and store them until the next Advent.
Chrismons: While many houses will be exhibiting Christmas trees this year, the sanctuaries of churches across the world will be putting up Chrismon trees instead. Christmas trees are full of shiny ornaments, Santa Claus, and possibly some religious symbols. Chrismon trees are strictly decorated with Christian symbols. The Christian symbol    decorations are called Chrismons. This allows churches to be festive while still holding up the most important thing about Christmas; Jesus.
 All of these were generously donated using Lois     Floming’s memorial fund. We thank Lois’s family for the donation and hope that it leaves a positive impact on her memory in our church.
December Meetings
Joy Circle  Tuesday, December 10 — 11:00am Lunch Out
Peace Circle Thursday, December 12  - 11:30am  Lunch Out
Faith Circle   Thursday, December 12 — 7:00pm Dessert Potluck
home of Sally Reinhart
December 15
Advent Potluck – following worship
Peace Circle: food
Faith Circle: decorations
 Sunday School Christmas Program     during worship 
Women, Wine and the Word
Because the next two gatherings are around holidays, the next gathering for Women, Wine and the Word will be Thursday, December 5, 7:00pm at the church. We would love to have you join us!   Hope to see you there!

Join us for a program that explores
  common warning signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. The Alzheimer’s Association® developed the new 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s education program to help people recognize common signs of the disease and know what to watch for in themselves and others. 
The free one-hour program:
  • Explores typical age-related changes.
  • Describes common signs of Alzheimer’s and   dementia.
  • ¨Offers tips for how to approach someone about memory concerns.
  • ¨Explains the importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis.
  • ¨Details possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process.
  • ¨Identifies helpful Alzheimer’s Association         resources. 
The program will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church on Wednesday, December 11 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Call 563-293-8058 or email Megan at to learn more or sign up.
Thank You
Thank you very much for all the help with the Andover Community Blood Drive in November. 15 units were collected by the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Special thanks to all the great donors. Thanks also to Pr. Reed, Deanna Swanson, Diane and Wally Ladewig, Wayne Swanson, Laura Angelos, Nancy Gray and Linda Papoccia for all your assistance before and during the drive.

Thanks again for all your continued support ~ We appreciate it very much.
                              Kathy Swanson
Flower Chart for 2020
A new FLOWER CHART for 2020 is in the narthex.

Signing up for altar flowers is a great way to honor or remember someone. It is your responsibility to contact the florist of your choice for placing the order and paying for the altar flowers. It is also your responsibility to call the office with the message for the Sunday bulletin.
You can also sign up for flowers on the church website: by clicking on this link
If you have any questions please call the church office, 309.521.8127.   Thank you

December Birthdays
02   Corrie Newman
04  Jody Nimrick
04  Brittny Blank
04  Kinley Ridell
05  Linda Papoccia
05  Nick Swanson
05  Alex Nimrick
06  Midge Larson
06  Megan Pedersen
06  Nicole Green
08   Mason Nimrick
10   Chad Pysson
12   Neal Nelson
12   Nicole Rehder
13   T J Zurcher
14   Ken Poppy
23   Raine Peterson
24  Mike Stephens
24  Matt Engnell
26  Paul Rehder
26  John Foley (son)
28  Larry Newman
29  Lois Westerlund
30  Tyler Dwyer
31  Aaron Poppy

December Anniversaries
03     Mike and Nelda Stephens
14     Brian and Carol Engnell
14     Dan and Kathy Pysson
20    Jens and Judy Rehder
30     Brooke and Andy Carlson
Welcome, Willow!
By Word and Water we welcomed Willow Jean Matykiewicz as a sister in Christ on November 17. Willow is the daughter of Matthew and Jennifer Matykiewicz, granddaughter of Diane and Wally Ladewig and great-granddaughter of Don and Dorothy Norberg.
We welcome her into the body of Christ and into the mission we share.
Gifts to the Library
In memory of his mother, Hazel Marie Johnson, Jim has donated the September 2019 and October 2019 issues of Swedish Press, Illinois Heritage July/August 2019 and September/October 2019 and Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society Summer 2019  issue. Thank you, Jim!
Grow Ministry Donation
Sally Rehn has been taking the items in the container in the Education Unit to Grow Ministry in Cambridge. Thank you, Sally. That container will be going to Sally’s home after December 1. If you have  warm clothes to donate, you will need to take them to the Cambridge facility. Thank you.
Note: The Grow Ministry and Resource Center will be closing for the holidays in December. The last day at Grow will be December 10, 2019. They will reopen on January 7, 2020.
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December 15th – Sunday School   
   Program and Advent Potluck

Please join us for this year’s Sunday School Christmas program inspired by “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. The program will take the place of the sermon during worship, December 15. Following the worship service Augustana will have its annual Swedish Advent Potluck Dinner. Everyone is invited to join us for this meal! It does not matter if you are related to a youth in the program or if you’ve forgotten a dish. Please come enjoy a fun morning with us!
Please note: If you have youth of any age that you would like to participate in this Sunday School program we practice during Sunday School 9:30-10:15 am. We will also be having a big rehearsal on December 14 at 10:00 am the day before the program.
Caroling, Caroling, Now We Go
 Sunday December 15 following potluck

After our Sunday School program, worship service and meal on Sunday, December 15, everyone is invited to go caroling for our homebound members. This is an opportunity to share in the Christmas spirit with members we do not see every Sunday in church.  All ages are welcome.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
   Worship Highlights

Every year we have two worship services on     Christmas Eve and one worship service on Christmas Day (Julotta). The two Christmas Eve services are very similar. They will have the same worship order and the same sermon from Pastor Reed. The Christmas Eve services are different then the worship service on Christmas morning. It will have a different worship order and a different sermon from Pastor Reed. Here is a quick summary on some of the highlights from each  service:
Christmas Eve, December 24th, 4:00pm
* Considered the family service
* Largest attendance of the three services
* Musical Offering: Ashley Ricky (saxophone)
* Ends with singing “Silent Night” to candle light
Christmas Eve, December 24th, 11:00pm
* Service is held at the Jenny Lind Chapel
* Whole service is done by candle light
* Musical Offering: Pastor Reed and
                                       Deanna Swanson
* Ends with singing “Silent Night” to candle light
Christmas Day, December 25th, 7:00 am
* Longstanding Swedish tradition of the church
* The choir starts us off with a hymn sung in Swedish
* The congregation begins in darkness singing “Silent Night”
* The church choir will sing a piece to go along with Pastor Reed’s sermon
Please come worship Jesus’ birth with us if you can! It is encouraged to try out a Christmas Eve service and the Christmas Day service. Why not double up on your Christmas this year!?
Joy of Christmas
  with Augustana College
      Set for December 4   7:30pm

The 49th annual Joy of Christmas in Andover will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 pm. Students and faculty from Augustana College join the community for this beautiful service of worship and music that starts at             Augustana Lutheran Church. The Christmas story will be read in several different languages, and   beautiful choral and instrumental music is provided by the college. The message will be given by Steve Bahls, president of Augustana College. The service concludes with a procession to the Jenny Lind  Chapel, which is illuminated by 100 candles, and where Holy Communion will be celebrated to the singing of familiar Christmas carols. Refreshments will be served in Luther Hall immediately after the service. Please bring cookies to share for the  fellowship time. Thank you.
Christmas Grocery Tree for David, Tyler, Bre, Hayley, Aiden and Kylie
(The Cambridge Family)
Augustana has adopted a family in need. Let’s make sure that the family has a wonderful Christmas dinner.

A tree will be placed in the narthex with food and monetary ornaments on it. Please feel free to take one. Monetary donations will be used to purchase the meat for the feast. Your donations will need to be at the church by December 15.

Thank you.
     The Outreach  Committee
Christmas Donation Box
A Christmas donation box for the Cambridge family will be in the narthex starting Sunday, December 1 continuing through Sunday, December 15.
Thank you.
     The Outreach  Committee
December 29 – Non-Communion Service with Christmas Caroling
Just in case you felt like we missed one of your favorite Christmas hymns, Augustana Lutheran Church is offering a chance to sing it during worship the Sunday after Christmas. During worship people will get the chance to shout out their favorite Christmas hymns so that we can all sing a few  verses. We will have a guest preacher leading  worship that Sunday. Please give her the loving welcome our church is known for !
Communion Set Up - December 2019
01     Steve and Nancy Gray
08     Lori Foley
15     Wally and Diane Ladewig
22     Ken and Diane Poppy
24/25  Kathy Atwell
29     No Communion
Counter Schedule - December 2019
01     Jeanine Lees 
         Jeannine Westerlund
08     Bonnie Bandelow
         Emily Maertens
15     Nick Swanson 
         Jeannine Westerlund
22   Rocky Atwell
       Nick Swanson
29   Emily Maertens
       Linda Papoccia
Assisting in Worship - January 2020
Communion Assistants
05     Nikki Rehn
12     Wally Ladewig
19     Kevin Johnson
26     Mindy Poppy
05     Emma Poppy
12     Ashley Rickey
19     Logan Selander
26     Katie Angelos

05     Gordon Rehn
12     Doug Nelson
19     Kevin Johnson
26     Laura Angelos

05     Sally Reinhart
12     Laura and Ashley Rickey
19     Kevin Johnson Family
26     Steven and Nancy Gray
              Rocky and Kathy Atwell
              Kevin Johnson Family

Altar Guild           
              Sally Reinhart
              Jan Gritton

Homebound Communion
Nancy Gray
December 1, 2019       
Doug Nelson
January 5, 2020           
                      Nancy Gray

It is your responsibility to find a replacement if unable to serve.
Acolyte Schedule
Note: please be at church no later than 15 minutes before the service. Find Pastor for instruction.
If you cannot acolyte on your scheduled date, trade with someone else and let the church office know ASAP about the date. (309.521.8127) Save this schedule and parents phone numbers.
Laura / Katie Angelos            309.235.5910
Kevin / Kile Johnson              309.428.5433
Jennifer / Kile Johnson          309.428.5433
Laura/Ashley Rickey              309.235.4259
Michele/Sophie Selander       309.721.3162
Diane/Emma Poppy               
December  1   Katie Angelos
December  8   Ashley Rickey
December 15  Emma Poppy
December 22  Logan Selander
December 24  (4:00pm)  Volunteer Appreciated
December 29  Katie Angelos
January  5   Emma Poppy
January 12   Ashley Rickey
January 19   Logan Selander
January 26   Katie Angelos
Church Modernization Projects Update

Augustana Lutheran Church would appreciate your continued support towards the Church Modernization Project. Our goal to raise $105,000 in three years to help pay back the Endowment Fund used to pay for these projects. Current status:
Goal = $ 105,000
# Pledges Received = 31
$ Pledged = $ 65,590
Total $       = $ 88.674

% of Goal (Pledges) = 62.5 %
% of Goal ($)             = 84.5%
December 2019

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