Third Sunday in Advent: Sunday, Dec. 16

Songs/Hymns for the Day

Third Sunday in Advent

  8:30am Contemporary Service

“Anchor of Hope”

“Even So Come”

“Who you Say I Am”

“God is Able”

11:00am Traditional Service

#341 “List Up Your Heads, Ye

Mighty Gates”

#375 “Come, Your Hearts and

Voices Raising”

#370 “What Child Is This”


Old Testament Reading                                                1 Kings 11:1–10

P    The Old Testament Reading is from 1 Kings, the eleventh chapter.

1Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, 2from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. 3He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. 4For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. 5For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and did not wholly follow the Lord, as David his father had done. 7Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem. 8And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods.

9And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice 10and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods. But he did not keep what the Lord commanded.

P    This is the Word of the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

Epistle                                                                     2 Timothy 4:6–8

P   The Epistle is from 2 Timothy, the fourth chapter.

6For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                       Matthew 12:38–42

P  The Holy Gospel according to Matthew, the twelfth chapter.

Glory to You, O Lord.

38Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. 42The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C   Praise to You, O Christ.


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Notes and News


Sunday           8:30 AM  Contemporary Svc., w/comm.

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc.

12:30 PM Youth Group – Christmas party

6:00 PM CSM – Student Supper

Monday         4:30 PM   Ministry Council Mtg.

6:00 PM Elders Meeting

Tuesday         7:30 AM  Men’s Bible Study

6:30 PM Dorcas/LWML

Wednesday   9:00 AM   Parents Day Out

4:00 PM Confirmation

5:00 PM Praise Team rehearsal

5:30 PM Adult Choir

6:00 PM Advent Supper

7:00 PM Advent Service

Thursday      12:00 PM  Senior Saints

5:30 PM Home Bible Study

Next Sunday  8:30 AM   Contemporary Svc.

11:00 AM Traditional Svc., w/comm.

Pray this week for:

Submit a Prayer:

Cancer: Julia Munson, Nancy Pintar, Elaine Monette, Sue Etapa,

Lori Pemberton, Mary Ann Tervo, Julie Sutinen, Jim

Other Prayers: Jen DePuydt, Mary, Pastor Paul, Nancy Smith

Missionary of the Month: Rev. Gary Schuschke, Germany


Read Matthew 1:18–25 and answer these questions:

  1. What are the two names of our Lord in this reading? What do they mean?
  2. What do these names teach you about your greatest needs?
  3. Who can you share Jesus and Immanuel with this week?

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Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God in celebration of Dale & Marilynn Dewald’s wedding anniversary.

 Advent Service will be held on Wed. Dec. 19th. The Holden Evening Prayer will be used. Supper will be provided at 6:00 p.m. with service beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve Services: We will have 3 Christmas Eve Services on Monday, Dec. 24th with communion at 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00 p.m.

 Sunday School Teacher Opening for Spring Semester: One of our beloved Sunday School teachers is graduating in December, and we are looking for someone to step in for the spring semester (January-May). For more information, please contact Abby Gehrke at

CSM –  Concordia student ministries or CSM is our college focus ministry based out of our student house at Michigan Tech. We have events every Saturday afternoon/ evening Bible study on Sunday nights. Come connect with other Christian college students and join us at one of our weekly events!

 Senior Saints – Our December get-together will take place on Thursday, 12-20-18, starting at noon with a ham dinner.  The  ham will be provided, with the rest of the meal being potluck.  The program will feature home-schooled kids in our midst, who will share their musical talents with us older kids.  They have done this for a few years now and it has been interesting to see the changes each time.  We invite all the seniors in our midst to join us for a time of good food, fellowship, and enjoyment.  Contact John or Jean Pemberton (487-9412) for more information.

The Life Outreach Center will be holding a December Diaper Drive from December 1st through December 31st. Please help support the families that we work with in our community by donating any brand and size diapers and wipes. There will be a drop-off box located at your church that you may place your donation in. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 906.482.8681. We thank you ahead of time for supporting our ministry!

 Angel Tree: The annual adopt-a-family angel tree program is underway.  If you took an angel, please tape the ornament to your wrapped package and bring your gifts to church by Tuesday, December 18. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Carter at 370-3383 or Kristin Wanhala 370-6432.

Needed: People to help others with transportation: There are people in our church family who need help getting to medical appointments and possibly with other errands and I’d like to put together a pool of those of you who can help. It shouldn’t be “spur of the moment” so you would get a call as soon as I learn of the need. Please, if you could help with this type of care, call me at 487-6524 (leave a message) or email me at Thanks much, Lou Ann Vitton, Care Ministry Director

 Education Classes: There will be no Sunday School or Adult Bible Study on Sunday, Dec. 23rd or Dec. 30th.  Classes will resume on Sunday, Jan. 6th.

Thank you everyone for your baskets, auction items, bids, and donations! The NYG 2019 group greatly appreciates your generosity. All auction winners have been contacted, please have all items paid and picked up by Monday 12/17/18. Any questions contact Lindsay at 906-281-2764.

Confirmation Winter Camp – If you are in 7-8th grade we want you to join us for winter camp on Jan 11-13.  It will be a great time to build relationships, your faith all the while we are playing some broomball, tubing, cross-country skiing, campfires, and more!  The cost is just $125!!  Talk to Marcus ASAP as registration is due Dec. 23rd.

Christmas Caroling: Come One Come All, This Sunday, Let’s go Christmas Caroling. All are invited to come, ability to sing not a requirement. Why? Caroling is about sharing the Joy of Christmas with others and it is your mere presence that makes all the difference. This Sunday (Dec 16) at 3 pm we will leave the Church to go caroling. Afterwards we will come back to Church for pizza. Look forward to seeing you there.

TO ALL VISITORS ATTENDING WORSHIP THIS MORNING:  We are thankful that you are worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus with us.  Part of worshiping our Lord is bringing our financial gifts in the form of offerings to support the ministry of Christ’s church.  As our guest today, please do not feel obligated to give an offering.  We are just thankful that you are here and hope you will continue to worship with us. Want to give your offerings online? Go to

 HOLY COMMUNION: In preparation to receive the Lord’s Supper, please ask yourself these questions: Have I confessed and repented of my sins? Do I believe that in this Sacrament I am receiving the actual body and blood of Christ, under the bread and wine, into my mouth, for the forgiveness of my sins? Do I share the confession and wish to participate in the unity of this congregation? Will I, with the Lord’s help, amend my sinful life? If you answer, “yes” to all of these questions, please join us for this blessed gift from God for our forgiveness. If you need a gluten free wafer, please ask the pastor when you are kneeling at the rail.

 SERVING: Ushers:   Rob Scholie, Dennis Hagenbuch,

Jed Chrestensen, Zachary Lynch (Early)

Sam Coates, Ken Clark,

Peter, Pietila, volunteer (Late)

Elders:     Jim Hewett, Duane Fenske (Early)

Mike Salmi (Late)

Acolytes: Myah Campioni, Luke Mikkola (Early)

Emily Brown (Late)

Lay Reader: Sam Coates

Greeters: Stan & Lou Ann Vitton (Early)

John & Dala Beard (Late)


Weekly Operating Budget Need $9,296 
Last Week  
Offerings $  11,200.58
      Other Income $       124.00
Total $ 11,324.58
Year to Date Budget Need $446,208.00
Year to Date Actual $450.637.61
Year to Date Difference $    4,429.61

“Lutheran Hour” Radio Ministry, Sunday 8:30 AM, WHKB 102.3FM


Sun. 12/9 – (8:30) 175 + (11:00) 150= 325

Office Information:

Monday-Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm |

906-482-4750 |


Pastor: Aaron Gehrke;

Director of Youth & Campus Ministry: Marcus Huff:

Preschool Director/Teacher: Jaime Schuldt:

Office Manager: Judy Fenske;

Facilities Manager: Don Kuiper;

Business Manager: Jason Auel;

Volunteer Ministry Staff:

Director of Care Ministry: Lou Ann Vitton;

Group Life: Rob Cooke;

Hospitality: Anne Cooke:

Community: Kerri Mayra;

Children’s Ministry: Abby Gehrke;

Director of Communication: Bryant Weathers: