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From Pastor Diane

          January 3, 2020Living Grace News
Sunday Worship Leaders January 5, 2020  Presiding Minister:
Diane RothAssisting Minister:Delyce GunionReader:Patty RobsonCommunion AssistsPam Koch
June KellyGreeters/Ushers:Larry & Dawn PetershagenAcolyte:Gabriela GarayChildren’s Church:
Altar Guild:Dawn PetershagenMusic Director: Christine LarsenPianist:
Woodene RobinsonSound Technician:Christian MaguireScreen Projection:Terry CaseyFellowship:

Stan & Deanie Moore
Discovering GraceThis Sunday, January 5, Pastor Diane will be leading a Discovering Grace orientation after worship in the conference room of the Fellowship Hall. Come learn more about Grace!
Notice of Annual Meetings 2019 Income and Spending Plan MeetingSunday, January 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  – Sanctuary Annual Congregational Meeting   Sunday, January 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  Sanctuary Mark your calendar and plan to attend. 

WELCAWomen of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) enjoy Bible Study and fellowship every first Monday of each month at 9am in the Fellowship Hall. We hope to see you January 6!

Poker 4 PeruJoin us Friday, January 10, at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall for some great, card fellowship! Be the first winner of 2020!
Altar FlowersDesignating altar flowers is a great way to commemorate a birthday, anniversary,     remember a loved one or note a special accomplishment. We invite you to share those occasions by purchasing the flowers for the altar on any given Sunday. A new flower chart sign-up is located in the narthex where you can pick a Sunday to have the flowers designated. Suggested offering is $30.00. Make sure to mark your check “flowers” and drop it into the offering plate. You are welcome and encouraged to take them home and enjoy them for the week. We ask that you return the vase the following Sunday.
Service OpportunitiesCommunion assistants, greeters/ushers and projection operators are just a few of the important, needed volunteer opportunities we have for our worship on Sundays. Email or call Becky in the office if you have interest in assisting with these. 936-588-1944

Weekly News and Upcoming EventsThis Week at GraceFor calendar updates, check the website calendar: 
Sunday, January 58:30 a.m. – Adult Bible Study – Fellowship Hall10:00 a.m. – Worship w/Children’s Church11:00 a.m. – Discovering Grace – Conference Room
Monday, January 6Epiphany9:00 a.m. – WELCA – Fellowship Hall 
Wednesday, January 86:00 p.m. – Handbell Practice – Sanctuary7:00 p.m. – Choir Practice – Sanctuary 
Friday January 107:00 p.m. – Poker 4 Peru – Fellowship Hall Sunday, January 128:30 a.m. – Adult Bible Study – Fellowship Hall10:00 a.m. – Worship w/Children’s Church11:00 a.m. – Community Breakfast – Fellowship Hall
This Sunday we observe the festival of the Epiphany — that day when the wise men, guided by a star, arrived in Bethlehem, and found the baby Jesus. The word “epiphany” means showing forth, or revealing. The star showed the way to the place where Jesus lay, and it also showed that this baby — all appearance to the contrary — was a King. They followed the light of the star — and it guided them to Jesus. I wonder if they had any idea, any imagination, about the end of their journey, where it would lead. And why would these men, who practiced another faith, and came from another place, be interested in a new king of the Jews? We don’t know; we can only imagine. But the epiphany star is only the beginning. After the star, we look for the ways that God guides us and reveals Christ to us. There are epiphanies all around us, in common and ordinary places, and in exotic places too. The exotic gold, frankincense and myrrh revealed something about Jesus: about who he was, and what he would do for us. The straw of the manger also revealed him: the bread of life. John the Baptist pointed at Jesus and declared, “Here is the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” There are many ways that God guides us in this life, by his Word, through the words of others, through the people that we meet and our experiences, sent by God. On this Sunday of Epiphany, we will receive “Star words” during worship — each of us will receive a word meant to be a guide to us in the coming year. I hope that these words will provide each of us with one way to ponder God’s guidance in the New Year — what are the plans that God has for us — how do we listen for God’s guidance, and best follow him?   Come and receive your word for the year this Sunday! Then spend the year pondering in your heart what the word means for you. Connect your word with scripture; share it with your friends and family. And most of all, believe that Christ is guiding you every day, this year and through your life — that you may be a light for the world.