This Advent Season
Let’s Keep “Being” Church
Together … Safely
Our Evangelism & Outreach Team has come up with a great way for us to celebrate and show our thankfulness to God this Advent season.
It is called a “Kindness Pandemic!”
What does that mean? Just like this nasty virus can spread and cause disruption and disease, we can spread positivity, friendship and kindness.
Please read Pastor’s weekly email message post on how you can create your own kindness pandemic.
Important Information related to Covid-19
No INSIDE Sunday services through December 31st.
You may listen on radio station FM 107.5 in your car or at home within a 1-2 mile radius of church.
Out of abundance of caution Pastor Greg, and the church council, have decided to suspend inside church services through the end of the year.
In these difficult times we need “church” more than ever. We need each other more than ever. We want to gather more than ever … but we need to be safe more than ever, too.
The church council will continually meet and discuss the future of inside services, but for the next few weeks, services will Not be inside the sanctuary, only via car radio. Please pass this message to others ASAP, and strive to live a lifestyle of loving and giving in these difficult times.
Advent Season, started Sunday November 29th.
We give thanks and begin a New Church Year.
This Year, we replace the traditional Advent Wreath and Candles with a circle of 4 Advent Trees surrounding the white Christ tree.
These Advent Trees represent everlasting life in the midst of winter and death as the evergreen is continuously green. The circle reminds us of God’s unending love and the eternal life he makes possible. Each tree has a specific meaning related to the birth of the savior, Jesus Christ.
1st Sunday of Advent. The Prophecy Tree
The first blue tree, is the “Prophecy Candle.” It symbolizes HOPE and God’s forgiveness toward people. It symbolizes the expectation of the coming of the Messiah. This candle is in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
2nd Sunday of Advent. The Angel’s Tree
The second blue tree is the “Angel’s Candle” and represents the PEACE that the angels heralded and that Christ brings to the world. It also can represent purity. “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’” (Luke 2:13–14, NIV)
3rd Sunday of Advent. The Shepherd’s Tree
The third tree, the “Shepherd’s Candle,” is pink or rose. It represents Gaudette Sunday and the JOY that the birth of Christ brought to the world. Traditionally, on Gaudette Sunday, one takes a break from Advent fasting to experience the joy of the day. “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’” (Luke 2:8–11, NIV)
4th Sunday of Advent. The Bethlehem Tree
The last blue tree, the “Bethlehem Candle,” symbolizes LOVE and reminds us about the experience of Joseph and Mary in the city of Bethlehem. This candle represents the love of Christ in his manger. “This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12, NIV)
Christmas. The Christ Tree
A white tree is in the middle of the wreath. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and all the days of Christmas that follow, the white center candle is lit. This candle is called the “Christ Candle” and represents the life of Christ that has come into the world. The color white represents purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior. Through Christ the Savior, we are washed of our sins and made whiter than snow: “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18, NIV)
Narthex Project Update November 30th:
- A Lot has happened through the extraordinary efforts of volunteers.
- The new vinyl flooring & trim are fully installed.
- The design committee is meeting to decide on furniture and furnishings.
- EVERY room in the church will need to be cleaned soon. Please volunteer.
- Have a Look at your New Narthex !!
- Find videos from previous weeks, on the “VIDEO MESSAGES” page of this web site.
- Be sure to check out the “NEWS & SPECIAL MESSAGES” page of this web site for additional church news and information.
- Monthly newsletters are posted on the “NEWSLETTERS AND BULLETIN” page.
Pray everyday at noon. Stay connected. Reach out to others. HOPE!!! Please reach out and help all members of our church family and those in need … and pray daily for everyone.
Christ walks with us, Pastor Greg.
GENEROSITY QUOTE for the next 2 weeks:
Nov. 22-“Happy moments, Praise God. Difficult moments, Seek God. Quiet moments, Worship God. Painful moments, Trust God. Every moment, Thank God.”
Nov. 29-“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
Pastor Greg Ofsdahl has blessed Luck Lutheran Church with his enormous gifts for 2 years now. We are ever thankful and grateful for his service to our church and our community, and he has certainly become a friend to all. Thank You Pastor Greg !
Sunday December 6, 2020 … 2nd Sunday in Advent
- Worship Service Bulletin … click this link … Second_Sunday_of_Advent_RCL_Service_of_the_Word_
Sunday November 29th, 2020 … 1st Sunday in Advent
- OFJ “Advent Wait” video
- Advent Intro Video
- Worship Service Video for the 29th…. now on the video messages page.
- Worship Service Bulletin for Sunday … click the link … In Thanksgiving for Creation bulletin
Confirmation … An Affirmation of Their Baptism.
See previous videos on the VIDEO MESSAGES page of this website.
Luck Lutheran Church Mission Statement
“Our Faith Journey” Wednesday Nights [suspended for now]
Luck Lutheran Church
510 Foster Avenue East
Luck, Wisconsin 54853
Due to the remodel project, Paula is working from home. Please call her on her cell phone during office hours: (715) 554-2212.