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What is Advent?

The word ADVENT means "coming".  Christians celebrate the season of Advent as a time of preparation and reflection in anticipation of Christ's coming to earth at Christmas.
The Advent wreath itself, a circle, represents the unending love of God.  Evergreens adorning the wreath symbolize the hope of eternal life.  The four candles set in the wreath represent the four Sundays until Christmas Day.  Some traditions add a fifth candle, the Christ candle.  
The lighting of the candles each week in Advent marks the growing anticipation for the birth of Christ, the Light of the World.

1.  The Prophecy Candle:  Also called the Hope Candle, this violet or blue candle symbolizes the Old Testament prophecies of Christ's coming.

2.  The Bethlehem Candle:  Also called the Peace Candle, this violet or blue candle symbolizes the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary in the town of Bethlehem.

3.  The Shepherds' Candle:  Also called the Joy Candle, this rose-colored candle symbolizes the coming of the Savior into the hearts and lives of believers, like the shepherds and like us.

4.  The Angels' Candle:  Also called the Good News Candle, this violet or blue candle symbolizes the final glorious coming of the Savior with all his angels on the Last Day.

5.  The Christ Candle:  This white candle symbolizes the day of Jesus' birth, the coming we've been waiting for, the advent of Jesus, the Light of the world.


FALL & WINTER SERVICE HOURS
On September 1st, our services reverted to our Fall/Winter schedule.  Services will be held on Sundays at 8:00 am and 10:30 am.
 
Interesting places on Facebook:

WELS Lutherans--
shares information and events

WELS & ELS Lutheran Singles--a place for  WELS & ELS singles aged 18+ for light-hearted fellowship.


WELS Discussions--An unofficial group for open and honest discussions about theology, doctrine, practice, and all things pertinent to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and its greater worldwide fellowship.

WELS News---Reporting all Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) Church, School, Organization & Synod News as it happens.


MEET & EAT
Meet and Eat is a time for us to get together, to know each other, and share fellowship. Mona and Carl Cox choose a place for us to meet and have supper on the last Sunday of each month at 6:00 pm, .  You can sign up by contacting them (788-7909) or signing up at church.    Attached is a copy of our October Meet and Eat group!

 
The Good Steward Resale Shop!!
The Good Steward Resale Shop is located at 1930 Rose Street.  Just down the highway from where it was (in the old Edwardo's Pizza location).   There is always something new at The Good Steward and purchases help with Luther High School student tuition.   So, when you are cleaning closets or doing Spring/Fall cleaning, remember that The Good Steward is always looking for items.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED--they are looking for people that can lift heavy items.  Talk to one of the store coordinators for more information or call 608-779-9763.
This is your church!  We have resumed the practice of having greeters at our services.  Greeters are to offer a friendly welcome to worshipers at our services.  There are many times during the year when the church needs your help.  Please consider helping with one or more of the following tasks:
Greeting
Cutting the grass
Helping with Sunday or Vacation Bible School
Being on a committee
Cleaning the church
Being an usher


If you are interested in any of these areas, please let Pastor Rimmert know!
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