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WHAT IS EPIPHANY?
 
Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas on 6th January and is the time when Christians remember the Wise Men (also sometimes called the Three Kings) who visited Jesus.

In Spain on Epiphany morning you might go to the local bakers and buy a special cake/pastry called a 'Roscón' (meaning a ring shaped roll). They are normally filled with cream or chocolate and are decorated with a paper crown. There is normally a figure of a king (if you find that you can wear the crown) and a dried bean (if you find that you're meant to pay for the cake!). In Catalonia it's known as a Tortell or Gâteau des Rois and is stuffed with marzipan.

In France you might eat a 'Galette des Rois', a type of flat almond cake. It has a toy crown cooked inside it and is decorated on top with a gold paper crown.

There are similar traditions in Mexico where Epiphany is known as 'El Dia de los Reyes' (the day of The Three Kings). It's traditional to eat a special cake called 'Rosca de Reyes' (Three Kings Cake). A figure of Baby Jesus is hidden inside the cake. Whoever has the baby Jesus in their piece of cake is the 'Godparent' of Jesus for that year.

In Portugal, people take part in Epiphany carol singing known as the 'Janeiras' (January songs). On the Island of Maderia they're known as the 'Cantar os Reis' (singing the kings).

In Italy, some children also get their presents on Epiphany. But they believe that an old lady called 'Befana' brings them. Children put stockings up by the fireplace for Befana to fill.

In Austria, at Epiphany, some people write a special sign in chalk over their front door. It's a reminder of the Wise Men that visited the baby Jesus. It's made from the year split in two with initials of the names that are sometimes given to 'the three wise men', Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar, in the middle. So 2020 would be: 20*C*M*B*20. The sign is meant to protect the house for the coming year. Some parts of Germany also have the tradition of marking over doors. The 'Four Hills' Ski Jumping Tournament also finishes on 6th January in Bischofshofen, Austria.

At Epiphany in Belgium, children dress up as the three wise men and go from door to door to sing songs and people give them money or sweets, kind of like Trick or Treating on Halloween. Children in Poland also go out singing on Epiphany.

In Ireland, Epiphany is also sometimes called 'Nollaig na mBean' or Women's Christmas. Traditionally the women get the day off and men do the housework and cooking! It is becoming more popular and many Irish women now get together on the Sunday nearest Epiphany and have tea and cakes!

In the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (which celebrates Christmas on 7th January), twelve days after Christmas, on 19th January, the three day celebration of Ethiopians Timkat starts. This celebrates Jesus's baptism.

In New Orleans, Louisiana, in the USA, on Epiphany/King's Day, the Christmas Tree is either take down or the ornaments are replaced with Purple, Gold and Green ones and it's then called a 'Mardi Gras Tree'! People also like to eat 'King Cake' (a cinnamon pastry with sugar on the top and sometimes filled with cream cheese or jelly/jam). The King Cake will have a little baby plastic doll inside (which represents Jesus); whoever gets the piece with the baby has to supply the next King Cake! Some people have "King Cake Party" every Friday before Lent (the time before Easter).

Epiphany Eve (also known as Twelfth Night) marks the end of the traditional Christmas celebrations and is the time when you were meant to take Christmas decorations down - although some people leave them up until Candlemas.


 


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.
 
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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.

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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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