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Welcome to Advent Worship at Immanuel Today we begin our Advent journey with our initial exploration of the theme “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning,” and the lighting of the Lamp of Wisdom. Many thanks to our various Advent Planners who helped to conceptualize our worship, wrote or drew for it, set up the space, or worried about the details. Many thanks, also, to Peter, Gary and the Choir, and to Eileen for the preparation that began with the ordering of the music in August or September. Thanks to all who will participate in leadership in these services, including the children and young people of the congregation. Thanks to those who were at the Pre-Advent Dinner last night, and coloured our beautiful bulletins. And finally, thanks to the congregation, for your openness to these Advent worship experiences.

Advent Bulletins This morning’s bulletins were decorated by those who attended last night’s Pre-Advent Dinner. To help to enhance our Advent worship space, you are invited to hang your bulletin on one of the ribbons on the back wall before you leave this morning. If you weren’t able to be at last night’s dinner, but would like to take one or two of them home to colour, please let Nancy, Lynne or Leslie know.

Pre-Advent Dinner Again this year, our Pre-Advent Dinner was a special time. To those who planned, set up the space, helped out in the kitchen, prepared the worship service, coloured the bulletins, brought food to share, or just came and participated in any way, thank you. Like the wedding banquet in today’s story, and the communion banquet we will celebrate this morning, last night’s banquet surely mirrors The Great Banquet in which all who are exiled and excluded will return home.

2015 Church Calendars are now available. They are $6.00 each. Please call the office or see Pat Schulz after Worship.

“Just” Christmas TODAY November 30th, 1:30-3:30pm at IMMANUEL is an opportunity to shop differently at Christmas. A wide variety of gifts will be for sale with the proceeds going to local and global projects. Hope you can come!

White Gift Sunday will be on December 7th. Immanuel supports a variety of Winnipeg projects by donations of money (use your offering envelope marked “White Gift”), food, children’s gifts, baby supplies. Please bring these on December 7th as you are able.

Christmas Flowers Anyone wishing to contribute to Christmas Flowers please see Joan Macdonald or call her at 204-661-1966.

Potluck Decorations If you would like to donate a Christmas ornament(s) that are non-breakable for our tree outside please give them to Ron Metcalfe, hang them on the tree or hand in to the office. Due to the fact that they are outside they will not be returned, we will save them again for next year. Thanks.

Amnesty International Write for Rights Campaign Sunday December 14th
International Human Rights Day marks the United Nations adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th, 1948. Each year, activists from more than 140 Countries join together to write letters calling for the protection and promotion of human rights. Please join us after worship on Sunday December 14th to participate in this years letter writing campaign.

1Hope Winnipeg Gifts of Hope Catalogue

This holiday season, please consider giving a gift of hope through the 1Hope Winnipeg Gifts of Hope Catalogue. Choose to support specific items as advertised in the catalogue or, if you can’t decide, you may make a donation to 1Hope Winnipeg on behalf of a loved one or just because you share the hopes for a more inclusive, more just, more fun and more caring Winnipeg! Income tax receipts will be issued for all purchases from this catalogue.
For more information about 1Hope Winnipeg, please visit www.1hopewinnipeg.com

There are catalogues in the AMEN corner.

It’s that time of year again…Fred Douglas Lodge and Fred Douglas Heritage House, our United Church personal care home and supportive housing facilities, are calling for handmade lap throws, blankets and shawls that can be presented to residents and tenants at Christmas. It’s a very tangible way of widening our circle of care. If you are able to contribute to this outreach project, please contact Paul Peters Derry, Coordinator Spiritual Care @ 204-586-8541 ext. 135 or email ppderry .

THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Monday, Dec 1st 8am to Noon Winnipeg Harvest Sanctuary/Auditorium
Tuesday, Dec 2nd 9:30am Study Group Upstairs Lounge
5-9pm Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
Wednesday, Dec 3rd 7:00 pm Women’s Study Group Upstairs Lounge
8:00 pm AA Group Upstairs Meeting Room
Thursday, Dec 4th 7:00 pm Choir Practice Sanctuary/Auditorium
8:00 pm Bettor’s Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room
Friday, Dec 5th 7:00 pm Al-Anon & Alateen Group Upstairs Meeting Room/Upstairs Lounge
Saturday, Dec 6th 9am–1pm Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
2:00 pm Bettor’s Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room
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