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December 2021

Dear Saints in Christ,

As we come into this holiday season many may be asking what they can do to make it “special”. Maybe it is a new tradition or an old one. Maybe it is with new people or the same old people. Still, we want to make it special. What makes a thing special? Usually, we have to make it special. It is our plans, our work, our actions, or our attitude that makes it special for others.

Do we think the same way in regard to things of faith? Someone recently raised this concern with me. They were becoming concerned that because we have the Lord’s Supper every week that it was becoming too normal and less significant. Now, this is nothing new. We often want to give credit for something special in the church to the people, the pastor, the musicians, something! But what actually makes things significant in the church?

As God’s people we are called to see, understand, and hear things differently. Something has significance in and of itself only if God has given a clear Word on it. Then regardless of whether something thinks a thing is special, significant or not doesn’t matter. Only whether God has given His Word. For us a thing has significance because God has said it is.

The Sacraments are clear examples of this! “Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s Word.” (Small Catechism) Baptism is not special because of the person, or the family, or the font, or the church. It is significant because of God’s Word and promise.

The Lord’s Supper too is special not because we think or feel that it is. It is significant because of God’s Word and promises. Christ Himself has said, “This is my body” and “This is my blood”. What is significant here is God’s Word on the matter; the Lord’s Supper is objectively, obviously unique and good because God has joined His Word and promise to it.

While the Sacraments are clear and unique in Christ’s Word and institution to deliver forgiveness of sins and faith, there are other aspects of our lives that are good and beautiful. Yet they are not what the World prizes. For instance, marriage has God’s Word and blessing of being good. 4 Jesus answered, "Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate." (Matthew 19:4-6 ESV) Why is marriage good? Jesus said so! With marriage also comes children. Why is this good? It too has God’s clear command “Be fruitful and multiply”. Often left out of this discussion is that being single too is a blessing and good work, 8 To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am… 32 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband.” (1 Corinthians 7:8, 32-34 ESV)

Our world says a thing is only special or significant because we human beings say it is. As Christian’s we know things differently. Our knowledge is not centered on ourselves, but centered on Christ Jesus and His Words. As you enter this time of year that we seek to make special I pray that you would hear how God has made it special. That you would grow to hear and see and know more deeply and readily, what God has called good. How God has acted to redeem us and creation in the Advent (coming) of Jesus to suffer, die, rise again and return to set all things to be rightly centered on Him.

Peace in Christ,

Pastor Andreasen

Midweek Advent Services will be at Our Savior on Wednesdays, December 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 6:30 pm.
The theme is “Prelude of the Christ”. The word “prelude” means “play beforehand”. Often times we treat preludes (perhaps especially in church) like it is just “filler” before the main event. However, preludes (even in our worship service) prepare us to hear the rest of the service. Often times we treat the events immediately prior to the birth of Jesus like it is just “filler” material. It is more than that, it truly prepares us to understand and grasp the fullness of God’s work in Jesus. This year will we hear these events and reflect on them as we too prepare to once again celebrate the coming of Jesus. It is not just any prelude, it is the prelude of the Christ.

Our Savior 
December Birthdays

  3  Sheri Severson                 22  Frances Newman           
10  Kallyn (Jerde) Freidel      27  Aaron Andreasen
11  Riley Aman                      27  William DeYoung
14  Gabriel Johnson               27  Karla Johnson
15  Raylee Brick                    28  Nairn Hermansen
15  Dean Haar                        29  Angela Schaible
16  Gaylene Haar                   29  Daryl Swanhorst
18  Mamie Stugelmeyer    

  2  Thomas & Jenelle Siebert
  3  Leroy & Linda Krage
20  Paul & Jan Bohling
23  Scott & Lori Mayer
28  Don & Rachel Hoops

Meetings in December:
Board of Elders – Thur Dec 9th at 5:30 pm
Church Council – Thur Dec 9th at 6:30 pm
Voters’ Meeting – Sun Dec 12th at 9:30 am
Board of Education – Sat Dec 18th at 9:00 am (Candy Sacking)
Voters Meeting - The last voters meeting for this year will be Sunday, December 12th at 9:30 am.

Church council will meet Thursday, December 9th at 6:30 pm to prepare for the voters meeting.

Elders for December: Russell Brandt & Brandon Christianson

Nursery Circle will not meet in December.

Acolyte Schedule:
Dec 5 – Abigail Andreasen & Briella Klipfel
Dec 12 – Rhylan Tschappat & Teigan McKown
Dec 19 – Bethany Andreasen & Raylee Brick
Dec 26 – Dalton Lee & Jayda Siebert

Christmas Break – There will be no Sunday School on December 26th or January 2nd. There will be no Wednesday night activities on December 29th.

Sunday School Christmas Program Practices will continue on Sundays from 9:00-10:30 am through December 19th. Please note this is earlier than the regular Sunday School time. There will also be a dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 18th from 9:00-11:00 am.

The Christmas Program will be on Sunday, December 19th at 4:00 pm, with the theme “Symbols of Salvation”. A potluck will follow the program.

Advent Devotion Booklets are available in the narthex of both churches. They are titled “Symbols of Salvation”, which is also the theme of the children’s Christmas program this year.

Tree Decorating at Our Savior will be done after the first Advent service on December 1st.  The Board of Education would appreciate any helping hands!

The Senior Potluck will be at noon on Tuesday, December 14th. We will have a pizza party and share the cost. You can bring a salad, dessert, or other side if you wish. Rather than having a gift exchange this year, if you wish, you can bring an item from the following list to be donated to the Journey Home: Toilet paper, Paper towels, Cleaning Products, Garbage Bags, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash.

Circuit Youth Gathering – The circuit youth will meet Sunday, December 12th at St. Paul’s from 5:00-7:00 pm. Rev. Jacob Smith will be the presenter on the topic of Peace.
Ice Skating – Lutheran Youth and Family Night: Join us for this circuit wide event on Friday, December 17th from 7:15pm-9:15pm at the expo center in Aberdeen, SD. Admission is free, and Lutheran youth and families are welcome! Skate rental will be available for $1 individually or $4 for a family. Hot chocolate and snacks will also be provided. Dress warm because the expo center can get cold!

Online Electronic Giving is available for Our Savior – eGiving allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions (via bank deduction or credit card) or one-time contributions. You can then keep track and view your complete online giving history at your own convenience. Any offering given in this way will also appear on your yearly statement of offerings. Go to and click on “Online Giving”.   Vanco is a company trusted by many churches and recommended by Concordia Technology Solutions.
Also on the website: Audio recordings of Pastor’s sermons, the weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter, and more!
The LWML Christmas Party will be Thursday, December 2nd at 5:30 pm in the fellowship hall. It is open to all adults, both women and men.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex. Attendees are asked to bring a treat to share. Sandwiches, chips, and pickles will be provided. Rather than having a gift exchange this year, we are asking attendees to please bring an item from the following list to be donated to Journey Home: Toilet paper, Paper towels, Cleaning Products, Garbage Bags, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash.

The LWML Christmas Stocking Ingathering will be Sunday, December 5th.  Christmas stockings with a verse are located in a small box on a table in the narthex.  Please take one and bring it to church on December 5th and place in the basket at the front of the church.  The money will be used for missions.  Anyone is welcome to participate.  Thank you for your donation!

Christmas Service Times:
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services – St. John’s at 5:00 pm; Our Savior at 7:00 pm
Christmas Day – 9:00 am with Communion at Our Savior
New Year’s Day – 10:00 am w/ Communion at Our Savior

Poinsettias – This year you will again be able to order a poinsettia in honor or memory of someone, to make our sanctuary beautiful for the Christmas services, and as a reminder of the birth of our Savior.  The memory/honor list will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletins.  Order forms will be in the Sunday bulletins on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. The cost is $13 per poinsettia. You can take your poinsettias home after the Christmas services.

Inclement weather policy – On weekdays, if public school has been called off, then all church activities will be canceled also.  On Sundays, Pastor and the church leadership will make the determination.  Check announcements at Hub City Radio, Closeline, and  Cancellations will also be posted on our Facebook page, and the church’s telephone greeting will be changed to tell you if the service is called off.

Listen to The Lutheran Hour Sunday mornings at 9:00 on KAWZ 88.1 FM Aberdeen.  The Lutheran Hour is now also airing nationally at your convenience on SiriusXM satellite radio Family Talk Channel 131 on Sundays at 9:00 am, and on SENTRadio available 24/7 at  Sermons are also archived on the website

Main Street Living is a TV program endorsed by the SD District of the LCMS. The program is made possible by generous support of LCMS congregations and other viewers in the program's viewing area.  
     The first half hour is re-mastered episodes of "This is the Life” which was very popular in the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Enjoy seeing some major stars as they were just beginning their careers. The second half hour is a short worship service led by an LCMS pastor from the SD District. Watch Main Street Living on Sundays at 10:00 am on KDLT-NBC. The worship segment also airs on Saturdays at 5:00 pm.

SACRED MUSIC FOR THE ADVENT SEASON… “Savior of the Nations, Come,” “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry,” “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending,” “Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”  You can listen to sacred music for the Advent season 24/7 at, TuneIn, Amazon Echo, Google Home and the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.

St. John’s - Columbia
December Birthdays

   5  Alfred Larson
 11  Carla Meints
 12  Florence Krege
 17  Shirley Weismantel
 17  Andrew Wolter
 19  Bennet Chaston
 24  Christian Christianson
 26  Naomi Underberg
 28  Ken Frohling
 30  Nicole Score

 18  Collin & Emily Eichler

Columbia Usher List
          Dec 5       Mic & Jen Daggett
          Dec 12     Cole Bisbee & Logan Ringgenberg  
          Dec 19     Karl & Val Eichler 
          Dec 26     Brent & Barb Miller    

Midweek Advent Services this year will return to being combined services at Our Savior on Wednesdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 6:30 pm.

Click on the "Calendar" tab on the website to see the December Calendar.