COME, LORD JESUS! - AS KING
After Thanksgiving services tonight and tomorrow, we begin a new Church Year with the season of Advent. Our Gospel lesson this Sunday is the account of Jesus entry into Jerusalem just days before his death. Why would the Church Year begin with a reading that describes an event near the very end of Jesus’ life? Because the events of Palm Sunday serve as a perfect summary of the entire plan of salvation.
It is an odd sight, this man riding into Jerusalem on a baby donkey, to cheers and the celebratory waving of palm branches. Understandably, many asked, “Who is this?” The answer: This is not just a rabbi. This is the King of all Creation. This is God Almighty wrapped in flesh. Yet, he does not enter Jerusalem with all his glory and power on display. The King hides all that and rides into Jerusalem so that he might also be our priest and sacrifice.
This is a King unlike any other ruler who has ever lived. For he is infinitely greater than all other kings, while simultaneously being infinitely humbler. This King is willing to trade his golden crown for one made of thorns. This King comes not demanding our service but to serve us. You look at how good, how loving is this King, and you ask that question upon which eternity hinges. “Who is this?” As we march through this new Church Year, the answer becomes crystal clear. This King is the Savior of the nations. A new church year is upon us. Join us in God's house to prepare your heart for your Savior's coming.
Please keep the following in your prayers:
- The Pastor whom the Lord called through our congregation to serve as Associate Pastor for Youth and Outreach.
- Brian Werth, who continues to wait for a kidney transplant
Thanksgiving Worship Tonight & Tomorrow
Join us for a special song service for Thanksgiving, "Psalms of Thankfulness and Praise," on Wednesday, November 23, at 6:30 pm; or Thursday, November 24, at 9:30 am. Featuring readings, hymns, psalms, prayers, and praise, we will thank our God with hearts and hands and voices.
Thanksgiving Week Office Hours
The Church and School offices will be closed November 24-25. If you need pastoral care, please contact Pastor Wagner (920-757-4535).
On November 21, a divine call was issued for a man to serve as Associate Pastor at Riverview. To give him time to inform the congregation he is serving now, his name is not included here and will be announced on Sunday. Keep him and his family in your prayers.
Growing In Grace Update
On Sunday, November 13, Mr. Wolfgramm gave an update on the Growing in Grace campaign and more. If you were not in attendance that Sunday, please view the video by clicking here.
Midweek Advent Worship
A new church year begins with the Advent season on November 27. The season of Advent is a season of preparation, not just for our celebration of Savior’s first coming, but for our welcoming him when he comes again. During this special season, midweek devotional services will be held Wednesdays, November 30 – December 14, at 3:30 & 6:30 pm. (Note: there will not be Advent meals this year). This year’s theme is: “A Savior is Born…”
Advent and Holiday Worship Service Ushers
Please sign up on the counter in the church entryway if you are available to usher at 3:30 pm or 6:30 pm during Advent or for the Holiday Worship Services. We are especially looking for volunteers for Thanksgiving Day and the 6:30 pm Christmas Eve service. Please contact Kevin Wundrow with questions.
Free Advent Devotion Books Available
This Advent, discover how the Gospels of John the Elder and Luke the Historian record the details of the incarnation—God becoming man—in a booklet courtesy of Martin Luther College, Word Made Flesh: The Historical Reality of Christmas.
Each of the 25 devotions is prompted by a question about the historical accuracy of the Christmas account. Each reminds us that Christmas is not a sweet children’s story or fairy tale. It is a historical event. In our skeptical times, John and Luke help us reaffirm the objective reality of Christmas.
Pick up your copy in the entryway today. You can also have copies delivered to you digitally in various ways by visiting mlc-wels.edu/publications/seasonal-devotions.
We also have advent devotional books available to borrow in our Church Library.
Advent By Candlelight
The women of Riverview Lutheran Church invite you to join us for Advent by Candlelight at 6:30 p.m. on December 3 in the Riverview Activity Center. Take time away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season for fellowship and quiet reflection on the Word of God. All women and girls aged 3rd grade and older are welcome to join us. Desserts will be served.
This year our mission tree focus recipients will be the Vulnerable Children's Foundation and the LWMS kids c.a.r.e. program for this year, Mi Amigo Jesus (My Friend Jesus). The Vulnerable Children's Foundation funds the construction and operation of Lutheran Schools in Central Africa, as well as providing food for children in need there. Mi Amigo Jesus is a Home Mission project reaching out to assist congregations in reaching out to Hispanic families and communities with toddler/early childhood social interactive programs, such as Mornings with Mommy. As you leave church on Sunday, Nov. 27th, you will receive a mitten (made by our children in grades 5-8) and a slip of paper on which to indicate your name, offering number and choice for your donation. Please return the filled mitten to church and hang it on our tree to help decorate our Christmas tree and support these two well deserving missions.
LWMS Mission Tree
Now is the Time to Pray
The Christmas season is a time when many people might be open to an invitation to worship. We'll be sending out postcards in December, but no mailing will be received as well as a personal invitation. Think about friends or family who don't regularly attend a church (if you don't know, ask!). Pray for them and for the opportunity to invite them. We'll have business cards with our Christmas times on them available soon.
Kwik Trip Scrip
Announcing NEW GROCERY ONLY cards for Kwik Trip!! These cards can be used only in the store to purchase grocery items, drinks, hot food, etc. (not good for alcohol, tobacco, or lottery tickets) These new cards will earn a 15% rebate from Scrip! The traditional fuel cards can still be used inside as well as at the pump, but they will only earn the typical 5% rebate.
If you are thinking of purchasing Scrip cards as Christmas gifts, please plan to order early. We aren’t able to keep all the different cards in stock and we want to make sure that we have time to get what you want before the holidays.
WELS Apple Valley Food Pantry
The December 2022 collection for the pantry will be the weekend of December 10th & 11th. The following is the list of items currently in need of at the pantry: chunky soups, pasta sauce (preferably in plastic jars) cream of mushroom soup, fruit cocktail/mixed fruit, applesauce, cookies, canned stews
diced tomatoes, ladies deodorants, cleaning products, hand soaps and laundry soaps (48 loads or less size jugs). Thank you for your generous support of the pantry during these challenging times. Just a gentle reminder that we do not give our recipients expired food because of many have health concerns.
Serving for Thanksgiving Worship
Wednesday 6:30 pm Service
Thursday 9:30 am Service
- Greeters - Theimer and Shea Familes
- Livestream and Powerpoint Assistant - Hesse Family
- Ushers - Terry Wing, Mark Raschka, Justin Shea, Grant Shea
- Greeters -
- Powerpoint Assistant - Wagner Family
- Ushers - Roy Dumke
Serving this Weekend
- Greeters - Theimer & Marohn Families
- Powerpoint Assistant - Micaiah Wagner
- Ushers - Terry Wing, Dan & Diane VandenHeuvel, Tim Perry, Jeff Theimer, Ed VanDenHeuvel
- Greeters - Brooks and Zimmermann Families
- Powerpoint Assistant - Seth Brooks
- Ushers - Jerry Glaze, Dave & Barb Meyer, Jeff & Sara Dobrunz, Spencer Brooks
Worship Times & Links
Sundays 8:00am (livestreamed), 10:30am
Fox Valley Lutheran High School Notes
- Registration is open for boys in grades 7-8 for baseball (registration closes 12/31). Fox Valley Saints Wrestling is having a preview day for K-8 students on 12/4.Go to fvlhs.org/youth-sports for details and to register.
- FVL is accepting applications for a full-time Media Coordinator, a part-time Custodian, a Guidance Assistant, and 1 temporary maternity-leave substitute teachers. Go to fvlhs.org/about/employment for details.
- Information for the 2023 season for Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW), a WELS high school marching band, has been posted to its website. The season will begin with a rehearsal camp on January 7-8 to be held at FVL. LVW is open to all WELS members in grades 8-12. The summer schedule, cost, registration procedures, and more can be found on the JOIN page. Go to lutheranvanguard.org or contact the LVW Executive Director James Neujahr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- FVL and FVL Schools Bands will hold their concert in the FVL auditorium on Saturday, 12/10 at 11:30 AM
Area WELS News
Trinity Lutheran Brillion will be hosting a Live Nativity for the community on Saturday, December 10, at Stone Prairie (Center Road) from 5:00-8:00pm. Come and hear the Christmas story of shepherds in the fields, angels in the night sky, and of our Savior’s humble birth. Actors will portray each role, along with a host of live animals, including a camel! Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. A new presentation will begin every half hour. Plan on joining us! Bring a friend!
- Horns A Plenty Christmas is an organization that offers horn players young and old the opportunity to come together and perform Christmas music for the general public. Guest artists are featured as a way to encourage the education and growth of participants, as well as to add their talent to the performance. This year’s concert will be held in the Fox Valley Lutheran High School auditorium on December 17th at 2:00 pm. Admission is free. Special guest artist is Joe Cradler, a member of The President’s Own United States Marine Band. For more information, please visit their website at https://www.hornsaplentychristmas.com/.