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The ALC Messenger

Volume 57 Issue 9

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November 2013

�Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." Psalm 107:1

The mission of the American Lutheran Congregation is to bring people of different nations and denominations together, and in the English language, empower them into becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. 1


The ALC Messenger Monthly Newsletter for the American Lutheran Congregation

INDEX ALC INFORMATION INDEX

PASTOR’S CORNER,

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

SOME REFLECTIONS ON PRAYER, BOOK GROUP NIGHT, VOLUNTEERS NEEDES

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Christmas Concert , Sunday School Christmas Pagent

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CALENDARS

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TEACHERS SEMINAR, CHRISTMAS EVENTS, BIRTHDAYS

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ARNE DAG CHRISTMAS BAZAAR/FLEA MARKET

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PAGES 18-20

American Lutheran Congregation Pastor: Timothy Stewart Office Secretary: Rie Melhoos Council President: Robert Sebro Messenger Editors : Mel Engebretsen, Rie Melhoos. Assistant Editor in Training: Eric Mandeville Visiting address: Fritzners gate 15, 0264 Oslo, Norway Mailing Address: PO Box 3012 Elisenberg, 0207 Oslo, Norway Phone: + 47 22 44 35 84 Fax: +47 22 44 30 15 Email: office@alcoslo.org Webpage: www.alcoslo.org

Bank account number for offerings :5081.07.47827 2


Pastor’s Corner Dear Friends, We are quickly entering the time of year when ‘a light shining in the darkness’ has more than just theological implications. When we lived in Denmark, it was notable that in the midst of all the expensive things on the store shelves, candles, fresh flowers and wine were always remarkably affordable all year round. They were also things common to that very Danish idea of hygge. I concluded that the price must be kept low as a survival strategy for the long winters. Throughout the long history of the Christian church there have been long winters. Times of darkness both literally and figuratively. And when it has been at its best, the church’s survival strategy has been found in community. Binding together around Word, Sacrament, mutual support and spirit-fed company. Both in the open and when necessary, in secret, Christians have come together to worship together and break bread together and help one another. I was thinking about this when our congregation met together on the 17th of October for our most recent ‘Dreams and Plans’ evening. After some brief introductory remarks, we split into two working groups to think, talk, and plan about two different areas of our congregations life together. One group looked at that part of our congregation’s life together which sees us enjoying each other’s company, sometimes sharing something to eat. For a long time we’ve called this part of our life together ‘Fellowship’. That’s a great church word with a long history, but honestly today I think it may be as confusing to folks as it is enlightening. It’s more than just coffee hour with waffles, more than just meeting friends, more than catching up on what is happening in one another’s lives. It is all that, but with the foundation of shared belief and the quiet presence of the uniting Spirit. ‘Fellowship’ carries with it the responsibility for one another as a brother or sister in Christ. It assumes some common mission beyond the physical and temporal limits of a particular event. A mission which falls to each of those gathered by virtue of their being a part of this ministry. I think all of that stands silently behind us, informing and shaping our time together as we drink coffee and share a story or a laugh. Perhaps it is also why I’ve found it so difficult to find a more relatable word to use to talk about it all. One thing our group on the 17th knew was that churches feed people. Churches have always fed people. Churches feed people with the Word of God and with Holy Communion - a meal of grace and forgiveness which God provides. Sometimes we feed people with a kind word of support or understanding. Some people are fed with a safe place to belong and be understood. Sometimes the hunger is to know that we are seen and that we matter, or to be a part of something bigger and more lasting than ourselves. Sometimes it’s just to be listened to for awhile. Sometimes it’s just to be quiet in a loud, chaotic world. And sometimes it is our bodies that are fed. From its earliest days, the church has fed people. In the book of Acts we read how Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolaus were chosen to make sure that those who needed food the most were fed. (continued on page 4) 3


Pastor’s Corner (continued) Some of what we dreamed and planned a couple of weeks ago was how we can better feed one another. How can this ’fellowship’ ministry help us to grasp more fully this holy work of feeding? How can we set a table more often with food: whether it be a simple meal, or a potluck, or a table groaning under the weight of bounty? How can we set our rooms so that our holy feeding work of greeting and welcoming the visitor, the newcomer, the quiet one, the old friend and the new friend just-now-becoming, can be shared more widely by all of us? How can we set our congregational life so that we may be fed by those in our midst who have something to share, some gift to give, some blessing to offer to us, who may not even realize we hunger for it. All of it is holy work and it is ours. God’s peace, Pastor Tim Stewart

Pastor Appreciation Month is a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor their pastors and pastoral families for the hard work, sacrificial dedication and multiple blessings provided by these special people. It is typically scheduled in October, but can be held at any time that is convenient for the church and the community. The nature of the service provided by pastors and their families is unique. God has entrusted to them one of the most precious of assignments — the spiritual well-being of His flock. Pastors and his family live under incredible pressures. Their lives are played out in a fishbowl, with the entire congregation watching their every move. They are expected to have ideal families, to be perfect people, to always be available to never be down and to have all the answers we need to keep our own lives stable and moving forward. That’s why God has instructed us to recognize His servants. “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 5:17). Because of this we need to recognize Pastor on a regular basis and we need to take this time to tell him how much we appreciate all he does for us! Thank you Pastor Timothy!

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President’s Corner “THE MASTER KEY PROJECT” As you many of you know we had the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of the American Lutheran Congregation back in 2009. It was a wonderful time of recognizing and remembering all the members and friends of the ALC who have done so much for this congregation over so many years. When Reverend Oscar Hanson arrived in Oslo in 1958, his mission was supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church and a dedicated Christian group of Americans with family and friends living in the Oslo area. This group managed not only to establish a strong congregation, also within 5 years they purchased a plot of land and built this wonderful and unique church building we worship in today. “THE MASTER KEY” was the name of the first service held by then ALC pastor Myrus Knutson, on October 11th 1964. This was the first official service in today’s Sanctuary. We are now entering into the 50th anniversary year of our church building, and during this coming year we are starting a fund raising project – “THE MASTER KEY PROJECT”, to carry out some much needed building upgrades. We will establish a tradition of an annual celebration in October. This will be “A REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY” where we can pay tribute to God’s gifts; our church home, our past and present church family. We are custodians of their legacy and dedication. Now it is our turn to keep on giving and continue the life and spirit of our Congregation . Earlier this spring I asked the council to come up with a list of 3 things they would like to be prioritized in our building. We received many wonderful ideas and this fall we have narrowed down the list to 4 main projects. During our last plans and dreams evening in October we worked on how to organize this work. The following is the preliminary list of items that are on the list of building needs, in addition we have the continuing upgrading of the Circuit breaker panels and electrical system.

Hanson Hall Chairs Tables Flooring Curtains Painting AV system

Sanctuary Carpets Lighting Organ Sound system Protecting stained glass Loop system for hearing aides

Kitchen Flooring Hood over oven New cabinets Sink next to oven Counter tops

We want you to be part of “THE MASTER KEY PROJECT”, please let Pastor or me know how you can contribute! Soli Deo Gloria Bob Sebro ALC Council president 5


Some Reflections On Prayer The ALC has two online prayer groups the one of which is my responsibility. At any time of any day, or minute, you can contact me for prayer and providing it is not night time I will send it on to those in the group. But does prayer help?? This is a question many are forced to ask when nothing seems to happen. One advantage of being in my 87th year is that I have lived a long time, and while my memory fails me for where I put something in a safe place where little Anna Felicia could not find it, I can remember with total clarity all the amazing answers to prayer our amazing GOD has heard and answered in HIS WAY AND HIS TIME. My excellent memory takes me back to the war years. We were undergoing an unwelcome attention of the Nazi bombers and we heard the whistle of bombs falling around us. We were a full house, only females, my Grandmother and two aunts were living with us as their home was already bombed. And unlivable. Then there was Doris, our maid. While Mother was going round the house to find the safest place for us, my wonderful Granny sitting calmly in her chair, I caught sight of Doris. She was on her knees praying. Yes, not doing anything, just praying. Just PRAYING. Not to disturb her I went into another room only to hear that blood curdling whistle, then the explosion and the crash of a window when some schrapnel from the bomb flew inches from me and landed on the floor inches from my 13 year old feet. Doris prayed. There are times when we have to wait for an answer which may be our very short sighted prayer for a immediate answer. Just hang in there, you wil realise God heard your prayer, answered your prayer, and you will know, GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS. Gillian Holby

GIVE YOUR OFFERING USING YOUR DEBIT AND CREDIT CARD? Yes we have now a payment terminal and it is located at the back of Sanctuary. Thank you for your support!

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Book Group Night! The next book group night will be November 20th. We will discuss the book ”Christianity After Religion” by Diana Butler Bass, which can be ordered from Amazon.co.uk. On the 20th we’ll meet at the parsonage at 19:00 and finish at 20:30. If you are planning to join us for the book discussion, please be sure to purchase the book now to have it in time to read it and prepare. I look forward to seeing you on the 20th.

Volunteers Needed! Most of us love the waffles that are served after the Sunday Worship Service But…. We need volunteers to make them! Please consider signing up for making waffles one Sunday !

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♪ SING IN OUR ENGLISHLANGUAGE CHRISTMAS CONCERT ♪ The American Lutheran Church in Oslo is hosting our annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 15, at 5pm, with rehearsals at 7pm on the five Thursdays before (starting Nov.14). Anyone who can hold a harmony and enjoy rehearsing in English among other English-speakers is heartily welcome. I was music-director/organist at a large church in the ...Bronx for 10 years, and a very active professional musician around New York City for almost 20 years. Now I am the organist at the American Lutheran Church here looking to open up participation in our concert to EVERYONE interested! Join us for some fun, seasonal music-making! Email me at BradStaubes@gmail.com

SUNDAY MORNING TEXT STUDY You are invited to join Pastor Stewart each Sunday at 09:30 AM to take a look at the texts which will be read in worship that day. This is a great way to deepen one’s understanding of the texts which will be a center point of the following worship service. We will finish around 10:15, so to make the most of our time together, please be sure to be at the ALC library at 09:30.

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Please don’t forget the‌ Sunday School Christmas Pageant 2013 Sunday, December 9, 2013 11:00 am American Lutheran Church (Please bring Christmas cookies & cakes for the party in Hanson Hall following the service!)

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10:30 Bible Study 16:30 tNET 17:15 Al-Anon

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16:30 tNET 17:15 Al-Anon

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09:30 Text Sunday 10:30 Choir 11:00 Worship Svc Holy Communion 12:00 Fellowship

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09:30 Text Sunday 10:30 Choir 11:00 Worship Svc 12:00 Fellowship 16:00 Oslo Kirken

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16:30 t NET 17:15 Al-Anon

10:30 Bible Study 16:30 t NET 17:15 Al-Anon

09:30 Text Sunday 10:30 Choir 11:00 Worship 12:00 Fellowship 13:00 Jr. Youth

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10:30 Choir 11:00 Worship Service,Holy Communion 16:00 Oslo Kirken

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November 2013

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3 9:30 Text Sunday

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Thanksgiving Eve Service Fellowship with pies

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18:00 Trustees meeting 19:00 Council meeting

THANKSGIVING DAY Church office closed

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Chrsitmas Concert Practice

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19;00 Book Disc Gr 9:00 Prayer Group 19:00 AA

Christmas Concert Practice in Hanson Hall

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19:00 Prayer Group 19:00 AA

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19:00 Prayer Group, 19:00 AA 19:00 AWC Board mtg

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14:30 AA

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14:30 AA

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Flea Market Christmas Bazaar 14:30 AA

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12:00 Staff Meeting 16:30 tNET 17:15 Al-Anon

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9:30 Text Sunday 10:30 Choir 11:00 Worship SS Christmas Pagent 13:00 Jr. Youth

15 9:30 Text Sunday 10:30 Choir 11:00 Worship, 17:00 ALC Christmas Concert

9:30 Text Sunday 10:30 Choir 11:00 Worship Svc 16:00 Oslo Kirken

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9:30 Text Sunday 10:30 Choir 11:00 Worship 16:00 Oslo Kirken

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1 9:30 Text Sunday 10:30 Choir 11:00 Worship Holy Communion

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New Years Eve

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19:00 Book Discussion Group at Parsonage 19:00 Prayer Group, 19:00 AA

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19:00 Christmas Concert Practice in Hanson Hall

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18:00 Trustees meeting 19:00 Prayer Group 19:00 Council meeting 19:00 AA

19:00 Christmas Concert Practice in Hanson Hall

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19:00 AWC Board Mtg 19:00 Prayer Group 19:00 AA

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Report from Sunday School Teachers’ Seminar Sept. 7th, 2013 By Richard Blucher On Sept. 7th, 2013 a Saturday morning seminar was held at the ALC for those who will be teaching Sunday School during 2013-2014. The day was planned by the Sunday School Coordinator Karin Mandeville and the Education Chairperson Amalia Prodan. Talks were given by Pastor Tim Stewart, Amalia Prodan, Karin Mandeville, Elizabeth Mandeville and myself. There are a total of 16 volunteers who serve as Sunday School teachers. Twelve of them were in attendance at the seminar. Pastor Stewart opened with a devotion based on two scriptures: Deut. 11: 18ff and 2 Tim. 3: 14ff. These texts emphasize the importance of the generational gift of faith being passed from parents and elders to children. This gift comes as children are taught the value of the Bible which communicates God’s love. What Sunday School provides our children is beyond price. Amalia Prodan led us in a fun exercise in getting to know each other. She then shared some thoughts about how to teach Sunday School, and what the teachers’ preparations and priorities should be. She held up a long string which represented the hours of the week. One tip was painted red less than one centimeter. That was the time the teachers had to communicate God’s love and truth to the children in the span of one week (about 30 min.). The point was to plan the lessons so that that precious time was utilized to the fullest. She also encouraged the teachers to allow God to teach them and help them to grow spiritually as they prepare and teach the lessons. She raised the question: Who am I as a Sunday School teacher? and emphasized the point that they are to set good examples by being close to God (1 Tim. 4: 12). Karin Mandeville presented the new fall curriculum materials and other practical information. I then gave a short talk on praying with children and teaching them how to pray. Following on Amalia’s theme, I emphasized the importance of being good role models by committing to pray for the children, and including prayer as a regular part of the Sunday School lessons. I also shared information from a number of websites that have good tips and activities that can be used in leading children in the habit and practice of prayer. I ended my talk by leading the group in an ‘imagining prayer’: closing their eyes, seeing themselves in their classrooms, and then imagining Jesus entering and blessing each child. The last speaker was Elizabeth Mandeville, who gave a presentation on what it means to be a ‘Third Culture Kid’. Many of the children in our congregation have spent much of their lives outside their parents’ home culture, and may even have parents from two different cultures while they all live in a third culture. Children in this situation build relationships to all of these cultures, while not having full ownership in any of them. In our Sunday School, however, they have a place where they can bond with others in a similar situation, and have two things in common: Jesus, and the fact that they are different. This can form important common ground and give them a sense of belonging while living in a foreign culture. The church can provide an important home for them.

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Report from Sunday School Teachers’ Seminar (Continued) I felt privileged to be invited to participate in what was truly an inspiring day. It gave me a renewed understanding of the vital ministry carried out by our Sunday School teachers: a spiritual investment in our church’s future. I hope that all the members of the ALC realize and appreciate the work of God that is undertaken on our behalf by the faithful Sunday School volunteers. I encourage us all to pray for them regularly, and show them our honor and gratitude for the service they fulfil in the name of Jesus, who blessed the little children and held them up as an example of true faith and trust in God (Mk. 10: 13-16).

Church Directory We are trying to collect updated information from you. If you have not filled out the form yet, please do so. If you are new, or if you've moved or changed mobile numbers, or if you aren't sure if our contact information for you is current, we like to have your contact information and put it in our Church Directory!

Prayers If you have prayer concerns, please contact our Prayer Chain administrator, Gillian Holby, at jillholby@gmail.com or the church office.

Church Office Hours The office hours from November 12th to November 29th will be somewhat irregular as our church office secretary will be away on her holiday. The office will be partly covered by a volunteer person but please call the office first if you are planning to visit us. Thank you!

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The season of festivals is here, and it is never to early to get them on your calendar. Here is an annotated calendar for the coming two months: . December 1, 8, 15 and 22 - The Sundays of Advent Worship begins at 11:00 each Sunday as we move through the season of Advent. Advent is marked by themes of preparation and expectation. We prepare not only for the celebration of Christmas, but also more profoundly we focus on our preparation and expectation for Christ’s triumphant return to bring in God’s Kingdom. The lighting of the Advent wreath in each week’s worship service helps us mark our movement through the season. December 8 - Sunday School Christmas Pageant + Christmas Decorating Our worship service this Sunday is built around our Sunday School children’s presentation of their annual Christmas pageant. It is a wonderful opportunity to receive their witness to God’s love shown in the birth of Christ, and to support their growth in the faith. (Rehearsals are on Saturdays November 30 and December 7) After worship we invite the congregation to help decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas including the large Christmas Tree as well as the small tree which will stand in Hanson Hall. Some of the children will join us after their Sunday School party but adults are encouraged to grab some refreshment at the Fellowship hour in Hanson Hall and come back to the Sanctuary to help prepare the space for Christmas. This is a big job and we can really use your help. Plan to be with us on December 8 for all of these great events. December 16 - The ALC and Friends Christmas Concert Everyone is invited to a fun evening of Christmas music on Sunday, December 15 at 17:00. We are inviting the neighbors as well, and anyone who would enjoy a nice evening of singing Christmas favorites and we are pleased to announce that some of the children from FIP will be joining us as well. It will be an evening with opportunities to sing and listen to both sacred music and some famous popular Christmas music. If you think you might like to offer some music as well, please speak with our Musical Leader, Brad Staubes. You can find him in the choir loft every Sunday.You can also email him at bradstaubes@gmail.com.

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December 24 - Christmas Eve Service and Pot-luck Join us for our Christmas Evening Worship Service on 24 December beginning at 16:00 (and sure to end by 17:00). For many this service is a highlight of the year, when we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord. We will hear the story of God’s love come as a babe born in a manger as told through word and song. For those who may not have family here in Oslo to celebrate with or anyone looking for a place to share a meal and some wonderful Christmas cheer Christmas Eve, we invite you to join us in Hanson Hall after worship for our annual Christmas Eve Potluck Dinner. If you will be joining us, watch for a sign up sheet in the entryway bulletin boards or email us in the church office and be sure to tell us how many will be coming to the Potluck. We also ask that everyone please bring some food to share - enough for yourself and a bit extra for others. Together, we will make an evening of fun, food and Christmas fellowship. December 25 - Christmas Day Service. We gather at 11:00 on 25 December, Christmas Day for a special worship service with Holy Communion. In the midst of the many traditions (and demands) of Christmas, this is a sure way to be certain that Christ is remembered at the center of our celebrations. We normally are done by noon on Christmas Day in time to get you home for Christmas Day dinner.

Weekly Email News and Messenger and ALC Websiste The ALC sends out a weekly email news, as well as the monthly newsleter Messenger. If you would like to receive our news by email, please send an email to office@alcoslo.org In addition please take a look at our ALC website which has been updated . www.alcoslo.org

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God Bless You on Your Special Day! November Birthdays 2 - Oliver Lorgen 3 - Nina Dawes Thune-Larsen 3 - Cheryl Håbesland 4 - Alyce Lande 6 - Astri Ghosh, Teodors Johansens 7 - Peniel Fetene, Josephine Changole 8 - Michael Eric Stephens 8- Ratidzayl Nyenya 11 - Jim Schmidt 13 - Jennifer Richard 13 – Jurgita Tiruniene, 13 - Dainius Tirunas 14 - Emily Myrmo, 14 - Ahmad Hazrat Lahrudi 14 - Amin Aminnejad

15 - John Arne Wang 18 - Olga P. Skretting 19 - Abraham Pascual 19 - Sofie Solheim 19 - Isabel Solheim 19 - Robin Staff, 19 - Thea Gabrielsen 22 - Lisa Flekke 24 - Jenna Gabrielsen 25 - Erik Rosness 26 - Grethe Hasselblad 26 - Mirriam Jabulile Ngwenya 27 - Larry Wombley 29 - Alexander Lal 29 - Joy Flood

The Annual Thanksgiving Worship Service and ‘Pie Fellowship’ Do you like to bake pies? We really need your help by bringing a pie to the “Pie Fellowship” after the Thanksgiving Eve Worship service. The worship service begins at 19:00 as we observe the American Thanksgiving holiday.

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God Bless You on Your Special Day! December Birthdays 1- Daniel Peter Mohr,

16 - Elisabeth Swedberg 17 - Maria Johansen 17 - Christian Mohr 18 - Christine Østrem 18 - Nematollah Malekshahian 19 - Alessandra Braathen 20 - Kyrre Magnus Kjesbu 20 - Abigael Balfour 21 - Helge Dahl 21 - Shelley A. Dahl 21 - Tumelo Ngwenya 22 - Jason Ekeli 22 - Katrina Balfour 22 - Sharon Hermanson 25 - Ruby Thune- Larsen 26 - Cecilie Waldo, 26 - Mattias C. Bekkmo 27 - Karin Henriksen 28 - Kristoffer Johnsen 28 - Tamara Wombley 29 - Liv Buli 29 - Heidi Schmidt, 29 - Wahidallah Hayat 29 - Dak-Henry John Garang Stewart 30 - Jeremy Jemuel Alcoriza 30 - Flavia Mellilo 30 - Tom Baker 31 - Gustav Trygve Siqueland, 31 - Daniel Stephens

1 - Rebecca Kurubai 2 - Jacob George 2 - Alexander Tøtdal 3 - Sten Anders Berge 4 - Nichole Van Sheers, 4 - Sarah Kaldestad 4 - Gerd-Charlotte R. M. Goonetilleke 6- Sunita Kumar 7 - Kristin Johansen 7 - Abigail Smefjell 8 - Timea Bakay Holby 8 - Joy Røysland 8 - Concepcion Manuyag 9 - Dillon Fiksdalstrand 10 - Charles Grove, 10 - Mojtaba Bakhshi 10 – Mia Kristina Thorsen 11 - Pamela Granerud 11 - Karen J. Sather 11 - Madelyn Grace Plato 12 - Marianne Evju, 13 Kristin Kjølseth 13 - Anuj Kajal 13 - Roselle Maghanoy 16 - Ingvild Aas Grove, 16 - Mary George 16 - Cedric Amlo 16 - Sofie Swedberg

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The Church is Home Arne Dag Johnsen,, by God's Grace and to His Glory The congregation is a place where we can meet God's love and grace, where it is wonderful to be: we can get God's gifts for free, and give Him thanks and worship back. Then we shall never ever lack the guidance and the faith and peace that are able to release joy and strength and mighty power to spread God's blessing like a shower. The congregation fellowships are like homes where God equips for works, united to a team, bound by love and shining stream of light in our environment down to Earth from Heaven sent. When we as team the Lord obey the victory has come to stay. The teams must have some leaders/pastors. They are a shield against disasters. And they are a guarantee that in God's plan the church shall be. Surround them with your fervent prayer,

Thanks May I thank all of you for your time, talents, loving thoughts and prayers and presence for the Memorial Service for Arne Dag and for the Fellowship in Hanson Hall, for the Monday evening setting-up-tables group, for beautifully decorated tables, delicious cakes, fruit and other delicacies, for the tireless kitchen coffee, tea,serving and clean-up crews. While I do not want to mention particular persons because there were so many of you helping, I nevertheless wish to say my special thanks to the Mohr family and the Fosslands.

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Arne Dag Johnsen Our dear brother in Christ Arne Dag Johansen has passed away. While we know that he is in a better place, his passing has left a void in our congregation. We can all learn and take example from his passion for bringing people to Christ. In his latter years he tirelessly sought to support converted Muslims. We grieve with his wife Jackie at his passing, and as Christians we rejoice that he is now with our Lord. Let us cherish his memory by ourselves endeavoring to bring somebody to Christ.

Arne Dag with Jackie - picture by Maria Thacker at stave 19


ALC Flea Market/ CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

Saturday, November 9, 2013 10:00-15:00 Hanson Hall Fun, Fellowship & Fundraising! Craft Tables CafÊ and Books/DVDs Bake Sale - Raffles Gingerbread Cookies Flea Market/White Elephant Corner We hope you will find an area to contribute to with either donations or your time – or both! Or please just come and support the Bazaar with your ability to shop! Sign-up sheet on bulletin board in Narthex or contact Karin Mandeville at 93 20 73 99. Contact Mark Lanham at 91 87 26 20 if you need to have items picked up for the Bazaar

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ALC The Messenger, November 2013