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The light shines in the darkness…

John 1:5

Volume 60, Issue 12

OHLC Staff

December 2013

OAK HARBOR LUTHERAN CHURCH a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) nd

1253 NW 2 Avenue


Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Home Phone

Pastor: Jeffrey Spencer


Pastor of Care Ministries Marc Stroud


Preschool Director: Gaye Rodriguey


Parish Secretary: Carol Wiskow


Newsletter Editor: Martha Ellis


Custodian: Salvador Carvallo


Church Fax Church Phone

679-9795 679-1561


Click on these links for the December newsletter inserts:

Opening the gifts of Advent, pg. 2

The ELCA’s monthly Prayer Ventures: (Note this new website!!)

Schedule for Advent & Christmas pg. 3

The Northwest Washington Synod’s insert, The Spirit:

Munchy Monday hosts 107 hungry students, pg. 4

Early deadline for the Annual Report! pg. 4

OHLC’s website:

Sharing Tree takes root, pg. 7 This issue was snail-mailed on November 27, 2013 1

Pastor’s Page


These midweek gatherings are a great opportunity for rest and recalibration, helping us to maintain our priorities and perspective.

Opening the gifts of Advent

Of course, we’ll continue to gather on Sundays for worship, too – and as we do so this Advent I’ll be preaching a unique sermon series wherein an actual gift will be opened as part of the sermon! Each gift will represent one of the gifts God gives us through his Word for us during the Advent season. The children’s sermon will be folded into the regular sermon as kids help me unwrap the gift each week. You’ll want to be in worship every week this Advent to see what each gift is!

y the time you receive this newsletter, the gift-purchasing season will be in full swing. Black Friday will be followed by Small Business Saturday which will be followed by Cyber Monday, and then the countdown begins in earnest – with retailers frequently reminding us of how many shopping days we have left until Christmas. I have to admit I rather enjoy the decorations and the hustle and the bustle. I like seeing businesses doing well. I don’t care for Black Friday, and I abhor the idea of shopping on Thanksgiving, but I enjoy seeing our shopping centers and public places busy and spruced up with holiday cheer.

Don’t let this wonderful season get out of hand for you. At its best, shopping can be a fun opportunity to practice generosity and enjoy an atmosphere of excitement and goodwill. But if retail gifts are all you focus on this time of year, you’re likely to become a miserable grump, overwhelmed by long lines and big bills. God has something better to offer you. Steep yourself in God’s gifts – daily at home, and on Wednesdays and Sundays here at OHLC. Receive the gifts of Advent and remained centered in Christ.

However, as we all know, things can easily get out of hand for us this time of year – our spending, our time, our stress level. That’s why I love Advent. Advent is a season of many gifts of the non-retail variety. It is a season of hope. It is a season of watching and waiting. Advent takes the anticipation in our hearts and the excitement in the air and directs it towards its proper place: the manger in Bethlehem. The four weeks leading up to Christmas give us a time for spiritual preparation. Advent used to be seen as a mini-Lent. The paraments for Advent are now blue, but many of you remember when the liturgical color for Advent was purple, as it is for Lent. Many people still use purple candles in their Advent wreaths. Though the themes of the season have become more nuanced and distinct from Lent, Advent continues to be a time of spiritual housecleaning and preparation before the festival of the Nativity.

Then, when you are reminded of how many days are left until Christmas, instead of your heart racing with panic it will leap with joy as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior – God’s greatest gift to us all. Pastor Jeffrey R. Spencer

Many Christians adopt a spiritual practice in the home to observe the Advent season. Some use Advent calendars with Bible verses. Some use one of the myriad of devotional booklets available as their guide through the season. Some use Advent wreaths to mark the weeks with the lighting of candles and prayer. Some use all of the above! Advent is a wonderful time to grow in discipleship as you spend more time in the Word and in prayer.

Wednesdays in Advent: 3 weeks of services and soup! Join us on Wednesdays during the Advent season (December 4, 11, & 18) for worship at noon and 6:00 PM, followed by a meal of soup and bread at 12:30 and 6:30 PM. Holden Evening Prayer will be our liturgy, and we’ll enjoy short dramas with Advent themes. Please consider signing up to bring soup and/or bread or to help with set up or clean up. Sign-up sheets are on the round table in the narthex.

Here at Oak Harbor Lutheran we gather for midweek worship services on Wednesdays during Advent. This year we’ll be singing the beloved Holden Evening Prayer liturgy, which is particularly appropriate for the season of Advent with its beautiful settings of the Magnificat and the Annunciation. We’ll enjoy short but thought-provoking dramas penned by our own Martha Ellis and presented by fellow OHLC members. After worship, we’ll gather for soup and bread and fellowship. 2

Schedule for Advent & Christmas

December 8: Celebrate Las Posadas with El Camino de Emaus Las Posadas commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and their search for a safe refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus. Las Posadas is celebrated 9 days before Christmas in communities across Mexico and other Latin American countries. Our brother and sister Lutherans of El Camino de Emaus invite us to celebrate an evening of singing, candlelight and worship at Burlington Lutheran Church at 4 PM, followed by a fiesta with Mexican food and piñatas. Sign up in the narthex or make a note on the opportunity form if you’re interested in attending

December 1: Advent Fair!


ick the season off right by joining us from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, December 1st for our Advent Fair! We’ll begin with a fun video by Phil Vischer (of Veggie Tales fame) entitled “Why Do We Call It Christmas?” This program explores the symbols and traditions of Christ-mas in a way that people of all ages find both deeply informative and completely hilarious. After the program, we’ll move to the fellowship hall for seasonal treats and a Christmas angel craft. We’ll send every family home with a free Advent devotion kit. Our Advent fair will also include Fair Trade gift items for sale. These items support merchants and craftspeople in developing countries, and a portion of the proceeds will go to support Lutheran World Relief. Lydia Circle will also have a special Christmas bazaar set up for kids in the fireside room, with all items costing five dollars or less. This will be a fun afternoon for the whole family! Invite your friends and neighbors!

December 15: Children’s Choir Practice Our growing children’s choir will meet for their December practice at 5:00 PM in the sanctuary on Sunday, December 15. New singers are welcome! They’ll sing in worship on Dec. 22. Thanks to Verna Morgan and Mary Brock for reviving this ministry!

December 15: Marriage Care For our December meeting, the Marriage Care Small Group will meet at 6:00 PM for a potluck dinner in the home of Mike and Christine Higgins, 1889 SW Union Street. Please note this location change and later meeting time; plan on bringing a dish to share!

Worship with us on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, CHRISTMAS EVE 4:00 PM Family service and Christmas pageant This kid-friendly service will include our Sunday School Christmas pageant, a brief sermon, and Silent Night sung by candlelight. Nursery is provided for age 4 and younger.

December 22: Luth Youth to Warm Beach for the lights

7:00 & 10:00 PM Candlelight services of Holy Communion Nursery provided at 7 PM service for age 4 and younger

SAVE THE DATE: January 6, all-ages Epiphany bonfire

All high school youth are invited to join us for a trip to Warm Beach near Stanwood to take in their amazing display of Christmas lights. We’ll leave from the church parking lot at 4 PM on Sunday, Dec. 22. Friends are welcome, but all must RSVP by Sunday, Dec. 15. Call the church office or use the opportunity form to RSVP.

Celebrate Jesus, the light of the world, with the whole family as we gather at our fire pit (behind the education wing) for an Epiphany bonfire! We’ll have chili for dinner, and s’mores and hot chocolate for dessert. Our evening will conclude with a brief time of songs and prayers for a blessed new year. Our party will be held Monday, January 6 (the actual date for Epiphany), 4 to 6 PM. RSVP to Pastor Spencer or the church office so we know how much food we’ll need! On a related note, SAVE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREES, and plan on bringing them for the fire!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, CHRISTMAS DAY 10:00 AM Service of Carols and Communion


Growing & Learning

Sunday morning intergenerational Bible study continues Join us as we continue to make our way through Bible, learning the stories of our ancestors in faith as we enjoy fun videos, read scripture, and share in conversation. This month we come to the New Testament! This Bible study is for anyone 7th grade on up, and you can join us anytime! We meet in the library/fireside room from 9:15-10:15. Dec. 1 Solomon: The Ambitious Son Dec. 8 Elijah: The Get-R-Done Prophet Dec. 15 John the Baptist: The Rustic Herald Dec. 22 Mary, Mother of our Lord: The Long-Suffering Mom Dec. 29 NO CLASS

The church constitution and bylaws are being reviewed; any recommendations will be ready in January. The Forestry Management committee, which has been on hiatus, will be reactivated and will have a council representative. Brian Moore’s move out of town left a vacancy on the council; Jessica Muzzall was appointed to fill that position.

NEW BUSINESS  OHLC will be considered as a possible intern pastor site in 2015  Committees have been asked to submit budgets for 2014.  A council member is needed as a liaison to the Personnel Committee; Bill Wonner volunteered to serve in this capacity. Trudy Decker, secretary

Did you know…? On Monday, Nov. 24, we hosted 107 students from

Semi-Annual Meeting of OHLC set for January 12, 2014

Oak Harbor High School for Munchy Monday, our highest number yet for the school year. Thank you to our great volunteer shepherdchaperones as well as those who help with set up and clean up, and those who bring food. As you can see, we always need volunteers!!! If you can help, be sure to make a note on an opportunity form in your Sunday worship bulletin. Munchy Monday offers OHHS students a place to come for snacks, games and conversation in the time between their early release from school on Mondays and when extra-curricular activities begin.

We will convene our Semi-Annual Meeting at noon on Sunday, January 12. All voting members of Oak Harbor Lutheran Church are encouraged to attend as we consider our congregational budget for 2014 and attend to other items of business. An agenda for the meeting will be posted by January 5. NOTE: The deadline for reports and other items for the Annual Report is Tuesday, December 31!

Church Council news

The roof is coming! The roof is coming!


inutes of the October 3 Council meeting were approved at the meeting on November 7. Highlights from October are as follows:

Can you believe it? It seems like forever we have been putting aside money and talking and planning and stuff but now, you know, the roof is really coming! The council is gathering bids. The bidders are sharpening their pencils. I am getting ready to bark like crazy when all the trucks and people come! Please help me get ready by adding Rrruff enjoying the fireside room a few barks –you know, bucks – to the pot!

Pastor Spencer reported the OHLC Youth will not be attending this year’s Youth Encounter in Everett. Sunday morning intergenerational Bible study is going well, Marriage Enrichment studies will resume, and Verna Morgan is restarting the Children’s Choir. Ken Halvorson, licensed family therapist, has requested use of the prayer room on Tuesdays for counseling appointments. OLD BUSINESS:  An update was given on the fire suppression system repair project; Anita Needler is continuing to meet with individuals from several companies to get bids.

Your friend, Rrruff the Dog (as told to Carol Reafs) 4


Men’s Ministry

Second Wednesday Book Group, Dec. 11

Lutheran Men in Mission – see you on the 7th!


he group will have their December meeting at China City at 11:30 AM for lunch and a book swap. Books that are being swapped should be titles that we have not read in the group. All books should be wrapped. Note the different place and a different time. Contact me if you have questions, 675-5712,

The Lutheran Men in Mission will be having our breakfast/meeting at church on Saturday, December 7 from 8:00 to 9:30 AM in Herrigstad Hall. Our featured guests for this breakfast will be everyone attending. You will give some insights on what you get out of this gathering and what you would like us to consider doing in 2014. Please bring your idea(s) in writing to help us plan for our future meetings. Then think about volunteering to become one of the co-leaders to help make it happen.

Leona McKee

Coupeville Book Group, Dec. 10


ote this change from the usual schedule! The Coupeville Book Group will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in the home of Gaye Rodriguey, 228 Rhodena Drive (Need directions? Give her a call, 678-3561.). Everyone is encouraged to bring an appetizer to share. The book for discussion is The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East, by Sandy Tolan and published in 2006: In 1967, not long after the Six-Day War, three young Arabs ventured into the town of Ramla, in what is now Jewish Israel. Cousins, they were on a pilgrimage to see their separate childhood homes, where their families had been driven out nearly 20 years earlier during the Israeli war for independence. Only one received a welcome: Bashir Al-Khairi was greeted at the door by a young woman named Dalia, who invited them in. This act of kindness in the face of years of animosity and warfare is the starting point for a remarkable, true story of two families, one Arab, one Jewish, an unlikely friendship that encompasses the entire modern history of Israelis and Palestinians and that holds in its framework a hope for true peace and reconciliation for the region.

Brotherhood of St. Bernard: another month with just 1 meeting The Brotherhood of Saint Bernard (Old Dogs and Young Pups) will assemble for our lunch/meeting on Tuesday, December 10 from noon to 1:30 in Herrigstad Hall. This will be our only lunch gathering in December, so make every effort to end this year with another great time of dining, laughing, scripture studying and praying together. A hearty Advent/Christmas Blessing to all the Men in Ministry at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church. Tom Piper

Members on the move

Nonfiction, 264 pages + 98 pages of acknowledgements, bibliography, notes, and index.

Note this new address for Burl & Marilyn Meek: 17712 Upland Drive, Arlington, WA 98223; 218-349-4196. (Marilyn left driving directions in the church office!) Jason & Autom Cora and their sons have moved to the other side of the country: 20 David Drive, Lebanon, PA 17046-3023.

Included in this newsletter are The Spirit and Prayer Ventures for December. The deadline for articles for the January 2014 Harbor Beacon is Wednesday, December 19.

We wish the Coras and the Meeks all the best in their new locations, and we’re glad we can still be in touch. 5

OH L C Women

His Kids Preschool

opportunities for fellowship, study and service


he giant easel-painted turkeys are back! They can be seen trotting across the preschool room walls and bulletin boards. Are they chasing after the fingerpainted (with chocolate pudding!) paper chocolate milk bottles? Or perhaps it’s the colorful layered paper pepperoni, mushroom, tomato sauce, and cheese pizzas? It could be either. While the milk smells better, the pizza looks tastier. Smaller handprint-painted turkeys decorate the education wing bulletin board.

Blanket Workshop news OHLC’s Blanket Workshop has been approved to receive $400 from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, to be used towards the purchase of quilt batting. This amount will cover two thirds of our cost of batting for the coming year. Thank you, Thrivent! Blanket Workshop meets at 9:00 AM in the fellowship hall on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3 & 4. For more information, give me a call, 675-7234, or e-mail

These wonderful craft projects were created by the children to help them understand groups of healthy foods like dairy, proteins, fruits, vegetables, and breads. Each class also made bread as well as a purple cow ice cream drink as a part of their snack time. Our annual Safeway field trip was expertly guided by Miss Susan, who emphasized the importance of eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily by giving each child a paper shopping bag containing an apple and a mandarin orange.

Leona McKee

Circle meetings in December 12/2

Lydia Circle meets in the education wing at 6:30 PM.

12/5 & 12

Deborah Circle meets in the library at 10:00 AM.


Lydia Circle meets at 6:30 PM in the education wing. Bring some Christmas cookies or other goodies to share!


Rebecca Circle meets for Bible study in the library at 10:00 AM and will go to lunch afterwards


Deborah Circle Christmas brunch, 10:00 AM in the library. Bring a wrapped white elephant gift for Deborah Circle’s [in]famous gift exchange!

a ministry of Oak Harbor Lutheran Church

The nutrition study was concluded with a Thanksgiving feast which included turkey, stuffing, (real) chocolate milk, craisins, cornbread with homemade butter, and pumpkin pie. Wanting to share the gift of food that has been blessed by God to them, the student and their families collected 100+ cans and packages of food to be donated to Help House during the holiday season. The three weeks in December will find the preschoolers busy celebrating Advent and preparing for Christmas.

Heart and Hand handwork group will not meet in December. See you on January 17!

Shalom, Miss Gaye

Just a reminder: His Kids Preschool will be on Christmas break, December 23 through January 5.

Sara Harbaugh hired as preschool director We are pleased to announce that Sara Harbaugh has been hired as Director of His Kids Preschool, a ministry of Oak Harbor Lutheran Church. Sara currently serves as assistant to Gaye Rodriguey, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Sara will continue to be a tremendous asset to our staff as she assumes this new position beginning in August.

You can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

- Maya Angelou 6

Compassion Ministry

Update on the shipment for Lutheran World Relief A big THANK YOU to Rita Carter and Whidbey Sea Tac Shuttle for taking our latest shipment to Seattle on November 1. Thanks also to the people who helped load the bus on October 31 (between trick or treaters). Weighing in at a total of 1,365 pounds, this was one of our larger shipments and contained 294 Baby Care Kits, 76 School Kits, 15 Personal Care Kits, and 75 Quilts. A special thanks to Karen Bowers for providing the Baby Care Kits. School Kits were assembled by Trudy Decker, Deborah Circle and the volunteers who sewed the bags for the kits. Personal Care Kits were provided by the funds that had been previously donated to that designated fund. Blanket Workshop ladies made the quilts. Finally, thank you to the congregation for providing the necessary funds to cover the costs for this shipment. We couldn’t do this mission without your generosity, compassion, and love for God’s children who are less fortunate. Leona McKee

December’s ministry focus is the Sharing Tree


he annual Sharing Tree has sprung up in the narthex! Tags on the tree list various items needed to help local people and our friends of El Camino de Emaus in the Skagit Valley. These tags are numbered, keeping the recipients’ names anonymous. Please take a tag, purchase the item listed there, then wrap it with the tag attached on the outside and bring the gift back to church. (We’ll have the return-by dates posted at the tree). This is a great opportunity to share our blessings with others in need! Remember, sharing shows caring. Thank you for your wonderful response to our October & November drive for new or gently-used warm coats, warm socks and blankets (including a dozen gorgeous quilts from our own Blanket Workshop!). These will be much appreciated by people on north Whidbey and in the Skagit Valley as the temperatures drop.

Stephen Ministry training sessions begin in January

Joyfully, Judy Lycksell

Founded in 1975 and based in St. Louis, Stephen Ministry is a Christian education program designed to equip local churches to offer one-on-one care to people in the community who are experiencing challenges in their lives. A Stephen Minister is an individual who has felt a sincere call to provide emotional and spiritual care through a ministry of listening and confidentiality in relationship. As Galatians 6:2 encourages: “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” A Stephen Minister’s gift is one of compassion to those who are in need. If you have felt as if this is a call that you could respond to in your life then maybe you would like to become a Stephen Minister. Over a 10-week period, Stephen Ministers receive valuable training in how to offer a compassionate presence to people in crisis, covering topics such as the art of listening, identifying grief, maintaining boundaries in relationships, identifying mental health issues, and providing appropriate spiritual support Oak Harbor Lutheran Church is offering a winter quarter training series that will begin in January. If you are interested signing up or you want to find out more, please call the church office, 360-679-1561 or call me at 360-632-4243. Pastor Marc Stroud

Uganda on the horizon There will be a Watoto Team trip to Uganda, January 25 to February 2, to hold medical clinics for the women and children of Watoto orphanage. If you’re interested in going, please contact Skip Lycksell as soon as possible, 679-2010,

Holiday bazaar was a big success! Can you believe it had been 15 years since OHLC’s last bazaar? A big thank you to everyone – those who donated items, those who stopped by to make purchases, and those who spread the word – for helping to make our Holiday Bazaar such a success! We raised $3,700; proceeds will go towards the care packages we mail to deployed military personnel, as well as a contribution to the roof or fire-suppression system repair funds. A little will be saved as seed money for 2014’s bazaar, because we’re happy to say, “We’ll see you next year!” Becky Peattie, Anita Needler and Mary Brock, for Lydia Circle 7

Budget update:

With thanks


After an amazing summer rally which had us ahead of budget, we fell back again this fall and are currently $5,039 behind on meeting our 2013 budget obligations. Please prayerfully consider your giving to OHLC throughout the rest of the year so that we can make a strong finish as 2013 comes to a close! Thank you!

The Hunskor and Brandt families would like to express their sincere appreciation to the ladies at OHLC who set up and served lunch following the memorial service for Marion Hunskor on October 26. Thank you, too, to Pastor Spencer and Pastor Stroud for their visits and care, both for Marion during his extended illness and for Elsie – who is now ailing herself – and to all those who offered prayers on the family’s behalf. Helen Hunskor Brandt

Income Outgo

October $ 29,628 36,821 (7,193)

Year to date 344,259 349,298 $ (5,039)

Year-end offering reminder In order to be counted towards your 2013 giving, offerings need to be received by noon on Tuesday, December 31. Offering envelope sets for 2014 will be available in the narthex, alphabetized by last name. These assigned envelope numbers help our financial secretary record your giving. If you don’t have envelopes and would like to receive a set for the coming year, please contact Carol Wiskow in the church office, 679-1561,

OHLC’s 75th Anniversary To Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, We thank all those involved in the program, the decorations, the food, the cookbook, the music, and those who searched for the history of the church to as to celebrate the 75th anniversary. As part of the families that started the church, we were happy to be invited to the celebration. We enjoyed seeing so many of the families there and hearing of their involvement in building the church. The stories were so interesting and informative. It was nice to see old friends, former pastors, and family members. Thanks again. Orson and Diana Christensen

Worship Attendance:


Date Sun. 8 AM Sun. 10:30 AM Cpvl. Nov. 3 73 113 19 Nov. 10 62 88 24 Nov. 17 67 83 18 Nov. 24 71 131 20 Average Att. 68 103 20 Average Sunday attendance: 194

Members of OHLC, What a wonderful day for your congregation! We were delighted to share in the festivities. Thank you, too, for the warm welcome by so many. I purchased a cookbook and have read it cover to cover. Many of our meals in October will feature these recipes – crock pot potato soup is on for tomorrow night. Here is to the next 75! Kim Unti (wife of Bishop Unti)

Lesser Festivals & Commemorations

Former member Marge Gonyea, now in Everett, had been planning to attend since she received the postcard in June, but was sidelined by a back problem She wrote a note to express her regret, and says “I hope to make it up there for a Sunday service when the sun is shining in the summer!”

3 Francis Xavier, missionary to Asia, 1552 4 John of Damascus, theologian, hymnwriter, c. 749 6 Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 342 7 Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, 397 13 Lucy, martyr, 304 8

Nursery 3 2 0 5 3


14 John of the Cross, renewer of the church, 1591 20 Katharina von Bora Luther, renewer of the church, 1552 26 Stephen, Deacon and Martyr 28 The Holy Innocents, martyrs 27 John, Apostle and Evangelist

Worship Assistants 12/ 1

12/ 8




12/25 12/29

8:00 10:30 6:30 8:00 10:30 6:30 8:00 10:30 6:30 8:00 10:30 6:30 4:00 7:00 10:00 10:00 8:00 10:30 6:30

Asst. Ministers Shanna Lundstrom Jan Heideger

Acolytes Peter Higgins Luke Spencer

Tom Coe Allan Swan Gisela Hawley Ken Grigsby Skip Lycksell Trudy Decker Tom Coe

Kayla Raasina Addy Day Sydney Higgins Sadie Harbaugh Elizabeth Norman Elias Wiley

Cheryl Coleman Rita Carter Shanna Lundstrom Craig Pedlar Tom Piper

Elias Wiley Katie Norman Peter Spencer Katie Norman

Carol Snoble

Music Morning Glory Praise Team Cantor: Carol Reafs Senior Choir Cantor: Carol Reafs Morning Glory Senior Choir Cantor: Carol Reafs Morning Glory Senior Choir Cantor: Carol Reafs



12/ 1 8:00 AM Higgins family

Communion: Gaye Rodriguey Computer: Donna Aspery Communion: Pat Michalski Computer: Rita Carter

10:30 AM J. Wilcox, L. Michalski 6:30: Presider, Marc Stroud, 12/ 8 8:00 AM Margraf family

Senior Choir Senior Choir

10:30 AM J. Wilcox, L. Michalski 6:30: Presider, Jeff Spencer, 12/15 8:00 AM Ellis family

Cantor: Carol Reafs

10:30 AM

Coffee Fellowship

6:30: Presider, Jay Decker 12/22 8:00 AM J. Flowers, L. Forster 10:30 AM R. Wood, M. McNae,


Bring cookies, make coffee, set up and clean up – we need at least 2 per week for 8:00 AM services, 3 per week for 10:30 AM services, and 1 per week in Coupeville

Coupeville 6:30 PM

Fair Trade Sponsors

Communion: Marge Moore Computer: Molly Nagel Communion: Trudy Decker Computer: Sheila Ryanh Communion: Mike Fankhauser Computer: Kathy Ridle Communion: Gisela Hawley Computer: Rick Culbertson

6:30 PM: Presider, TBA

8:00 AM

10:30 AM

12/ 1 Rodriguey, Tomlin 12/ 8 Margraf

Lycksell, Chromy, Pedlar Horrobin, Thompson



12/24 Christmas Eve 4:00 PM



7:00 PM

12/15 Rodriguey

Bruce, Horrobin



10:00 PM


Deborah Circle


Communion: Shanna Lundstrom Computer: Rachel Margraf Communion: Martha Ellis Computer: Michelle Tull

12/25 Christmas Day 10:00 AM 12/29 8:00 AM


10:30 AM 6:30 PM: Presider, Marc Stroud

This month’s featured decorative fonts are

Kingthings Christmas 2 and Kingthings Petrock. 9

Computer: Rick Culbertson Communion: Mike Fankhauser Computer: Molly Nagel Communion: Computer: Michelle Tull or Rita Carter Communion: Gisela Hawley Computer: Rita Carter Communion: Mike Fankhauser Computer: Mary Brock Communion: Computer: Rita Carter








1 ADVENT 1 Healing prayer at both morning services Worship 8:00 Adult Ed. 9:15 Worship 10:30

2 1:15 Munchy Monday 3:00 Girl Scouts Tr 45107 4:00 OHHS Robotics 6:00 OHHS Volleyball Banquet 6:30 Angeli 6:30 Lydia Circle 6:45 4-H K-9 Korps 7:00 Solutions

3 9:00 Blanket Workshop

4 9:00 Blanket Workshop 10:30 OHLC Staff 12:00 Advent Worship

5 10:00 Deborah Circle


7 8:00 Lutheran Men in Mission

4:30 Yoga

12:30 Soup & bread 3:00 1st Ref. Bell Choir

2:00 CADA Parent Support

7:00 Boy Scouts 7:30 Worship Brass

4:30 Harbor Bells


10 10:00 Worship & Music 10:30 Stamping Group 11:00 Endowment Comm. 12:00 Brotherhood of St. Bernard 4:30 Yoga 6:30 Scout Adult Comm 7:00 Cpvl Book Group 7:00 Boy Scouts 7:30 Worship Brass

11 10:30 OHLC Staff 11:30 Book Group 12:00 Advent Worship

12 10:00 Deborah Circle

12:30 Soup & bread 3:00 1st Ref. Bell Choir

2:00 CADA Parent Support

12:00 OHHS Transitional Students

4:30 Harbor Bells 5:00 Stephen Ministry

4:15 Morning Glory

5:15 Girl Scouts 42040/4214

6:00 Girl Scouts

5:30 Praise Team 6:30 Webelos 2 7:00 Compassion Ministry

6:00 OHLC Staff Christmas gathering

17 10:00 Rebecca Circle

18 10:30 OHLC Staff 12:00 Advent Worship

4:30 Yoga

12:30 Soup & bread 3:00 1st Ref. Bell Choir

Advent Fair


Vespers/Coupeville 6:30

6:00 Girl Scouts

6:00 Advent Worship 6:30 Soup & bread 6:30 Wolves

7:00 Senior Choir

4:15 Morning Glory 5:30 Praise Team 5:30 Brownies Tr. 40740 6:30 Webelos 2 6:30 Angeli 7:00 OHLC Council

12:00 OHHS Transitional Students Angeli – set up for concert

4:00 IN CONCERT: Angeli

5:15 Girl Scouts 42040/4214

7:00 Overeaters Anon.

8 ADVENT 2 Worship Sunday School Adult Ed. Worship Piano Recital

8:00 9:15 9:15 10:30 1:30

1:15 Munchy Monday 3:00 Girl Scouts Tr 45107 7:00 Cub Scout Leaders 7:00 Vanishing Friends 7:00 Solutions

Vespers/Coupeville 6:30

6:00 Advent Worship 6:30 Soup & bread 6:30 Wolves

7:00 Senior Choir


22 ADVENT 4 Worship 8:00 Sunday School 9:15 Adult Ed. 9:15 Worship 10:30 Luth Youth to Lights of Christmas, meet at 4:00 Vespers/Coupeville 6:30 29 CHRISTMAS 1 Worship 8:00 Sunday School 9:15 Adult Ed. 9:15 Worship 10:30 Vespers/Coupeville 6:30


24 Christmas Eve

25 Christmas Day

4:00 Worship & Christmas Pageant

10:00 Worship

3:00 Girl Scouts Tr 45107

7:00 Solutions

7:00 Worship 10:00 Worship

7:00 Boy Scouts 7:30 Worship Brass

6:45 4-H K-9 Korps 7:00 Solutions

30 3:00 Girl Scouts Tr 45107


7:00 Overeaters Anon.

15 ADVENT 3 Worship 8:00 Sunday School 9:15 Adult Ed. 9:15 Worship 10:30 Piano Recital 2:00 Children’s Choir 5:00 Marriage Care 6:00 Vespers/Coupeville 6:30

1:15 Munchy Monday 3:00 Girl Scouts Tr 45107 4:00 OHHS Robotics 6:30 Lydia Circle


19 Newsletter Deadline 10:00 Deborah Circle Christmas brunch

20 12:00 OHHS Transitional Students

4:30 Harbor Bells

2:00 CADA Parent Support

6:00 Girl Scouts

4:15 Morning Glory 5:30 Praise Team 5:30 Brownies Tr. 40740 6:30 Pack Meeting

5:15 Girl Scouts 42040/4214l



6:00 Advent Worship 6:30 Soup & bread

7:00 Senior Choir 7:00 Overeaters Anon.

31 4:30 Yoga 7:00 Boy Scouts 7:00 Scout Board/Review

Year-end offerings need to be received at church by 12 noon on Dec. 31 to count towards 2013 giving. The church calendar is updated regularly on OHLC’s website,

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HIS KIDS PRESCHOOL M,T, W, 9:00-11:30 AM M, T, W, 12:30-3:00 PM Th. F, 12:30-3:00 PM Christmas break, Dec. 23 - Jan 5

Harbor Beacon, December 2013  

This is the monthly newsletter for Oak Harbor Lutheran Church in Oakj Harbor, WA on Whidbey Island.

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