Midweek Message

LABC Updates – November 17

Carolyn Matthews

November 17, 2023

This is the time of year most of us are preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is also an important time of year in the LABC calendar.


Here is a summary of upcoming events/meetings/ministry opportunities.


This coming Sunday, November 19

During Worship: Pledge Sunday – We will have an opportunity to turn in our pledge card and time and talent survey in the worship service. Blank forms will be available at church on Sunday if needed.

After Worship: Congregational Meeting – The preliminary budget will be presented and the slate of nominations departments and committees will be presented.

After congregational meeting: – The Hunger Task Force will be putting together the grocery bags for Thanksgiving. If you are able, please stay to help with this community outreach.


Hanging of the Greens, December 3, First Sunday of Advent

After worship we will decorate the church for the Advent/Christmas season. There will be activities for all ages, decorating in sanctuary, family room, and narthex. We will share together in the stone soup lunch. Bring vegetables to share in the soup.


Leadership Breakfast for Departments, December 10

On Sunday, December 10 at 8:30 am we will hold the leadership breakfast for all current, continuing, and new members of the six departments. This will be a time to gather collectively for an overview of church information and for each department to meet together to elect new representatives for their group and to consider dates for meetings and other events that need to be added to the church calendar.


Blue Christmas Service, December 10

After worship on Sunday, December 10, we will meet for the Blue Christmas Worship Service. The holidays can be especially challenging for those who have suffered loss. The grief from loss can come from a variety of circumstances, including, but not limited to:  loss of home, freedom, mobility, pet, and of course family and friends. This is a time when we are able, together, to acknowledge our loss and find support to help one another through this time.


December 24, Christmas Eve

Yes, Christmas Eve is on a Sunday this year. We will have worship as usual at 10:00 am, adult bible study class at 11:45 am, and Christmas Eve worship at 6:00 pm.


(More events can be found in the December Transmitter)


Weekly Events/Meetings


Saturday, November 18 (ZOOM)

10:00 AM – Time for Prayer

The group has just finished reading through the book of Psalms in preparation for the prayer time. Now, until the end of the year, song and scripture will be used to prepare for our time of prayer. The past two themes were, “the Cross,” and “God’s love for us.” The next two Saturdays the themes will be praise and thanksgiving.


Sunday, November 19

10:00 AM – Worship

After Worship – Congregational Meeting

Hunger Task Force prepares Thanksgiving bags after meeting


Tuesday, November 21

6:00 PM – Bible Study (ZOOM)

7:05 PM – Church Council (ZOOM)


Wednesday, November 22

10:30 AM – Prayer and Bible Study (ZOOM)


Thursday, Thanksgiving Day

No meetings