Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
Stratford, Wisconsin
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Hymnal Donation Offered: One of our families has offered to donate pew editions of the new hymnal, Christian Worship (CW21). We figure we would need 100; the cost is $24 per copy. Another family has offered to donate the organist’s ($145) and pastor’s ($150) companion editions. A complimentary copy of the new hymnal is on the display table under the bulletin board along the west wall of our Fellowship Hall, along with copies of its introductory booklet.  
   At our December Church Council meeting we informally agreed that though we haven’t planned to purchase the new hymnal soon, we might want to take advantage of this generous offer. Anyone else may also donate single copies in memory of loved ones.
   The main order of service is the same musical setting as “The Common Service” of the current hymnal. We would have to get used to a new numbering system: in order to avoid confusion over the numbering of Psalms, liturgies, and hymns, the new hymnal has the Psalms first, starting with #1 and ending with #150. The liturgies and other materials are pages 151-300, and the hymns are numbered 301 through 958 (with a #13, but without a #666!).
   We would not need to keep copies of the Supplement in the pews. We would keep all the copes of the old hymnal that were donated as memorials, or return them to the donors.
   Please share your preference with our Church Council members. We hope to have a recommendation for our January Annual Voters’ Meeting.

Our Annual Voters’ Meeting will be held, God willing, Tuesday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m. Confirmed men 18 and older are encouraged to serve as voters. All members are welcome to attend to keep informed and lend advice. Since this is the annual meeting, election of officers is conducted; we thank those are and have been willing to serve.
   We will consider plans for repairs to the parsonage roof. December’s windstorm ripped off shingles; we thank Allen Landwehr for making temporary repairs. We will apply to our insurance company for possible replacement costs. New shingles will cost about $4500.00; we hope to be able to do the work ourselves. We may also replace the skylight in the master bathroom. 

Our Annual Ladies’ Aid Chili Dinner will be held Sunday, January 30, after our second worship service. A table offering will be gathered for parsonage roof repairs.  Having been some days in preparation, a splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Altar and Cleaning Volunteers for 2022 are needed and appreciated! Please sign up on the lists on the round table at the front of our Fellowship Hall. Our Ladies’ Aid organizes the schedule, but you don’t have to be a member of the Ladies’ Aid (nor even a lady!) to volunteer.

Northland Lutheran High School News:

Northland is holding an Open House Sunday afternoon, January 9, from 12:30 to 3:30. W e invite any and all interested parties to see what we have to offer. Families with 7th and 8th graders are especially encouraged to join us--we'd love to add you to the ranks of the Wildcats! Tours are offered every 15 minutes; you may reserve a slot by following the link on the school website: www.nlhs.org. 
   SEE our purposeful Christian Character development.
   DISCOVER skill development for this life and eternity.
   EXPERIENCE premier Christ-centered education.

Debt Reduction: We MET and SURPASSED our 2021 goal! Praise God, who has compelled hearts to support Northland Lutheran High School so consistently and abundantly. We will soon announce our 2022 goal; continue to prayerfully consider how you can help.

Visit the Northland Pride Pump to earn 2 cents/gallon for NLHS, at the R-Store Cedar Creek BP in Rothschild, next to Culver’s.

Do you have a Thrivent account?  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans allows you to designate a recipient for charitable disbursements. Go to Thrivent.com, scroll down to the “Generosity” box and click on “Learn More.” Scroll down to the “Thrivent Choice” box, and click on “More.” Choose “Direct Choice Dollars,” and type Northland Lutheran High School in the search box.

Parents are welcome to attend the beginning of the next NLHS Board meeting on Monday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. As always, feel free to communicate with any board member or Principal Ryan Wiechmann your thoughts on how to serve our students and families more effectively as we train our future leaders.

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