Elim Extra for Sunday, December 17, 2023

Pastor’s Reflection

This Advent, we have been exploring how we encounter God – or, since Holy Mischief is active, how God encounters us. The Holy Spirit hints, tugs, points, and, this Sunday, shouts as we encounter “proclamation.” Our church is called to proclaim the good news – but how easy is this to do in daily life?

One thing I love about doing the sung liturgy is how participatory it is. My former parish priest says that when we sing the Great Amen, we are signing our names to what Jesus has done. We are joining in Jesus’s offering, pledging to make an offering of love with our own lives. I enjoy sharing this priesthood duty with Assisting Minister Stephen and each of you.

You may have noticed that I have been elongating our lectionary selections lately. As a preacher, I am privileged to encounter scholarship that places our readings in their literary context, and sometimes I can’t resist giving you the same chance to hear the scripture in full. With longer readings, it is sometimes necessary to employ multiple readers to highlight the structure of the text. I enjoy sharing the task of proclamation with you!

with love, Pr. Chelsea

This Sunday we will take a vote to spend our Restoration Fund ($23K) on a new sanctuary furnace.

Holiday Caroling: Please join us Saturday at 10 AM to assemble cookie plates or Sunday at Noon to go caroling at the residences of our homebound members! Contact Deanna if you can donate cookies, sugar free candies, or wrapped treats. Don’t forget your Santa hat and scarf!

Our snow blower got stolen from the shed earlier this year. Does anyone know of a used snow blower to donate, or would like to gift a small new one to the church? We are legally responsible for keeping our large street corner clear of snow and ice for pedestrians.

A member of the Elim family is still in need of some furniture delivered to his new home near Elim – an upright dresser and a double bed box spring. Can pay. Please contact Pr. Chelsea.

Elim and Ascension teamed up to provide plastic pillows for the local homeless shelter. These are more hygienic and economical to clean! Other churches of the ELCA Utah conference are doing the same for the Salt Lake shelter.

Dec. 24 at 10 AM – The Christmas Story with Cookies and Carols: Request your favorite Christmas songs. Bring a small plate of cookies to share if you like. Candlelight service at 5 PM.