Announcements and Readings for the week of Dec. 8, 2019

Welcome to Christ Lutheran Church
503 W Medina St., P O Box 9 Cairo, NE. 68824 – LCMS
Rev. Brian L. Wright – Pastor

Sunday school for all Ages
(2 yr. old’s – Adult) 9:00 a.m.
Fellowship 10:00 a.m.
Worship (Communion on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays) 10:30 a.m.

Pastor – Rev. Brian L. Wright
(303) 506-6481
Church Office
(308) 485-4863

All Belong to Christ Preschool and Daycare –
Robin Seim – Director
(308) 485-5832

Moses Comfort Dog
Primary Handlers Shawn & Nancy Harders
Shawn – 308-380-6168 Nancy – 308-380-0589
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Moses Comfort Dog
All Belong to Christ Daycare and Preschool
Christ Lutheran LYF (Cairo, NE)

CLC / All Belong to Christ Websites

We WELCOME you to Christ Lutheran Church this Sunday morning. There are children’s quiet bags located under the mailboxes that may be borrowed during the worship service and returned to the pegs following the service.

Please check out our Media Center located in the Fellowship Hall. There you will find many publications; Happy Times, My Devotions, Portals of Prayer (large and small print), Church’s monthly calendar, past week’s bulletin, LWML Quarterly, extra church directories and constitutions.

Our Missions for 2019
All Belong to Christ Daycare & Preschool of Christ Cairo; Heartland Lutheran High School, Grand Island, NE; New Hope Christian School, Cairo, NE.; Mission Central and Orphan Grain Train.

New Member Classes
Please speak with Pastor Brian or contact the church office at 308-485-4863 if you are interested in becoming a member of Christ Cairo.

Serving in God’s House Today

Pastor Rev. Brian Wright
Organist Catherine Garrett
Acolyte Katie Hadenfeldt
Usher Helpers Kendal / David
Moses Ted Dibbern
Coffee Fellowship ABC
Altar Jan Hadenfeldt
Ushers Richard Gilbert / Bill Hadenfeldt


Rick Helzer Dec. 8
Lexie Bloomquist Dec. 8
Tyler Plejdrup Dec. 10
Jenny Reynolds Dec. 10
Allie Becker Dec. 11
Liane Deines Dec. 14

Our Attendance Members Visitors
Nov. 10 101 14
Nov. 17 82 0
Nov. 24 98 8
Dec. 1

Our Offerings Sunday 12/01
Building Fund $.00
General Fund $.00
Mission Fund $.00
Debt Relief Fund (1st Special Offering) $.00
Special Mission (3rd special offering) $.00
Special Gifts – SS $.00

CLC Balances end of October 2019
Building $3,221.15
General $-20,310.91
Mission $2,987.88
Special Mission $2,261.35
Special Gifts $2,454.80

UPDATE on 2019 Mission Pledge
Our 2019 assessment for Heartland Lutheran High School has been met. November & December assessments were paid in full in November.
However…We have not paid anything towards our pledge to the District & Synod and NACC (Concordia Scholarship program). As of November 10, our balance in the Mission Fund is $1, 908.83. Our 2019 pledge to the District is $7,000, we are in need of $5,091.17 to meet the total Mission Pledge for 2019.

Elder’s Phone #’s
Brent Gascho 308-390-0518
Robert Schultz 308-390-3612
Scott Reynolds 308-750-3174
Tim Lemburg 308-216-0191
Richard Hadenfeldt 308-383-7487
Ted Dibbern 308-380-0012


Prayers for Judy Kemptar, Kristin Schultz mother, diagnosed with breast cancer. Judy who underwent surgery Dec. 5 in GI
Prayers for Lynn Sundberg, recovering from open-heart surgery, Wednesday Nov. 27, in Lincoln.
Prayers for Donna Harders
Prayers for John Dvoracek – Friend of Shawn Harders Family, John suffered a stroke
Prayers for Ty White, Friend of the Knuth Family, burned from a chemical explosion.
Prayers for Susie Larson, former Cairo resident, Susie has metastatic breast cancer that has spread to her brain. She has moved to an assisted living community hospice. Her 70th birthday is Dec 5th. Susie would really appreciate hearing from local friends! Susie Larson, Pura Vita, 3250 W. Sumter Drive, Tucson, AZ 85742

Suffering from Cancer

Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
Kevin Watson, Karry Bloomquist cousin
Ed Neppl, Matt Neppl’s father
Sally Anderson, Former member of CLC
Randy White, Erika Hadenfeldt’s husband
Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
Barb Meyer
Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
Shirley Mueller, Nancy Harders mother

Pastor Wright will be in the Church office most weeks M-Th; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
You may call Pastor Wright at 303-506-6481 or email him at
Bulletin announcements need to be submitted to the church office by
Wednesday evening to appear in the following Sunday’s Bulletin.

Don’t Forget to Check your Church Mailbox

Sunday, Dec. 8 – 2nd Sun in Advent
Is. 2:1–5, Psalm 122
Rom 13:(8–10) 11–14, Matt. 21:1–11 or Matt. 24:36–44

Sunday School and Adult Bible Study 9 am
Coffee Fellowship – ABC 
Worship 10:30 am
Habitat for Humanity Christmas COOKIE WALK 
St Paul’s Lutheran Church GI 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Monday Dec. 9
Pastor WINKEL Trinity GI 9 am – 3 pm
Tuesday Dec. 10

Wednesday Dec. 11
Men’s Breakfast Bible Study 6:45 am
Women’s Bible Study 9 am
ABC Chapel 11:30 am
Moses Boys Town & Hope Harbor 3pm
Confirmation 5:30-6:30 pm
Choir Practice 6 pm
Advent Supper – Junk Jaunt 6 pm
Advent Worship 7 pm
Thursday Dec. 12
Moses to GI
Wedgewood, Country Home, Tiffany Square
Moses to Concordia University Seward Pet Therapy
Friday Dec. 13

Saturday Dec. 14
Pack Christmas Cheer Boxes 9:30-10:30 am (old Fellowship Hall)
Tina Mullins Christmas Noon-10 pm (new Fellowship Hall)

Sunday, Dec. 15 – 3rd Sun in Advent
Is. 35:1–10, Psalm 146
James 5:7–11, Matt. 11:2–15
Sunday School and Adult Bible Study 9 am
LYF pack Christmas Goodie Bags 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship – LYF
Worship w/Communion Choir sings ♫ 10:30 am
LYF Christmas Party immediately following worship

M & M Mtg & Elder’s Mtg. Dec. 16
New Hope Christmas Program 7 pm Dec. 18
Sunday School Program Practice 5 pm Dec. 22
Sunday School Pizza Supper 5:30 pm Dec. 22
All Church Christmas Caroling w/goodies following 6 pm Dec. 22
Children’s Christmas Eve Program 7 pm Dec 24
Christmas Morning Worship 7:00 am Dec. 25
Christ Cairo 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021

LYF Adult Leaders Needed
After much deliberation and prayer Matt and I have decided we are stepping down as leaders of LYF after May 2020. Please consider offering your time and talent to this group of young adults. If you are interested contact Matt or Lois Neppl and they will integrate you into the group now, so you can seamlessly take over leadership.
Lutheran Youth Fellowship equips teens to develop and use their leadership skills as they serve Christ within their congregations and communities. Youth are not the church of tomorrow…they are part of the church today.

Advent Weds. Evening Worship Services
Wednesday’s – Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Advent Suppers will be held from before Worship
Dec. 11 – Junk Jaunt, Dec. 18 – LYF
In this Advent series for traditional worship we welcome the Christ Child, who is the light of the world, arising in our lives this season. In celebration, we, in turn, shine with the light of Christ in various ways for all the world to see the brightness of his love. Each week will focus on a dif-ferent aspect of the light of Christ and how we are enlightened by him throughout our lives. The theme verse for the entire series is: “Arise, shine, for your light has come” (Isaiah 60:1).

Children’s Christmas Eve Worship
Tues. Dec. 24; 7pm
Please join us on Christmas Eve for the Sunday School and Youth program/service. The title of this year’s program is Children of the Promise. It’s an updated version of the program presented ten years ago with a message of a Savior that bears repeating. Told in the words of children in the Bible, we learn of God’s plan to send a Savior for all people, we see how the law shows us our need for a Savior, and we see the Nativity – Jesus’ glorious birth – the real, the ONLY reason for the season!
Christmas Morning Worship
Weds. Dec. 25 at 7 a.m.
This service for Christmas Day celebrates that Jesus, the Light of the world, lies in a manger in Bethlehem. He is our Light, the Light no darkness can overcome. Hymns in the service include “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “What Child Is This” and “Joy to the World.”

Ladies Aid members will be organizing delivery of
Christmas goodie boxes
to members of the church and community members who are shut-in or suffering from illness. Members and anyone else desiring to help contribute goodies (cookies, and nuts, popcorn, and low sugar treats for diabetics) will meet Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at church (Old Fellowship Hall) to assemble the boxes. Assembly takes about an hour, and then participants help deliver the boxes to the home of recipients.

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 11:1–10

1There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. 6The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. 7The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. 9They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. 10In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.

Epistle Romans 15:4–13

4Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. 8For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.” 10And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” 11And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.” 12And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.” 13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Holy Gospel Matthew 3:1–12

1In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 3For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’” 4Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, 6and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. 9And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 10Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 11“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

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