Posts from December 2020

Be With

“I hate life.” My 9-year-old daughter slumped on my lap, a tear meandering down her cheek. “Oh honey, I know. I’m so sorry,” I said, pulling her close. “I hate Zoom and remote learning and I hate it when Daddy gets us school lunch even though we’re not at school and I hate it that we’re not going to Grandma and Grandpa’s for Christmas. Also, I have a stomachache. And my eye hurts.” I almost launched into my Pollyanna speech…

Sunday Worship – December 27, 2020

There are no Education Hour classes this week. Interested in attending in-person? As of December 12, we are having in person worship again! Visit our reopening page for information about health screening and mask use. Traditional Worship – 8:45 a.m Contemporary Worship – 11:15 a.m.

Education Hour Winter 2021

Education Hour is from 10-11 a.m. each Sunday. Look for the Education Hour Spring 2021 page in April. There is NO Education Hour on Easter Sunday for any age group. Adults Beginning Sunday February 7, you may attend in person on the Lower Level. Zoom will also continue. Seats will be set up to be socially distant. Masks are required.  Starting March 14 (in person and via Zoom):  Pastor begins a class called Abraham.  Abraham was called a friend of…

Sunday Worship and Study-December 20, 2020

See below for all of our Sunday worship and Education Hour links. Christmas Services information and registration can be seen on this webpage. Interested in attending in-person? As of December 12, we are having in person worship again! Visit our reopening page for information about health screening and mask use. Traditional Worship – 8:45 a.m Contemporary Worship – 11:15 a.m. All Education Hour Information including Adult Classes – click here.

Memorial Service for Jan Derk

Janet E. Sears Derk went to her heavenly rest on December 9, 2020.   A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, December 19, 2020, 11:00 a.m. at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda, NY 14150. Covid precautions will be observed.  Let’s join together in praying for Don, their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all who loved Jan as they grieve their loss and celebrate the gift of eternal life that is hers through Christ.

Missing Mike

I wrote a devotion on this blog six years ago, and because the lectionary is on a three-year cycle, the Magnificat passage that I used for that piece is one of the Advent readings again this year. I wrote about my dear friend Mike, who blessed and vexed us with his irrepressible love and badgering for eight years. Mike died suddenly on March 23, 2020, and as I read Mary’s song in the book of Luke, I think of Mike…
A manger surrounded in hay.

Christmas Eve and Day Services 2020

The live streamed services will be (you can also watch these as a recording after they have taken place): Christmas Eve 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (have candles or glow sticks ready, if desired) The 7 p.m. service includes a string ensemble and male quartet. Christmas Day at 10 a.m. (have bread and grape juice or wine ready, if desired)This service includes a male quartet. Christmas Eve 1 p.m. Traditional Service Christmas Eve 5 p.m. Contemporary Service Christmas…

Sunday Worship and Study-December 13, 2020

See below for all of our Sunday worship and Education Hour links. Interested in attending in-person? As of December 12, we are having in person worship again! Visit our reopening page for information about health screening and mask use. Traditional Worship – 8:45 a.m Contemporary Worship – 11:15 a.m. FT Kids – 10 a.m. All Education Hour Information including Adult Classes – click here.

Just Like a Day

When we were dating, my husband would occasionally quote these lines to me, from the movie “The Jerk.” The Steve Martin character says to his girlfriend: I know we’ve only known each other four weeks and three days, but to me it seems like nine weeks and five days. The first day seemed like a week and the second day seemed like five days. And the third day seemed like a week again and the fourth day seemed like eight…

Sunday Worship and Study – December 6, 2020

See below for all of our Sunday worship and Education Hour links As of Saturday, November 21, all in person worship is suspended while Erie County is in orange status. Read more here. Traditional Worship – 8:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship – 11:5 a.m. FT Kids – 10 a.m. All Education Hour Information including Adult Classes – click here.
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