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Worship News and Directory for December 4th, 2013

Kure Memorial Lutheran Church

117 North 3rd Ave, (910)458-5266 • Kure Beach, NC 28449

Advent, beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and lasting until Christmas, is the beginning of our church year.  It’s a time of anticipation and preparation for the birth of Christ.  We invite everyone to join us in preparing our hearts for Christmas during our Advent activities.
Advent Schedule - Wednesday, Dec. 4 - 7:00 p.m.    
Holden Evening Prayer Service
Reflection: “Walking in Darkness”
Wednesday, Dec, 11 - 7:00 p.m.
Advent Service: Preschool Christmas Story
Saturday, Dec. 14 - 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Open House and
Living Nativity - Journey to Christmas
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7:00 p.m.
Holden Evening Prayer Service
Reflection: “Light of Hope”
Tuesday, Dec. 24
7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Service (candlelight)
11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Sunday Schedule
  9:00 Sunday School       10:00 Worship
11:00 Fellowship Time      4:00 Youth Group
“Faith on Top”
Young(er) Adult Ministry - Hang Ten Grill
Monday:  Dec. 16 - 7:00 p.m. - Check it Out!
Have you passed by Kure Memorial lately?  If so, you may have seen the sign inviting people to write their prayers on the sidewalk with chalk.  If you have a special concern or prayer and write it on the sidewalk, it will be incorporated into our Sunday prayers.

Pastor: Dan Keck                    910-458-5266

Kure Memorial Lutheran Church: THE ADVENT WREATH

The Advent wreath displayed in our sanctuary each year (as well as in many other Christian churches) is filled with symbolism. It is traditionally a circle of evergreens (representing eternal life) with four candles spaced evenly around it.  The candles can be blue or purple.  Traditionally, the first candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent and additional candles are lit on the three following Sundays. The first candle is known as the Prophet Candle (sometimes, the Hope Candle) and represents the Jews’ hope for a Messiah.
The second candle, the Bethlehem Candle (sometimes, the Peace Candle), recalls how Christ was humbly born in the small town of Bethlehem.
The third candle, the Shepherd Candle (sometimes, the Joy Candle), represents the joy of the shepherds upon learning of the birth of Jesus.  This candle is sometimes pink or rose-colored. The 4th candle, the Angel Candle, recalls the Angel Gabriel’s message to Mary that she would bear God’s child and also the angels who announced Christ’s birth.
Sometimes a fifth candle is added, traditionally in the middle of the wreath, which is white and is called the Christ Candle.  It is lit during the Christmas Eve service or on Christmas Day. 117 North 3rd Ave, (910)458-5266 • Kure Beach, NC 28449

Thomas Nelson to Release The YOU Plan: A Christian Woman's Guide for a Happy, Healthy Life After Divorce

 You never thought divorce would happen to you. But it did. You may feel traumatized, relieved, hopeful, afraid, or all of the above. And you're probably wondering what comes next? The YOU Plan: A Christian Woman's Guide for a Happy Healthy Life after Divorce, available January 14, 2014 from Thomas Nelson, answers the tough questions: What choices will help you heal? How can you minimize the trauma for your kids? When is too soon to date...and what about sex? How can you learn from your mistakes? And where is God in all of this?
Co-authors Michelle Borquez and Connie Wetzell have been where you are. They're Christian women who are a little ahead of you on the journey. Michelle was divorced for seven years and is now happily remarried. Connie is ten years into the journey and at peace with being single. They've each made good choices and their fair share of mistakes. In this book they rally their collective experience to help you navigate some of the twists and turns of the post-divorce lifestyle, avoid pitfalls, and emerge stronger and more confident.
The YOU Plan is a woman-to-woman, faithful, and hopeful approach to topics like acceptance, forgiveness, loneliness, online dating, sex, money, finding friends, and caring for your physical, financial, and spiritual health. Most of all, this book is a powerful reassurance that no matter what has happened or what may happen next, God still has good plans for you. You will live and laugh and love again. This book can help you do it.
About Thomas Nelson: Thomas Nelson publishers is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit

'Forgotten Christmas' Brings Holiday Good Intentions to Reality to Benefit South Asia's Most Impoverished

As merchants anticipate $400 billion to be spent on decorations, parties and gifts this Christmas season, "Forgotten Christmas" offers an alternative for those with long-standing good intentions to skip the commercialism and return the holiday to its foundation in Christ's birth. "Forgotten Christmas" ( offers extensive free resources to help churches and individuals move beyond consumerism to communicate the love of Jesus to some of South Asia's poorest people who lack life's basic resources. "As shoppers in the West head out to malls with their gift lists, people in other parts of the world are straining for their next meal," said Dr. K. P. Yohannan, founder and international president of Gospel for Asia (GFA), sponsor of "Forgotten Christmas." "But these gifts of a goat, a sewing machine or a vegetable cart not only make a difference in their lives; they help break their cycle of poverty and literally change a family's life."
Last year nearly 100,000 of these gifts were purchased for impoverished families in South Asia. The free church kit includes a choice of 11 videos to share in a church service on a December Sunday and an unlimited quantity of catalogs to distribute in church bulletins. Individuals may also request a catalog or shop directly online at "'Forgotten Christmas' will change the mindset of the members of your church-- to move away from consumerism and move toward changing lives," said Jerry Witham, pastor of the Ridge Church in Carrollton, Texas.  The Christmas gift of a vegetable cart from an unknown donor a world away forever changed the lives of Dandak and Kala and their three children ( Caught in the caste system, with little food, no access to medical care and a makeshift home, their outlook was hopeless. Everything changed when Pastor Namuchi arranged for Dandak to receive a "Forgotten Christmas" pull cart. By delivering and selling vegetables at the market for local farmers, Dandak is now providing food and shelter for his family, and his three children are able to attend school. The GFA Christmas Gift Catalog is full of gifts that change lives, not only for a holiday season, but perpetually. A sewing machine can end a life of begging for a South Asian woman and enable her to earn a living to support her entire family. A pair of chickens will produce enough eggs to feed a family and earn an income. Fishing nets provide a livelihood. These and many other gifts help both giver and receiver remember that Jesus came to this world to save the lost and to provide a direct means to meet their needs. Bible study groups, sports teams, extended families and friends are encouraged to join together for a group project, such as a well that will provide clean water for an entire community. Some donors will choose to give these Christmas gifts in honor of a loved one or in lieu of traditional gift exchanges.
"Forgotten Christmas does a great job of putting things in perspective," said Mark Dallalio, pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Carrollton.  "Our people have been able to see the transcending purpose. Christmas has been forgotten, but now we're able to do something to nail down what Christmas is really all about."
Direct online shopping is available at To order free catalogs, church resource kits and DVDs, go to
"Forgotten Christmas" ( was established in 2010 to help Christians rediscover the true meaning of Christmas in giving to others in need. Since that time, their videos and catalogs have been used by hundreds of churches to challenge Christians to give to "the least of these" in South Asia.
Gospel for Asia ( is a mission organization based in Carrollton, Texas, involved in sharing the love of Jesus across South Asia. To schedule an interview with a Gospel for Asia representative, contact Taun Cortado at 972-300-3120 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .