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January 6 Announcements

Worship in January: In light of the high rate of transmission of the Omicron variant and with guidance from Northwest Synod leaders, we will be modifying our worship schedule in January. We will continue to have in person worship on Sunday mornings, but there will be no Saturday evening service. Additionally, we will suspend the coffee fellowship after the Sunday morning service for the month. Full vaccination and masks are required to attend in person worship. The drive-in option is available for those who are not feeling well or are not fully vaccinated. We ask at this time that you please not enter the building if you are experiencing any cold or flu like symptoms.

January Newsletter: The January newsletter is ready! Click here to catch up on the latest news.

Rachel Circle Bible Study: The Rachel Circle Bible study group will meet next Tuesday, January 11 at 10am.   

Advent and Christmas Decorations: Thank you to everyone who helped prepare the sanctuary for Advent and Christmas. A big thank you to Gail Christensen who prepared the sanctuary for Advent. Thanks to Doug Olson, Mike Bartunek, Dick Coar and Pastor Paul for setting up the tree. Thanks to Gary and Selina Johnson for putting the lights on the tree with help from Nancy Wetzler, Miriam Barrender and Linnea Chu. And thank you to Jan Thrun, Joy Rodina, Miriam Barrender, Barbara Swartling and Vickie Bech who decorated the tree. Special thanks to Kathy Dudgeon who assembled the candle cups. And finally, a great big thank you to everyone who helped take down the tree and all the decorations! This includes Gail Christensen, Pastor Paul, Melanie Olson, Linnea Chu, Nancy Wetzler, Joe Sommerseth and Vickie Bech. Our deepest gratitude goes to Ruth Bartunek for organizing and overseeing the entire process!

Year End Statements: Year-end giving statements will be mailed by mid January. Please review your statement when you receive it. If you have any questions concerning the statement contact our financial secretary, Kristi Sutton.

Annual Service of Remembrance: The annual "Service of Remembrance", in honor of those who have died on the streets of Seattle in the past year, will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 4-5pm via YouTube. This is sponsored by Pastor Kristy Daniels and the Church of Steadfast Love, the congregation working through the Compass Housing Alliance. To attend the live-streamed service, click the following link: https://www.youtube.com/c/ImmanuelLutheranChurchSeattle

Annual Meeting: The 2022 Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 30th after the 10:00am service. An in-person annual meeting is currently planned but we will adjust to a zoom meeting if the situation in late January warrants it.

Altar Flowers: The altar flowers this weekend are given by Anne Howard Lindquist.

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December 23 Announcements

Christmas Eve Services: Bethany will have two worship services on Christmas Eve and both will include music and candlelight. The earlier 5:00pm service will feature the Bethany Brass and a special message for children. It will be slightly shorter and won’t include the Service of Holy Communion The later 10:00pm service will feature the Bethany Choir and include the Service of Holy Communion.

Saturday Evening Worship: There will be no Saturday evening worship services on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

Office Staffing: Debbie will be taking a few days off after Christmas. The Bethany office will be closed December 27-29. She will be in 9am-3pm on December 30 and 31. Pastor Paul will be in and out of the office for the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Both Pastor Paul and Debbie will be monitoring their email. If you call and no one answers, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Year End Giving: Please note that any year end donation must be received in the Bethany office by Thursday, December 30 in order for it to be posted to your 2021 giving statement. Donations received after December 30 with appear on the first quarter 2022 giving statement.

Annual Service of Remembrance: The annual "Service of Remembrance", in honor of those who have died on the streets of Seattle in the past year, will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 4-5pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seattle.  This is sponsored by Pastor Kristy Daniels and the Church of Steadfast Love, the congregation working through the Compass Housing Alliance.  Contact Pastor Paul if you are interested in attending.

Annual Meeting: The 2022 Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 30th after the 10:00am service. An in-person annual meeting is currently planned but we will adjust to a zoom meeting if the situation in late January warrants it.

Christmas Altar Decorations: A huge thank you to the Altar Guild for so beautifully preparing the altar and the church in celebration of the Nativity of our Lord.

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