December 27, 2020
First Sunday After Christmas
“The House of Christmas”
by G. K. Chesterton
This world is wild as an old wives’ tale,
And strange the plain things are,
The earth is enough and the air is enough
For our wonder and our war;
But our rest is as far as the fire-drake swings
And our peace is put in impossible things
Where clashed and thundered unthinkable wings
Round an incredible star.
To an open house in the evening
Home shall men come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.
. Our Church Calendar
Our Zoom activities and events are linked below; almost daily we now post videos on our YouTube Channel as well.
Thursday, December 24, 10 a.m. – Fellowship Open House! Stop by to say hello and wish “Merry Christmas” to our Bay Shore family.
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Meeting ID: 850 5369 8518
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Christmas Eve Service will be uploaded to our YouTube Channel on Noon on the 24th. Be sure to open the Dropbox link to get a copy of our liturgy. Also, we will celebrate Holy Communion.
Friday, December 25, Merry Christmas! Why is today just “good?” Pastor Sarah has a special Christmas message that will be share on our YouTube page explaining what a Good Christmas means.
Sunday, December 27, Service of Lessons and Carols will be uploaded to our YouTube Channel early Sunday morning on the 27th.
Ways to Grow and Learn
The next Zoom gathering of Soup’R Books will be on Sunday, January 3, at 4 p.m. January’s selection is The Splendid and the Vile, by Erik Larson. This biography of Winston Churchill focuses on his first year as Prime Minister and the bombing blitz in London. There is nothing dull or boring about this book!
All of the copies we had have been taken but the library also has copies. Everyone is welcome to participate!
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Enhance your remaining
Celebrate all 12 days of Christmas! Technically, Christmas begins on the 25th and ends on January 5. Then, on January 6, we celebrate the Epiphany. Fully jump into the 12 days of Christmas. Research traditions and keep them this year—Feast of St. Stephen (December 26), the Remembrance of the Holy Innocents (December 28), the Naming of Jesus (January 1), and Twelfth Night (January 5) are just to name a few.
On Twelfth Night, there is a tradition of blessing your home for the New Year. I will make a video on how you can bless your home for the year and will post it on YouTube (hint, you’ll need some chalk!). Other cultures have unique traditions as well during the 12 days, leading up to the Epiphany and the Visitation of the Magi. Do some searching online for ideas and see what is possible and safe for you to do.
Remove the Advent Wreath during the 12 Days of Christmas? You don’t have to! You can replace your colored candles with all white and light the candles during the 12 days as well.
May you and your loved ones enjoy the full 12 days of Christmas are filled with good things for everyone.
Ways to Connect and Share
Send some Christmas Cheer to our some of our members! Please send a greeting to let these members know they are not forgotten! This is a great Advent project for families. People LOVE pictures drawn by children.
1400 N. Prospect Ave. Apt. 704 Milwaukee, WI 53202
Please keep in prayer: We are saddened to tell you that our dear longtime member Jean Martineau has been recently diagnosed with a terminal brain disease. As you can imagine, this is devastating to her friends and family. One small thing we can do that the family would really appreciate is to provide a meal twice a month. We have set up a meal train to help. See the link below to sign up. Wednesdays are the day that works the best for their family.
https://mealtrain.com/v1n5ny Please make sure and read the special instructions about food preferences, timing for delivery and so on.
Merry Christmas from our Hephatha Brothers and Sisters!
Please enjoy this lovely video that was recently made by the children of our sister church.
Dear Bay Shore Lutheran Church,
We wish you a blessed Christmas Season and we thank you for you all your mission partner support and work with us in the Gospel.
Please receive and share this gift of our short (4 minutes) video of our young people sharing the Christmas Gospel:
God’s peace and our gratitude,
Pastor Mary Martha Kannass
Ways to Love, Serve and Give
Thank you, Bay Shore community, for your offerings this past year. We have been able to continue to do our mission and ministries effectively with your on-going support.
Thank you for your generous collection for the 25 Christmas “baskets” for this year’s Hephatha Christmas Drive.
Thank you for fulfilling your pledges for 2020.
Thank you for sending in a special Christmas offering by mail since we will not be able to gather together this Christmas Eve. Many congregations need that special Christmas offering, and for us—we are no exception. It is like an extra Sunday and helps us meet our goals for the season. Thank you.
We offer many ways to give to Bay Shore during the pandemic.
- You can mail your offerings into the church office.
- We offer now “Text To Give”—a quick way to give an offering on your phone. (855) 461-0194
- You can also make a one-time offering online through your computer or tablet. To make an offering online using a debit/credit card right now, you may do so here.
Again, we are so grateful to you all and your generosity this past year. Thank you, thank you! May God’s peace be with us all this Christmas Season. — Pastor Sarah
Prayer of the Week
Oh, king of us all.
I find myself standing before
your strength and splendor
and filled with total joy.
You have lifted my mind in hope.
Now help me to open my life
to the coming of the Spirit.
I want to be like Mary, your mother.
Her wonderful courage and strength
inspire me to do the same.
She simply said Yes
and the impossible was done.
Thank you for this Advent journey.
The anticipation has filled my life
and made me long for
a closer relationship with you.
My life gets so busy that I forget to focus.
Thank you for guidance.
Thank you for the quiet moments
when I have felt your love.
Nothing will be impossible with God. Amen
Readings for Christmas Eve and Sunday, December 27
Click here to see our Christmas Eve and Sunday’s Order of Worship including all readings, to be used at home It includes our hymns, too.
VIRTUAL POINSETTIA DONATIONS AND DEDICATIONS 2020
Joe and Ginny Besasie in memory of Josephine and Joe Schwartz and
Ray and Grace Besasie as well as in celebration of daughter Joanne Bischmann’s birthday!
Connie Blair for my daughter’s courage
Gennie and Pete Crance, in honor of Harry and Imogene Frank
Tom and Barb Johnson—Many blessings to Pastor Sarah, Pastoral staff, music and choir directors and the many keepers of our church building so we may continue to come together now and in the future. Merry Christmas!
Wilanna Kalkhof in honor of my loving and caring Bay Shore Church family, and the extraordinary leadership of Pastor Sarah, Kate Yelvington, Dulcie Shoener, and Danny Ellis
Tiffany Kather in memory of eight sisters that died of COVID recently. They were School Sisters of Notre Dame that I had the privilege to work with last summer: Sister Mary Elva Wiesner, Sister Cynthia Borman, Sister Rose M. Feess, Sister Lillia Langreck, Sister Michael Marie Laux, Sister Mary Alexius Portz, Sister Joan Emily Kaul and Sister Dorothy MacIntyre
Bob and Sandy Kattman in memory of all those who have died during the pandemic. May God hold them in the palm of his hand
Demaris Kenwood with thanks to Pastor Sarah and her family; Kate Yelvington and her family; and the Council and staff of Bay Shore Lutheran and their families
Bev Kingma in memory of my mother Nancy McConnell and my brother Bob Sexton. And living dedication to my daughters, Kim Kingma and Cheryl Kingma-Kiekhofer, their husbands Bob Kowalski and Neil Kiekhofer, and my granddaughters Daisy and Izzy Kiekhofer
The Korbitz Family in memory of Grandpa Bob, Grandma Irma, Grandpa Audrey and Grandma Pat
Clare Leslie, Wendy Welsh and Jolie Duval, in memory Dick Leslie and Rip Duval
Dreanna Nuss in memory of Ed Nuss and Jackson Richmond
Sue and Dick Pieper in memory of Pat Stauff and Rose Pieper
Jerry and Joy Resler to our six beloved grandchildren — Gregory, Isaiah, Grace, Simon, Arrow and June, who live in other states, and who we miss dearly because we haven’t seen them during the pandemic.
Barbara and Carl Schwartz in memory of our parents, Angie and Tony Dembski, and Betty and Carl Schwartz
Dulcie Shoener in honor of the bell choir. In honor of the adult choir. In gratitude for partnership with Pastor Sarah, Kate Yelvington and Danny Ellis.
Pastor Sarah and Pete in memory of those we miss every Christmas Eve—Grandma and Grandpa Frank, Grandma and Grandpa Curtis, Grandpa Crance, Irene and Bill Drongowski, and all our friends who have passed away but we remember with love.
Kate and Rich Yelvington in honor of our Bay Shore family and in thanksgiving for a staff and council that are exemplary!
Stay in Touch
Pastor Sarah Stobie [email protected]
Kate Yelvington, Parish Admin [email protected]
Dulcie Shoener, Minister of Music [email protected]
Daniel Ellis, Choir Director [email protected]
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