Welcome to the Lutheran Church of Martha and Mary website. Can you feel it? Christmas is on its way! Join us as we prepare for and remember the real meaning of Christmas, celebrating the best Christmas gift ever, Jesus Christ! Click here for our Christmas Event Schedule.
Sunday, December 4th we will be “Hanging the Greens” (decorating the sanctuary) after our 9:30 AM service, with a potluck lunch to follow.
Through Sunday, December 11 we are collecting gifts for some of the WINGS families. Pick up a tag near the parking lot entrance. WINGS also has an immediate need for gently used winter clothing. Sales from their three resale stores support the program, allowing them to serve more than 240 victims of domestic violence every night of the year. Clothing donations can be dropped off at the resale stores in Arlington Heights, Schaumburg or Niles.
Sunday, December 18 at 4:30 PM the Sunday School children and Youth will present a Christmas Program “From Heaven Above” based on Martin Luther’s beautiful hymn text, in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. All of our musical groups (Choir, Bell Choir & Moving Mountains Band) will be featured, and of course we will hear and see the amazing story of Jesus’ birth through the eyes of our children. Join us for a magical evening!
Wednesday, December 21 through Friday December 23 we will be keeping the Spirit of Christmas alive on Golf Road with a Living Nativity. No gold, frankincense or myrrh is needed, but gifts for the Food Pantry are welcome!
Saturday, December 24 we have two Christmas Eve Services at 5:30 PM and 11:00 PM. On Sunday, Christmas Day, our service is at 9:30 AM.
Will you be Christmas shopping this month? We have some ideas for you! Purchase gift cards through the SCRIP program either as gifts, or to do your Christmas shopping and a portion of the purchase price of the cards will come back to our church. If you will be shopping on Amazon, don’t forget to select the Lutheran Church of Martha and Mary as your designated group to receive benefits as part of the “Amazon Smile” program. If you’re stumped as to what to give to someone on your gift list, check out the ELCA Good Gifts Catalog for some unique gift ideas.
Looking ahead to the New Year, we will once again be helping our neighbor across Golf Road, Trinity United Methodist by providing the food for several PADS dinners this Winter. Please mark these dates on your 2017 calendar: January 27, February 24, and March 31. There are opportunities to provide, or just come out to help set up, serve and clean up.