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I SENTINEL TRIBUNE FAITH & FAMILY Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Page 5 CHURCH SERVICES WESTBROOK CHURCHES IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH Westbr0ok, MN 507-274-5556 Pastor Rob Adams Wednesday, December 24 Service 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 28 Worship 9:30 a.m. S. School/All ages10:45 a.m. Dinner/Aft. service Wednesday, December 31 Service 7:00 p.m. ST. ANTHONY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH Westbrook, MN Father Andrew Vogel 507-274-5946 Sunday, December 28 Mass 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 31 Mass 8:30 a.m. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Westbrook, MN Keith Carey, CLP Saturday, December 27 Worship 3:00 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Westbrook, MN Pastor David Danner Wednesday, December 24 Worship 5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 25 Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday, December 28 Worship/Comm. 10:15 a.m. TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Westbrook, MN Pastor Bruce Berg Wednesday, December 24 Worship 5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 25 Worship 9:00 a.m. Sunday, December 28 Coffee Time 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, December 30 Text study 10:00 a.m. WALNUT GROVE CHURCHES CHURCH OF ST. PAUL Walnut Grove, MN Administrator Nancy Hewitt Wednesday, December 24 Music 7:30 p.m. Mass 8:00 9.m. Saturday, December 27 Confessions 5:00 p.m. Mass 5:30 p.m. HERITAGE BAPTIST BIBLE CHURCH Walnut Grove, MN Phone 859-2519 Dr. Max D. Younce, Pastor Sunday, December 28 Worship & SS10:00 a.m. Worship 6:00 p.m. Teen Age Youth Group - Thursdays 7:00 p.m. Radio - Sunday Mornings - 8:00 to 8:30 on K-JOE FM, 106.1 FM Pipestone UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Walnut Grove, MN Pastor Jay Jeong Wednesday, December 24 Worship 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 28 Worship 8:00 a.m. Coffee fellowship 9:00 a.m. TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Walnut Grove, MN Trevor Bailey Wednesday, December 24 Worship 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 28 Coffee 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. ENGLISH LUTHERAN CHURCH Walnut Grove, MN Interim Pastor Gene Alms Wednesday, December 24 Worship 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 28 Worship 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 30 Text study 10:00 a.m. ST. OLAF LUTHERAN CHURCH Walnut Grove, MN Interim Pastor Gene Alms Wednesday, December 24 Worship 8:00 p.m. Sunday, December 28 Worship 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 30 Text study 10:00 a.m. STORDEN BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor David Johnson Wednesday, December 24 No Youth gathering Sunday, December 28 Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Fellowship 10:00 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 31 No Youth gathering WESTBROOK LIBRARY By Karl Ourada Monday 10:00-6:00 p.m. Tuesday 10:00-6:00 p.m. Wednesday 1:00-6:00 p.m. Thursday10:00-5:00 p.m. Friday 10:00-5:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. BETHANY LUTHERAN The library will be close on CHURCH both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will be Storden, MN Pastor Cole McCormick open again on the 26. We will begin sign up for Wednesday, December 24 the Adult Winter Reading BBL sty/T 8:00 a.m. program the week after Sunday, December 28 Christmas. Sunday school 9:15 a.m.Enjoy the holidays with Worship 10:30a.m.your family and friends... Wednesday, December 31 have a Merry Christmas and a BBLsty/T 8:00 a.m. very Happy New Year from your library staffl. JEFFERS BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Marvin Pederson 507-628-4924 Wednesday, December 24 AWANA 6:30 p.m. Sunday, December 28 Worship 9:30 a.m. S.S. (all ages) 10:30 a.m. Worship 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 31 AWANA 6:30 p.m. IHM CATHOLIC CHURCH Currie, MN Father Andrew Vogel Saturday, December 27 Mass 5:30 p.m. ST. GABRIEL CATHOLIC CHURCH Fulda, MN Father Andrew Vogel THE CHURCH OF Parish Center JESUS CHRIST OF Sunday, December 28 LATTER-DAY SAINTS Mass 8:30 a.m. Branch President Don Jones OUR SAVIOR'S 507-532-3699 LUTHERAN CHURCH 1401 E. Lyon Street Dovray, MN Marshall, MN Pastor Bruce Berg Wednesday, December 24 Wednesday, December 24 Worship 10:30 a.m. Worship 7:00 p.m. Scouts/Young Women Thursday, December 25 Activity 7:00 p .m. Worship/T 9:00 a.m. Sunday, December 28 Sunday, December 28 Sacrament Mtg 10:00 a.m. Worship 8:30 a.m. SS/Primary 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, December 30 Priesthood/Relief Sot./Text study 10:00.a.m. Young Women 12:10 p.m. OLD WESTBROOK LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Mike Stangeland Wednesday, December 24 Worship 5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 25 Worship/HW 10:00 a.m. Sunday, December 28 Worship 9:00 a.m. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Branch President Harmon T. Ford 507-822-4344 1600 Knollwood Drive Worthington, MN Sunday, December 28 Sacrament mtg. 10:00 a.m. SS/Primary 11:15 a.m. Priesthood/Relief Soc./Young Women 12:10 p.m. OTHER CHURCHES The following concerned & responsible citizens and businesses support the messages churches and their activities. Good Samaritan Society Westbrook In Christ's Love, Everyone Is Someone. Your local long-term care provider since 1961 149 First Ave, Westbrook, MN 56183 507-274-6155 Greenwood Nursery "Most complete Garden & Landscape Center in S.W. Minnesota" S. 4th Street Ph. 629-3485 Tracy Hwy. 23 Ph. 532-9430 Marshal ,p Knakmuhs Agency 507-859-2154 Walnut Grove, MN 507-274-5962 Westbrook, MN HIGHWATER LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Mike Stangeland Wednesday, December 24 Worship/OW 5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 25 Worship 10:00 a.m. Sunday, December 28 Worship 10:30 a.m. Sentinel Tribune available at: Hoyt Oil &Convenience Bubai Grocery Thrifty White Pharmacy Maynard's Grocery ExpressWay Shady Drive-Inn Buy, in the Classified Sentinel Ph. 274-6136 or 1- 800-410- Maynards, Inc Wesbtook, MN 507-274-5555 Sentinel Tribune Westbrook, MN Phone 274-6136 1-600-410-1859 1859 CLUB NOTES TOPS WESTBROOK -- TOPS Club No. 1336 meets at Grace Lutheran Church, Westbrook, on Monday. Weigh-in from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Former members and new members are always welcome. For more informa- tion, call Helen Amundson at 507-274-5113. RSVP Bone Builder WESTBROOK -- RSVP Bone Builder classes meet every Monday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the Peterson Estates dining room. Potluck WESTBROOK -- Senior Citizens' potluck will not be held in December. CLASSIFIED SMALL PRICE BIG RESULTS By Pastor Rob Adams Mary Pondered But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19). We of course are observing and celebrating Christmas this week. For many, you are reading this on Christmas Eve. You will likely at some point today or tomorrow read the Christmas story from Matthew and/or Luke. One of the verses that has intrigued me as I read the story is our text: But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. Upon what things did she ponder? This is a good question, one that demands some pondering of its own. Let us consider some of things that were likely on the heart of this young woman as she was at the center of all that was happen- ing that first Christmas. First, no doubt, she recalled the angelic visitor (Luke 1:26- 38). Here she was, going about her daily routine, and a heav- enly messenger from the Lord appeared and spoke to her. Not many people in all of history have enjoyed such a rare treat. Of course, the conversation she had with Gabriel was still on her heart: And the angel came in unto her, and said, 'Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee." blessed art thou among women.' And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, 'Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever," and of his kingdom there shall be no end.' Then said Mary unto the angel, 'How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?' And the angel answered and said unto her, 'The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.' Has anyone else ever heard words such as these? Mary was likely in her teens, engaged to Joseph, but still a virgin. Most young Jewish girls had, for the past 2000 years, longed to be the mother of the coming Messiah. She, Mary of Nazareth, had been chosen! How incomprehensible, such that she ever- more pondered this in her heart. Second, Mary was privileged to visit her cousin Elizabeth as she awaited the birth of her first-born son in her old age. Mary's exaltation (Luke 1:46-56) demonstrates that she had a deep understanding of OT messianic prophecy. Third, eventually, Jesus was born, But under what circum- stances! Mary and Joseph had to leave Nazareth and travel to Bethlehem in order to pay their taxes. This in itself was orchestrated by God to be a fulfillment of the words of Micah 5:2. The baby was born in an animal's stall. Then, the visit of the shepherds, which was what occasioned our text. They had seen an angelic host, proclaiming the Messiah's birth. Their joy and excitement was contagious. Fourth, of all things, the babe she held in her arms, was the Messiah. He was the Son of God. He was Immanuel--'God with us;' indeed the God-Man. Who could comprehend this? As Mary thought on this, and tried to connect the dots of all the OT prophecies, she was overwhelmed, and thus pondered these things in her heart. This was only the beginning of her life of pondering. May we, with Mary, ponder, consider, and meditate upon God's wonderful, wonderful Word. ibcwbmn@centurytel.net K p safety in mind when enjoying darkhouse sp nng After sawing a wide rect- got an abundance of smaller might consider passing on the angle into the ice, a person pike which can make for a large fish. While small pike holds a fish spear at the great day on the ice, and for have increased in abundance ready while looking through a great fish fry," said Rick in Mille Lacs in recent years, the water, past a small decoy Bruesewitz, DNR Aitkin area large pike are limited in num- meant to lure northern pike fisheries supervisor. "Along bers and worth conserving. into range. A well-placed with the popularity of spear- Also, make sure to pick up throw results in a pike on the ing, we're reminding folks to any litter from the ice when ice and destined for the fry- mark their holes when they leaving, he said. ing pan. leave them. Safety for those Overall, Lundeen said, spear- Darkhouse spearing has spearing and others traveling ing can be a thrill, just like ancient origins, but the activ- on the lake is the most impor- hunting. And there's the craft ity may be new for many. tant consideration." of making decoys that attract It's become especially popu- Paul Lundeen, president of fish, of living the history of lar on the newly-formed ice the Minnesota Darkhouse & spearing, and of getting kids on Mille Lacs Lake, which Angling Association, said and grandkids out on the ice opened for darkhouse spear- the organization stresses the to share in the fun. ing this year for the first time importance of putting your "It's just like deer hunting since the winter of 1982-83. block of ice back in and - you can sit there for hours The current season for dark- marking that spot with biode- and all of a sudden you can house spearing opened Nov. gradable markers, preferably look and there's a deer. It's 15 and runs through Feb. 22. in each comer of the hole. just like that with spearing," For those new to spear- "Push that block back in Lundeen said. ing, there are some additional the ice and make sure you Statewide, anglers and points of safety to keep in mark that hole," Lundeen spearers can keep three north- mind while out on the ice, said. em pike, and one of those according to the Minnesota Usually, Lundeen said, the three can be over 30 inches. Department of Natural practice of pushing the block On Mille Lacs Lake, anglers Resources. Once a block of of ice under the surface is and spearers can keep 10 ice is cut, it can be pushed easiest because the ice bobs northern pike, and one of under the ice or pulled out after being cut free. those 10 can be over 30 inch- onto the surface. "It's actually so much eas- es. All spearers and anglers If removed, the ice should ier. Why lift the block on should check for special reg- be placed back into the hole top of the ice? That thing is ulations that may be in effect and the hole marked when the heavy," he said. for individual waters. spearer removes a darkhouse. The spearing association For more information on If the block of ice is pushed also stresses to make sure Mille Lacs Lake manage- underneath the surface, the spearers know their target, to ment, see www.mndnr.gov/ hole should be marked, as avoid spearing fish that aren't millelacslake. For darkhouse should any blocks that are left northern pike. spearing regulations, see on top of the ice. "Just like deer hunting, www.mndnr.gov/regulations/ "It's great to see the don't throw your spear unless fishing crowds come out for this new you're aware of what your opportunity to spear northern target is," Lundeen said. pike on Mille Lacs. We've Lundeen also said spearers CLASSIFIED ADS 507-274-61 36 OR -800-410-1859 (