Shepherd In The Pines Lutheran Church in Big Bear Lake, CA
Shepherd In The Pines Lutheran Church





VOL: 1


November 2010


Tracy Marker and Sharon Teeter, Editors


The Birth of Jesus:  Luke 2: 1-21:


“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Ceasar Augustus that all the world should be registered.”  “This census first took while Quirinius was governing Syria.”  So all went to be registered everyone to his own city.”

“Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which was of the house and lineage of David,”  “To be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.”  So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.”

“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”  “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night.”  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.”  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”  For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  “And this will be the sign to you.  You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God and saying:”

“Glory to God in the highest,

And on earth, peace, goodwill toward men!”

“So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.”  And when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.”  And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.”  Then the shepherds returned, glorifying, and praising God for all the things that they had heard, and seen, as it was told them.”  And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child.  “His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”




We would like to specially thank Donna and all the ladies who volunteer their help for serving with her and providing their time, energy, and love into our Fellowship banquet each Sunday after church service.  We deeply appreciate all their efforts.






This month’s child is Cody.

Cody is 7 years old and attends Big Bear Lake Elementary School.  He loves helping out at church with Communion and prayer services.

He loves cats and horses.  His best friends are Samuel, Kaleb, and all the other children in the YLT program and Sunday School.  He wants to join the Air Force like his Father.






On October 23rd we had our Progressive Dinner which started at 5 PM.  We went to three different homes hosted by Howard and Judy, Raejean, and last of all George and Bev.  The congregation wants to thank these families for hosting this very special event.



On Wednesday, December 1st our Annual Advent Service was held at 6 PM, then afterwards a Soup Supper was at 6:30 PM.



On December 4th we will be having our annual Christmas Potluck Dinner starting at 5:30 PM.  There was a wonderful dinner put on by the Fellowship Committee, followed by the singing of our favorite Christmas carols and Lou Hatfield and Bob who led us in the singing of the Christmas carols.  There was the distribution of the Christmas stockings to all the children. Special stockings were made up by our Fellowship Committee.  The Christmas Tree will be decorated by the children of the congregation.








On Saturday, December 11th, Thrivent will be here at Shepherd in the Pines to give a presentation starting at 12 noon to discuss the current marketing trends for retirement investments and long term care insurance.  We want to encourage anyone who is interested to please mark your calendars to attend.  Thank you.



On December 24th on 7 PM our Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Communion as we will celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus.  There will be lots of singing of Christmas hymns.  Again on December 25th at 10 AM, our Christmas Day Service we will again celebrate the birth of Christ.  We hope to see all in attendance.






On Tuesday mornings starting at 11 AM, the ladies of the congregation will meet to study the Women of the Bible information about the class.  Each week they study a different  women of the Bible.  This is a very interesting class.




Here at Shepherd in the Pines the Helping Hands program is very important to us.  We encourage all who can to please donate either money or purchased food items to help our families that are in need.  We want to encourage members and friends that are in need to feel free to take what you want.  Please use the envelopes marked Helping Hands in the pews and put your name on the outside of the envelope and place it in the offering basket.

Thank you, to all those who have been so generous in providing for those in need.  It is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks to the ladies of the Fellowship Committee who provided the different kinds of soup for the Soup Supper.


If anyone has anything to submit please feel free to contact Tracy Marker or Sharon Teeter.



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