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Pastor's Devotion
At Centennial, we are trying something new.  We are going to have our Newsletters be released bi-monthly (meaning that they come out every other month) instead of each month. Such is the case for the November Newsletter.  That would mean there is no December Newsletter.  No Christmas Devotion in the Newsletter. No angels sang; shepherds saw; baby born.  But, maybe that is not true. (Click here to read further.)
 
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Staff Minister's Report

Baptism Weekend Up-Date – September 6/9:
We did a lot of publicizing of this event to the community via a newsletter to our prospect list, yard signs, and an ad in the Post Newspaper.  We were able to have one adult baptism on that date.  The Holy Spirit continues to work through this event as we make contacts with those in our community.
 
Trunk or Treat Event – Sunday, October 28:
As this article is being written before the event has happened, I can only share with you what we have planned thus far.  We continue to work with the WOLFPAC of Word of Life School in planning this event.  Teri Berg is the school representative who we are working with.  Plans are to solicit school parents and Centennial members to volunteer to offer and decorate their trunks.  We would like to have about 25 trunks.  We will offer a raffle, hot chocolate, apple cider, chex mix, popcorn and hospitality.  We will also invite people into our school and church (upon request) to tour our facilities.  We will publicize this event by social media, newspaper, yard signs, and our prospect list.  The school will hand out over a 1200 flyers to the area community going door-to-door. 
 
Our Puppet Ministry (H.O.P.E.):
The puppeteers have started their practices in preparation for the up-coming Christmas for Kids event on Saturday, December 1st.  The teens are excited to get started as well as the leaders, Lin Kanitz and Sharon Borchardt.  They will be preparing a Christmas skit using shadow puppets this year.  The congregation is welcome to join us on Saturday, December 1st during our Christmas for Kids event.
 
Christmas Gift Cards for Kids:
This is our annual event where we offer gifts for children in need.  This year we will be changing it up.  Instead of asking our members for wrapped gifts we will ask for gift cards from stores such as:  Walmart, Target, Fleet Farm, and Amazon.  With gift cards it will be easier to distribute to families with different age children.  With having wrapped gifts designated for certain age children made it difficult to connect the gift with the age of the child. Sometimes we had plenty of younger age gifts but few teen gifts.  Gift cards will allow the parent to get what they want for the entire family. Please remember to bring in the gift reciepts with the cards for those who need them.  Also look for advertising of this in the church bulletin soon.
 
Christmas for Kids – Saturday, December 1st, 9:30am – 12:30pm
With this program happening too after the writing of this article, I can just say that our committee is planning for the following.  We will again have Wisco’s Witnesses in the World (teen volunteers) come and help with the sing-a-long and games.  We will also have crafts, the puppeteers perform the Christmas story, and a pizza lunch will be served.   Look for a bulletin insert asking for your help in providing goods, your time, and monetary gifts for support.
 
Missions Update

Mission Fest
Sunday October 14th we heard about our mission fields both far and near. Thanks to all who helped with the spaghetti lunch especially, Barb Dallman, Charlene Penske, Cathy Daufenbach for the sauces, Rhonda Zarate helping with set up, Phil Krueger and the 7th and 8th grade students for setting up the tables, Lin Kanitz for the beautiful flags to help us know more about our missions and Nicole Hefley for serving the lunch. Thanks to ALL of you who stayed and enjoyed time together and brought all the desserts. 

Our missions were greatly benefitted by your generosity. We were able to give over $200 to our local LWMS circuit who will add that to the monies collected from the other 20+ congregations in our circuit. Seventy-five percent of those dollars will be divided to help new mission congregations add music to their services and to the Apache congregations to help with leadership training. The other twenty-five percent will be joined together with congregations all over the US and given to two other home and world missions. This summer at the National convention the combined national monies were given to Cameroon and Caribbean scholarships. Each received almost $40,000. Your dollar may not seem like much but look how they get added together to help others hear the name of Jesus. 

 

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What God Wants Us to Focus on
During the Holidays
Allow a little more of Christ into your season.


 
When you are emotionally and physically burnt out by the time Christmas Eve comes, there is a problem.  Let's restore the special time of Christmas with 5 ways to focus our attention on God this holiday season.  (Click here to read further.)
 
 
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Click here for your November Calendars!
LYFE  (Lutheran Youth Fellowship and Enrichment)

"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an examplefor the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12
 
We are excited to be celebrating our 10-year anniversary of our youth group this year! We have many exciting events planned for a youth. We hope this is one of our best year's yet.

In September, we went to cheer on the Brewers during their final home stand against the Detroit Tigers. We had 20 people in attendance and had a great time as the Brewers beat the Tigers.

In October, we did our first mega event, combining families from Word of Life, Centennial, Resurrection and Victory of the Lamb as we went and explored the China Lights.  We had 55 people sign up and hang out on a brisk Friday night. The "Lights" were very cool!

In November we will be honoring Veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.  We will be getting a "behind the scenes" tour of the airport, air traffic control tower, bomb sniffing dog presentation, and maybe a private tour inside an aircraft. This event will be held on November 3rd at 1:00pm.  

Finally, please see the special announcement as our youth will be putting on their first ever Living Nativity on Christmas Eve from 6:00-7:00 pm.  LYFE is for our youth grades 5-up and guests are always welcome to join us.


TBC (Teen Bible Class)
In September we studied the Creation vs. Evolution debate through Ken Ham's "Answers in Genesis" program.  We hope it enlightened our students on how to be prepared when their faith is questioned or tested.

In October and November we will be talking about the power of prayer and also will be studying the life of Martin Luther. 

TBC is for grades 6 and up, and is held every Sunday from 9-9:45am.  Guests are always welcome to join us!

If you would like more information our joining our youth group events or attending our Teen Bible Class, please contact Rick Martinez at 414.640.1124 or by email at rskmartinez39@gmail.com

 
Kids Club had an awesome start! Our average attendance has really improved with the new 9 o'clock start time. We have a great group of teachers who teach on a rotational basis. The new curriculum Dig In has added a new energy to our lessons. 

We would love to see some new faces. Children do not need to come every week, so drop in and check us out!

We added Kids Club events on Saturdays. We went bowling at JBs in September and to Green Meadow Farms in October. Our November event is roller skating at Rollaero in Cudahy on November 10th from 1:00-3:30 pm!  There will be a entrance charge per person of $5.00 and a $1.00 charge for skate rental.

        

        
 
Our Christmas program is on Sunday, December 23rd at 10 am. The children will be presenting, "A Night Like No Other" and sharing the Christmas story through narration and songs led by His Way.  Let Jenny Pufahl know if your children would like to take part in this special event!  We will have snacks and beverages after the service.




 
Live Nativity Youth Christmas Service

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem
the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there,the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:4-7

Our LYFE students would like to invite you to experience their Outdoor Nativity presentation followed by a Christmas Eve service.  At 6:00pm our youth portraying Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds and the prophet Micah will be present a live outdoor Nativity scene.  It will be held on the Centennial grounds parking lot including outdoor animals.  There will be a place for you to sit and contemplate what took place the night that Jesus was born. 
 
 At 6:25pm  our youth, in costume, will lead you to the doors of the church and at 6:30pm, they will lead you into church for our indoor service which will include videos, scenes, readings and of course traditional songs.  Our goal is to make this an appropriate setting for Christmas Eve worship to celebrate our Savior's birth.  The service will be short enough (less than an hour) to be able to get your children home for their bedtimes or to continue on with your evening activities.  Our intention is to make this a memorable event.  We hope many will want to attend.  We will also have a birthday cake and hot drinks in the Narthex after the service. 

This service will be very different from our Children's service (December 23rd), Candlelight service (December 24th 11pm) and our Christmas Day service at 10:00am.  We invite you to all of our holiday services and hope you will find the true meaning of Christmas here at Centennial.  We look forward to sharing the night that Jesus was born in a very special way.  Please invite your family, friends and neighbors to this very special holiday event.  
 

Special Advent Service with Him & Her

We will have two advent services with Him & Her on Wednsesday, December 12th.  Our first service will be at 3:45pm and again at at 6:30pm.  These services will be the same - just offered at two different times for convenience.  We will also be offering a meal in between these services.
 
 
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ABOUT HIM & HER
Our names are Seth and Jenna Herlich, and we are known as Him & Her.
Our mission is to share God's Word in a new way. Our goal is to travel the world. Our love is music.

One thing that always connected us throughout our relationship was this passion for music. In our times spent together, we would be creating songs sitting at the piano. In our time far apart, we would share music with each other to keep us going.  Now we're married, and music has found it's way into our lives in a completely new way. Starting in January 2018, we decided to put all our effort into creating a summer tour around the country. By June, we had all of our equipment and all of our music lined up, but we had no idea what to expect. 

What seemed to be a summer vacation ended up being a life-changing whirlwind. After seeing the beauty of both coasts, meeting amazing people, and sharing with them the Good News, we knew we weren't done yet. We love to be His messengers, and we continue on that path.


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Join us as we celebrate the advent of our Lord with this amazing band.  Wednesday, December 12th 3:45 pm and 6:30 pm.  
 
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