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                                           Altar Guild

 This group of ladies help prepare the Altar and Sanctuary for Sunday morning services. This includes things like filling candles, caring for altar linens and setting up/taking down for communion and baptisms. Members work in teams and are usually on duty for two weeks at a time, about four times a year. Each member is trained by and works with an experienced member for as long as necessary. If you are interested in becoming part of this group, contact Cindi Van Ells or Sally Harry.

Have You ever wondered about the colors on the Altar and the schedule for changes. There is a good article on the LCMS web site called

                 "Colors of the Liturgical Season
  Click on this link to view it. Then close the window out     to come back to our Web Site.

Green is the most common color seen during the year. It is used during the seasons of Epiphany and Pentecost. Easter Sunday determines the length of these two seasons. Green may be used an average of six to eight months of any given Liturgical year.

White is the color of purity and completeness. The theme for the "great fifty days" days of Easter is supported by the use of white. In addition to its use during Eastertide, white is the appointed color for such festive Sundays as Christmas and its twelve days; Epiphany (Jan 6) and the first Sunday following it, observed as the Baptism of our Lord; the Last Sunday after Epiphany, also known as Transfiguration Sunday, Holy Trinity Sunday; In all white serves as the best festive color for the church year. 

Red is a power color and is appropriate for use on Pentecost Sunday. The color red communicates the motif of strength-strength and power  the Holy Spirit gives in order for God's people to call on the name of Jesus Christ and share that powerful name with others. Also it is used on Reformation Sunday.

Purple, like Black, is a penitential color, in contrast to a festive one. It is appropriately used during Lent and, still in many parishes during the season of Advent. 

Black is seen very seldom during the year. The calendar calls for its use only twice, on Good Friday and Ash Wednesday. There's no mistaking the message this sober color gives Black is the absence of light.

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