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Second Sunday of Advent, December 10, 2017


 

8:00 A.M. Sunday Service Resumes

 

Beginning on Sunday, November 12th, the spoken Holy Eucharist Service Rite I will be celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. If you would like to be included as a volunteer to be Lector or Intercessor, please let the Parish Office know. The 8:00 AM Rite I service will be celebrated this Sunday, December 10th.

 

Children’s Christmas Party

 

Please join us today, December 10th, following the 10:30 a.m. worship service for our annual Children's Christmas Party. All are welcome to partake of the fun and fellowship as we decorate the Parish Hall trees with ornaments and crafts. Stay for pizza!

 

 

Christmas for Church Family Members

 

Dear Members of St. Paul's - We'd like to brighten Christmas for the Sitzes-Piper family this year (Gail, Lonnie & Jennifer). We have size information for each of them. Please contact Maureen Gerrity for more information - mtgbcm@yahoo.com or 815-895-8084.. Wrapped gifts should be delivered to the Fellowship Hall by Sunday, Dec. 17. Thank you!

 

St. Nicholas “Mighty Boxes”

 

"Mighty" boxes for collecting coins to benefit children's ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem are available today. A coin a day in the "Mighty" Box reminds us of the true reason for the season--the arrival of the Christ child for the healing of the world.  We will gather in the Mighty Boxes on Sunday, January 7th when we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany.

 

 

Food Pantry Collection is Today, December 10th

 

Parishioners are reminded that next Sunday, December 10th, will be Food Pantry Sunday. Please place your donations in the baskets provided. No glass jars, please. Contributions may be made at any time during the month, not just today.  We hope that everyone will participate, even in a small way.

 

Children’s Sunday School

 

Children’s Sunday School will be taking the Christmas Break starting next week, December 17th and will be off December 17th, 24th, and 31st. Class will resume on Sunday, January 7th 2018.

 

 

Send your Christmas flower memorials and thanksgivings by December 17

 

We are accepting donations for Christmas flowers now through December 17th. Please write “Christmas Flowers” in the memo of your check and be sure to include your dedication. Look for the Christmas Flower envelopes and place these in the collection plate. Suggested donation is $25-$30.

 

Blue Christmas Service, Wednesday December 6th at 6pm

 

The Blue Christmas Service will be on Wednesday, December 6th at 6pm. This service includes prayers, scripture, and music that focus on the hope and healing that God offers each one of us. Everyone is welcome to stay afterwards for light refreshments and conversation. All parishioners and friends are invited to attend!


The service will be followed by a bonfire outside by the garden, for those who wish to attend.



 

Children’s Christmas Party

 

Please join us  this Sunday, December 10th, following the 10:30 a.m. worship service for our annual Children's Christmas Party. All are welcome to partake of the fun and fellowship as we decorate the Parish Hall trees with ornaments and crafts. Stay for pizza! (This is a date change from Dec. 17th.)

 


Advent Devotional

 

The Advent devotional, “Practicing Wonder With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind is available in the Sanctuary and in the Parish Hall. Author the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner is joined by guest writers Wendy Claire Barrie, the Rev. Viktoria Gotting, the Rev. Canon Scott Gunn, and the Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel.

 

The Reverend Heidi Haverkamp’s book, Advent in Narnia, is also available in the Sanctuary.

 

For families, there are copies of An Advent Devotional with crafts and coloring pages.

 

 

St. Nicholas “Mighty Boxes”

 

"Mighty" boxes for collecting coins to benefit children's ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem are available today. A coin a day in the "Mighty" Box reminds us of the true reason for the season--the arrival of the Christ child for the healing of the world.  We will gather in the Mighty Boxes on Sunday, January 7th when we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany.

 

Food Pantry Collection is Next Week, December 10th

 

Parishioners are reminded that next Sunday, December 10th, will be Food Pantry Sunday. Please place your donations in the baskets provided. No glass jars, please. Contributions may be made at any time during the month, not just today.  We hope that everyone will participate, even in a small way.

 

 


Got an event?

 

PLEASE notify the office in writing if you need to use space in the building. We have a lot of wonderful groups and people who use lots of our building for many things, like Vacuuming, Music lessons, Search Committee, Budget Committee, etc. There are some things that just can't share the space with another group. If we know you are planning to be here, we can through the office head off any space use problems.

Got an announcement?

 

For the Constant Contact, the Proclaimer , the bulletin or the Chronicle? PLEASE send your written blurb AS CLOSE TO PRINT READY AS POSSIBLE to the parish office. Be mindful that our office staff are part time. Susan is delighted to be helpful as we know, but the time she can spend on drafting blurbs, editing, etc is very limited and those extra steps can present a hardship and delay printing.

 

Prayer List

 

If you would like to add someone to be prayed for in The Prayers of the People, you can fill out one of the blue sheets available on the table near the Narthex and give it to the ushers. Or call or email the Parish Office. Names will appear for six weeks, but can be continued if the need continues.


Talking to the Community


We are hoping to send out press releases on the activities at St. Paul’s on a regular basis. Please let the Parish Office know of any ideas you have to speak about the parish activities and members.


St. Paul's is an affirming and inclusive Christian communityAll are welcome, no exceptions!


Striving through worship, love and service to welcome all people just as God created you. No matter where you are on your journey of faith, and whether you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered, our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender expression, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical or mental ability. We believe that God delights in the diversity of creation and so do we!

Adult/Youth and Children’s Choirs Resume