News of the Week (NOW) 12/20/18
A Note from Fr. Michael
20 December 2018
Dear Folks: No matter what I do, it seems that I am always caught a bit off-guard by how close Christmas is. In spite of the fact that I have kept Advent with you with a faithful discipline, in spite of the fact that the “waiting” for Christmas now is no calendar abstraction but a matter of days, I look up and am surprised: The Day is almost here! I still have more to do to prepare. Some presents need procuring; the house needs cleaning and setting up for our family’s reunion. Oh yeah, sermons need writing, too. This Sunday is the last in Advent; the next day is Christmas Eve, and the dam breaks – ready or not. So, in this letter to you, I want to risk being the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike and make a plea amidst this Christmas tide for this last Advent Sunday. The Fourth Sunday of Advent brings us to a Read More
This Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 The Fourth Sunday of Advent 9 am Study of the Scriptures Micah 5:2-5a Canticle 15 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-55 10 am Holy Communion, Nursery, Sunday School, Fellowship
CHRISTMAS EVE MUSIC PREVIEW The joy of Christmas Eve is magnified by music! Please arrive at 5:00 PM for the Prelude and Carols, followed by the Festal Choral Eucharist at 5:30 PM. The following is what you’ll hear and/or sing: * 8 (yes, that’s 8) Christmas carols you know and love * organ settings, by Bach and beyond, of even more Christmas melodies * a rare organ/drum Nigerian hymn * organ and bells on the Italian song “Gesu Bambino” * all children present singing “Away in a Manger” * our choir women, including our “young women,” singing the Irish traditional song “The Seven Rejoices of Mary,” with solos * our entire choir singing John Rutter’s sweet “Nativity Carol” * alto recorder, acoustic guitar, bar chimes, and more Come and worship, and invite someone, too. KAREN BANTA, Minister of Music
Christmas Eve Service 5:00 pm Prelude and Carols 5:30 pm Festal Choral Holy Eucharist
Christmas Day Service 11:00 am Holy Eucharist
A SPECIAL THANK YOU Many thanks to Joe Bianca and David Haines for cutting the tree limbs for the Cemetery Boxes. We made $450.00 for St. Philip’s. God’s blessings and Thank you again. From Chris Sanborn. (And thanks to Chris Sanborn for arranging).
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED The church office will be closed from December 24 th through January 1 st. Please send your Announcements for January to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Annual Meeting of the Church will be on Sunday, February 3 rd following the service and beginning with a Brunch. Please let Bonnie Pelland know what you can bring to share. It is very important that everyone attend this Annual Meeting.
ACTIVITIES CALENDAR Sunday, December 23 9:00 am Scripture Study (Parish Hall) rd 10:00 am The Fourth Sunday of Advent Holy Eucharist, Sunday School, Nursery, Coffee Hour Monday, December 24 th 5:00 pm Prelude and Carols 5:30 pm Festal Holy Eucharist 7:00 pm AA Meeting (Parish Hall) Tuesday, December 25 th 11:00 am Christmas Day Holy Eucharist Church Office Closed from Dec. 25 th through Jan. 1 st Wednesday, December 26 th Thursday, December 27 th NO Choir Rehearsal Friday, December 28 th Saturday, December 29 th 9:00 am Scripture Study (Parish Hall) Sunday, December 30 th 10:00 am The First Sunday after Christmas Holy Eucharist, Sunday School, Nursery, Coffee Hour