December 22, 2016

Services for Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th
4:45 PM        Music: Carols, organ, harp, and trumpet.
5:00 PM       Intergenerational Service with Children’s Sermon, Setting and Blessing of the Crèche, and Holy Eucharist.

10:45 PM      Carols and Instrumental music (organ, trumpet and harp
11:00 PM      Candlelight Festival Eucharist with choir and sermon.

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25th,
One service only at 11:30 AM  a simple service of Holy Eucharist followed by 12:30 PM Community Christmas Dinner. All are welcome. 

This is an open Invitation to all, hors d’ oeuvres at 12:30pm , dinner at 1pm following the Christmas Service. 

Hors d’ouevres: Seeking finger foods or other ideas/donations welcome.
Drinks: Seeking donation of a case /bottles of sparkling cider   (need a total of 15)
Any other juices or seltzers welcome.
Desserts:Looking for candies, cookies, small dessert pieces or any other ideas/donations welcome.

If you are able to donate items, please let us know about your generosity,
by email to  

Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98
Hebrews 1:1-12
John 1:1-14

The snow is falling again this morning; the predicted 1-3" looks to be at least 3", and the trees are covered again. Even though the temperatures are to rise, we will surely have a white Christmas. Having grown up in the South, this is exciting to me! I love the snow (though not the shoveling). I love the beauty of it as it falls, and the beauty left behind.  But my thoughts also turn to those who are not so fortunate as us - those who have no shelter, those who are hungry, those who are cold, and especially to the children in these circumstances. Christmas baskets are being readied in the Parish Hall, so many will have a good Christmas dinner. The Christmas Project provided wonderful bags of gifts for many families in our area. Yet the need always outstrips the supply, if not in Tamworth, then certainly beyond.
Hopefully we have all contributed in some way to programs that help those in need. And this is good.  It is our calling. But there is always one more thing we can do - all of us - and that is to pray. As Christmas approaches let our prayers be for those in need, in our local communities, in our country and in our world. And let our prayers be for peace, in our country and our world. This too is our calling ; peace, and good will to all people. 
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!” Luke 2:13-14, KJV
May your Christmas be filled with God's peace and joy,

Wednesday "Blue Christmas" service
Church was cancelled for “snow and ice” day.  The greening of the church was done after the Wednesday morning Blue Christmas Service.  See the photo gallery below for pictures.
The laurel is hung with care.
This is your head’s up to be thinking about your Annual Reports.  Come December committee chairs should be pulling together their notes to complete reports for submission to the office.  If you have enough information to complete and send your report it is always appreciated to submit it as early as possible. 
Most folks have their last year’s report but if you need an electronic copy or hard copy please let Deb in the office know and she will be happy to provide that for you. REPORTS ARE DUE JANUARY 13TH!

The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
The monthly item for December is dish detergent.

Please consider picking up one of the many dates in 2017 for Dinner Bell cook team.  It really is quite easy and the outreach it provides is so rewarding and needed.  If you have questions about what it entails, please contact Carol Tubman at 651-8230.  Please email Deb at the office if you can fill any of those dates. Thank you.
Dinner Bell dates that cooks are needed:
Feb 19 ~ Mar 19, 26 - Apr 23 ~ May 7,14, 21, 28 - Jun 4,11,18

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.

With God as our father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.

To take each moment And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.
Lyrics from song written by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller, 1955

See you in Church!

Photography by:
Lisa Thompson


Blue Christmas Service

Greening of the Church

Setting up for Christmas Eve