JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
This Sunday, The Third Sunday of Advent, there will be two services at 8am and 10 am.
There is a service of Morning Prayer on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.
We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship.
NEXT SUNDAY DECEMBER 18TH
There will be one service only at 10 am for the Fourth Sunday of Advent & The Greening of the Church.
READINGS FOR SUNDAY
Romans James 5:7-10
FROM THE INTERIM RECTOR
A Blue Christmas Service (blue as in the feeling, not the Elvis song!)
For many people, the approaching Christmas holiday season does not bring with it the joy and happiness that is advertised on television or in greeting cards. They may be dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease that puts a question mark over the future. Perhaps they have been unable to have a child, or have suffered through an emotional trauma. Or perhaps they feel pressured and overwhelmed by holiday preparations. Whatever the reason, this time of year can be painful for many.
In recent years churches have begun to hold services for people who are experiencing these feelings. Increasing numbers of churches are creating sacred space for people living through dark times. Such services are reflective, accepting where we really are, and holding out healing and hope. The service is variously called Blue Christmas, or Longest Night (as it is often held on December 21, the Winter Solstice).
The idea of having a Blue Christmas service here came from a discussion we had at a Morning Prayer service recently. We will have it in place of our usual Morning Prayer service on Wednesday, December 21, at 9:00 am. It will be a very simple service, and will include time for prayers and lighting candles in memory of a loved one or to mark an event or circumstance. Bernice will play the piano, which will be a wonderful addition to the service. If there is interest, next year we will begin to plan the service earlier, and hold it in the evening when more people from our parish and from the community will be able to attend. This year we are not advertising it outside of the parish, but all are welcome, so invite a friend!
BREAKING NEWS FLASH! THIS JUST IN!
Sally has just announced that they have a bouncing baby granddaughter. Amelia Lorraine DeGroot was born last night, Dec 7th. Mom is doing well. Grandmom very excited.
WOMEN’S LUNCH BUNCH
The Women’s Lunch Bunch will meet at the home of Dale Appleton for their December Pot Luck Lunch on Wed. Dec. 14th. Please bring something for the table and if you have questions please contact Dale Appleton. She will also provide a paper copy of directions on Sunday.
Black Snout Dog Biscuits made by Valerie May will be available after the 10 am services until Christmas. Proceeds from purchases will benefit St. Andrew’s Outreach Program.
CHRISTMAS ALTAR FLOWERS
If you wish to dedicate Christmas flowers in memory or thanksgiving of a loved one or friend, there will be slips on the bulletin table and at the end of the pews or you may email your request to Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org. To help defray the cost of our Christmas flowers and greens we are asking for $20 for Christmas altar flowers this year.
BE A PART OF THE CHRISTMAS SERVICE!
Sign up sheets for liturgical roles for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services and for Christmas Lessons and Carols on January 1 will be available on Sunday. Please sign up to be lector, acolyte or LEM at the service(s) you will attend. If you will not be in church on Sunday and would like to participate, please email Caroline at InterimSAITV@gmail.com. Thank you!
LAST SUNDAY-OUTREACH DISCUSSION
|Marty Cloran leads this year's Outreach discussion.|
COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER
The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
The monthly item for December is dish detergent.
|Chris Boldt as The Green Knight in Snapdragon production.|
Head, shoulders, and axe by Lisa T.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
It’s still Advent, and so not time for Christmas Carols yet, but after the snow fell I’ve had this carol on my mind:
See you in Church!