St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Join the Advent Conspiracy: WORSHIP Fully. Spend LESS (on presents). Give MORE (of your presence). LOVE all. Little slips of paper reminders about this are found at both entrances. Many folks have already taken them home to post on their refrigerators or tuck in their coat pockets. Does this approach to Advent speak to you? Please post your comments and share your experiences on our Facebook page (don't forget to like us). Not on Facebook? Scribble a note or bring in a picture to put on the new "Advent Conspiracy" bulletin board in the hallway -- and we can post it on Face- book for you, if you like. (You may also send them to firstname.lastname@example.org) Let's talk about it at coffee hour!
Lighting the Advent Candles -- One on the ways we mark the four expectant weeks of Advent is by lighting the candles on the Advent Wreath week by week. If you would like to do this on one of the next two weeks, please contact the Rector. Single folks, empty-nesters and families welcome!
“Symbols of Christmas” Church School rotation – Many thanks to teachers: Ranee Bibisi, Creation; Kristin Liu, Desert Tales; Erin Hermann, Bread of Heaven; Kelly Cozzi, St. Paul’s Productions; shepherds: Kim Nardi (K-1), Stacy Murray (2-3); and Rhonda Capello, substitute.
Advent Resources --We're offering some resources to help us all have a more holy less hectic Advent this year. Church School students were given Advent calendars in class (check the entrances if you didn’t get one). For those inclined to be online daily, we suggest the Digital Advent Calendar offered by the Episcopal religious order of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) at http://pinterest.com/iamepiscopal/advent-calendar/. You do not need to sign up for Pinterest to participate. You might also enjoy the Advent calendar at adventconspiracy.org. Also available at both entrances and coffee hour is this year's Gifts for Life catalogue from Episcopal Relief and Development -- the most thoughtful gifts ever!
Our Covenant to Care Christmas Tree -- Many thanks to all who brought their toys and books to church TODAY, for our St. Nicholas celebration.
Advent Lessons and Carols – Next Sunday, December 15 at 9:30 AM. The choir will lead us in hymns, anthems and carols, interspersed with Advent lessons, as the Liturgy of the Word before Communion. Invite friends! (The 8:00 AM service is as usual, and church school begins at 9:15 AM. Join us as we prepare for the coming of Christ in liturgy and song.
Christmas Pageant - The Christmas pageant is fast approaching and currently seeking school age participants. Practices will be held Sunday the 15th and 22nd during church school hours with an additional practice yet to be determined. Please contact Nichol Whitehouse or Becky Scalesse at email@example.com to sign up.
Christmas Flower Memorials – For those who wish to have Christmas flowers as memorials for loved ones, please have names and contributions in to the parish office by Wednesday, December 18th. The suggested contribution is $25.
St. Paul’s Girls’ Friendly Society will be holding meetings on the first Saturday and third Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, December 19 at 6:30 PM. Please attend meetings as you are able!
A Memorial Service for Louise Page will take place on Saturday, December 21 at 10:00 AM.
Still Counting our Blessings: If you’ve not yet submitted your pledge card for 2014, please do so as soon as you can. There are extra pledge cards available at both entrances to the church. Please place your completed pledge card in the offering plate or send or bring it to the parish office. Thank you to all who’ve already done so!
Offering our Gifts of Foodstuffs – and Compassion: You may have noticed recently that the baskets for our collections for the local food banks are in the chancel (the front of church by the altar rail). You’re encouraged to bring up your gifts at the time of the offertory, thus emphasizing the liturgical act of offering ourselves to God’s love and service. This is an especially good way to involve children in worship – send them up with your gifts of foodstuffs! We look forward to seeing St. Paul’s generosity at work. Thank you!
Wallingford Shelter Coverage 2013/2014 – The homeless shelter opens November 1st through April 15, 2014. St. Paul’s needs volunteers to prepare dinners for Sunday, December 29 and January 5, while Choate is shut down. If you are willing to prepare dinners or have questions, please contact Diane Simpson or Robin Hunter.
Thrift Shop News: Fabulous Winter clothing for the entire family is available now at the Thrift Shop as well as holiday décor. Please stop by and visit us soon! We are also in need of winter accessories (hats, scarves, mittens/gloves & winter boots) as well as large and extra large bags (both paper & plastic). We thank you for your continued generosity!
CHRISTMAS AT ST. PAUL’S
Tuesday, December 24: The Eve of the Nativity
4:30 PM Christmas Pageant with Carols & Holy Eucharist
(Child Care will be available at this service)
10:30 PM Choral Prelude
11:00 PM Candlelight Eucharist with Choir
Wednesday, December 25: The Nativity of Our Lord
9:00 AM Holy Eucharist with Carols – PG-rated PJ’s welcomed…actually encouraged!
Sunday, December 29: First Sunday after Christmas
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist – with a few carols sung a cappella
9:30 AM Holy Eucharist - Come enjoy more carols!
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Get a preview of the Epiphany – the visit of the Three Kings
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist I
9:00 AM Adult Forum resumes
9:15 AM Church School resumes
9:30 AM Holy Eucharist II