Dear Church Family,
The weather is warm…but there is a promise of rain for the weekend. The combination is sure to bring the crocus out early, I think. We have both good news and sad news in the life of our parish. Here are your updates for the next several days. They include important information for events scheduled in early December.
Shanna Knorr has passed. Shanna passed away Monday, November 24. Per her request, there will be no service, although something less formal may take place in 2015. Please keep Shanna and her family in your prayers.
Sunday, November 30: First Sunday of Advent-
-Sunday Advent wreath readers…please remember your text when you leave for church, as they will not be on the lectern.
-Last Chance Sunday for the monthly food distribution program-non perishables only, please.
-If you haven’t already done so, it would be a great time to turn in your 2015 pledge cards.
Priscilla Cooper needs a kidney transplant:
-Please visit www.ucdonor.org to learn how you can help or if you might be a match. Lesley Hochschild revealed in church last week that she donated one of her two kidneys years ago, without any negative consequences-so check out the info and also pass the word to others. And of course, both Priscilla and Rex could really use our prayers.
Advent Meditation Series “Listening to the Word”, starts this coming Monday, December 1st, 1:30 pm in the Library/Chapel. Please be on time.
-An important update/reminder from Donna Ross: It will be helpful for everyone to arrive on time, so our listening to the Word can be fruitful. We'll begin our time together with brief introductions - to each other and then to the prophet Isaiah. Then we'll begin a time of quiet meditation, getting ready to listen to the Word: From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God beside you, who works for those who wait for him. -Isaiah 64:1f
Sanctuary/Library: Please call Michelle before scheduling additional (extended) choir time, repairs, or other activities in the sanctuary December 1-5. The Library room is also off limits for meetings Monday and Thursday until noon-ish. Thanks. (Choir will still meet at their usual 1:30 pm time on Thursday.)
Volunteer Schedules are nearly completed. Until they publish, please note the following assignments for Sunday, December 7th:
-Acolyte: Van Jahnes-Smith; Reader/Intercessor: Betty Pierce; Healing Prayers: Stevely Anderson; and Usher: Frank Johnson.
Also on December 7:
- Carl Hansen will celebrate the Eucharist at our single service at 9:30 am.
-The Annual Stewardship Brunch follows at coffee hour, concluding this year’s Stewardship Drive.
It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas! J YUM! Mark your Calendars!
-Tuesday, December 9th, 12:00 pm: Ladies’ Potluck and Carols in the Library
RSVP: Joni Michel 927-7608 or Carol Schutz 995-0830.
-Saturday, December 13th Cookie Outreach: Bakers and drivers are needed, as well as referrals for those who could use a little extra cheer this holiday season. To volunteer to bake, package or drive, or to submit the name of someone who could use some extra cheer this year, contact Lou Ann Carter, 927-5583 or at firstname.lastname@example.org For referrals, please provide the recipient’s name, address, phone and 1 or 2 lines about their situation so that our elves can personalize their Christmas card from everyone here at St. Paul’s. PLEASE HAVE ALL COOKIES TO THE PARISH HALL @ 9:30 AM.
Toys for Tots:
-The annual gift collection for children and youth age newborn to 17 years has begun. Our barrel is located in the Parish Hall. Gifts valued at $15.00 or more are greatly appreciated. Checks are also accepted, and can be made payable to Toys for Tots, placed inside an envelope, and deposited in the barrel.
Saturday, December 6th: Harmony Hike and Eucharist
- Listen to scriptures and celebrate the Holy Eucharist in Harmony above the ocean on Saturday, December 6th. Meet at the Harmony Headlands trailhead at 12:45pm for the 1 pm walk. Cost - $3 to park in the parking lot. Sorry, pets are not allowed on the trail. Contact The Rev. Barbara Miller at 712-0650 for more info.
Also on December 6th
-At 2:00 pm, Don Dallmann will sign copies of his book,
John J’s Journal: A Civil War Diary, at the Coalesce Book Store in Morro Bay.
(Just in time for Christmas shopping!)
-Barbara Hagiwara has a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall for those who are interested in providing funds for water delivery, or helping with the watering of our campus landscaping. Call Barbara if you need more info (995-1032) or check the Parish Hall bulletin board.
-Giving Thanks: This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for all of you! You inspire me by how you “walk the talk” and how, on a daily basis, you live up to our mission statement of “Serving Christ by Loving Others.” Have a great holiday! -MC
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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