There are some very important announcements this week in the life of our parish, so please note the following:
- Fred Stimson, a very special Friend of St. Paul’s, needs your prayers- Fred has developed a complicated (and still not completely understood) problem relating to his kidney membranes. It appears to be very different from Priscilla Cooper’s issue, but is still quite a concern. At this time prayers are requested and appreciated, as well as cards of encouragement and love, but PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS at this time. We will update everyone as new information from the Stimsons is shared with us.
-Sunday, December 7th: Worship service and Stewardship- Father Carl Hansen will celebrate the Eucharist at 9:30 am (only service), which will be followed by our annual Stewardship Brunch. Please return your 2015 pledge card on Sunday if you haven’t already done so. Many thanks to those who have already turned theirs in…it helps tremendously with budget planning.
-In the news… in service to the community- In different ways, both Julian Crocker and Marj Sewell have made significant contributions to the SLO County community. We thank them for their service and hope you will check out the recent articles published in local newspapers about them. Those are available online at the below links:
-Advent Meditation series continues at 1:30 pm this coming Monday. For info, call The Rev. Donna Ross: 927-1989.
-That reminds me…There are still some Advent reflections calendars in the sanctuary. Each day provides a different scripture reading for reflection. These sheets are not related to the Meditation series but just another option for Advent.
-The Ladies’ Potluck and Carol Sing is scheduled for next Tuesday at 12 noon in the Library/Chapel. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Please RSVP to Joni Michel 927-7608, or Carol Schutz 995-0830 ASAP. Thanks!
-Cookie Outreach Update: Many thanks to those who submitted names for cookie deliveries this year. We really need bakers and lots of cookies, so please do what you can to help support this important outreach effort. Those who can help bake, package and/or deliver cookies on December 13th should call Lou Ann Carter at 927-5583 to volunteer. (The Cookie Outreach event begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, the 13th.)
-Christmas tree decorating- If you wish to be part of the fun (in decorating the Christmas tree in the sanctuary), contact Joni Michel, 927-7608. Decorating will take place at 2 pm on Sunday, December 21st.
-Christmas Eve.. Our service begins at 7 pm with no hymn sing beforehand. This is because there is a different format for this year’s service which will incorporate a lot more hymns into the service order in a very special way. Music: Lorienne Schwenk has agreed to serve as our guest violinist this year and offerings given toward “music” will go towards her fee. Offerings are also appreciated for the beautiful poinsettias that will adorn our sanctuary. Christmas tribute forms for both the music and flowers are found in the Sunday service bulletins and will also soon appear online on our website: www.stpaulscambria.org
-Christmas Eve ushers needed- 2 of the 3 ushers tentatively scheduled are not available Christmas Eve. In planning for possible overflow into the Parish Hall, we hope to have 3 ushers working, to cover both the sanctuary as well as the hall. If that isn’t possible, at least 2 ushers working; so if any ushers are available to serve on the 24th, please let me know ASAP.
-Please check your Sunday bulletin, Page 5 and 6 for other information regarding programs or important deadlines.
-Let’s end this week’s updates on a joyous note- Introducing Sara Kristina Carter, granddaughter of Lou Ann Carter, daughter of Chris and Katherine Carter, and sister to Emma, who arrived November 30th. Even though she was born several weeks early, she weighed in at an impressive 5 lbs, 15 ounces and is doing well for a premie. Congratulations to the entire Carter family on the birth of little Sara Kristina.
Enjoy the rain! What a gift it has been!
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