Dear Church Family,
As we near the season of Advent, much activity is underway in the parish. Here are your short and sweet updates for November 17, 2016:
Volunteer Schedules are a work in progress. Assignments for
8 am November 27, and 9:30 am December 4 are as follows:
Nov 27 8 am: Acolyte: Lorienne S; Reader/Intercessor: Joan W; Healing Prayers: Jim W. and Usher Jim F.
Dec. 4, 2016 9:30 am: Acolyte: Betty Malone; Reader/Intercessor: Julian C; Healing Prayers: Stevely A; Usher: Frank S.
Note: Carol Schutz is in the process of determining which volunteers are available to serve November 27 at 10:30 am. If you can serve that day, please call her ASAP.
Also, we need to hear ASAP from ALL service volunteers whether they are able, or not able, to serve on Wednesday December 21 at 7 pm for the Blue Christmas service, on Christmas Eve 7 pm, or Sunday Jan1st at 9:30 am. Our staffing needs on Dec 21 and 24 include openings for torchbearers, 2nd chalice, and extra readers. 8 am volunteers: please email the office ASAP with this important information. 10:30 am volunteers: please email both the office AND Carol Schutz ASAP.
Sunday, November 20: Services at 8 am and 1030 am. Bells practice at 11:45 am.
Thursday, November 24: The office and Senior Nutrition are closed. Happy Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 27: Advent begins! We will be switching to Eucharistic Prayer B for the next few weeks. Services at 8 am and 1030 am. LAST DAY TO DONATE FOOD OR FUNDS FOR THE FOOD PROGRAM.
Sunday, December 4- Annual Stewardship Brunch with a special presentation by Bud Hankins: A Pilgrim’s Journey. Bud will share his photos and reflections from his 500 mile, 40 day, El Camino Trek last summer in France and Spain. THIS IS ALSO THE LAST DAY TO MAKE REFERRALS FOR THE COOKIE OUTREACH PROGRAM.
Saturday, Dec 10: Cookie Outreach Day- Referrals, delivery drivers, bakers needed. (Deliveries are easier if handled in teams of two.) Contact Lou Ann Carter firstname.lastname@example.org for referrals and drivers. Referrals can also be emailed to the office: email@example.com Please make sure to provide the name, phone, street address and brief reason for the referral when submitting the recipient’s name. Thank you.
Christmas Offerings: Tribute/donation forms are currently available in the sanctuary, and will soon be available on our website, for our Christmas music and poinsettias. Deadline to order is December 15.
Stay tuned: Wreath making and Epiphany performance- Soon we will share information on our December 13th wreath making opportunity and also info on the Men of ABC’s special Epiphany production-a reading, based on The Story of the Other Wise Man, by Henry Van Dyke. Both events are sure to be a great addition to your holiday season.
Speaking of performances: Several of our members will once again lend their voices to the Cambria Chorale’s holiday performances scheduled for December 11 and 18th. Check the Parish Hall soon for more info. Tickets will go on sale soon and will be available from Leonard Kohout. Make a joyful noise!
Let’s also make a joyful noise as we welcome back to our congregation, Bill and Gay Blundell! O Happy Day!
Link to our website for service schedules, lectionary readings, and other important information: www.stpaulscambria.org
Diocesan Convention - Stevely Anderson, Father Brian, Doug Wong, and Anne Harris Smith represented St. Paul’s at the Diocesan Convention, held recently in Salinas. Thank you to all four of you for giving your time to this important event.
Below: Look who went to church in Paris!
One last item that is time sensitive.
As is our tradition here at St. Paul’s, we will be lighting the Advent Wreath candles each Sunday through December 18th. You are invited to participate in this tradition in a very special way. Readers are needed to read the text and light the candle(s) before each service begins.
It would be wonderful if those who do not normally serve as Sunday readers served as a wreath reader, though all of course are welcome to volunteer. The sign-up sheet will be on the credenza in the entry of the sanctuary, along with the assigned reading for each Sunday. Please obtain your reading from the correct folder, as they differ slightly in their contents.
Quote of the week, reflecting on the season of Fall: “Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” –William Cullen Bryant
Have a wonderful weekend!
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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