If you are wondering whether the church will be open due to inclement weather please stay tuned to channel 6, and check the scroll at the bottom of your TV screen for further information. If the church closes, we will be listed.
You should be receiving a mailing from the chair of Staff Parish this week. Please take a moment to respond to this letter.
ELF SHOP FOR CHILDREN
The Children’s Elf Shop will be open for business on December 16th from 9:30 – 11:45 a.m. We are looking for clean, gently used items for the shop. Please drop them off in the bin under the table at the church office. The kids will earn Elf dollars to use for purchases by reciting their verses, good behavior, and the good deeds they do without being asked! Thanks for your help! See Liz Turner for more information.
FINANCE/CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday, December 12th at 6:30/7:00 p.m. in the Scott Walford room.
STAFF PARISH MTG
January 6th following the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service.
TAI CHI FOR SENIORS
Tai Chi meets in the Social Hall every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.. The old-timers and any new-comers are welcome!
FOOD PANTRY AND CLOTHES CLOSET
Your Food Pantry and Clothes Closet continues to serve those in need in our community.
Paper Grocery Bags with handles – Our supply of these bags is low. If you will bring your grocery bags to church (and collect them from friends and neighbors), it will help us to meet our needs without having to purchase them at a cost of 15-1/2 cents each.
Food- We appreciate you donations of nonperishable food items, however, please make sure the expiration date is current.
Winter Coats – With the coming of cold weather, our Clothes Closet could use some winter coats for women, men and children so, as you change over your closets from Summer to Winter clothes, consider donating some of your gently used coats and other winter clothing to our Clothes Closet. All donations may be left outside of the Burchette Room on the first floor of the Educational Building. Thank you for your support of these mission opportunities.
Please take time to sign as many Christmas Cards outside the church office for the Shut-Ins while you are at church. If you could do one card for every shut-in, that would be great. The names are already printed on the outside of the cards. Please replace them back in the basket once you have signed them. We would like to collect as many cards as we can from the congregation by Dec. 16! The Shut-Ins will receive the cards plus a box of cookies for Christmas. Please contact Mary Swing for information.
SOCIETY OF ST. ANDREW
How are you doing with your Advent spiritual discipline? Are you using the daily readings, reflections, and prayers in Surprises Along the Way? This week, focus on making Jesus known through your words and actions in your school, neighborhood, or community. Look in the faces of those you encounter this week, knowing that so many of our brothers and sisters face difficult circumstances and troubles beyond our understanding. As people of faith, we cannot solve every problem, but we can always act with compassion. Please remember to give, as you are able, using the Society of St. Andrew coin box you received with your Advent devotional booklet. We will receive those gifts on Epiphany Sunday, January 6.
RUSH HOUR CAROLING
Please meet at the church on Friday, December 14 at 5:00p.m. for caroling at the corner or Chamberlayne and Laburnum Avenues.; Following the caroling we will depart to Meadow Event Park for the Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village.