A message from Fr. Bob
Christmas is coming, you can see it in the stores today. Even before Halloween was over; you could see Christmas. When I was a boy you didn’t see anything about Christmas until after Thanksgiving, and no one had a problem with it. Believe it or not, my parents still were able to get presents for my sister and I with only a month to do it. We have turned this celebration in remembrance of the greatest gift, we as people, of God could ever receive, Jesus Christ our Lord. I remember, at Christmas dinners at my Grandmothers where she would always set a place for Jesus. I did not understand then what was the significance of that gesture, and, I expected Jesus to show up for dinner. My Grandmother Ruth told me that was to represent those who were to feed, visited, clothed: Jesus said “If you do this for the less, you do it to me”. When we go out and shop for that special gift for someone, don’t forget about the ones who are less fortune and without your generosity would not be able to celebrate Christmas themselves. Do not get caught up in the commercialism, remember the reason for the season, and do what he asks of us and remember to give of your abundance to help those in need. On behalf of my family and myself; we hope you have a very blessed Advent and Christmas Season.
We now have the option of having weekly flowers on the windowsill behind the altar, as Cathy Podgers volunteered to coordinate the altar flowers for the church. The cost is a minimum of $20 for two vases that would include flowers and fake greenery and may be a little more expensive depending on what is requested and/or available. When requesting a specific Sunday for altar flowers, please notify Cathy by the previous Thursday, so they can be ordered and picked up on Friday afternoon. Please contact Cathy at (814) 873-1999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the kind of flower(s), color and price (if you want specific); the name of the person(s) they are for; and in memory or in honor of. You can make a check out or put cash in an envelope and put in church offertory. There are order forms and calendar in the back of the church if you would like to choose a Sunday.
If anyone would like to be brought communion brought to you please call Fr. Bob to set up a time for him to visit.
We have a growing young family this Christmas. There is a set of twin brothers; dad, mom and a baby on the way. We would like to gather items for the baby in addition to the gifts for the four of them. We will have more information by the beginning of Advent.
Christmas Brunch and Greening of the Church
Our Christmas brunch and party will be held on Sunday, December 17th, after the Eucharist in the parish hall. We ask that you bring a dish to share and your own table service. Ham and beverages will be provided. After the party, we will decorate the church and will need as many hands as possible to get it done quickly. If anyone needs an updated tree picture, please let Wendy know.
Lessons and Carols at the Cathedral
The service of Nine Lessons and Carols is on Sunday, December 18 at 5:00 PM at The Cathedral of St. Paul. Please let Fr. Bob or Wendy know if you are interested in carpooling.
ECW Christmas Party
The party will be Monday, December 18th, at 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall. The cost for the meal is estimated at $10 per person, but please give what you can. We do have a friendly gift exchange, if you would like to participate; please bring a gift up to $10 to exchange. Also, if you are able to, please bring a card with $1 for Pleasant Ridge Manor residents. All the women of the church are welcome to attend; please let Wendy know by December 12. Scott Kramer is catering again so it will be an excellent meal.
The Fourth Sunday in Advent Holy Eucharist will be at 9:00 AM with no coffee hour. Our Christmas Eve service will begin at 8:15 PM for carols by candlelight and 8:30 PM will be Holy Eucharist. We will also have a Baptism that evening. The church will be open for meditation and prayer on Christmas Day.
Nine Lessons and Carols
Our annual celebration of Nine Lessons and Carols will be during Holy Eucharist on Sunday, December 31 beginning at 9:00 AM. There will be a signup sheet in the back of the church for anyone who would like to participate.
The annual meeting is Sunday, January 28th; after the service with a potluck brunch to follow. Please bring a dish to share and your own table service. There are three members going off this year; so, if you are interested in running or staying on, please see Wendy to put your name on the ballot. Members of the bishop’s committee must be willing to complete the safeguarding God’s children and Sexual harassment training, and be willing to count the offering on Sunday mornings. The training can now be done online or at one of the classes offered throughout the year. If you would like to be a delegate or an alternate to Convention in next November; please sign up on the list in the back of the church. All reports need to be into Wendy by January 7th.
We have switched to crafting for ourselves and for the church. Everyone in the church is more than welcome to join us; we welcome new ideas for crafts. Some of our past centerpieces and new crafts will be at the Christmas parties. As, we don’t meet every week and haven’t picked an official day, please let Candace, Vicky, or Wendy know if you are planning on joining us.
ECW Chair and Table fund
We now have forty chairs that were purchased in the summer from Sam’s Club. We are sixty chairs and eight round tables away from our goal. The ECW will continue with the chair and table fund to replace the chairs and the round tables in the parish hall. All donations are welcome, if you would like to help.
Our church’s contribution to the food pantry for November is Instant Mashed Potatoes, December is Hot Chocolate, and January is cake mixes. The Times Newsie Christmas boxes will be distributed at Grace on Thursday, December 14 sometime in the afternoon. We are asking for some volunteers to help unload the truck and help pass out the boxes. The ECW is asking for donations a dozen to a dozen and a half cookies from our volunteers. The Girard-Lake City Christian Cupboard is grateful for all our help and support over the past six years.