Announcements for December 15-22

IMG_1702Advent Quiet Day: December 15 at Christ Church, Harwich Port. Come for a day of quiet reflection in anticipation of our Lord’s birth. Offered by our Pastoral Associate, Sarah Kelb, we will start at 9:30 a.m. with closing prayers and dismissal at 3 p.m. Carpooling will be available and please bring a bag lunch. All are invited; to register please call 508-255-0433 ext. 21; walk -ins welcome!

Church School: Sunday, December 16 – Christmas Pageant costumes assigned. Monday, December 24 – Christmas Pageant.

Eastham-Wellfleet Shepherd Group: Will meet SUNDAY, December 16 at 1 p.m. at Libby Pratt’s home, 120 Mill Rd, Eastham, for a Yankee Swap.

The Giving Tree: Gifts must be returned by SUNDAY, December 16. The gifts are distributed to the agencies and then have to be delivered to the families – so the timing is imperative! Thank you all so much for your continued generosity, Robin McLaughlin.

FAIR TRADE AT HOLY SPIRIT BEGINS! The Justice and Peace Committee will begin selling Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate on the Sunday, December 16. This will be in the entry room inside the main entrance to the Parish Hall. Questions? See Fr. Ken.

Adult Christian Education: Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Please join us as we continue our reflective group study of John’s Gospel, “JOHN ONE.”

Book Discussion Group: We continue with Nativities & Passions: Words for Transformation written by Martin Lee Smith, SSJE. The discussion group is open to anyone at any time. It meets after the 10 a.m. service and wraps up around noon time. Please come and give it a try.

MORNING PRAYER RETURNS TO CHS: Morning Prayer will be offered every Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the side chapel.

Thursdays at Three: Waiting with Mary – Continuing our exploration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of our Lord. This special offering will include music, poetry and other writ- ings, as well as images of Mary from around the world. This very sacred time will be held in the North Transept of the church. Thursdays at 3 p.m., December 20.

HOMELESS GUESTS AT HOLY SPIRIT ON CHRISTMAS DAY: Thanks to the great volunteers from our Overnights for Hospitality team, we will have 4 to 7 men for dinner on Christmas Day and overnight. We plan on giving each man a gift card for use at any stores in the Cape Cod Mall. If you would like to contribute toward the gift please give a check or cash to Fr. Ken earmarked: Christmas Gift. (Checks made out to: N.I.A.).

CHS Artist: The featured CHS artists for the month of December is The Church School. We are all on the way to Bethlehem. We are all making the journey. We are all getting ready to enter the mystery of Christmas. There are still a few months “open” in 2013 to exhibit/sell your art in CHS GALLERY. The sign up sheet is located in the gallery by the exit door. Questions? Call Sharyn Laughton – 508 255 7277 – artoff@comcast.net.

Free Shop: We are now accepting clean Winter clothing. If the Free Shop is closed, donations can be left in the container outside the Free Shop door. We are open Mondays, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Galley West: Beginning December 4 through December 23 the Galley West gift shop will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Monday – Friday. On Sundays, it will be open from 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Please come in for Advent Calendars and that unusual hand crafted gift for someone special.

Gentle Yoga at CHS: Please join our morning Yoga class. The class is lead by Marilyn Green- berg and suitable for all levels. We will meeting from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in a church school class- room, downstairs in the Parish Hall. The class is offered at $10/class. Please bring a blanket, yoga mat, block and strap (we do have some extras). Next class December 11.

EPIPHANY FRIDAY MONASTIC LUNCH SERIES: During the Epiphany season, beginning January 4, bring a salad or sandwich to share lunch on Fridays at 12 noon in the Parish Hall (beverages provided). We will eat in silence while watching a 20 minute DVD featuring well known progressive scholars/theologians titled Living the Questions. After watching the film we can discuss what we heard with coffee and dessert! Questions? See Fr. Ken.

CHRISTMAS DINNER – Reservations not needed, just show up! Our Lady of the Cape Parish on Stony Brook Rd. in Brewster invites all to join us for Christmas Dinner. Dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. Meals can also be delivered to the homebound. If you wish to attend, call George Holland – 508-385-2300 by December 19.

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