Announcements for December 7-13

adventSaturday, December 7: Church School Activities – GINGERBREAD HOUSE MAKING & PIZZA PARTY – 6:15 p.m. SALE OF GINGERBREAD HOUSES – Sunday, Dec. 8. CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS: SIGN UP NOW – Christmas Pageant – Dec. 24; Epiphany Trope – Dec. 29. ALL sign up sheets are in the Gathering Room. Christmas Pageant Rehearsal – only one – Main characters – Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m., Total cast at 5:30 p.m. PAGEANT COSTUMES ASSIGNED – Sunday, Dec. 15.

Sunday, December 8: Adult Education at 9 a.m. in the Parish Hall. In December we return to and conclude our series on Dallas Willard’s Renovation of the Heart. It is not necessary to have attended the previous sessions to participate in these. We watch a short video presentation by Willard and then open things up to reflection and discussion. NOTE: We will not be holding the Sunday 9 a.m. Adult Education on either December 29 or January 5.

Sunday, December 8: First Fruits Christmas Sale from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Parish Hall. Spectacular Christmas greens arrangements, gift baskets, jams and jellies and appetizing baked goods!

Sunday, December 8: Book Discussion Group after the 10 a.m. service in the Fireplace Room. Continuing discussion on Lauren Winner’s book Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis.

Sunday, December 8: The Galley West Gift Shop is your best place to find gifts for the whole family for the holidays! Need a house gift? Come in and see all we have to offer. The Gift Shop will be open weekdays through December 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 12: Thursdays at Three – Continuing for the first three weeks of December, an Advent series will be offered. This series: Art, Spirit, and Incarnation will include Eliza- beth Pratt presenting on the spirituality of art through time. This program will be displayed in the same sacred space as last year’s Waiting with Mary series, with the large fabric screen at 3 p.m. in the north transept of the church.

Sunday, December 15: Shepherd Groups – Brewster/Dennis Group is not meeting this month. Eastham/Wellfleet Group at the home of Fay and Ike Cole, 180 Hay Road, Eastham, at 5 p.m. Call if you need a ride. Orleans Group is not meeting this month.

Sunday, December 15: Advent Lessons and Carols – 10 a.m. Service. Our Advent Service of Lessons and Carols is taken from The Book of Occasional Services. It consists of five Advent lessons, interspersed with appropriate Advent hymns, Choir Anthems and instrumental music (Bell Choir/Organ). The entire service will be similar in length to our regular 10 a.m. service. We look forward to having you, friends, and family join us on Sunday, December 15, as we journey to Bethlehem.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER ENVELOPES are in the pews. Please print clearly the names of those you wish to have remembered, and also your Pledge number. Enclose your donation, made pay- able to The Church of the Holy Spirit Fund. Place in the offering plate or drop off at the office. Deadline: Monday, December 9. Thank you.

The Reverend Sarah D. Kelb’s Ordination to the Priesthood – You are Invited! On Saturday, January 4, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston. Please sign up this weekend in the Reception Room for a seat on the bus. There will be a suggested donation. Ordination Celebration Luncheon: Sunday, January 5, 2014. Please sign up in the Reception Room or the Parish Hall.

ATTENTION YOUTH! Your help is needed! The church is looking for volunteers to serve as acolytes for the 10 a.m. service. If you are in grades 3-12 and would like to serve, please let Deacon Sarah know ASAP to get on the sched- ule. Training will take place as needed directly after the 10 a.m. service.

Friday, December 20: Walking the Labyrinth – 10 a.m. Parish Hall. Margaret Rappaport will facilitate the monthly indoor labyrinth walk in the Parish Hall. The labyrinth will be available for individual walks from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. that day. For more information on this ministry contact Margaret at rappaportmm@yahoo.com.

CHS Artist: The featured artist for the month of December is Cynthia Murray. Come see Cyn- thia’s wonderful collection of nativity sets. From gifts to purchases made during travels, Cyn- thia will be sharing these beautiful nativities in the Galley/Reception Room throughout the month of December. Questions? Call Sharyn Laughton – 508-255-7277 – artoff@comcast.net.

Free Shop: Hours: Monday, 12 Noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Now ac- cepting good, clean winter clothing. Kathy Chapman, 508 255 4657 and Sharyn Laughton , 508- 255-7277 – Co Directors.

Grocery Cards: Please help end homelessness on Cape Cod by purchasing grocery cards from Stop and Shop, Shaw’s and Friends in $200, $100, $50, and $25 amounts. The merchants will donate 5% of your purchase to The Homeless Prevention Council, located in Orleans, and you receive full value of your card. You can buy these after church in the Parish Hall.

Stewardship: 2014 Pledges – Through Monday December 2, we have received 155 pledges for $322,500. including 81 with increases over 2013 and 7 new pledges. THANK YOU! If you have not sent in your 2014 pledge, please do so as soon as possible. The Finance Committee and Vestry continue to work on our 2014 budget and our pledge income is a critical element of that process. If you need a pledge card please contact the parish office.

January Together deadline is Monday, December 2, because of the Christmas Holiday. Please help us get through the busy Christmas season!

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