Announcements for January 31 – February 7

cranberry bogSunday, February 2: Adult Education, at 9 a.m. – Parish Hall. Photo Language, with Mother Sarah Kelb; a one-week session. “Photolanguage” is a tool that can help us to communicate our faith in a holistic way.  This includes engaging through specific images visually used to help us to talk about our relationship with God.   This tool, used to help us articulate our faith, may result in a deeper level of sharing our experiences of God. February 9-23: “Predestination, Suffering, and Hell—And Other Cheerful Topics.” Seriously, folks: This three-week series comes from suggestions that we have some sessions on the great theological quandaries with which Christian thought has wrestled—with varying degrees of success (or lack thereof). We don’t solve the problems or come to one way of thinking about things—that’s for sure—but we will engage issues—and take a look at the processes of the Church’s theological project, itself.

February 9. Human Freedom and the Purpose of God: How Can Free Will and Divine Sovereignty Coexist?”
February 16. How (and Why) Does a Good and Powerful God Permit Suffering?
February 23. And How Can We Think about Hell (if we need to, at that): Could There Really Be Such a Thing as Damnation?

Thursday, February 6: Thursdays at Three – In the Parish Hall – “Dostoevsky if you dare!” We continue our five-week series on Dostoevsky’s classic, The Brothers Karamazov (Peaver translation suggested). This week we will be discussing Books Four and Five. Getting a head start is recommended!

Thursday, February 6: LUNCHEON GET TOGETHER FOR WOMEN OF THE PARISH: The next luncheon will be on Thursday, February 6 at 12 noon. Please join us in the Parish Hall. Bring a sandwich to share; dessert and beverages will be provided.

Monday, February 10: March Together deadline.

Friday, February 14: Walking the Labyrinth at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Margaret Rappaport will facilitate the monthly indoor labyrinth walk. The labyrinth will be available for individual walks from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day. For more information on this ministry contact Margaret at rappaportmm@yahoo.com.

Monday, February 17: The office will be closed for President’s Day.

Wednesday, February 19: Men’s Lunch at 12:30 p.m. in the Fireplace Room. Members bring lunch; coffee, chips and grapes provided. Co-facilitors, Brian Skea and Bruce Lederhouse. Questions? Contact Brian Skea at 774-279-3454 or hamish43@aol.com.

CHS Artist: The featured artist for the month of February is the CHS PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY coordinated by Helen Richardson. A pair of women started this ministry several years ago and the concept has been picked up all over this country and worldwide. The shawls are blessed by our priests, then given to men and women. A few months are still open in 2014 to display, sell your art. A sign up poster is located in the gallery. Questions contact Sharyn Laughton – 508 255 7277 – artoff@comcast.net.

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 the 10 a.m. service during the Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall.

Free Shop: Hours – Monday, 12 Noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Now accepting good, clean winter clothing. Sharyn Laughton , 508-255-7277.

Galley West Gift Shop: The Gift Shop will be open Sundays 11 a.m. to 12 Noon and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon.

NEW FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS: Have you tried our cocoa – including a spicy variety? We also have very dark plain chocolate bars, 5 kinds of coffee and tea, a dark fruit and nut chocolate bar, healthy snack geo-bars and Olive Oil from Palestinian women’s cooperative.

Pastoral Care: Need a ride to church or for a hospital or medical appointment? The Pastoral Care Committee provides transportation! Please call Pattie LaBranche at 508-255-3532 or Peter Blank at 508-760-1516.

PLEASE RECYCLE: All your large plastic and paper shopping bags can be deposited in a container outside the Free Shop door AND all your used Christmas cards can be taken to the Gathering Room for the Church School. Thank you!

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Prayer shawls are an important but quiet way of expressing concern to help others through difficult or happy occasions. We have such a cadre of helpers here in Church of The Holy Spirit! But more help is always needed and welcome. If you are interested in meeting with others to knit, crochet and chat with, please let me know. Phone me at 508- 255-0065. Helen Richardson

Stewardship: 2014 Pledges – We have received most pledges for 2014. 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. 2014 Offertory Envelopes for pledges to be paid on a weekly or monthly basis are in the Reception Room. Please pick them up. If we gave you the wrong frequency (i.e. you wanted weekly and but got monthly) let us know so we can get you another box set. If there are no envelopes for your pledge, please contact the parish office and we will have a box assigned.

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 Mother Sarah know ASAP to get on the sched- ule. Training will take place as needed directly after the 10 a.m. service.

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