Announcements Jan 24 – Jan 31

fireplaceSUNDAY, JANUARY 25: ANNUAL MEETING IN THE PARISH HALL AT 11:30 A.M.

Sunday, January 25: ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL – Sunday, January 25: NO SESSION

Thursday, January 29: THURSDAYS AT THREE – January 29, February 5, and February 12 from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall. “Praying and Singing with Handel’s Messiah” Please join us for a three session series, one for each of the three parts of Handel’s Messiah, one of the greatest masterworks of art and faith. These sessions will include listening to recorded portions, reflections, and—yes—some singing along, too! Led by Dilys Smith.

Sunday, February 1: YOUTH GROUP BREAKFAST – Please come to this special breakfast after the 10 a.m. service.

Sunday, February 1: Book Discussion Group – after the 10 a.m. service in the Fireplace Room. Is starting a new book by Rowan Williams, “Being Christian, Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer.” Come join us as we delve into this slim pamphlet which presents a summation of his thinking about being a Christian by the recent Archbishop of Canterbury.

Sunday, February 8: 10 a.m. service – CHILDREN’S INSTRUCTED EUCHARIST – at the main altar with Father Adam after Church School classes.

Tuesday, February 17: SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER for the whole parish – 5:30 p.m. – colorful paper hats, Mardi Gras beads, pancakes and more, singing with and by the Church School choir……home & happy by 7:30 p.m.! This is an annual event sponsored by the Church School. Sign up to bring a dessert – sign up poster is on the Youth bulletin board in the Gathering Room.

Help Needed: We have 6 young people (in the 20s) who need housing for Friday night, February 6. From the Episcopal City Mission in Boston, they are Life Together youth lay ministers for the Episcopal Church in our diocese. They will spend the night with a CHS host family on the 6th and then give a presentation for a Cape audience at CHS on the 7th. So if you have a guest bedroom and want to learn more about these youth and their Episcopal projects please contact Father Ken at 413-478-5719. Thank you!

Episcopal City Mission: Mission Discernment Day: February 7, 2015 Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans, MA Come and learn about how you can engage in the work we are doing to bring about a more just society here in Eastern Massachusetts. Meet members of the Life Together internship program – Micah Fellows engaging in the work of social change. Participate in a facilitated conversation with other ECM supporters who are passionate about making our communities stronger. Learn about the emerging public policy initiates for 2015. Begin to discern where God is moving in your communities and congregations! You can regis-ter online at: http://www.EpiscopalCityMission.Eventbrite.com

Stewardship – Offertory Envelopes: If you need envelopes please contact the Parish Office. So far we have received 173 pledges for $334,660. Thank you for your generosity.  Pledge Statements: All 2014 Pledge Statements are ready. Please help us save postage and pick up your statement in the Reception Room. Thank you.

CHS Artist: The featured CHS artist for the month of January is the Prayer Shawl Ministry dis-played & directed by Helen Richardson. We provide shawls for those who suffer from acci-dents and illness, the bereaved, as well as anyone who simply needs to know that others care (more importantly that God always cares). After the expert handwork is completed, the Shawls are blessed by clergy before being given to anyone in need. Questions? Call Helen Richardson at 508-255-0065. Please sign up to show/sell your art or craft for one month in 2015! Call Sharyn Laughton at 508-255-7277 or artoff@comcast.net.

Children Activity Bags: Are available for loan to keep our children “busy” during the Service.  Please feel free to take advantage of them.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: Just a reminder; you can sign up for hosting coffee hour in the Parish Hall. We need new participants in the New Year! Beverages are provided. You just need to bring something to go with them! Thank you, Michele Puzo

Free Shop: Thank you for your continued support & donations to the Free Shop. The shop is now accepting WINTER Clothing. All donations can be dropped off any day the Parish Hall is open. If the shop is closed there is a container outside the door. The shop is open Mondays 12 noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sharyn Laughton 508-255-7277 or ar-toff@comcast.net

Galley West: Now open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Thank you.

Green Team: Possible New Year’s Pledges: Waste: I will use “Catalogue Choice” or a similar tool to cut down unwanted catalogues I receive. https://www.cataloguechoice.org When I host a party or event, I will use only reusable dinnerware. To learn more about your green options – please visit the Green Faith website at http://greenfaith.org/resource-center/stewardship/member-engagement.

Please visit our web site: holyspiritorleans.org  Take a look at Together under the “Calendar” tab.  And while you are there note the Calendar which is up to date with all meetings and events.

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