Announcements Dec 5 – Dec 12

lenten quiet dayCHRISTMAS SERVICES

Thursday December 24 – 4:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Children’s Pageant

Thursday December 24 – 10:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Eucharist

Friday, December 25 – 10:00 a.m.
Christmas Day Service

STEWARDSHIP: The 2016 Pledge Packets were mailed in early October. If you did not receive one, please contact the parish office. Through November 30, we have received 142 pledges for a total of $287,582.  Requested 2016 Offering Envelope boxes will be distributed during the middle of December.

Saturday, December 5: Gingerbread House Making and Pizza Party from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Christmas Pageant Rehearsal – only one – Main characters at 5 p.m. Total cast at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 6: SALE OF GINGERBREAD HOUSES in the Parish Hall.

Sunday, December 6: FIRST FRUITS HOLIDAY SALE THIS SUNDAY – Stop by the Parish Hall to select one of our beautiful holiday arrangements, gift baskets and homemade cookie trays. Proceeds will be donated to a local charity.

Sunday, December 6: YOUTH BRUNCH – Please attend the Youth Brunch in the Parish Hall just after the Sunday 10 a.m. service. Every first Sunday of the month the Youth Group hosts a brunch.  Come and join the fun!

Friday, December 11: LABYRINTH WALK – 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall – A candlelit walk with selected music. Theme: Focus on the inspirations of the Advent Season; “meeting God in your heart and bringing those experiences into your life.”

Friday, December 11: LABYRINTH WALK – 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall – A candlelit labyrinth walk and Holy Eucharist with music and special Advent offerings. Finger labyrinths will also be available.  Also, the labyrinth is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for individual walks. Need a ride? Call Pattie LaBranche at 508-255-3532 or Peter Blank at 508-760-1516.

Sunday, December 13: SHEPHERD GROUPS – Brewster/Dennis: Will not meet in December.
Orleans: The Orleans Shepherd Group will meet at Sally Drew’s home, 347 Tonset Road, East Orleans.Eastham/Wellfleet: Will meet at 5 p.m. at the home of Fay and Ike Cole, 180 Hay Rd., Eastham.  Bring a wrapped gift for the Yankee Swap.

Wednesday, December 16: MEN’S LUNCH – Will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Fireplace Room. Bring your own bag lunch. Coffee and snacks are provided by our donations. All men in the parish are welcome. If you think of a friend who could come if a ride were provided, please invite them to come with you. Questions? Call Bruce Lederhouse at 508-240-2853

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 payable to The Church of the Holy Spirit. Place in the offering plate or drop off at the office. Deadline: Monday, December 14. Thank you.

CHS ARTIST: Featured in our CHS gallery for the month of December is a collection of Children’s Christmas Books. Cynthia Murray and Ruth Campbell have for many years collected favorite Christmas stories used in classrooms and church services in Episcopal Churches. Come to the Gallery in the Reception Room and enjoy! Questions? Contact Sharyn Laughton – – 508 255 7277.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: HELP NEEDED – We need hosts for December 20 and 27. The beverages are provided. You just need to bring something of your choice to go with them! Be creative and lend a hand to this fun cause! Please call Michele Puzo at 508-432-1981.

FAIR TRADE UPDATE: We have a new product for sale in our Parish Hall Fair Trade display: organic hand soap made by a Palestinian women’s cooperative. This product is being distributed by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship.

FREE SHOP: The Free Shop is gladly accepting winter clothing and Christmas decorations! We are hoping that the Free Shop will be on your list for holiday shopping; stop by on Mondays 12 Noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your donations can be dropped off any time the Parish Hall is open. If the shop is closed there is a container outside the Free Shop door. Questions? Please call Sharyn Laughton at 508-255-7277 or

GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP: The shop will be open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon and on Sun-days from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Barbara Hoffman

THE GIVING TREE – This year CHS will once again participate in the Giving Tree. The Giving Tree provides Christmas presents to greater community families as well as people in nursing home facilities who would otherwise go without. Please take an ornament and return to the tree with the ornament firmly attached to the gift, on or before Sunday, December 13th.

HELP WANTED: WEEKEND SEXTON.  As you may have heard, Bob Marks, weekend sexton, has left to take care of family matters in PA. He will be sorely missed – a hard act to follow. Don Bragdon has agreed to cover Sunday duties for us until we find a permanent replacement for Bob. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP. If you know of any-one who wants a part time weekend job, 8 to 16 hours, providing custodial coverage and backup as needed, please contact Kate Paradise at 774-207-0435.

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