* 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 December 7, we have received 149 pledges for a total of $303,266. Requested 2016 Offering Envelope boxes will be distributed during the middle of December.
Sunday, December 13: CHURCH SCHOOL – Assignment of Pageant costumes after the 10 a.m. service, in the Gathering Room. December 24: Christmas Pageant at the 4:30 p.m. service. Total cast in the Gathering Room at 4 p.m. Nursery Care is available. December 27: No Church School classes. Little Drummer Boy video for all ages in the Gathering Room at 10 a.m. Nursery care is available.
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 Or-leans at 5:30 p.m. 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.
Wednesday, December 16: AN HOUR OF ENCOURAGEMENT 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the side Chapel in the Church. Emerging from our series on Julian of Norwich, a group has begun meeting each Wednesday. The content and format varies from week to week and may include readings from authors like Julian probing spiritual matters. All are welcome to join at any time and bring guests to participate in this intimate time together with the Lord.
Thursday, December 17: TOAST & JAM CHRISTMAS CONCERT at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Bring your own food and drink and enjoy this wonderful concert of Christmas Music. This blend of Bluegrass, Americana and Standards is sure to please. Tickets can be bought at the door for $15.
Thursday, January 14, 2016: GETTING TO KNOW YOU – Parish Pot Luck Supper at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Hosted by the Welcoming Paths Team: Sign up sheet in reception room. Pot Luck assignments: A – H, main course dish; I – M, side dish; N – P, salad; Q – Z, dessert. Music by our favorite DJ, Bernie Hutchens, playing all your favorites.
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.
Friday, January 15: BOOK STUDY: Fr. Ken will be facilitating a study of Walter Brueggemann’s new book: Chosen? Reading The Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The study will take place on four Fridays at 12 Noon in the Parish Hall, beginning January 15 (bring your lunch). See Fr. Ken for more information or to sign up call 413-478-5719 or email@example.com.
2016 OFFERTORY ENVELOPES BOXES – For pledges being paid on a weekly or monthly basis are available for pick up in the Reception Room. Please take your box and save postage.
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 Christ-mas stories used in classrooms and church services in Episcopal Churches. Come to the Gallery in the Reception Room and enjoy! Questions? Contact Sharyn Laughton – firstname.lastname@example.org – 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.
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 email@example.com.
GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP: HOLIDAY HOURS -The Galley will be open on Monday, December 14 through Tuesday, December 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. also, our usual Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. We have some unique items that are sure to be a Christmas hit! Please stop by and buy! 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 13.
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.