Announcements Dec 19 – Dec 26

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 20, we have received 155 pledges for a total of $315,378. Requested 2016 Offering Envelope boxes will be distributed during the middle of December.

Wednesday, December 23: 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 24: CHURCH SCHOOL – 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. January 3: Epiphany Trope – bring your gift to the Christ Child (an unwrapped toy). These gifts will be delivered to the Cape Cod Council of Churches in December 2016 for needy families. After the Trope, children go to the CHS Library for story & treats! Nursery care is available.

Friday, January 1: New Years Day – The Church of The Holy Spirit will present a reading of the entire Gospel according to John. Members of the church will participate in reading a chapter at a time. The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. on January 1 and will last until 12:15 p.m. There will be two brief intermissions. There will be no sermon or offering. All welcome.

Sunday, January 3: BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Our next meeting is on Sunday, January 3, 2016 after the 10 a.m. service in the Fireplace Room. We will begin discussing Chapter 1 of James Carroll’s Christ Actually.

Saturday, January 9: Elizabeth (Libby) Pratt’s funeral service will be held here at the Church of the Holy Spirit at 11 a.m.

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.

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

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. 2015 Pledge payments must be received by Sunday, December 27 to be included in your 2015 giving statement. Statements will be produced by January 15, 2016.

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. Enjoy this display in the Reception Room. Sharyn Laughton: – 508 255 7277.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: HELP NEEDED – We need hosts for December 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

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

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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