Announcements December 9 – 15

                                               CHRISTMAS SERVICES

  • Sunday, December 24 – 4:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Children’s Pageant
  • Sunday, December 24 – 10:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Eucharist
  • Monday, December 25 – 10:00 a.m. Christmas Morning Eucharist

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: Thursday, December 14. Thank you.

A special thank you to our youth readers at last weeks Youth Sunday, 10 am service: Maggie Bragdon, Sean Chung and Davis Keeffe-Jones.

GIVING TREE – DECEMBER 10 is the LAST DAY TO BRING YOUR GIFTS and your dove tags back to the Giving Tree as we will be delivering the gifts tomorrow. Please contact Brooke Eaton-Skea at 774-279-3453 if you have questions or concerns. On behalf of the Homeless Prevention Counsel and the Safe Harbor Shelter, THANK YOU all VERY MUCH for contributing to another very special Christmas for their families in need.  Please take a look at last year’s thank-you notes hanging on the tree to see how much your generosity is appreciated.

Sunday, December 10:  Adult Education – 9 am in the Fireplace Room. Come join an ongoing study group which meets Sundays at 9 am in the Fireplace Room. All are welcome.

Sunday, December 10:  Book Discussion Group – After the 10 am service in the Fireplace Room. We hope to finish “The Divine Dance” this Sunday, reading Part III and the Appendix. We will also discuss possible books for the New Year, namely two books by Brian McClaren, “Finding Our Way Again” (2008) Thomas Nelson, and “The Great Spiritual Migration” (2016) Convergent Books. Also “Accidental Saints” by Nadia Boltz-Weber (2015) Convergent Books. You can see her on YouTube, and also her memoir “Pastrix” (2013) Jericho Books. Brian and Brooke Skea

Sunday, December 10:  CHURCH SCHOOL – We are busy preparing for the Christmas Pageant, December 24 and the Epiphany Trope, January 7. Please sign up for a part in the gathering room. After last night’s pageant rehearsal, we had pizza and decorated gingerbread houses.  Some of these beautiful creations are for sale in the Parish Hall so please stop by after the service and get one to take home!

Wednesday, December 13:  “A Service of Light” – The season of Advent can be a time of darkness and light as we move our way purposefully towards Christmas and the coming of Christ. Given all the recent deaths in our parish family, we are aware that this has been a time of all sorts of loss for us here at church and beyond. In light of this there will be “A Special Service of Light” next Wednesday December 13 at 6 pm in the Church around the main altar. It will be a short simple service of quiet with candles, prayers, Icons, and Taize chant. Please invite any friends or family that you feel might benefit from this time of quiet and prayer.

Sunday, December 17:  SHEPHERD GROUPS – The Brewster/Dennis Group will meet  at 5 p.m. at the home of Nancy Ludewig, 1510 Long Pond Road, Brewster. The Eastham/ Wellfleet group will hold their Annual Christmas Party and Yankee Swap at home of Ike & Fay Cole, 180 Hay Rd. Eastham;  508-255-9542… Bring something yummy to share. The Orleans Shepherd Group is not meeting in December.

Wednesday, December 20:  MEN’S LUNCH – Our Men’s Lunch group will meet in the Fireplace Room at 12 Noon. Rides can be arranged.  Bring your own sandwich and cold drink; coffee and snacks are provided by our donations.  Questions? Call Bruce Lederhouse at 508-240-2853.

December in the CHS Gallery Reception Room:  Back by popular demand, an annual display of collected crèches. The appliquéd hangings by Gail Smith+ depicting the nativity story will be featured, complemented by crèches on loan from the parishioners of The Church of the Holy Spirit. Please make time to look at all these special Christmas traditions. The 2018 Gallery sign up sheet is available to sign up to exhibit your craft for one month in 2018. Questions? Contact Sharyn Laughton – artoff@comcast.net – 508 255 7277.

FREE SHOP:  The shop is gladly and gratefully accepting fall and winter clothing and paper shopping bags. We are open Monday: 12 Noon to 3 pm and Wednesday: 10 am to 1 pm. Donations can be dropped off during shop hours or placed in the box outside the shop door any time the parish hall is open. Questions? Call Sharyn Laughton or email: artoff@comcast.net.

GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP:  The shop is open to the public on Sundays from 11:15 am to 12 Noon and on Mondays from 10 am to 1 pm, except on Holidays. Please stop by, browse, and shop for yourself, family, and friends. Susan Owens

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – CAPE COD:  Gifts for Brewster and Truro future home owners. We’ve been able to trade-in Shaw’ Rachael Ray stamps for 5 five covered casserole dishes and are almost have enough for the sixth one. Our goal is nine so that each family who moves into a new Habitat home this summer will have one. The program runs through December so all our holiday grocery shopping should get us to our goal. Also many thanks to all who have been saving and putting them in the collection box on the Welcoming Table at the side entrance to the Parish Hall.

HEALTH MINISTRIES COMMITTEE:  We will begin our monthly health topics in January with the focus on thyroid health. Look for handouts during coffee hour after the 10 am service with additional copies available on the desk in the Reception Room.  We look forward to your feedback! We also will be including the contact information in every Together for local groups that may be helpful to you.  Ann Pike-Paris

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