Announcements December 16 – 22

The Following Advent IV Weekend Services will be held in the Parish Hall

  • Saturday, December 23:  Advent IV, 4 p.m. Eucharist
  • Sunday, December 24:  Advent IV, 10 a.m. Eucharist (NO 8 a.m. service)


  • 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

Sunday, December 17:  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 17: CHURCH SCHOOL – The children will be in their classrooms for the first part of the morning today, and come up to be with their families in church at the Peace. Last year’s “Gifts to the Christ Child” will be delivered to the Cape Cod Council of Churches’ warehouse after the service. Next Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Advent AND Christmas Eve.  There will be no Nursery Care or Church School in the morning.  The Church School will present the Christmas Pageant at 4:30 pm. Children should arrive at 4 pm to put on their costumes.  After a homily by Gail Smith+, children may remain in costume to join their parents or go to the corridor next to the reception desk to remove them before joining their parents. All costumes will be removed and left in the corridor after the service. Thank you!

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.

Thursday, January 4:  LADIES LUNCHEON – In the Parish Hall at 12 Noon – Remember your New Year’s resolution is to go to these luncheons! Bring your sandwich to share and come join us. Our committee for January is:  Table decorations, Lori Linton; Chips, Sue Stevens; Paper Goods, Barbara Mahoney; Lemon and Half ‘n half, Jane Affleck?; Juice, Fay Cole; and Dessert, Betty Yearing.  If anyone wants to help Betty with this venture, just call her and offer your help. Thanks to Dilys for making us happy carolers last meeting.

Sunday, January 7:  Book Discussion Group – After the 10 am service in the Fireplace Room. We are not meeting on December 17, 24 and 31. We will be reading the first 30 pages of Nadia Bolz-Weber’s memoir/sermon, Pastri for our next meeting in the Fireplace Room on January 7.  Nadia had a troubled adolescence, is a former stand-up comic, and is currently the Pastor of the Church for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver, CO.  Look for more on her in the January Together, check her out on YouTube and come join us! Brian and Brooke Skea

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 – – 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:

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

GIVING TREE – 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.

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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