Announcements December 30 – January 5, 2018

2018 PLEDGE ENVELOPES are in the Reception Room. Please pick yours up and save CHS postage!

Sunday, December 31:  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 31: CHURCH SCHOOL – There will be NO regular Church School today, but there will be a special Veggie Tale Christmas movie, “St. Nicholas: A Story of Giving” with Nursery and preschool care. Sunday, January 7: 10 am, Epiphany Trope and Youth Sunday.  Bring an unwrapped gift for a child for The Cape Cod Council of Churches Christmas 2018 gift store. Children will gather in the library after the Trope and be picked up there after the service for Youth Brunch in the Parish Hall.  Thank you!

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:  Youth Brunch – In the Parish Hall after the 10 am service – Please come to a delicious brunch, prepared and served by our fabulous youth! YUM!

Sunday, January 7: Book Discussion Group – After the 10 am service in the Fireplace Room. We are not meeting on December 31. We will be reading the first 30 pages of Nadia Bolz-Weber’s memoir/sermon, Pastrix for our next meeting 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

Monday, January 8: ANNUAL REPORTS are due to the office by Monday January 8. Please email to or bring your copy into the office. Thank you.

Friday, January 12:  Labyrinth Walk – In the Parish Hall at 10 am. The first of the scheduled monthly labyrinth walks in 2018 is focused on the theme, Deep Listening. Dr. Margaret Rappaport, Veriditas-certified labyrinth facilitator, will offer a perspective on striving to center ourselves. The Rev. Anne Koehler will open and close the walk with prayers selected to augment the theme. Darlene T. Hagon, Veriditas-certified labyrinth facilitator, has selected Epiphany music to enhance the January theme. A Raphael print of the Madonna and Christ Child donated by parishioner, Peg Skelly will be featured on the labyrinth.

Sunday, January 14:  MLK BREAKFAST – Three or four helpers are needed to help with table settings on Sunday, January 14 after lunch ( 1 pm).  Please see Fr. Ken. Pre-registration is required to attend the breakfast at 8:30 am on Monday, January 15 at or 413-478-5719.  Don’t delay!  It is always a sellout!

Wednesday, January 17:  MEN’S LUNCH – 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 – – 508 255 7277.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS:  Please signup on the posted sheet in the Parish Hall. The beverages are provided, you just need to bring something of your choice to go with them! Thank you to those of you who have helped out with Coffee Hour, to keep this fellowship going.

FREE SHOP:  The shop is gladly and gratefully accepting 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 – THANK YOU, EVERYONE who brought gifts for the families served by Safe Harbor Shelter and Homeless Prevention Council. You’ve helped to give them a very special Christmas at a very difficult time.

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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