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 13. Thank you.
Sunday, December 2: ADULT EDUCATION – in the Fireplace Room, 9 am. We continue working our way through Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. This is a lively, interactive Bible study, led by Adam+. No homework required! Just come, in spirit, mind, and heart.
Sunday, December 2: The Book Discussion Group – We will be reading a selection of readings from Fleming Rutledge’s book, “Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ” starting this Sunday in the Fireplace Room after the 10 am service. The first chapter will be emailed separately to members. Brian and Brooke Skea
Sunday, December 2: YOUTH BREAKFAST – FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT join us after the 10 am service for another wonderful brunch prepared and served by our youth group.
Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2: FIRST FRUITS HOLIDAY SALE – In the Parish Hall 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 12 Noon on Sunday. Do you need a holiday centerpiece, mantel swag or a small arrangement to take as a hostess gift or to a shut in? Do you enjoy home made Christmas cookies? Then come to the CHS First Fruits Holiday Sale! Lovely arrangements made from fresh cut greens with embellishments, Cookie Trays, Gift Baskets and more! Interested in helping us make arrangements?
Contact Sue Sasso at 860-614-1341.
Church School News: Sunday, December 2: ADVENT WREATH-MAKING from 9:45 am to 11 am in the Gathering Room. Bring greens if you can. Friday, December 7: ASSEMBLING GINGERBREAD HOUSES at 5:30 pm in the Kitchen. Saturday, December 8: PAGEANT REHEARSAL at 5 pm in the Church and PIZZA & GINGERBREAD HOUSE MAKING at 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Sunday, December 9: SALE OF GINGERBREAD HOUSES in the Parish Hall during Coffee Hour.
Thursday, December 6: Ladies Luncheon – Our December meeting will fall on December 6, and we hope to see you there. It is a busy month, so mark your calendars now and plan to join us at 12 noon in the Parish Hall. Bring a sandwich to share and a yearning to sing in the season. Dilys will lead the way on the piano. The December committee: 1/2 and 1/2 and lemon – Jane Affleck; our dearly loved chips – Ginny Lucil; paper goods – Gayle Binney-Sterne; Juice and table decorations: Fay Cole.
Advent Labyrinth Walks – Fridays December 7, 14, and 21 at 10 am in the Parish Hall.
Advent is a time during which we look for the Coming of Christ as a small child in Bethlehem; we look for Christ to come again, and we look for Christ who lives in our hearts. Come give yourself time to reflect and walk with us as we journey through Advent to Christmas and beyond. Save the Date: Saturday, December 15: Advent Quiet Day Labyrinth Walk.
THE GIVING TREE IS UP in the reception room and will be there for just ONE MORE WEEK! This year we are purchasing gifts for families of the Homeless Prevention Council and the Safe Harbor domestic violence shelter. Stop by the reception area and pick a dove from the tree and an instruction sheet on your way to the Parish Hall after the service today or at any time the office is open during the week. Remember to return your dove with your gifts ASAP as we must have all the gifts for delivery by DECEMBER 9. Call Brooke Eaton-Skea at 774-279-3453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
CHS FEATURED ARTIST – A CHS Christmas Tradition display of Christmas Creches from around the world. 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 contact Cynthia Murray at 508-896-5634 or email@example.com if you have a crèche or other Advent or Christmas decorative items you are willing to share.
FREE SHOP: The leaves will be falling soon and turning color. Your Winter clothing donations will be most welcomed. No more summer clothes, please! 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? Contact Sharyn Laughton – firstname.lastname@example.org – 508 255 7277.
GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP: Have you checked out the Galley West shop recently? It’s a one of a kind shop with many wonderful items for sale. 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. Thank you, Susan Owens
HEALTH MINISTRIES COMMITTEE: The Health topic for December is Colon Cancer. Did you know that Colon Cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S.? Do you know how to get tested? Do you know the risk factors and what you may be able to do to lower your risk? Find the answers at the health table after services on Sundays or on the desk in the Reception area. Ann Pike-Paris, Chair
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – KNITTERS NEEDED – Our pastoral visitors take the shawls to homes, nursing homes and hospitals after they have been blessed at one of our Eucharistic services. We also knit baby blankets for newborns. There is no right or wrong way to create these shawls of love and care but we do request that they be approximately 24” by 60” in size (though baby blankets are much smaller!) If you can help, please call Sandy Marshall at 508-255-9971 or email@example.com.