Announcements December 22 – 28


Weekend of Advent IV:  Saturday, December 22 at 4 pm, and both services on
Sunday, December 23 at 8 am & 10 am will be held in the PARISH HALL.

Christmas Eve:  Monday, December 24 – 4:30 pm, Christmas Pageant & Eucharist
and 10 pm, Christmas Choral Eucharist.

Christmas Day:  Tuesday, December 25, 10 am, Eucharist with Carols.

PARISH OFFICE HOLIDAY CLOSURESThe office will be closed Monday, December 24,Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

2019 Pledge Offering Envelopes Available:  If you requested weekly or monthly pledge envelopes for 2019, they are available on a table in the Reception Room.  They are labeled with you name:  weekly ones are in the larger boxes and monthly ones in the smaller boxes. The more that are picked up, the fewer we have to mail!

Sunday, December 23:  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 23:  The Book Discussion Group – We will be reading Fleming Rutledge’s  “Hell” on Advent IV this Sunday in the Fireplace Room after the 10 am service. Brian and Brooke Skea

Annual Report Notice:  Please send your Annual Report to by Monday, January 2019. Thank you.

CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS:  Sunday, December 30:  VEGGIE TALE CHRISTMAS THEATER  – At 9:45 am in the Gathering Room. Sunday, January 6: EPIPHANY TROUP – At the 10 am service, children will attend the service with their families and go to the CHS Library after the Troup for a fun activity.

Friday, January 4:  Epiphany Labyrinth Walk at 10 am in the Parish Hall. Epiphany is a season of light. It begins with the coming of the wise-men who followed a star to Bethlehem. It ends the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Walk with us as we explore this season of light.   

Thursday, January 10:  Ladies Luncheon will meet on the second Thursday in January 2019. Bring your sandwich to share and enjoy. Our committee for January is:  Virginia Clarendon, Chips;  Sandra Marshall, Table Decorations;  Nancy Lugwig, Paper Goods;  Half and Half and Lemon, Jane Affleck; Pat Carroll, Juice;  and Dylis Smith, Klondike Bars.

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 if you have a crèche or other Advent or Christmas decorative items you are willing to share.

FREE SHOP: Your Winter clothing donations are 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 – – 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

Parking Lot Safety:  We’ve noticed that we have more people ignoring our “Exit Only” and “Entrance Only” signs, and driving in the exit. This is a real concern, and could result in a serious accident. So let’s look out for one another and “keep with the flow”!

CONSTANT CONTACT:  Here at the Church of the Holy Spirit we occasionally send out a Constant Contact email blast. What is a Constant Contact email blast? Simply put, it is an email that goes out to hundreds of parishioners at the exact same time. To keep everyone informed, we need to always have your current email address on file. So, if you change your email address, please let the office know! Our contact info: or  508-255-0433.






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