Announcements December 29 – January 4, 2019

2019 Pledge Offering Envelopes are available on a table in the Reception Room. They are labeled with your name. The more that are picked up, the fewer we have to mail!

Sunday, December 30:  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 30:  The Book Discussion Group – We’ll be selecting our next book this Sunday, December 30 and will begin discussion on Sunday, January 6 – in the Fireplace Room after the 10 am service. Brian and Brooke Skea

PARISH OFFICE HOLIDAY CLOSURESThe office will be closed Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Annual Report Notice:  Please send your Annual Report to by Monday, January 7, 2019. Thank you.

CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS:  Sunday, December 30:  TODAY – VEGGIE TALE CHRISTMAS PARTY  – At 9:45 am in the Church School. Please pick up your children after church. Sunday, January 6: EPIPHANY TROPE – At the 10 am service. Children who are in the Trope will get dressed in the Parish Offices and all other children attend the service with their families. After the Trope,  they’ll all go to the CHS Library for a Christmas Story: Grace’s Christmas and board games. Following the service in the Parish Hall please join us for a delicious brunch prepared and served by our YOUTH GROUP.

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.

SUNDAY, January 13:  Evensong is back by popular demand! Mark your calendars for January 13, at 4 pm for an Epiphany Evensong, featuring a variety of music and preceded by an elegant tea in the Parish Hall.

NEW WEEKEND CUSTODIAN:  Please welcome Tony Johnson to our parish family. Tony is our new Weekend Custodian who started working with us on Christmas weekend. He is on duty on Saturdays and Sundays, do stop and greet him when you’re near the parish hall and kitchen on those days. And many thanks to Don and Mary Anne Bragdon who expertly filled in until Tony

ERIC IN THE MORNING: JAZZ, JOY AND JUSTICE! The immensely popular Martin Luther King annual breakfast at CHS this year will feature Eric Jackson of PBS’s Eric in the Evening, who will demonstrate through music, stories and video clips how jazz, gospel and freedom music has and continues to empower the African-American struggle for freedom and justice. Monday, January 21 at 8:30 am, in the Parish Hall. Please preregister as this event always draws a capacity crowd. To register email or call Ken Campbell+ or 413-478-4719.

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. 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



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