Announcements January 12 – 18

Annual Meeting of The Church of the Holy Spirit:  The Annual Meeting of The Church of the Holy Spirit will be held in the Parish Hall at 11:30 am on Sunday, February 10, 2019. In the event that a weather emergency requires the cancellation of this meeting, it shall be held on February 24, 2019, same time and place.

End of year 2018 Pledge Offering Statements are available in the Reception Room. They are labeled alphabetically with your name. The more that are picked up, the fewer we have to mail!

Sunday, January 13:  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, January 13:  The Book Discussion Group –  The book discussion group will meet today to discuss the preface of our new book, A Gospel of Hope by Walter Brueggemann. Stop by the coffee hour after the 10 o’clock service and then join us in the Fireplace Room. All are welcome!  Brooke and Brian Skea

Church School News – Sunday, January 13:  Today parents can help move costumes to the attic from the Gathering Room. Needed: one picnic bench to use on Sunday February 10. Please email Sharyn Laughton (, if you have one you can bring in. January 27:  A children’s service with Labyrinth will be held in the Gathering Room at 9:45 am led by Gail Smith. February 10:  A Valentine card making table for children will be set up during the Annual Meeting so parents’ can attend.  During the 10 am service, a children’s instructed Eucharist will be held. The Coffee Hour following will include a light lunch buffet for everyone before the Annual Meeting. February 8, 9 and 10:  A group from Holy Spirit will attend a high school retreat at the Barbara Harris Camp. Questions? Please email or talk to Matt Thompson our Youth Leader at:

 Sunday, January 20:  The Brewster-Dennis Shepherd Group will meet at the home of Nancy Ludewig, 1510 Long Pond Road, Brewster at 5:30 p.m. For directions call Nancy at 774-323-0032 and for any other questions call Elizabeth Merritt at 508-240-6998.

 Annual Report Notice: If you haven’t done so yet, please send your Annual Report to Thank you.

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 413-478-5719.

CHS FEATURED ARTIST:  This past October, our Church School Families went on a retreat to the Barbara Harris Episcopal Camp in Greenfield, NH. An exhibit of this extraordinary adventure is featured in the Gallery for the month of January. Please make time to see all the wonderful photos and art that are fond memories of our spirit filled family retreat. While you are in the Gallery – sign up to exhibit/sell your art/craft/gift for one month in 2019. Set up the first day of the month, take down the last day the month. Art is a tradition at CHS!

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. Did you know that it takes 18 CHS volunteers to run the Free Shop? Right now we have 14 extremely dedicated, loyal and faithful volunteers!  Now is the time to add your name to the list.  Please consider working one Monday (noon to 3) or one Wednesday (10 to 1) each month. Men and women volunteers are welcome! Needed: Paper shopping bags with handles. 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:  Tips of the month from the Health Committee:  It’s not to late to get your FLU SHOT and good HAND WASHING promotes good health! Find useful information 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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