CHRISTMAS WEEK SERVICE SCHEDULE
Christmas Eve: Tuesday, December 24 – 4:30 pm, Christmas Pageant & Eucharist
and 10 pm, Christmas Choral Eucharist
Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25, 10 am, Eucharist with Carols
Please Note: Sunday, January 5: One service at 10:00 a.m. – Epiphany Trope with breakfast following.
Also, so that the office staff can enjoy Christmas and the New Year Holiday, the office will be closed on December 24, 25, 26 and December 31 and January 1, 2020. There will be NO Healing service on December 31 and NO Morning Prayer on December 25 and January 1.
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: Monday, December 16. Thank you.
Sunday, December 15: ADULT EDUCATION – 9 am in the Fireplace Room. We will be exploring Nave stories of CHS. Debra Kissinger+
Sunday, December 15: BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP – After the 10 am service, in the Fireplace Room. We will read chapters 2 and 3 of Grateful by Diana Butler Bass. Brian and Brooke Skea
CHURCH SCHOOL: Sunday, December 15 – children in the Christmas Eve Pageant will receive their costumes during Church School. After the Eucharist a baptism celebration with cake takes place in Parish Hall. Tuesday, December 24 – children in the Christmas Eve Pageant should be in the Gathering Room by 4 pm! All children are welcome, new children, grandchildren and those who could not get to the rehearsal. Sunday, December 29 – New Year’s Party and Veggie Tale Christmas Movie at 10 am in the Gathering Room. Sign up sheets in Gathering Room for Angels and Shepherds for the Epiphany Trope Sunday, January 5, 2020.
2020 Pledge Envelopes: If you have made a financial pledge for 2020 and you requested either weekly or monthly envelopes, they are here! Please pick them up in the Gallery, where they are being watched over by many angels.
Friday, December 20: Labyrinth Walk – Our walk this month will begin in the Parish Hall at 10 am and last 45 minutes. The labyrinth will remain up for people to walk until noon. As we approach Christmas, we can find ourselves too busy. Our hope is that our labyrinth walk will give us time and space to rest and to refocus ourselves on the coming of Christ. We will walk our way to Bethlehem, traveling with Mary, Joseph and the shepherds, opening our hearts to all that journey might bring. Please come join us for the walk. See you there, Gail Smith+
Annual Reports Due: For those of you chairing committees or groups please send in your Annual Reports for 2019 to me by Friday January 10 at the latest. Thanks – Celia Calhoun (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thursday, January 9: Ladies Luncheon – 12 Noon in the Parish Hall. Our committee is as follows: Chips, Ginny Lucil; Juice, Ginny Clarendon; Paper goods, Sue Stevens; Centerpieces, Ragnhild Bjerke; and Dessert, Diana Crighton. Bring a sandwich to share, and all the rest will be provided…chips, coffee, tea, juice, and dessert. It is good to keep in touch with each other whether we feel “up” or “down”. Companionship always helps. Please come join us.
CHS FEATURED ART EXHIBIT: “Angels we Have Heard on High” – Our December Gallery Exhibit. This year we are featuring angels. Please come and enjoy this heavenly collection. Questions? Please contact Cynthia Murray. The 2020 CHS Gallery sign up sheet is ready to be filled! The sign up sheet is located by the door in the Reception Room Gallery. Looking ahead to February 2020 in the Reception Gallery…… LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS – A call for hearts from CHS artists, crafters, quilters, potters, photographers & beyond! This will be a “group” showing of your hearts on paper, fabric, rocks, clay, etc. work can be for sale or just for exhibit. All hearts gladly & gratefully received mid-January 2020. Let Sharyn Laughton know what you will be submitting at email@example.com or 508 255 7277.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org – 508 255 7277 or Suzy Gray – email@example.com or 774-772-1210.
Health Ministry: Monthly tip from the Health Ministries Committee – December is a good time to talk about FALL PREVENTION! We are all at risk of injury due to a fall. Check out the tips we’ve posted this month, and the completed ramp not the Parish Hall! Be vigilant during the upcoming holidays. Prevention is the key. Ann Pike-Paris and Meg Nemitz, co-chairs
RECYCLING TEAM AT CHS: We still need additional volunteers to join the CHS Recycling Team. Every 7 to 10 days is usually sufficient to collect the parish recycles from the kitchen and the hallway off the Reception room. You then bring them to your town recycling center. PLEASE consider helping with the CHS recycling. It is a small but important task to help our environment. Questions? Contact Jack Sasso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU: I want to sincerely thank the parish for the wonderful support you have given to make the 42nd Annual Antique Show and Sale such a success! Thank you also to all who were patrons of the show, and in addition, to all who volunteered so willingly to give your time, skills, and efforts posting advertising, covering the “gate,” compiling the show booklet, and assisting in other ways to make this event possible. The spirit that flows through each of you is such a blessing within our parish. I am most grateful and thankful to each of you who have given so willingly to help with this annual endeavor! Thank you, Debbie Meguerdichian, Chair