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Announcements June 11 – June 18

20160422_103107-1Sunday, June 12: BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP – We will be reading When Breath Becomes Air each Sunday in June. We will be taking July and August off. Brian and Brooke Skea.

CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS FOR THE PARISH
Sunday, June 12: Presentation of Communion Preparation Class and Confirmation Class. Reception in the Parish Hall following the 10 a.m. service…meet and great the candidates.
Sunday, June 19: Youth Recognition Sunday – all Church School classes, Acolytes, Youth Group and graduating High School Seniors will be recognized! A cookout for the whole parish follows the 10 a.m. service. Last name ending in A-P: side dish/salad, Q-Z: dessert. Ham-burgers, drinks and more will be provided by the Church School and Shepherd Groups.
Sunday, June 26: Veggie Tales (Summer Church School) begins in the “Creation Room” for all ages. Nursery Care available for infants and toddlers.

Tuesday, June 14: A NIGHT OF WITNESS, WORSHIP & CELEBRATION – The annual Bishop Barbara Harris Award for Social Justice will be given to Ruth Campbell by our bishop at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston at a gala Episcopal Church event beginning at 5:30 p.m. The award is given to, “women who have created positive change as leaders in the community and in the Church, especially with youth.” As Bishop Barbara would say, “the least, the lost and the left out.”

Wednesday, June 15: MEN’S LUNCH will meet the third Wednesday of the month at 12 Noon in the Fireplace Room. Bring your own bag lunch. Coffee and snacks are provided by our donations. All men in the parish are welcome. Please invite a friend to come. Questions? Call Bruce Lederhouse at 508-801-0654.

Friday, June 17: LABYRINTH WALK at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall a guided walk True Stillness led by Dr. Margaret Rappaport, Veriditas-certified Labyrinth facilitator, with selected vocal and instrumental Celtic music (Darlene T. Hagon, Director of Music), and a brief theological reflection on God’s patience waiting for us to be still (The Rev Anne Koehler). All are welcome! Our July walk will be held on Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

SUMMER CHOIR: Our tradition at CHS is to provide a Summer Choir for the 10 a.m. service each week (June 5 – Sept. 4). Singers – all voice ranges – are invited to come any Sunday for a rehearsal in the Church at 9 a.m. Since this is the only weekly rehearsal during the Summer, we ask those who wish to participate on Sundays to be present for this important rehearsal at 9 a.m. Vestments are not worn. Please come and join the choir any Sunday and bring your relatives and friends. All are welcome. Darlene Hagon

Vivian Stacey.  Back in the 1990’s, our Church was blessed to have a delightful, energetic ECW President, Vivian Stacey. It was a time of card parties, house and garden tours and elegant dinners in the Parish Hall, contributing greatly to CHS. Today finds her home-bound with 24 hour care. Her 101st birthday was May 25! If you could take a moment and send her a card to honor this special occasion, it would be much appreciated. Vivian Stacey: 632 South Orleans Rd., So. Orleans, MA 02662.

CHS ARTIST: The featured CHS artist for the month of June is Pia MacKenzie. Pia’s new work is always a surprise – always a joy and delight to the heart & eyes. The remaining months in 2016 have been reserved. Thank you to all who have signed up to exhibit/sell their art in the CHS gallery. Please note that the Food for Kids volunteer sign up sheet is now in the Parish Hall. Questions, contact Sharyn Laughton at artoff@comcast.net or call 508-255-7277.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY BAGS: Are available at every entrance for loan to keep our children “busy” during the service. Please feel free to take advantage of them.

LEMONADE ON THE LAWN: For the months of July and August we will be serving lemonade and cookies after the 10 a.m. service. Please sign up on the posted sheet in the Parish Hall to bring cookies. The lemonade is provided. We hope you will all enjoy this new and delicious change for the summer!

DRIVERS NEEDED: Volunteers to drive parishioners to church services, activities and medical appointments are needed. If you can help please call Pattie LaBranche at 508-255-3532 or Peter Blank at 508-760-1516.

FREE SHOP: The Free Shop is gladly accepting SUMMER clothing. Open on Mondays: 12 Noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your donations can be dropped off any time the Parish Hall is open. If the shop is closed there is a container outside the Free Shop door at the foot of the elevator. Questions? Please call Sharyn Laughton at 508-255-7277 or artoff@comcast.net.

GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP: The shop will be open on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Please stop by and buy! Barbara Hoffman
ST. MARTHA’S WOMEN’S GUILD: Is in need of metal coffee cans with tops. Please drop them off at the office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

HELP NEEDED – SEE PARISH MINISTRIES BULLETIN BOARD: Several parish ministries need more volunteers and are featured on the bulletin board. This display will remain through the month of June to give parishioners the opportunity to review the various ministries needing volunteers. The sign up sheet is in the middle of the display of posters featuring several minis-tries. Do visit the board when you’re in Parish Hall and sign up – they need YOU!

Announcements May 14 – May 21

cape cod springSunday, May 15: BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP – There will be NO meeting May 15 and May 22 (Michael Lerner sermon and lecture). On May 29 we will begin reading When Breath Becomes Air, best-seller by Paul Kalanithi, available at your local bookseller for $25, used copies avail-able on Amazon for less than $10. Brian and Brooke Skea.

Sunday, May 15: THE CAPE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA at 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall Under the direction of John P. Hagon, The Cape Community Orchestra will present its annual spring con-cert. Program selections will include music by Rossini, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov, Eric Korngold, Lionel Richie, and a new arrangement of “Rhapsody in Blue” for full orchestra without piano. A free will donation is suggested.

Sunday, May 15: ORLEANS SHEPHERD GROUP will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Sally and Tom Dewing’s, 16 Packet Landing, Orleans. Questions? Call 508-255-2656. EASTHAM-WELLFLEET SHEP-HERD GROUP will meet at 5 p.m. of Jean & Bob Collins’, 142 Whidah Way, Wellfleet.

Wednesday, May 18: MEN’S LUNCH will meet the third Wednesday of the month at 12 Noon in the Fireplace Room. Bring your own bag lunch. Coffee and snacks are provided by our do-nations. All men in the parish are welcome. If you know of a friend who would like to come, please bring him! Questions? Call Brian Skea at 774-279-3454.

SUNDAY, MAY 22: Angelica Series – Rabbi Michael Lerner will be the keynote speaker at 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. “Healing The Politics of Anger and Demonization in the 2016 Elections” We are in the midst of one of the most vitriolic election seasons we’ve seen in an America. Rabbi Lerner argues that we must approach this not by demeaning those with whom we disagree, but with a deep analysis of, and empathy for, the pain and outrage impacting many Americans that is getting manipulated in destructive ways, and then presents some strategies for how we in the spiritual and religious world might help in the healing and trans-formation of these dynamics. Rabbi Lerner is a prolific author and leading voice for action for “the repair of the world” as editor of the journal, Tikkun, one of the most respected intellectual/cultural journals in the Jewish world. The event is jointly sponsored by Am HaYam Cape Cod Havurah, The Church of the Holy Spirit, The Federated Church of Orleans, Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church, Harwich, First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist and the Nauset Inter-faith association. We anticipate a full house, so please make your reservations SOON with Tom Dewing at st.dewing@verizon.net.

Friday, May 27: GARDEN PARTY – Please join us for the May Garden Party from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon! Come for the whole time or only a few minutes. Bring your tools or use ours. Coffee, Hole in One donut holes and cold drinks are provided. Meet us in the north parking lot behind the offices.

Sunday, June 19: SAVE THE DATE – YOUTH RECOGNITION SUNDAY & COOKOUT FOR THE WHOLE PARISH – This will be our last class in the 2015-2016 Church School calendar year – Veggie Tales will be offered for the children during the summer months.

CHS ARTIST: Food for Kids is the May exhibit in the Gallery/Reception Room. This program is made possible by you volunteering during July & August. Sign up on the large sign-up sheet posted at this exhibit, also please fill out the green clip board sheet with all contact info. View the exhibit and learn more about Food for Kids – beginning it’s fourth summer! Questions? Call Ruth Campbell at 508-240-5169.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY BAGS: Are available at every entrance for loan to keep our children “busy” during the service. Please feel free to take advantage of them.

LEMONADE ON THE LAWN: For the months of July and August we will be serving lemonade and cookies after the 10 a.m. service. Please sign up on the posted sheet in the Parish Hall to bring cookies. The lemonade is provided. We hope you all enjoy this new and delicious change for the summer!

DRIVERS NEEDED: Volunteers to drive parishioners to church services, activities and medical appointments are sorely needed. If you can help please call Pattie LaBranche at 508-255-3532 or Peter Blank at 508-760-1516.

EVENTS IN THE PARISH HALL: Please be kind to the floors. When you move tables or chairs in the Parish Hall please LIFT them to move them as opposed to DRAGGING them across the floor. This way we can prevent streaks on the wood. Thank you!

FAIR TRADE UPDATE: We have received a new order of olive oil from the Holy Land (the same oil that is used to make Holy Chrism for baptismal anointing). We also now have hot chocolate and cocoa and healthy organic cashews and almonds as well as an assortment of coffees, teas and chocolate bars. Questions? Call Fr. Ken at 508-240-5169.

FREE SHOP: The Free Shop is gladly accepting spring clothing. Open on Mondays: 12 Noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your donations can be dropped off any time the Parish Hall is open. If the shop is closed there is a container outside the Free Shop door at the foot of the elevator. Questions? Please call Sharyn Laughton at 508-255-7277 or ar-toff@comcast.net.

GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP: The shop will be open on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Please stop by and buy! Barbara Hoffman

ST. MARTHA’S WOMEN’S GUILD: Is in need of metal coffee cans with tops. Please drop them off at the office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

HELP NEEDED – SEE PARISH MINISTRIES BULLETIN BOARD: Several parish ministries need more volunteers and are featured on the bulletin board during May. Check it out – there may be an opportunity for you!

Announcements May 7 – May 14

20160422_103107-1Sunday, May 8: BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP – We will be reading the concluding chapter of “Christ Actually.” There will be no meeting May 15 and May 22 (Michael Lerner sermon and lecture). On May 29 we will begin reading When Breath Becomes Air, best-seller by Paul Kalanithi, available at your local bookseller for $25, used copies available on Amazon for less than $10. Brian and Brooke Skea.

Friday, May 13: WALKING THE LABYRINTH – 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall. The theme: “True Listening”. Dr. Margaret Rappaport, Veriditas certified labyrinth facilitator, will guide the walk. Selected meditative choral music will be offered by Darlene T. Hagon, Director of Music. The Rev. Anne Koehler will offer a brief theological reflection on listening for the voice of God. All are welcome.

Saturday, May 14: ATTENTION: SAFE CHURCH TRAINING from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Check your email to see if you have been contacted about this training. If so please let us know that you can attend by emailing Amanda in the Office at holyspiritorlean-sadmin@verizon.net Thank You.

Sunday, May 15: THE CAPE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA at 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall Under the direction of John P. Hagon, The Cape Community Orchestra will present its annual spring con-cert. Program selections will include music by Rossini, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov, Eric Korngold, Lionel Richie, and a new arrangement of “Rhapsody in Blue” for full orchestra without piano. A free will donation is requested.

SAVE THE DATE – SUNDAY, MAY 22: Angelica Series – Rabbi Michael Lerner will be the keynote speaker at 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Seeking healing for the divisions amongst us, Rabbi Lerner has led a life as a personal witness in non-violent confrontation with injustice. Come to our parish hall to hear what he has to say. The event is jointly sponsored by Am HaYam Cape Cod Havurah, The Church of the Holy Spirit, The Federated Church of Orleans, Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church, Harwich, and First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist. We anticipate a full house, so please make your reservations early with Tom Dewing at st.dewing@verizon.net.

Sunday, May 15: ORLEANS SHEPHERD GROUP will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Sally and Tom Dew-ing’s, 16 Packet Landing, Orleans. Questions? Call 508-255-2656. EASTHAM-WELLFLEET SHEP-HERD GROUP will meet at 5 p.m. of Jean & Bob Collins’, 142 Whidah Way, Wellfleet.

Wednesday, May 18: MEN’S LUNCH will meet the third Wednesday of the month at 12 Noon in the Fireplace Room. Bring your own bag lunch. Coffee and snacks are provided by our do-nations. All men in the parish are welcome. If you know of a friend who would like to come, please invite them. Questions? Call Brian Skea at 774-279-3454.

HELP NEEDED – SEE PARISH MINISTRIES BULLETIN BOARD: Several parish ministries need more volunteers and are featured on the bulletin board during May. Check it out – there may be an opportunity for you!

Friday, May 27: GARDEN PARTY – Please join us for the May Garden Party from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon! Come for the whole time or only a few minutes. Bring your tools or use ours. Coffee, Hole in One donut holes and cold drinks are provided. Meet us in the north parking lot behind the offices.

Sunday, June 19: SAVE THE DATE – YOUTH RECOGNITION SUNDAY & COOKOUT FOR THE WHOLE PARISH – This will be our last class in the 2015-2016 Church School calendar year – Veggie Tales will be offered for the children during the summer months.

CHS ARTIST: Food for Kids is the May exhibit in the Gallery/Reception Room. This program is made possible by you volunteering during July & August. Sign up on the large sign-up sheet posted at this exhibit, also pleas fill out the green clip board sheet with all contact info. View the exhibit and learn more about Food for Kids – beginning it’s fourth summer! Questions? Call Ruth Campbell at 508-240-5169.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY BAGS: Are available at every entrance for loan to keep our children “busy” during the service. Please feel free to take advantage of them.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: HELP NEEDED – Please sign up on the posted sheet in the Parish Hall. The beverages are provided. You just need to bring something of your choice to go with them! Be creative and lend a hand to this fun cause! Please call Michele Puzo at 508-432-1981.

DRIVERS NEEDED: Volunteers to drive parishioners to church services, activities and medical appointments are sorely needed. If you can help please call Pattie LaBranche at 508-255-3532 or Peter Blank at 508-760-1516.

EVENTS IN THE PARISH HALL: Please be kind to the floors. When you move tables or chairs in the Parish Hall please LIFT them to move them as opposed to DRAGGING them across the floor. This way we can prevent streaks on the wood. Thank you!

FREE SHOP: The Free Shop is gladly accepting spring clothing. Open on Mondays: 12 Noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your donations can be dropped off any time the Parish Hall is open. If the shop is closed there is a container outside the Free Shop door at the foot of the elevator. Questions? Please call Sharyn Laughton at 508-255-7277 or artoff@comcast.net.

GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP: The shop will be open on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Please stop by and buy! Barbara Hoffman

ST. MARTHA’S WOMEN’S GUILD: Is in need of metal coffee cans with tops. Please drop them off at the office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Blizzard Cancellations

winter stormThe Church of the Holy Spirit will be closed on Monday, February 8 due to the posted blizzard warnings for the area. However, we plan to open at noon on Tuesday, February 9 and to remain open for the scheduled Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner.

Please stay safe and warm during the storm and exercise caution. Thank you and God bless you.

Progress in Prayer

Parish Newsletter Article
January 2016

To start off the New Year, I thought that I’d share some key elements on making progress in prayer—an essential priority for all of us in our life in faith.  Here they are:

  • As known and practiced by Christians, prayer is essentially relational.  The fundamental relationality of prayer for those who follow of Jesus is grounded in our on-going life conversation to him as Savior and Lord—and proceeding from this, our transformation to being his true disciples and friends.  While profoundly personal, this is no “private deal.”  To belong to Christ means also belonging to his People, the Church.  Corporate prayer supports personal prayer; personal prayer—in turn—nourishes and deepens our prayer together in worship.
  • Growing prayer becomes a regular part of our daily being.  This is true in both set prayer patterns and also spontaneous prayer.  Regular patterns of prayer (even when we may not feel like it) help us to learn to “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  • Growing prayer attains greater honesty with God and also ourselves.  God “already knows,” of course, but consciously and deliberately letting go of our evasions and being real with God is key for us—and indispensable to a deeper living relationship.
  • Growing prayer increases our capacity to rejoice and delight in God.  “It is a right, and good and joyful thing, always and everywhere, to give thanks to you.”  Our first, fundamental thanksgiving is gratitude that God is God.
  • Growing prayer remembers we can only pray because God’s Spirit is already praying within us. (Romans 8:26-27)   So, we diligently attend to the Spirit’s utterance in Holy Scripture—which is God’s Word to us—yes, even in its full humanity!  The Scriptures, therefore, remain our essential school for the language, imagery, and disposition of prayer:  which is our responding word to God, both in our utterance and our holy silence.
  • We bear with the fact that making progress in prayer is a long journey—one in which we will not have unbroken success—nor always “get it right.”  It’s not a perfectionistic performance of our own, after all.  We’ll have our ups and downs; times of apparent “success,” and also dry patches.  The point is keeping at it, incrementally more fully “practicing the presence of God.”

Blessings, dear ones, to you and yours, in the New Year and always.

Adam +

Announcements Nov 28 – Dec 5

fireplaceSTEWARDSHIP:  The 2016 Pledge Packets were mailed in early October. If you did not receive one, please contact the parish office. We have received 125 pledges for a total of $261,088. Requested 2016 Offering Envelope boxes will be distributed during the middle of December.

Sunday, November 29: The Giving Tree – This year CHS will once again participate in the Giving Tree. The Giving Tree provides Christmas presents to greater community families as well as people in nursing home facilities who would otherwise go without. At the 10 a.m. service on November 29 members of the Youth Group along with children from the Sunday School will have a presentation about the Giving Tree to start us off on this joyous holiday tradition. Please take an ornament and return to the tree with the ornament firmly attached to the gift, on or before Sunday, December 13.

Sunday, November 29: Advent Wreath Making for the whole parish after the 10 a.m. service, in the Parish Hall. If possible please bring “greens” to use and share. All other materials will be provided.  Advent candle sets will be available for sale if you already have your Advent wreath. Don’t miss this traditional event sponsored by the Church School!

Thursday, December 3: WOMEN’S LUNCHEON – 12 Noon in the Parish Hall. Volunteers for the day are Barbara Mahoney, chips, Barbara Barrett, milk and lemons, Dot Cross, napkins. All women are welcome to come and enjoy the camaraderie, conversation and good food. Bring your own sandwich to share; beverages and dessert are provided. If you need a ride, call Peter Blank at 508-760-1516.

Sunday, December 6: FIRST FRUITS HOLIDAY SALE – In the Parish Hall. This year includes holiday arrangements, gift baskets and cookies. Proceeds will be donated to a local charity.

Sunday, December 6: YOUTH BRUNCH – Please attend the Youth Brunch in the Parish Hall just after the Sunday 10 a.m. service. Every first Sunday of the month the Youth Group hosts a
brunch. Come and join the fun!

Friday, December 11: LABYRINTH WALK – 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall – A candlelit walk with selected music. Theme: Focus on the inspirations of the Advent Season; “meeting God in your heart and bringing those experiences into your life”.

Friday, December 11: LABYRINTH WALK – 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall – A candlelit labyrinth walk and Holy Eucharist with music and special Advent offerings. Finger labyrinths will also be available.  Also, the labyrinth is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for individual walks. Need a ride? Call Pattie LaBranche at 508-255-3532 or Peter Blank at 508-760-1516.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: A huge thank you to all who in any way supported the Christmas Bazaar. It was a fun day and a wonderful way to begin the holiday season. THANK YOU!

Thursday, January 14: ALL PARISH POT LUCK SUPPER – 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Come join us for good food, great music and new friendships.

CHS ARTIST: The Featured artists in the CHS gallery for the month of November is the dynamic and talented duo – JANET WINTER & NANCY RANSCHT. Janet Winter has been doing artwork all her life; happily progressing from Crayolas to oil, watercolors, ink, and colored pencils. Nancy Ranscht studied photography at the State University in Purchase, N.Y. Enjoy the show of these two creative women! Questions? Contact Sharyn Laughton – artoff@comcast.net – 508 255 7277.

CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS: SIGN UP NOW – For the Christmas Pageant Cast – Dec. 24; Gingerbread House Making – Dec. 5; Epiphany Trope – Jan. 3. ALL sign up sheets are in the Gathering Room. CHRISTMAS PAGEANT REHEARSAL – only one – Main characters – Saturday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m., Total cast at 5:30 p.m. GINGERBREAD HOUSE MAKING & PIZZA PARTY – Saturday, Dec. 5 – 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. SALE OF GINGERBREAD HOUSES – Sunday, Dec. 6. PAGEANT COSTUMES ASSIGNED – Sun-day, Dec. 13.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: HELP NEEDED – We need hosts for December 20 and 27. The beverages are provided. You just need to bring something of your choice to go with them! Be creative and lend a hand to this fun cause! Please call Michele Puzo at 508-432-1981.
FAIR TRADE UPDATE: We have a new product for sale in our Parish Hall Fair Trade display: organic hand soap made by a Palestinian women’s cooperative. This product is being distributed by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship.

FREE SHOP: The Free Shop is gladly accepting winter clothing and Christmas decorations! We are hoping that the Free Shop will be on your list for holiday shopping; stop by on Mondays 12 Noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your donations can be dropped off any time the Parish Hall is open. If the shop is closed there is a container outside the Free Shop door. Questions? Please call Sharyn Laughton at 508-255-7277 or artoff@comcast.net.

GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP: The shop will be open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon and on Sun-days from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Barbara Hoffman

GREENS NEEDED FOR FIRST FRUITS HOLIDAY SALE: Please prune your evergreen and pine trees and shrubs and drop them off at CHS Wednesday December 2 – Friday December 4. Leave your donations on the porch off the Parish Hall side door where the grand piano is stored. Questions call Dottie Walsh at 508-945-3969.

HELP WANTED: WEEKEND SEXTON.  As you may have heard, Bob Marks, weekend sexton, has left to take care of family matters in PA. He will be sorely missed – a hard act to follow. Don Bragdon has agreed to cover Sunday duties for us until we find a permanent replacement for Bob. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP. If you know of anyone who wants a part time weekend job, 8 to 16 hours, providing custodial coverage and backup as needed, please contact Kate Paradise at 774-207-0435.