Weekly Announcements

Good Blustery Morning,

 It certainly looks like we are in for some crazy weather this weekend. When I left my home this morning all was calm, yet shortly after dropping my children at school, I was treated to seeing all the leaves from a tree take flight at the same time like a swarm of monarch butterflies starting the day’s migration. It was such an odd sight it took me a moment to realize that they were in fact leaves and not some creatures simultaneously leaping up from the tree. From the weather reports it looks like we will be treated to continuing crazy weather like this through Monday, so make sure to wear those layers (I’m thinking four layers myself), stock up on hot chocolate, and consider soup, stew or porridge for the menu this weekend.

 Happy Birthday Father Frank!

 

Your announcements and calendar follow.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Homework for Disciples—The next week’s readings for your perusal:

Malachi 3:1-4; Canticle 4 (BCP 50) for 8:00, Canticle 16, (BCP 92) for 10:30; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6

Birthdays this week—December 1, Zack Libbin; December 2, Richard Fleming & Joanne Lytton.

Pledge Drive—Thank you to everyone who has returned their pledge cards. We are dedicating them at the altar this morning. If you have not turned yours in, please mail it to the church or place it in one of the dated envelopes at the back and place it in the offering plate. 

Envisioning (CLAD) Weekend—On December 7th and 8th, the diocese will send to St. James' a team from the Congregational Life and Development Ministry, who will expand on the surveys many of you took to help us envision where we feel God is calling us as a parish for the future. The weekend will begin with dinner at 6:00 on Friday and end on Saturday around 3:00 p.m. Further information will be published in the next newsletter. Padrecita Jeanne has put out in the parish hall a letter from the team, a schedule, and "Visioning Questions" that will form the basis for discussion the first night. Please take these home and pray about them. Jot down notes and bring them with you to the retreat or give them to Padrecita Jeanne next Sunday. Please try to make room for this important event and attend as much of the sessions as you can. Dinner on Friday, a light breakfast, and lunch on Saturday will be provided.

Advent Tracts—Please help yourself to an Advent devotional tract which you will find on a table in the back of the church or in the parish hall. These tracts include authors, Henri Nouwen, Susan Lang, David Boyd, and Charlotte Williams (wife of Fr. Frank Williams). 

Advent Supper and Programs—We will have only two programs this Advent, due to the Envisioning Weekend. They will start on Thursday night, December 13th, at 6:00 p.m. a light supper. The first evening we will show the DVD, "Letters from My Grandfather" about Chaplain Frederick B. Howden. On December 20th, we will begin our book study, to be continued in Lent.

LifeQuest Ministry at J. Paul Taylor Center upcoming events—Thursday/Friday, December 13/14 – Christmas Open House for JPTC residents, staff and families, to include brisket lunch, and distribution of LifeQuest care packages. Donations are much appreciated to help purchase the meat, desserts and drinks. Please make checks payable directly to LifeQuest USA. Please contact Carol Baker at  , or 575-405-8535 to learn more about this important and rewarding ministry!

Goodbye, Alleluia!—During the season of Advent, we will (try to) omit the Alleluia's in our liturgy. While Advent does not have quite the solemnity of Lent, it is a time for sober reflection as we prepare our hearts for the coming of the King. On Christmas Eve, joy will break upon us and the Alleluia's will ring out loud and clear!

Christmas Week Schedule

Sunday, December 23rd—8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Greening of the Church after 10:30. Any persons who can help the altar guild would be gratefully welcomed

Monday, Christmas Eve, December 24th,—4:30 Carol Sing in the church

5:00 Family service, Rite II followed by cookies and cider

11:00 Midnight Mass, Rite II

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25th    10:00 Christmas Day, Rite I Joint             service with St. Andrew’s with coffee hour

No Service or Class on Wednesday, December 26th

Healing Prayer—is offered after each service by the Daughters of the King. Meet in the Chapel of the Abiding Presence.

 

This Week at St. James’

Today, December 2       

8:00 a.m.      Holy Eucharist, Rite I

9:30 a.m.      Adult Sunday School

9:30 a.m.      Choir Rehearsal

10:15 a.m.    Children’s Sunday School

10:30 a.m.    Holy Eucharist Rite II

3:00 p.m.     Celestial Sounds Concert

 

Wednesday, December 5   

10:00 a.m.    Holy Eucharist, Rite I

12:00 p.m.    Bible Study

12:00 p.m.    Overeaters Anonymous

 

Friday, December 7          

8:30 a.m.      Clergy/Staff Breakfast

11:00 a.m.    Communion Service @ Good Samaritan

5:45 p.m.     Envisioning Weekend

 

Saturday, December 8       

8:30 a.m.      Envisioning Weekend

 

Sunday, December 9          

8:00 a.m.      Holy Eucharist, Rite I

9:30 a.m.      Adult Sunday School

9:30 a.m.      Choir Rehearsal

10:15 a.m.    Children’s Sunday School

10:30 a.m.    Holy Eucharist Rite II

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Eric

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