FIRST WEEKEND OF ADVENT
Advent Faith-at-Home Workshop - TOMORROW
Friday, December 1, 6-8 p.m. 
Join us to make Advent wreaths and learn news ways to pray through Advent with your whole family. Dinner and wreath materials will be provided. For more information, contact Alex Howard.
Contemplative Celtic Eucharist - SATURDAY!
Saturdays, December 2-23, 5 p.m. 
This Season of Advent we will all offer a Eucharist in the Celtic worship tradition at 5 p.m. on Saturday evenings. Celtic worship is deeply rooted in scripture and liturgical tradition and affirmed by music that draws both individual and community into the palm of God's hand. The energy and pace will be noticeably different - with more silence and breathing encouraged. Our goal for the four Saturday evenings this Advent is to offer a service of worship that counterbalances the energy of the world around us and draws out the Spirit within each of us.
An Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols - SUNDAY!
Sunday, December 3, 4-5 p.m. 
Celebrate the beginning of Advent with a candlelight service of readings, carols, and anthems that look forward to the coming of Christ and help us prepare for Christmas. The Parish Choir, Choristers, and Choral Scholars will sing music of the season,  including music by Andre Thomas, Orlando Gibbons, Frank Boles, Andrew Carter, and Stephen Paulus. A free-will offering will be taken to support music ministry at St. Bartholomew's, and a reception will follow the service. All are welcome! Bring a friend!
Christmas Flower and Music Donations
You can honor your loved ones on our Christmas Remembrance/Thanksgiving list by making an offering to support altar flowers or our music ministry. Envelopes are in the church or make your offering online. All names are due to the church office by Monday, December 17. Contact Lisa Saldamando with questions.
St. Bart's Lost and Found 
Saturday/Sunday, December 2/3 and 9/10
Does your purse seem lighter? Have you wondered where your favorite water bottle has gone? We may have the answer. Stop by the lost and found tables after services to claim your items. Of course, you're welcome to stop by the church office anytime to check the lost and found.
Director of Music 2018 Search Committee
Fr Mark, our Wardens and the personnel committee are please announce the formation and launch of the Director of Music 2018 Search Committee. This team is charged with preparing, managing, and forming a recommendation for whom God is calling to serve as our next Director of Music at St. Bart's. It is comprised of musicians and active worshipers, each bringing special gifts to the whole. As many of you may recall, Nathan Costa, our current Director of Music and Liturgy, is moving to Michigan in July 2018 with his fiancée. This gives us ample time to call someone to arrive by the end of the summer. You can expect to hear from the committee monthly in the newsletter(s) going forth. Soon, you will be invited to participate in a short music survey. In the meantime, please pray for our search process and our team:
Tim McLellan, chair
Janice Miller, vice-chair
David Goff
Pat Johnston
Lisa McAfee
Mary Spencer
Carol Reinhart
Dan Crane, Senior Warden
Fr. Mark, Rector
Seeking New Vestry Members & Delegates
The Vestry is the lay leadership of the church. Each year several Vestry members retire after serving a three-year term. These members then serve with the Wardens and Rector as the nominating committee to identify candidates for the Vestry. We are now recruiting four Vestry positions. Please begin prayerfully considering if you might be called to serve in spiritual leadership as a member of St. Bart's Vestry. Please direct questions about serving on Vestry to Dan Crane. All nominations should be submitted by January 1, 2018.

Also, we are seeking St. Bartholomew delegates to convention. Each year, we select these delegates. This is an important role within the church as our delegates vote on resolutions that affect both our church and our Diocese. We are seeking five persons who would like to participate in this process. If you're interested or have any questions, please contact Dan Crane, dan_crane2001@yahoo.com. All nominations should be submitted by January 1, 2018. 
Pick Up See's Candy Orders - Sunday
If you ordered See's Candy, you may pick up your order in the Nook this Sunday.
THANK YOU! 220 Pledges and Counting!
Thank you to everyone who made a pledge to support the mission and ministry of St. Bart's in 2018. Nearly 220 households pledged an average of $3,800. We need EVERYONE who considers St. Bart's their spiritual home to make a pledge (an estimate of your giving for the year to come). Bring your pledge with you this weekend and place it in the offering or make your pledge online right now! Have questions? Contact the Rev. Chris Harris, 858-487-2159.
THIS WEEK
Movie & Discussion: Under the Gun
Tuesday, December 5, 6-8:30 p.m. 
St. Bart's Peace & Justice Ministry invites you to attend a movie and discussion about the documentary Under the Gun, executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric.
ADULT FORMATION
Each Sunday, St. Bart's Forum offers interesting and timely topics, guest speakers and a chance to explore the corners of our faith and the issues of the day. Join us for an always stimulating conversation. ALL WELCOME!forum
Empathy: Pathway to Hope
Sunday, December 3-17, 9 a.m., South Parish Hall
Jesus' command to love our neighbor as ourselves, calls us to a life beyond mere sympathy, but to a life of empathy. Sympathy is to feel for someone else, while empathy calls us to feel with the other. As St. Paul says to the Galatians, "Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in 
prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured." Likewise today, we might practice empathy by remembering those who are homeless as though we ourselves are homeless. Join our special guest, Matthew Works, an artist, advocate, and activist, who also happens to be homeless, as he shares his story, his art and his wisdom, helping us all to enter into a deeper practice of empathy.
Watch a Past 9am Forum Online! 
If you missed our Introduction to Contemplative Practice series, it's up on our YouTube channel!   Watch today!
CHILDREN'S FORMATION
Sunday School
Sundays, 10 a.m., Education Building
Classes meet during the school year, September through early June.  Lessons are generally lectionary based for Preschool-aged and we also celebrate special holidays and events from the church calendar. Kindergarteners through 3rd Graders enjoy Godly Play, while 4th and 5th Graders adventure through the Bible starting with the Old Testament and then the New Testament.  
Nursery Care
Sundays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Education Building
Nursery Care is available every Sunday for newborns to 3 years old, free of charge. Our nursery staff are professional preschool teachers who have passed a background check and completed child safety training.
YOUTH CREW NEWS
CREW Christmas Cookie & Ornament  Exchange
December 9, 3:30-7 p.m.
Let's celebrate the season together! Middle and high schoolers are invited to decorate Christmas cookies at Miss Alex's house (close to St. Bart's). Bring a wrapped ornament ($5 or less!) for a fun white elephant ornament exchange. Families are invited to join at 5 p.m. for chili dinner and s'mores in the backyard. RSVP to Alex Howard. Bring a friend!
CREW Cafe
Sundays, 9-10 a.m., Youth Room
Every Sunday morning the youth CREW gathers in the youth room. We share what's going on in our lives, pray for each other, and do a Bible study on the Gospel for the week. Curious about the Bible, or how to read it? Join us, and bring your questions and unique perspective.
CREW Wednesday
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., Youth Room
We play games, we share a meal, we hang out, we learn together. Are you looking for a community where you can be yourself and explore what it means to live as Jesus taught? As Bishop Michael Curry said, "if you want to change the world, follow Jesus!" Join this supportive, accepting group of middle and high schoolers. All are welcome, no exceptions.
New Year Labyrinth Walk
January 21, 2018, 2-3:30 p.m.
Mark your calendar for this opportunity to try out a new spiritual practice: walking the labyrinth. We'll visit an outdoor labyrinth in Poway, raising our hopes and prayers for the new year to God. This is an ancient, contemplative prayer practice - and all middle and high schoolers are encouraged to try it out. Look for detailed information in January.
NEXT WEEK
SECOND WEEKEND OF ADVENT

COMING UP
St. Bart's Golf Day
Saturday, December 16 
Calling all golfers! Registration begins later this month for St. Bart's Golf Day. Choose either 18 holes ($50/per person) or 9 holes ($38/per person).  Cost includes golf, cart, and BBQ lunch - freshly grilled burger or chicken breast sandwich, choice of chips, and a beverage.  Lunch served at 12 p.m. If you'd like to attend for lunch only, cost is $13. Stop by the table after services this weekend to register or contact Jerry Blanton with questions.
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Sunday, December 17, 12 p.m. 
We will be holding one rehearsal for the Christmas pagent.  Can't make rehearsal? No problem! All participants, please arrive by 3 p.m. on December 24.
Blue Christmas Services
Wednesday, December 20, 9:45 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Blue Christmas is a quiet and reflective service which acknowledges the sharpness of the pain of grief and the heaviness of the season of Christmas for so many people. Join us no matter your mood, need or desires. We are all in need of healing grace and can be vessels of healing grace for others. We encourage you to invite someone to join you.
OUTREACH
Help Out at This Year's Temporary Shelter
St. Bart's will host Interfaith Rotational Shelter twice this winter. We will welcome guests through the temporary shelter on December 26-30 and January 26-February 3. This is an emergency, nighttime shelter program utilizing area congregations of faith to house, feed, and care for 12-15 men, women, and children throughout the county. To learn more about how you can help or to sign up as a volunteer, go to the signup genius site. Please note that Interfaith recommends Hepatitis A vaccines for all volunteers this year. For more information or to sign up, contact Kate McKone-Sweet, 781-856-8044, or Diane Covel, 858-254-2916.
NOTES AND NOTICES
Columbarium Prices Increase in 2018 - BUY NOW!
St. Bart's Columbarium, on the hillside above the campus, provides a peaceful burial site where you and your loved ones can be eternally remembered. Niches, the space where an urn is placed, are on sale through the end of 2017.  Contact Beth Dean, 858-487-2159, to discuss purchasing your Columbarium niche.


2017 Price
2018 Price

Eye-Level Niche
$1,550 $2,200
Heart-Level Niche 
$1,250 
$1,750

Knee-Level Niche
$750
$1,250

Garden Plot 
$425 
$950
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Have you had your home blessed?
St. Bart's clergy are available to come to your home for a house blessing. Whether you have a new home or have lived there for many years, House Blessings are an ancient practice that is making a comeback in today's church. Plus, it's a great excuse to throw a little party for your friends and add a little church to your neighborhood! Contact the  Rev. Chris Harris, 858-487-2159.
 
Are you moving? Let us bless you on your way.
The church is a fluid community with new members joining all the time, as well as, members who leave for any number of life's circumstances. While it is always sad to see members of our faith family leave, we want to mark those moments in our life together and to offer you our blessing on your way. Contact the  Rev. Chris Harris, 858-487-2159, for more information.      
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Pastoral Emergencies  
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