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Wednesday, December 13, 2017






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Advent Quiet Evening
Wednesday, December 13 from 7 - 8:30 pm





Beloveds---

Join us this Wednesday evening, December 13, for an Advent Quiet Evening, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the candlelit narthex.  This will take the place in lieu of Advent Songs and Silence.

 Advent Blessings of Love and Joy,
 Julia+





Sunday, December 17, 9:15 am  -  Guest Presenter is Wayne Ware

Luke 10: 41-42:  "Martha, you are worried and distracted by so many things.  Only one this is necessary...."

Advent, being a time of expectant waiting and preparing for the coming of Christ, can seem lost in the blur of activity this time of year.  So, let's take some time to be quietly reflective and prepare our hearts.  Let's take some time to be open together to the movement of the Spirit.
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Grades 6 and Up

Sunday, December 17
Pageant practice for grades 6 and up will be held in the nave  from 11:45-1:15 pm, with lunch provided.  Costumes for all ages may be picked up in Room 5 before formation at 9am, after the service, and after practice at 1:15 pm.  Costumes may be picked up as late as Christmas Eve at 4:15 pm in room 1. 




Blue Sunday Service
Sunday, December 17 at 7 pm



It's the most wonderful time of the year...unless it isn't. For many, this season is not a joyful one, but a time that highlights loneliness, depression or loss. This year we are holding a Blue Christmas service, a liturgy that creates space to hold the places of our sorrow, pain, burdens, fears, worries, and losses. A candle-lit service with music, poetry, prayers, silence and scripture. All are welcome. 

  

We Have Tidings of a Great Joy For All of The People of St. Patrick's!

  First, as of today we have received 85 pledges to our 2018 Operating Budget! 

  Second, the total pledged to date is $387,559!

  Third, 12 of the 2018 pledges so far are new - from newcomers and others who did not pledge last year!

  Fourth, we are on a path to exceed last year's Operating Fund Campaign! 

 We have an opportunity to experiment in holy generosity in a very tangible way.  If you have not yet made a 2018 pledge or   completed your pledge for 2017 to the budget or Raise our Staff '17, it would be a great help if you would do so by the   last vestry meeting of the year, December 17, when the vestry begins to consider the 2018 Budget.  Thank you so much   for giving joyfully from your heart on this Journey to Generosity!          

  If you are still in need of a pledge card, please stop by the office to pick one up (see what they look like below) or download      one here.    
Moravian Lovefeast

We enjoyed Advent carols, soloists, mulled cider, and love buns baked by our very own Mother Julia!



 
Congratulations to our Confirmed Youth!


 
 
Christmas Flowers 

Christmas poinsettias, which are placed at the altar for the Christmas services are available for ordering now through sign-up sheet posted in the hallway near t he office. The cost is $20 each. The poinsettias are a lovely way to h onor friends and family during the season of Christmas. The deadline for ordering is Sunday Dec 17.
Poinsettia
 
Children and Family Offerings


Baptism Class:
Baptismal preparation class, three Sundays in Advent, December 3, 10, and 17.  This class is for all adults desiring baptism and  for parents of children who are being baptized on the first  Sunday  of Epiphany ( January 7 ).  Attendance is required for baptism .  Godparents are strongly encouraged and welcomed to attend as well!  We look forward to our joyful, exploratory time together!  Questions?  Speak with Becky Beal ( becky.beal@stpat.net) .
   



Christmas Pageant Dates:  
 
Sunday, December 17
Pageant practice for grades 6 and up will be held in the nave  from 11:45-1:15 pm, with lunch provided.  Costumes for all ages may be picked up in Room 5 before formation at 9am, after the service, and after practice at 1:15 pm.  Costumes may be picked up as late as Christmas Eve at 4:15 pm in room 1. 

Sunday, December 24
Costumes may be picked up in room 1 at 4:15 pm? Please be at the church at 4:30 pm for the 5 pm service.



Save the Dates:

CHILDREN - Contact Becky Beal,  becky.beal@stpat.net with questions.
  • Christmas Pageant Rehearsal for grades 6 and up in the nave, December 17 (11:45 - 1:15 pm)
  • Holy Eucharist with Christmas Eve Pageant, December 24 (5 pm)
  • Parent and Children's Brunch, Saturday, January 20 (10 am - 12 noon)
YOUTH - C ontact Liz Beal Kidd,  lizbealkidd@stpat.net  with questions.
  • Sr. DYC at Camp Mikel, January 5 - 7. Click here for more information. 

      

WEDNESDAY
Our next Wednesday night program is Advent Quiet Evening which will be offered on December 13 from 7-8:30 pm.


SUNDAY
Our nursery is available at 8:45 am. All children/youth classes begin promptly at 9:00 am. Adult formation classes begin promptly at 9:15 am.
  
CHILDREN/YOUTH CHRISTIAN FORMATION OFFERINGS:
  • The Nursery - Room 6
  • The Alleluia Class (Kindergarten-2nd Grades) - Room 4A
  • The Agape Class (3rd-5th Grades) - Room 7
  • The Rites of Passage Class (Rite 13: 6th-7th Grades) - Room 12
  • J2A Class (8th-9th Grades) - Room 3
  • YEA (10th-12th Grades) - Room 14
ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION OFFERINGS
  • Rector's Forum - Parlor: Join us for a lively discussion. The topic changes weekly. 
  • Scripture Study with Marigold Watson - Room 8: Getting Personal with Scripture.
  • Art Community - Room 15: Doing Art Looking Up. Book making and Visio Divina, along with other opportunities.
  • Dreams - Library - Room 2: Listening to God