This Week at Christ Church
Dear friends,

This Sunday we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of Joy. For those for whom this Christmas brings sorrow, we hold you close, and pray for your comfort. For those for whom this Christmas brings joy, we celebrate with you, and pray you may recognize the gift that joy truly is. It doesn't come on demand, even as we celebrate God's all encompassing love for all creation. Wherever your heart is today, I invite you to pray this beautiful prayer with me:

God of delight, God of celebration, God of good news of great joy for all people - we pray for your world so full of sorrows. Let us weep with those who weep, and sing with those who sing. Most of all, give us voices to join with Mary in singing of how you delight in lifting up the lowly, scattering the proud, and filling the hungry with good things. Come, Jesus, come. Amen.

Advent blessings and love to each,

Emily

Alternative gifts bring light and life

The Episcopal Relief and Development Gifts for Life catalogs are available on the outreach table.  Please take one and consider how you can honor friends and family with gifts that matter for those who are in need in underdeveloped regions.  The catalog is also available on-line at episcopalrelief.org.




This Sunday:
The Third Sunday of Advent

Arcola Kids Christmas - JOY is coming to our Arcola families!  Thank you to the parish folks who 'adopted' the 61 Wish List stockings from the Outreach display.  Donations are due today for Monday delivery to Arcola.  Please place all donations in Classroom 3 at end of hall near Music room. Contact: Virginia Sheard via e-mail to boots3303@aol.com.

Grocery Staples for Arcola Families When schools close for winter break many kids don't have access to the 2 daily meals schools provide. Outreach fills grocery bags with staples to help families stretch their budgets.  If you would like to help with this effort a list of desired food items (and sizes) can be picked up at the Outreach display. Donations can be placed in the labeled bins in the Outreach area (by today please) contact: Virginia Sheard boots3303@aol.com.

Christmas Flowers Deadline Christmas is a wonderful time to remember loved ones with flower dedications.  Contributions and dedications for Christmas flowers are due to the office no later than today Sunday, December 17. Please be sure to mark your envelopes legibly!

Bible Study: Join us at 4:00pm as the Bible study group continues its journey through Genesis.. No preparation needed. For information contact Lee Puricelli leepuricelli@yahoo.com.

Christmas Worship Times

Sunday December 24th
NO 8:00 AM Service
10:00 AM      Holy Eucharist, Advent IV
5:00 PM         Family Festival Eucharist
9:30 PM         Christmas Music
10:00 PM       Traditional Christmas Holy Eucharist
 
Christmas Day Service
10:00 AM       Christmas Holy Eucharist
 
Sunday, December 31st
10:00 AM       Lessons and Carols
(note: there will be only one service on December 31st)
 
Feast of the Epiphany
8:00 AM & 10:00 AM    Holy Eucharist
5:00 PM                           Feast of Lights Service
6:00 PM                           12th Night Party


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The Feast of Lights & 12th night Potluck Party  Come celebrate Epiphany! The Feast of Lights is a candlelight service at 5:00 pm that recalls the holy men and women of the past and present who together form the body of Christ and reflect the Light of Christ coming into the world.  Please come for this beautiful and peaceful service and then stay for the annual 12th night party. Bring a dish to share!

Office Closed   the office will be closed from December 25th - January 1st for the holidays. The office will re-open on Tuesday,  January 2nd.  Contributions that are postmarked in 2017 will be credited to 2017.

For your Christmas reading pleasure! Christmas books are available in the Children's Library and the Library Parlor. Check them out and have a Blessed Christmas.

The Nominating Committee is looking for leaders
. If you are interested, or if you want to nominate someone, to be considered for the slate of Vestry nominees, please let us know.  The Vestry is a group of 12 people, elected for three-year terms and charged with leading the parish in both its spiritual direction and its business affairs.    Elections will be held at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 25 after the 10:00 a.m. service.  Please contact Sharon Bartram, Chair of the Nominating Committee, psbartram@verizon.net or 301-946-0632.

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Christ Episcopal Church Kensington
4001 Franklin St.
Kensington, MD 20895
Sunday Services: 8am, 10am, 5pm
Wednesdays: 6:30pm
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
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