Serving Hope Advent Offering
Sundays in Advent, December 1, 8, 15, 22
This Season of Advent, we invite parishioners - individuals, families, or a group of friends - to take one Serving Hope golden envelope home for the week and fill it with donations . This offering funds St. Bart’s Outreach fund which was previously funded by proceeds from St. Bartholomew's Thrift Shop.

Here's how it works. Take one of the twelve golden envelopes home for the week. Make a personal contribution and/or collect donations from family, friends and neighbors. Each envelope will contain Serving Hope bookmarks that you can present to anyone who makes a donation. Return the envelope at worship the following week. Our hope and prayer is that each envelope returned will have $500 to $1,000 in it, but any amount raised greatly impacts lives. This process continues each weekend in Advent with a goal of raising $24,000. Funds raised will be distributed in the first half of 2020 to our principle outreach partners.  
Family Advent Activity
Sunday, December 1, 11:30 a.m., South Parish Hall
You're invited to kick off the season of Advent by creating your family's Advent Wreath, enjoying Christmas treats, and singing Christmas carols. We hope to see you there. RSVP to Maureen so we can plan for enough supplies. 
Messiah Sing- and Play-Along
Sunday, December 1, 4 p.m.
Friday, December 6, 7 p.m.
Annual Messish Sing- and Play-Along presented by the Greater San Diego Music Coterie. Enjoy the brilliant music of Handel's Messiah (Christmas portion), with choir, orchestra, and soloists, as we all share in the joy of the season. FREE ADMISSION with a freewill donation at the door (a portion of proceeds will go toward St. Bartholomew's Music Concert Series). Bring your own score or rent one ($5) at the door. Instrumentalists interested in playing-along should contact Dr. Angela Yeung in advance. Visit gsdmusicoterie.org for details.
Return Angel Tree Gifts Sunday!
Sunday, December 1
Return wrapped gifts for your angels on Sunday. If you will not be at church this weekend, contact Rosalind Duddy , 858-485-1770.
Advent Meditations Book
Pick up your copy after services
We invite each family to stop by the Connect table to pick up a copy of Expectant Advent Meditations. This book will guide you through prayer during the season of Advent as we prepare for the birth of Jesus.
Christmas Shop
Open Every Sunday Through December 15
Find gifts for the entire family and festive Christmas decorations for your home at St. Bart's Christmas Shop staffed and filled by the Thrift Shop. Visit the Christmas Shop in the former Art Gallery and Fr. Al's Nook before and after services every Sunday.

Get involved in your
faith community
Free Film & Discussion:
Racing Extinction 
Tuesday, December 3, 6-8:30 p.m., Youth/MPR
Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. We are the only ones who can stop it. ln Racing Extinction the Oceanic Preservation Society, along with some new innovators, will bring a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life . Invite your friends to be part of the conversation. Light refreshments served. Sponsored by St. Bart’s Peace & Social Justice Ministry . Contact Parth Domke with questions.
Christmas Flower and Music Donations
Monday, December 16 final day to submit dedications
You can honor your loved ones on our Christmas Remembrance/Thanksgiving list by making an offering to support altar flowers or our music ministry. All donations and names are due to the church office by Monday, December 16 to be included in the Remembrance/Thanksgiving list printed in the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day news insert. Contact Lisa Saldamando with questions.

Explore your faith
at St. Bart's
ADULT FORMATION
Spiritual Tune Up
December 4 & 11, 6-8 p.m.
The Season of Advent marks the beginning of the church year and provides us with an opportunity to rethink or re-engage our spiritual practices, especially as we move into the sacred seasons of Advent and Christmas. Canon Allisyn Thomas will lead us in the two-week series in which the first week we will look at our spiritual gifts and how they may be used. In the second week, we will examine our preferred prayer practices. Both sessions will have us identify the gifts and practices we currently engage in as well as share with each other so we may support and nourish each other in our spiritual journeys. Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions or wish to RSVP, please contact the Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas
Spiritual Autobiography
Wednesday, January 15-February , 6-8 p.m.
Come explore how God has been at work in our lives in the small ways, the big ways…and the undiscovered ways. Each night begins with a shared meal before breaking into small groups to share our own spiritual stories. The series is open to all and is ideal for newcomers and long-time members alike and anyone looking to deepen their faith or meet new friends - many life-long friendships have formed from Spiritual Autobiography! No special knowledge or training needed just a desire to get to know one another, and God, a little better. Please register in the courtyard after services beginning December 15. If you have questions or wish to RSVP, contact the Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas .
Join a Small Group Bible Study
Women's Group
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Church Office
Contact Anne Snyder to sign up or with questions.

Men's Group
Fridays, 7:45-9 a.m., Church Office
Contact Mike Jewett to sign up or with questions.
CHILDREN'S FORMATION
Sunday School
Sundays, 10:15 a.m., Education Building
Ages Pre K - 5th Grade
Nursery Care Available
Sunday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Education Building


Contact the our Children's Minister   with questions about Children's Formation. 

Christmas Pageant
Calling all youth between 3 years old through 5th grade. Christmas Pageant Sign-ups begin on November 17. If your child would like to participate in the Christmas Pageant on December 24 at the 4 p.m. service, stop by the Children's Ministry table on Sunday or email Maureen . There's a part for everyone! We are looking for a baby Jesus (or 2 or 3). So let us know if your baby or grandbaby is a budding star.  
Pageant practices are held on the following dates/times:
December 8 - during Sunday School
December 15 - during Sunday School
December 21 - 11:30 a.m., sanctuary for a full dress rehearsal
December 24 - arrive at church at 3 p.m. for the 4 p.m. service
YOUTH CREW
For all 6th-12th graders to explore our faith, have loads of fun, and help those less fortunate through service. CREW stands for Continuously Riding the Eternal Wave.

Youth CREW Wednesday
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
Dinner, games, fellowship, and faith formation.
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
Blue Christmas Services
Wednesday, December 18, 12 p.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.
Festival of Lessons & Carols
Wednesday, December 18, 12 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Join the choirs and musical ensembles of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church for an afternoon of Christmas lessons and carol-singing as we open our hearts to the Christmas season, in a community-wide event for all ages. Featuring carols both traditional and modern.
Volunteer at
St. Bart's and in
the community
Submit Outreach Proposals
The outreach team is developing a plan for fundraising and fund distributions for 2020. If you know of an organization or a community project that could use funding, volunteers, or other support for 2020, please email outreach@stbartschurch.org by December 1 . We can send you a short outreach proposal form for completion.
Interfaith Rotational Shelter
January 18-25, 2020
St. Bart's will welcome guests through the Interfaith Rotational Shelter Program, 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. Entrance to the shelter is obtained through screening by case management agencies. There are many opportunities to share our St. Bart’s hospitality, including making a dinner, serving as an evening or overnight host, providing transportation to or from the RB Transit Center or doing a load of laundry. If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please sign up in the courtyard on Sunday or online https://bit.ly/336AA9j .
Feeding San Diego at St. Bart's
Sundays, 2 p.m.-until food is gone
Feeding San Diego at St. Bart's welcomes everyone who is struggling with hunger - children, families, seniors, immigrants, employed or underemployed - with no forms to fill out an income requirement to prove. All are welcome - no exceptions. Please tell your friends and neighbors. Volunteer today, visit stbartschurch.org/feedingsd or contact feedingpeople@stbartschurch.org .
Interfaith Outreach Opportunities Available
1 st , 3 rd , 5 th Sundays, 4-6 p.m.
Next open dates: Dec. 1, 15 & 29 
Individuals, couples, families, and friends welcome to serve. Interfaith’s Recovery Center in Escondido needs volunteers to help the cook prepare and serve dinner to its residents. The Center provides a safe place for homeless and low-income individuals to recover from drug and alcohol abuse in a long-term residential setting. St. Bart’s has committed to sending 2-3 people twice a month for this critical community program. Contact Jill Henderson for more information regarding this and other Interfaith needs, 760-807-8445. Sign ups on the SERVE table on the patio.
NOTES & NOTICES
Have Your House Blessed
Your 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 Beth Dean .
Get St. Bart's App!
Stay connected with St. Bart's every where you go! The app is available on mobile devices. Search St. Bartholomew's to download it from the App Store or Google Play today! This weekend at worship try using the service bulletin from your mobile device. Contact Kristeen Evans if you have questions about the app.