Today's Reflection
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in your faith, so that in the power of the Holy Spirit you may be rich in hope.”
 – Romans 15:13
window impressions on ceiling of church
Remember when Bud Bennet encouraged us to look up at the ceiling to see the patterns of light shining through the windows? Isn't it a heavenly sight?
Upcoming Sermons
December 15   
Christmas Pageant
December 22 *   
Christmas is a Mother’s Story – Mary Luke 1:46-50, 2:1-7

December 29   
Christmas is a Time for Amazement Luke 2:8-20
Upcoming Music
December 15 
Do You Hear What I Hear?
by Harry Simeone
Choir and Organ

125 Come, O Long-expected Jesus
147 Away in a Manger
163 Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
* There will be BELLS ringing on the 12-22
Angels We Have Heard on High
Ding Dong Merrily On High
Editor's Note: Judy Grimes was telling a group of us about the "CHRISMON TREE" you see in the front of the church. It was decorated by Judy and her 2 sisters, Betsy and Cindy, who all made these beautiful ornaments.
I didn't know what a Chrismon tree was, so if anyone else is in the dark, I've shed some light on the subject:
Chrismons are ancient symbols for Christ or some part of Christ's ministry. They help us remember that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus's birthday.  

The Chrismon tree is decorated only with clear lights and decorations made from white and gold material, the latter two being the liturgical colors of the Christmas season.
Some Chrismons are : the dove descending down, fish, Celtic cross, Jerusalem cross, chalice, shepherd's crook, shell, and more.
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Our Angel Tree ... is up and glowing in the Gathering Room. You can make a child’s Christmas magical by choosing an angel and providing your wrapped gift no later than December 15 th for delivery to GWIM. 
Thank you for being one of God’s Angels here on earth.

Donate a poinsettia
... in memory or honor of a loved one – to decorate our sanctuary for Christmas. You may also donate one just because you love how they look around the alter. After the Christmas Eve service, you may take your plant with you. Or, if you wish, leave it to be delivered by the Deacons to a parishioner or friend who is no longer able to attend a church service. We want them to know we are thinking about and keep them in our prayers. Thank you for your generous spirit.
– Submitted by Cathy Somers
There are little, brown envelopes in front of the pew inserts for contributions to holiday flowers. Donate any amount you wish.
Don't forget our Women's Group Dinner at the Naylor's House THIS WEDNESDAY at 6pm.

The address is 195 Homestead Road.  

If you haven't yet paid but wish to join us, please bring $20 in cash. If you want to carpool, come at 5:30pm to the back row of the Medical Building at the Main Street end of Old Waterbury Road. 
Did anybody notice that steeple gutters were hanging off our church last Sunday?
Emergency repair work to re-attach the gutters was done this week by both
Neal Tree Service (who provided the bucket truck to reach this height). 

When the job was completed, Bud Neal was asked how much it would cost. He said
"Nothing, Merry Christmas."   

Please thank people for their generosity, including below:

Bud Neal, Roger Tashjian, those who decorated the church, and all of our volunteers and staff!

In this time of giving, we ask you to remember our church.

Attached is a pledge card. If you have not already pledged, please consider doing so today. Everything we do is made possible because of your donations. Thank you!

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A Pilgrimage in Northern Spain
…from St Jean Pied de Port in France over the Pyrenees and across the north of Spain to Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of St James. Passing through famous Spanish towns and cities such as Pamplona, Burgos, Leon and Ponferrada, one has plenty of opportunity to enjoy the unique culture of this region. The walk has one traversing varying landscape from the mountainous region of the Pyrenees, to the flat plateau of Northern Spain and the undulating hilly landscape of Galicia.

Our daughter's trip to Camino de Santiago, called France's Way, required walking 13-16 miles a day, that's about 86 miles. They walked on loose shale, up and down hills with temps in the mid- to upper-70's and only one day of thunder and rain. The trek included hundreds of pilgrims. They passed through many tiny villages not even on a map, staying in hostels along the way. Our daughter Liisa carried her sleeping bag liner, shorts, 6 pairs of socks, a rain jacket and slacks. Happily there were no blisters as she spread vaseline on her feet, wore socks and trail-runner shoes. Days began at 7am until 2pm followed by exploring and trying local cuisine. 

All of this was enjoyed with people from Brazil, Canada, England and Ireland – and her friend of 33 years, a more experienced hiker, both aged 61! The time difference was about 6-7 hours ahead of us. Liisa took one day off to rest a swollen knee, took a bus to Galacia which is similar to Ireland, found a good hotel, took a nap and shower and ate shrimp and octopus over noodles. This was followed by a bus trip to Portugal for a few days. The trip was a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
–Submitted by Audrey and Don Sharpe
They do a wonderful job of decorating Everything is delicious, I mean everything Can you believe how low the prices are These baby sweaters are to die for... look at the buttons... ... were just some of the ooh and aah comments I heard while keeping my ears open! (Editor's Note)
Michael, the husband of Knit-Witter, Vicki  Ruddick, and Pastor Dave welcome you in for lunch.
While waiting in line, Kathy Sue Roberts serves hungry customers delicious hors d'oeuvre.
Judy Grimes, a pro at the Victorian Tea, was everywhere, passing out goodies.
Just some of Santa's helpers, set out a plethora of tea sandwiches: Francesca Sergi, JoAnn Bolin, Martii Swift, Sue Gismondi, Amy Smith, and Joan Kubista.

Judy Pierpont peaks out from behind the Knit Wit's wares.
Jean Dunn and Jodi Mitchell
host the Fair Trade Table.
Lynne Plourde and Cathy Schade sell gorgeous Christmas sprays. Editor's Note: Have you ever seen such large pine cones?
Judy Pierpont, Vicki Ruddick, June Bennett, and Cheri Fickett are some of the Knit Wits who produce this amazing event.
The incomparable Lainie Jedlinski shares her lovely smile and her plate of delectable.
When Wayne plays, the heavens applaud.
Linda Long, graciously serves the Wassail, a beverage of hot mulled cider.
Editor's Introduction: Roger Tashjian noticed that the border around our historic church was in need of some attention. He provided the funds for a capable landscape architect, under Roger's direction, to expand the bed and improve the plantings. Check it out, especially in the Spring!
Written and submitted by Roger Tashjian

 Ever since I was a boy I’ve had my hands in the soil, beginning at the home of my aunt and uncle as they developed their beautiful gardens in Tenafly, New Jersey.

I’ve gone full circle now, from taking care of the small garden outside my New York church to overseeing landscape improvements at South Britain Church.

After graduate school, where I studied Urban Landscape Architecture, I returned to NY and planted a vertical garden parallel to a staircase that won a Dress Up Your Neighborhood contest sponsored by the City.
Roger gets to see his favorite tree, a Blue Atlas Cedar, growing outside the corner window of the church.
Later, I joined a grass roots effort to revitalize one of NY’s most stunning parks, Fort Tryon, which is adjacent to The Cloisters Museum and overlooks the Hudson River. We also worked on a traffic island overlooking Riverside Drive.
Here in Southbury I have gardens around my apartment as well as at the Heritage Village communal River Gardens.
Having my hands in the soil has always brought me feelings of peace, fulfillment and contentment. I am grateful to both my parents for instilling in me, at an early age, a love of nature.
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