28 NOVEMBER 2018
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A daily devotional for Advent

Our 2018 devotional,  Behold , was born from a prayer to recognize signs of God's Kingdom coming among the world's least-reached peoples and places. Daily entries by Frontier Fellowship staff and ministry friends reflect on the realities of God making all things new-inviting readers to look with prophetic imagination and see the world for what it will be when His Kingdom comes in all its fullness.
The devotional begins December 1. Copies are available for pick up in both service locations, and at the church office.

A St. Giles Tradition and Something New!    Wednesday, November 28

Come enjoy an evening of celebration at St. Giles' annual December Eve program. This year's presentation includes a delightful production by our St. Giles Kids' Clubhouse, "The Light Before Christmas". The program will continue with the decorating of the Chrismon Tree and an abbreviated introduction to the symbols each ornament represents. This is a night to set in motion the true meaning of Christmas! 

DINNER 5:45 PM, PROGRAM 6:30 PM. Reservations for meal are closed, but if you'd like to attend the program only, please call the Church Office, 282-9763 so we may accommodate seating. 

Wednesday, November 28, 5:45 PM

Baked Ziti,  compliments of Chef Donna , served Family Style with Tossed Salad, along with "Happy Birthday Jesus Cake."

There will also be a chicken and salad option, along with dessert.

Price is $7.50 adults, $4.50 children, maximum $18/family. Reservation deadline for the meal is closed, but if you'd like to attend the PROGRAM ONLY, please call and let us know you're coming, so that we can accommodate the seating. Program begins at 6:30 PM.

We Need A Little Christmas
"...right this very minute..."

Ruth Calder and Linda Harrison will be decorating the church for Christmas on  Friday, November 30 9:30 AM - 1 PM.

They welcome your help, so come when you can and stay as long as your schedule allows. Many hands make light work! Contact Linda or Ruth for more information.

Sunday, December 16
5:30-6:30 PM

Bundle up the kiddos and grands! Invite a neighbor! Grab your flashlight! And join us!

We'll gather in front of the Church House on Tuckahoe at 5:30 PM for a little vocal warmup. (Sheet Music provided). Then we'll stroll the streets of our Glenburnie neighborhood -- stopping along the way to bless a home with familiar carols and heartfelt season's greetings -- an event that has become a sweet St. Giles tradition. To cap off the evening, we'll come back to the church for Hot Cocoa and Cookies! 

Come join the fun! And don't forget your flashlight!!

Cookies for Caroling

If you can provide a batch of homemade or otherwise buttery, glittery, sparkly, sugary cookies for the night of December 16, "Cocoa, Cookies & Carols", please bring them to the Church kitchen on or prior to that date. 
Be sure and mark them "Caroling". Thanks! And we hope you'll come join the fun caroling in the Glenburnie neighborhood!

Adult Discipleship - December Classes 
For the month of December, we will enjoy the "gifts" our St. Giles members bring to share with us all.

Sunday, December 2 
9:30 AM - Christmas Carols with Betty Anderson and Bev Walters
11 AM - The Christmas Story from the Book of Luke, with Ross Anderson

Sunday, December 9
9:30 AM - A Special Christmas Lesson, with Susan Herring
11 AM - Christmas Carols with Betty Anderson and Bev Walters

Sunday, December 16
9:30 AM - The Christmas Story from the Book of Luke, with Ross Anderson
11 AM - A Special Christmas Lesson, with Susan Herring

It's That Time of Year!

Tradition is an important part of Christmas. Every year Poinsettias on display in the St. Giles Sanctuary set the stage for the festive events of Advent and Christmas.

If you'd like to order a Poinsettia in honor or in memory of a loved one, please fill out the Connection Card. Orders will be taken through Sunday, December 9 and will be on display from Sunday, December 16 through Christmas Eve. The price is $12.

It may interest you to know that for many years our poinsettias have come from a local farmer, a Christian brother, whose family-owned farm is in Amelia. Every year he personally delivers the pots, and with help of one of his sons, goes the extra step of carefully removing the protective plastic sleeves and placing the flowers in the sanctuary. Later, two of our faithful volunteers, Ruth Calder and Linda Harrison, spend hours meticulously arranging each pot of blooms in an artful display for all to enjoy. 

Please mark the Connection Card if you'd like to reserve a poinsettia, along with your sentiment. Mark your check "Poinsettia(s)". Your payment confirms the order.

Women's Tuesday Bible Study                    9:30 AM - Common Grounds

On Tuesdays, December 4, 11, and 18 Sherry Bremer and Linda Harrison will be sharing "Advent and The Jesse Tree", a presentation based on Ann Voskamp's book, The Wonder of the Greatest Gift.

With Linda's guidance, ladies will have an opportunity to make ornaments to take home and use on their own Jesse Tree.   And Sherry will be bringing a teaching each week on preparing for Advent. 
The Jesse Tree name comes from Isaiah 11:1, which speaks about a shoot coming forth from the stump of Jesse, the father of David, and prophesies the coming of the Messiah. 
We adorn a Jesse Tree with illustrated ornaments that represent the people, prophesies, and events leading up to the birth of Jesus and use these ornaments and corresponding Scripture verses during Advent to help us remember and celebrate Jesus, God's greatest gift to us.

Who is this shoot, whom the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon?  
Jesus, Jesus, descendant of Jesse, Jesus, 
descendent of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  
Jesus, the promised one centuries before his arrival.  
Jesus is the one we hope for this Advent.


Sunday, December 9  ::  4:30 PM

Christmas is coming and so is the Ladies' Christmas Party at St. Giles! We'll gather in Common Grounds at 4:30 PM for holiday treats and hors d'oeuvres  (sign up to bring something, if you can).

Following the Christmas Party, those who wish will go to the amazing Christmas program at Derbyshire Baptist Church. Program starts at 7 PM.

Concert is free. To pick up a ticket, see Patience.

First Thursday Book Club
Thursday, December 6  ::  10 AM

"Visit" the powerful move of God of the early 1900s recorded through the eyes of the youth who was at the Azusa Street Revival.    Azusa Street: They told Me Their Stories is an unforgettable account of this revival. It is a special way to prepare our hearts for Christmas.

Sunday Morning Snacks
Wow, we're already in the last quarter of the year.  I want to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who signed up this year to bring refreshments. I'm now asking people to sign up to supply refreshments in 2019.  If you will participate next year, please just give me the number of weeks you want to supply the snacks and let me know which option you prefer:
  •          Pick up the snacks and put them out yourself
  •          Pick up the snacks and put them on the kitchen table for me to put out
  •          Donate $20 per number of Sundays you choose and I'll take care of everything
Once I have enough dates to cover the year, I'll do the calendar and send it out. There's no problem in changing the dates I put you in on. Jo White (804) 937-6836, joeloisewhite@gmail.com .

Q & A - How Do I Access the Church Directory?
On the church website, www.stgiles.org,  go to "Resources", then to "Realm" and log in. The next step is "Community" and under that "Directory". 

If you would like to be included in the directory but do not have access to a computer or internet contact Patience (pflynn@stgiles.org) and she will be happy to include you.

 Around the Community

Healing Rooms
Third Presbyterian
The last Healing Room date this year is Thursday, December 6.  

The first meeting in 2019 is Thursday, February 7, after which Healing Rooms will resume its third Thursday meeting time. Healing Rooms meets in the Student Ministry area of Third Church, 6:30-8 PM.

Pregnancy Resource Center  of Metro Richmond
"HOT" Items Needed

PRAYER Request- Parents to get rooted & grounded in a Church
We Have an URGENT Need for the following: * WINTER MATERNITY Clothing - X-Large & Plus Sizes - Especially Pants or Leggings - ONLY Maternity items can be Used
* Baby Gowns - Boys
* Bibs
* Bottles - 4oz & 8 oz- Neutral
* Diapers- Sizes NB, 1 & 4
* Onesies Boys, Girls & Neutral colors- 0-3 Months, 3-6 months
* Receiving blankets
* Sleepers 0-12 Months
* Toiletries (Baby Bath, Oil, Powder & Wash)
* Towels & Washcloths (Extremely Low)
* Vaseline/ Diaper Cream
* Wipes (Please - individual packs ) (EXTREMELY LOW)
* LAUNDRY BASKETS from Dollar Tree to Make a Beautiful Layette presentation
Maxi Pads, Deodorant & Body Wash
Due to ever changing safety regulations and recalls, we are only able to accept NEW items.
*Please Call or E-Mail Alison Brown for donation drop off time - abrown@prcrichmond.org (804) 673-2020
***Please use the Side Door for Donations***
Children's Garden Preschool 
Susan Chester, Director
 with questions or to request a tour.