St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
The Season of Advent
The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon, the likes of which we have never seen before. It is not possible to keep it from coming, because it will. The fullness of God will arrive within our lives. This is the hope we live into during this season of Advent.

Another dimension of the paschal mystery, the invitation of God to us into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, can be seen in the spiritual movement within us between the places of wilderness (or wild-ness) and the places of refuge or safety. It seems to me, to be fully alive, we need to experience both parts of life. If we live in the wild places of our soul all of the time, my guess is that we would become exhausted, depleted, and our rough edges would most likely begin to show through all the time. If we live in the safety and refuge places of our souls all the time, my guess is that we would become complacent, static, and lacking compassion for others. It's the dynamic movement between each of these places within our soul where the real energy of life emerges that transforms us and makes us fully alive.

I'm wondering, how in your life you experience the movement between the wildness of John the Baptist, whom our scriptures have been focused on lately, and the safety and tenderness of the scene above of Jesus' birth? How is God present to you in each and all of these places? Advent is a time of purposeful pondering. If you ever want to sit and talk with me about your wonderings, just let me know. In the Spirit of Anticipation, Mo. Barbara
Preparing for Sunday
3rd Sunday of Advent
This week, how can you practice being satisfied with what you have or what you are able to give? And what can you share this week with someone -- maybe a meal, a coat, your time?

To read the lessons for Sunday, please click here.
Preparing our hearts
As we move closer to Christmas Day, the anticipation and the stress of giving and receiving increases. If we aren't mindful, some of us begin focusing on what we will "get", while others of us worry that our giving will not measure up to the expectations of those on the receiving end. In both situations, the focus has fallen away from the birth of Christ into our world and lives. This Sunday's gospel reminds us, that in preparing for Christ, we are to be satisfied, generous, and fair.
Worship Ministers

8 a.m.
Verger: Mike Stitt
Crucifer:  Bill Gawors
Lector: Sue Davis
Eucharistic Minister: Samantha Brown
Celebrant: Mother Pat
Assisting Priest & Preacher: Mother Barbara

10 a.m.
Altar Guild:  Laura Bonanni, Mary Grace Shearer, Lisa Woolley, Susan Sanders
Greeters:  Ken Dotson, Melisa Dotson
Verger: Mike Stitt
Acolytes:  James Williams, Zachary Rhodes, Julia Rhodes
Lectors:  Lisa Woolley, Larry Shillock
Baptismal Candidate: Arlo Albert Wilson
Baptismal Candidate’s Parents: David and Sarah Wilson
Baptismal Candidate’s Sponsors: Chris Boushell and Becky Stockman
Baptismal Cantor: Elisabeth Turchi
Eucharistic Ministers: Kelly Rhodes, Jeanine Goodwin
Celebrant & Preacher: Mother Barbara
Assisting Priest: Mother Pat
Counters: Fred Detschel, Larry Shillock
Coffee Hour Hosts: Jennifer Romine, Thomas Romine
All our young children will be an integral part of this very interactive baptism, so please be sure to be here to welcome Arlo into the Body of Christ, through singing, chanting, and listening to a beautiful story of God's redemption of God's people.
The Baptism of Arlo Wilson
This Sunday, the “something-new, the something-full of God” that is on the horizon enters the life of Arlo Albert Wilson through his baptism. This is the opportunity for his parents and sponsors to claim the importance of the presence and movement of God in the formation of Arlo’s heart and soul, and the claiming of us, as his community, to love and support him in this marvelous journey into the mystery of God and into the life of our parish family. This is the opportunity for God, through the offering of the Holy Spirit, to ignite within him the passion to continue the good work begun already in his life and through his relationship with God, and to empower him to claim and use his gifts for the bringing in of goodness into our world, through the power of Love. 
Christmas Eve Choir
Well, there will be much joy on Christmas Eve with our wonderful choir singing their hearts out, celebrating the birth of Christ.

Our next rehearsal is this Sunday at 9 a.m. All are welcome!
Vestry Service Project
This Sunday the vestry will gather after church to bake bread for our guests and friends who will share our Christmas Day Community Dinner with us. Come and join the fun, if you'd like! All are welcome.
Christmas Flower Envelopes
Due this Sunday
This Sunday is the last day to hand in your contributions for Christmas Flowers. If you would like to contribute to the beautiful poinsettias which adorn our lovely church on Christmas Eve, you may make a donation in the envelope provided in the bulletin or you can email our Parish Secretary with the information. The contributions can be made in honor, thanksgiving, or memory of whomever you desire.

Our Bishop's Blog
creativity - On The Way

I wonder: 1: If you were asked to rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being "not creative at all" and 10 being "super-out-of-this-world-crazy-creative," where would you place yourself? Take a moment and give yourself a number. Then, I wonder:...

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Our faith. Our time. Our future.
Please bring your pledge card to church with you on Sunday. You may place it in the offering plate or you may place it directly onto the altar, emphasizing the gift it is of you to the service of God.
Your pledge helps us create a reasonable budget for our next year -- and it helps you in your relationship with God.
Bringing your pledge of offering to the work of Christ among us.
This class begins on January 11th and continues for 9 weeks. All are welcome! Bring a friend. Come and learn how to use your money to support your life with God -- plus get rid of that debt that plagues so many of us.
Financial Peace University
We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!
Entering into the holiness around us.
Votive Candle & Personal Devotion Area
Do I say something when I light the candle? You can say a small prayer. Some people light a candle for the gift of the Eucharist they are about to or have just received. Some people light a candle for loved ones especially on their hearts, or those who are in need of healing grace, or for loved ones who have died. I always light one to remember my Dad. The candle symbolizes your prayer which comes from your heart. We will also have prayers available for you to read and pray, if this is something you would like to do.
By Mike Rhodes
For those we love
Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to your never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that you are doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen .

Can you believe this?
A Gingerbread St. Andrew's!
This is so fantastic!
Several of our very creative and dedicated parishioners have been diligently working on creating a gingerbread house of St. Andrew's.

It's beautiful and will even have lights shining through the stained glass windows.

Come to church and get a peek at what it will look like.
Christmas Day Dinner
Sign-ups Available in the PLC
There are many ways to be involved in our Christmas Day Dinner, either before the meal, or on Christmas day, greeting our guests, serving pie, washing dishes, being a table host, serving beverages, and much more.

This can easily be considered one of the best things we do here at St. Andrew', because the love of Christ is so present to all involved. We join as one large family and it's wonderful! There's a place for each one of you to be a part of this day.
This is a great way for families to serve together in our service to our community.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Services
Christmas Eve - 12/24
4 p.m.
Family Service
Christmas Pageant
Christmas Eve Choir
Milan Shepherd, Soloist
Elisabeth Turchi, Soloist
Holy Eucharist Rite II

Christmas Eve - 12/24
10 p.m.
Festive "Midnight Mass"
(just a little earlier)
Christmas Eve Choir
Milan Shepherd, Soloist
Elisabeth Turchi, Soloist
Holy Eucharist Rite II

Christmas Day - 12/25
10 a.m.
Quiet Spoken Service
Holy Eucharist Rite II

Christmas Day - 12/25
12 p.m.
Christmas Day Community Meal