Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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Love!



One Service on Christmas Eve
4:30 pm Choral Prelude
5:00 pm Christmas Eucharist and Nativity Pageant 

We are thrilled about our entire Parish joining in one glorious service this Christmas Eve!  Come at 4:30 pm for our choir's choral prelude. Our Christmas Eucharist and Nativity Pageant will follow at 5:00 pm.  We will also offer Christmas Eucharist, with hymnody, in the nave on Christmas Day at 10:30 am. O Come, let us adore Him!

There will be no 8:00 am service on December 30, 2018. 






Reception for Deacon Victoria Jarvis
Sunday, December 23, 2018
after the 10:30 am service


Please join us after the service as we honor Victoria on her last day with us. 




Church Office Closure


The church office will be closed on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 10:30 am through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The office will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 9:00 am.

  

Stewardship 2019

If you have not already done so, please complete and submit your pledge cards, as soon as you are able, so your Vestry Finance Committee may finalize our 2019 budget responsibly. You can find them in the pew racks or in the church office.
 


Ministry Announcements Schedule


We will be taking a bit of time each Sunday during the services to share with you information about our ministries here at St. Patrick's. During this time, you may expect to learn about the purpose of the ministry, upcoming events, and how you can become involved. Below is the schedule of announcements:

January 6: Centering Prayer
January 13: Shine A Light
January 20: Pastoral Visits
January 27: Adult Formation

Moravian Love Feast

 

Ordination

Congratulations to John and Victoria!


 

Malachi's Toy Party




Foyers Gathering



St. Patrick's Foyers gathered Saturday, the 15th of December, for a delightful evening to include music by Sara on piano and a wonderful roast by the hosts extraordinaire, Rosalie and Bruce Hopkins.  Save the date of January 19th when Jim and Martha Myers will host the next Foyers Gathering at their home. Details to follow soon!
 

Little Lambs

 

A Message From St. Patrick's Endowment Fund Board



The Mission of St. Patrick's Endowment Fund is to provide parishioners
with the opportunity to create a legacy by giving St. Patrick's church
an enhanced financial capacity for long term ministry.
 
We are so grateful for the tithes and offerings to our operating budget. These feed and water our day-to-day operations, defraying the costs of such things as outreach, programs, staffing and utilities. But how to build for the future.
 
We are stewards of God's generosity, tending, harvesting and enjoying the  fruit of seeds that others have sown, many of whom are now beloved  memories. Their generosity began over fifty years ago with the planting of St.  Patrick's as a seed parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and continued through the
building of our beautiful nave and the elimination of our mortgage debt.
 
The genesis of the Endowment Fund was a bequest in 2014 by John Williams, a longstanding member of our flock. The Vestry at that time decided to use half of that gift to fund new staff positions, which has inspired great growth in the current ministries of the Parish, and the other half to create our Endowment Fund.
 
The Endowment Fund will enable health and growth for the future through necessary capital expenditures, the seeding of new ministries and increased outreach. Importantly, and except in extreme circumstances and with the approval of the vestry and the congregation, the Endowment Fund may not be used for regular operations. Rather, the fund looks beyond today by building and maintaining financial trusts through which benefactors can provide for longer-term financial security and development of the ministries of St. Patrick's.
 
A Board of Trustees, appointed by but separate from the Vestry, applies strict procedures to endeavor to maintain the value of all gifts, while distributing income earned. Current members of the Board are Lander Stoddard (Chair), Cowen Harter (Treasurer), Joan Reddicks, John Watson, David White, Julian Williams, Bruce Wilson, Fr. Dick Game (ex officio-Rector) and Alison Forbes (ex officio-Senior Warden). Anyone of them would be pleased to answer questions you may have about contributing to the Endowment Fund in your estate planning.








Safeguarding Training
Saturday, January 12, 2019



St. Patrick's will host Safeguarding training on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The training sessions are listed below:
9:00 am- 12:00 noon 
Safeguarding God's Children training

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Safeguarding God's People (adult boundaries and Elder Abuse Prevention) training
To register, click here. 


Annual Meeting and Call for Vestry Nominations
 
Vestry Elections will take place on Sunday, January 27, as part of our Annual Meeting. We will be electing four new vestry members for the 2019-2022 term, as well as a youth vestry member for a one-year term.
 
We are asking those who feel called to join our vibrant Vestry team to arrange a meeting with Fr. Dick or Senior Warden Alison Forbes prior to submitting a nomination form. We are also hosting "Vestry 101 Social" at Alison Forbes' house, on January 10, so that nominees may meet with current Vestry Members for a short presentation on the work of the Vestry and an opportunity to speak informally with Vestry and Clergy.
 
Nomination forms and qualification details are available at the volunteer desk in the church office or as a PDF here.  Nominees are required to be active, contributing, confirmed or received members of the Parish.
 
The deadline to submit a nomination form is  Sunday, January 13, at noon. Nomination forms must be accompanied by a photo of the nominee. Please email the photo and completed form to Cowen Harter at cowen.harter@stpat.net by the January 13 deadline.   

Candidates please note the following dates:

1/10:        Vestry 101 Social, 7-8:30 pm, Alison Forbes' home

1/27:        Annual Meeting, 9-12:30
      Vestry Meeting , 12:30 p.m.
 Staff/Vestry Dinner, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (all candidates are invited and encouraged to attend the     dinner, with a partner, if desired)

2/22-24:  Vestry Retreat, Ignatius House, Sandy Springs, Georgia





CHILDREN - Contact Kelli Jones, kelliwjones@gmail.com,  
with questions.

YOUTH - C ontact Liz Beal Kidd,  lizbealkidd@stpat.net 
with questions.






SUNDAY MORNING OFFERINGS:

 
CHILDREN  CHRISTIAN  FORMATION OFFERINGS
 - Click here for registration form.

Children's classes run from 9:00-10:15am. 
  • Nursery - Room 6: Care for infants and children up to age four is provided on Sunday mornings in Room 6, 8:30am-noon, with the wonderful Marias.
  • Little Lambs - Room 6: Ages 3 and 4 begin in the Nursery, and then move next door to an adjoining room for a half hour of story, craft, and music, after which they return to the nursery for additional play time.
  • Agape - Room 4: Kindergarten through Fourth Graders meet and use the curriculum "Living the Good News" and building community.
  • Club 5/6 - Room 7: Fifth and Sixth graders meet and use the curriculum "Living the Good News," building community, and preparing to move into St. Pat's youth program the following year.  Teachers design fun "field trips" around the church as part of the lesson.
  • Music - 9:00-9:10am  Kindergarten through fourth grade in their Sunday School room
  • Music - 9:25-9:45am  Club 5/6 in the Youth Music Room (Room 10)
  YOUTH CHRISTIAN FORMATION OFFERINGS - Click here for registration form.

Youth classes run from 9:00-10:15am.
  • The Rites of Passage Class (Rite 13: 6th-7th Grades) - Room 12: A major component of J2A is the way it is structured around Rites of Passage that mark the transition of young people from childhood to adulthood. 
  • J2A Class (8th-9th Grades) - Room 3: This class begins a two-year preparation for a Holy Pilgrimage. This sacred journey has the potential to transform not just the young pilgrims who travel, but also the congregation who has sent them forth. 
  • YEA (10th-12th Grades) - Room 14: The YEA class has learned to pray, to share their faith with each other and they have traveled to sacred places where others have found God. This last piece of the journey into adulthood seeks to actively equip and enable them to be a part of God's healing presence in the world. Confirmation is offered in this class.
  • Music8:45-9:00am  J2A and YEA in the Adult Choir Room
  • Music9:10-9:25am  Rite-13, playing the bells in the Youth Music Room (Room 10)
ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION OFFERINGS

Adult classes run from 9:15-10:15am.
  • The Forum - Parlor: A book discussion group.
  • Scripture Study - Room 8: The Constitution of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. 
  • Art Community - Room 15: Doing Art Looking Up. 
  • Dreams - Library: Listening to God.

The Forum

Join us in the parlor on Sunday at 9:15 am for the Advent series Journeying the Way of Love. For more information, click here





Advent On e: The Annunciation: Saying "Yes" to the Journey

Advent Two: Mary and Elizabeth: Journeying with Family and Friends

Advent Three: The Birth of John the Baptist: Journeying with Community

Advent Four: The Birth of Jesus: Journeying with the World

As of Sunday, December 9, 2018