This Week at Chapel of Our Saviour
December 16, 2018 - Third Sunday of Advent
Watching and Waiting:
Advent Reflections
Friday, December 14

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 Breathe. Pray. Repeat.

BREATHE
Last week, my husband Bob and I went to Kansas City to help my mom admit my 82 year old father into a memory care unit due to his declining health with late stage Alzheimer’s. It was a horrible day, yet we found it to also be filled with blessings. The occupational therapist, Frannie came to Dad’s new room to give him an assessment. We must have distressed looks on our faces because she turned her attention to us, not on Dad. She reminded us that my dad would be taken care of but, how extremely important it is to care for ourselves and to take time to BREATHE. She showed us how to do it…take a big, slow deep breath, in through our nostrils and a big slow exhale out through our mouth with pursed lips. We practiced this with her a few times. It has been proven to have a calming and uplifting effect by getting extra oxygen moving throughout one’s body. It really helps!

PRAY
You know this familiar verse from I Thessalonians 5:16-18 and Paul’s command to “pray without ceasing”. How is it possible to pray nonstop? I looked it up and the Greek word for “without ceasing” is adialeiptos which doesn’t mean nonstop, but actually means constantly recurring!
It’s a state of mind to be with Christ as we go about our busy lives, many times rushing from one thing to the next. God wants to bless us in the big things and in the littlest of things. Our most secret thoughts and desires ARE our prayers, when they are according to His will. He hears them all! Prayer comes easy to us when praying for our spouse, family and friends. But, what if we start to incorporate our prayer/thoughts for all those we see throughout our day: the grocery store clerk, the young mother, the new neighbor, the widow, the homeless, the sick in the hospital you are passing, the occupational therapist or those going for communion on Sunday morning?

REPEAT
As we learn to practice these continuous prayer/thoughts we ARE praying without ceasing! Yes, our intercessory prayer is blessing others in ways we might not ever know. But it is WE who are blessed even MORE!! We are going deeper and deeper in our relationship with Jesus Christ as we walk with Him throughout our day, side by side, breathing and praying together. As you go through the rest of Advent, remember to: BREATHE. PRAY. REPEAT.

Tammy Boettner
Lessons and Carols  & Advent Party
Join us this Saturday, December 15 th  at 4 pm for Lessons and Carols in the Nave

The Advent party will immediately follow at 5:15 pm in the Parish House. 

Please bring an appetizer to share and your beverage of choice. 
Children activities will be provided for the evening. 
If you have questions, please contact Kim Templin at  sktemplin@comcast.net .  
 
Advent marks the beginning of the new church year, and with its arrival the Vestry enters a period of discernment—the next step in our growth together as priest and congregation in the Priest-in-Charge transition process that our Bishop commended to us when David was called as our priest. The object of our discernment is whether this call extends beyond Priest-in-Charge to Rector of Chapel of Our Saviour.
  
So, what is this ‘discernment’ thing? Just more fancy Episcopal jargon? In the words of our Diocese, the goal of discernment is “to know God’s desire ….to see to the heart of the matter through spiritual eyes”. To keep the focus on the spiritual nature of our charge, we pray for God’s presence in our discernment, and ask that you pray for the Vestry as well. The Prayers for the Church in our Book of Common Prayer are a good place to start.

Expect to be part of this conversation. After a period of contemplative preparation, for which Advent is ideally suited, the Vestry will provide the opportunity for your observations on how God is leading us in our mission of reconciling all people to God and each other. Expect further communication from your Vestry sometime after Christmas about our way forward together; of course you can grab any one of us at any time to discuss the process. Know also that this is a bilateral discernment; please include David in your prayers for guidance as he makes his own discernment on the nature of his call to serve this congregation.
Thanks for your prayerful support of your clergy and Vestry. 

               Jack Sterling, Senior Warden
ADULT FORMATION
Gospel of Luke - 9:40 am in Casey Hall - Dec. 16, 23
Advent marks the beginning of a new church year and with it comes renewed focus on a new Gospel. For the church year that begins this Sunday, our lectionary readings will focus on the Gospel of Luke. Join David and Krista as we get re-introduced to the unique character of Luke’s Gospel and how it portrays Jesus’ ministry.
Women’s Bible Study
The Gospel of Luke

Thursdays 9-10:30 AM St. Mary Chapel
November 15, 29 and December 6, 13
(no meeting on Thanksgiving Day)
 
Join Krista for bible study as we prepare for Advent and Christmas in a community of women. We’ll explore the Gospel of Luke by looking at the text, praying and creating art together. And there will be coffee too!
Children and Youth Formation Resumes December 2
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WEEKLY & MONTHLY STUDY GROUPS
Weekday Wednesday Bible Studies (Parish House)
7:00am  A study in Luke
9:45am  Bible study resumes Jan. 16, we will begin discussing the Torah.

Thursday Book Group
10:00am  "God Of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam" by Mirabai Starr

Chapel Reading Guild: 
3rd Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 pm (Dining Room)
*No Meeting in December*

January 15: " Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Loving Hands
We will not be meeting in December or January. Keep on knitting and crocheting hats and prayer shawls.
Lois Carlson 473-1383
“A Christmas Blessing”
Friday, Dec. 14 th at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Attend a musical offering of voice, strings and piano! While this is not a Chapel event, several members of Chapel will be performing.
Traditional and contemporary Christmas music will be heard including “O Holy Night’ and “ The Twelve Days After Christmas”. Enjoy an audience sing-along and a new work composed for singer, Lori Aguilar. Attend the reception afterwards in Casey Hall (Parish House) for savory and sweet treats. For more information: (719) 471-7637 or tom.biondini@comcast.net .

Lessons & Carols/Advent Christmas Party
Please join us for Lessons and Carols at 4 pm followed by the Advent party at 5:15 pm on Saturday Dec.15 th . Please bring an appetizer to share and your beverage of choice. Children activities will be provided for the evening. If you have questions, please contact Kim Templin at: sktemplin@comcast.net .  

Christmas Day Potluck
Join your church family for a Christmas Day Celebration potluck at 11:30 am. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex, or talk with Dave or Bonnie Linder. 
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Giving/Pledge Envelopes
If you would like to be assigned a giving number and corresponding envelopes or if you currently have a giving number and would like to renew your envelopes for 2019, please email sarah@chapelofoursaviour.com with your request.
Music Notes
  • December 15 - Lessons and Carols at 4:00 pm (Saturday)
  • December 16 - Once-a-Month Choir. We will be singing Let all mortal flesh by Holst.
  • January 20 - Once-a-Month Choir . Join us as we sing The Invited.
Bonnie: bonlinder1@gmail.com
CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2018
The Fourth Sunday of Advent—December 23
7:30 am, 8:30 am, 10:45 am   Holy Eucharist

Christmas Eve—Monday, December 24
4:15 pm         Children's Pageant w/ Holy Eucharist
6:45 pm         Holy Eucharist
10:30 pm       Choral Holy Eucharist

  Christmas Day—December 25
10:00 am       Holy Eucharist
Christmas Poinsettias
To sign-up for Altar Poinsettias for Christmas, please email sarah@chapelofoursaviour.com and include your dedication. A donation of $50 is requested. Checks can be mailed to Chapel or put in the offering plate with "poinsettias" in the memo.
Thursday Morning Eucharist
Saint Mary Chapel, 7 am
Join us at every Thursday for Eucharist followed by breakfast and lively conversation. All are welcome.
VOLUNTEER & SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Visit the Outreach web page for more information or contact Mary Beth Shively, to discuss how you can help to make a difference in the lives of our less fortunate neighbors

Outreach Meeting
You are all welcome to come to the next Outreach Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 9 at 1:30 pm in the Dining Room of the Parish Hall
(we will not meet in December)
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The Thrift House - ATTENTION: Volunteers desperately needed!
We invite you to join us in volunteering at the Episcopal Church Women's Thrift House. One 3 hour shift makes a lot of difference. Childcare is available. Prayerfully consider if you could give us a few hours to help make a difference. Remember, that the volunteer hours translate into outreach dollars, and the need in our community is great. Your help is always appreciated. Contact Teri Orthwein: teriorthwein@yahoo.com OR 719.375.0502

Read the newest Thrift House newsletter HERE !
Adopt-A-Family – *2nd Update*
Last week Outreach announced Chapel's commitment to adopt-a-family in cooperation with the local elementary schools and Westside CARES. We invited parishioners to take an ornament from the tree in the Narthex, and you did. Plus several of you made cash donations towards the various gift wishes printed on the ornaments. Once the gifts are placed under the tree, I believe we will have met the children's needs and wishes. THANK YOU! Remember to place all gifts under the tree by December 22.  Please attach the ornament with name and gift suggestion along with a gift receipt to your gift prior to placing it under the tree. No gift wrapping please.  If your gift items are perishable label "adopt a family" on the bag prior to placing it in the fridge in the Parish House or  contact Penny Bever, 685-1381 .  Your gifts of "frankincense and myrrh" have enabled us to share the good news with new friends this Christmas. Thank you!!
 
B Street Food Pantry – Donate your favorite holiday food
Holidays are hard for our neighbors in need.  Parents on limited budgets face competing demands – especially during the Christmas season. Share your joy during this advent season by donating your favorite holiday food. We are also collecting warm outerwear such as coats, gloves, hats, and socks. 
On Sunday, please put your donation in the basket by the baptismal font. Otherwise, the little red wagon will be just inside the main door of the Parish House and donations may always be dropped off there.   
This week's Sunday fellowship is hosted by the Acolytes of Ale/Brother's in Christ
To learn more about this ministry email Birdie at birdatman@comcast.net

The Reverend David Dill, Priest in Charge                  david@chapelofoursaviour.com
The Reverend Krista Dias, Associate Priest                kdias@chapelofoursaviour.com
Bonnie Linder, Director of Music                                  bonlinder1@gmail.com
Sarah FitzPatrick, Office Administrator                        sarah@chapelofoursaviour.com
 
Vestry
Jack Sterling, Sr. Warden * Cliff Wieger, Jr. Warden * Barbara Lewis, Treasurer, 
Betsy VanderWerf, Clerk * Tammy Boettner * Katherine Brennan * George Hammond 
Sarah Hogan * Patti Marrison * Miles Mathieu * Christine Owino * Mary Beth Shively