December 23, 2021

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Where a Warm Welcome Awaits You!

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Christmas Services

Join us as we celebrate Jesus' birth, the coming of hope into our lives! On Christmas eve, the children of St. Augustine's will tell the Christmas story at our Family Service at 5:30 pm (Livestreamed). Click at right to download the Livestream Bulletin.

Join us for a Choral Eucharist at 9:30 pm. There will be an organ recital prior to the service beginning at 9:10.

Worship on Christmas Day will take place at 10 am. There will be no 5:30 pm service this Saturday.

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From Father Wes ...

It was so wonderful to be able to gather with so many of you last Wednesday night. We had nearly 100 people in attendance along with good food, some wonderful sausages and peppers and Andrea’s perfect cheese sticks to name a few, and great fellowship. I plan to have a lot more gatherings like this moving forward. As discussed at the Potluck, please keep talking with one another about the losses you have experienced as a church and as individuals. Keeping that stuff bottled up will not help anyone. This week has brought even more loss into our church family and we know that it is going to continue. 

On a happier note, we will be having a New Year’s Brunch after the 10 am service on January 2. Please make plans to join us even if you attend one of the other services. I am excited to see you all this week at all of our services and remember that the church office will be closed next week. 

Join us this Sunday ...

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Join us for worship on this First Sunday After Christmas.

Click at right to download the Bulletin for our livestreamed service.

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In Memoriam

The Rev. John Hagood

It was with great sadness that Fr. Wes informed St. Augustine's parish of the passing of Fr. John Hagood. He passed peacefully on Monday, Dec. 20 surrounded by family. Fr. John's service will be held Saturday, Jan. 8 at 11 am and a reception will follow.

Joe Lurgio

It was also with great sadness that the parish learned this week of the passing of Joe Lurgio, husband of long-time church secretary, Terry. Funeral arrangements to be announced.

Please keep both families in your prayers.

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A Celebration of Life for Inez Morelli will be held Sun., December 26 at 12 noon after the Sunday morning service. The parish is invited to attend. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

New Year’s Brunch

Be sure to stay after the 10 am service next Sunday, January 2 for a lovely New Year’s Brunch!

Please Note Change of Date*

Volunteers are needed for our Hospitality Guild Ministry! Our breakfast meeting date has been CHANGED to Saturday, January 15 for our Hospitality Guild Breakfast Meeting at 9 am in the Parish Hall. Our HG teams host Celebrations of Life and special events. Each team rotates and serves only 3 months of the year. Our Sunday hosts and hostesses serve one Sunday per month. If interested, please attend the breakfast or contact Carol Paris

A Celebration of Life for Dick Polhamus will be held Mon., January 24 at 11 am. The parish is invited to attend and a reception will follow. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

The new Caregivers Support Group will meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 2 pm. Their first meeting will take place January 25. If you are feeling weighed down by caregiving worries or concerns, connecting with other caregivers is great emotional support. Come share your practical advice on managing challenges in caregiver relationships. Contact: Br. Rick Lorino, BSG

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Potluck Dinner

We had a wonderful turnout at the December Potluck dinner! Parishioners contributed to an impressive array of tasty treats and some important discussion followed, with many sharing stories of the support they felt from the church community during COVID.

Pictures courtesy of Brian McIntyre.

News & Notes

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New Music Director is Named

Rector Wes Shields and the St. Augustine Search Committee are pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Hall as our new Music Director. Born and raised in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, Tom studied piano as a child and, as a teenager, added organ and conducting to his repertoire. 

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Parish Office Closure

The St. Augustine Parish Office will be closed Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 and next week Dec. 27-31. All services and groups will not be meeting next week. Normal church activities resume the week of January 3.

Year End Donations

St. Augustine's welcomes your 2021 year-end donations. To be recorded as 2021 contributions, donations should be hand-delivered to the parish office by 12 noon, December 23rd or postmarked by December 31. Contact Barbara Maher with any questions. Thank you!

Worshiping from Home this Sunday?

There are four easy ways to find your way to our Livestreaming. Find our Livestream here, or just go to our home page and click the Livestream button under the Worship schedule. You can also go directly to the Worship page and find it there. You can also watch from our FaceBook page.

Welcome Cards

Find our new Welcome Cards in the pew racks. This simple form may be filled out by newcomers or any current parishioner wishing to update their address, telephone or email with the parish office. Feel free to add your Birthday or Anniversary dates on the card if we don't have it. You can also find our Welcome Card online. We are working towards updating our parish database, and we thank you for your helping us meet this goal.

Giving Envelopes

Giving Envelopes for the next year will be available in the Narthex this Sunday. Please look on the table for your name and pick up it before or after the service. Contact Barbara Maher with any questions.

Annual Parish Meeting

Fr. Wes asks you to save the date of Sun., January 23 for the Annual Parish Meeting. Come rejoice in the wondrous ways God is moving among us! Additional details to follow. (Note: All heads of committees and groups who would like their report included with the annual report are asked to start sending them in to the parish office for the annual meeting. Deadline will be January 13.)

New Website is Launched!

Be sure to visit our new website and see the beginnings of St. Augustine's whole new online presence! Check back from time to time and see the new developments we have in store. Send us your suggestions!

Got News?

St. Augustine's has a new way to submit your news for publication!

There is now an online form for St. Augustine ministry leaders and parishioners to submit church event and program information intended for publication on the website, newsletter and social media, and also posted to an online church calendar. When you click on this link, you will be taken to a simple, online form where you can input the name of your event, the date, time and location, plus a short description. Feel free to test drive this form by using it to submit your next program or event. 

We Love Your Church Stories and Pictures!

With a new website and weekly eNews to feed, we also welcome your church stories, articles, pictures and anecdotes. Questions? Contact: Barbara McGowan

Please keep in your prayers ...

This Week, We Celebrate


28 – Carol Paris

31 – Dick Davis

       Kathryn Wideman

January 2022

02 – Sue Kepler, Br. Rick Lorino, BSG


28 – Bill & Linda Beardslee

30 – Fr. Wes & Laura Shields

This Week, We Remember

Fr. John Hagood (12/20/21) Joseph Lurgio (12/21/21)

28 - Pat Hall (2020)

29 - Bob Perry (2019)


Prayer List

Please pray for Shirley, Terry, Pam, Denise, Maggie, Kathryn, Nancy, Diane, Sandy, John, Paul, Keyshawn, Michael, Gary, Jill, Melanie, Ronald, Elizabeth, John, Caitlin, Manny, Gayle, Laurie, Patrick, Betsy, Joanne, Jacinth, Ginny, Celeste, Pat, George, Cookie, Alicia, Tom, Kate, Gabriella, Ruth, Mary Beth, and Angie.

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