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December 14, 2016, 7:14 AM

A word at mid-week, 12/14

Greetings at mid-week everyone!

All through the Advent season, Isaiah has given us visions of what the world can be and - with God's promises - will be! With God's help, we are capable of transforming instruments of death into instruments of nourishment. We are capable of cultivating new life that will flower and grow into a mighty following from the stumps in our lives and in our communities. We are capable of seeing God in the unexpected, the vulnerable, and the often overlooked wonders right before our eyes - a child, born into a broken family, who has no place to lay his head, who surrounds himself with "the least of these" and who will lead not with the might of the sword, but with love and kindness and mercy beyond our comprehension. This is what we wait for, hope for, pray for, work for, and are prepared for during Advent.

Although the weather got colder and threatened snow, many of us gathered on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, all dressed in "rose" and celebrated Advent Lessons & Carols! The choir was magnificent, the atmosphere was warm and festive, and we enjoyed traditional fruit cakes and cookies from Flour De Lis at Coffee Hour! I love our Anglican heritage and liturgy that gives us a variety of ways to celebrate the Advent Season!

There are several items to which I want to draw your attention.

  1. ALL HANDS ON DECK for the Greening of the Church, this Sunday after the 10:30am service!
  2. The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2017. PLEASE SEE BELOW ABOUT PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BY-LAWS. We will be voting on this proposal at the meeting.
  3. Music Director: plans are underway to interview a Candidate for the position of Music Director on Thursday, January 5. As we move through this discernment phase, please keep our music program in your prayers.
  4. Christmas Eve will be at 8:00pm. We will begin with music, hymns, anthems, and the Bell Choir for an extended prelude! Also, there will be a special Children's Sermon at the Christmas Eve service.
  5. Christmas Day services will be at 11:00am. This will be a regular Sunday Holy Eucharist with the addition of some special prayers of remembrance and hope for those who find the holidays difficult and painful.
  6. Angel Tree presents will be gathered this Sunday at church. We will bless all of the gifts at this service.
  7. Finally, "LET'S GO BLUE" for the last Sunday of Advent!

God's love to you all! Fr. Frank

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