Vestry Election – This Sunday, following worship, we will hold our Vestry election for the 2018-2020 term. David has agreed to run and serve if elected. If there is anyone else who might want to serve, please contact the Rector.

Pledges – This Sunday will be the ingathering and offering of pledges for the coming year. Please return your pledges by December 3 to allow the Vestry to complete their budget planning for 2018.

December 3, 2017, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the First Sunday of Advent
First Lesson:  Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
Second Lesson:  1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel:  Mark 13:24-37

Lay Participants for December 3, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  Leone
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Gary and Bert

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from Nov. 26:

Advent Study and Soup luncheon – For the 3 Wednesdays of Advent, from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, we will hold a study and soup luncheon. The study this year is entitled “A Look at Advent Through the Old Testament”.
The three topics we will study are: Week 1, The Power of Hope; Week 2, The Refining Love of God; and week 3, God’s Protection and Delight.
Get your copy of the study from the Rector.

Greening of the Church – Because the Fourth Sunday of Advent is also Christmas Eve, we will green the church in preparation for Christmas on December 17. We won’t put poinsettias out until Christmas, but the Church will be greened early.

December Celebratory Get-together – On December 8 at 6:00 pm there will be a “general celebratory get-together” in honor of birthdays, anniversaries, and retirements that have occurred in November and December. Cake will be provided but please bring hors d’oeuvres to share. For more information contact Toni.

“Job Jar” – The Vestry has moved to create a “Job Jar” that will be filled with simple tasks that will help do simple maintenance around the church grounds. The goal is to break down needed repairs to 30-60-minute tasks that anyone can do. The jar will be in the Parish House or Sanctuary, depending on the day. Stop by and help do some needed work at the Church.

Church Quiz – Over the coming weeks we will have a “Church Quiz” as part of our announcements and e-News. All are invited to think about and answer the week’s question. Answers will be provided the following week.
Last week’s question and answer: Question Which candle on the altar is referred to as the Epistle candle? Answer: The candle on the right-hand side of the altar as the congregation views the altar.
This week’s question: What do the characters “IHS” stand for? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our Old Testament reading Isaiah 64:1-9, “A Prayer of Penitence.” Next week we will discuss our New Testament reading 2 Peter 3:8-15a, “The Promise of the Lord’s Coming.” All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Sunday’s Psalm – This Sunday the psalm will be recited.

Hospitality hour Sign-up – The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board; please sign-up for an upcoming Sunday. If you would like to help but cannot provide all the items for coffee hour/lemonade on the lawn any assistance, even a single item, will be graciously accepted.

Upcoming Parish Events – Ongoing: Tuesdays – Boy Scouts meeting. Dec. 3 – Parish Meeting; Dec. 6 – Advent Soup Lunch & Study; Dec. 12 – Vestry Meeting; Dec. 13 – Advent Soup Lunch & Study.

Thought for the week – Wait: Waiting, living with questions, may be how God is keeping you attentive just now. From my experience, God is more generous in giving us questions than answers. The gift of waiting: quite counter-cultural

– Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tuesdays                   * Boy Scouts meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Wed. Dec. 6th           * Advent Soup Luncheon and Study – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Parish Hall)
Fri. Dec. 8th               * Celebratory gathering – 6:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Dec. 9th              * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Tue. Dec. 12th          * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Dec. 13th        * Advent Soup Luncheon and Study – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Dec. 17th          * Greening of the Church – following Worship
Mon. Dec. 18th        * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group meeting – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Wed. Dec. 20th        * Advent Soup Luncheon and Study – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Dec. 30th           * 5th Saturday Luncheon at the Salvation Army

For Michael, our presiding bishop; Holly, our bishop; Jay our assistant bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Steve, Marvin, Leone, Virginia, Gary, Jimmye, Kevin, Margaret, Richard, Mike and Gail, Opal, Aleck, Carolyn, Diane, Tanya, Charles, Ann, Lee, Walter, and Elvira.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Alexander, Leon, Thomas, Alan, Sheldon, Elizabeth, Brandon, and Bryan.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Roosevelt
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: John & Cameron Hogg – Ordination Process; The Rev. Tom & Ginny Martin.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Henry Katumba-Tamale – The Bishop of West Buganda, Uganda.

Birthdays in December
Marcella 02               Gary 08
Fr Les 08                   Burr 18
Jim 19                        Will 28
Susan 30

Anniversaries in December
George & Patricia 17           Donald & Marcella 17
Shannon & Dotty 20            John & Elizabeth 28
Steven & Susan 30             Nick & Tina 31 

If you are in need of Pastoral Care
Please call Father Ferguson
Home:  757-484-8409 

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton


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