First Sunday of Advent: Guest Preacher, Chili Supper Prepping, Cookie Baking, Wreath Making, "Black Friday 'Specials'"
As I write this, it is the last day of one Church Year, and tomorrow, Sunday, December 1, will be the First Sunday of Advent, and therefore, the first day of a new Church Year. We'll move from the year when most of the Gospel readings came from Luke's witness (Year C) to a year when most will come from the account attributed to Matthew the Tax Collector (Year A). It will be the same Gospel; just a different perspective.
To help inaugurate that different perspective, I have prevailed upon my houseguest, the Rev. Scott Lee, to be our preacher on this First Sunday of Advent and a new Church Year. Fr. Scott was last in the pulpit as our Consecration Sunday guest leader in 2018, and so you will remember that he crafts his sermons well. We are good friends, but cut from different bolts of spiritual goods. Scott+ is an introvert who revels in the disciplines of Contemplative Prayer; I'm an extrovert who doesn't recognize a spiritual experience until there are tears on my face. Scott is also a genuine scholar in all things literary, theological and clever. It'll be the same Gospel of the Good News of Jesus Christ -- just from a different perspective.
Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this Thanksgiving special! Particular thanks to:
For dessert, there'll be the cookies from the ECW's Cookie Saletables. The ECW depends upon all of us to bake up batches of our favorite holiday cookies for them to sell. Please bring them to the parish hall anytime prior to 5p.m. on the 6th. The ECW and the Evening ECW have both come up with some clever hand-made gift items that will also delight your holiday guests. The funds raised by the Cookie Sale provide for the scholarships the ECW awards to graduating high school seniors.
Of course, if chili and cookies are in the Parish Hall, then there'll be Wreaths for sale in the Rectory garage. Pre-orders for the wreaths continue on December 1st during Coffee Hour. Although this project helps fund special youth activities, such as transportation for High School NYC mini-pilgrimages and the Ropes Course at the Middle School overnight, youth-of-all-ages are invited to help decorate the wreaths on Thursday, December 5 from 4-6p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please see Sue Shackford for details.
The Tag Sale Team plans to bring out some items for a sale table of inexpensive items. Look for them just outside the garage!
Many thanks to all who have provided their Estimate-of-Giving for our 2020 Operating Budget. We've received 70 cards to date! To the households whose cards are still in your hands, please take seriously Consecration Sunday preacher, Mary Anne Osborn's story about the bag of cookies (it never really was ours) and poem about bridge building (God calls us to build bridges for each other and for the future). Please return you Estimate-of-Giving Card as soon as you can. If somehow you have not received a Card, they're available on the Ushers' Table and in the Parish Office.
I wouldn't normally remark on "Black Friday Specials," but there are two that I find truly "special:"
In faith, hope, and love,
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