Mittens and Gloves Needed
We invite the parish to donate mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, and socks to help keep the Breakfast guests warm during the winter. The mitten tree is set up in the hallway outside of the office to collect donations through December 17.
Sunday Adult Forum
“Both in its individual and in its corporate aspects, human action is profoundly influenced by the assumptions people make about the nature of ultimate reality.”(Canon Eric Mascall, He Who Is, London, 1943.) Using each Sunday’s Collect, the Forum in Advent will discuss its bearing on our assumptions and actions in regard to whom we wait for in Advent. Led by Fr Charles.
Once again this year, members of St. Andrew’s will sponsor area families through an adopt-a-family program. Working with the Ann Arbor Community Center, we are able to share Christmas gifts for the holiday with others. Gift tags and family wish lists will be available for pickup in the lobby outside the lounge after services this Sunday. The ingathering of gifts will be in church on Sunday, December 14.
Stephen Uche Sale
On Sunday, December 14, after the 10:00 am service, Stephen Uche will be back in the Parish Hall for his annual sale of jewelry, baskets, musical instruments, decorative boxes, etc. handmade by people from his home village in Nigeria. The proceeds support widows and children in his village by providing funds for food, clothing and school fees.
Blood Pressure Screening
The Episcopal Health Ministries @ St. Andrew’s is offering blood pressure screening today after both services.
55th Annual Lessons and Carols
The 55th Annual Christmas Lessons and Carols is Sunday, December 21 at 4:00 pm! The St. Andrew’s Adult, Junior, and Cherub Choirs and the St. Dunstan’s Handbell Choir present this traditional Anglican service of nine lessons from Scripture alternating with sacred hymns, voluntaries and carols for the Christmas season. Childcare available.
Christmas Eve/Day Parking
From 12 noon on Wednesday, December 24 until 11:59 pm on Thursday, December 25, Ann Arbor will enforce the same parking rules as it does on Sundays.
Altar Rail Kneeler Notecards
The second series of altar rail kneeler notecards is now for sale after Sunday services at the Welcome Table or in the church office at other times. Perfect for gifts or to use as Christmas cards, they cost $10 for 6 cards with envelopes. Proceeds benefit the Breakfast at St. Andrew’s.
Interested in our parish history? The new book, "A History of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Part II," continues to be on sale for $25 before and after services. A repriint of the original Arthur Lyon Cross book "A History of St. Andrew's Church" is also available for $10.
Calendar and Stationary Drive
This is the beginning of the season in which many of us receive an abundance of beautiful calendars. This year they will be given to our Breakfast guests at Christmas time. Please give calendars to Sally Webster or put them in her tray in the Church office.
Those of us who donate to charitable organizations often find ourselves with an overabundance of greeting cards, notepads, pens, and so on. Svea used to pass them on to our breakfast guests, but since she retired there has not been an easy way to do that. We will now have a large basket downstairs that the breakfast guests will be able to take items from as they wish, so feel free to add to it if you like.
Do You Have a St. Andrew's Parking Permit?
We continue to ask that all parishioners place a permit onto the lower left corner of their back window to identify themselves as having permission to park in our lot. Permits are available at no cost from the church office during office hours or after services on Sundays. Vehicles without permits WILL BE TOWED
LOST AND FOUND
If you’ve lost it, we may have found it. Please check the extensive lost and found table outside the office for your missing belongings. Items include multiple pairs of glasses, keys, and coats.
The second Chapel Gathering (for Morning Glories through Fifth Grade) will occur this Sunday, November 23. Please go directly to the Chapel at 9:45 am - NOT your classrooms! Children will remain in the chapel until they will enter the Church for Our Scottish Connexion.
What is Chapel Gathering? It is the new Church School experience which allows children (Morning Glories through Fifth Grade) to learn about music and movement as an expression of prayer and worship. Upcoming Chapel Gathering Dates: December 21. LEARN MORE
Church School Caring and Sharing
During Advent, we ask you to especially remember our foster child, Joveline Devil of Trou du Nord, Haiti. Children are encouraged to save their coins during Advent and bring their offering to the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Service.
The Church school has also added a “Giving Tree” for the children and youth to collect and donate new cold weather items of children's hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves for other children in need. Please bring your items to hang on our “Giving Tree” located on the second floor of the Parish Hall by next Sunday, December 14.
We appreciate your support of these Church School initiatives. They present opportunities for the children of our church school to feel a personal connection with children in need, embracing the true spirit of the Christmas season and sharing the gift of love.
The entire parish is invited to a beautiful Candlelight Celebration in the Parish Hall following the Christmas Eve Eucharist on Wednesday, December 24 at 4:00 pm. Enjoy punch, cookies and goodies but mostly enjoy a wonderful gathering and reconnect with family and friends. A sign up sheet to bring cookies or volunteer to help is located on the Church School table.
Guest Teachers Needed
Faith formation is a process of discernment. The Church School and Journey to Adulthood is interested in sponsoring guest teachers to share their stories. The youth groups in particular are eager to hear about your passions, your spiritual journey, an epiphany, or your outreach initative.
Please contact Carol (663-0518 ext. 202, email@example.com) if you would like more information on how your experience can provide a meaningful message to our children and youth.
Hymn 54: Savior of the Nations, Come!
The four verses of this hymn progress through Christ’s earthly life, expressing wonder at every facet of the Incarnation. The first verse marvels that the Lord of heaven chose such a lowly birth. The second verse celebrates Jesus’ childhood and his eagerness to run his earthly race. The third verse confronts the dark paradox that to bring life and light Jesus had to enter into death and hell before he ascended his throne. The final verse looks forward to Jesus’ reigning in boundless glory. So this hymn encapsulates our experience in Advent, and takes us with breathless joy to the very brink of Christmas! --Donna Wessel Walker
Let All Mortal Flesh - arr. Ferguson
Evidence suggests that the Greek text of this morning's anthem may date back to the fifth century. The present text is from the Liturgy of St. James, a Syrian rite thought to have been written by St. James the Lesser, first Bishop of Jerusalem. It is based on a prayer chanted by the priest when the bread and wine are brought to the table of the Lord. --Dennis Powers
Revised Common Lectionary (The RCL)
Isaiah 40:1-11 | Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 | II Peter 3:8-15a | Mark 1:1-8
Please visit The Lectionary Page. St. Andrew's generally follows Track Two. Also, please note that with Advent, we begin a new Church year - The First Sunday in Advent begins Year B in the three year lectionary cycle.
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