12.2.18

Announcements

 

Adult Formation is at 9:15 a.m. Today will begin a discussion using a devotion for Advent called O WISDOM, Advent devotions on the names of Jesus. Copies of the book are available for $4.00Choir practice is at 11:45 a.m.

 

The first Sunday of each month is Family Sunday. Young people are invited to serve as acolytes, chalice bearers, ushers, readers and gift bearers.

 

With great sorrow, we share with you that our parishioner Fern Erickson died in Wisconsin on November 11thMay the peace of God be upon her.

Sunday School has made symbols to place on our Jesse Tree each Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 11: 1-2 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him. We model for children our belief that Old Testament stories are important to us in understanding who God is and how He comes to his people. The symbols on the Biblical family tree and Christ is grafted onto the family tree of Jesse, the father of the great King David.

 

ECW thanks all of you who chose Angel Tree stars and purchased gifts for the children at Brinton Elementary School. The gifts will be delivered tomorrow. We so appreciate your generous participation in this outreach.

 

We are excited for our new Bishop Jennifer Reddall to join us. As we prepare, your help is requested. Please consider a gift to help purchase vestments and other needs. Checks can be made out to the Diocese of Arizona and added to the offering basket. Thank You.

 

A sign-up sheet for December Birthdays is in the narthex. If your birthday is not listed, please add it. We will celebrate at the December 16 coffee hours.

 

Thanks to your generous donations, we sent a check for $305 to the El Hogar children’s school in Honduras for their activity fund to purchase gifts.

 

Our Church received a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle which we would like to sell. Contact Fr. Bob is you know someone who might be interested.

 

The Vestry would like to encourage people with questions to call Gordon Noyes, contact person for this month. His phone number is 413-320-9323.

 

Opportunities for service at our church!!--Please consider serving on the Vestry. For more information, contact Miriam Waddington or the church office.

 

Walking on Wednesday walkers are currently in Adelaide Australia and on our way home. Hopefully, we will have logged enough miles to be back in Mesa at the end of February. To meet that goal we need all of your help. Join us at 8:00 a.m. on

Wednesday at the Parish House or walk on your own and submit your miles to

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Invite your friends, your dogs and your neighbors.

 

A total of $373.00 was collected for the UTO Fall Ingathering sponsored by ECW. Thank you for these gifts.

 

Reaching out to our Members-Please notify the office if you know of someone who needs to receive a card, phone call or a visit for any reason.

 

Save the date for the annual ECW Style Show and Luncheon which will be March 16.

 

The Lords Soup Kitchen, a new ECW ministry, has soup and bread available for those who need assistance. Please contact Miriam Waddington or the office if you would like to pick up soup for yourself or someone else. Thanks to all the men and women who are serving in this group! Their next gathering will be in January.

 

We ask your prayers for those in our Prayer Circle, others whose names we do not know and for the following who have requested prayers:

 

 

Ann P.

Shona

Chet & Margie

Karl

Heidi B.

Ken & Lydia

Dan H.

Jack C.

Mel & Russ

Fred

Kristen M.

Tiffany Ann

Debbie

Mary

Larry & Elena

Richard

Lynn M.

The Hugill family

Ed C.

Don

Del & Lorraine

Alexis R.

Barbara

Laurie & family

Carly

Ivor C.

Robin & Nate P.

Sue Ellen

Bill S.

Harrison Adams

Ronnie

Ruby

Steve & Linda

Susan

James S.

Ronnie & Stacey A.

Dylan

Tom G

Reid B.

Betty H.

Shirley

Ruth & Mac F.

Tom D.

Millie

Mike & Mary

John

Isabel H.

Danielle H.

Paul G.

Rachel

Kreitzer Family

Jonathan

Katharine

Willa D.

Mari

Ruth

John & Penny

Mark S.

Teri

Carolyn

Larry

Nancy

Rev. Robin G.

Dean N.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                   

Prayer Circle names will remain on the list for at least a month. Please call the office at 480-986-1145 or record on the sheet additions or deletions, noting those who should remain on. Thank you for understanding when names are removed.

 

If you know of anyone who is in need of a prayer shawl or quilt, please contact Joan Crossman, Linda Jo Johnson, Jan Saik or the office.

 

In support of Brinton Elementary School, ECW is collecting elastic waist pants and

T-shirts sizes 5-12 for boys and girls. Anti-bacterial wipes and Kleenex are also needed.

Food Bank suggestions for next week: canned or dehydrated soups.

 

The office is seeking parishioners who would enjoy writing articles for the church newsletter. Please let us know if you would be interested in this fun ministry.

 

The year-end edition of Transfiguration Newsletter is available in the narthex. Thanks to Joan Crossman, Jan Saik and all parishioners who contributed articles.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Monday, December 3 is Project Ministry breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall and work at 8:30 a.m. Farm staff is on hand by 7:30 a.m.

 

Wednesday, December 5 at 8:00 a.m. is the Walking on Wednesday group. We meet in the Parish House and would love to have you join us.

 

Wednesday, December 5, at 9:30 a.m. is Holy Eucharist; at 10:00 a.m. is Bible Study; at 11:00 a.m. is Cursillo Gathering in the Parish House.

 

Saturday, December 8 from 9:30-12:30 in the Parish Hall will be a Spirituality for the Second Half of Life Ministry Event with luncheon to follow. A sign-up sheet and flyers are in the narthex if you would like to attend. For more information, please contact Miriam Waddington or the church office.

 

Sunday, December 9 following both services will be a Bake Sale sponsored by the Altar Guild. Items you may wish to contribute to the bake sale can be dropped off in the Parish Hall (Sunday School entrance door) Saturday, Dec. 8 between 9:00 a.m. and Noon.

 

Fr. Bob and Jan Saik will host their annual Christmas Open House Sunday, December 16 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Please save the date.

 

Friday December 21 at 10:00 a.m. Book Group meets in the Parish House.  This month's selection is The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection) by Anthony Ray Hinton. Archbishop Desmond Tutu described this book as "An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”

 

Monday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. will be Christmas Eve services.

 

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