Please keep Presiding Bishop Curry in your prayers. He is recovering from surgery needed as the result of a subdural hematoma. He fell ill last Sunday during a visitation and was taken to the hospital. He is in good care and is expected to make a full recovery.
Also, please keep residents (both human and animal) in your prayers as we recover from the flooding rains this week. For most this is a couple days of inconvenience, but for others it is pretty devastating. If you, or anyone you hear about is in need of assistance, please let me know. We have resources available.
Blessings to you and I look forward to worshiping with you (and making chili) on Sunday.
THIS SUNDAY & THE COMING WEEK!
Our readings for the day can be found here:
Ministry Sunday Activity
Today we are making a hearty and nutritious meal for the homeless who are coming to the Valley Renewal Center each night to be safe, warm, and dry during the winter months. We will be serving Chili, Corn Bread, Salad, & Cookies for dinner and leaving hard-boiled eggs, cheese, rolls, & juice for breakfast the following morning. Recipes for the chili are on the tables as well as instructions for boiling eggs and making cornbread. Salad and cookies are already in the refrigerator. The other parts of the meal will be assembled on Monday. We need 2-4 people to volunteer to get the food to Mt. Si Lutheran and serve the meal between 8 – 9:45pm tomorrow night (Monday). When you are finished with your task you may take a Christmas card and write a note to one of the residents. We will bless the cards during Holy Communion and take them with us. Find out more about this ministry at http://www.valleyrenewalcenter.com/
Youth group will meet on December 20 (Advent 4) Questions contact Sheila Strehle or Julia Richman.
We are looking for two women to take parts in dramatic reading of The Visitation story from the Gospel of Luke. If you would like to read a part, please contact Patty as soon as possible.
Pledge forms as well as current 2015 giving statements are available today and next week. Please get yours and save us postage.
Get your hands in the mix! We’re looking for worship leaders and we have something for everyone! We need additional Acolytes, Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Ushers, Altar Guild members, Bread bakers, and Contribution Enterers. Please pray about how you might serve St. Clare’s in our worship each week and talk to Patty or Jeff or Sue. The more people who help, the less frequent the commitment. And if you’ve been doing something for a long time and would like to take a break or try something else, let us know that as well.
THANKS TO ST. NICHOLAS WHO SHOWED UP DURING WORSHIP THIS PAST SUNDAY. WE ALL GOT TO KNOW HIS STORY A LITTLE BETTER. APPARENTLY WE WERE ALL GOOD AS ORANGES AND GOLD COINS WERE HANDED OUT TO EVERYONE! PLEASE KEEP ST. NICK IN YOUR PRAYERS AS HE HAD TO HAVE SURGERY ON HIS SHOULDER TODAY. HE IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A GOOD RECOVERY AND BE AVAILABLE FOR WORLD TRAVEL IN A TWO OF WEEKS!
Many thanks to all who brought soup for Soup Kitchen is past Wednesday.
Due to the storm, many people couldn’t get to the Foodbank,
so we didn’t serve many, but they ate well!
A SMALL BUT JOYOUS GROUP WENT CAROLING AT RED OAK ON SUNDAY AFTER CHURCH. THE SINGING WAS MUCH APPRECIATED BY THE RESIDENTS. THANKS TO LYDIA POZZATO FOR ORGANIZING THE EVENT!
Last Sunday we began our Gifts for Life collection and raised about $175! What a great start to share our abundance with those who have so little. Episcopal Relief & Development’s Gifts for Life program provides skills, equipment, and animals to helps others become supporting members of their communities and raise them out of the poverty level. As you can see by the graphic, this year all gifts will be matched to create twice the gift. This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to learn about giving. Please share this with them and let’s support them on Sundays.
CHRISTMAS AT ST. CLARE’S
5 pm Christmas Eve, December 24th (Thursday evening). We will have our traditional family service with Christmas Carols, family friendly prayers and readings, children’s pageant, Holy Communion, and close with Silent Night by candlelight. Hannah Fairbrook is organizing this year’s pageant. If your children would like to participate, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org so she has a rough idea of how many “actors” we will have.
On Sunday, December 27th we will have our traditional Christmas Lessons & Carols with Holy Communion at 10 am.